1. 5 notes on AANS' new executive director Kathleen Craig

Written by Anuja Vaidya | Monday, 08 February 2016 00:00
American Association of Neurological Surgeons named Kathleen Craig executive director.
St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima, Ohio, named Selvon F. St. Clair, MD, PhD, director of spine surgery, according to a report by The Lima News.
San Diego-based Sorrento Valley Pain Relief Center is now offering patients suffering from back and neck pain spinal decompression therapy.
The National Institutes of Health and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke gave Cambridge, Mass.-based BioAxone BioSciences a grant for the development of its molecule kinase inhibitor, BA-1049.
Spine published the FDA Investigational Device Exemption clinical trial results for Cerapedics' i-FACTOR Peptide Enhanced Bone Graft in anterior cervical discectomy and fusion procedures, according to News-Medical.
Doug Coatsworth, PhD, of Fort Collins-based Colorado State University, and Alissa Wicklund, PhD, of Fort Collins-based Orthopaedic & Spine Center of the Rockies, will conduct a concussion study. National Collegiate Athletic Association and the U.S. Department of Defense are funding the study, according to Colorado State University.

7. 6 key notes on spinal fusion complications & length of stay

Written by Laura Dyrda | Monday, 08 February 2016 00:00
A new study published in the Journal of Spinal Disorders and Techniques examines the factors affecting anterior cervical discectomy and fusion complications and length of stay.
Here are 13 spine surgeons who recently received awards or promotions.
Ralph G. Dacey Jr., MD, was named president of the Society of Neurological Surgeons, according to The Review Examiner.
Bioquark, a Philadelphia-based biologic-based product developer, and Revita Life Sciences, an India-based biotechnology stem cell company, are collaborating to develop regenerative medicine for spinal cord injuries.
Bahria Town and London Neurosurgery Partnership & London Neurosciences Centre Limited signed an agreement to build spinal facilities in Pakistan, according to The International News.
The Stanford (Calif.) University School of Medicine boasts the highest number of neurologist graduates in the country, according to the Association of University Professors of Neurology data.
Orthobiologics company Cerapedics reported results from the FDA investigational device exemption clinical trial for i-FACTOR Peptide Enhanced Bone Graft in anterior cervical discectomy and fusion procedures, published in Spine.
A new study published in the Journal of Spinal Disorders and Techniques examines the cost of one- and two-level dorsal lumbar fusions with and without rhBMP-2 after one year.
Here are eight spine and neurosurgeons in the news this past week:

16. 5 points IntelGenx's new scientific advisory board

Written by Megan Wood | Thursday, 04 February 2016 00:00
IntelGenx, a Montreal, Canada-based drug delivery company, created a scientific advisory board with Ludwig Aigner, PhD, and Barry Greenberg, PhD.
Hackensack (N.J.) University Medical Center is the first hospital in the state to offer patients Mazor Robotics Renaissance Spine Surgery, according to NorthJersey.com.
The International Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery held its 34th conference on Jan. 22, 2016 in Chongqing, China, according to geeksworld.com.
Here six spine surgeons give advice to young surgeons on the cusp of beginning their careers in the spine industry.
A new study published in Spine examines how age affects cervical spondylotic myelopathy treatment.
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