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:

8. 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.
MidHudson Regional Hospital in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., has a continually expanding neurosurgery team.

14. 8 things for spine surgeons to know for Thursday — Feb. 4, 2016

Written by Megan Wood | Wednesday, 03 February 2016 00:00
Here are eight things for spinal surgeons to know for Feb. 4, 2016.
Researchers analyzed the inappropriate MRI ordering for veterans with low back pain, according to AJMC.com. The researchers looked at data from the Veterans Health Administration for veterans who received lumbar spine MRIs in the outpatient setting in 2012.
A new study published in The Spine Journal examines whether there are fewer complications in surgery with magnetic growing rods than conventional growing rods.

17. Franciscan Alliance welcomes Dr. George DePhillips: 5 notes

Written by Mary Rechtoris | Wednesday, 03 February 2016 00:00
Neurosurgeon George DePhillips, MD, joined Indiana-based Franciscan Alliance, according to PortageLife.com.
The surgical robots market for spinal surgery is projected to reach $2.77 billion by 2022, according to Whatech.

19. The growth of outpatient spine — 9 Key Points

Written by Scott Becker and Megan Wood | Wednesday, 03 February 2016 00:00
The last 10 years have seen an immense growth in outpatient spine. This article briefly discusses some of the challenges, thoughts and observations on this growth.  The growth has been driven by several top line factors including (1) surgeons becoming much more comfortable with outpatient spine including younger surgeons initially training up with outpatient spine; (2) patients becoming less scared of outpatient spine surgery and more concerned regarding hospital based infections; and (3) payers becoming more willing to allow spine cases to move from hospitals to ASCs.  There remains pushback from payers as to the amount of spine surgeries in total and from hospitals as to the movement of surgeries out of hospitals.

20. Neurosurgeon Dr. William Mayher III dies at 77

Written by Megan Wood | Wednesday, 03 February 2016 00:00
William Mayher III, MD, died in Athens, Ga., on Jan. 31, according to Albany Herald. He practiced neurosurgery in Albany, Ga., until 1998.
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