13th EFORT Congress 2012 Berlin, Germany 23-25 May 2012


The EFORT Congress 2012 in Berlin is Europe’s most important scientific event of the year in orthopaedics and traumatology. Along with updates on all specialty areas, it offers a record number of submissions and a myriad of formats for generalists, specialists and specialists still in training, customised to meet the needs of the group involved. And the venue is unbeatable. Participants can look forward to priority topics surrounding the “UN Decade of Traffic Safety” and the “European Year for Active and Healthy Ageing” as well as two honorary lectures and highlights such as the new “Cross Fire Sessions”, a forum for controversial issues.


The EFORT Congress 2012 in Berlin is Europe’s most important scientific event of the year in orthopaedics and traumatology. Along with updates on all specialty areas, it offers a record number of submissions and a myriad of formats for generalists, specialists and specialists still in training, customised to meet the needs of the group involved. And the venue is unbeatable. Participants can look forward to priority topics surrounding the “UN Decade of Traffic Safety” and the “European Year for Active and Healthy Ageing” as well as two honorary lectures and highlights such as the new “Cross Fire Sessions”, a forum for controversial issues. The European Federation of National Associations of Orthopaedics and Traumatology (EFORT) is staging the 13th EFORT Congress in the German capital from 23 to 25 May 2012. It is the most important scientific event at European level for orthopaedists and trauma surgeons. “Holding the EFORT Congress in Berlin is not only an accolade for the German orthopaedics and traumatology. The decision on the venue also underscores the commitment of EFORT to create a joint platform for all European nations’ continuing training in orthopaedics and traumatology at as comparable a level as possible,” Professor Dr Dieter Wirtz noted. Besides being one of the two local organisers of EFORT 2012, Professor Wirtz is Director of the Clinic for Orthopaedics and Traumatology at the University Clinic in Bonn and on the Advisory Board of the Executive Committee of the German Association of Orthopaedics and Orthopaedic Surgery DGOOC. “Berlin is easy to reach and a unique point of convergence for the cultural, political and social history of Eastern and Western Europe. We hope to be able to welcome large numbers of colleagues from Eastern Europe in particular to this event,” he adds.

There is great interest in any case. “From the nearly 4000 abstracts submitted, we will select about 600 to 700 for the free paper sessions. This approach gives us a chance to discover a host of original new ideas,” noted the second local organiser of the event, Professor Dr Karsten Dreinhöfer of CharitĂ© UniversitĂ€tsmedizin and chief physician in the Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology at Medical Park in HumboldtmĂŒhle, Berlin as well as Vice President of the Professional Association of Specialists in Orthopaedics and Traumatology (BVOU). “EFORT can draw on the diversity of historical and scientific advances and experience in Europe to achieve a breadth of creativity that congresses more limited in a regional, linguistic and cultural sense simply cannot offer. That is certainly an important reason for the incomparable appeal EFORT meetings have far beyond the borders of Europe. We expect participants from 90 countries. This international gathering also allows us to learn from our neighbours so that we can first understand each other better and perhaps subsequently bring our different cultures closer together.”

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Focal points: Road safety and healthy aging

Two current international initiatives are among the priority topics in Berlin. First is the “UN Decade of Action for Road Safety”, which will be covered by a number of presentations on accident prevention and the treatment of injuries and their consequences. Second is the “European Year of Active and Healthy Ageing”. The presentations in this area will focus mainly on degenerative diseases of the musculoskeletal system. Main priorities will include the current state of the art in operative and conservative treatment options, in modern approaches to rehabilitation and pain treatment, in multimodal approaches to back pain therapy and the management of osteoporosis.

The organisers are striking a balance between inviting experienced experts as speakers and allowing younger researchers to give free presentations. These younger colleagues can often open established experts’ eyes to new and unconventional approaches.

Professor Wirtz: “One globally unique feature of the EFORT Congress is the diversity of formats we offer. In 2012 that diversity will be greater than ever. We provide all interested parties – whether generalists, specialists or newcomers to the profession – with customised continuing training tailored to their needs.”

Internationally renowned experts conduct state-of-the-art presentations on current topics in instructional lectures and symposia. The various Speciality Societies hold events that allow experts to exchanges knowledge and views at the highest level. In a single day, the Comprehensive Review Course (CRC) covers the essential material one needs for the European and national examination as a specialist in orthopaedics/traumatology. Berlin will also have Experts meet Experts (ExMEx) sessions delving into the topics of acetabular fractures, periprosthetic fractures, revision in cruciate ligament reconstruction and the treatment of fragility fractures.

To cement or not to cement? Controversial Crossfire sessions

Professor Dreinhöfer: “For me, some of the highlights of the Congress are the formats that bring together different views on the same subject. One of those formats are the Controversial Case Discussions (CDCs). In the CDCs, we invite colleagues to discuss controversial cases such as the treatment of multiple injuries, deformities in the lower extremities, hip joint dysplasia or vertebral infections. This year’s Congress will also feature a new format for the first time: the Cross Fire Sessions (CFSs). At these events, recognised experts present controversial views on topics such as cemented versus non-cemented stems in geriatric hip-replacement patients, operative versus conservative treatment of osteoporotic vertebral fractures or the treatment of slipped capital femoral epiphysis.”

Participants are also looking forward to the honorary lectures. The two honorary speakers are Professor Reinhold Ganz, who pioneered pelvic osteotomy, and Professor Bernard Morrey, a trailblazer in elbow surgery and elbow endoprosthesis. Professor Wirtz: “Last but not least, the industry exhibition is incomparable in scale and format and will certainly deliver fresh impetus.”

Interface between East and West

The hosts have also come up with special ideas for the social program, including the traditional Congress Party. Professor Dreinhöfer: “Berlin is undoubtedly one of the liveliest, hippest and most fascinating cities in the world right now. It helped to write medical history, especially at the CharitĂ©. And its diversity of architecture, urban planning, arts and culture is nearly indescribable. We will be inviting the Congress participants to a Berlin Night at the legendary KaDeWe to experience several of these many facets the city has to offer. The combination of entertainment and culinary delights should help participants to become closer on a personal level as well. Besides their discussing professional matters, we hope they will also forge friendships with each other and between the cultures of Eastern and Western Europe.”

Dr. Karsten Dreinhöfer
EFORT Local Organiser

For further information on the Congress including a detailed social and scientific programme, please visit www.efort.org/berlin2012. Kind acknowledgements to EFORT for providing the information in this section.

 

 

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Exhibitor List

AAOS – 15.1/65b
aap Implantate – 15.1/17
Advanced Orthopaedic Solutions – 12.1/56
Albrecht – 15.1/18
Amplitude – 12.1/12
Ansell Healthcare Europe – 14.1/01
Anteis – 13/13
AO Foundation – BL/01
AO Spine – BL/01
Arcam – 12.1/16
B. Braun Aesculap – 12.1/31
Bauerfeind – F/01
Bayer HealthCare – 14.1/05
Beijing Chunlizhengda Medical Instruments – 15.1/05
Berufsverband der FachĂ€rzte fĂŒr OrthopĂ€die und Unfallchirurgie e. V. (BVOU) – BL/03
BEZNOSKA – 12.1/19
Biocomposites – 12.1/53
Biomet UK – 14.1/02
Biomimetic Therapeutics – 12.1/48
Bioretec – 12.1/44
Biosafe – 13/11
Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma – 12.1/24
BonAlive Biomaterials – 15.1/48
BrainLAB – 12.1/28
Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pfizer (Eliquis) – 13/01
CarboFix Orthopedics – 12.1/49
CeramTec – 15.1/32
Ceraver – 12.1/38
Changzhou Heng Jie Medical Devices – 12.1/39
Changzhou Kanghui Medical Innovation – 15.1/15
Chinese Medical Association – BL/08
ChM – 12.1/41
CONDOR Medicaltechnik – 15.1/33
Consept GmbH – 13/12
Corentec – 12.1/02-03
Covidien – 12.1/58-57
Covision Medical Technologies Ltd. – F/04
Croma Pharma Ges.m.b.H. – 15.1/01
Curasan AG – 15.1/56
de Soutter Medical – 12.1/50
DePuy (a Johnson & Johnson Company) – 12.1/35
Deutsche Gesellschaft fĂŒr OrthopĂ€die und OrthopĂ€dische Chirurgie e. V. (DGOOC)/BVOU – BL/03
Dfine Europe – 12.1/13
Dieter Marquardt Medizintechnik – 12.1/47
DIZG – German Institute for Cell and Tissue Replacement – 15.1/52
Doctors Research Group – F/02
DOT – 12.1/06
E.M.S. – Electro Medical Systems – 15.1/16
EFORT – 12.1/37b
EFOST – 15.1/65e
Endotec – 15.1/41
EORS (European Orthopaedic Research Society) – 15.1/66f
ESSKA – 15.1/65a
European Hip Society EHS – 15.1/65d
EuroSpine – 15.1/66a
Exactech International Operation – 12.1/23
Extremity Medical – 15.1/39-40
F. Colombo – 15.1/50
FESSH (Federation of European Societies for Surgery of the Hand – 15.1/67a
Fx Solutions – 14.1/10
Gexfix – 15.1/60-61
Groupe LĂ©pine – 12.1/33
Gruppo Bioimpianti – 15.1/37
Guangzhou Clean Medical Products – 15.1/35
Harvest Technologies – 13/02
Heraeus Medical – 15.1/13-14
HIP International – 15.1/65c
Icotec AG – 12.1/08
ICRS – 15.1/66b
Imedicom – 12.1/52
Implantcast – 12.1/22
Intrauma – 12.1/55
Ivy Sports – 15.1/57
JBJS – BL/06
JBJS UK – BL/02
JRI Orthopaedics – 15.1/30
Kinamed – 15.1/07
Komet Medical/Gebr. Brasseler – 15.1/12
Königsee Implantate – 15.1/51
Kyocera Medical Corporation – 15.1/04
LCA Pharmaceutical – 15.1/58
LEXI CORPORATION – 15.1/42
Limacorporate – 12.1/34
Lisi Medical Orthopaedics 15.1/60
Mako Surgical – 15.1/02-03
Master med – 15.1/43
Materialise – 12.1/09
Mathys AG Bettlach – 15.1/24
Medacta International – 12.1/25
Medartis – 15.1/09
medgal – 15.1/06
medi – 12.1/04-05
Medmix Systems – 15.1/36
Medtronic International Trading – 12.1/26-27
Merete Medical – 15.1/54
Mobelife – 12.1/09
MTF – Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation – 15.1/53
Myeloma Euronet A.I.S.B.L. /Myeloma Patients Europe – 15.1/66e
Newclip Technics – 15.1/47
Normed Medizin-Technik – 12.1/43
Olympus Biotech International – 12.1/07
Orthofix – 15.1/29
ORTHOGEN Lab Services – 15.1/44
Orthopaedic Product News – BL/01a
Orthoview – 12.1/17
Osteomed – 14.1/09
Ozics – 15.1/34
Permedica – 12.1/42
Peter Brehm – 14.1/03
Pfizer – 13/01
Planmed Oy – 15.1/37a
Reichert, Buchhandlung fĂŒr Medizin – BL/07
SAMO – 14.1/04
Sanatmetal – 12.1/11-10
SBM – 12.1/54
Serf – Dedienne Sante – 15.1/08
Sewon Cellontech – 15.1/31
Shanghai Bojin Electric Instrument & Device – 12.1/40
SICOT – 15.1/66c
Slack Orthopedics / Orthopaedics Today Europe – BL/09
Smith & Nephew Orthopaedics – 12.1/35
SOFCOT – 15.1/66d
Springer – BL/05
Stryker – 15.1/25-26
Synimed – F/05
Synthes – 12.1/32
Takiron – 15.1/62
Tava Surgical – 12.1/01
Tecres – 15.1/55
THI – 13/03
Tianjin Zhengtian Medical Instruments – 12.1/20
TRB Chemedica – 12.1/18
TriMed – 12.1/46
Tutogen Medical – 15.1/45
United Orthopedic Corporation – 15.1/27
Vadin Implants – 15.1/10
Vivostat – 15.1/11
Waldemar Link – 12.1/37
Wisepress BL/04
Xiamen Double Engine Medical Material – 12.1/51
Ziehm Imaging – 12.1/15-14
Zimmer – 12.1/30
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