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Obituary - Dr José Casamitjana

Dear Colleagues,

On May 5th we have lost a faithfully member of the Society and a good friend, José Casamitjana after he suffered from the consequences of a biking accident.

 

He graduated in 1974 from medical school and started his training as orthopaedic surgeon at the Hospital Vall d’Hebron in Barcelona between 1974 and 1979. He finished his specialisation in Cervical Spine Pathology within the Department of Traumatology at the same hospital in 1986.  From 1998 until 2013, Dr. Casamitjana has been the Head of Cervical Spine Pathology at the same hospital.

 

He was an engaged clinician, an expert surgeon, and an excellent teacher.

 

In 2001 he was awarded with the “Mario Boni Award” for the best research paper presented at the annual meeting of the CSRS-Europe in Turin, Italy. He was very much involved in our Society, but also in our sister societies in the United States and Asia Pacific. Since 2001 he was a member of the Board of the CSRS-Europe. In 2011 he was elected as President of our Society. He organized the cadaveric instructional courses in Barcelona and was very open for any suggestions that could improve the quality of this course. Thanks to the efforts of José these courses have been highly appreciated by the participants.

 

José was an honest man who took hospitality to the highest level, not only during courses and annual meetings, but also personally. He was very active, and also enjoyed life very much. He always spoke with love about his wife, his children, and especially his grandchildren with whom all our thoughts are now. We have lost a great man and a wonderful friend. He was an outstanding and committed member of our Society.

 

Cervical Spine Research Society - Europe

The Cervical Spine Research Society - European Section is an organization of individuals interested in clinical and research problems of the cervical spine. Its purpose is the exchange and development of ideas and philosophy regarding the diagnosis and treatment of cervical spine injury and disease. 


News and Meetings


XXIst ‘Hands On’ Cadaver Dissection & Instructional Course   

Barcelona, Spain, October 19th & 20th 2017, Fee 850€ 

Online application form can be found here or fill in the offline application form here.

(Click here for more information)


José Casamitjana Instructional Course Bursary

José Manuel Casamitjana Ferrandiz was a highly respected Cervical Spine Surgeon and past Head of Department at Vall d'Hebron Hospital, Barcelona, Spain. He was President of the CSRS-Europe from 2009 – 2011 and responsible for the setting up of the Bi-annual CSRS-Europe Cadaver Courses in Barcelona. He sadly passed away on the 5th May 2017 and this Bursary is in recognition and serves to celebrate the memory of his invaluable contribution to our society over a great many years.

The Bursary is an assisted place offered twice a year to allow a qualifying surgeon to attend the Bi-annual CSRS-Europe Cadaveric Instructional Course. ‘Qualifying individual’ means an individual who would wish to attend the course but who is unable to do so because of a lack of available financial resource from local Institutional, national or other funding sources to attend.

The bursary allows one eligible person to attend each CSRS-Europe Cadaveric Instructional course without having to pay the attendance fee; the society will also book and pay for two nights hotel costs for the duration of the course. He or she will be eligible for consideration of reimbursement of their travel costs to and from the meeting up to but not exceeding a maximum amount of 300 euros upon supply of valid receipts with the proviso that they must travel by economy class or similar.

‘Eligible person’ means an individual who is either a surgical trainee in their last two years of surgical training or an accredited spinal specialist or consultant in their first two years of appointment. They must be in training or salaried post in an Institution within Europe.

Eligible individuals should apply by e-mail directly to Alan Leonard, the administrative secretary of the CSRS-Europe. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In your application you must state the reasons why you cannot obtain study funding to attend the course from other sources. The application must include a copy of your CV together with a letter of support and evidence of your interest in spinal surgery from the Head of Department of an appropriate department at your Institution. 


Other Spine Society Scheduled Meetings: 


EUROSPINE 2017 Congress - Date: 11 – 13 October 2017   

(Pre-conference courses will take place on 10 October)

Information: The annual congress of EUROSPINE, the Spine Society of Europe, brings together more than 2.500 international experts from the field.

In order to encourage research in the field of spinal disorders, EUROSPINE, the Spine Society of Europe, will award several prizes which will be presented at the EUROSPINE 2017 meeting and published in the European Spine Journal.

CME Accreditation

An application will be made to the EACCME® for CME accreditation of this event.

Further information will follow as soon as the application process has been completed.

Website: www.eurospine2017.eu

 

CSRS-E Members Update

To all CSRS-E Members:

We are currently updating our CSRS-E Membership details an kindly ask for your help. Would you please click the link below, download and complete the form and return this to either the following email links:

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Your time and co-operation is greatly appreciated!