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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.



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Carmen Vleggeert-Lankamp, MD, MSc, PhD, Leiden, the Netherlands

Carmen Vleggeert-Lankamp, MD, MSc, PhD is a Neurosurgeon and Spinal Surgeon in Leiden, the Netherlands. She is the head of the Spine research group: the Spine Intervention Prognostic Study group. She has been a senior member of staff since 2007. She has joined the CSRS-Europe board since 2013.

She was born in the Netherlands in 1969. She received her MSc grade in Pharmacy in 1995 and afterwards graduated from medical school at the University of Utrecht in 1998. She did her residency in Neurosurgery at the Leiden University Medical Centre from 1998-2006. In 2006 she obtained her PhD degree on evaluation of peripheral nerve regeneration. In 2006 she started to specialize in spine surgery and changed her research focus to spine. Currently she coordinates a research group with numerous PhD students that work on research themes varying from cervical to lumbar and from degenerative to congenital spine diseases. She and her research group received several research prices (NASS award 2014, Eurospine award 2014, ISSLS award 2013, Eurospine research grant 2012, Mario Boni Award 2010). She is specialized in spine surgery with special interest for craniocervical deformities and reconstruction, and achondroplasia.

She has a long list of scientific publications and invited guest lectures behind her. She is actively involved in spinal teaching, he has supervised several PhD trajectories and is involved in spine training programs of the European Association of Neurological Surgeons. She is a reviewer for Reviewer for European Radiology, the European Spine Journal and the Journal of Neurosurgical Sciences