Global spine experts to present latest scientific developments at NASS' 23rd annual meeting at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre October 14-18



    TORONTO, Oct. 9 /CNW/ - More than 2,600 spinal experts from around the
world will convene in Toronto next week when the North American Spine Society
(NASS) hosts its 23rd Annual Meeting October 14-18, 2008 at the Metro Toronto
Convention Centre (MTCC).
    Topics to be discussed will cover a variety of subjects, including The
Socioeconomic Sport of Spine Care, Lessons Learned from Disc Arthroplasty,
Applying Evidence-based Medicine Into Your Practice and Perioperative
Management of Spine Surgery. Tim Sanders, author of the New York Times
bestseller The Likeability Factor: How to Boost Your L-Factor and Achieve the
Life of Your Dreams, will give the Keynote Address.
    "The North American Spine Society 23rd Annual Meeting offers the highest
level of education available for health care professionals who focus on the
spine. As our flagship event, the society is thrilled to have its meeting in
Toronto this year," said Tom Faciszewski, MD, NASS President.
    NASS members are MDs, DOs and PhDs in 24 spine-related specialties,
including orthopedics, neurosurgery, physiatry, pain management and other
disciplines. Nurse practitioners, physician assistants, chiropractors,
physical therapists, practice administrators and other allied health care
professionals involved in spine care also are part of the NASS membership.
    "We are very pleased to be hosting this group of spine professionals.
Spine health is an important factor in overall good health, and issues with
the spine can lead to very significant and debilitating health problems. A lot
of important new scientific findings will be shared at this event, and we wish
them a successful and productive meeting!" said Barry Smith, President and CEO
of the MTCC.
    "We anticipate that this major convention will produce significant
revenue for Toronto's hotels, restaurants, shops and entertainment venues. We
estimate the overall economic impact of the NASS gathering to be in the range
of $5.6 million in direct spending," he added.

    About NASS

    The North American Spine Society grew out of the need for a scientific
spine organization that would include all members of the spine community
regardless of specialty or locale. NASS is a multidisciplinary organization
with 5,000 members that advances quality spine care through education,
research and advocacy. For more information on NASS visit www.spine.org.

    About the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC)

    The Metro Toronto Convention Centre is Canada's No.1 convention and trade
show facility. Since its opening in 1984, the MTCC has hosted approximately
12,000 events and entertained nearly 40 million guests. For further
information, please visit www.mtccc.com.





For further information:

For further information: Christine Chiu, MTCC, Marketing Manager, (416)
585-8106, chiu@mtccc.com; OR Frank Kocich, NASS, Director of Marketing &
Communications, (630) 230-3648, (773) 266-5063 CELL, fkocich@spine.org


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