By: 13 February 2018
BritSpine 2018 promises to be a stimulating and thought-provoking meeting in Leeds

The next biennial BritSpine conference and exhibition will take place from 21-23 March 2018, at the University of Leeds, famous for its range of architectural building style and history, in its renowned Brutalist concrete lecture theatre complex and modern conference centre.

In addition to the main paper presentations of the conference, there are a number of unique sessions for 2018, including:

  • A session on the interface between spine problems and their genetic basis, and where new genetic advances are taking us.
  • A must-attend session on GIRFT and spinal surgery.
  • A number of important and politically charged discussions regarding funding of healthcare and, in particular, surgery of the spine in the UK and around the world.
  • A session on inflammatory conditions of the spine and the complexity it brings to surgery.
  • A not-to-be missed debate on surgery for non-specific back pain with arguments from either side of the pond.
  • A session on spinal oncology, and an introduction to some of the cutting-edge oncology therapies soon to be available in the UK.


As in previous years, there will be a pre-meeting trainees’ cadaver lab that will be held at Leeds Medical School on 20 March, where the Thiel embalmed cadavers retain their natural colours and flexibility, providing added realism to the simulated operations, as well a Super MDT focusing on “Decision-making in common complex spine problems’”

Also on 20 March, there will be two additional meetings bringing spinal care “Together”:

  • An inaugural meeting of the National Back Pain Clinical Network, with interactive workshops. This will introduce these major initiatives and enable participant feedback through workshops to enhance project implementation, and is also open to Allied Health Practitioners of all disciplines.
  • Patient Liaison Group meeting, with involvement from patients and patient groups.

The local hosts are the Leeds organising committee, led by Almas Khan and supported by the United Kingdom Spine Societies Board (UKSSB). They look forward to welcoming you to a stimulating, thought-provoking and enjoyable meeting in Leeds in March 2018.


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