Guest Speakers

Dr.Hubert Labelle

Hubert Labelle received an M.D. in 1976 and completed a residency in orthopaedics at University of Montreal in 1981, followed by a 2-year fellowship in paediatric orthopaedics at Sainte-Justine University Hospital in Montreal, Rancho Los Amigos Hospital in California and the A.I. Du Pont Institute in Delaware. Since 1982, he has been appointed in the department of surgery at University of Montreal and at Ste-Justine University Hospital (SJUH) where he is currently Professor of Surgery and holder of the Motion Sciences Research Chair at University of Montreal. His clinical work is focused on the evaluation and treatment of spinal deformities in children and adolescents. He was Chief of Orthopaedics at SJUH from 1993 to 2011, and is currently the Head of Orthopedics at University of Montreal, the Head of the Musculo-Skeletal Axis of Excellence at SJUH, a multi-institutional and inter-disciplinary team, and the Director of the 3-D Scoliosis Laboratory at SJUH. His research interests are concentrated on the 3-D evaluation and treatment of spinal deformities, with a particular emphasis on computer assisted surgery, 3-D design and evaluation of braces for the treatment of idiopathic scoliosis, 3-D evaluation and simulation of surgery for scoliotic deformities, and sagittal analysis of spondylolisthesis. Dr Labelle has participated in more than 50 invited professorships and lectureships. In addition, he has over 300 peer-reviewed articles and more than 200 book chapters published.

His guest lecture is titled

“Early detection of scoliosis: new perspectives”




Dr. Yong QIU

Dr.Yong QIU, is Professor and Director of Orthopaedics at the Drum Tower Hospital of the Nanjing University Medical School. He is now the president of the Chinese Scoliosis Research Society. During the last 17 years, his team has successfully operated on more than 8,000 scoliosis patients from all over the country and from the southeast of Asia. His spine unit consists 142 beds and is one of the world-leading scoliosis centers. Dr. Yong's research focus is on the etiology and pathology of scoliosis. Since 2005, he has published more than 100 scientific articles, participated in compiling 42 professional books. He has presented in many international conferences such as the SRS, IMAST, IRSSD, Euro-Spine and AO-spine. Because of his world renowned contribution to the treatment of spinal deformity, he has won a great international reputation in the area of scoliosis treatment and research and was invited to join the editorship of the European Spine Journal, Spine Journal, BMC Musculoskeletal and he is deputy-editor of the Chinese Version of the Spine Journal.

His guest lecture is titled

“Severe spine deformity” - what to do and what not to do?




Dr. Marc Moreau

Dr. Marc Moreau is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon who did his residency in Montreal and fellowships in Pediatric Orthopedics at the Shriner’s Hospital in Montreal and at the Alfred I Dupont Institute in Wilmington Delaware. He began his practice in June of 1979 affiliated with the University of Alberta in Edmonton. During his career he was Program Director for the University of Alberta Orthopedic program and Divisional Director of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Alberta. He is presently Assistant Dean of Admissions for the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Alberta. He served as President of the Canadian Orthopedic Association from June 2007 to June 2008. His practice has focused on pediatric orthopedics with a special interest in the care of children with spinal disorders. Dr. Moreau has over thirty years of experience treating neuromuscular problems in handicapped children. He is a co-investigator in the Schroth Exercises Trial for Scoliosis and was on the Monitoring Committee of the BrAISt study.

His lifetime achievement lecture will focus on the

Management of neuromuscular scoliosis.

The scoliosis associated with children suffering from neuromuscular disease presents challenges unlike curves in idiopathic scoliosis. The curves result from many diseases and the mechanisms in the creation of the deformities vary within this spectrum of diseases. Treatment is directed towards such things as seating, pain, pressure sores, respiration and quality of life in general. Several levels of practitioners render care starting with the gatekeepers, the physiotherapists, to the physiatrist who supervises the patient care with the former, orthotists and orthopedic surgeons.

Care pathways are developed by each level of care and modifications have to be made for each type of paralytic curve depending on the patients with or without muscle control, sensation, abnormal reflexes (dystonia) and degree of curvature.




Dr. David W. Polly Jr., MD SRS president.

David W. Polly Jr., MD. Catherine Mills Davis Land Grant Chair in Biomechanical Engineering, James W. Ogilvie Chair, Professor and Chief of Spine Surgery, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Minnesota. 2015-2016 Scoliosis Research Society President. Education includes undergraduate at West Point, medical school at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, orthopaedic surgery residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and spine fellowship at the University of Minnesota. Curriculum vitae includes over 20 academic awards, 180 peer-reviewed publications, and 100 IRB-approved research protocols. Professional interests involve spine deformity and biomechanics, technical improvement of surgical procedures, and cost-benefit analysis of therapeutic interventions.

His SRS presidential lecture is titled

Exciting times, challenging times - where is the data?




Dr. Matthew Halsey.

Since August 2008, Dr. Matthew Halsey has headed the pediatric orthopaedic program at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, Oregon. He is currently the Chair of the Non-Operative Management Committee of the Scoliosis Research Society. Current charges include the development of a lunchtime symposium at the SRS Annual Meeting in Prague (September 2016) reviewing the current state of the art and implementation challenges for physiotherapeutic scoliosis specific exercises. His main interests in pediatric orthopaedic topics include both scoliosis and trauma. Current research efforts are focused on decreasing post-operative pain following scoliosis surgery. The main goal is not only to decrease pain but to decrease total opioid use, its complications and to decrease the overall length of stay for patients. Other interests include the optimization of brace use to control curve progression in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis and the development of a viable decision-making tool for adolescent patients with scoliosis.

His lecture is titled

The Potential Rewards & Challenges of Typical and Atypical Treatments for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis