The concept of NSpine was formed in 2012 to supplement the established academic congresses with a meeting which has a stronger emphasis on clinical problem solving and technical surgical proficiency. At the same time the vision was to facilitate true multidisciplinary attendance and allow for career long learning through parallel modules of increasing complexity.
In 2013 the first NSpine meeting was launched under the leadership of Bronek Boszczyk and Sherief Elsayed. This first event held in Nottingham under the auspices of the Centre for Spinal Studies and Surgery of Nottingham University Hospitals met with immense enthusiasm. The need for such an event which allowed for tailored learning through parallel sessions and brought together all relevant specialities (even including spinal veterinary surgeons!) involved in the care of patients with spinal conditions under one roof was evident.
The second NSpine event was held in 2015, again in Nottingham, and this time included the new GSpine sessions. These sessions ran in parallel to the clinical sessions with a focus on emerging technologies including additive manufacturing, virtual reality, robotics. These sessions proved resoundingly popular and generated very interesting discussions between clinicians and developers. The strength of the clinical and emerging technology faculty supporting NSpine was outstanding.
At this stage, it became apparent that NSpine was about to outgrow its local setting and scope. The decision was made to move NSpine to London for the 2017 main event to allow for easier access of delegates and faculty for what was becoming an international event.
The NSpine main event of 2017 was held at the Royal College of Surgeons with eight parallel sessions across five days. This event proved immensely successful with around 300 keynote lectures having been delivered along with live surgery presentations to around 1000 online viewers. Complex spinal surgery workshops complemented the overall learning experience at the outstanding facilities of the Royal College of Surgeons. In the GSpine sessions, engineering talks were hosted which provided an inspiring insight into emerging technologies and state of the art manufacturing procedures.
In 2019, the meeting is being moved to the Institute for Engineering and Technology at Savoy Place due to the Royal College of Surgeons being refurbished. This state-of-the-art facility offers exceptional technical facilities for live streaming and recording of parallel sessions. NSpine in 2019 will be run across three days with six parallel sessions. A new feature on the 2019 meeting is that industrial supporters and sponsors will be able to host conference rooms in which the programme is run, making for a more comprehensive and targeted workshop experience. NSpine 2019, for the first time, also sees abstract submissions which have resulted in a stream of international submissions bringing together the know-how from different continents.