NSpine 2015 Nottingham, UK

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About NSpine

Passionate about Spinal Surgery

The Centre for Spinal Studies and Surgery at the Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham is a world-renowned centre of excellence in Spinal Surgery. We are a tertiary referral centre for all pathologies affecting the spine and undertake intra-dural as well as extra-dural intervention.

NSpine Syllabus

NSpine 2013 was the first of our duo event syllabus.
NSpine 2013: the Thoracolumbar Spine to the Sacrococcygeal complex
NSpine 2015: the Craniocervical junction to the Cervicothoracic Spine

NSpine provides for all those disciplines involved in the management of the patient with spinal pathology. There will be an excellent opportunity for multidisciplinary discussion that truly encompasses all of the facets of Spinal Surgery.

For more information on the Nottingham Spinal unit, please visit www.nottinghamspine.co.uk


Course Venue: Nottingham Conference Centre

In the heart of Nottingham city. NSpine 2015 will once again be taking place at the Nottingham Conference Centre.

Nottingham Conference Centre
Burton Street,

Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 8000

Getting here by car

For Sat Nav purposes, we recommend using postcode – NG1 4BU.

From M1 North

Leave the M1 motorway at junction 26 and follow the A610 signposted to Nottingham. Continue through two roundabouts for approximately 4.3 miles and then take a slight left onto Talbot Street. Continue down Talbot Street for a further 0.5 miles and the Conference Centre will be located on the left.

From M1 South

Leave the M1 motorway at junction 25 and follow the A52 signposted to Nottingham. Head northeast on Brain Clough Way/A52, through three roundabouts for approximately 5.5 miles. At the forth roundabout, take the second exit onto Derby Road/A6200 and continue to follow A6200 for 1.5 miles. Turn left onto St. Helen’s St and stay right to continue on St Helen’s St. At the T-junction, turn right onto Alfreton Rd/A610 and take the slight left onto Talbot St. Continue for 0.5 miles and the Conference Centre is located on your left.

Venue Car Parking

NCC offer a range of discounted City Centre parking options at Q-Park Talbot Street car park, adjacent and next door to the venue:

Q-Park Talbot Street
Stanley Place

Day parking: £7.50 / vehicle

24 hour parking: £9.50 / vehicle

Simply park your car as usual and bring your token to the venues reception team who will validate it for you at the discounted rate.

Getting here by train

Nottingham Conference Centre is just a 1 mile (approx.15 minute walk) from Nottingham Train Station.

The NCC is easily accessible from the train station via public transport. Upon arrival in Nottingham follow the signs for the tram (Nottingham Express Transit) to Station Street tram stop nearby. The Royal Centre stop is the nearest stop for the Conference Centre but visitors can also use Nottingham Trent University’s own tram stop on Goldsmith Street.

Getting here by air

The closest airport to Nottingham is East Midlands Airport (EMA) which is 15 miles (approximately 24 kilometres) outside of Nottingham, taking less than 30 minutes by car or bus. Nottingham is well connected to the airport by bus using the Skylink bus service that runs every 30 minutes and stops a few minute walk away from Nottingham Conference Centre.

GSpine: The Future of Spinal Surgery

A glimpse into the future

The new G-Spine session brings together leading innovators from the IT, engineering and surgical worlds. Networking, know-how and exploring the potential developments for surgical training, surgical techniques, tools and implants is the focus of this innovative interdisciplinary session.

The GSpine sessions are being live streamed – click here to register for streaming.

Talks are “tech” oriented but maintain sufficient breadth to allow delegates from different backgrounds to exchange content, problems and solutions.

Sessions will focus on:

  • The virtual theatre and concepts of remote operating/virtual enhancement
  • Advanced implant engineering
  • Innovative materials and novel applications
  • Patent issues from searches to commercial reality

We expect a mixed audience consisting of IT, Engineering, Imaging and clinical experts and researchers.

Sports Spine Course Timetable

Please note this is a preliminary programme and may be subject to change.

Day 1 | Friday 26th June 2015
Session: Material demands 1, Chaired by Donal McNally
1400 Novel implant possibilities using polyurethane and polyethylene
Geoffrey Andrews
1420 Technical possibilities in bioactive microsphere applications
Ifty Ahmed
1440 Discussion
1500 Coffee
Session: Patents and commercialisation, Chaired by Roy Harris
1540 Why conduct patent searches?
Roy Harris
1600 Taking a patent to commercial reality
Robert Schultz
1620 Succeeding with start-up companies
Geoffrey Andrews
1640 Discussion

Keynote 8:

“The early days of spine speciality training –

What it was really like and how has it evolved?”

John Webb


Keynote 9:

“The Growth and Increase of Spine Related Journals;

A Scientific Blessing or is there a Lesson to learn?”

Max Aebi

1740 Close
2000 NSpine Course Dinner


Day 2 | Saturday 27th June 2015
0800 Registration and coffee

Keynote 10:

“Simulation training for robotic surgery”

Chris Simmonds


Keynote 11:

“Digital surgical training platforms – a vision of 2025”

Andre Chow


Keynote 12:

“Virtual reality in medicine and surgery – current limits and visions of 2025”


1000 Coffee

Session: Emerging technologies in manufacturing imaging & navigation

Chaired by Bronek Boszczyk 

1040 Current technical ability in commercial implant engineering
Robert Schultz
1100 Robotics in spine surgery – current ability and future potential
Lucien Blondel
1120 Robots and tooling for specialist interventions: from industrial towards surgical applications
Dragos Axinte
1140 Advances in 3D intraoperative imaging
Martin Ostermeier
1200 Spine Mask Navigation
Juergen Kaltenbrunn
1220 Discussion

Lunch –

Optional lunch symposium:

Additive Manufacturing with Christopher Forbes

Session: Material demands 2, Chaired by Donal McNally
1400 Innovative custom implant manufacturing – state of the art and future possibilities
Ed Attenborough
1420 Smart materials and potential medical/surgical applications
Phil Breedon
1440 Discussion
1500 Coffee

Session: Virtual reality and simulation for the surgeon of 2025,

Chaired by Max Aebi 

1540 Advancing virtual surgical training
Andre Chow
1600 Merging virtual and real live imaging in Oculs Rift
Olaf Sperwer
1620 Surgical simulation techniques
Chris Simmonds
1640 Discussion
1700 Close & Debrief


Course Registration

Book to attend the GSpine conference and you can attend any session you wish but will have a priority place on the GSpine course, which runs for two days. Please see NSpine Programme for details on other sessions and topics.

To register, click the price of the day pass you wish to book:

One Day Pass Two Day Pass Three Day Pass
Registration £175 £300 £425


Target: Everyone, including IT, Engineering, Imaging and Clinical Researchers


Duration: 2 days


Date: Friday 26th – Saturday 27th June 2015


Venue: The Nottingham Conference Centre, UK


Cost includes all refreshments, lunch, course materials (if applicable for your course)

Special accommodation rates available

Registration Fee

Registration from £175


Where to stay in Nottingham?

NSpine have partnered with multiple hotels in close proximity to the course venue, offering delegates preferential accommodation rates.

These hotels are located in the heart of Nottingham City Centre.

Please click to view and book via our NSpine Accommodation Booking System.


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