The Global Spine Congress will feature a range of pre-courses that will explore some of the hottest topics and techniques for today’s spine care specialists. For the first time, some sessions will also be open to non-delegates. 

AOPEER Principles of Clinical Research Course      Supported by AO Spine



RegistrationUntil March 15: 100 USD
After March 15: 150 USD      New for 2020: GSC registration not required


The AO Program for Education and Excellence in Research (AOPEER) is a research education program to support surgeons in their research activities. AOPEER was designed for surgeons and other health care professionals who want to learn or improve the skills they need to conduct clinical research. Conducting clinical studies is a challenging and multifaceted task. This course will provide practical guides and tips to successfully complete a clinical study. The goal of this 1-day course is to introduce the principles of clinical research, including skills and knowledge on why and how to do research, and where to find additional resources, tools, and reference packages to support a research project.
Module 1: Importance of research
Module 2: Basics of Good Clinical Practice
Module 3: Study question
Module 4: Literature review
Module 5: Basics of statistical thinking
Module 6: Make your research project a success

Preliminary speakers

Asdrubal Falavigna
Lorin M. Benneker
Mohammad El-Sharkawi
Marcelo Valacco
Vincenzo Giordano
Fernando Briceño
Daniel Sciubba
Nelson Astur
William Teixeira
Shanmuganathan Rajasekaran
Luiz Roberto Vialle
Jeffrey C. Wang
Kenneth Cheung

Learning objectives

After attending this course, participants should be able to:

  • •  Explain the importance of doing research and the link to evidence based medicine
  • •  Apply the basic principles of literature search and critical appraisal
  • •  Follow GCP guidelines and adhere to ethical requirements, eg, informed consent
  • •  Identify a clinical problem, formulate a clinical research question, and select the study design
  • •  Collaborate with a statistician to perform sample size calculation and basic statistical analyses
  • •  Utilize available research environment, resources, and tools (AOPEER platform:

Target Audience

This course is targeted at individuals who want to learn or improve the skills for conducting clinical research and publishing results and also at those with a general interest in research and documentation of clinical cases.


Virtual Reality Cadaver-less Lumbar Spinal Procedures



Registration250 USD      New for 2020: GSC registration not required


This one-day intensive workshop is intended to advance the existing skills of spine practitioners from a multi-specialty perspective. Distinguished faculty combines didactic instruction and state-of-the art virtual reality and simulation training with topics related to the clinical evaluation of complex pain and functional impairment. Advanced management options including the role of epidural injections, disc acess, radiofrequency rhizotomy, and neuromodulation including spinal cord stimulation are presented. Spinal anatomy, patient selection, and high yield clinical pearls (with radiographic correlations and quantitative functional assessment) are covered in depth. Time will be provided for open discussions with attendees and faculty on important topics such as indications, risks, literature controversies in peer-review process, and pitfalls. Additionally, faculty will discuss outcome monitoring as part of the skill-set in treating complex pain disorders and their associated functional impairments and disability.

Preliminary speakers

Sanjog Pangarkar
Karsten Wiechert
David Fish
Sunil Panchal
Jeffrey C. Wang

Preliminary schedule


Welcome and Introduction


Risks, Complications, and Radiation Safety


Lumbar Interlaminar and Transforminal epidural steroid injections


Medial Branch Blocks and Radiofrequency Ablation


SI Joint injection, lateral branch blocks and RFA


Lumbar Disc Access


Spinal Cord Simulation




Intrathecal pumps


Spine Injections for Surgical Planning


Discussion and Questions


Introduction to Virtual reality as a Training Tool


The role of surgical simulators in surgical training


Virtual Reality and Stimulator Skills Lab



12:45-16:30Virtual Reality and Simulator Skills Lab

Learning objectives

Upon completion of the course, participants will gain strategies to:

  • •  Explain the role of advanced pain procedures in the evaluation and treatment of spine pain
  • •  Comprehend the potential risks and complications of advanced spinal interventions to patients
  • •  Understand the role of neuromodulation in treating spine pain
  • •  Understand the role of radiofrequency denervation in treating facet and SIJ mediated pain


Endoscopic spine surgery: Learning with KOLs and Catching up with the Learning Curve



Registration190 USD


This one-day intensive program is organized for spine surgeons who want to learn the recent evolution of endoscopic spinal surgery (ESS) as well as its current advanced techniques for various lumbar spine pathologies. Reflecting the higher demands from the patients for a smaller incision, minimized manipulation to normal structures, as well as consequent faster recovery, these endoscopic procedures have been well acclaimed from various minimally invasive spinal surgery (MISS) related societies around the globe recently. Even though cutting edges in the field of endoscopic spine surgery have drawn the many interests and be popularized by some experts, there are still lots of unmet needs from general spine surgeons. This pre-course offered in GSC 2020 will enable spine surgeons to start integrating endoscopic spine surgeries into their practice.

Preliminary speakers

Jin-Sung Luke Kim
Christoph Hofstetter
Marlon Sudario Silva
Nathaniel Brooks
Javier Quillo-Olvera
David Del Curto
Marco Moscatelli
Chien-Min Chen
Nicolas Prada Ramirez
Christoph Siepe
Alfonso Garcia
Fuji Ito
Néstor Taboada
Cheul Woong Park
Michael Wang
Ralf Wagner

Preliminary schedule
One step-up for your endoscopic spine surgery


Opening remarks—General intro


Opening remarks—Learning objectives


Understand Kambin triangle and related anatomy for transforaminal access


Understand Interlaminar window and related anatomy for interlaminar access


Full-Endoscopic Interlaminar approach disc prolapse lumbar L5S1


Full-Endoscopic Transforaminal approach for beginner disc prolapse lumbar L45


Full-Endoscopic Transforaminal approach an ideal trajectory lumbar


Full-Endoscopic Transforaminal approach an tailored/modified trajectory lumbar


Full-Endoscopic Interlaminar approach for migrated disc herniation lumbar


Full-Endoscopic Interlaminar approach central stenosis lumbar


Full-Endoscopic Transforaminal approach foraminal stenosis lumbar


Full-Endoscopic approach foraminal stenosis cervical



Two steps-up for your endoscopic spine surgery


Transforaminal Endoscopic Spine Surgery Lateral Recess lumbar


Interlaminar Lumbar Endoscopic Spine Surgery Revision lumbar


Contralateral Endoscopic Approach Synovial Cyst


Endoscopic Lumbar Fusion stenosis lumbar


Thoracic Endoscopic Spine Surgery


Endoscopic Surgery for Degenerative Scoliosis


Endoscopic Surgery for Multilevel Spinal Stenosis lumbar




Learning objectives

  • •  Understand basic anatomy and knowledge for endoscopic surgery
  • •  Handle an endoscope and necessary armamentaria
  • •  Describe how to start the endoscopic surgery and basic steps
  • •  Do practical exercise on cadaver and perform basic endoscopic procedures
  • •  Identify the indications and contraindications for beginners
  • •  Discuss safety issues and understand the strategy for avoiding complications

Target Audience

This course is targeted at spine surgeons with less than 3-years of experience in endoscopic spine surgery


Sports and Spine symposium—A comprehensive approach to integrating successful
spine care into sports medicine



Registration190 USD

Preliminary speakers

Carlos Tucci
Jens R. Chapman
Michael Kanas
Wellington Hsu
C. Pierre
M. Hutton
A. Clarke
Karsten Wiechert
Asdrubal Favaligna
R. Oskouian
Marcelo Gruenberg

Preliminary schedule




Welcome, Introductions and Review of Program


The Sports and Spine Connection


Session 1: A big picture Sports & Spine overview


Conceptual approach to Spine injuries in Sports


Gamechanger: Head injuries in impact sports


Differences of Pro-athletes to ‘regular’ spine patients


Discussion and Take-home Messages

14:00-15:00 Session 2: Typical Sports & Spine conditions
14:00-14:30Focus Spondylolysis
14:00-14:05Case presentation
14:05-14:10Rapidfire®: Optimal diagnostic pathway
14:10-14:15Debate: Good nonop care for athletes is optimal
14:15-14:20Debate: Timely well-performed surgery is the way to go
14:20-14:30Resolution Case and discussion
14:30-15:00Focus lumbar disc herniation / DDD
14:30-14:35Case presentation
14:35-14:45Rapidfire®: Optimal surgical care – endoscope, micro, MIS. What’s best for an athlete?
14:45-14:55Rapidfire®: Lumbar Degenerative disc: fusion or ADR?
14:55-15:00Discussion and Case resolution
15:00-15:15Break: Stretch time and networking
15:15-16:00Focus cervical disc herniations
15:15-15:20Case presentation

Differentiating stingers, burners, radiculopathy, thoracic outlet, neuropathies. Helpful primer for surgeons and therapists

15:30-15:35Rapidfire®: in favor of foraminotomies
15:35-15:40Rapidfire®: in favor of ACDF’s
15:40-15:50Rapidfire®: in favor of ADR’s
15:50-16:00Resolution Case and discussion
16:00-16:30Session 3: Catastrophic spine injuries
16:00-16:05Case presentation
16:05-16:15Asymptomatic severe cervical stenosis and collision / contact sports
16:15-16:25SC Injury prevention—what works?
16:25-16:30ALS and cervical spine concussive trauma: is there a connection?
16:30-17:00Session 4: Big Picture Conclusions
16:30-16:40Performing sports with scoliosis
16:40-16:50Using Big Data in Sports and Spine for predictive modeling
16:50-17:00Integrating Spine Care into Sports Medicine: a team approach


Pre-course hosted by Solas


13:30 - 17:00

Registration190 USD


Our proposal is aimed at the development and dissemination of mini access techniques, trying to nurture an outstanding team of professionals in the region, as shown in the proposed speakers.

Preliminary speakers

Luiz Pimenta
Néstor Taboada
Claudio Lamartina
Enrique Augusto Gobbi
Cristiano Menezes
Rodrigo Amaral
Felipe Jose Lanari Zubiaur
Thiago Coutinho
Luis Eduardo Carelli
Gabriel Rositto

Preliminary schedule


How to succeed transpsoas approach! (as I do—Tips and tricks)


How to succeed anteropsoas approach! (as I do—Tips and tricks)


Coronal imbalance classification


ACR lateral (as I do—Tips and tricks)


Single position for lumbosacral fusion (as I do—Tips and tricks)


De novo scoliosis: relationship between DDD and deformity


Thoracolumbar Type A fracture treatment with Mini-invasive corpectomy (fashion or benefit?). Evidence


Discitis treatment by lateral approach (indications, materials used, results). Evidence

15:20-15:30Complications and avoidance in LLIF
15:31-15:38Subsidence and fractures (how to avoid them— how to solve them), Pseudoarthrosis (treatment strategies)
15:39-15:46Complications of the abdominal wall, the Psoas muscle, peritoneal and retroperitoneal
15:47-15:59Lumbar kyphoscoliosis—ACR is my first option
16:00-16:12Lumbar kyphoscoliosis—PSO is my first choice
16:23-16:34Case presentation
16:35-16:47Case presentation
16:48-16:59Case presentation

Learning objectives

It is aimed at the auditorium collecting quality elements and details that can help the safe and reproducible application of side access / mini invasion techniques. All this supported by the great levels of the invited professionals, with great experience in the field.

Target Audience

All talks are directed at the medium / high level of spine surgeons (professionals who begin in the techniques and look for details that make them safer and reproducible in their practices, as for experienced surgeons who seek to improve their standards of quality and safety in the execution of them) We say this since the program was developed progressively, starting with technical details (tips and tricks), and continuing with application and utility of these techniques in more challenging pathologies, as well as developing the described complications and how to avoid and / or solve them.