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ISSG-Neurospine Special Issue
Topic: Cervical Spine Deformity

Dear Colleagues:

We are very pleased to inform you that Neurospine has an upcoming special issue focusing on “Cervical Spine Deformity”, to be assembled in collaboration with the International Spine Study group (ISSG).

Although cervical spine deformity can have profound clinical impact, including pain, disability, and neurological compromise, considerably less progress has been made in the study of these conditions compared with the more common and well known thoracolumbar deformities.

Although our understanding of cervical spine deformity continues to expand and more studies are being conducted, many fundamental questions remain. However, the critical neurovascular structures around the cervical spine and the relatively low incidence of these deformities make it challenging to obtain a sufficient surgical experience without broad collaborative efforts.

Therefore, this special issue will share the experiences of world-leading spine deformity surgeons through original research articles, formal literature reviews, technique videos, and case presentations. It is hoped that this special issue will not only help to summarize the current state of cervical spine deformity but also highlight remaining challenges in search of solutions.

This special issue will be a synergistic effort between the ISSG and Neurospine in the field of Cervical Spine Deformity. The leading editors for this issue include Prof. Christopher P. Ames (USA), Prof. Jae Taek Hong (Korea), Prof. K. Daniel Riew (USA), Prof. Justin S. Smith (USA), and Prof. Jean-Charles Le Huec (France).

Prof. Samuel K. Cho (USA), and Prof. Yong Jun Jin (Korea), Prof. Seung-Jae Hyun (Korea) will play a major role as the Executive Editor. The target date for publication of the “Cervical Spine Deformity” special issue is in September 2020.

ISSG was formed in 2007 with the goal of improving the care of patients with spinal disorders through research and education, with an emphasis on adult cervical and thoracolumbar spinal deformity. In 2009, an online database was initiated to allow for seamless data entry and centralized data quality assurance. In 2010, the ISSG Foundation was established as a non-profit 501(c) to fund the research. Today, the ISSG consists of many participating members and affiliates from sites across the US. The goal of ISSG is for the future of spinal surgery culminates in an unparalleled contribution of the highest quality of spine research.

The editorial team members for this special issue are comprised of expert, world-leading cervical spine deformity surgeons and researchers, who will ensure that articles published in this special issue will provide balanced views and evidence-based knowledge to our readers.

Lead Guest Editors

Christopher P. Ames
(Univ. California San Francisco, CA, USA)
Jae Taek Hong
(Catholic Univ. Seoul, Korea)
K. Daniel Riew
(Columbia Univ. NY, USA)
Justin S. Smith
(Univ. Virginia, VA, USA)
Jean-Charles Le Huec
(Bordeaux University, France)

Guest Editors

Christopher I. Shaffrey
(Duke Univ., NC, USA)
Peter G. Passias
(New York Univ., NY, USA)
Themistocles S Protopsaltis
(New York Univ., NY, USA)
Han Jo Kim
(Hospital for Special Surgery, NY, USA)
Virginie Lafage
(Hospital for Special Surgery, NY, USA)
Shay Bess
(Denver International Spine Center , CO, USA)
Sang Hun Lee
(Johns Hopkins Hospital, MD, USA)
Mehmet Zileli
(Ege University, Turkey)
Nobuyuki Shimokawa
(Tsukazaki Hospital, Japan)
Hsuan Kan Chang
(National Yang-Ming University, Taiwan)
Heiko Koller
(Technical University Munich, Germany)

Executive Editors

Samuel K. Cho
(Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, NY, USA)
Yong Jun Jin
(Seoul Baek Hospital, Korea)
Seung-Jae Hyun
(Seoul National Univ. Bundang Hospital, Korea)
Jun Seok Bae
(Wooridul Hospital, Korea)

Requested Article and Video Information

Submissions covering any aspect of assessment and care for cervical spine deformity patients will be considered. Requested article and video types include:

-Original research, systematic review, and meta-analysis. Potential topics include (but not limited to):

• Pathophysiology
• Natural History
• Diagnosis
• Treatment
• Clinical Outcome
• Complications
• Basic research

-Video articles: case-based or technique-based. Potential topics of interest include (but not limited to):

• 3-column osteotomy for cervical deformity correction
• Complex revision deformity correction
• Cervical-thoracic scoliosis
• Ankylosing spondylitis
• Basilar invagination
• Cervical deformity requiring more than 2 approaches (e.g. 540 degree)
• Cervical deformities arising from or exacerbated by spino-pelvic malalignment outside of the cervical spine

* Video format instruction:

Video format example 1
Courtesy of Dr. Munish Gupta and JBJS
Video format example 2
Courtesy of Dr. Hyeun Sung Kim

-Case reports and technical notes:

• Reports of individual cervical deformity cases that are of particular novelty or interest
• Novel technical notes that those treating cervical deformity would find of particular interest (e.g. novel techniques to reduce the occurrence of distal junctional failure following long-segment posterior instrumented fusion for cervical deformity correction)

Submission Deadline June. 30, 2020
Publication Date September. 2020
Submission website

Articles are published upon acceptance, regardless of the publication date of the special issue.

We look forward to receiving high-quality, original work that will advance our knowledge on Cervical Spine Deformity, provide valuable insights for our readers, and ultimately improve patient outcomes. We want to thank you in advance for helping us to make this upcoming issue a success.

Best Regards,

Editor in Chief, Neurospine
  Yoon Ha, MD, PhD

Deputy Editors
  Wen-Cheng Huang, MD, PhD
  Makoto Taniguchi, MD, PhD
  Mehmet Zileli MD

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