Every year, with your support, we use the discoveries of our research teams to make the lives of those affected by scoliosis better and better, and in 2016 this rang truer than ever. I am incredibly proud of what we have accomplished this past year, but I also realize that our job is far from done. Scoliosis continues to impact the lives of millions of children, teens, and adults around the world.
We want to thank you for all of your efforts in helping us make 2015 such a productive and successful year. We celebrated the 20th anniversary of the study group in January with a spectacular gala held in Las Vegas. Our patients and supporters joined us for a wonderful evening as we looked back over what has been accomplished in the past two decades.
In the pages that follow, you will find highlights from this past year that emphasize the research and education effort that continue to increase the understanding and treatment of scoliosis. I want to thank and acknowledge all of our patients who have contributed their outcome data into our registry; without your willingness to participate in our research, we wouldn’t be able to continue advancing the bank of knowledge for those who will be diagnosed with scoliosis in the future. Thank you!
We want to thank you for all of your efforts in helping us make 2014 a very productive and very successful year. In the pages that follow, you will find highlights from this past year that emphasize the progress we have made and the progress we will continue to make in the understanding and treatment of scoliosis.
I want to thank and acknowledge all of our patients who have contributed their outcome data into our registry, which is the fuel for so much of our progress. Without your willingness to contribute, we wouldn’t be able to continue advancing the bank of knowledge for those who will be diagnosed with scoliosis in the future. Thank you.
First and foremost, we thank you for your passionate support for our efforts to change lives for the better. Every year I am touched by patients and families who share how much their scoliosis treatment has lifted a burden and freed them to live active and productive lives.
We are beginning the 20th year of The Harms Study Group. It is with great pride that we recognize two of the most influential individuals whose vision created this research group in 1995. We thank Professor Jürgen Harms and Mr. Lutz Biedermann for their creativity, dedication, and unwavering
support to improve scoliosis treatment.
Challenges that face patients with scoliosis and other problematic spinal deformities persist. We have made great strides to “cure” spinal deformities in children and adolescents, but the hard truth is we are still treating many of these patients with braces and spinal surgery. While we maintain the grander vision of completely preventing curvatures of the spine from affecting the lives of all patients in the future, we remain committed to discovering state of the art treatments that will make these life-changing events possible.
Childhood and adolescent scoliosis continues to impact the lives of hundreds of thousands of youths. Although scoliosis care has made great strides in the past 50 years, there is certainly room to improve the care and lives of these patients. As any parent knows, a medical condition effecting the health and well being of a child can be devastating. The surgeon members of the Harms Study Group along with their skilled research teams understand this, and continue their dedicated work to improve the treatment of adolescent scoliosis.
It is with great pride we present the 2008-2009 annual report of the Harms Study Group. The vision of the group remains clear and the accomplishments spea for themselves. Spinal deformities continue to affect the lives of many and our work is certainly not complete. There are many more questions than answers, and the Harms Study Group remains poised and committed to advancing spinal deformity care through research.