Symposium February 5th 2021: Augmented Spine – Innovation, navigation and advances in spine research


The Augmented Spine symposium at Karolinska University Hospital will focus on recent advances in spinal surgery. Karolinska and Region Stockholm have for many years highlighted the importance of research and innovation within the field of healthcare and innovation partnership with industrial partners to improve patient outcomes.

Recordings of the symposium

This symposium is arranged by the Department of Neurosurgery in collaboration with the Center for Innovation at Karolinska University Hospital to emphasize the achievements within this innovation partnership where the first PhD student will defend his thesis the day before the symposium.

The congress will run as a combination of longer presentations on the most recent advances and research in navigation and innovation in spine surgery mixed with short sessions of abstract presentations by international and Swedish researchers.

Friday February 5th: The symposium will be opened by Mr. Ibrahim Baylan, Swedish Minister of Enterprise and Innovation and will host several prominent international and national authorities in the field of spine surgery. Professor Roger Härtl, Director of Spine Surgery at Weill Cornell Medicine, NYC, USA, will be the keynote speaker (see program below).

We intend to hold a live meeting, as long as this is possible given the current circumstances. Opportunities for digital/virtual attendance will also be provided.

Thursday February 4th, 2021 at 12:00, Dr. Gustav Burström, MD, will defend his thesis titled "Augmented Navigation" at Sune Bergströms aula, Karolinska University Hospital (J3:07), Solna site. The thesis discusses novel technological solutions for improving navigational accuracy in spine surgery. Faculty opponent is Professor Roger Härtl, Director of Spine Surgery at Weill Cornell Medicine, NYC, USA.

February 5th: Scientific programme

Link for joining the symposium by Teams

08:45 Minister of Enterprise and innovation Mr. Ibrahim Baylan

09:00 Karolinska CEO Dr. Björn Zoëga

09:15 Professor Staffan Holmin, Karolinska Institute
New imaging techniques and potential for spine applications

09:30 Associate Professor Michael Söderman, Karolinska Institute
Superselective spinal angiography: surgical aspects

09:45 Dr. Erik Edström, Karolinska Institute
Technical advances in neurosurgery

10:00 Dr. Gustav Burström, Karolinska Institute
Augmented Navigation

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45 Professor Christopher Nimsky, University of Marburg
Intraoperative CT for microscope-based augmented reality in spine surgery

11:00 Dr. Drazenko Babic University of Magdebourg
From idea to Innovation

11:15 Professor Benno Hendriks, Delft University of Technology
Navigation and sensing in spine surgery

11:30 Professor Paul Breedveld, Delft University of Technology
From squid tentacle to steerable screw

11:45 Professor Claes Olerud, Uppsala University
Spinal reconstructions using fibula grafts

12:00-13:00 Lunch

13:00 Professor Roger Härtl (Keynote speaker), Weill Cornell Medicine
Overview: Where Are We with Navigation?

13:45 Professor Niklas Marklund, Lund University
Biomarkers of cervical myelopathy

14:00 Professor Paul Gerdhem, Karolinska Institute
Pathogenesis of scoliosis

14:15-14:30 Break Break

14:30 Abstract presentations, for more information click here

15:00 Dr. Victor Staartjes, University of Zurich
EUROSPIN: The European Robotic Spinal Instrumentation Study

15:15 Professor Michael Winking, ZW-O Spine Center Osnabrück
Benefits from Modern Imaging Technology in Spine Surgery

15:30 Dr. Adrian Elmi Terander, Karolinska Institute
Closing remarks & future perspectives

16.00 Symposium ended

Organizing committee:

Adrian Elmi Terander MD, PhD
Erik Edström MD, PhD

  • Read more about Karolinska's innovation partnership with industry, developing some of the new technologies presented.