Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum: For the first time in the Middle East: Dubai is to host the 8th Interdisciplinary World Congress on Low Back & Pelvic Pain in October 16 May 2013
Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, UAE Minister of Finance and President of Dubai Health Authority (DHA) and supported by Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Award for Medical Sciences, DHA, and Dubai department of Tourism and commerce Marketing (DTCM), the 8th Interdisciplinary World Congress on Low Back & Pelvic Pain will be held from 27 to 31 October at the InterContinental hotel, Dubai Festival City. The conference is organized by the North America Spine Society in collaboration with the Emirates Physiotherapy Association, Gulf Neurosurgical Society, Pan-Arabic Neurosurgical Society, University of New England, Department of Rehabilitation, Sciences and Physiotherapy, University of Ghent, Loyola University Medical Center, Chicago Institute of Rehabilitation and Dubai Police Health Center.
 
This was stated by Abdullah Bin Souqat, Executive Director of Hamdan Medical Award, after his meeting with Prof. Andry Vleeming, president of the Conference and Professor at Department of Anatomy, University of New England, USA, and department of rehabilitation Science and Physiotherapy, University of Ghent, Belgium. The meeting included Mr. Abduladheem Kamkar, Chairman of Emirates Physiotherapy Society and Co-Chairman of the Conference, Ms. Naima Ahmed Saleh, physiotherapist, and Ms. Astrid Heijmeriks, Director of the conference office.
Hamad Bin Mejren, Executive Director, Business Tourism at the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, said that hosting such a conference in Dubai comes within the context of achieving the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, "Dubai 2020", particularly H.H. vision for the development of the tourism sector.
 
Bin Mejren added: "The Dubai Convention & Events Bureau, affiliated to DTCM, has played an important role in communicating with the officials of the conference to showcase Dubai as a leading Business Tourism destination and a well qualified city to host the 8th Interdisciplinary World Congress on Low Back & Pelvic Pain. Also, the bureau was the coordinator between the officials of the conference and the medical institutions in Dubai. "
 
Prof. Andry Vleeming, president of the conference, said: "The conference is held for the first time in the Middle East. Because of its significant qualifications as one of the best destination for the conference tourism in the Region, Dubai was elected during the 7th version of the conference held in 2010 in USA to host it". 
"While preparing for the conference, over the previous 4 years in cooperation with the Emirates Medical Association, the scientific committee has selected the best research papers with the aim of enhancing the interdisciplinary knowledge of doctors and specialists responsible for managing low back & pelvic pain and considering the surgical intervention as the last solution. From 60% to 70% of women all over the world have these kinds of pain as a result of the repeated pregnancy and childbirth", Prof. Fleeming added.
 
Abduladheem Kamkar, Chairman of Emirates Physiotherapy Society and co-Chairman of the Conference said: The conference deals with 86 research papers by 45 keynote speakers and includes 10 workshops. About 1,300 doctors and specialists are expected to participate in the conference including Neurosurgeons, Orthopedic Surgeons, Orthopedic Specialists, Physiotherapists, Doctors and Gynecology as well as General Practitioners. 
Anatomy, Bio-Mechanical, Pelvic Pain, Motor Control, Rehabilitative Exercises and Lumbar Pain are the main topics of the conference", Kamkar said.
 
It is worth to mention that the Interdisciplinary World Congress on Low Back & Pelvic Pain was launched in 1992 from the United States of America, which hosted its first and second terms. The 3rd term of the conference was held in Austria in 1998, moved to Canada in 2001and then to Australia in 2004. As for its 6th term, the conference was held in 2007 in Spain and moved to the United States of America in 2010.
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