20th SASS Congress
21 - 23 May 2020

Call for Abstracts South African Spine Society Congress 2019

 27 November 2018

Dear Colleagues

Call for Abstracts – South African Spine Society Congress 2019
Click to download the Guidelines for Abstracts

The South African Spine Society Congress will be held at the CSIR in Pretoria from 30 May – 1 June 2019.

The meeting will cover a diverse group of topics with renowned international guests sharing their expertise on the everyday challenges faced in spinal surgery and providing effective solutions for them.
We will also use several case examples to stimulate discussion regarding simple and complex case decision making with experts providing literature support.

I do encourage every member to participate and attend the congress.

This is a call for abstracts to be submitted to: academic@saspine.org before 28 February 2019.
Please follow the link for abstract guidelines.

The EXCO and I would like to extend an invitation to all our members and we look forward to seeing friends and colleagues in Pretoria.


Ian Vlok
Academic Coordinator
SA Spine Society

Abstract guidelines:

  1. Abstracts should be emailed to: academic@saspine.org
  2. Deadline for abstract submission is 28 February 2019
  3. Abstracts should be typed single space, using 12 point Times New Roman font. Please leave 2.5 cm margins on all sides
  4. Use a maximum of 300 words without editorial errors; proof read your abstract for typographic errors. It will not be corrected prior to publication
  5. Type the title in CAPITAL letters, using no more than 3 (three) lines
  6. The presenting author’s name must be underlined
  7. Indicate department and/or institution of first author, full address, contact details and email address


No fax or postal transmissions will be accepted

The academic coordinator will acknowledge receipt of all abstracts by email.
The committee will review all abstracts and the presenting author will be notified if the paper has been accepted for presentation. Abstracts that have been accepted for presentation will be published in the congress brochure in the format that it was submitted – it will not be retyped or corrected.
All presenters of accepted abstracts must be registered as congress delegates
Congress Website
Updates will be posted on the SASS website at www.saspine.org Please check this website regularly

Abstract Submission Criteria:


Scientific Abstracts:

  1. Your scientific abstract must contain:
  2. A descriptive title, list of authors and institutions;
  3. An introduction/rationale to the study;
  4. The methods used;

The results of the study including new data not previously published or presented at a major national or international meeting;

Conclusions of the study. It is not satisfactory to state: "The results will be discussed."
Abstracts reporting results of meta-analyses and systematic reviews will also be considered.


Case Reports:

Interesting and unique case reports will be considered for presentation. Each abstract should describe only a single case report. Case report abstracts must contain the following four components:

  1. A descriptive title, list of authors and institutions;
  2. An introduction
  3. A description of the actual case report
  4. A discussion of the novelty and importance of the specific case