// Welcome Messages
by the President of the ISOLS 2022 General Meeting
Dear colleagues, guests, and friends of ISOLS,
We hope that this message finds you, your family, and your loved ones safe and well during these difficult times.
The International Society of Limb Salvage (ISOLS) Governing Board has diverse- global representation. As a proud member of this leadership group, I would like to welcome you to Los Angeles, California, the site of the 21st General Meeting of ISOLS. I am excited to host this meeting at the UCLA Luskin Convention Center on the UCLA main campus from 6 to 9 September, 2022.
We are fortunate to have tremendous support from the leadership of UCLA Health to host this event along with many companies with similar expectations. The UCLA Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and ISOLS have scheduled an exciting meeting for all those interested in musculoskeletal tumors. It will include presentations on basic science, clinical trials, and translational projects dealing with limb salvage. Problems that have persisted for many years will be a common theme and approaches to solve them will only come from diverse thought processes which are novel.
We are fortunate to have support from the leadership of UCLA, UCLA Health, and UCLA Orthopaedic Surgery to host this event along with many sponsors, corporations, and companies with similar goals. The UCLA Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and ISOLS have scheduled an exciting meeting for all those interested in musculoskeletal tumors. It will include presentations on basic science, clinical trials, and translational projects. Musculoskeletal oncologic problems that have persisted for many years will also be a common theme. These presentations will include approaches to solve them and will only come from diverse thought processes which are novel.
We want to give all attendees a chance to communicate their thoughts in various formats used previously in ISOLS meetings. Plenary lectures, crossfire sessions, symposia, roundtable discussions, and debates will focus on the most current and controversial topics in musculoskeletal oncology. We need time to allow for physicians, scientists, and colleagues to present their ideas and ask provocative questions. Discussions are crucial and, in many circumstances, just as important as the presented material.
We welcome you to Los Angeles, California, and hope your stay is exciting and rewarding to you.
Best regards and safe travels,
Francis J. Hornicek, MD, PHD
President of the ISOLS 2022 General Meeting
by the ISOLS President
Forty years after the foundation of the International Society of Limb Salvage (ISOLS) in Rochester, MN, USA in 1981, I am very honored and excited to welcome you to the 21st General Meeting of our Society in Los Angeles, California, USA.
In line with the Society’s purpose to promote research, education and clinical practice for musculoskeletal tumors and improve patient care related to limb salvage interventions, the Organizing Committee has developed a scientifically prolific program that brings together world experts from all disciplines related to our field and comprehensively covers the multiple aspects of research and clinical innovation in musculoskeletal tumors and limb salvage. The Meeting will provide the ideal ground for intellectual exchange among physicians, engineers, scientists and other health professionals interested in limb salvage.
Since the ISOLS 2019 meeting in Athens, Greece, both we, as health care providers, and our patients had to face the unprecedented reality of the Covid-19 pandemic, global social unrest and the tragedy of war. Despite the necessity to reschedule our General Meeting for 2022, ISOLS, true to its mission and values, remained active and resilient with many educational activities including online webinars and courses, multidisciplinary scientific exchange and international effort coordination that our ISOLS members have enthusiastically endorsed and supported.
I strongly believe that the ISOLS 2022 meeting will be fruitful and successful both scientifically and socially, despite the physical absence of valued colleagues, especially from Asia, due to travel restrictions.
I would like to express my deep appreciation to the Organizing Committee and especially the Meeting President Professor Francis Hornicek, the faculty, presenters and participants, exhibitors and sponsors as well as the congress organizer Erasmus for their efforts and I am looking forward to seeing you all in Los Angeles.
With warm regards,
Panayiotis J Papagelopoulos, MD, DSc, FACS