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King Saud University (KSU) recently launched Spinal Deformities Research Chair in the presence of KSU Vice Rector for Graduate Studies and Scientific Research Dr. Ali Al-Ghamdi, Dean of College of Medicine and Supervisor of KSU Hospitals Dr. Mussaad Al-Salman, and Supervisor of Research Chairs Program, Dr. Mohammad Wadaan, an Associate Professor of Department of Zoology, College of Science.

Dr. Vincent Arlet, a University of Virginia Spine and Orthopedic Surgeon, has been appointed a Professor of the Chair.

Vice Rector Al-Ghamdi said that the College of Medicine is the backbone of scientific research at KSU, serving as an engine for scientific research mobility, especially in the field of scientific publishing.

Dr. Al-Ghamdi also pointed out that what distinguishes the Chair is the participation of students in designing the Chair website and logo, as well as disseminating word of its mission. He thanked all those in charge of the Chair for their efforts in promoting the vision and mission of KSU and that of Research Chairs Program, as well as its part in cultivating the invaluable spirit of community partnership.

Other characteristics of the Chair, he added, include surgery for more than 150 cases of spinal deformities over the past three years, holding the 1st Scientific Forum of Spinal Deformities Research last January, presenting numerous scientific papers at many conferences, establishing an integrated unit for measuring nerves inside operation rooms in collaboration between the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and the Department of Physiology, the completion of three research papers ready for publication in scientific journals , and becoming a member in the largest international organization for spinal deformities (SRS).