The Setting Scoliosis Straight Foundation, formally known as Harms Study Group Foundation, is a not-for-profit charitable foundation that was established in 2008. Its purpose is to conduct fundraising efforts in support of the Harms Study Group, with a goal to further support and advance techniques in the treatment of spinal deformities in children and adolescents.

The Setting Scoliosis Straight Foundation is in its infancy, but the current impact on improving patient outcomes through Harms Study Group research efforts has been significant.

The surgeons who devote their time to the Harms Study Group remain focused on its commitment to be internationally recognized for the highest quality published research on new spinal deformity surgery techniques. There are, however, many more questions than answers, and spinal deformities continue to affect the lives of many young people who can, and should, have a chance at a better life.



The Setting Scoliosis Straight Foundation and The Harms Study Group work together to support discoveries, and advance techniques, in the treatment of spinal deformities in children and adolescents worldwide.


Through parent education, physician education, and multi-center clinical research, we provide the latest education on spinal deformity treatment and surgical treatment techniques to patients, patient families, surgeons, and healthcare providers.


Through findings made via internationally recognized research, we plan to create a future where children and adolescents with spinal deformity will have the ability to live healthy, happy, and productive lives.


Surgeons involved in The Harms Study Group are part of a collaborative that solves treatment problems through rigorously comparative research studies. Over 150 peer reviewed medical journal publications have answered many important clinical questions, which has impacted the evolution of scoliosis treatment.

Publication Date: October 2010
1st Edition
448 pp, 646 illustrations
ISBN (Americas): 9781604060249

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