AOSpine Knowledge Forums—a pioneering concept generating knowledge for the future

25. June 2018

To celebrate 60 years of AO Foundation, AOSpine published a special issue on the AOSpine Knowledge Forums (KF)

AOSpine Knowledge Forums Chairpersons Cumhur Öner, Charles 
Fisher, Marinus de Kleuver, Michael Fehlings, and S. Tim Yoon at the
Global Spine Congress 2018 in Singapore​

Since their launch in 2011, the AOSpine clinical study groups have evolved from a group of hand-picked key opinion leaders into international study platforms.

“I had this idea that knowledge is power. In the future, organi­zations that create knowledge will have the power," explains Luiz Vialle, the visionary leader behind the initiative. 

More than one hundred clinicians have since been invited into the KFs either as Steering Committee or Associate Members, global thought leaders continuing to lead the way. From 37 clinical studies, the KFs have published 125 peer-reviewed articles, presented 240 abstracts in international conferences, received over a dozen awards, and they keep sharing their new-found knowledge at symposia and pre-courses all over the world. High on the priority list are classifications, outcome measures, and guidelines for treatment of various spinal disorders. ​

The full story, how the five KFs advance patient care, and where we go from here can be read online or downloaded in PDF on the AOSpine website.

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Icon AOSpine KF Trauma added Best Paper award from the Global Spine Journal to its merits (Global Spine Congress, Milan [IT], 2017)
Icon The clinical trial collaboration between AOSpine KF Deformity and SRS exceeded all expectations (Istanbul [TR], 2012)
Icon Luiz Vialle shares his vision at the AOSpine KF launch at the AO Center (Davos [CH], December 2011)