Exploratory and Applied Research

Collaborative Research Programs

Within each focus field there are one or two collaborative research programs (CRPs). Each CRP is composed of an international, interdisciplinary network of research teams which work on collaborative projects towards the consortium goal. To ensure proper function of the network a "primus inter pares" from the AO Research Institute Davos (ARI) is responsible for the scientific coordination.
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Clinical Priority Program


The Clinical Priority Program of the AO Foundation is an initiative to focus our research and development on issues relevant for the surgeon. As the AO Foundation mission is to improve the care of patients with musculoskeletal injury and disease, our research initiatives must also be directed at those issues that affect patient care. This program will allow the AO Foundation to achieve a greater impact in research and development by focusing its resources on areas of high clinical relevance. The priority program will guide the decisions in operations, partnerships, and our global network. More...

AO Research Institute


The mission of AO Research Institute Davos is excellence in research and development within trauma and disorders of the musculoskeletal system and translation of this knowledge to achieve more effective patient care worldwide.  More​…​​