AO Research Review Commission

The AO Research Review Commission (AORRC) is the central AO Foundation body dedicated to managing and handling the independent peer review process appliedto all research projects submitted to the AO Foundation and its Clinical Divisions (→ AOTrauma → AOSpine → AOCMF → AOVET). Peer review is carried out by a pool of independent external reviewers who are selected on the basis of their expertise to conduct the reviews.


  • All proposals submitted to a call are treated equally. They are evaluated impartially on their merits, irrespective of their origin or identity of the applicants.
  • All proposals and related documents communicated to the AO Foundation are ​treated in confidence.

The review process

  • The AO Research Review Commission is responsible for the review processfor all grant applications
  • Each of the applications is reviewed by at least two external independentreviewers and one reviewer from the AORRC. The application will then bescored and ranked
  • Projects which are recommended for funding are forwarded to the submitting ​funding body
    (→ R&D Platform​​ → AOTrauma → AOSpine → AOCMF → AOVET) for the final funding decision

Resubmission of a declined application is only possible on recommendation from the AORRC and at the invitation of a funding body. The AORRC will not enterinto any discussions with the applicants. All correspondence must go through ​the respective funding body.​​​​​​​​​​


Mark D. MarkelMark D. Markel, DVM, PhD
Vilas Distinguished Achievement Prof.
School of Veterinary Medicine
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, US
Anita AnthonAnita Anthon
AORRC Commission Manager
AO Research Review Commisssion
Stettbachstrasse 6
8600 Dübendorf, Switzerland

Stephen FergusonStephen J. Ferguson, Prof. Dr.
Institute for Biomechanics
ETH Zürich​​
Zürich, CH
Lisa A FortierLisa A. Fortier, DVM, PhD, DACVS
Associate Prof. of Surgery
Dept. of Clinical Sciences Veterinary Medical Center
Cornell University
Ithaca​, US
David W GraingerDavid W. Grainger, PhD
Prof. and Chair, Inaugural George S. & Dolores Doré Eccles Presidential Endowed Chair of Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Prof. of Bioengineering
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, US
William L. Murphy

William L. Murphy, PhD
Harvey D. Spangler Prof. of Biomedical Engineering and Orthopedics
Director of Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Center
University of Wisconsin​​, US

Francis H. ShenFrancis H. Shen, MD
Prof. of Orthopaedic Surgery
Division Head, Spine Surgery Director, Spine Fellowship Co-Director
Spine Center
University of Virginia
Virginia, US
Dirk StengelDirk Stengel, Prof. Dr. med.
Facharzt für Chirurgie, Trauma Surgeon (UEMS), Klinischer Epidemiologe
Ärztlicher Leiter, Zentrum für Klinische Forschung
Klinik für Unfallchirurgie und Orthopädie
Unfallkrankenhaus Berlin​, DE
Gregory J. Della RoccaGregory J. Della Rocca, MD, PhD, FACS
Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Section Head, Orthopaedic Trauma
Duke University
Durham, North Carolina, USA
​Martin EhrbarMartin Ehrbar, Dr. sc. nat.
Head of Research Obstetrics
University Hospital Zurich
Zurich, CH
​Lorin M. BennekerLorin M. Benneker, Prof., MD
Head of Spine Unit
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
University of Bern
Bern, CH
Jaimo AhnJaimo Ahn, MD, PhD, FACS
Co-Director, Orthopaedic Trauma and Fracture Reconstruction
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
University of Pennsylvania
Admissions and MSTP Steering Committees
Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, US 
Translational Musculoskeletal Research Center, PVAMC
Leendert BlankevoortLeendert Blankevoort, ​Dr. ir.
UHD/Research director
Orthopaedic Research Center Amsterdam
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Academic Medical Center
Amsterdam, NL
Maria J Troulis

Maria J. Troulis, ​DDS, MSc., FACS
Chief of Service,
Dept. of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Massachusetts General Hospital
Walter C. Guralnick Professor and Chair,
Dept. of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Harvard School of Dental Medicine