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  • July 07, 2017

    News 2017
    After such a positive response to the three calls for applications...

News on AO Strategy Fund Projects

Five years since the first round of the AO Strategy Fund (AOSF) was completed, many of the projects across the five focus areas have successfully reached their conclusion, enhancing the AO's collaboration with numerous new and existing partners.

In the PATIENT CARE category:


​The AO Mobility Toolkit—the ground-breaking electronic patient mobility monitoring system is now being utilized 
in large multicenter research trials.

​​The AO-developed Smart Socks​, which have multiple sensors for patient monitoring, have the potential to get patients up and mobile faster in future.​

Among the projects focused on EDUCATION:


​The Generic Asian Pelvic Bone Model produced the world’s first evidence-based anatomical model of the Asian pelvis. While these models will play an important role in the training and education of surgeons who treat Asian patients, the data collected can also be leveraged in the development of additional bone models and new implants.

​The Pro-C: AOTrauma Proficiency Curriculum project was the first large-scale randomized trial of teaching
methods in the AO Foundation, assessing trainees’ performance of practicaltasks in fracture care and strengthening the AO's role as a global leader in medical education. 

Among our projects focused on OUTREACH and the AO BRAND:



Play Safe with Sisimpur involved the AO​ partnering with the AO Alliance Foundation and Sesame Workshop to
focus on injury prevention in Bangladesh.
It has reached more than 45,000 children. 

​The AOVET North America Marketing Initiative involved building a key long term educational partnership with the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and made a significant contribution to membership more than doubling.

On RESEARCH activities:


​The project Strengthening Preclinical Research delivered Good Laboratory Practice certification for the AO Research Institute Davos (ARI), close collaboration with a number of leading medical research organizations, and the development of a flock of specific pathogen free (SPF)

sheep for preclinical studies.





AO Surgery Reference-Pediatric Trauma,
the world’s first comprehensive pediatric surgery reference tool, is now available.​
The AO Interact project delivered an interactivepeer review and discussion video portal and a videochannel offering comprehensive access to all AO teaching videos. 


The Limb Surgery in Disasters & Conflicts project produced the first edition of A Field Guide-Management of Limb Injuries​, launched by the ICRC, the WHO, and the AO Foundation. In coming months a second edition will be released in multiple languages.


The AOSF team would like to thank the project leaders, team members, and mentors involved with all AOSF projects. These achievements, and those still to come, are due to their considerable dedication and hard work.