AO Spine Knowledge Forums
Our research approach
AO Spine performs preclinical research in collaboration with the AO Research Institute Davos (ARI).
Focus is on intervertebral disc and postoperative spinal infections.
AO Spine Knowledge Forums identify knowledge gaps, assess best practices, formulate evidence-based studies, develop classifications, and more.
AO Spine trains surgeons to become researchers, and to integrate research into their daily work with the AO Program for Education and Excellence in Research (AOPEER) and mentorship programs.
Latest research outcomes and clinical tools
Injury classification systems
Download AO Spine Classification System toolkits and watch the instructional videos: thoracolumbar, sacral, subaxial, and upper cervical.
Learn more about this validated reliable outcome tool for spine oncology patients by AO Spine Knowledge Forum Tumor.
KF SPINAL CORD INJURY (SCI)
Discover the AO Spine Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy and Traumatic SCI.
How to get involved
Participating in AO Spine fellowship and mentorship programs will allow you to work side-by-side with world renowned spine surgeons and researchers, and learn how to integrate research into your daily work.
If you are an AO Spine member and have opted in to receiving AO Spine emails, you will get information on open calls to participate in AO Spine Knowledge Forum studies.
AO Spine members share experiences on how they got involved, and tips how to steer your career towards research.
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AO Spine’s official scientific journal, fully open access, covering all areas of spine surgery.
What is unique about AO Spine research?
“AO Spine research brings people together to discuss, disseminate knowledge, and push the spine field forward on a global scale.”
Dino Samartzis, Chairperson, AO Spine Research Commission