AO Research Institute
22 November 2017
On October 20, 2017, the University of Freiburg Faculty of Medicine visited the AO Research Institute Davos for its 3rd AO Research Institute Davos Freiburg Symposium.
Organized by Prof Martin Stoddart from AO Research Institute Davos and Prof Rainer Schmelzeisen from the University of Freiburg, the symposium was held alongside an ongoing AO Technical Commission CMF meeting in Davos. It brought together CMF and trauma surgeons, with AO Research Institute Davos researchers and AO Research Institute Davos Clinical Fellows, offering the opportunity to share updates on current projects and exchange ideas.
Commenting on the new presentations, Prof Schmelzeisen said: "For the 19 projects presented, I proposed a format that included a five-minute talk followed by 10 minutes of discussion. This format proved extremely successful and led to multiple new areas of collaboration and mutual benefit."
The AO Research Institute Davos-Freiburg collaborations led to Prof Geoff Richards and Dr Martin Stoddart being awarded lifetime honorary Professorships at the University of Freiburg Faculty of Medicine in 2015. This event has been a great success in the past and together with the longstanding relationship has led to many successful collaborative projects.
The wide-ranging work being performed at both institutes was highlighted:
- cartilage and disc regeneration
- infection studies
- imaging and preoperative planning
- 3D printing
- additive manufacturing
"It was particularly satisfying to see how many of the current presentations had authors from both institutions," said Prof Geoff Richards, AO Research Institute Davos Director. He continued, "There were also many referenced presentations from authors who have either been AO Research Institute Davos Medical Fellows, such as Dr Dr René Rothweiler, Dr Dr Marc Anton Füßinger and Dr Dr Philipp Poxleitner, or collaborate in consortia with AO Research Institute Davos. It's wonderful to connect the knowledge of the past with today's researchers." Prof Richards also congratulated Prof Stoddart for having organized the meeting and networking so well.
The event built upon the success of the previous symposium two years ago that led to collaborative grants. Additional grants are now planned as the collaboration goes from strength to strength. The clinical input from Freiburg combined with the research expertise of AO Research Institute Davos offers a type of interdisciplinary format that's needed for successful translation of novel therapeutics in the future.