What we do
As part of the AO ITC, together with Clinical Science, we are the AO's clinical research provider. With about 30 clinical research specialists (project managers, medical advisers, medical statisticians, data mangers, clinical research associates, study assistance, image research associates, medical writers and quality and regulatory managers) we produce clinical evidence that is highly relevant to current trauma and orthopedics practices for better patient care.
This video, produced to mark the 60th anniversary of the AO's founding, outlines our origins and impact.
Clinical evidence generated through our clinical studies can be accessed in the form of journal articles, presentations at scientific meetings, final study reports, guidelines, classifications, and/or news announcement on AO website.
How we work
Clinical research at the AO
How we cooperate across the entire organization to deliver high quality clinical research.
Find out more about the 45 studies AO clinical operations teams are currently running in 40 countries.
We transform ideas into clinical study protocols. AO clinical studies are divided into 5 phases: idea, planning, monitoring, analysis, and publication.
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AO ITC clinical research to global standards (ISO 14155 and ICH GCP), drawing on in-house medical and scientific expertise.
Clinical evidence generated through AO clinical studies can be accessed in the form of journal articles, presentations at scientific meetings, final study reports, guidelines, classifications, and/or news on the AO website.
Clinical Research Fellowship
Apply now to take part in a clinical research fellowship at the AO's Innovation Translation Center.
Clinical evidence: Central to the AO's history
In 1959, Maurice E Müller, a founding member of the AO Foundation, created the AO Documentation Center to share experience and validate the AO methods. In 1967, the AO Documentation Center was formally registered in Bern, Switzerland, as a foundation for the purpose of collecting, analyzing, and evaluation of fracture handling/osteosyntheses.
In 1995, the AO Documentation Center was registered in Canton Graubünden and renamed AO Documentation and Publishing Foundation. Today, this is an essential part of the AO Innovation Translation Center.