eCM IX Musculoskeletal Trauma - 50 Years of AO Research
June 15-18, 2008, Convention Centre, Davos, Switzerland
This international forum continued
the eCM congress series held in Davos.
The limited number of participants brought together clinicians,
biologists, engineers and material scientists to share knowledge
in basic, translational and clinical research and developments
in the large field of Musculoskeletal Trauma. The single
session permitted in depth multi-disciplinary set of discussions
where everyone was welcome to discuss in order to move this
50 Years of AO Research
The AO Group, a Swiss Group of thirteen general and orthopaedic
surgeons started 50 years ago. This small society developed
into an internationally active Foundation that has made
essential contributions to fracture treatment based on experimental
and clinical research. Fundamental changes made were the
direct results of some of this research. Improvements in
patient treatment were realized. Generally accepted schools
of thought were challenged. This opened up the way for new
and creative approaches. This years meeting celebrated some
of the areas AO Research works within.
Unfortunately, Professor Berton
Rahn, one of the cornerstones of the Research from AO
for 35 years until his retirement in 2003 recently passed
away and another cornerstone of the Research Professor Stephan
Perren started the meeting with a tribute to Berton.
There was a special session on imaging dedicated
to Dr. Iolo ap Gwynn, of the University Aberystwyth,
Wales, who has worked in the field of biological electron
microscopy for over 40 years. Iolo ran the only full-time
postgraduate course in biological electron microscopy in
Europe, for over ten years in the 80s/90s, through which
he has inspired many scientists (including myself). Iolo
has studied (1962-1969) and then taught in Aberystwyth (1969
and ongoing) for 45 years and I can say, from personal experience,
he is one of the best lecturers in the microscopy field.
Iolo always keeps
the attention of the audience, even with tough subjects
such as electron optics. I have known Iolo, originally as
my University tutor in 1987, for 20 years and had the honour
to teach electron microscopy courses with him for the last
10 years. Iolo also has been connected for a long time with
Swiss mountains having climbed the Matterhorn (4478m) and
the Dom (4545m, the highest mountain totally within Switzerland,
first summited by a Welshman Rev J. Llewelyn Davies in 1858).
The imaging session included several areas microscopy.
R.Geoff Richards, AO Research Institute
RG Richards- Editor-in-Chief eCM Journal.
Head of Bio Performance of Materials & Devices Program,
ARI, Davos, CH
M Alini - Sceintific Editor eCM Journal.
Head of Tissue Engineering & Biomaterials Program, ARI,
CW Archer - Sceintific Editor eCM Journal
Connective Tissue Biology Research Group, Cardiff Institute
of Tissue Engineering & Repair, Cardiff University,Wales,
eCM IX: Musculoskeletal Trauma congress is accredited by
the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical
Education (EACCME) to provide CME activity for medical specialists.
The EACCME is an institution of the European Union of Medical
Specialists (UEMS), www.uems.net. EACCME has granted 21
European CME credits to the conference.
(EACCME credits are recognized by the American Medical Association
towards the Physician's Recognition Award (PRA). To convert
EACCME credit to AMA PRA category 1 credit, contact the
SGO (Swiss Society for Orthopaedics) 25 credits
SGC (Swiss Society for Surgery) 22 credits