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 research forwards.
50 Years of AO Research
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.
RG Richards- Editor-in-Chief eCM Journal.
M Alini - Sceintific Editor eCM Journal.
CW Archer - Sceintific Editor eCM Journal