AO Spine Research Webinar - Defining the knowledge gaps to accelerate progress and advance outcomes in DCM
Dübendorf, Switzerland
27 May 2020
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Welcome to the Event Room for the AO Spine Research WebinarDefining the knowledge gaps to accelerate progress and advance outcomes in DCM

Chairperson:   Brian Kwon, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada



- Benjamin Davies, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

- Michael Fehlings, Toronto Western Hospital, Toronto, Canada

- Mark Kotter, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

Description: Degenerative cervical myelopathy (DCM) is a common condition, which despite treatment, will leave most with disabilities: research progress is urgently needed to improve outcomes.

Today, DCM research is often duplicated (studies repeat the same research question), difficult to generalize (studies measure different outcomes, at different time points using different tools, and fail to account for key baseline determinants) and/or immaterial to DCM users (research focus or design is not aligned with needs of those living with or caring for DCM). 
AO Spine RECODE-DCM [Research Objectives and Common Data Elements for Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy] is a multi-stakeholder, co-production initiative, led by the AO Spine Spinal Cord Injury Knowledge Forum, to develop guidance that can change this and accelerate practice changing research by:

1) Establishing the top unanswered research questions, ranked according to priority.
2) Establishing a standardized set of baseline characteristics and outcomes that should be measured in DCM research.

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Target audience: Spine researchers, spine practitioner; orthopedic, neuro- and spine surgeons, therapists, nurses, family doctors, people with lived experience, industry partners, funding bodies, policy makers.

The event starts on May 27th at 15:00 Central European Summer Time.

Please check your local time for the webinar here

To log-in: A link will be emailed to all registered participants about 20 minutes prior to the start of the webinar.

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Learning objectives
Recognize the top research priorities for DCM and explain their significance for the field
Describe the value of multi-stakeholder / co-production partnerships on efficient research
Identify new opportunities to contribute to care advances in DCM through research, including opportunities to get involved with AO Spine RECODE-DCM
Brian Kwon MD,PhD,FRCS(C)  (Chairperson)
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Type AOSpine
Level Principles
Region Europe and Southern Africa
Language(s) English
Scope International
Academic status Non peer reviewed
Format Webinar
Content Case studies, Lectures
Target audience Clinical investigations, Neurologist, Neurosurgeon, ORP/Theatre nurse, Orthopedic surgeon, Research, Resident, Spine surgeon
Closing date27 May 2020
Available places691
Cancellation policyNo cancellation fee
Euro 0.00 EUR
Registration and time of live event

This educational event is free of charge.

Please register in order to receive the webinar link by email.
The event starts on May 27th at 15:00 Central European Time
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Ms Catherine Antonetti (Project Manager)
AO Spine ESA
Project Manager
Stettbachstrasse 6
8600 Dübendorf
Ms Olesja Hazenbiller (Research Project Manager)
AO Foundation
Clavadelerstrasse 8
7270 Davos
Phone0814142736 ext. 736