AO Spine Asia Pacific
Research Project Overview 2020

Research Proposals Awarded
Applications Received from the Region

AO Spine Asia Pacific
Research Committee

Research Chairperson
Jason Cheung
The University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong, China

Aug 01, 2019 – Jun 30, 2022

Research Officer
Uphar Chamoli
University of New South Wales
Sydney, Australia
Jun 01, 2019 – Mar 31, 2021
Research Officer
Zezhang Zhu
Nanjing Drum Tower Hospital
Nanjing University Medical School
Nanjing, China
Jan 01, 2018 – Dec 31, 2020
Research Officer
Kenny Kwan
The University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong, China
Sep 01, 2019 – Aug 31, 2022
Research Officer
J Naresh Babu
Mallika Spine Centre
Hyderabad, India
Nov 26, 2019 – May 31, 2022
Research Officer
Daisuke Sakai
Tokai University School of Medicine
Kanagawa, Japan
Jan 01, 2019 – Dec 31, 2021
Research Officer
Kyung Soo Suk
Yonsei University
Gangnam Severance Hospital
Seoul, South Korea
Nov 01, 2018 – Oct 31, 2021

AO Spine Asia Pacific

Research Committee 2020

AO Spine Research emphasizes on clinical research, focusing on research that matters to the AO Spine members and to the patients. It is our endeavor to make AO Spine the premier “Knowledge Creator” in the field of spine surgery. Over the years, AO SAP granted a significant amount of research funding in the regions.

Joint Committee Meeting

January 11, 2020 | Chengdu, China

Jason Cheung


Research Committee

A look back at 2020

2020 started out with major promise and excitement in January when we presented our initiatives to the AO Spine Asia Pacific members. However, since then we have faced a global pandemic and many initiatives have been put on hold including opportunities for fellows and members to present their research findings and outputs. Nevertheless, we have been able to maintain a steady progress in terms of research projects and grant support.

Several research projects are underway. A region-wide e-book has been planned and invited authors will be contacted once contractual aspects have been settled. We have also been awarded with a focus issue on spinal metastatic disease in the Global Spine Journal, which is currently under preparation. Our region has also supported the AO Spine global initiative for COVID research with several key publications.

The region despite being in lockdown has been very active in grant applications. We have received 84 applications from the region with 17 proposals awarded funding support. Hopefully things will return to normal in 2021 so that our members can discuss and generate ideas in-person. One thing that is certain from our tough experiences with 2020, our AO Spine members are active and eager in research and publishing pandemic or not.

AO Spine Asia Pacific
National Research Projects 2020


AO Spine Asia Pacific
Online Education in Research

The journey that we provided to AO Spine members free of charge to level up their research knowledge
The online AO Spine Course on Education in Research was developed by dedicated and experienced professionals for improving the competencies to access, evaluate and use the scientific information available in the main databases.