COA Dispatch - Research Edition
Call for Nominations – FIOR Candidates Requested by February 20, 2018
As an active and participating country in the International Combined Orthopaedic Research Society (ICORS: ), members of CORS are eligible to apply for the honorary status of “Fellow of International Orthopaedic Research (FIOR)”. This is a program within the ICORS group intended to provide international public recognition of individuals who have gained a status of excellent professional standing and high achievements in the field of orthopaedic research.
The second tri-annual meeting of ICORS will take place in Montreal in June of 2019, in conjunction with our COA/CORS Annual Meeting, and this will also mark the awarding of the second round of FIOR from membership countries.

To become a FIOR, individuals must demonstrate that they are accomplished members, role models in orthopaedic research, with a minimum of 10 years of continuous membership within CORS, and a minimum of 15 years of demonstrated scientific or professional contributions to the field of orthopaedic research. FIOR is a lifelong designation, and an installed fellow has the right to carry the letters FIOR after their name. 
As a member society, we can have up to a maximum of 10% of our membership designated as FIOR, but also emeritus status FIOR for retired, non-active members. It is expected that Fellows attend the ICORS conference the year of their award, and at least one meeting every six years thereafter.  
The CORS Executive is therefore soliciting nominations for this honour (self-nominations are allowed). We would appreciate a cover letter and a CV outlining the member’s contributions to the field over the past 15 years no later than February 20, 2018, emailed to
This is an exciting opportunity for recognition and collaboration within the international orthopaedic research community, and a chance to showcase the world-class research happening here in Canada by our membership. We look forward to your nominations.
Fackson Mwale, PhD
President, Canadian Orthopaedic Research Society (CORS)
CORS Symposium Explores Biomarkers in Orthopaedics
The upcoming CORS Annual Meeting program will include a symposium on the next revolution in biomarkers in orthopaedics featuring a diverse faculty of experts including Professor David Hunter from Australia as the 2018 Macnab Lecturer. Mark your calendars now for the CORS Annual Meeting being held on Thursday, June 21 in conjunction with the COA Annual Meeting in Victoria, BC. 
Research Surveys – Participation Required!
New Studies

The use of irreversible direct oral anticoagulants is becoming a big issue in the care of orthopaedic trauma patients and specifically in the elderly hip fracture population. The purpose of this survey is to better understand what surgeons do now with respect to delaying or expediting surgery, who makes the decision to proceed with surgery, and what guidelines are in place. 
Currently, we are now seeing patients with hip fractures spend several days in hospital waiting for their oral anticoagulant to 'wear off' while incurring higher perioperative bleeding risks. We want to know what you do and how you feel about this increasingly common situation. 
We intend to capture a majority of actively practicing Canadian orthopaedic surgeons from both community and academic settings. We expect to find heterogeneity among Canadian surgeons and how they address this problem. This data will be used to direct further research and to shape formal guidelines to best care for this patient population. 
We intend to publish the results of this survey in the Canadian Journal of Surgery and to present the results at the COA annual general meeting in Victoria. We will be interested to see if there is variation in care provincially, among academic and community settings, and years in practice.
This survey will take less than 5 minutes. Please consider clicking the  link  and filling it out. Also, please consider forwarding the survey to your colleagues.
The deadline to participate is March 1 st , 2018.
Ongoing Studies
If you have not yet participated in the following survey, please follow the link below:

  • Requested Survey Participants: All practicing orthopaedic surgeons, fellows and residents holding membership with the COA or AAOS are eligible to participate
  • Survey Link:
  • Contact: Dr. Jason Akindolire at (519) 661-4121 or

You are being invited to participate in a study that we, Kevin Willits and Jason Akindolire are conducting. Briefly, this is a survey-based study that aims to explore practice patterns in the management of acute Achilles tendon rupture . Should you choose to participate, the survey can be completed in 10-15 minutes. There is no compensation for your participation.
If you would like to participate in this study please click on the link below to access the letter of information and survey link.
Did You Read January’s Research Paper of the Month?
Upcoming CORS
Meeting Dates
Selected by the Executive Committee of the Canadian Orthopaedic Research Society (CORS), the new paper of the month for January is now on the COA web site. This month’s selected paper is “ Open-MRI Measures of Cam Intrusion for Hips in an Anterior Impingement Position Relate to Acetabular Contact Force”.
Find it on the home page at .

June 21, 2018
(COA Annual Meeting June 20-23)
Victoria, BC 

See Canadian research highlighted through the guest nation program featuring Canada at the
ORS Annual Meeting
March 7-13, 2018
New Orleans, LA

2nd Meeting of the International Combined Orthopaedic Research Societies ICORS
June 19-22, 2019
Montreal, QC