ACTUAR Donation

Enhancing health research capacity in developing countries is a global health priority.  Few opportunities exist for many of the surgeons in Latin America to collaborate and be involved in clinical research for orthopaedic surgery journals.  To begin to address this issue, a research consortium of Latin American orthopaedic leaders took place in Miami in 2011.  Prior to the meeting, attendees were surveyed on perceived barriers to conducting research at their institutions.  During the event, working groups discussed these barriers, developed strategies for addressing potential obstacles, and planned future steps for collaboration.  Obstacles reported included lack of financial support, research infrastructure, and poor research networks.  To this end, a group of surgeons specializing in orthopaedic trauma has been developed.  The network is named ACTUAR, the Asociasion de Cirujanos Traumatologos en las Americas.  The objective is to develop an international network across the Americas, specifically Latin America, which supports research collaboration with centers across North America.  So far, ACTUAR has members from seventeen countries across Latin America in collaboration.  ACTUAR’s next step is to develop further a network of surgeons interested in clinical research through regular meetings, clinical symposiums, and research projects.