Countdown to launch of "Top ten research priorities for DCM"

AO Spine RECODE-DCM accelerates research advances in degenerative cervical myelopathy

12 May 2020


Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy (DCM) is the number one cause of spinal cord impairment globally, affecting as many as 2% of adult populations. Despite treatment, less than 5% of people with DCM make a full recovery. Many will have life-long disability and some of the lowest quality of life scores for long-term conditions. To speed up urgently required research advances, AO Spine is proud to be launching the top ten research priorities for DCM.

The AO Spine Research Objectives and Common Data Elements for DCM (RECODE-DCM) is an international initiative to accelerate knowledge discovery and improve outcomes in DCM. The top ten unanswered research questions for DCM are the first incredible achievement for the initiative. These were gathered and prioritized through a wide consultation and consensus process, set up as a James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnership.

The results will be launched in a virtual event on Wednesday, 27 May 2020 at 3:00 PM CEST. Register here to attend.

The process brought together insights from all stakeholders, surgeons, health professionals, and people living with DCM, to be sure the questions represent what matters most. AO Spine will actively participate and keep monitoring the uptake of the study questions and publishing results from the priority topics to make sure the outcomes are translated into research and into clinical practice.

"Each priority will have a panel of ambassadors, who will be key members of the global initiative. They will promote engagement and activity or if interested answer the question themselves," Co-PI Benjamin Davies explains. AO Spine envisions that in some years' time, we will have answers to all ten priorities.

If you would like to become an Ambassador, contact AO Spine Research Project Manager Olesja Hazenbiller on

To learn more about AO Spine RECODE-DCM study, go to the study website.

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