Orthopaedic Trauma Institute, Institute for Global Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of California, San Francisco, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, San Francisco, CA.
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Summary:Trauma continues to be a leading cause of mortality and morbidity in lower to middle-income countries. To meet the ever-growing need of musculoskeletal care in trauma patients, orthopaedic surgeons play an instrumental role in providing care, guided by relevant clinical research studies. Promoting research and publishing results are both crucial to influencing trauma-related skeletal injury treatment in lower to middle-income countries. Currently, few opportunities exist for trauma surgeons in Latin America to participate in clinical research or to contribute to academic publications, thereby limiting their ability to address potentially critical treatment questions faced by their specific patient populations. In response to these obstacles, in 2017, a group of 60 surgeon leaders representing 18 countries throughout Latin America developed the Asociación de Cirujanos Traumatólogos de las Américas (ACTUAR; www.actuarla.org). The ACTUAR supports investigative opportunities for Latin American orthopaedic trauma surgeons who want to contribute through collaborative research work. This pioneering initiative aims to improve trauma-related research, clinical care, and health care policies through the development of an international network across the Americas.