Welcome to APORS

The Asia Pacific Orthopaedic Research Society (APORS) was set up in 2017 with the intent to create a professional, scientific and medical organization focused in promoting orthopaedic research in the Asia Pacific region. It is recognized that in many societies within the Asia Pacific region, many nations have not been able to participate in serious orthopedic research due to various limitations, As an organization responsible for the orthopaedic activities in the Asia Pacific region, APOA has embarked on an effort to promote this discipline amongst APOA member nations. APORS aims to increase resources for research, and awareness of the importance and impact of such research on orthopaedic patients and the public.


Our vision is to drive and promote musculoskeletal sciences research in the practice of orthopaedics in the region through the combined efforts of regional orthopedic organizations and international combined societies.

The objects for which APORS is established are:

  • To advance the science, art and evidence-based practices of orthopaedic surgery in the region particularly in those countries with Chapters;
  • To promote professional education in research, and other interest in musculoskeletal sciences;
  • To share knowledge of and solutions to medical problems by employing the principle of science;
  • To assist countries of the region in all matters relating to orthopaedic research;
  • To promote fellowship and understanding between orthopaedic surgeons and scientists of the region whom are interested in doing orthopaedic research;
  • To cooperate with global, international, national and regional orthopaedic associations, societies and specialty groups as in the opinion of the Association have objects similar to the Objects of the Association;
  • To promote, encourage and assist in the education and training of orthopaedic surgeons and scientists in the area of musculoskeletal sciences in this region, particularly in those countries with Chapters.

At present, there are several areas that falls within the realm of this society:

  • Biological Sciences
  • Biomaterial sciences
  • Tissue Engineering and Regenerative medicine
  • Biomechanics
  • Computational and Mathematical Sciences
  • Tendon, Cartilage and Bone Research
  • Public health and epidemiological research
  • Evidence based medicine
  • Imagery and analyses
  • Genetics
  • Clinical trials


  • Joyce SB Koh

    Assoc Professor Joyce SB Koh Chairperson

  • Prof Dr Ismail Hadisoebroto

    Prof Dr Ismail Hadisoebroto Vice-Chairman

  • Dr Sureshan Sivananthan

    Dr Sureshan Sivananthan Secretary

  • Prof Deepak Goyal

    Prof Deepak Goyal Treasurer

Association of the South East Asia Nation Research Section (ASEAN ORS)

The advances in musculoskeletal science over the years saw the need for research in this area to be developed further especially in countries which are less developed but are of high potential. Although efforts have begun in these countries, this area is relatively new and not well established. As such, only very few research groups are pursuing this area actively. Furthermore, certain smaller countries like those of the ASEAN region (i.e. Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Brunei, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar) will not be able to have national societies with interest in musculoskeletal research owing to the limited number of research groups involved in this area in their respective countries. At this stage, it is also unlikely that a regional society with interest in musculoskeletal research can be established without the support of a larger more established organization. APOA recognizes the need for this area to be developed since within these countries, there are members of APOA affiliated to research groups which have strong potential in this area. Taking all of this into consideration, APOA has made a commitment to support the establishment of this interest group for ASEAN countries and, recognize them as a group representing this region to be affiliated with the International Combined Orthopaedic Research Society (ICORS).

This however does not exclude other member countries from joining this section (or rather subsection) and that under the agreement with ICORS, member societies from nations not listed under the ASEAN group of societies can still be included in the ASEAN ORS affiliation (via APOA membership rules). This is PROVIDED that they are not from a nation society already covered under one of the societies listed in the ICORS member organization. APORS welcomes any nation who would want to be part of this section and thus being directly affiliated to the ICORS group of societies. (Please see ICORS website for further information: http://i-cors.org/).

For more information on the ASEAN ORS please visit our website.


Why be a member to this society?

Being a member of this society allows you to contribute in the area of musculoskeletal sciences to nations within the Asia Pacific region. Whilst there are many societies under APOA and elsewhere that promote the orthopaedic fraternity in their surgical practices, proper research have not been given a priority and that only advanced countries are allowed to participate in this area due to the advantages bestowed to them, such as available funding and expertise. This society was formed to assist in promoting such activities in nation societies which are not able pursue strong fundamental research; which may include to overcome the lack of expertise, education or potential funding opportunities. By joining this society, you can be part of group that is doing something great for your nation and to the region; as well as in helping to develop an area of orthopaedics that have been neglected for many decades in many Asia Pacific nations. This would allow us to work together to overcome the limitations aforementioned.

Are you a member of APOA?

If yes, the APORS will gladly accept you as an unconditional member of APORS, with a one time membership fees of U $50.

Is your respective National Orthopaedic Society under the APOA federation scheme?

If yes, a member of a national society is eligible to be a federation member of APOA and thus joining this society is on a one time payment of US $50. Please check from the list societies that is a federation member for your country. However, you need to be an active member of your national society and that is certified by the national society you belong to. If your national society is not listed in the APOA federation membership, please promote society to join the APOA federation scheme by writing in to the president of APOA (https://www.apoaonline.com/)

Affiliations and partners

At present APORS is officially affiliated and have active working partnership programs with a number of international societies and organizations that have similar aspirations in wanting to promote musculoskeletal sciences/ orthopaedic research globally:

  • The International Combined Orthopedic Research Society (ICORS)
  • The National Orthopaedic Centre of Excellence in Research and Learning (NOCERAL)
  • The Malaysian Orthopaedic Association (MOA) Research Section
  • The Asian Cartilage Research Society (ACRS)