DARCO and GFFC: Two specialists – one goal
Interview with Katharina Feistl, Authorised Signatory, VP Finance, Administration, HR at DARCO (Europe) GmbH
In collaboration with DARCO (Europe) GmbH, the Society for Foot and Ankle Surgery (Gesellschaft für Fuß- und Sprunggelenkchirurgie e.V. – GFFC) is offering a research scholarship. What is the background?
DARCO and GFFC e.V. – A partnership from the very beginning. Why?
DARCO and the Society for Foot and Ankle Surgery (Gesellschaft für Fuß- und Sprunggelenkchirurgie e.V. – GFFC) have been closely connected from the beginning. DARCO’s “genetic footprint” is in postoperative care, so supporting studies or research projects in all matters pertaining to the foot is a matter of course for us. As a Premium Partner since day 1, we regularly attend the events of GFFC Akademie GmbH in order to stay up-to-date with the needs and new developments in foot surgery. The annual congress of GFFC e.V. has been a tradition for us for almost 30 years.
For the first time, DARCO is participating in a research grant. What exactly is it about?
The joint research fellowship is intended for specialists in surgery, orthopaedics and/or trauma surgery with a focus on foot and ankle surgery. Our mission is to support research in the field of conservative therapy, including related basic research in foot surgery.
Where is this work published?
The award and presentation of the research grant with a short presentation of the research project will take place during the annual congress of GFFC e.V. Of course, this will be a highlight for us as an exhibitor in Munich. The abstract of the scientific paper will also be made available on the website of GFFC e.V.
Which aspects of the cooperation with GFFC e.V. are particularly worth mentioning?
A very important point is the long-standing personal closeness to the doctors. There is a lively and very pleasant exchange at workshops, seminars and especially at the annual congress. GFFC e.V. now has about 2,000 members, and DARCO is proud to be a premium partner of GFFC Akademie GmbH, because in this environment the dialogue with experts, which is so important for our product development, can take place. Research and teaching meet innovative product development.
Training is an important building block in the DARCO philosophy. Why?
With the support of the GFFC e.V. research scholarship, we wish to lay a foundation for the promotion of podiatrists. More knowledge and more science in the field of foot surgery promotes targeted product development and serves the optimal care of the patient. This funding now complements our long-standing involvement in professional societies and associations.