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Vice Director
AO Research Institute
CH-Davos (

Mauro Alini graduated in Chemistry from the University of Lausanne (Switzerland) in 1983. Since then he has been involved in connective tissue research, starting from his Ph.D. research work, which focused on the isolation and characterization of proteoglycans extracted from both normal human mammary gland and carcinomas thereof. In September 1988, he joined the Joint Diseases Laboratory (under Dr. A. R. Poole’s direction) at the Shriners Hospital in Montreal to work on quantitative and qualitative changes in extracellular matrix proteins (particularly proteoglycans and collagens) of the growth plate tissue before and at the time of cartilage matrix calcification during endochondral bone formation. In January 1995, he was appointed as an Assistant Professor at the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery of the McGill University (Chair Prof. M. Aebi) and head of the Biochemistry Unit of the Orthopaedic Research Laboratory, working to develop new biological approaches to treating intervertebral disc damage. In July 2000, he became the head of the Musculoskeletal Regeneration Program (40 scientists) at the AO Research Institute (Davos, Switzerland), focusing on cartilage, bone and intervertebral disc tissue engineering. Since September 2009 is also Vice-Director of the same Research Institute (more than 100 scientists). He received the Marshall R. Urist Award in 2015 from the Orthopaedic Research Society (USA), and he gave the Ian Macnab lecture (Canadian Orthopaedic Association) in 2019.

1988 PhD in Biochemistry; University of Lausanne (CH)
1983 Diploma in Chemistry; University of Lausanne (CH)

2009-              Vice Director, AO Research Institute, CH-Davos (
2000-2019     Head Musculoskeletal Regenerative Program, AO Res. Institute; CH-Davos
2000-             Adjunct Prof. Orthopaedic Division, McGill University, Montreal, CDN
1995-2000    Assistant Prof. Orthopaedic Division, McGill University, Montreal, CDN
1992-1994    Principal Investigator, Shriners Hospital, Montreal, CDN
1988-1991    Postdoctoral Fellow, Shriners Hospital, Montreal, CDN

Mentoring and Supervision
30 Postdoctoral Researchers/MD Fellows, 20 PhD Students, 10 MSc Students, 12 BSc Students.

Societal activities
Editor-in-Chief, JOR Spine; Editorial Board: 5 Journals; Referees: 20 journals; Grant Panellist: 4 funding agencies (Canada, France, Portugal, Kazakhstan); Grant Reviewer; 8 funding agencies; Keynote lecture: 16; Invited Talk: >100; Elected as a Council Member of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society (2010-13); President (2011-2013) Swiss Bone Mineral Society; Board of Director (2008-2009) Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS); member of the ORS International Committee (2014-2018); Education and Meeting Committee of the ICRS (2013-2015).

Publication Record
Total Publications >270; Book Chapters, 14; 6 patents; h-Index: 78; total number of citations: >17'000; Source of citation data: Google Scholar: (