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ARI Collaborative Research

ARI Collaborative Research Programms

Within each focus field there are one or two collaborative research programs (CRPs). Each CRP is com­posed of an international, interdisciplinary network of research teams which work on collaborative proj­ects towards the consortium goal. To ensure proper function of the network a "primus inter pares" from the AO Research Institute (ARI) is responsible for the scientific coordination. CRPs are typically funded for six years and conclude with a pre-clinical proof of concept study testing the consortium developed repair technique/device.

Annulus Fibrosus Ruptures

This program is aimed at developing solutions for treatment of annulus fibrosus rupture.

Acute Cartilage Injury

This program is aimed at assessing problems of acute cartilage injury and at developing solutions for treatment.

European Union Collaborative Grants


The BALI consortium employs a wide range of complementary approaches to study how biofilm formation on implants can be prevented.


BioBone ITN is an initial training network for young researchers in the strategic area of bioceramics for bone repair. This ITN is funded by the European Framework Programme 7 for four years from March 2012.


BIODESIGN is a strategic alliance of global experts developing medicines that stimulate tissue regeneration for degenerative and age related disorders of the bone, muscle and heart.


The NPmimetic project will develop a biomimetic nano-polymer based gel for minimally invasive disc regeneration treatment.


Rapid Prototyping of Custom-Made Bone-Forming Tissue Engineering Constructs. A European and Chinese consortium to apply technologies to create custom-made tissue engineered constructs made of resorbable polymer (PTMC or PLGA) and calcium phosphate ceramic composites.

AO Foundation Daughter Companies
RISystem Synbone


Scientific collaborators

Scientific collaborator
Prof. Gunnar Andersson

​Rush University Medical Center
Orthopedic Surgery
1611 W. Harrison St.
Chicago, IL 60612​, USA​

Prof. Charlie Archer

​Cardiff Institute of Tissue Engineering and Repair
School of Biosciences
Cardiff University, Wales, United Kingdom​

Assoz. Prof. Dr. Rohit Arora

​Department of Trauma Surgery
Medical University Innsbruck, Austria​

Prof. Oksana Banakh

​Responsable Institut des Microtechnologies Appliquées
Haute Ecole Arc Ingénierie
Eplatures-Grise 17
CH-2300 la Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland​

Prof. Mario Barbosa, PhD

​INEB-Instituto de Engenharia Biomédica
Rua do Campo Alegre, 823
4150-180 Porto, Portugal​

Dr. Lorin Benneker

​Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Inselspital, University of Bern
, Switzerland​

Dr. Dr. Manus Biggs

The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science
Columbia University
United States of America

Prof. Michael Blauth

​Department of Trauma Surgery
Medical University Innsbruck, Austria​

​Prof. John Botsis

Laboratory of Applied Mechanics and Reliability Analysis EPFL​

Dr. Pierre-Etienne Bourban

Laboratoire de Technologie des Composites et Polymères (LTC)
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland​

Dr. med. Volker Braunstein

Sportsclinic Germany
Ottobrunnerstr. 55
D - 81737 München, Germany​

Prof. Mats Brittberg

​University of Gothenburg
Cartilage Repair Unit, Kungsbacka Hospital
Region Halland Orthopaedics
43480 Kungsbacka, Sweden​

Prof. Steven Buchman

​C.S. Mott Children's Hospital
Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA​

Prof. Ranieri Cancedda

​Dipartimento di Oncologia, Biologia e Genetica

Genoa University, Italy​

Prof. Jerome Chevalier

INSA-Lyon, Villeurbanne, France​

Dr. Laura Creemers

​Department of Orthopaedics
University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands​

Prof. Magali Cucchiarini

​Saarland University Medical Centre
Experimental Orthopaedics
Kirrbergerstgr. Bldg 37
66421 Homburg/Saar, Germany​

Dr. Matt Dalby

​Centre of Cell Engineering
University of Glasgow, United Kingdom​​

Prof. André Desrochers

Département de sciences cliniques
Faculté de médecine vétérinaire
Université de Montréal
St Hyacinthe (Québec), Canada​

Dr. George Dodge

​University of Pennsylvania
Dept. Of Orthopaedic Surgery
36th Street and Hamilton Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6081, USA​

Prof. Dr.-Ing Georg Duda

​Julius Wolff Institut, Charité
Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany​

Dr. Noam Emanuel

​PolyPid Ltd, Petah Tikva, Israel​

Prof. Christopher Evans

​Orthopedic Surgery
Beth Isreal Deaconess Medical Center
Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA​

Prof. Stephen Fergusson

​Institute for Biomechanics
ETH, Zurich, Switzerland​

Dr. William Gallagher

​UCD School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science
UCD Conway Institute
University College Dublin, Ireland​

Dr. Benjamin Gantenbein

​ARTORG Center for Biomedical Engineering Research
University of Bern, Switzerland

Dr. Beat Gasser

​Robert Mathys Foundation
Bettlach, Switzerland​

Prof. Florian Gebhard

​Dept. Orthopaedic Trauma, Hand- & Recon. Surgery
University Hospital of Ulm, Germany​

Prof. Harvey Goldberg

​CIHR Group in Skeletal Development and Remodeling
Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada​

Dr. Georg Gradl

​Department of Trauma and Reconstructive Surgery
University of Rostock, Germany​

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