Grants and Awards

Dr. David Eglin received the award during the ESB conference in Dublin. ( Mauro Alini, Marianna Peroglio, David Eglin, Abby Sukarto and Geoff Richards).Dr. David Eglin received the 2011 Jean Leray award during the ESB conference in Dublin. (From left to right: Mauro Alini, Marianna Peroglio, David Eglin, Abby Sukarto and Geoff Richards).


Jean Leray Award

The contribution of the AO Research Institute Davos to the field of biomaterials has again been recognized by The European Society for Biomaterials (ESB). The society has nominated Dr. David Eglin as the recipient of this year's Jean Leray Award.

This prestigious award is established to recognize, encourage and stimulate outstanding research contributions to the field of biomaterials by young scientists. Dr. David Eglin is a principal scientist and leader of the Polymers and Surfaces team in the Musculoskeletal Regeneration program (Prof. Mauro Alini) at the AO Research Institute Davos in Switzerland.

His research interests lie in macromolecular chemistry and material science, focusing on polymers for medical devices, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. He develops scaffolds, membranes and hydrogels for both the understanding of cell-material interactions and for translational research in the orthopaedic field.

ECTES 2013

Third award poster presentation: M. Lenz, S. M. Perren, B. Gueorguiev, R. G. Richards, A. Fernandez Dell'Oca, D. Höntzsch, G. O. Hofmann, M. Windolf: The concept of point contact fixation – interface mechanics of cerclages, 14th ECTES, Lyon, France, 4–7 May, 2013.


International Federation of Foot and Ankle Societies (IFFAS) award for best international paper: T. Schmid, S. Zurbriggen, M. Weber, I. Zderic, B. Gueorguiev, F. Krause: Ankle joint pressure in pes cavus after supramalleolar tibial and lateralizing calcaneal osteotomy, AOFAS, Hollywood, Florida, USA, 17–20 July, 2013.

Oliver Gardner won best presentation award at the Graubünden forscht – Young Scientists in Contest conference in Davos, 12th–13th September, 2012.

Association of orthopeadic and Trauma surgeons of south Germany

Florian Schmidutz won the 2013 Young Researcher Award ("Nachwuchsförderpreis") for his presentation about Bone integration in Hemi-Resurfacing Shoulder Prosthesis (Die knöcherne Integration von Hemi-Resurfacing Implantaten der Schulter) at the annual meeting from the Association of orthopeadic and Trauma surgeons of south Germany (Vereinigung Süddeutscher Orthopäden und Unfallchirurgen e.V.).

Fraisa ToolChampions

Apprentice Noel Wyss won the Fraisa ToolChampions first prize (division: CNC) for the German-speaking part of Switzerland.

Osteosynthese International

Mark Lenz won the best Oral Presentation Award at the congress Osteosynthese International 2012: M. Lenz, S. M. Perren, B. Gueorguiev, R. G. Richards, G. O. Hofmann, M. Windolf; Fracture fixation around intramedullary implants – a biomechanical study on different cerclage looping techniques. Gerhard Küntscher Society, Rostock, Germany, 19–22 September, 2012.

Society Positions

Dr. Daniel Arens has been elected for the Board of Directors of the Swiss Association of Veterinarians in Industry and Research, June 2012.

Dr. Martin Stoddart has been appointed to serve on the Orthopaedic Research Society Basic Science Education Committee for a three year term starting January 2013.

Prof. Mauro Alini is the current President of The Swiss Bone and Mineral Society (two year term).

Prof. R. Geoff Richards was invited and is currently carrying out a two year term (2011–2013) as the Infection topic committee Chair for the Orthopeadic Research Society. He also co-organized a Basic Science Focus Forum at this year's Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA) Annual conference in San Antonio, Texas in October and is an Executive Committee member EORS.

Dr. David Eglin is on the Executive Committee of the Swiss Society for Biomaterials (SSB). In addition, the 2013 SSB Annual Meeting and General Assembly will take place at the Congress Centre Davos, on June 26th 2013 and will be organized locally by the AO Research Institute Davos. The topic of the meeting is Polymers & Biomaterials and will bring together scientists and clinicians. International keynote speakers will share the podium with students and scientists from Switzerland.

Prof. Geoff Richards was awarded Fellow, Biomaterials Science and Engineering (FBSE) at the 9th World Biomaterials Congress in Chengdu, China. This prestigious honor recognizes scientists who have gained excellent professional standing and high achievements in the field of biomaterials science and engineering. Fellows are role models and are expected to foster and support the professional development of the field as a practical and intellectual endeavor.

Prof. Geoff Richards has been invited (and accepted) as a member World Orthopaedic Alliance (WOA). WOA is an extension of the Beijing Declaration from COA 2011. It is an international non-profit association dedicated to the advancement of high quality musculoskeletal care in developing countries.

Dr. Stephan Zeiter is member of the Education committee of the Swiss Laboratory Animal Science Association (SGV).

Since November 2006 Robert Peter is President of the ALAB, an organisation which has the goal to improve the education of the Lab technicians apprenticeship to find the best way among the different interests that exist in the wide field of biology. We are the organizing institution of the Überbetrieblichen Kurse UEK which are part of the education to be given to the apprentices according to the Bildungsverordnung from the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation.

Since mid 2010 Robert Peter is a member of the Prüfungskommission for Laboranten EFZ in Kanton Zürich.

Extramural Funding

EU FP7 Grants

RAPIDOS: Rapid Prototyping of Custom-Made Bone-Forming Tissue Engineering Constructs. ARI personnel: Geoff Richards, Mauro Alini and David Eglin, 2013–2016.

NPMimetic: Biomimetic nano-fiber-based nucleus pulposus regeneration for the treatment of degenerative disc disease. ARI personnel: Mauro Alini and Sibylle Grad, 2011–2015.

BIODESIGN: Rational Bioactive Materials Design for Tissue Regeneration. ARI personnel: Mauro Alini and Martin Stoddart, 2012–2016.

BALI: Development of tools to control microbial biofilms with relevance to clinical drug resistance. Together with AO Clinical Investigation and Documentation (AOCID). ARI personnel: Fintan Moriarty, Angela Nehrbass, Stephan Zeiter, CID personnel: Andy Faeh, 2012–2015.

ARTIVASC: Artificial vascularised scaffolds for 3D-tissue regeneration, ARI Personnel Stephan Zeiter, 2011–2015

NAMABIO Cost EU/SNF grant for 3 years has been awarded to David Eglin and Mauro Alini to fund a 3 year PhD student. This will start Jan 2013.

BIOBONE EU-FP7 grant for 4 years has been awarded to Marianna Peroglio and Mauro Alini to fund a PhD student that will work on the project starting 2013.

Other Grants

Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) has awarded funding for a project entitled: The effect of spatial, temporal and mechanical cues on the modulation of human mesenchymal stem cell chondrogenesis and hypertrophy. The project will run for three years (2014–2017) with Martin Stoddart as the Principal Investigator. The ARI application co-authors were Mauro Alini and Sibylle Grad.

Prof. Mauro Alini was awarded funding by the North American Spine Society (NASS) 2010 Basic Research for two years. Stem Cell Based Intervertebral Disc Regeneration-Evaluation in Organ Culture.


Further extra-mural funding has been obtained in the form of an US National Institutes of Health (NIH) contract through Prof. Chris Evans, Harvard. The in vivo study investigates Healing of Segmental Defects of Bone & Gene Transfer Treatment of critical sized large bone defects using genetically modified fat and muscle (2011–2016).

The Innovation Foundation of the canton of Graubünden has supplied ARI with a new Fluorescence activated Cell Sorter which will greatly increase the capabilities within the cell and stem cell areas.