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  • Div of Surgery & Interventional Sci
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Prof. Marco Cardinale is the Executive Director of Research and Scientific Support in Aspetar, the Qatar Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Hospital. In 2009, Aspetar was accredited as a “FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence” by F-MARC and “IOC Research Centre for Prevention of Injury and Protection of Athlete Health” in 2014.

In 2015, Aspetar has been recognised as the “IHF Reference Centre for Athlete and Referee Health”.

Before joining Aspetar he was the Head of Sports Physiology and Research of Aspire Academy in Doha (Qatar). 

Before moving to Qatar, he led the Sports Science activities for the preparation of TeamGB at the Beijing 2008, Vancouver 2010 and London 2012 Olympic Games.

A former Handball coach, he has been involved in coach education in various countries in the area of strength and conditioning andexercise physiology. A widely published and cited author in the scientificliterature on various aspects of human performance, he has also patented an innovative exercise device (http://www.abdn.ac.uk/r&i/business/licencing/lo_medd/autoexerc/) consisting of a vibratory biofeedback system whichreceived research awards from NEStech and the Design Council (http://www.designcouncil.org.uk/resources-and-events/Business-and-public-sector/Technology-case-studies/Exercise-machine-with-vibration/).

Prof.Cardinale holds an honorary academic appointments at the University College London in the division of surgical and interventionalmedicine and in the department of computer science and is Visiting Professor at the University of Plymouth Marjon and Northumbria University in Newcastle. He has been an advisor to various companies (e.g. Polar Electro,Medisport and Technogym), government agencies (e.g. the European Space Agency)and professional sport organizations and national governing bodies in 4 countries before moving to Qatar. Prof. Cardinale has been invited speaker in scientific conferences and coaching clinics in 21countries and has been ad-hoc reviewer for over 15 scientific journals and variousresearch councils. Prof. Cardinale was a member of the Research ExcellenceFramework panel in the unit of assessment 26 (Sports related studies). In 2011 he was awarded the honour of "Cavaliere dello sport pontino" by the Italian Olympic Committee for his services to international sports.

Prof. Cardinale was an advisory board member of NIKE (SPARQ) and was a member of the scientific commission of the Italian Track and Field Federation from 2013 to 2016. In 2017 he obtained the national Habilitation to Full Professor by the Italian Ministry of Education in 06/N2 Science of Sport and Physical Activity.

Prof. Cardinale holds a B.Sc. from ISEF in Italy, an M.Sc. from the US Sports Academy in the USA and a PhD from SemmelweisUniversity in Hungary.

Research Summary

Understanding how athletes respond to various training challenges to be able to understand the most effective loading and unloading patterns; development of innovative technology to deliver alternative forms of exercise (such as vibration training); identification of markers of overtraining and overreaching in athletic populations; development of innovative wearable technology to measure physiological parameters in-vivo; development of exercise-based countermeasures to microgravity

  Honorary Reader Computer Science UCL, United Kingdom
2010 Honorary Senior Lecturer Surgery and Interventional Medicine UCL, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2002   Doctor of Philosophy Semmelweis Egyetem
1998   Master of Science To be updated
1995   Specializzazione To be updated
1993   Bachelor of Science To be updated
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