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Head of Research Group Prof. Dr. Laurent Audigé, DVM PhD

Dr. Laurent Audigé Spezialist Forschung

Position and faculty

Head of Research Group Upper Extremities and Hand Surgery


Planning and implementation of clinical registers and studies in human orthopedics

Applied methodological research relevant to classifications, complications, outcome instruments, evidence-based medicine, systematic literature reviews, cost-effectiveness evaluations







Titular Professor (epidemiology), University of Basel, Switzerland
Support: Prof. H. Bucher (Institute of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Medical Faculty)

Since 2012

Senior Research Fellow Upper Extremities, Schulthess Klinik, Switzerland 

2000 – 2012

Epidemiologist – Methodology & Statistics Manager AO Clinical Investigation and Documentation (CID), AO Foundation, Davos Platz/Dübendorf, Switzerland

1995 – 1999

Section Head Epidemiology at the Institute of Virology and Immunoprophylaxis (Swiss Veterinary Federal Office), Switzerland 

1991 – 1994

PhD Thesis work in New Zealand 

1988 – 1990

Veterinary assistant at various small and large animal veterinary practices, France 


Health and productivity epidemiological investigation in traditional villages in Senegal, ISRA/IEMVT-CIRAD, Dakar, Senegal 


Military service, Veterinary officer, Nouméa, New Caledonia (National Defense medal) 


Veterinary assistant at various small and large animal veterinary practices, France 

Education and training


Various Conference / Meeting attendance Deutsche Vereinigung für Schulter- und Ellenbogenchirurgie (DVSE) Gesellschaft für Orthopädie und Traumatologie (SGOT) European Federation of National Associations of Orthopaedics and Traumatology (EFORT) International Society of Arthroplasty Registers (ISAR) Gesellschaft für Arthroskopie und Gelenkchirurgie (AGA) Gesellschaft für Orthopädisch- Traumatologische Sportmedizin (GOTS) International Society of Orthopaedic Centers (ISOC) Schulthess Clinic Academy – The Shoulder 2016


2014 GCP course module 3 for sponsors (Clinical Trials Center – University Hospital Zurich)


GCP on-line courses


AO Leadership Middle Management training course (4 days) 


Online course NetCourseTM 152: Advanced Stata Programming, StataCorp LP, Texas USA (, Jan 18 – March 7 


Adaptive Designs for Clinical Trials, IBC Life Sciences’s 3rd International Conference, Cambridge, MA USA, May 10-11 2007 


Online course Human Participants Protection Education for Research Teams  sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), completed on 07/24/2005. (

Online course Introduction to Latent Class Modeling, Statistical Innovations Inc. Belmont, MA, USA (, June 17-July 15 


AO Management Seminar (2 days) 


Habilitation (epidemiology) Development and application of stochastic simulation models for herd-level testing schemes and population surveys in the framework of animal health surveillance”, University of Bern, Switzerland
Supervisor: Prof. E. Peterhans (Virology Institute, Veterinary Faculty) 


Finishing School for Systematic Review Course, Centre for Statistics in Medicine, Institute of Health Sciences, Bristol, UK, Mai 30-June 1 


Evidence-based medicine, Winterthur, Switzerland, March 2-4
Qualitätssicherung in der klinischen Forschung, Forum Institute für Management Gmbh, Heidelberg, Germany, June 15
Mixed models for continuous and discrete data in veterinary epidemiology ISVEE, Colorado, USA, August 1-4
Principles of operative fracture treatment 73rd AO course, AO Foundation, Davos, Switzerland, December 10-15 

1996 –1999

PROJECTO: project planning (4 days) ; Conflict situations (3 days)
How to speak in front of a group (3 days) ; Team work (5 days)
Animation of meetings (3 days); How to deal with coworkers (5 days) 


Risk analysis and animal health, Dübendorf, Switzerland, August 25-30 

Survival analysis in Epidemiology by Dr. Hosmer, New England Epidemiology Institute, Boston, USA 


PhD Degree: Epidemiological project Deer Herd Health and Production Profiling
Two-year observational study of health and production parameters of 15 red deer farms (Cervus elaphus) in the North Island of New Zealand
Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Massey University, New Zealand, 550 pages
Chief supervisor: Prof. P.R. Wilson, Co-supervisor: Prof. R.S. Morris 

Animal health economics: principles and applications, International Training Centre (PHLO), WageningenAgriculturalUniversity, The Netherlands 


CESAM Degree, Basic statistics and Epidemiology, Mark: very good, University of Pierre and Marie Curie, Statistic Institute of Paris (Paris VI), France 


Advanced Epidemiology Course, Massey University, New Zealand 


Veterinary thesis: Study of blood biological characteristics of rusa deer (Cervus timorensis russa) in New Caledonia, Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine, University of Créteil, France, 142 pages (Thesis award: bronze medal) 

Certificate of Tropical Pathology, Institut d'Elevage et de Médecine Vétérinaire des Pays Tropicaux, Maisons-Alfort (currently CIRAD-EMVT, Montpelier), France  


Veterinary degree, National Veterinary School of Maisons-Alfort, France (DVM) 

Scientific activities


Reviewer and redaction committee member of the scientific Journal Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery (since 2006), Reviewer of the Year 2017

ad hoc reviewer for scientific Journals:

  • Clinical Orthopaedic and Related Research
  • Injury
  • Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
  • Acta Orthopaedica
  • Journal of Orthopaedic Research
  • International Orthopedics



    2003 – 2013 Teaching at the PhD veterinary course, Bern, Switzerland 

    2003 – 2012 Scientific mentor for AOCID fellows (clinical research fellowship programme), various seminars and teaching courses: clinical epidemiology and research methodology

    1995 – 1999 Lectures and workshops in Biostatistics & Epidemiology, Switzerland


    Swiss Orthopaedics (Extraordinary member SGOT – SSOT)

    Center for Applied Biotechnology and Molecular Medicine (CABMM)


    Flury M., Kwisda S., Kolling C, Audigé L. Latissimus dorsi muscle transfer reduces external rotation deficit at the cost of internal rotation in reverse shoulder arthroplasty patients: a cohort study, Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery. doi: 10.1016/j.jse.2018.06.032

    Moser B., Keller C., Audigé L., Bruppacher H.R., Clinical characteristics of the Protector LMA versus the Supreme LMA; a prospective, randomized, blinded comparison in a healthy population. Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica. doi: 10.1111/aas.13256

    Schneider M.M., Toft F., Kolling C, Wirth B., Vachenauer R., Horn N., Felsch Q.T., Audigé L. (2018) Limited reliability of grading scapular notching according to Nerot-Sirveaux on anteroposterior radiographs. Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery. doi: 10.1007/s00402-018-3027-5

    Moser B., Keller C., Audigé L., Dave M.H., Bruppacher H.R. (2018) Intubating morbidly obese patients via Supraglottic Airway: a prospective, randomized trial of the Ambu AuraGainTM laryngeal mask versus the i-gelTM Airway. Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica, doi: 10.1111/aas.13242

    Moser B., Audigé L., Gasteiger L., Keller C., Brimacombe J., Bruppacher H.R. (2018) A randomized, non-crossover trial of the Ambu AuraGainTM laryngeal mask versus the LMA ProtectorTM Airway in paralysed, anaesthetised adult men. Minerva Anestesiologica, 84(6): 684-692. doi: 10.23736/s0375-9393.17.12254-6

    Forster N., Schindele S., Audigé L. Marks M. (2018) Prevalence of complications, reoperations and revisions after PIP arthroplasty: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Hand Surgery: European Volume, 43(10) 1066–1075. doi: 10.1177/1753193418770606

    Grobet C., Marks M., Stäheli L., Audigé L. (2018) Application and measurement properties of EQ-5D to measure quality of life in patients with upper extremity orthopaedic disorders. A systematic literature review. Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery, 138:953–961. doi: 10.1007/s00402-018-2933-x

    Kolling C., Borovac M., Audigé L., Mueller A.M., Schwyzer H.-K. (2018) Return to sports after reverse shoulder arthroplasty - The Swiss perspective. International Orthopaedics, 42:1129-1135. doi: 10.1007/s00264-017-3715-8

    Flury M., Rickenbacher D., Jung C., Schneider M.M., Endell D., Audigé L. (2018) Porcine dermis patch augmentation of supraspinatus tendon repairs: a pilot study assessing tendon integrity and shoulder function 2 years after arthroscopic repair in patients aged 60 years or older. Arthroscopy, 34:24-37. doi: 10.1016/j.arthro.2017.06.024