Dr. Marco Cardinale is the Head of Sports Physiology and Research of Aspire Academy in Doha (Qatar).
He led the Sports Science activities for the preparation of Team GB 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 and exercise physiology. A widely published and cited author in the scientific literature 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 which received 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/).
Dr. Cardinale holds 3 honorary academic appointments: two at University College London in the division of surgical and interventional medicine and in the department of computer sciences and a Visiting Professorship at the University of St Mark & St John in the Faculty of Sport & Health Sciences. 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 5 countries (USA, Italy, Spain, Sweden, UK) before working in Qatar. Dr. Cardinale has been invited speaker in scientific conferences and coaching clinics in 21 countries and has been ad-hoc reviewer for over 15 scientific journals and various research councils. Dr. Cardinale was a member of the Research Excellence Framework panel in the unit of assessment 26 (Sports related studies) until 2013. In 2011 he was awarded the honour of "Cavaliere dello sport pontino" by the Italian Olympic Committee for his services to international sports.
Dr Cardinale was an advisory board member of NIKE (SPARQ) and is currently a member of the scientific commission of the Italian Track and Field Federation.
Dr Cardinale holds a B.Sc. from ISEF in Italy, an M.Sc. from the US Sports Academy in the USA and a PhD from Semmelweis University in Hungary.