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Alessandro Chiarotto is a researcher at the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics of the VU Medical Center, and at the Department of Health Sciences of the VU.

Alessandro is a physiotherapist and obtained his professional qualification at the University of Padua (Italy), in 2005. From 2006 to 2012, he worked as physiotherapist in various rehabilitation centers in Turin (Italy), mainly managing patients with musculoskeletal pain disorders. In 2011, he obtained a Post-Graduate Certificate in Physiotherapy at the Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh (UK). In 2014, he completed with honours the research master (MSc) in Lifestyle and Chronic Disorders at the VU University of Amsterdam.

Since September 2013, he works on a PhD project embedded within EMGO+ and focused on developing a core outcome set for clinical trials in non-specific low back pain. He is the coordinator of the international steering committee working on this project and including researchers, clinicians and patients' representatives from Netherlands, USA, UK, Brazil, Norway, Spain, and Australia. Alessandro's expertise is in carrying out studies to assess the measurement properties of measurement instruments (following classical test or item response theory), in systematic reviews to evaluate the quality of measurement instruments, and in conducting online surveys (i.e. Delphi studies). In 2015, he was awarded an EMGO+ Travel Grant to visit the Research Institute of Primary Care and Health Sciences of the Keele University (United Kingdom). Since January 2016, he is a member of the EMGO+ PhD Committee representing the Musculoskeletal Health program.

In March 2015, he won a best abstract award for his work on the core outcome set for low back pain at the Pain Science in Motion - International and Interdisciplinary Colloquium on Research Methods in Pain Sciences, Brussels (Belgium). Prior to his academic involvement in the Netherlands, Alessandro conducted two studies to evaluate the presence of pain sensitization mechanisms in elderly patients with thumb carpo-metacarpal osteoarthritis. These studies led him to win the Young Investigator Award given by the Italian Association for the Study of Pain (AISD) in 2013.