Titles: Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Pisa School of Medicine; Chief of the Metabolism Unit of the CNR (National Research Council) Institute of Clinical Physiology, Pisa; and Adjunct Clinical Professor of Medicine, Diabetes Division, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Texas, USA
Professional education: degree in Medicine (cum laude, at the University of Pisa School of Medicine, 1975); Specialty Board Certification in Nuclear Medicine (cum laude, at the University of Pisa) and Diabetes&Metabolic Disease (cum laude, at the University of Torino, 1978); Visiting Scientist at the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden (1977-78); and NIH Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine (1978-1982).
Publications: over 500 original papers in the field of diabetes, metabolism and hypertension, and several reviews and textbook chapters. On the list (ISIHighlyCited.com) of highly cited scientists.
Memberships: founding member and Past-President of the Italian Society of Obesity; co-founder and Chairman of the European Group for the Study of Insulin Resistance (EGIR); Editor-in-Chief of the official Journal of EASD (Diabetologia, 1994-1997); Past-President of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) and the European Foundation for the Study of Diabetes (EFSD) (2004-2008).
Current research areas: insulin resistance and atherosclerosis; impact of oxidative stress and high blood pressure on endothelial function; autoimmunity in adult-onset diabetes; pathophysiology of insulin secretion; impact of hyperinsulinaemia on autonomic nervous system function; pathogenesis of the insulin, resistance and hyperinsulinism in obesity, and effects of weight loss; coronary atherosclerosis in diabetes; pathogenesis of the microvascular dysfunction and proteinuria in adult-onset diabetes.