Prof. Raffaella Buzzetti
Italy

PRESENT APPOINTMENTS:

-Full Professor of Endocrinology, Dept. of Experimental Medicine, “Sapienza” University of Rome

-Director, Diabetes Unit (Unità Operativa Dipart.) Azienda Ospedaliera-Universitaria Policlinico Umberto I, Rome;

-Coordinator, of the "Epidemiology and Molecular Pathology" section of the PhD Program in "Molecular Medicine", and

- Referent for the Internationalization for the PhD Program in "Epidemiology and Molecular Pathology" “Sapienza” University of Rome;

-Coordinator, integrated course of Pathology III, and course of Methodology VIII, School of Medicine, “Sapienza” University of Rome;

-Member of the School Organizing Committee of the Specialization in Endocrinology, “Sapienza” University of Rome;

-2008 Member Executive Council Diabetes, Endocrinology, Metabolism (DEM) ONLUS Research Foundation;

-Member of the National Board of the Italian Society of Endocrinology (2017-2021).

 

 EDUCATION:

-1984 Doctor of Medicine, (cum laude), “Sapienza” University of Rome

-1987 Diploma in Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases, (cum laude) “Sapienza” University of Rome

-1992 Diploma in Medical Genetics, (cum laude)“Sapienza” University of Rome

 

 PREVIOUS APPOINTMENTS:

1981-1985 Intern. Department of Internal Medicine, “Sapienza” University of Rome;

1986-1988 Post-doc Research Fellow, Dept. of Chemical Endocrinol. St.Bartholomew's Hospital, London;

1989-1990 Post-doc Research Fellow, Italian Research Coucil, Rome;

1991-2004 Assistant Professor of Endocrinology, Dept. of Internal Medicine, “Sapienza” University of Rome;

2001 Awarded of the National Scientific Qualification as Associate Professor in Endocrinology

2005-2017 Associate Professor of Endocrinology, Dept. of Experimental Medicine, “Sapienza” University of Rome;

2005-2006 Director of Diabetes Unit (Unità Operativa Semplice), Polo Pontino, “Sapienza” University of Rome;

2007-2017 Director Diabetes Unit (Unità Operativa Complessa) S. Maria Goretti Hospital, Polo Pontino, “Sapienza” University of Rome;

2001-2003 Member of the PhD Program in “Endocrinological Sciences: molecular basis of hormone action, University of Catania;

2005-2005 Member of the PhD Program in “Endocrinological, Metabolic and Andrological Sciences” “Sapienza” University of Rome;

2006-2012 Coordinator of the PhD Program in "Epidemiology and Molecular Pathology,

" Sapienza" University of Rome;

2004-2006 Coordinator, Interlink project (internationalization of the University System) funded by Ministry of University and Research with the University of Ulm, Germany;

2011-2013 Member of the Technical Table of the Public Health Agency for the prevention and treatment of diabetes mellitus (Lazio region);

2017 (October) Visiting Professor at Joslin Diabetes Clinic (Harvard University).

 

 RESEARCH:

Author or co-Author of about 200 full length papers in peer-reviewed journals (approximately 6000 citations, 21 average citations per item) and 60 reviews and chapters of books.

More than 250 invited lectures and seminars in International and National Congresses and Meetings as well as Public and Private Institutions.

PI of approximately 30 phase II and III clinical trials on the last 10 years

Listed among the Top Italian Scientists of the VIA-Academy (http://www.topitalianscientists.org/Top_italian_scientists_VIA-Academy.aspx)

 

Main topics of Research:

a. Genetic susceptibility to type 1 diabetes:

Prof. Buzzetti’s research related to genetic susceptibility to type 1 diabetes have made significant contributions essentially through two paths a) the identification of new susceptibility genes, b) the evaluation of genetic determinants associated with the disease in the Italian population, resulting in the formulation of the risk and implementation of predictive clinical trials. One of the most significant results was the identification of a "new" susceptibility gene to type 1 diabetes, the CTLA-4 (Cytotoxic T-limphocyte Associated-4). To date, this gene represents, among all the genes studied, one of the three definitely associated with this disease in all populations.

b. Identification of metabolic markers of cardiovascular diseases in overweight/obese children and adolescent:

One of the most relevant result in this topic is the discover of a clinical marker of insulin resistance in overweight/obese children and adolescent, the wrist circumference, also related to cardiovascular risk. This finding has been confirmed in several studies afterwards.

c. Genetic, immunological, metabolic characterization of Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults with the relative implications on therapy

Prof Buzzetti is the PI of of the Italian NIRAD project (Non Insulin Requiring Autoimmune Diabetes) aimed at the characterization of LADA (latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults), this multicentric study has led to the recruitment of about 6000 patients in 83 centers distributed throughout the national territory. The results obtained, on one hand have allowed the epidemiological, genetic and phenotypic characterization of this form of diabetes in Italy throughout the national territory, on the other hand, significantly, contributed to the advancement of knowledge in this form of diabetes.

 

 MEMBER OF THE EDITORIAL BOARD

PLOS ONE Journal

“L’Endocrinologo” Journal

REFEREE FOR THE FOLLOWING SCIENTIFIC JOURNALS

Acta Diabetologica, Clinical Endocrinology, Diabetologia, Diabetes, Diabetes Care, Diabetes Metabolism Research and Review, Diabetes Nutrition and Metabolism, Diabetes Obesity and Metabolism, Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, Diabetic Medicine, Endocrine, European Journal of Clinical Investigation, European Journal of Endocrinology, Hormone and Metabolic Research, Journal of Diabetes and its Complications, Journal of Endocrinology, Journal of Endocrinological Investigation, Journal of Molecular Endocrinology, Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology, International Journal of

Obesity, Lancet, Nature Reviews of Endocrinology, Nutrition Metabolism and Cardiovascular Disease, Obesity, PLOS ONE, Proceedings National Academy of Science USA.

 

 NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL GRANTS (as PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR)

1998-2000 Co-Coordinator Juvenile Diabetes Research Grant, “Abnormalities in apoptotic signalling that underlies autoimmune type 1 diabetes;

2003-2006 Italian Coordinator of the “Action LADA” project, EU 6th Framework Programme (QRLT-201-01886);

2004-2006 Coordinator, Interlink project (for the PhD Program of the Internationalization of the University System, Epidemiology and Molecular Pathology) funded by Ministero dell’Istruzione dell’Università e della Ricerca (MIUR) with the University of Ulm, Germany;

2004-2010 Coordinator, “NIRAD study” Project founded by Fondazione of the Italian Society of Diabetology;

2003 (PRIN) Research Unit Coordinator, Project by MIUR “Basi molecolari dell'obesita'”;

2003-2007 (FIRB) Research Unit Coordinator, Project by MIUR “Identificazione di determinanti genetici di suscettibilità a malattie multifattoriali” ;

2005 (PRIN) Research Unit Coordinator, Project by MIUR “Eterogeneità del Diabete Tipo 2”

2008 (PRIN) Research Unit Coordinator, Project by MIUR “Co-morbidità dell'Obesità Giovanile: Diabete Doppio”;

2012 (PRIN) Research Unit Coordinator, Project by MIUR “Studio dell'interazione tra metabolismo glucidico e osseo nell’obesità”;

2015 (Fondazione Roma), Research Unit Coordinator, Project “Evaluation of corneal innervations as a new tool to detect autonomic neuropathy in diabetes”;

2015 (PRIN) Research Unit Coordinator, Project by MIUR “Pancreatic ß-cell identity, glucose sensing and the control of insulin secretion”;

2007 (Ateneo), Coordinator, “Sapienza” University, “Genetic characterization of NIRAD”;

2009 (Ateneo), Coordinator, “Sapienza” University, “Genetic susceptibility to double diabetes” ;

2011 (Ateneo), Coordinator, “Sapienza” University, “The osteometabolic component of obesity”;

2014 (Ateneo), Coordinator, “Sapienza” University, “Evaluation of chronic complications in LADA patients”;

2017 (Ateneo) Coordinator, “Sapienza” University, “Marcatori di malattia vascolare nel diabete.

2019 (PRIN) Coordinator, Project by MIUR: “Molecular and pathophysiological heterogeneity of autoimmune diabetes: implications for precision medicine”

 

 NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

1986 Italian National Research Council scholarship award;

1987 Accademia nazionale dei lincei fellowship award;

1988 British Research Council fellowship award;

1989 Italian Ministry of Education fellowship award;

1991 Young Investigator Award Italian Society of Internal Medicine;

1995 European Association for the study of diabetes Travel grant award;

1996 Italian Society of Diabetology award “Fondo Ricerca”;

1998-2000 Member, of Scientific Committee of the Italian Society of Diabetology;

2005-2009 Member, scientific Committee of the Italian Society of Endocrinology;

2011 “La Sapienza University” award for “excellence in research” ;

2010-2012 President of the Italian Society of Diabetology (Lazio Region);

2011-2015 Member of Scientific Committee of the Italian Society of Endocrinology;

2012-2016 Member of the National Board of the Italian Society of Diabetology;

2014-2016 Chairman of the Educational Committee of the Italian Society of Diabetology;

2004- Member of the Research Project Review Committee of the Italian Ministry of University and Research;

2010-2013 Member of the Ethical Committee, Azienda USL Latina con ( n°387 del 27/05/2010);

2015-2017 Member of the ANVUR GEV Committee (Agenzia Nazionale di Valutazione del Sistema Universitario e della Ricerca) of the Italian Ministry of University and Research , Medical Sciences (Area 6);

2017 Independent expert (Reviewer) for the IMI2 EU 10th Call for proposals.

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