Biography & Research:
Full Professor in Gerontology and Geriatrics, University of Perugia,Head of the Department of Geriatrics, University Hospital S.M. Misericordia, Perugia (Italy); Foreign Adjunct Professor Division of Clinical Geriatrics, Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences, and Society (NVS), Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm (Sweden).
Patrizia Mecocci received her M.D. from the University of Perugia (Italy), School of Medicine, where she completed a residency program in Geriatrics. She also earned a Ph.D. in Biology and Physiopathology of Aging at the University of Modena (Italy). After receiving a grant from the Italian National Research Council (CNR), she spent three years as a research fellow, first at the Department of Psychiatry and Neurochemistry at the University of Lund (Sweden) and then at the Department of Neurology, MGH-Harvard Medical School in Boston (USA). She then started her academic career at the University of Perugia, where she is now Full Professor of Gerontology and Geriatrics and Director of the Geriatric Clinic. She has been appointed by Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm as Foreign Adjunct Professor at the Division of Clinical Geriatrics, Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences, and Society (NVS). Her research activity is focused on several aspects of clinical and neuropsychological aspects of aging and biological studies on aging with a specific interest in oxidative stress. She sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease Reports, Alzheimer’s and Dementia TRCI, American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias, International Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, Nutrients, Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience. She worked as a partner in various European Union-funded projects of FP6, FP7, and Horizon 2020 programs and JPND programs concerned with improving the diagnosis/treatment of dementia, problems related to aging, and healthcare opportunities for an aging Europe. She is P.I. of National projects funded by the Italian Ministry of Health (MinSal) and by the Italian Ministry of University and Research (MUR) on biomarkers in aging and age-related diseases and on the role of oxidative stress and antioxidants in aging. She is the founder and scientific leader of the GERICO project (GERIatric COgnitive evaluation), an electronic health record system for collecting clinical, biological, and neuroimaging data on many old subjects with cognitive and somatic problems. She has authored/co-authored more than 350 peer-reviewed publications, has contributed 30 books/chapters and monographs and is a regular contributor speaker at international and national congresses.