The University of Perugia, founded in 1308, is a modern, multi-campus educational institution whose primary aim is to provide the highest quality degree programs and advanced scientific research and development. By Italian standards it is considered a medium-sized university and is a public institution and a legal entity, that is, it is entitled to award qualifications with legal validity. There are currently more than 26.000 students enrolled and 1.500 international students enrolled at the University on full degree courses and around 450 students who arrive at the University every year on exchange programs.
The University offers a wide variety of degree programs in 16 Departments devoted to the study of: Agriculture; Economics; Education; Engineering; Arts and Humanities; Law; Mathematics, Physical and Natural Sciences; Medicine; Pharmacy; Political Science; Veterinary Medicine.
The Department of Medicine, section of Gerontology and Geriatrics is an Academic Centre where research, teaching and clinical activity are performed. Clinical research considers the treatment of persons affected by different age-related chronic conditions such as cognitive impairment and dementias, depression, gait problems, falls, osteoporosis and fractures. The Section has been involved in several international and national research programs some devoted also to development of novel ICT support for health care in the old population. Clinical activities of the Section include responsibility for an Acute Care Ward (800 pts/year); an Outpatient Clinic (2500 pts/year); a Day Service (1000 pts/year).
Graduated as MD at University of Perugia, Italy. She then obtained her PhD in Biology and Physiopathology of Aging at the University of Modena, Italy and completed her residency in Geriatrics at the University of Perugia, where she obtained the position of Full Professor in 2006. At present, she is Director of the Institute of Gerontology and Geriatrics, of the School of Specialization in Geriatrics and of the Course in Speech Therapy at the University of Perugia. During her career, she has spent several years as a research fellow first at the University of Lund in Sweden and then at the Harvard Medical School in USA, and as visiting professor at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. She has authored/co-authored more than 250 peer-reviewed publications, and contributed 30 books/chapters and monographs. She works in partnership with various European Union funded projects concerned with improving the diagnosis and treatment of dementia, problems related to ageing, and healthcare opportunities for an ageing Europe.
She has completed her MD degree (2007) and PhD (2015) at the University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli. During her career, she has spent almost two years as a research fellow at The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (USA). She is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Gerontology and Geriatrics of the University of Perugia since 2015. She has published more than 50 peer-reviewed publications in reputed journals, she has been serving as an editorial board member of repute and and contributed 6 books/chapters and monographs. Her research activity is mainly focused on aging, telomere/telomerase biology, problems related to ageing including cognitive disorders.