Department of Clinical Biochemistry
University of Catania
Prof. Vittorio Calabrese, Graduated in Medicine on 1984 at the University of Catania, after specialization in Neurology, in 1988 at the University of Catania, since 1996 was Researcher at the Department of Biochemistry, School of Medicine, University of Catania. By 2001 to date, Prof. Calabrese is a Professor of Clinical Biochemistry at the School of Medicine and Surgery and actual Director of School of Specialization in Clinical Pathology and Clinical Biochemistry, University of Catania, University of Messina and University of Palermo.
He has been a reviewer of national projects (Italian MIUR), and many foreign projects for foreign institutions. He has been a member of the ASN Commission (05/E1) of the Italian MIUR for the years 2013 and 2014. His research focuses on the role of free radicals and antioxidants in human disease, particularly Alzheimer's disease and other brain disorders. His interest in identifying the most important antioxidants in the human diet and in developing novel antioxidants has a critical bearing on treating human diseases and understanding how the diet might cause or prevent them. Areas of his research interests include the role of Oxidative Stress and Mitochondrial dysfunction in Aging, Neurodegenerative disorders, and Longevity; Proteomics and redox proteomics, Heat shock signal pathway Hormesis and Vitagenes in Neurodegeneration. The results of his researches have been reported in over 170 scientific papers published in outstanding international journals and widely cited (around 8500 total citations, around 5000 citations of the 10 most cited articles), for an HI value of 64 (ISI). He has deposited one patent (Nr. WO 2004/07883 A1 of 10.9.2004) for the use of curcumin and its derivatives in the treatment of neurodegenerative disorders.