PLENARY / SPECIAL LECTURES





Name : LUCIO I. M. COCCO
Website : https://www.unibo.it/sitoweb/lucio.cocco/en
Address : Cellular Signalling Laboratory, Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Bologna, Via Irnerio, 48, 40126 Bologna, Italy
Tel : +39.051.2091639; +39.338.1194752 (mobile);

EDUCATION : 1976: M.D. University of Chieti (summa cum laude); 1978: Ph.D.- Sport Medicine, University of Chieti, School of Medicine.
POSITIONS HELD
1977-1979 : Assistant Professor at the Chair of Anatomy, University of Bologna; 1979-1982: Lecturer of Histology & Embryology, Medical School, University of Chieti, Italy;
1983-1985 : Associate Professor, Department of Anatomy, Medical School, University of Bologna, Italy; 1986-1990: Full Professor and Chairman, Chair of Anatomy, Department of Anatomical Sciences, Medical School, University of Chieti, Italy;
1986-1990 : Director of the Post-Graduate School in Hygiene, Medical School, University of Chieti, Italy;
1990-- : Professor, Cellular Signalling Laboratory, Dept. Biomedical Sciences, Medical School, University of Bologna, Italy;
1992-2018 : Dean of the Research Doctorate Programme in Biomedical Sciences, School of Medicine, University of Bologna, Italy;
2003-2009 : President of the PhD Programme Medical Biotechnology, University of Bologna
2012-- : Professor (visiting by invitation) at the University of Tsukuba, Ph.D. Programme in Human Biology, Japan;
2015-- : Perpetual Secretary of the Academy of Sciences-Physical Sciences of Bologna (founded in 1690);

SCIENTIFIC ACTIVITIES ABROAD
1979-1983 (sabbatical periods) : Visiting Scientist, Beatson Institute for Cancer Research, Glasgow, Scotland, UK;
1986 (sabbatical periods) : Visiting Professor, AFRC Babraham Institute, Cambridge, England, UK;

ASSIGNMENTS
1992-2010 : President of the Research Evaluation Panel of Biomedical Sciences, University of Bologna;
1994-1997 : Vice-President of the Italian Society for Histochemistry;
1995-2007: President of the Italian Red Cross Nursing School, Bologna;
2003-2006 : Member of the Panel 05 of the Italian CIVR (Italian Research Evaluation Committee);
2009-- : Member of the Evaluation Committee of the Fund for Scientific Research – FNRS, Belgium;
2015- : President of the Research Evaluation Committee of the Department of Biomedical and Neuromotor Sciences of the University of Bologna;
2015-- : Advisory board member of BK21+ Biomolecular Network program, Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, S. Korea.
2016-2017 : Member of the Committee (Biomedical Sciences) of Italian Ministry of Research for Programmes of National Interest, Italy
2016 : Member of the panel of Austrian Science Fund for the SFB 'Monarchies and Hierarchies in Shaping Chromatin Landscapes', Austria
2018-2019 : Member of the Committee (Biomedical Sciences) of Italian Ministry of Research for Programmes of National Interest, Italy
2018-2018 : Member of the Academic Senate of the University of Bologna;
2020- : Member of the Evaluation Panel of the University La Sapienza, Rome, Italy
2020- : Member of the Evaluation Committee of the Czech Science Foundation, Czech Republic
2021- : Scientific Curator of the Anatomical Wax Collection of the Museum of the University of Bologna;
2022- : President of the Italian Society for Anatomy and Histology

AWARDS
1996: Intl. J. Oncol. and Oncol. Reps. Award; 2001: Intl. J. Mol. Med. Award.
2012: Brain Poool Programme by S.- Korea Government
2016: Journal Lipid Research Lecturership – FASEB SRC/ASBMB, July/August 2016
2016: Lord Leitchfield Lecturership at the University of Oxford, October 2016
2018: Meet the Expert Award at the 2018 FASEB conference on Phospholipids: Dynamic Lipid Signaling in Health and Disease EDITORIAL BOARD: Editor-in-Chief of Advances in Biological Regulation; Associate Editor of Biochemistry and Cell Biology; Associate Editor Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience Section Cellular Neuropathology); Associate Editor Biochemistry and Cell Biology; Guest Editor PNAS; Board Member: Cellular Signalling, J. Cellular Biochemistry , European J. Histochem., Oncology Rep. (1996-2003), Leukemia (2011-2013), Intl. J. Oncol., Intl. Arch. Biosci., Intl. J. Mol. Med., Recent Patents on Anti-Cancer Drug Discovery, Am. J. Blood Res., Cancer Rep., World J. Clin. Cases, Journal of Bioenergetics and Biomembranes, International Journal of Molecular Sciences, Netter Atlas of Human Anatomy (Intl. Advisory Board of 6th Edition). MEETINGS SYMPOSIA AND CONFERENCES -Since 1989 he has attended more than 150 international Meetings/Symposia/Conferences (such as FASEB Res. Conf., FEBS Meetings, Gordon Research Conf., Harden Conf., J. Monod Conf.; Eur. Symp. on Hormone&Cell.Regul., Keystone Symp., etc) as invited speaker. -2005: Founder and First Co-Chairman of the series of Gordon Research Conference “Signal Transduction Within the Nucleus”. RESEARCH INTEREST: His work (397 full length papers in peer reviewed Journals including New England Journal of Medicine, Nature, PNAS, J. Biol. Chem., Mol. Cell. Proteomics, FASEB J., Biochem. J., Blood, Leukemia, Stem Cells, J. Clinical Oncology, BBA Reviews on Cancer, Progress in Lipid Research, J. Lipid Research, J. Cell. Physiol, Molecular Psychiatry, EMBO Rep., etc.) covers the following fields: Structure and function of the nucleus and Inositide-dependet Signalling. He has discovered the existence of the nuclear signalling pathway via inositol lipid cycle and he is internationally recognised in the field of inositide signalling as “one the fathers of nuclear inositide signalling” for his seminal work in this issue. In particular since the last years his main interest is the study of the nuclear localisation and signalling activity of polyphosphoinositides. Namely he has furtherd the role of this signalling pathway in the nucleus during myogenic differentiation, giving new insight to its role in myotonic dystrophies, as well as during haemopoietic differentiation, envisaging the pathophysiological significance of nuclear phosphoinositide signalling in pathology. A full list of his articles and updated metrics are available at the Scopus link below: https://www.scopus.com/authid/detail.uri?authorId=7007037315&origin=cto

METRICS from Scopus : Documents: 398; Citations: 14163 h-index: 61

Shin was the founding Director of Brain Science Institute, KIST, and then Director of Center for Cognition and Sociality, IBS. He continues his research as an Honorary Fellow of IBS. He serves a CSO at SL Bigen Co. (Ltd.).
He studied neural mechanisms for animal behaviors, primarily focusing on the role of the thalamus in normal and diseased brains. His interest was on the regulation of intracellular Ca 2+ levels in brain cells. He utilized gene knock-out tools on genes such as voltage-gated Ca 2+ channels and PLC enzymes. Beginning in 2010 his research interest has evolved to neurobiology of social behaviors. He has pioneered to establish a behavioral paradigm, observational fear learning in mice, a rodent model for emotional contagion, basic form of affective empathy. This paradigm allowed, for the first time, to study affective empathy at the molecular and cellular levels.
He has been elected to be a member of the National Academy of Science, Republic of Korea, a foreign member at the National Academy of Science, USA, and an AAAS Fellow.





Special Lectures

  • Walter Boron
    Walter Boron
    Washington University, USA
    TBD
  • Mario Delmar
    Mario Delmar biography
    NYU School of Medicine, USA
    Molecular mechanisms of sudden cardiac arrest in young athletes: The case of ARVC.

    Mario Delmar, MD,PhD is the Patricia M. and Robert H. Martinsen Professor of Cardiology at New York University School of Medicine.

    Mario Delmar was born and raised in Mexico City. He obtained his MD from the Metropolitan University (Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana) in Mexico City in 1980. He began his PhD studies at the National Polytechnic Institute (Instituto Politecnico Nacional; Centro de Investigacion y Estudios Avanzados) in Mexico under the advice of Dr. Carlos Mendez and completed them in 1986 under the advice of Dr. Jose Jalife, at the State University of New York (SUNY) in Syracuse.

    In 1988, Dr. Delmar joined the Faculty at SUNY-Syracuse as Assistant Professor, was promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure in 1993 and to full Professor in 1998. In 2008 he joined the University of Michigan as the Frank N Wilson Professor of Cardiology and Co-Director of the Center for Arrhythmia Research. In 2010 he moved to New York University as Professor of Medicine with Tenure and in 2015 he received the Martinsen Endowed Chair and was named the Patricia M. and Robert H. Martinsen Professor of Cardiology.

    Dr. Delmar has published over 170 papers (h index: 65; more than 12,000 citations), and his research has been supported by NIH, without interruption, since 1988 (more than 30 years of continuous NIH funding). At present, Dr. Delmar is Principal Investigator in one NIH-RO1, is the North American Coordinator of a Leducq Transatlantic Network of Excellence (Prof. Connie Bezzina, European Coordinator) and is the recipient of an R35 Outstanding Investigator Award from NIH-NHLBI (2022-2027).

    Through the years, Dr. Delmar has trained more than 30 post-doctoral fellows and 20 graduate students. Trainees in the Delmar lab have received multiple awards while in training, including Fellowships from NASPE (1995, 2003), HRS (2005, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2019, 2020) and AHA (1996, 1997, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2015, 2109, 2021), recognitions for “Best paper of the Year” in Heart Rhythm (2005, 2012) and in Cardiovascular Research (2017), and several Young Investigator Awards including the SADS Foundation Young investigator Award in Basic Sciences (2019, 2022).

    Dr. Delmar has served and continuous to serve the Heart Rhythm Society and the American Heart Association in several capacities, most recently as member of the Program Committee for the HRS scientific sessions (2014-2019) and team leader of the basic/translational science subcommittee (2019), as a member of the HRS Research Committee (2019-2021) and as a member of the Oversight Advisory Committee for the Arrhythmia and Sudden Cardiac Death Strategically Focused Network of the American Heart Association (2019-present). He also served as President of the Cardiac Electrophysiology Society (2018-2020).

    Dr. Delmar has served in multiple NIH study sections, beginning in 1997, and most recently as a member of the Electrical Signaling, Ion Transport and Arrhythmias (ESTA) Study Section of the NIH (2017-2021) and as Chair of the MPPB Study Section (2021-2023). He is also a frequent ad hoc grant reviewer for several European organizations including the Medical Research Council (UK), the European Research Council, the European Commission, and the Dutch Heart Foundation (NL).

    Dr. Delmar served as Associate Editor of the Am J Physiol (Heart Circ. Physiol.), and is an Editorial Board member for Circulation Research and for Heart Rhythm Journal, as well as a frequent reviewer for high impact journals.

    Dr. Delmar has received multiple honors including being named the Giovanni Battista Morgagni Lecturer of University of Padova (2011), the Keynote Speaker of the International Gap Junctions Conference (2011), the Gordon K Moe lecturer for the Cardiac Electrophysiology Society Annual meeting (in 2016), and the Michel Mirowski MD Lecturer in Cardiology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. The work of his laboratory has been recognized three times with the “Basic Research Prize” granted by The Zurich Heart House to the best published paper in ARVC (2016, 2019, 2022). Most recently, Dr. Delmar was honored by the Heart Rhtyhm Society by conferring to him the 2020 Distinguished Scientist Award, and by the National Institutes of Health with an R35 Outstanding Investigator Award (2022).

    Dr. Delmar has been a Visiting Professor at University of Utrecht, NL and most recently, at University of Copenhagen, DK (2020-2021). He is an Elected Fellow of the American Heart Association, an Elected Fellow of the Heart Rhythm Society and an Elected Founding Member of the European Cardiac Arrhythmia Society; his research interest is on the cellular/molecular mechanisms leading to sudden cardiac death in inheritable arrhythmia syndromes, with a primary focus on arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC).

  • Nabekura Junichi
    Nabekura Junichi biography
    National Institute for Physiological Sciences, Japan
    Remodeling Neuronal Circuits; Neuron-Glia Interaction

    Director-General
    National Institute for Physiological Sciences 38 Myodaiji, Okazaki, Aichi,444-8585, Japan

    Education:
    1981 Graduation, School of Medicine, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan
    1986 Ph.D; Graduate School of Medical Sciences. Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan

    Working Experiences:
    1986-1989 Research Associate, School of Medicine, Washington University, St. Louis USA
    1990-1992 Assistant Professor, Tohoku University School of Medicine, Sendai, Japan
    1992-1994 Associate Professor, Akita University School of Medicine, Akita, Japan
    1994-2003 Associate Professor, Kyushu University School of Medicine, Fukuoka, Japan
    2003-2019 Professor, Division of Homeostatic Development, National Institute for Physiological Sciences (NIPS)
    2019- Director General, National Institute for Physiological Sciences

    Out-side of NIPS 
    2019 President 9 th Congress of Federation of Asian Oceanian Physiological Sciences (FAOPS)

  • Gou Young Koh
    Gou Young Koh
    Center for Vascular Research, IBS, Korea
    TBD
  • Armin Krutz
    Armin Krutz
    University of Regensburg, Germany
    TBD
  • Robyn Murphy
    Robyn Murphy biography
    La Trobe University, Australia
    Cellular specific abundance of dysferlin in skeletal muscle

    Robyn Murphy is the Deputy Dean and Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching in the School of Agriculture, Biomedicine and Environment at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. She is the President of the Australian Physiological Society and is the Secretary for the International Research Group on Biochemistry of Exercise. Robyn has published over 105 peer-reviewed research articles.
    The overall research interest of the Murphy lab is skeletal muscle in health and disease, from a muscle biochemistry perspective. Using very small sample sizes of segments of individual skeletal muscle fibres, proteins important for metabolic and overall muscle health are examined. Robyn has been interested in understanding muscular dystrophies and in recent times, has focused on dysferlin to unravel the disease manifestation in its absence.

  • Uhtaek Oh
    Uhtaek Oh
    KIST, Korea
    TBD
  • David Paterson
    David Paterson biography
    Oxford University, United Kingdom
    Disease in a Dish using hiPSC : Transcriptional and Signal Transduction Underlying Neuromodulation of Heart Rhythm

    David Paterson is New Zealand born British physiologist and academic having been a graduate from the University Otago in NZ, University of Western Australia, and University of Oxford. He is Head of the Department of Physiology, Anatomy & Genetics (QS World ranked 1st last three years) at Oxford and Professor of Physiology, and Fellow of Merton College.
    Currently President of The Physiological Society of the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland and a past Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Physiology.
    He is best known for his work in cardiac neurobiology, linking the nervous system to heart rhythm, which featured in the 2012 BBC4 documentary Heart v Mind What makes us Human?
    He is a Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand, Fellow of The American Physiological Society, The Physiological Society and Royal Society of Biology.

  • Edward Schuchman
    Edward Schuchman
    Mount Sinai Medical Center, USA
    TBD
  • Sean Tsai
    Sean Tsai biography
    National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan
    Pathophysiological functions of dual specificity phosphatase-2 in human diseases

    ● Chair Professor and Director, Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, College of Medicine, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan.
    ● Academy Fellow, International Union of Physiological Sciences
    ● Director, Center for Bioinformatics and Digital Health, National Cheng Kung University
    ● Ambassador, World Endometriosis Society
    ● Councilor, Society of Experimental Biology and Medicine

    Professor Shaw-Jenq (Sean) Tsai received his PhD degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA in 1997. He then joined the Department of Physiology at the National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan, as an assistant professor in 1998. He was promoted to Distinguished professor in 2008 and Chair professor in 2019 in recognition of his great academic achievements. Professor Tsai also served as the Director-General of Department of Life Sciences, Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan from 2014 to 2017. He was the past president of Chinese Physiological Society and Asian Society of Endometriosis and Adenomyosis.
    Professor Tsai’s research focuses on investigating molecular mechanisms underlying important human diseases including cancer, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and endometriosis. He has published more than 140 papers in prestigious journals such as Nature, Nature Communications, Journal of Clinical Investigation, Journal of Pathology, Cancer Research, Clinical Cancer Research, Nucleic Acids Research, and PNAS. His papers had been cited more than 8500 times with an H-index of 51.
    Owing to his great contribution in endometriosis research, Professor Tsai was appointed as Ambassador of World Endometriosis Society in 2012. Professor Tsai was awarded as the “2014 Distinguished Scientist” by Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine and “2021 Fuller W. Bazer SSR International Scientist Award” by Society for the Study of Reproduction. In 2022, Professor Tsai was elected to the Academy of International Union of Physiological Sciences as a fellow. Professor Tsai serves as an editorial board member of many journals and is currently the senior editor of Journal of Endocrinology and Journal of Molecular Endocrinology. He is also the Asian editor of Experimental Biology and Medicine.

  • Tian Xue
    Tian Xue
    University of Science & Technology of China (USTC), China
    TBD
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