G R Corazza

University of Pavia, Ticinum, Lombardy, Italy

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    ABSTRACT: There is debate over the existence of nonceliac gluten sensitivity (NCGS) -intestinal and extra-intestinal symptoms in response to ingestion of gluten-containing foods by people without celiac disease or wheat allergy. We performed a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, cross-over trial to determine the effects of administration of low doses of gluten to subjects with suspected NCGS. We enrolled 61 adults without celiac disease or wheat allergy who believe ingestion of gluten-containing food to be the cause of their intestinal and extra-intestinal symptoms. Participants were randomly assigned to groups given either 4.375 g/day gluten or rice starch (placebo) for 1 week, each via gastro-soluble capsules. After a 1 week of gluten-free diet, participants crossed over to the other group. The primary outcome was the change in overall (intestinal and extra-intestinal) symptoms, determined by established scoring systems, between gluten and placebo intake. A secondary outcome was the change in individual symptom scores between gluten vs placebo. According to the per-protocol analysis of data from the 59 patients who completed the trial, intake of gluten significantly increased overall symptoms compared with placebo (P=.034). Abdominal bloating (P=.040) and pain (P=.047), among the intestinal symptoms, and foggy mind (P=.019), depression (P=.020), and aphthous stomatitis (P=.025), among the extra-intestinal symptoms, were significantly more severe when subjects received gluten than placebo. In a cross-over trial of subjects with suspected NCGS, the severity of overall symptoms increased significantly during 1 week of intake of small amounts of gluten, compared with placebo. Clinical trial no: ISRCTN72857280. Copyright © 2015 AGA Institute. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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    ABSTRACT: To evaluate the best diagnostic technique and risk factors of the human Cytomegalovirus (HCMV) and Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). A cohort of 40 IBD patients (17 refractory) and 40 controls underwent peripheral blood and endoscopic colonic mucosal sample harvest. Viral infection was assessed by quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction and immunohistochemistry, and correlations with clinical and endoscopic indexes of activity, and risk factors were investigated. All refractory patients carried detectable levels of HCMV and/or EBV mucosal load as compared to 13/23 (56.5%) non-refractory and 13/40 (32.5%) controls. The median DNA value was significantly higher in refractory (HCMV 286 and EBV 5.440 copies/10(5) cells) than in non-refractory (HCMV 0 and EBV 6 copies/10(5) cells; P < 0.05 and < 0.001) IBD patients and controls (HCMV and EBV 0 copies/10(5) cells; P < 0.001 for both). Refractory patients showed DNA peak values ≥ 10(3) copies/10(5) cells in diseased mucosa in comparison to non-diseased mucosa (P < 0.0121 for HCMV and < 0.0004 for EBV), while non-refractory patients and controls invariably displayed levels below this threshold, thus allowing us to differentiate viral colitis from mucosal infection. Moreover, the mucosal load positively correlated with the values found in the peripheral blood, whilst no correlation with the number of positive cells at immunohistochemistry was found. Steroid use was identified as a significant risk factor for both HCMV (P = 0.018) and EBV (P = 0.002) colitis. Finally, a course of specific antiviral therapy with ganciclovir was successful in all refractory patients with HCMV colitis, whilst refractory patients with EBV colitis did not show any improvement despite steroid tapering and discontinuation of the other medications. Viral colitis appeared to contribute to mucosal lesions in refractory IBD, and its correct diagnosis and management require quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction assay of mucosal specimens.
    World journal of gastroenterology : WJG. 02/2015; 21(6):1915-26.
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    ABSTRACT: Objective: Carotid intima-media thickness (cIMT) is a surrogate marker of subclinical atherosclerosis and it is able to predict both coronary and cerebral vascular events. No data exist on the association between cIMT and non valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) type. We conduct this study with the aim to analyze the association between abnormal cIMT and NVAF type. Methods: A cross-sectional study of the "Atrial fibrillation Registry for Ankle-brachial index Prevalence Assessment-Collaborative Italian Study (ARAPACIS)" has been performed. Among 2027 patients enrolled in the ARAPACIS, 673 patients, who underwent carotid ultrasound examination to assess cIMT, were included in the study. Results: Among the entire population, 478 patients (71%) had cIMT > 0.90 mm. Patients with an abnormal cIMT (>0.90 mm) were significantly older and more likely hypertensive, diabetic and with a previous history of stroke than those with normal cIMT (≤0.90 mm). These patients had more permanent/persistent NVAF and CHA2DS2-VASc score ≥ 2 (p < 0.0001) compared to those with cIMT <0.90 mm. Excluding all patients affected by previous cardiovascular disease, logistic regression analysis showed that independent predictors of abnormal cIMT were: age class 65-74 yrs. (p < 0.001), age class ≥75 yrs. (p < 0.001), arterial hypertension (p < 0.001), calcium-channel blockers use (p < 0.001) and persistent/permanent NVAF (p = 0.001). Conclusion: Our findings show a high prevalence of abnormal cIMT in NVAF patients, reinforcing the concept that NVAF and systemic atherosclerosis are closely associated. Abnormal cIMT was particularly evident in persistent/permanent NVAF suggesting a more elevated atherosclerotic burden in patients with long-standing NVAF. Trial registration: http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT01161251. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
    Atherosclerosis 12/2014; 238(2):350-355. · 3.71 Impact Factor
  • Federico Biagi, Gino Roberto Corazza
    Gut 12/2014; · 13.32 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: OBJECTIVES:Little information is available on the mechanisms responsible for dyspeptic symptoms in postprandial distress syndrome (PDS), characterized by the presence of prevalently meal-related early satiation and fullness, and the epigastric pain syndrome (EPS), characterized by the prominent symptom of epigastric pain, generally not meal related. In a group of PDS patients, the presence of hypersensitivity to gastric distension in both fasting and postprandial phases was described as the main pathophysiological mechanism; on the contrary, we have no information on the pathophysiology of EPS.METHODS:Sixty Helicobacter pylori (HP)-negative, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)-negative, and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)-negative patients with functional dyspepsia according to Rome III criteria underwent symptom, anxiety, depression, and somatization evaluation, gastric barostat test, and gastric emptying time evaluation for solids. Fifteen age- and sex-matched healthy volunteers (HVs) were also enrolled as a control group.RESULTS:In PDS patients, the prevalence of both fasting and postprandial hypersensitivity was higher than in EPS patients, and the extent of postprandial reduction of discomfort threshold was significantly correlated with symptom severity. In EPS patients, gastric volume at fasting discomfort threshold and fasting compliance were significantly lower than in PDS patients. Gastric emptying time and gastric accommodation were similar between the two dyspeptic groups. Dyspeptic patients showed a higher prevalence of psychiatric disorders than HVs, but the prevalence was similar between PDS and EPS patients.CONCLUSIONS:Fasting and postprandial hypersensitivity characterize PDS patients and a reduction of gastric compliance is present in EPS patients. However, the pathophysiology of EPS appears more complex than PDS and further studies are needed to analyze central processing and integration of afferent pathways in order to clarify the role of the central nervous system in this condition.Am J Gastroenterol advance online publication, 9 September 2014; doi:10.1038/ajg.2014.231.
    The American Journal of Gastroenterology 09/2014; · 9.21 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: In recent years, thanks to the development of miniaturized ultrasound devices, comparable to personal computers, tablets and even to smart phones, we have seen an increasing use of bedside ultrasound in internal medicine departments as a novel kind of ultrasound stethoscope. The clinical ultrasound-assisted approach has proved to be particularly useful in assessing patients with nodules of the neck, dyspnoea, abdominal pain, and with limb edema. In several cases, it has allowed a simple, rapid and precise diagnosis. Since 2005, the Italian Society of Internal Medicine and its Ultrasound Study Group has been holding a Summer School and training courses in ultrasound for residents in internal medicine. A national network of schools in bedside ultrasound was then organized for internal medicine specialists who want to learn this technique. Because bedside ultrasound is a user-dependent diagnostic method, it is important to define the limits and advantages of different new ultrasound devices, to classify them (i.e. Echoscopy and Point of Care Ultrasound), to establish appropriate different levels of competence and to ensure their specific training. In this review, we describe the point of view of the Italian Internal Medicine Society on these topics.
    Internal and Emergency Medicine 08/2014; 9(7). · 2.41 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Coeliac disease is a common enteropathy characterized by an increased mortality mainly due to its complications. The natural history of complicated coeliac disease is characterised by two different types of course: patients with a new diagnosis of coeliac disease that do not improve despite a strict gluten-free diet (type A cases) and previously diagnosed coeliac patients that initially improved on a gluten-free diet but then relapsed despite a strict diet (type B cases). Our aim was to study the prognosis and survival of A and B cases.
    BMC Gastroenterology 08/2014; 14(1):139. · 2.11 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Background The clinical presentation of organic and functional intestinal disorders can overlap and clinicians often rely on invasive and time-consuming procedures to make a final diagnosis. Regenerating islet-derived 3-alpha (Reg3α) is detectable in the circulation of patients with intestinal graft-versus host disease and patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).AimTo determine whether serum Reg3α testing is useful for discriminating mucosal enteropathies from functional intestinal disorders.Methods We prospectively included 47 patients with active coeliac disease (ACD), 13 patients with refractory coeliac disease (RCD), seven patients with common variable immunodeficiency (CVID), 72 patients with active Crohn's disease, 22 patients with active ulcerative colitis (UC) and 28 patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)-related diarrhoea. Sera were also taken from 10 CD patients before and after 6–12 months of a gluten-free diet (GFD) and from 14 patients with IBD before and after induction therapy with Infliximab (IFX). Sera of 119 healthy volunteers were used to determine the cut-off value. Reg3α levels were measured by a commercial ELISA kit.ResultsLevels of Reg3α exceeded the cut-off value of the assay in 43/47(91%) ACD patients, 13/13(100%) RCD patients, 7/7(100%) CVID patients, 65/72(90%) Crohn's disease patients, 17/22(77%) UC patients and one patient with IBS(4%). Reg3α levels distinguished mucosal enteropathies from IBS with a sensitivity of 90% and a specificity of 96%. Reg3α levels significantly decreased in CD patients following a GFD and in IBD patients after treatment with IFX.Conclusion Reg3α is a serum biomarker of intestinal damage that, combined with clinical data, identifies patients who should undergo invasive tests for diagnosing enteropathies.
    Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics 08/2014; · 4.55 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) represents a major health-care problem, needing an extensive and strict thrombosis prevention for stroke and cardiovascular (CV) disease risks. NVAF management guidelines recommend adequate antithrombotic and anti-atherosclerotic therapies. Medication adherence has been recognized as a pivotal element in health quality promotion and in the achievement of better clinical outcomes. We conducted a post-hoc analysis of the "Atrial fibrillation Registry for Ankle-brachial index Prevalence Assessment-Collaborative Italian Study (ARAPACIS)" with the aim of discerning differences in pharmacological management and medication adherence among NVAF Italian patients. Furthermore, data were analysed according to Italian geographical macro-regions (North, Center, South) to evaluate whether socioeconomic conditions might also influence medication adherence. Thus, we selected 1,366 NVAF patients that fulfilled the Morisky Medication Adherence Scale-4 items. Regional disparities in drug prescriptions were observed. In particular, in high-risk patients (CHA2DS2-VASc ≥2) oral anticoagulants were more prescribed in Northern and Center patients (61 and 60 %, respectively) compared to 53 % of high-risk Southern patients. Also, medication adherence showed a progressive decrease from North to South (78 vs. 60 %, p < 0.001). This disparity was independent of the number of drugs consumed for any reason, since prevalence of poly-therapy among the three macro-regions was similar. Our results show regional differences in NVAF patients' antithrombotic management and medication adherence, potentially reflecting well-known disparities in socioeconomic status among Italian regions. Future interventions promoting campaigns to global health-care education may be desirable to improve clinical outcomes in NVAF patients.
    Internal and Emergency Medicine 07/2014; · 2.41 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose Patients affected by primary immunodeficiency usually undergo a wide range of infections, including reactivation of latent ones. Here we report two cases suffering from late-onset combined immunodeficiency in which ulcerative enteritis due to human Cytomegalovirus caused a life-threatening malabsorption syndrome. Methods The assessment of the viral load was carried out on both blood and mucosal samples by quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction assay. The generation of autologous virus-specific cytotoxic T cell lines was performed according to Good Manufacturing Practice protocol after peripheral blood mononuclear cells were collected through a single leukapheresis. Results In both patients, the viral load resulted negligible in peripheral blood, but very high in mucosal specimens (range 1.064 - 1.031.692 copies/105 cells). After two rounds of antiviral therapy proved unsuccessful, the generation of virus-specific cytotoxic T cell lines was carried out despite severe lymphopenia, and their infusion resulted safe and durably effective in healing intestinal ulcerations and resetting the viral load. Conclusions Virus-specific cellular therapy was useful in reconstituting specific immunity and treating severe human Cytomegalovirus-related enteritis in patients with primary immunodeficiency.
    Journal of Clinical Immunology 06/2014; · 2.65 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS) is still an undefined syndrome with several unsettled issues despite the increasing awareness of its existence. We carried out a prospective survey on NCGS in Italian centers for the diagnosis of gluten-related disorders, with the aim of defining the clinical picture of this new syndrome and to establish roughly its prevalence compared with celiac disease.
    BMC Medicine 05/2014; 12(1):85. · 7.28 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Introduction. Coeliac disease is a chronic enteropathy requiring a close follow-up. However, the best way to follow up coeliac patients has not yet been established. In the last 14 years, we have been offering patients a thorough series of periodical examinations including a histological re-evaluation at 12-18 months. Patients and methods. The notes of all coeliac patients attending our clinic between September 1999 and March 2013 were examined. Results. Data from 317 adult patients were collected. Duodenal biopsy showed a lack of satisfactory histological response in 25/317 patients; endomysial antibodies were still positive in 76, and diet adherence and clinical response were unsatisfactory in 58 and 97, respectively. Correlations of serological data, clinical response, and diet adherence with histological findings were evaluated. Although the P values showed statistically significant differences, sensitivity and specificity were disappointing: 64% and 80% for serological response, 48% and 71% for clinical response, 56% and 85% for diet adherence. Conclusions. After 12-18 months on a gluten-free diet, 8% of the patients do not present a satisfactory histological response; only some of them could have been identified with a serological and/or clinical re-evaluation. Therefore, a duodenal biopsy seems to be the only tool that could identify patients with unsatisfactory histological response.
    Annals of Medicine 05/2014; 46(6):1-4. · 4.73 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Celiac disease is caused by a dysregulated immune response toward dietary gluten, whose only treatment is a lifelong gluten-free diet. We investigated the effects of mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) on gliadin-specific T cells, which are known to induce intestinal lesions, in view of a possible use as new therapy. Bone marrow-derived MSCs and gliadin-specific T-cell lines were obtained from allogeneic donors and mucosal specimens of celiac patients, respectively. The immunosuppressant effect of MSCs was evaluated in terms of proliferative response and interferon (IFN)-γ production upon gliadin stimulation of long-term T-cell lines; the immunomodulant effect was assessed in terms of apoptotic rate, immunophenotype and cytokine profile of short-term T-cell lines generated in the presence of MSCs. Different MSC:T-cell ratios were applied, and statistics were performed as appropriate. MSCs inhibited both proliferative response and IFN-γ production of long-term T-cell lines in a dose-dependent manner while limiting the expansion of short-term T-cell lines by increasing the apoptotic rate. Moreover, a reduction of the CD4(+) population and expansion of the regulatory FoxP3(+) subset were found in T-cell lines cultured with MSCs, in which a significant decrease of interleukin (IL)-21, IFN-γ and IL-10 paralleled by an upregulation of transforming growth factor-β1, IL-6 and IL-8 were observed. Finally, an increase of the indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase activity was found, possibly playing a key role in mediating these effects. MSCs exert potent immunomodulant effects on gliadin-specific T cells, which may be exploited for future therapeutic application in celiac disease.
    Cytotherapy 05/2014; · 3.06 Impact Factor
  • Antonio Di Sabatino, Marco Vincenzo Lenti, Gino Roberto Corazza
    Digestive and Liver Disease 03/2014; · 2.89 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Intestinal fibrosis with stricture formation is a complication of Crohn's disease (CD) that may mandate surgical resection. Accurate biomarkers that reflect the relative contribution of fibrosis to an individual stricture are an unmet need in managing patients with CD. The microRNA (miR)-29 family has been implicated in cardiac, hepatic and pulmonary fibrosis. We investigated the expression of miR-29a, miR-29b and miR-29c in mucosa overlying a stricture in CD patients (SCD) paired with mucosa from non-strictured areas (NSCD). There was significant down-regulation of the miR-29 family in mucosa overlying SCD compared to mucosa overlying NSCD. MiR-29b showed the largest fold-decrease and was selected for functional analysis. Over-expression of miR-29b in CD fibroblasts led to a down-regulation of collagen I and III transcripts and collagen III protein, but did not alter matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-3, MMP-12 and tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase (TIMP)-1 production. TGF-β1 up-regulated collagen I and III transcripts and collagen III protein as a consequence of the down-regulation of miR-29b and TGF-β1-induced collagen expression was reversed by exogenous overexpression of miR-29b. Furthermore, serum levels of miR-29 were lower in patients with stricturing disease compared to those without. These data implicate the miR-29 family in the pathogenesis of intestinal fibrosis in CD and provides impetus for the further evaluation of the miR-29 family as biomarkers.
    Clinical Science 03/2014; · 5.63 Impact Factor
  • Digestive and Liver Disease 03/2014; 46:S33. · 2.89 Impact Factor
  • Digestive and Liver Disease 03/2014; 46:S109. · 2.89 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Autoimmune enteropathy (AIE) is a rare cause of small bowel villous atrophy, characterized by malabsorption, unresponsiveness to dietary restriction, circulating autoantibodies to enterocytes, and an overall predisposition to autoimmunity. Albeit mainly regarded as a disease of early childhood, several adult-onset AIE cases have been identified. This report describes for the first time the life-threatening clinical presentation and the management of overlapping AIE in a compliant-to-diet young celiac girl. A 13-year-old celiac girl was admitted because of vomiting, weight loss, diarrhea, hypoproteinemia, and neurological disturbances such as head tremors, vertical nystagmus, and lower limb hyperesthesia. Before this, she had always been compliant on a strict gluten-free diet and her medical history was unremarkable. The diagnosis of AIE was established on histologic findings and on the presence of antienterocyte antibodies. She was initially treated with high-dose Methylprednisolone and Azathioprine. However, only Infliximab proved itself as a highly effective tool for achieving clinical remission and restoring small bowel villous architecture.
    Journal of clinical gastroenterology 03/2014; 48(3):264-6. · 2.21 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Several biomarkers have been proposed for the diagnosis of autoimmune atrophic gastritis (AAG), but at the present there is no appropriate testing strategy for the disease. The aim of this study was to develop and validate a laboratory score able to address the diagnosis of AAG in a general practice setting. We prospectively evaluated a number of serum biomarkers (vitamin B12, mean corpuscular volume, hemoglobin, gastrin, and chromogranin A levels) in a case-control population and built 2 biochemical scores, the first with all the parameters [Global Score (GS)], and the second as the best statistical combination of them [Simple Score (SS)]. In the second phase we validated the score that proved to be more efficient on a random population referred to our center (Gastroenterology Outpatient Clinic). Both models turned out to be reliable in detecting patients with suspected AAG, showing excellent accuracy [area under the receiver operating curve (AUC-ROC) 0.94; 95% confidence interval (CI), 0.91-0.97 for GS and AUC-ROC 0.93; 95% CI, 0.89-0.86 for SS]. The SS proved to be more convenient because of its accessibility and availability in a general setting and its low cost. The validation of the SS showed a sensitivity of 85.7% (95% CI, 57.2-98.2) and a specificity of 83.7% (95% CI, 74.2-90.89). Herein, we describe 2 nonexpensive and reliable score models, particularly the SS, that can be applied in daily medical practice for identifying patients potentially affected by AAG.
    Journal of clinical gastroenterology 02/2014; · 2.21 Impact Factor

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  • 1999–2015
    • University of Pavia
      • • Department of Molecular Medicine
      • • Department of Public Health, Neuroscience, Experimental and Forensic Medicine
      Ticinum, Lombardy, Italy
  • 2001–2014
    • Policlinico San Matteo Pavia Fondazione IRCCS
      • s.c. Radiologia - Istituto di Radiologia
      Ticinum, Lombardy, Italy
  • 2013
    • University of Oxford
      • Division of Experimenal Medicine
      Oxford, ENG, United Kingdom
    • Sapienza University of Rome
      Roma, Latium, Italy
    • University of Verona
      Verona, Veneto, Italy
  • 2011–2013
    • Università degli Studi di Teramo
      Teramo, Abruzzo, Italy
  • 2010
    • University of Rome Tor Vergata
      • Dipartimento di Medicina dei Sistemi
      Roma, Latium, Italy
    • University of Birmingham
      Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
  • 2009
    • Mount Sinai Medical Center
      New York, New York, United States
    • Ospedale Maggiore Carlo Alberto Pizzardi di Bologna
      Bolonia, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
  • 1983–2008
    • University of Bologna
      • • Department of Experimental, Diagnostic and Specialty Medicine DIMES
      • • School of Medicine
      Bolonia, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
  • 2007
    • Queen Mary, University of London
      • The Blizard Institute of Cell and Molecular Science
      London, ENG, United Kingdom
    • Eastern Maine Medical Center
      Bangor, Maine, United States
  • 1990–2007
    • Università degli Studi dell'Aquila
      • • Department of Experimental Medicine
      • • SS in Internal Medicine
      • • SS in Clinical Pathology
      • • Department of Life, Health and Environmental Sciences
      • • Department of Internal Medicine and Public Health
      Aquila, Abruzzo, Italy
  • 2000–2003
    • Università degli studi di Palermo
      • Dipartimento di Discipline Chirurgiche, Oncologiche e Stomatologiche (Di.Chir.On.S.)
      Palermo, Sicily, Italy
  • 2002
    • University of Maryland, Baltimore
      Baltimore, Maryland, United States
  • 1998
    • Clínica Palermo
      Santa Rosalía de Guagua, Huila, Colombia
    • The Catholic University of America
      Washington, Washington, D.C., United States
  • 1997
    • Catholic University of the Sacred Heart
      • Institute of Internal and Geriatric Medicine
      Milano, Lombardy, Italy
  • 1995–1997
    • University of Milan
      Milano, Lombardy, Italy
  • 1992–1993
    • Policlinico S.Orsola-Malpighi
      Bolonia, Emilia-Romagna, Italy