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Giovanni Barbara

Full Professor

Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences

Academic discipline: MED/12 Gastroenterology

Curriculum vitae



Work address: Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences , University of Bologna (UNIBO), St. Orsola-Malpighi Hospital, Building #5; Via Massarenti 9 - 40138, Bologna; Tel:+39.051.636.4103; Fax:+39.051.345.864;



1992- MD, Summa Cum Laude, Faculty of Medicine, Italy

1999-Specialization in Internal Medicine, Summa Cum Laude, UNIBO

2006-Specialization in Gastroenterology, Summa Cum Laude, UNIBO

2012-National Scientific Certification  2012 (DD n. 222/2012):

- Full Professor Internal Medicine MED/09

- Full Professor Gastroenterology MED/12



Sept 1994-Dec 1994-Postdoctoral Clinical Training, Imperial College School of Medicine London UK

1994-1997-McMaster University, Canada, Postdoctoral Research Fellowship



1999-Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine (Confirmed on: 26/7/2003)

2000-present- MD staff, St. Orsola Hospital Service of Internal Medicine. Routinely involved  in inpatient and outpatient practice of Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology, diagnostic/operative upper and lower GI endoscopy. Department of Clinical Medicine - Alma Mater, University of Bologna - Policlinico S.Orsola-Malpighi

1999-Assistant Professor of Medicine, UNIBO

2014-Associate Professor of Internal Medicine



2001-2004- Secretary of the Medical Degree Council, UNIBO

2001-2004-Member of Committee of the Medical Degree Council, UNIBO

2005-present-Secretary School of Specialization in Internal Medicine, UNIBO

2010-present-Member of the Presidential Council, Faculty of Medicine, UNIBO



Undergraduate Courses

2001-2002  Internal Medicine;  Biotechnology Degree

2002-2005  Gastroenterology; Laboratory Technician Degree

2006-2009  Internal Medicine; Nurse Degree

2008-2011  Internal Medicine  Teaching Program; Obstetrician and Gynecology Degree

2008-2011  Internal Medicine  Teaching Program; Physical therapy Degree

2007-present  Elective course on  “Diagnosis and therapy of Helicobacter pylori infection”

2007-present  Elective Course on “Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders”

2010-present  Elective Course on “Role of intestinal microbiota in human health”

2013-present- Internal Medicine Medical degree in Dentistry CLOPD

2016-present-Clinical Methodology and Medical Surgical Systematics 


Postgraduate Courses

2002-present  Internal Medicine School of Specialty in Radiology

2006-present  Internal Medicine School of Specialty in Internal Medicine

2006-2009     PhD Degree Scienze Medico-Chirurgiche e dei Trapianti  XXII ciclo

2008-2009     PhD Degree "Scienze Chirurgiche"

2007-present  Master in Advanced Endoscopy



Prof. Barbara is supervisor of a team of researchers including Students, PhDs, Laboratory technicians and Postdoctolral Fellows. Research is mainly carried out in the Laboratories of the Department of Clinical Medicine and the Center for Applied Biomedical Research (CRBA) at the University of Bologna. The main field of interest include: biomolecular, therapeutic and social aspects of functional gastrointestinal disorders, neurogastroenterology, intestinal infectious and inflammatory bowel diseases.



2001-present    Ricerca Fondamentale Orientata (RFO)

2001 and 2004  Educational Grant from Janssen Pharmaceutical with Prof. V. Stanghellini

and 2004-2005 Educational Grant from Astra-Zeneca with Prof. V. Stanghellini;

2007 Grant American Gastroenterological Association for Masters Award for Basic or Clinical Research in Digestive Sciences (Washington, USA)

2007-2009 Fondazione “Del Monte di Bologna e Ravenna” shared with Dr. R.De Giorgio

2010-2012 Fondazione “Cassa di Risparmio” and IMA, Bologna (Principal Investigator)

2002, 2004, and 2007 PRIN (Participant in the Research Program)

2009-presente PRIN  2011-2013 (Unit Coordinator)

2010-Present  Local Unit Coordinator, People Marie Curie Actions International Staff Exchange Scheme FP7-PEOPLE-2010-IRSES (REINFORCE) – Coordinator Prof. Patrizia Brigidi UNIBO

2011-present  Management Committee (MC) Representative  COST Action (EU) GENIEUR Action COST BM1106 (Chair Beate Niesler); Domain Biomedicine and Molecular Biosciences (BMBS)



1992-present Italian College of Physicians, Bologna

1993-present Medical Surgical Society of Bologna

1994-present Royal College of Physicians (FRCP), United Kingdom

1997-present American Gastroenterological Association (AGA)

1997-present Italian Society of Gastroenterology (SIGE)

1999-present Italian Society of Internal Medicine (SIMI)

2003-present European Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility (ES-NGM)

2010-present College of Internal Medicine Professors (COLMED)



2004-2007 Chair, Steering Committee of the Italian Society of Gastroenterology (SIGE)

2005-2008 Member, Steering Committee Gruppo Italiano Studio Motilità Digestiva (GISMAD)

2007-present  Consultant Institut National de la Santè et de la Recherche Medicale (INSERM)

2008-2012  Member, Steering Committee Associazione Italiana Sistema Neurovegetativo (AINV)

2009-present Member, Steering Committee Società Italiana di Medicina Interna (Sez. E-Romagna Marche) (SIMI-ERM)

2010-present  Co-Chairman, Rome Foundation Working Team Report on Intestinal Microbiota (USA)

2011-Scientific Program Committee Member of the Joint International Neurogastroenterology and Motility Meeting (NGM)

2012-2018-President of the European Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility (ESNM) (Society of the European Society of Gastroenterology-EUG; about 1,800 members)

2012- Co-Chair World Digestive Health 2014 - World Gastroenterology Organization (WGO)

2013 Coordinator Team EMA (European Medicines Agency) for guidelines on FGID (dyspepsia, IBS, constipation).

2013- Board of Directors Rome Foundation (US)

2014 Scientific Committee DigestScience (French Public Utility Foundation)

2017- Board of Directors IBS Com (Ist. Superiore Sanità/Senato della Repubblica Italiana)


1996 Crohn's & Colitis Association of Canada Award, Canada

1996 International Travel Fellowship Award; American Gastroenterological Association

1997 Young Investigator Award, Functional Brain Gut Research Group, USA

2000 Investigator Award, European Symposium on Neurogastroenterology & Motility

2007 Masters Award for Basic or Clinical Research in Digestive Sciences USA

2007 Premio SIGE Aldo Torsoli per le malattie dell'apparato digerente, fegato e pancreas



Invited as speaker or moderator to national and international meetings, including the Italian, British, European, Argentinean, Korean and American national Societies of Gastroenterology


2014 Gut Microbiota for Health World Summit (GMFH) (Scient. C.ttee), Miami (USA)

2015 Gut Microbiota for Health World Summit (GMFH) (Scient. C.ttee), Paris (F)

2015-Meeting of Eur. Soc. of Neurogastroenterol Motil (ESNM) (President), Istanbul

2016-IBS Bologna Days International Meeting on IBS (Chair), Bologna (I)

2017 Congresso Nazionale GISMAD (Comitato Scientifico Organizzatore), Milano I

2017-Meeting of Eur. Soc. of Neurogastroenterol Motil (ESNM)(President), Cork (IRL)

2018-Federation of Neurogastroenterol Motility (FNM) (President), Amsterdam (NL)


Editorial boards  Gut, British Medical Journal, American Journal of Gastroenterology, World Journal of Gastroenterology, Digestive and Liver Disease.   

Reviewer  Gastroenterology, Gut, American Journal of Physiology, American Journal of Gastroenterology, Neurogastroenterology and Motility, British Journal of Pharmacology, Pain, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Neuroscience Letters, Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, Nature Reviews Gastroenterology, Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Annals of Surgery, Academy of Medical Sciences (London).



More than 300 publications; >200 peer reviewed with impact factor; >30 book chapters; several proceedings and numerous abstracts.