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Luigi Ricciardiello

Associate Professor

Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences

Academic discipline: MED/12 Gastroenterology

Curriculum vitae

Date and place of Birth: March 14, 1969; Bari, Italy

Citizenship: Italy, USA

Work Address

Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences,

University of Bologna

Via Massarenti 9, Bologna, 40138, Italy

E-Mail: []


Doctor of Medicine

Specialized in Gastroenterology and Digestive Endoscopy (Italy)

USMLE/ECFMG certified

Specialized in Internal Medicine (USA)

Associate professor of Gastroenterology, University of Bologna

National Scienfitic Qualification as Full Professor in Gastroenterology (2018-2024)

European Activities/Committees

2013-2016 Member of the National Societies Committee, United European Gastroenterology

2014-2016 Member of the Scientific Committee, United European Gastroenterology

2017- 2018 Chairman, National Societies Committee, United European Gastroenterology

2017- Council Member, United European Gastroenterology

2019- Chairman, Research Committee, United European Gastroenterology

2020- Member of the General Assembly (as UEG Representative) of the Biomed Alliance


1975-1980 Elementary School Raffaello Sanzio, Bologna, Italy

1980-1983 Middle School at the Conservatory of Music G.B. Martini, Bologna, Italy

1983-1988 High School A. Righi, Bologna, Italy

Post Graduate Training:

1996 to 2001 Fellowship in Gastroenterology, University of Bologna, Department of Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology

Academic Positions

1996 - 2001 Fellowship in Gastroenterology, University of Bologna, Department of Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology

2002 - 2014 Assistant Professor in Gastroenterology, Department of Clinical Medicine, University of Bologna, Italy


2009- Professor at the Fellowship program of Gastroenterology and Digestive Endoscopy, University of Bologna, Italy

2014- Associate Professor of Gastroenterology, Department of Medical and Surgical sciences, University of Bologna, Italy

International positions and training

August 1997 to November 2000 Postgraduate Research Gastroenterologist, Department of Medicine and UCSD Cancer Center, University of California San Diego, USA. Training in molecular biology and cancer research under the guidance of Dr. C. Richard Boland, MD, chief of the division gastroenterology.

March 2005- July 2009 Senior Research Associate, Baylor University Medical Center. Dallas, TX, USA. Working at the GI cancer research laboratory performing research on colon cancer, headed by Dr. C. Richard Boland. From July 2007 until June 2009 completed the residency program in Internal while conducting research on colorectal cancer

Clinical Positions

2003 – 2005,

2009- Attending Physician at the Gastroenterology Unit of S. Orsola-Malpighi Hospital in Bologna, Italy

2017- Responsible for the colorectal cancer diagnostic-therapeutic pathway at the S. Orsola-Malpighi Hospital

Clinical Activities

Coordinator of the clinic for the study, screening and surveillance of hereditary colorectal cancer.

Digestive Endoscopy of the upper and lower digestive tract

Clinic for the prevention of Digestive Tumors.

Research Activity

- Chemoprevention of gastrointestinal cancers and their predisposing diseases through the use of dietary bioactives and synthetic molecules

- Obesity/metabolic syndrome, Inflammation, GUT microbiome and risk of colorectal cancer

- Molecular targets for chemoprevention in high-risk populations for colorectal cancer

Institutional commitments

2016-2017 Member of the organizing group of the new English-language School of Medicine, University of Bologna

2017- Member of the GTA-Health group, University of Bologna (coordinating activities for EU grants)

National Committees

2013-2016 Member of the Scientific Committee, Italian Society of Gastroenterology

2018- Executive Board of Unigastro, Italy

2019- Executive Board, Italian Society of Gastroenterology and Endoscopy (SIGE)

2020 - Executive Board, Federation of the Italian Societies for Digestive Diseases (FISMAD)


- AIRC Investigator Grant 2010. PI. Project Title: Eicosapentaenoic acid-free fatty acid prevents inflammation and cancer in colitis-associated colorectal cancer. Total Budget: €195.000 (not including PI salary)

- EU-FP7 – Cooperation. Co-coordinator and work package leader (WP5) of the project PATHWAY-27: “Pivotal Assessment Of The Effects Of Bioactives On Health And Wellbeing. From Human Genoma To Food Industry”. Total Budget €6.000.000 (not including PI salary).

- AIRC Investigator Grant 2013. PI. Project title: Mediterranean diet and Eicosapentaenoic Acid for the prevention of inflammatory and obesity-driven colorectal cancer. Total budget €270.000 (not including PI salary)

- REGIONE EMILIA ROMAGNA. Project title: Search for novel genes Responsible for familial colorectal polyposis. Participant. Total budget €247.000

- AIRC Investigator Grant 2018. PI. Project Title: Rapamycin, eicosapentaenoic acid and epigallocatechin-3-gallate for the prevention of WNT driven Colorectal Cancer. Total Budget: €629.000 (not including PI salary)


Teaching activities

- Professor at the School of Medicine (Gastroenterology, channel C), University of Bologna – 2018-19)

- Starting from Academic Calendar Year 2020-21, Professor at the 4th year English School of Medicine at the University of Bologna (BOMS), teaching gastroenterology

- Faculty member, PhD program “Health and technologies”, University of Bologna

- Professor at the Fellowship program of Gastroenterology, University of Bologna

- Tutoring medical students of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Bologna

- Author of the chapter on Cancer of the Colon and Rectum, Handbook of Gastroenterology (UNIGASTRO) for the National Faculties of Medicine (years 2001-2003, 2004-2006, 2007-2009, 2013-2015, 2016-2020)

- Tutoring of PhD students

- Tutor of FIRC (Fondazione Italiana per la Ricerca sul Cancro) fellowship


1995- Order of Physicians, Bologna

1997- Italian Society of Gastroenterology (SIGE)

1998- American Gastroenterological Association (AGA)

2004-2008 Member of the International Affairs Committee of the SIGE

2005-2006 Emerging Leaders in Gastroenterology Program, Astra Zeneca

2007-2009 Texas Medical Association

2008- American College of Physicians

2011- International Society for Gastrointestinal Hereditary Tumours Incorporated (InSiGHT)

2013- ESDO, European Society for Digestive Oncology

2018- Italian Society of Digestive Endoscopy (SIED)

2018- European Hereditary Tumour Group (EHTG)

2018- European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ESGE)

2019- Accademia delle Scienze dell’Istituto di Bologna – Accademico Corrispondente Residente

Editorial Activities

Managing Editor, Digestive Diseases, Karger Publisher



Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology


Nature Communications

Clinical Cancer Research

International Journal of Cancer

Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention

British Journal of Cancer

Experimental cell research

BMC Cancer

Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics

Digestive and Liver Diseases

Cancer Treatment Reviews

Digestive Diseases and Sciences

Human Pathology

Conference and Lecture Activities

Over the past 17 years I have been invited to lecture and chair at the most important international Gastroenterology meetings, in particular Digestive Disease Week (American Gastroenterological Association) and United European Gastroenterology Week (United European Gastroenterology).

Co-chair of the 2017 International Society for Gastrointestinal Hereditary Tumours Incorporated (InSiGHT) meeting, held in Florence Italy in July 2017.

Abstract Reviewer for conferences

Digestive Disease Week (AGA) – Abstract Chair for 2013 and 2014

United European Gastroenterology Week (UEGW)

Italian Federation Of Digestive Diseases (FISMAD) national conference


US Patent Application 20090076131. Anti-Cancer and Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Annurca Apple Extracts and Compositions Purified Therefrom

US Patent Application 20090048187. Chemopreventive, Anticancer and Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Pinoresinol-Rich Olives

US Patent Application 20190374496. Treatment with highly purified eicosapentaenoic acid as free fatty acid improves inflammation, affects colonic differentiation markers and microbiota in patients with ulcerative colitis

International Patent Application No. PCT/IB2019/050050.


- Digestive Disease Week (American Gastroenterological Association meeting): Four of distinction, year 2000, 2002, 2005, 2009 e 2013

- United European Gastroenterology Week: Four Best Abstract Awards, years 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2009.

- IX Congresso Nazionale delle Malattie Digestive (2003), Firenze, Italy. Best Oral Presentation Award.

- Elected to the Accademia Delle Scienze dell'Istituto di Bologna, 2019

Oral Presentations, lectures e chairmanships

- Since 1999 Dr. Ricciardiello has presented his original works more than 50 times at the most important international meetings as first or last name. He is invited to give lectures both nationally and internationally, as well as to serve as chairman and faculty at international congresses such as Digestive Disease Week and United European Gastroenterology Week.


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