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Riccardo Meliconi

Associate Professor

Department of Biomedical and Neuromotor Sciences

Academic discipline: MED/16 Rheumatology

Curriculum vitae

                                              CV  RICCARDO MELICONI


Name Surname: Riccardo Meliconi

Gender, DoB, Tax Code: male, 15-04-1951, MLCRCR51D15A944M

Place of Birth, Nationality: Bologna, Italian


Address where correspondence should be sent:

Rheumatology Unit

Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli

Via Pupilli 1

40136 Bologna, Italy

Tel: +39 051 6366 945

E-Mail: riccardo.meliconi


Education and Training:

1976: MD degree ( cum laude)

1981: Specialist Diploma  in Internal Medicine

1985: Specialist Diploma in Rheumatology

1988: Specialist Diploma in Allergology and Clinical Immunology

1977: Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG)          Certificate USA

1979: Certificate of Full Registration as a Medical Practitioner (General Medical Council – UK)



1980: F Schiassi Prize ( Medical Surgical Society of Bologna)

1986: Punta Ala Prize from Boehringer-Ingelheim Ltd, Firenze.

1992: National Prize on Pneumology from Rhone-Poulenc-Rorer Foundation



1978: Grant from Anna Villa Rusconi Foundation, Varese

1986: International Cancer Research Technology Transfer (ICRETT) from International Union Against Cancer, Geneve

1988: NATO CNR Advanced Fellowship

1991: CNR-British Council grant




Employment and Research Experience:

1977-79: Clinical Research Fellow, Liver Unit, King's College Hospital ; London

1979-1984 : Resident , Assistant Physician, Internal Medicine, S. Orsola Hospital Bologna

1984-2002: Senior Research Fellow in Medicine and Rheumatology, S. Orsola Hospital, Bologna

1988-1990: Honorary Research Associate and Honorary Clinical Assistant, Rheumatology Unit, Guy's Hospital, London.

From 2002: Associate Professor of Rheumatology, University of Bologna

2003- September 2013: Head, Rheumatology Unit, Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli, Bologna

From 2008: Director of Rheumatology Training Program, University of Bologna

From 2008: Chairman of School for Orthopaedic Technician, University of Bologna

From September 2013: Head, Unit of Medicine and Rheumatology, Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli, Bologna


Short Training and Research Periods.

1974/1976: Dept of Immunology, The Middlesex Hospital Medical School, London.

1981: Dept of Immunology, King's College Hospital Medical School, London

1986: Dept of Microbiology and Immunology, New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY

1986: Dept of Blood Cell Chemistry, Central Laboratory of the Netherlands Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service, Amsterdam.


Research areas:


immunopathogenesis of liver diseases, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis,


polymyalgia rheumatica, chronic synovitis,

osteoarthritis: cytokines, immunopathology, biomarkers.

hand OA : genetics, clinical and US features


Scientific Societies, member of:

American College of Rheumatology

Osteoarthritis Research Society International

Società Italiana di Reumatologia


SCIENTIFIC ACTIVITY  (last 10 years)

2006 – 2007  PRIN MIUR “Cytokine and cytokine receptor functional polymorphisms and cartilage damage in osteoarthritis” (2 years) (Principal Investigator)

2007-2009  University of Bologna: “Common molecular targets tra among inflammatory and antinfiammatory pathways in osteoarthritis” (18 months) (Participant)

2007 -2009 Project of Emilia Romagna Region-University of Bologna: “Early Arthritis Clinic: analysis of management model and perspective for improvement of the care pathway in the Emilia-Romagna region” (2 years) (Research Unit)

2010-2011 Del Monte di Bologna e Ravenna Foundation: “New molecular pathways associated with new bone production and cartilage damage in osteoarthritis” (1 year) (Principal Investigator)

2011-2014 Italian Ministry of Health: “Diagnosis and treatment of inflammatory arthropathies in the Regione Emilia Romagna: a prospective population-based study (RF-2009-1549144)” (2 years) (Research Unit)

2011-2014 FIRB MIUR: “Pathogenesis and molecular targets in degenerative muscoskeletal diseases (RBAP10KCNS )” (3 years) (Participant)

2012 -2015 Italian Ministry of Health: Prognostic value of a combined panel of soluble and genetic biomarkers in patients with early arthritis (RF-2010-2317168) (3 years) (Principal Investigator)

2014-2016 Project of Emilia Romagna Region-University of Bologna (Young Investigators 2013) “Regional registry-based biobank development and pharmacogenetic analysis: synergistic strategies driving towards personalized medicine in Rheumatoid Arthritis management”



85 papers on peer reviewed journals.

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