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Viviana Carmen Lo Martire

Junior assistant professor (fixed-term)

Department of Biomedical and Neuromotor Sciences

Academic discipline: BIO/09 Physiology

Curriculum vitae

Assistant Professor of Physiology, Department of Biomedical and Neuromotor Sciences (PRISM lab), University of Bologna, Italy.

Born 1984, February 15th.

2006: graduated at the University of Bologna in Biological Sciences cum laude. Thesis title: “Valutazione dell’effetto di alcuni solventi organici sulla vitalità di linee cellulari portatrici di mutazioni responsabili della LHON: “Neuropatia ottica ereditaria di Leber”, supervisor Prof.ssa Anna Ghelli.

2008: graduated at the University of Bologna in Biological Sciences cum laude. Thesis title: “La pressione arteriosa durante il ciclo veglia-sonno in topi con deficienza congenita di leptina”, supervisor Prof. Alessandro Silvani.

2008: officially recognized as Biologist (Abilitazione).

2012: PhD in Applied Physiology and Pathophysiology. Thesis title: “Effect of ambient temperature on cardiovascular regulation during sleep in hypocretin-deficient narcoleptic mice”, supervisor Prof.ssa Giovanna Zoccoli

2012-2013: Post-doc at Department of Biomedical and Neuromotor Sciences, University of Bologna

2013-2014: Post-doc at Department of Biomedical and Neuromotor Sciences, University of Bologna

2015-2016: Post-doc at Department of Biomedical and Neuromotor Sciences, University of Bologna

2015: Researcher fellow at Civic Hospital of Lugano, Neurocenter of Italian Switzerland

2016-2017: Post-doc at Department of Biomedical and Neuromotor Sciences, University of Bologna

2017-2018: Post-doc at Department of Biomedical and Neuromotor Sciences, University of Bologna

2017: Research fellow at Williams College, Williamstown, (MA, USA) under the supervision of Professor Steve Swoap.

Since October 2018: Assistant Professor in Physiology Medical School, University of Bologna.

Scientific courses

2009: Annual meeting of PhD students in Physiology organized by the Italian Society of Physiology (Pisa)

2010: Training Course “ESRS Marie Curie Project” (Bertinoro)

2010: Final symposium “ESRS Marie Curie Project” (Kloster Seeon, Monaco)

2015: ESRS travel grant for young researcher (Lugano)

Awards

2014: Prize "Franco Ferrillo" of the Italian Association of Sleep Medicine for the best oral communication.

2014: Prize achieved by the Swedish foundation Stiftelsen Samariten, project title: “Cotinine: a potent but unrecognized developmental cardiovascular toxin?”

2015: Prize achieved by the Swedish foundation Sallskapet Barnavard, project title: “Cotinine: a potent but unrecognized developmental cardiovascular toxin?”

Research activity

Since 2004 participates in the experimental activity of the research group of Prof. Giovanna Zoccoli aimed at studying the physiological regulation of blood pressure, body temperature and breathing during the wake-sleep cycle in genetically modified mice, at the Department of Biomedical and Neuromotor Sciences of the University of Bologna.

In 2015 she was hired as a research biologist with a fixed-term contract at the Cantonal Hospital, Lugano Civic Hospital, with the specific objective of developing a pharmacological model of Restless Leg Syndrome in the rat.

Since 2015 she participates in the experimental activity of the group directed by Prof. Elisabetta Ciani, aimed at the development of a therapy for CDKL5 syndrome, at the Department of Biomedical and Neuromotor Sciences of the University of Bologna.

In 2017 she began a collaboration with Prof. Steve Swoap, Williams College, Williamstown, MA, USA, at whose laboratory she conducts research in 2017, dealing with the study of the physiological mechanisms of torpor in mouse.

International collaborations

Prof. J.-L. Elghozi, INSERM U652 Physiologie et Pharmacologie vasculaire et rénale, Medical School René Descartes, Paris, France.

Dr. G. Cohen and Prof. Hugo Lagercrantz, Department of Women's and Children's Health, Neonatal Unit, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.

Prof. J.S. Lin, INSERM U628 Physiologie intégrée du système d’éveil, University Claude Bernard, Lyon, France.

Prof. H. Ohtsu, Applied Quantum Medical Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan.

Dr. M. Manconi, Neurocentro della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano, Switzerland.

Prof. Q. Padiath, Department of Human Genetics, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.

Prof. S. Swoap, Dept. of Biology, Williams College, Williamstown, MA, USA.

Prof. Thomas E. Scammell, Department of Neurology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA, USA.

Prof. Mayumi Kimura, Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, Munich, Germany.

Grants

2009: PRIN project "Role of the hypocretinergic system in thermoregulatory cardiovascular control during waking and sleep" coordinated by Prof. Carlo Franzini, participant.

2009: PRIN project "Hypnic and circadian mechanisms of alterations in blood pressure in animal models of diet-induced obesity " coordinated by Prof. Giovanni Zamboni Gruppioni, participant.

2010: Travel Grant, XX Congress of the ESRS (Lisbona)

2010: Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Bologna project entitled "Role of hypothalamic neurogenesis in the development of obesity and its hypnotic and cardiovascular co-morbidities”, participant.

2010: ESRS-EU Marie-Curie funding, for the participation in the "Training in Sleep Research and Sleep Medicine" for the training of young scientists in the field of sleep research.

2011: Travel Grant, XVI congresso SIRS (L’Aquila)

2013: Travel Grant, XVIII congresso SIRS (Roma)

2014: Travel grant, XXIV congress AIMS (Pisa)

2015: ESRS Travel Grant for young researchers funded by the European Sleep Research Society.

2015: Travel grant, XXV congress AIMS (Santa Margherita di Pula)

Peer review

Plos One

Fédération pour la recherche sur le cerveau

Membership to Scientific Societies

Italian Sleep Research Society

Italian Physiology Society

European Sleep Research Society

Italian Association of Sleep Medicine

Visiting Scientist

2010: Montpellier, Service de Neurologie, Hospital Gui de Chauliac under the supervision of Dr. Yves Dauvillers, funded by the ESRS-EU Marie-Curie Project, Training in Sleep Research and Sleep Medicine.

2015: Lugano, Cantonal Hospital Agency, Civic Hospital, Neurocenter of Italian Switzerland, Sleep Center, under the supervision of Dr. Mauro Manconi.

2017: Williamstown (MA, USA), research laboratory of Prof. Steve Swoap at Williams College.

Invited lectures

2010: Marie Curie Symposium "New Trends in Basic and Clinical Sleep Research in Europe", Bologna, 10 May. Report "Sleep-related Hypertension in narcoleptic mice".

2010: Seminar held on October 15 at the Service de Neurologie, Hospital Gui de Chauliac, Montpellier, at the invitation of Dr. Yves Dauvillers: "Sleep-related changes in blood pressure in hypocretin-deficient narcoleptic mice".

2014: Symposium of young researchers of the Italian Association of Sleep Medicine (XXIV National AIMS Congress - Pisa, 5-8 November 2014) Report: "Paroxysms of theta waves during REM sleep in congenitally histamine-free mice".

2015: Seminar held in March 9th at the Neurocentre of Italian Switzerland, Cantonal Hospital, Civic Hospital of Lugano, invited by Dr. Mauro Manconi, title "Cardiovascular phenotype during the wake-sleep cycle in animal models of human pathology".

2017: Seminar held on  May 10th at Williams College, Williamstown, MA, USA, invited by Prof. Steve Swoap, title "Physiological regulations during wake-sleep states in mice".

Chairperson

2015: symposium “Nuove Tendenze in Medicina del Sonno”, XXV congress AIMS, Santa Margherita di Pula (Cagliari, Italy).

Teaching activity

A.A. 2011-2012, 2013-2014, 2015-2016, 2016-2017: Tutor for the course of Applied Physiology for the degree course in Medicine and Surgery Dentistry, University of Bologna.

Co-supervisor and supervisor of 12 Bachelor and Master thesis in Physiology at the School of Medical Biotechnology, Biological Sciences and Medicine and Surgery.

Scientific translations

“Essentials of Cognitive Neuroscience”, Bradley R. Postle, Wiley Blackwell, 2016

“The Central Nervous System”, 5° edizione, Per Brodal, Piccin, Nuova Libraria, 2018

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