Research areas and methodologies

Research areas

  • Pharmacoepidemiology of the hospitalized patient
  • Telemonitoring systems for patients suffering from COPD, heart disease and diabetes mellitus
  • Development and validation of new technologies based on sensors for biological fluids (naso elingua electronic devices) for the diagnosis and monitoring of infectious, cardiovascular or gastrointestinal pathologies
  • Study of risk factors and prognostic stratification of patients with chronic liver disease (hepatic steatosis and primary biliary cholangitis)
  • Multicenter and multisector studiesing on the effects of the Covid pandemic (GeroCovid) and, in collaboration with AIFA and the Istituto Superiore di Sanità, on the immunological effects of the vaccine (GeroVax)
  • Study of the diagnostic, classification and prognostic aspects of sarcopenia in liver patients.
  • Definition of new treatments for the treatment of COPD and emphysema
  • Definition of the pathogenetic mechanisms and predictive factors of response to therapy with biological drugs in severe asthma
  • Identification of pathways for early diagnosis and screeninging of alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency. Implementation of chest ultrasound in pneumological diagnostics
  • Improvement of treatment paths to optimize adherence to treatment of patients on non-invasive ventilation
  • Optimization of diagnostic yield and quality of sampling in patients undergoing mediastinal staging of lung cancer with the EBUSTBNA method
  • Identification of innovative markers (volatile organic compounds) of lung cancer
  • Study of new drugs for the treatment of chronic idiopathic cough
  • Development of multidimensional assessment models for chronic lung disease patients


  • Pneumopipe – Auxiliary device for collection and samplinging of exhaled air - G. Pennazza, M. Santonico, A. D'Amico, R. Antonelli Incalzi, M. Petriaggi, EU application 12425057.2
  • Bl5290R/RPDG/fbv - Italian patent application filed: Innovative functionalization on liquid phase sensors for the detection of bioactive lipids - 2018 Owner: UCBM

Collaborations with other Research Centers

  • Italian Society of Internal Medicine
  • Italian Society of Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • National Institutes of Health
  • Center for Aging Medicine, Agostino Gemelli University Hospital, Rome
  • National Institute of Hospitalization and Care for the Elderly (INRCA), Cosenza
  • Chair of Geriatrics, University of Oslo
  • Istituto Superiore di Sanita
  • AIFA
  • European Respiratory Society (ERS)
  • Italian Association of Hospital Pneumologists (AIPO)
  • Research Group in Thoracic Ultrasound in the Elderly (GRETA)
  • Careggi University Hospital – University of Florence
  • San Matteo University Hospital – University of Pavia
  • Colli Specialist Hospital - Monaldi Hospital - Naples
  • European alpha 1 Research Collaboration (EARCO)
  • Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust and University of Manchester, UK
  • Hospital Universitari Vall d'Hebron / Vall d'Hebron Institut de Recerca (VHIR) – Barcelona, ​​Spain
  • Centro Hospitalar Universitario Lisboa Central (CHULC) – Lisboa, Portugal
  • The Bergen Geriatric Research Group,; Department of clinical science,
  • University of bergen