Dario DiFrancesco#


Dario DiFrancesco
Email:dario.difrancesco 'at' unimi.it
Membership Number:1270
Membership type:ORDINARY
Main Country of Residence:ITALY
Section:PHYSIOLOGY & NEUROSCIENCE
Username:ddifrancesco
Elected:1992
Homepage: http://users.unimi.it/difrancesco








Present and Previous Positions

  • 1986 Full Professor, Physiology, Univ. Milano, Italy
  • 1981 Associate Professor, Physiology, Univ. Milano, Italy
  • 1977 Postdoc Physiology The Lab. of Physiology, Oxford, UK
  • 1976 Postdoc Physiology The Physiological Lab., Cambridge, UK
  • 1973 Ph.D. Physics (Applied to Biology- Physiology)

Fields of Scholarship

  • electrophysiology of cardiac tissue and cells
  • ionic currents and rhythmic activity in heart
  • the pacemaker “funny” channel and control of heart rate
  • HCN channelopathies
  • embryonic and adult cardiac stem cells

Honours and Awards

  • Recipient Wallace O. Fenn Memorial Fund award IUPS Congresses 1980 (Budapest) and 1983 (Sidney)
  • International Prize of Physiology "Professeur Pierre Rijlant" Academic Foundation, awarded by the Royal Academy of Medicine of Belgium, 1994, Bruxelles, Belgium
  • Lauréat Grand Prix scientifique pour l'année 2008, Fondation Lefoulon-Delalande- Institut de France, pour les "très remarquables travaux de recherce qui ont conduit à la découvert des canaux ioniques impliqué dans la régulation du rythme cardiaque", Paris, France
  • Lectio Magistralis and Prize “Control of cardiac rate by “funny” channels in health and disease” Symp. “Translation in Cardiomyopathies: from genes to therapy” 2009 Padova, Italy
  • H.C. Burger Award Lecture and Prize “The history of the discovery of funny channels” 23rd Cong. Europ. Soc. Noninvasive Preventive Cardiol. “Cardiovascuar Medicine in the Era of Advanced Technology”, 2009 Brescia, Italy


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