Dario DiFrancesco#

Dario DiFrancesco
Membership Number:1270
Membership type:ORDINARY
Main Country of Residence:ITALY

Present and Previous Positions

  • 2019 Professor Emeritus, University of Milano
  • 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
  • HCN channelopathies
  • Pacemaker “funny” channel and control of heart rate
  • Electrophysiology of cardiac tissue and cells
  • Ionic currents and rhythmic activity in heart
  • 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, "his research work resulting in the discovery of ion channels involved in the regulation of heart rhythm". 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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