Giovanni De Gaetano

Giovanni De Gaetano

Neuromed, Pozzilli

Giovanni de Gaetano was born on the Gargano Promontory during the Second World War, in the dramatic period between the Fascism fall and the Armistice. During his secondary studies, he was profoundly fascinated by the Greek and Latin culture. This passion for humanities paradoxically convinced him to choose medicine for his university studies. During the admission exams to the newly-born Catholic Medical School in Rome, he met Maria Benedetta Donati, a young candidate student, with whom, few years later, he produced two daughters and is still sharing life, research work, full-time interests.
MD degree, Haematology specialist, PhD degree at Leuven University, Belgium, he was appointed Director of the Laboratory for Haemostasis and Thrombosis Research, at Mario Negri Institute, Milan, while being still a post-doc fellow. At the end of the Eighties, de Gaetano, Donati and a group of young Pilgrim Investigators moved to the Abruzzo region, to found a new research institute, the “Mario Negri Sud”. He was then Director of the Research Laboratories at the “John Paul II” Centre for High Technology Research and Education in Biomedical Sciences of the Catholic University, Campobasso, and is presently Head, Department of Epidemiology and Prevention, IRCCS Istituto Neurologico Mediterraneo NEUROMED, Pozzilli (Isernia).
For his research on blood platelets and his activities as President of ETRO (European Thrombosis Research Organization) in favor of the former Communist Eastern Countries, he holds two honorary doctorates from the University of Debrecen (Hungary) and Bialystok (Poland), respectively and is an Italian Republic Knight.
Author of more than 500 peer-reviewed publications (Pubmed), with a H-index of 70 and more than 20,000 citations, his major scientific contributions are related to low-dose aspirin as an antiplatelet and antithrombotic drug and to the characterization of low-dose wine and beer consumption (in the context of a Mediterranean Diet) as associated with reduced cardiovascular outcomes. Moderation is thus is preferred key-word as a scientist, but not as a Napoli soccer team supporter. Science communication and philosophical reading are his preferred week-end activities.

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