Alfredo Cantàfora was born in Crotone, Italy, in July 1946. He received a degree in chemistry in July 1970 from the University of Roma La Sapienza, Roma, Italy. Thereafter, he got two yearly postdoctoral fellowships at the Department of Physical Chemistry of the same university and at the Department of Biology of the Istituto Superiore di Sanità. Then, he was a Researcher at the National Laboratories of Defense (1972-1973). Since August 1973, he is a staff member of the Istituto Superiore di Sanità where he was a Researcher at the Department of Chemistry (1973–1982), a Senior Researcher at the Department of Metabolism and Pathological Biochemistry (1982–1986), and the Research Director at the Departemt of Haematology, Oncology, and Molecular Medicine (up to March 2007). In his work at the Istituto Superiore di Sanità, he had the charge of Lipid Biochemistry (1986–2003) and Lipids and Arteriosclerosis (2003–2007) Research Units. Presently, he is a Visiting Professor at the Department of Clinical Medicine—Chair of Gastroenterology—University of Rome La Sapienza. His professional appointments include a National Titular Member of the Codex Alimentarius and IUPAC, responsible for operating units in national and international projects on aging and cardiovascular pathologies, a Member of Expert Panel for evaluating research proposals during the 5th and the 7th EU Framework Programs, an Associate Professor of applied biochemistry, University Marsilio Ficino, Treviso, and a Visiting Professor at the School of Clinical Pathology, University of L’Aquila. He gained the membership in professional associations such as the American Chemical Society (ACS), American Oil Chemist’s Society (AOAC), Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine (SEBM ), The New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS), European and Italian Society for the study of Arteriosclerosis (EAS-SISA). Cantafora is an author or coauthor of over 150 scientific papers on international journals devoted to biochemical and molecular studies on the role of lipids and lipoproteins in health and disease.
Biography Updated on 21 June 2009