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Biochemistry, Physiology and Pharmacology of Oxidative Stress

2 luglio 2015 -8:00 - 4 luglio 2015 -7:00

 Rome, 02/04 July 2015



Dear Scientists, Researchers and friends, the Universities of Sapienza (IT) and Ferrara (IT), and the National Research Council of Italy (CNR) are delighted to announce the International Workshop on Biochemistry, Physiology and Pharmacology of Oxidative Stress that will take place in Rome from 2─4 July, 2015  at Sapienza’s Campus. This meeting aims to bring together about a hundred international participants to discuss on and share novel ideas and findings concerning the Biochemistry, Physiology and Pharmacology of Oxidative Stress.

We look forward to seeing you in Rome. Best regards.

The Organizers


Workshop Organizers:


Paolo Sarti, MD (, is Full Professor of Chemistry  and Biochemistry at the Department of Biochemical Sciences at Sapienza University of Rome. He is specialist in Gastroenterology, Anatomy and Histopatholy and General Pathology. He has been awarded the title of Research Professor at New York University (NYU-USA). At present, Paolo Sarti is the Erasmus Scientific Supervisor of the Sapienza Faculty of Medicine and Psychology (Medical Area) and Member of the Board of Directors of the Institute Pasteur – Fondazione Cenci Bolognetti (RM). Former Coordinator (2003-12) of the PhD in Biochemistry at Sapienza and Supervisor of a European Label PhD with The Universidade Nova de Lisboa, and Member of the Panel of the Referees for National funding. Promoter of International Exchange Agreements  with USA (NY, NYU) and Russia (Moscow, Lomonosov Moscow state University) Paolo Sarti has produced, mostly within an international co-authorship, numerous articles on topics  related to cell bioenergetics, respiratory complexes and electron transfer reactions, with outcomes in basic science, medicine and biology. Over the years, he has been often invited as speaker to National and International congresses; his actual research focus is on radical chemistry and oxi-nitrosative signaling in human pathophysiology.


Luciano Saso ( is a Member of the Faculty of Pharmacy and Medicine, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy ( He is author of more than 170 original scientific articles published in peer reviewed international journals with impact factor (H-index Google Scholar= 28, H-index SCOPUS = 24, Total Impact Factor = 430) working mainly in the field of oxidative stress and antioxidants. He coordinated several nternational research projects and has been referee for many national and international funding agencies and international scientific journals in the last 20 years. He has been Guest Editor of the following Special Issues: “Oxidative Stress as a Pharmacological Target for Medicinal Chemistry: Synthesis and Evaluation of Compounds with Redox Activity” published in the journal Current Topics in Medicinal Chemistry in 2014, “Synthesis, evaluation and pharmacological applications of antioxidants” published in the journal Curr Med Chem in 2013, “Antioxidant heterocyclic compounds in drug discovery and medicinal chemistry”  published in the journal Mini reviews in medicinal chemistry in 2013, “Chemistry and biology of antioxidants”  published in The Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology in 2007. The call for paper for his latest issue (Modulation of Oxidative Stress: Pharmaceutical and Pharmacological Aspects) for the journal  Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity is currently open.


Giuseppe Valacchi ( is Associate Professor in Physiology at the Department of Life Sciences and Biotechnology at the University of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy. He obtained his B.S. degree with Laude in Physiopathology and his Ph.D. degree in Cellular physiology and neuroimmunophysiology at the University of Siena, Siena, Italy. During his training he has spend circa 8 years in USA where he has worked as an Exchange Ph.D. Student, Post Doc fellow and Research Associate in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California at Berkeley and then as Junior Faculty at UC Davis in the Pulmonary Division and Nutrition Department. He has been Adjunct Professor from 2008 to 2014 in the Dept of Food and Nutrition at Kyung Hee University, Seoul, South Korea. His research is focused on the effect of environmental oxidative stress such as O3, cigarette smoke and particles on target organs such as skin and lung and the signal pathways involved in the cellular responses to these insults. Recently is research has been involved also in the role of oxidative stress in a rare disease, Rett Syndrome. He is author of more than 140 peer reviewed papers, 15 book chapters, one book and has been invited speaker to more than 70 international conferences. Among his awards there is the Entelligence Award from Actelion, Young Investigator Award and the Science and Education Award from OCC. He is the Associate Editor for the Journal Mediators of Inflammation, Frontiers in Cellular Biochemistry, World Research Journal of Biochemistry and Biomed Research International (Dermatology Subject) in addition he is part of the editorial board of  several journals among which Genes and Nutrition, Open Nitric Oxide Journal, Journal of Complementary and traditional medicine.

Paolo Bovicelli (, senior researcher of CNR, Italy, as the main activities performs and coordinates laboratory activities, is supervisor of Master of Science thesis and PhD thesis. He is involved in the preparation of research projects with national and international settings, is in the organizing committee of national and international conferences and meetings. His Research sectors include (i) Synthesis and bioactivity investigation of polyphenols via oxyfunctionalization of natural targets.  (ii) Synthesis of obatoclax analogs with long aliphatic chains in order to obtain compounds with an enhanced activity. Obatoclax is an effective inhibitor of Bcl-2, is the basis of drugs that are still being studied for their alleged effectiveness to reactivate the mechanism of apoptosis in cases of resistant cells to chemotherapy.


Alessandro Giuffrè ( is Senior Researcher at the Institute of Molecular Biology and Pathology (IBPM) of the National Research Council of Italy (CNR) in Rome. He has been awarded the PhD in Biochemistry at Sapienza University of Rome (1997), where he has been appointed as lecturer in charge (since 2000) and board member of the PhD in Biochemistry (since 2012). He has been actively investigating the molecular mechanisms underlying the metabolism of O2, NO, H2S and related reactive species, with the ultimate goal of elucidating the role of these molecules in human pathophysiology. Currently, he has signed more than 70 articles in peer-reviewed International journals, mostly produced in collaboration with foreign scientists, with an H-index of 25, a total impact factor of about 300 and more than 2.000 citations. Over his career, he has been awarded several prizes, including the ‘Maria Teresa Tessori Roncaglia e Eugenio Mari’ award from Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei (2004). At present, he is member of the executive board of the Italian Group of Bioenergetics and Biomembranes, academic editor of PLoS One and visiting professor at the Instituto de Tecnologia Quimica and Biologica (ITQB) of the New University of Lisbon, where he has been appointed as PhD external examiner in several occasions. Invited or selected speaker at numerous meetings, he has acted as reviewer of grant proposals for National and International research organizations and referee for numerous scientific journals.


Marzia Arese ( ) is Researcher in Biochemistry at the Department of Biochemical Sciences of Sapienza University of Rome. Her research interest belongs to the areas of cell bioenergetics, Nitric Oxide metabolism and pathologies related to mitochondrial disfunction.At present she is Lecturer in Biochemistry at the Degree in Nursing Science, and assistant at the Course of Chemistry of the Faculty of Medicine and Psychology, at Sapienza University of Rome. She is member of Società Italiana Biochimica (SIB), Gruppo Italiano di Bioenergetica e Biomembrane (GIBB), Mitochondrial Physiology Society (MIP). Within the research group headed by Prof. Paolo Sarti in Sapienza University, and in a context of national and international co-authorship, she has produced articles on topics related to the modulation of cell energetics, electron transfer proteins, mitochondrial disfunctions in neurodegeneration. Over the years, she contributed with posters and oral presentations to National and International congresses.


Elena Forte (  is a researcher working at the Department of Biochemistry, Sapienza University. Her research focuses primarily on the role of nitric oxide, reactive oxygen and nitrogen species in mitochondrial diseases and on microbial response to oxidative and  nitrosative stress. She has published  about 40 international peer reviewed papers dealing with structure-function, molecular evolution and control of enzymes involved in oxygen and nitric oxide metabolism, in cell physiology or pathology .


Preliminary Program ud

Accommodation Form 22.04.2015

Registration Form 22.04.2015



2 luglio 2015 -8:00
4 luglio 2015 -7:00
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