Plenary Session 4 presentation title: “Is IgAN a disease of mistrafficking B cells?”
Loreto Gesualdo, MD, FERA
Full Professor of Nephrology University of Bari Aldo Moro, Head of the Nephrology, Dialysis and Transplantation Unit
Prof. Loreto Gesualdo was born in Altamura (Ba) on December 27, 1960, he graduated in Medicine and Surgery at the University of Bari with 110/100 cum laude and Specialized in Nephrology at the University of Chieti. From September 1987 to August 1990, he carried out research activities at the Case Western Reserve University of Cleveland (USA) and, after, from September 1997 to December 1998, at the University of Pittsburgh (USA).
His research activity focuses on the pathogenetic aspects of glomerulonephritides (IgAN, MN, DKD) and renal fibrosis. His scientific activity is documented in PubMed by 522 publications. He has participated in more than 250 national and international scientific meetings; he has written 18 books. Its total impact factor is greater than 2000; his works have been cited in Google Scholar 22259 times and he has an H-score of 75 which lists him among the top 100 Italian scientists. He has filed 4 patents and participated in the establishment of an innovative start-up and a spin-off.
Winner as principal investigator of several international, European, national and regional projects. Since 2010 he is Full Professor of Nephrology at the University of Bari and Director of Nephrology, Dialysis and Transplantation Unit at the Bari Polyclinic. He is currently Dean of the Bari School of Medicine and Regional Transplant Coordinator, Apulia Region. He is also the Director of the International Summer School of Renal Pathology (ISSRP) and collaborates with many colleagues from European and international countries (United States, Canada, France, Holland, Cyprus, Germany, Spain, Czech Republic, Sweden, United Kingdom, Uganda).
From 2016 to 2018, he was President of the Italian Society of Nephrology, councillor member of the European Renal Association (ERA-EDTA), he was on the Board of Directors of the Renal Pathology Society and Chairman of the Continuous Medical Education Committee of the European Society of Nephrology ERA-EDTA.
Currently, he is President of the Italian Kidney Foundation and coordinates a humanitarian project for the construction of a Renal Immunopathology center and dialysis unit with Telemedicine service in Mbarara, Uganda.
1987–1990 Research Associate, Institute of Pathology, CWRU, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
1994–2000 Staff physician, Institute of Nephrology, University of Bari
1997–1998 Visiting Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Pittsburgh
2000–2001 Associate Professor of Nephrology, University of Bari and Renal Division Chief, “Umberto I” Hospital, Altamura
2001–2003 Associate Professor of Nephrology, Chief of the Renal, Dialysis and Transplantation Unit, University Hospital of Foggia
2004–2007 Director of the Centre of Excellence “BIOAGROMED” for the application of Biotechnologies to Medicine and Food Quality
2003–2010 Full Professor of Nephrology, Chief of the Renal, Dialysis and Transplantation Unit, University Hospital of Foggia
2003–2010 Coordinator of the PhD Program “Molecular Medicine”, School of Medicine, University of Foggia
2005–2010 Director of the Nephrology Resident Program, School of Medicine, University of Foggia
2006–2015 Chairman, Regional Competence Centers for Agri-Food Technologies (C.E.R.T.A)
2006–2010 Chairman, Apulian Regional Agri-Food Technology District (D.A.R.E.)
2007–2010 Director, Department of Nephrology, Dialysis and Tranplantation, Daunia Area (DIAN)
2007–2010 Council member, Italian Society of Nephrology
2009–2010 Member of the Evaluation Unit of the University of Foggia
2010–2015 Member, Steering Committee of Immunonephrology Working Group, ERA-EDTA
2012–2015 Council member, ERA-EDTA (European Society of Nephrology)
2012–2015 Member of the Group of Experts for Evaluation – 06 Area (GEV-06) of the ANVUR National Agency for Evaluation of the University and Research System
2010–2015 Director of the Nephrology Resident Program, School of Medicine, University of Bari
2016–2018 President, Italian Society of Nephrology
2010–pres Full Professor of Nephrology, Chief of the Renal, Dialysis and Transplantation Unit, University Hospital “Policlinico” of Bari
2015–pres Coordinator, Apulia Transplant Program
2015–pres Chairman, CME Committee, European Society of Nephrology (ERA-EDTA)
2016–pres Dean, School of Medicine, University of Bari
2018–pres President Italian Kidney Foundation (FIR)
2020–pres Member of Cultural scientific technical committee for the development of Strategic local plan “Taranto Futuro Prossimo”