Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy; Medical Director, Clinical Nutrition Unit, Sapienza University Hospital; Visiting Research Assistant Professor, SUNY Medical University, Syracuse, New York; Expert Reviewer, Framework Programs, European Commission, Brussels, Belgium.
Professor Laviano received his MD degree from the Sapienza University of Rome, where he also completed residency programs in internal medicine and nephrology. He was a research fellow in the surgical metabolism laboratory of the SUNY Health Science Center in Syracuse. He joined the medical faculty of Sapienza University in 1998.
Laviano’s main research interests are the regulation of food intake under physiological and pathological conditions, disease-associated anorexia and cachexia, hyperphagia and obesity, and the impact and treatment of hospital malnutrition. In addition, he studies the role of brain activity in the pathogenesis of cancer anorexia and cachexia, and the potential benefits deriving from the integration of a pharmacologic and nutritional approach to cancer patients.
He is the current chairman of the Educational and Clinical Practice Committee of the European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism, and co-editor-in-chief of Nutrition, associate editor of Clinical Nutrition, and associate editor of Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle.