Carlo Patrono, MD, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Pharmacology at the Catholic University School of Medicine (UCSC) in Rome, Italy. Dr. Patrono trained as a Postdoctoral Fellow in New York with the late Solomon Berson and Nobel Laureate Rosalyn Yalow. He was Assistant Professor (1972-1982) and Associate Professor (1983-1986) of Pharmacology at UCSC; Director of Cardiovascular Research and Development at Farmitalia Carlo Erba, in Milan, from 1987 to 1990; Professor of Pharmacology at the University of Chieti “G. d’Annunzio” School of Medicine from 1991 to 2001; Professor of Pharmacology at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” 2nd School of Medicine from 2002 to 2006.
Prof. Patrono’s main research interest is in the study of platelet activation and inhibition in atherothrombosis. He pioneered the development of radioimmunoassay for the measurement of prostanoid and isoprostane biosynthesis in health and disease. His research has characterized the human pharmacology of aspirin as an inhibitor of platelet COX-1 and provided the basis for the development of low-dose aspirin as an antithrombotic agent. During the past decade Prof. Patrono contributed to characterizing the human pharmacology of COX-2 inhibitors and evaluating their cardiovascular effects in different clinical settings.
He is the Chairman of the Task Force on Antiplatelet Agents of the European Society of Cardiology, and serves on the editorial board of the American Heart Association’s Journals, Circulation and Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology.
He has been elected to membership in scientific societies, including the Association of American Physicians, the Royal College of Physicians, the European Society of Cardiology, the Academia Europaea and the Accademia dei Lincei.
He has received the Alexander B. Gutman award from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, the Distinguished Award in Neuroscience from the Louisiana State University, the 1998 International Aspirin® Award from Bayer AG, the 2007 John Vane Award from the William Harvey Research Institute of the University of London, the 2011 Outstanding Achievement Award of the Eicosanoid Research Foundation, the 2013 Grand Prix Scientifique of the Institut de France, and the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award of the European Association for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics.
Prof. Patrono has published approximately 200 research articles with an h index of 80.