I was born in Vercelli on June 18, 1960, where I live today. Both my grandpa and my dad were medical doctors in Vercelli, graduate at Turin University respectivly on 1912 and on 1951. Both exerted the medical art as Family Doctors in my town. During academic year 1978/79 I get the Undergraduate Diploma of “Maturità Classica”at Liceo Ginnasio Lagrangia in Vercelli with 43/60 as final evaluation. Studying mainly classic literature in latin and greek as well’s italian literature, less space was for mathematics , physic and science, that I’ve studied largely by myself.
During academic year 1979/80 I begin the first year of courses for the Doctoral Degree in Medicine and Surgery at Turin University and I meet the professors for lessons and seminars at S. Andrea Hospital in Vercelli. However I begin my first contacts with Turin academic life 'cause all exams, orally and writing sessions, as well's practical seminars, were done at Turin University.
On academic year 1983/84, it was time to have a more direct involvement with academic life of Turin University Departments, in order to choose a good thesis topic and evaluate possible choices for my postdoc studies. That’s why, during the firth year of Doctoral Degree in Medicine, I begin my Internist period at the Institute of Internal Medicine in Turin, on the Department of Clinical Medicine B at Institute of Internal Medicine, directed by one of first italian endocrinologists, the Professor Gian Michele Molinatti. During academic year 1984/85 I get my Doctoral Degree in Medicine and Surgery at Turin University on July 9, 1985 with the doctoral thesis on “Photonics double ray Absorptiometry: a new bone metabolism evaluation” with Prof. Gian Michele Molinatti, reaching the final evaluation of 108/110 and my doctoral thesis was printed. On February 3, 1986 I done the exams in order to exert the profession of Medical Doctor at Turin University, exams passed with final vote of 97/110.
Post doc curriculum vitae My thesis was printed and it was time for Post-Doc studies. I loved endocrinology, bone metabolism, and internal medicine topics. During academic year 1987/88 I get the Specialization on Andrology at Turin University with the Thesis on “Testosterone effects on bone and on phosphocalcium metabolism on hypogonadal males”on June 28, 1988 and 70/70 cum laudae.
From 1986 until 1994 I was regular member of Italian Society of Mineral Metabolism. From 1988 I’m regular member of Italian Endocrine Society. From 1998 I‘m regular member of American Association for the Advancement of Science. From 2001 I’m regular member of International Bone Mineral Society. From 2005 I’m regular member of American Society for Bone and Mineral Research. From 2006 I'm regular member of Endocrine Society.
Interestingly the foreging language during my undergraduate studies was French, no mention for English considered a non noble language. As for science, I learn English by myself, under the pressure of best friend of mine born in London, England, from italian ‘rents living now in Florence. For graduate studies I choose the six years long degree of studies for Medical Doctor; as you know no short, three years long, Doctorate courses are available, for PhD in Medicine in Italy, in contrast to other European countries. In Italy the equipollent course of PhD, called Dottorato di Ricerca, is only available for post-graduate students. Recently after some legislative changes in Universitary studies, a shorth three years long universitary degree has been instituted for some disciplines, such as engineering, informatics, mathematics, but not for medical schools, where three years long degree is needed now to exert the profession of nurse. On 1984 I was assigned by professor GianMichele Molinatti to endocrinology group of Professor Gian Carlo Isaia, working at first clinical diagnostic approaches to metabolic bone diseases, using a mineralometer with a gadolinium source for bone scan and Bone Mineral Content evaluation.
Some of Isaia GC scientific publications, reported also my name as Author. I remember some of these first works on bone densitometry field:
Isaia GC, Gastaldi M, Guidetti D et al. Reproducibility of lumbar BMC valued with the technique of the double photonic ray. Mineral Metabolism Research in Italy 1984;5:69-72.
Isaia GC, Salamano G, Gastaldi M et al. Double ray densitometry: a new diagnostic approach. Min Endocrinol 1985;10:51-6.
Isaia GC, Mussetta M, Salamano G et al. Diagnostic notes Lumbar BMC reproducibility as evaluated by means of dual photon absorptiometry. Maturitas 1988;10:59-63.
Isaia GC, Salamano G, Mussetta M et al. Testosterone effects on bone hypogonadal male. Calcif Tissue Int (Suppl) 1989;44:S33.
Isaia GC, Appendino S, Salamano G et al. Bone mass and GH: importance of 1-25 dihydroxycholecalciferol mediated osteoblastic cell activation. J Endocrinol Invest (Suppl. 1) 1989;12:173.
Isaia GC, Campagnoli C, Mussetta M et al. Calcitonin and lumbar bone mineral content during estrogen-progestin administration in postmenopausal women. Maturitas 1989;11:287-94.
Isaia GC, Salamano G, Mussetta M et al. Vertebral bone loss in menopause. Exp Gerontol 1990;25: 303-7.
Salamano G, Isaia GC, Mussetta M et al. QDR and DPA in the BMD evaluation at lumbar level, In: Osteoporosis 1990. Christiansen C, Overgaard K. Eds. 1990;2:752-4.
Isaia GC, Di Stefano M, Modena V et al. Chronic corticosteroid treatment effects on bone mineral density. J Endocrinol Invest (Suppl.2) 1991;14:220.
This intense period of studies, during my post-doc life, was a three years long period of both experimental research and studies programs, finally approaching to a friendly use of scientific literature. That’s was possible also thanks to intensive contacts and suggestions with other italian as well’s international groups working on bone and endocrinology fields:
Professor Filogamo at Turin University in Italy Professor Caniggia at Siena University in Italy Professor Gennari at Siena University in Italy Professor De Bernard at Trieste University in Italy Professor Bonucci E at Roma University in Italy Professor Smith R at Oxford University in United Kingdom Professor Meunier at Lyon University, France. Professor PJ Delmas at Lyon University, France. Professor H. Fleish in Switzerland. Professor C. Christiansen in Denmark. Professor Franchimont in Belgium Professor Riggs BL at Mayo Clinic in Boston, Massachussett, USA. Professor Reddi AH at National Institute of Health, Bethesda,Maryland, USA (now at Davies University in California). Professor Eanes at National Institute of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, USA. Professor Rodan G in USA Professor Manolagas S at Washington University at S. Louis USA (now at Texas University in Arkansas, USA) Professor Avioli L at Washington University at S Louis in USA.
The intensive studies experience was possible to efforts of Endocrinolgy group of Professor Gian Michele Molinatti and to my family economic helps. Otherwise it was not possible, in a so shorth time, of three years travels outside and inside Italy for International Congresses and Scientific Seminars.
The best of those was done in May 1989 at Erice (TP, Sicily) at Centro Ettore Majorana, where I meet and exchange my impressions with the best scientific leaders working for CENTRO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE, Itay and for NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF HEALTH, United States of America, under the organization helps of NATO ADVANCED STUDY INSTITUTE.
Time and life changes cannot cancel the experience done knowing and talking with such men. Men before than Professor of Science, those personality and love in life profoundly influenced and marked my future life decisions and life view. Some of them are yet died, but they were able to left a profound mark with their great personality and scientific knowledge, besides any scientific publications, to all people living and talking with them.
From 1986 I've worked as Family Doctor in Vercelli until today at Azienda Sanitaria Locale VC, Distretto di Vercelli.