Vincenza Spallone (MD, PhD) graduated in medicine and obtained her board certification in endocrinology and PhD in Endocrinological and Metabolic Sciences from the University of Rome La Sapienza, Italy. She was Assistant and Aggregate Professor of Endocrinology until 2018 in the Department of Systems Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, University of Rome Tor Vergata, and since 2018 has had the honorary rank of ‘Docens Turris Virgatae’, teaching endocrinology at the degree courses of medicine, postgraduate and masters courses at the same university. Since 2019, she has been Honorary Professor at the State Institution V Danilevsky Institute for Endocrine Pathology Problems of the National Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine.
Professor Spallone has been a panel member and external examiner in PhD courses, and has been tutor and main supervisor of more than 45 final theses at degree and PhD level and of the research activities of numerous junior researchers.
Her own research is focused on diabetic neuropathy, in particular on the multifaceted expression of cardiovascular autonomic neuropathy (CAN), with pioneering studies on CAN impact on kidney function and blood pressure circadian rhythm and on standardisation of CAN testing, and on the epidemiology, clinical consequences and diagnosis of painful diabetic neuropathy with validation of DN4. Her research activities have resulted in more than 374 published works (articles, chapters, books, and abstracts) in journals such as Diabetes Care, Diabetologia, Diabetes, Clinical Science, Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery Psychiatry, Nephrology Dialysis and Transplantation, Pain, and Diabetes and Metabolism.
Professor Spallone has been a principal Investigator in 20 university-funded research projects and international clinical trials. She was the winner of the Valsalva Lecture Award of the Italian Society for Neurovegetative Research.
She was the chair of the Neuropathy Study Group of the Italian Society of Diabetology and a member of the Executive Committees of the following societies: EASD Neuropathy Study Group (NEURODIAB), the Italian Society for Neurovegetative Research and the Italian Society of Diabetology. She has been a member of the editorial board of Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases and is currently on the editorial board of Problems of Endocrine Pathology, Academic Editor of the Journal of Diabetes Research and Review Editor of Frontiers in Neuropathic Pain. She has been a reviewer for more than 170 articles for 32 journals, including Diabetes Care, Diabetologia, Diabetes, Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism, Molecular Metabolism and the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.
She has been Chair of European Funding Review Committee and was Chair of the Consensus Panel of the Diabetic Neuropathy Study Group of the Italian Society of Diabetology and the lead author of their 2011 Recommendations on Cardiovascular tests in diabetic autonomic neuropathy. She was a member of the Toronto Consensus on Diabetic Neuropathy and the lead author of their 2011 guidelines on cardiovascular autonomic neuropathy. She was also a member of the Italian Consensus Conference on Pain in Neurorehabilitation.
She has been a Chair and invited speaker at more than 135 meetings and was the Scientific Director for two e-Learning programs of Italian Society of Diabetology on the treatment of diabetic neuropathy and neuropathic pain in 2012 and 2017-2018.
Contribution to the EASD e-Learning programme
Course: Diabetic neuropathy
- Module 1: Screening and diagnosis of painful diabetic neuropathy
- Module 2: Pathophysiology and treatment of painful diabetic neuropathy