Short CV/Education and training

  • Full Professor and Director of the Residency Nephrology School, University of Florence,Italy

  • Head of Nephrology and Dialysis Clinical Unit, Meyer Children's Hospital, Florence,Italy

  • Number of Publications: 168, H-index: 67 (Google Scholar), Citations: >15000

  • 2017
    Chairman of the 30th Meeting of thw European Ren al Cell study Group”

  • 2016
    Scientific Committee of the 54th ERA-EDTA Congress, Copenaghen, 2018

  • 2016
    Chairman of the Consensus Meeting “Renal progenitors and Kidney regeneration”. Florence, Italy, 10-12 June 2016. with B. Dekel and G. Remuzzi.

  • 2015
    ERC Consolidator Grant Investigator Award

  • Since 2014
    Scientific Advisory Board, ERA-EDTA

  • 2013
    – 2014 Associate Editor, Plos One

  • 2013
    Chairman of the ISN Forefronts in Nephrology "Stem Cells and Kidney regeneration" Co-chair BD Humphreys, Harvard Medical School.

  • Since 2011
    Included in AcademiaNet (www.academia-net.org), the database of outstanding female scientists organized by Robert Bosch Stiftung’s foundation and Nature.

  • Since 2011
    Ambassador of European Commission for the Programme Youth on the move

  • 2010
    – 2017 Editorial Board, Journal of the American Society of Nephrology

  • 2010
    – 2012 Co-Editor in Chief, Journal of Nephrology

  • Since 2009
    Scientific Committee of the Excellence Center DENOTHE, University of Florence

  • Since 2009
    Board of the International School for PhD Students in Innovative Treatments,

  • 2008
    – 2012 ERC Starting Grant Young Investigator Award

  • 2008 – 2011
    General Coordinator of the European Cooperative FP7 Program. STAR-TREK

  • 2006 – 2014
    Associate Professor of Nephrology, University of Florence/Italy

  • 2007 – 2010
    Head of the Regenerative Medicine Unit, Careggi University Hospital, Florence Italy

  • 2004
    Residency in Nephrology, University of Florence, Italy

  • 2002 – 2006
    Researcher in Nephrology, University of Florence, Italy

  • 2001
    Mention at the International Pharmacia Research Foundation Award.

  • 2001
    PhD in Endocrinology and Metabolism, University of Florence, Italy

  • 1999
    Hoechst Marion Roussel Foundation Award as best young italian scientist

  • 1995
    MD Degree in Medicine and Surgery, University of Florence, Italy

  • Paola Romagnani was the first to identify renal progenitors in adult human kidney. Based on this discovery, in 2007 she has won the ERC Starting Grant Young Investigator Award. She has identified and characterized renal progenitors in adult human kidney, a discovery that is changing the way of thinking renal physiology and pathophysiology (see for ex. Romagnani P et al. Nat Rev Nephrol, 2013). She has more recently established a unique mouse model for lineage tracing of the renal progenitor system in the mouse. Based on this, she has won the 2014 ERC Consolidator Grant Invesitgator Award. More recently, Paola Romagnani has also established and patented a method for selection and identification of renal progenitors from the urine of patients affected by kidney disorders. This method may allow personalized modelling of kidney disorder and be extremely useful to complement genetic diagnosis of inherited kidney disorders.

  • Paola Romagnani has published 168 papers quoted in Pubmed, most of them as first or last author. Her studies were the subject of numerous Editorials and were selected for the cover of many journals. She has a total impact factor of over 1100. She was invited to give over 200 lectures in the most important international meetings of nephrology and of other disciplines, inlcuing many plenary lectures.

Selected publications

  • 1. Lazzeri E, et al. Endocycle-related tubular cell hypertrophy and progenitor proliferation recover renal function after acute kidney injury. Nat Commun. In press

  • 2. Romagnani P, et al. Chronic kidney disease. Nat Rev Dis Primers. 2017 Nov 23;3:17088.

  • 3. Romagnani P. Organoids: modelling polycystic kidney disease. Nat Mater. 2017 Oct 25;16(11):1058-1059.

  • 4. Romagnani P, Lasagni L. Modeling the Glomerular Filtration Barrier: Are You Kidney-ing Me? Cell Stem Cell. 2017 Jul 6;21(1):7-9.

  • 5. Lippi D, Charlier P, Romagnani P. Acromegaly in Lorenzo the Magnificent, father of the Renaissance. Lancet, 2017 May 27;389(10084):2104.

  • 6. Mulay SR, et al. Cytotoxicity of crystals involves RIPK3-MLKL-mediated necroptosis in kidney stone disease". Nat Commun. 2016 Jan 28;7:10274.

  • 7. Lasagni L, et al. Podocyte Regeneration Driven by Renal Progenitors Determines Glomerular Disease Remission and Can Be Pharmacologically Enhanced. Stem Cell Reports. 2015 Aug 11;5(2):248-63.

  • 8.Romagnani P, Rinkevich Y, Dekel B. The use of lineage tracing to study kidney injury and regeneration. Nat Rev Nephrol. 2015 Jul;11(7):420-31.

    Lazzeri E, et al. Human Urine-Derived Renal Progenitors for Personalized Modeling of Genetic Kidney Disorders. J Am Soc Nephrol. 2015 Aug;26(8):1961-74.

  • 9. Giglio S, et al. Heterogeneous genetic alterations in sporadic nephrotic syndrome associate with resistance to immunosuppression. J Am Soc Nephrol. 2015 Jan;26(1):230-6.

  • 10.Anders HJ, et al. Pathomechanisms: homeostatic chemokines in health, tissue regeneration, and progressive diseases. Trends Mol Med. 2014 Mar;20(3):154-65.



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Grant of the Italian Foundation Against cancer. Origin of renal cell carcinoma and Wilms Tumor. Principal Investigator, 65000 Euro for the first year renewable for each year, 2011 – 2014

  • Grant of the Italian Ministery of Health: Set up of Stem cell strategies for acute and chronic renal failure. 170000 euros, Principal Investigator, 2010 – 2012

  • Grant of the Italian Ministery of University: (2008 – 2011). Renal stem cells amplification from the urine of patients with glomerular disorders for the set-up of autologous cell therapy of chronic renal injury. Principal Investigator, 366000 Euro, 2009 – 2012

  • Grant of the Italian Ministery of University: Stem cell strategies for acute and chronic renal failure. 157920 euros, Principal Investigator, 2008 – 2011

  • European Cooperative Grant FP7 Program. Set up and comparison of multiple stem cell approaches for kidney repair. Grant number 223007, Principal Investigator and General Coordinator, 3 million euros, 2008 – 2011

  • Grant of the European Research Council Starting Grant Young Investigator Award. Renal stem cells: characterization of their possible role in kidney pathologies and as new therapeutic tools. Grant number 205027. Principal Investigator, 820000 euro, 2008 – 2012

  • Grant of the Italian Foundation Against cancer. Cemokines and renal stem cells in renal cell carcinoma. Principal Investigator, 190000 Euro, 2007 – 2010

  • - FP7 ERC-2007-StG: ERC Starting Grant. Renal stem cells: possible role in kidney pathologies and as new

    theraputic tools. Young Investigator Award Starting Grant dell’European Research Council. Funded

    with 820000 euro. 2008-2012. Acronym RESCARF.

    -FP7-HEALTH-2007-B: European Cooperative Project. Set up and comparison of multiple stem cell

    approaches for kidney repair. General coordinator. 3 million euros. 2008-2011. Acronym STAR-TREK.

    -2009-2011: Italian Ministery of Health “Set up of Stem cell strategies for acute and chronic renal failure” (175000 Euro)

    -2010-2012 Regione Toscana “Renal stem cells amplification from the urine of patients with glomerular disorders for the set-up of autologous cell therapy of chronic renal injury. 366000 Euro

    -Associazione Italiana per la Ricerca sul Cancro (AIRC) “Origin of renal cell carcinoma and Wilms Tumor”.

    2009-2014. (380000 Euro).

    -FP7-HEALTH-2012-Innovation-1: European Cooperative Project. Stem cell-based therapy for kidney repair.

    Funded with 6 million euros. PI of a Unit funded with 455000 Euro. 2012-2017. Acronym STELLAR.

    -FP7-Cost Project: Kidney Connect: A Gateway to European Kidney Research Resources. Project Number:

    602422. EC contribution: € 499,978.00. WP Coordinator 25000 euro.

    -2015-2017: Kidney Research UK: Miracle in collecting ducts underlie albuminuria-induced kidney fibrosis.

    200,000 £. PI Unità con 15000 £.

    -2015-2017: Bando Nutraceutica della Regione Toscana. “Vitamin A supplementation to treat chronic kidney disease”. Acronym VITA. 122000 euro.

    -2015-2020: ERC Consolidator Grant 2014-Horizon 2020: “RENal prOgenItoRs as tools to understand kidney pathophysiology and treat renal disorders”. Acronym RENOIR. Funded from the European Research Council 1772719 Euro.

  • -2015-2018: Regione Toscana Bando “Fas Salute 2014”: “Set up of an innovative strategy of personalized medicine for diagnosis and treatment of kidney diseases” Acronym SMART. 1 million euros. General Coordinator

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Scientific Advisory Board of the European Renal Society for Nephrology Dialysis and Transplantation, ERA-EDTA

  • Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, 2010-2018

  • Co-Editor of the Journal of Nephrology, 2009 – 2011

  • Member of the Scientific Board of the Excellence Center for Research, Transfer and High Education DENOTHE, since 2009

  • She is reviewer of several international journals such as The Journal of Clinical Investigation, Trends in Immunology, Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, Blood, Kidney International, Transplantation, Stem Cells, American Journal of Kidney Diseases, American Journal of Pathology and many others

  • She is reviewer of the research projects for grants requests for the European Commission, for the European Research Council, for the National Kidney Foundation (UK), for the Israel Science Foundation, for the Dutch Kidney Foundation, for the French National Research Agency and for the French National Research Program in Nephrology and Urology

  • Her studies were selected for the cover of JASN twice and for the cover of Blood and J Clin Invest

Additional qualifications

  • Chair of Nephrology and Director of the Specialty School of Nephrology of the University of Florence, 2009

  • Head of the Nephrology and Dialysis Unit, Meyer Children's Hospital, Florence, Italy, 2009

  • Head of the Regenerative Medicine Unit, Careggi University Hospital, Florence, Italy, 2007 – 2009

  • Residency in Nephrology, 2004

Patents

  • Romagnani P, Romagnani S, Serio M. A protein that mediates angiogenesis and tumor growth inhibition, its cDNA, alone or in complex with an expression vector. University of Florence, PCT/IB03/00116, January 20, 2003, Publication N°WO03/059949

  • Galli A., Romagnani P., Serio M., Surrenti C. Pharmaceuticals preparations containing thiazolidinediones for the treatment or prevention of IP-10 mediated diseases. University of Florence, PCT/EP2004002069, March 02, 2004, Publication N°4041PTWO/er. Designated States: AT, BE, BG, CH, CY, CZ, DE, DK, EE, ES, FI, FR, GB, GR, HU, IE, IS, IT, LI, LT,LU, LV,MC, NL, PL, PT, RO, SE, SI, SK, TR.

  • Romagnani P., Annunziato F., Maggi E., Romagnani S. Stem cells, method for their purification, identification and use. Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria Careggi, Firenze, PCT/EP2005/055950, 14.11.2005. Designated states: BE, BG, CH, CY, CZ, DE, DK, EE, ES, FI, FR, GB, GR, HU, IE, IS, IT, LI, LT,LU, LV,MC, NL, PL, PT, RO, SE, SI, SK, TR.

  • Romagnani P., Rotondi M., Serio M. Diagnostic method for the forecasting of transplant organ loosing. University of Florence. PCT/EP2005/056186. 24.11.2005. Designated States: AT, BE, BG, CH, CY, CZ, DE, DK, EE, ES, FI, FR, GB, GR, HU, IE, IS, IT, LI, LT,LU, LV,MC, NL, PL, PT, RO, SE, SI, SK, TR.

  • Romagnani P, Maggi E, Romagnani S. Renal stem cells: identification and use for cell therapy of renal disorders. Careggi University Hospital. PCT/EP2007/054132 del 27.04.2007. Priority date 28.04.2006. PCT Europeo. Designated states: BE, BG, CH, CY, CZ, DE, DK, EE, ES, FI, FR, GB, GR, HU, IE, IS, IT, LI, LT,LU, LV,MC, NL, PL, PT, RO, SE, SI, SK, TR.


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