Davide Bolignano is nephrologist and clinical researcher at the Institute of Clinical Physiology of the Italian National Council of Research, based in Reggio Calabria, Italy. To date he authored more than 150 scientific products, including peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and monographs, mostly dealing with the epidemiology and pathophysiology of kidney diseases, renal biomarkers, cardiovascular risk and hypertension.
Within ERA-EDTA, he served as YNP board member from 2013 to 2018 and he’s currently elected Advisory Board member of ERBP, also contributing to various guidelines and position papers as research methodologist. In 2017 he has been awarded the Distinguished Fellow of the European Renal Association (FERA) in recognition of his achievements and contributions to the field of research in nephrology.
When not at work, Davide has a keen interest in travel photography, plays the keyboard and guitar and loves spending time with family and friends (often cooking for them!).
Evangelia Ntounousi, Greece
Evangelia Ntounousi is a 46 year-old Greek Nephrologist who has been a faculty member of School of Health Sciences of University of Ioannina since 2010. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of Nephrology, Head of the Nephrology Department and a founding member of the Renal Transplant Unit at the University Hospital of Ioannina.
Dr Ntounousi graduated from Medical School of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 1996, and was certificated as Specialist in Nephrology in 2004.
Her PhD entitled ‘“Oxidative Stress, Apoptosis and Cardiovascular Disease in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease” was awarded in 2008 and her main research interests are risk factors of cardiovascular disease in chronic kidney disease patients and renal transplantation. She received a fellowship of the Hellenic Society of Nephrology and specialized in renal transplantation in UK. She is a member of the scientific board of the Hellenic Society of Nephrology for the last 3 years and member of international medical societies.
She is married and a mother of a beautiful baby boy! She dedicates her free time to her family. She is a skipper and in summer time she enjoys sailing together with her family to the sun-bleached Greek islands.
Pietro Manuel Ferraro, Italy
Pietro Manuel Ferraro MD MSc PhD is an Associate Professor of Nephrology at the Fondazione Policlinico Universitario A. Gemelli IRCCS, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Rome, Italy. He graduated in 2005 and after specializing in Nephrology obtained a MSc in Epidemiology at the Harvard T.H.
Chan School of Public Health and a PhD in Endocrinology at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore.
His main fields of interest are the epidemiology and metabolic aspects of nephrolithiasis, nutrition, electrolyte disorders and chronic kidney disease.
Ana Carina Ferreira, Portugal
Ana Carina Ferreira is a 39 year-old Portuguese nephrologist and mother of three, who works at the Nephrology Department of Hospital Curry Cabral since 2005, currently as head of the Peritoneal Dialysis Unit; in Nephrocare Alverca, a outpatient dialysis clinic; and in Nova Medical School where she is also involved in teaching medical students, and has on-going research on the effect of kidney transplant in CKD-MBD.
Dr. Ferreira obtained the degree in Medicine in 2003, at Nova Medical School, and was certificated as Specialist in Nephrology in 2012. In 2017 she got the European Certificate in Nephrology, by the UEMS – renal section. She is a member of national and international medical societies, and is a founding member of the Young Nephrologists’ Platform of the ERA-EDTA, having been its chairperson from 2015 to 2017.
In her free time, which is lacking due to her 3 beautiful but time-demanding children, she likes to travel, watch movies and enjoy the beach.
Mariusz Kusztal, Poland
Mariusz Kusztal is a 42 year-old Polish nephrologist, internist and father of two sons. He is a graduate of Wroclaw Medical University and Postgraduate School of Molecular Medicine in Warsaw. Dr Kusztal specializes in renal replacement therapy and general nephrology.
His interests also include hemodialysis technical aspects, vascular access, extracorporeal therapy. As a associate professor of medicine at Wroclaw Medical University is involved in teaching medical and PhD students.
In his free time he loves spending time in the mountains with family; cross country skiing in the winter and MTB riding in the summer.
Björn Meijers, Belgium
Björn Meijers was born in the Netherlands in 1977. He is married to Sibylle Masi (vascular surgeon) and is the proud father of two daughters.
After finishing high school he moved from the Netherlands to Belgium to study medicine at the KU Leuven. After graduation in 2002 he started his training in internal medicine and became a licensed nephrologist in 2011. During his training, he obtained a PhD (2009) from the KU Leuven, exploring the role of protein bound uremic retention solutes including p-cresol.
He currently is a clinical staff member at the University Hospitals Leuven, one of the largest hospitals in Europe. He is tenured staff at the KU Leuven, where he teaches in the school of Medicine and the school of Dentistry.
He enjoys spending time with his family, enjoying holidays in France and Italy. When time allows him to, he aims to read on history.
Francesco Pesce, Italy
Francesco was born in Italy in 1981 and graduated in Medicine at the University of Bari, where he also completed his residency program in Nephrology. Thanks to two long-term fellowships from “ERA-EDTA” and one “Marie Curie” he thereafter moved to London for five years, where he received his PhD from the “Department of Cardiovascular Genetics and Genomics” and worked as research fellow at the “Department of Genomics of Common Disease”, Imperial College London. During his PhD he implemented a translational genomics approach to dissect mechanisms of heart failure and recovery integrating –omics data from human and animal models. In particular, he is an expert in Systems Genetics and Biostatistics in the context of high-throughput data.
He applied different bioinformatic techniques to study glomerulonephritis and complex diseases (e.g.: obesity) and has published in top journals such as Nature Genetics, Nature Communications, Journal of the American Society of Nephrology and Kidney International.
He has a strong collaboration with computer scientists and is involved in Technology Transfer engaging academic and industry communities on-campus.
Francesco Trepiccione, Italy
Francesco Trepiccione is currently associate professor of Nephrology at Università della Campania “L. Vanvitelli”. During Medical School he was fascinating by renal physiology and the molecular basis of kidney diseases. This was of big impact on his clinical and scientific career, encouraging him to spend few months at NIH in the laboratory of Kidney and Electrolyte Metabolism of NHLBI.
This was a crucial experience for his career pushing him to perform a PhD in Health Sicence at Aarhus University where he had a major in-depth on basic research. Balancing the interest in basic research with the never forgotten clinical nephrology was really demanding, but very stimulating.
On this line after becoming a nephrologist in Naples, he performed a post-doc at Hopital George-Pompidou, INSERM U970 in Paris, thanks to a long term fellowship from the ERA-EDTA. Currently he works as clinician at Policlinico of University of Campania “L. Vanvitelli” and he is in charge of the laboratory of Translational Nephrology at Biogem Research Institute. Spending time with young clinical and research fellows is a very good way to stop the mental clock and stay young longer.
Having a nice and beloved Lagotto Romagnolo always on the side is fundamental before starting any project.
Nuria Montero Perez, Spain
Nuria Montero is an enthusiastic nephrologist currently working as medical doctor and clinical researcher at University Hospital de Bellvitge (Barcelona, Spain) at the Kidney Transplantion Unit and she is also a member of IDIBELL (Institut d’Investigació Biomèdica de Bellvitge). In 2018, she obtained her PhD focused on Kidney Transplantation.
She has participated in several national and international scientific congresses and courses. In 2012 she joined the Cochrane Renal Group (Sydney, Australia) as an honorary research fellow, increasing her knowledge by doing a PG of Epidemiology in the University of London.
Her main fields of research are: kidney transplantation, acute kidney injury and diabetes. She has published some articles focused on these topics. She has been included into the ERA-EDTA Social Media Team since last year.