Alberto Papi is Professor of Respiratory Medicine at the
University of Ferrara, Italy, and Director of the Respiratory
Unit of the Department of Emergency Medicine, S. Anna
University Hospital, Ferrara, Italy.
He trained in respiratory medicine at the University of
Parma, Italy, before spending 4 years in the UK as a Clinical Research Fellow at the University
of Southampton, where he is now an Honorary Clinical Lecturer. His department is also home to
the Research Centre on Inflammatory and Smoking-related Respiratory Diseases (CEMICEF).
Professor Papi’s main area of research is airway inflammation in asthma and COPD, with a focus
on the molecular mechanisms and pharmacological modulation. He has a particular interest in
the role of respiratory viral infections in stable/exacerbated obstructive lung diseases, and their
underlying molecular and immunological mechanisms.
Professor Papi has previously served as a member of the Asthma Board of the European
Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI), and secretary of the Respiratory Infections
Group of the ERS. He is also a member of the Editorial Boards for the American Journal of
Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Asthma Research and Practice and the Journal of COPD.
He has coordinated several pivotal studies in asthma and COPD, and has authored more than
300 articles in peer-reviewed journals.