Gianluca Vadalà (date of birth: March 14th 1979) graduated at the Medical School of Campus Bio-Medico of Rome University (UCBM) in 2003 with the thesis titled: Stem cell therapy for intervertebral disc regeneration: in vitro study. He concluded the Residency Program in Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery at the UCBM (directed by Prof. Vincenzo Denaro) in 2008. He concluded the PhD program in “Tissue Regeneration for Functional Restoration” at UCBM in 2012. He is currently an Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon in the Dept of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery at UCBM.
He carried out a two years Research Fellowship in the “Spine Tissue Engineering Laboratory” and in the “Growth and Development Laboratory” of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh, USA. He worked for one year in the “Tissue Engineering Laboratory/bone division” of the Biomedical Science Park San Raffaele of Rome directed by Prof. Paolo Bianco. He collaborated with the “Experimental Orthopaedic Laboratory” of the University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain. He is now collaborating with the “Musculoskeletal regeneration Program” of the AO Research Institute at Davos, Switzerland.
Dr. Vadalà was the Winner of the “North American Spine Society (NASS) 2004 Research travelling Fellowship Award”, of the “Michael J. Jerva MD Award for Best Poster Presentation” at the IITS 17th Annual Meeting (2005) in Munich, Germany. I was a co-investigator in the “NASS 2005 Research Grant” with the project: Mesenchymal Stem Cell Injections for Treatment of Intervertebral Disc Degeneration. He was the winner of the 2009 Grant for Integrated Research of UCBM as co-Investigator with the project: Towards tissue prototyping: fabrications of patient-specific scaffolds for the regeneration of osteochondral tissue.
His major research interest is developing new biological therapies for intervertebral disc degeneration and osteoarthritis with a special focus on stem cell therapy, gene therapy and tissue engineering. He published 22 papers on international pre-reviewed Journals. He presented his research works in several international meetings of Regenerative Medicine, Orthopaedics and Spine Surgery.