PhD Course in Clinical and Experimental Sciences



Prof. Paolo Angeli


The 3-yr Doctoral School in Clinical and Experimental Sciences of the University of Padova offers a very competitive Ph.D. Program that provides all the necessary skills needed to perform cutting edge researches in the spectrum of disciplines pertaining its four Curricula. The Ph.D. Program fosters a multidisciplinary approach with particular emphasis on Biomedical Sciences, combining with Genetic Epidemiology, Anatomic Pathology, Molecular Biology, Transplantation Medicine, Pathophysiology, Diagnostics and Therapy.

The main theme of the Phd course is to identify new biomarkers of acute and chronic diseases through translational approaches to physiopathology, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis in order to develop new diagnostic and therapeutic algorithms and prognostic models with relevant impacts for the public health

The PhD program includes:

  1. An initial training course concerning common basic methodologies for all Curricula, in particular focusing on Genetics, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology fields.
  2. A second stage that trains top-level individuals to understand clinical processes and experience laboratory techniques. Participation to training Courses, Conferences and Meetings in the specific sectors of their specialization is encouraged.
  3. A final stage that provides the methodology to carry out high level research. The doctoral students will take part of a research project issued by the different Departments, but they will be encouraged to manage, coordinate and conclude their own basic and/or translational research project. Students may also have the opportunity to do a research stay abroad for a variable period of 6-18 months. The Ph.D. program ends drawing up a Ph.D. thesis under the supervision of an experienced researcher and successfully defending it.


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Teaching activity


 Omeostasi intracellulare del Calcio - Prof.ssa Paola Pizzo  - 27 gennaio 2017

The Hageman connection: un link fra orticaria,  angioedema e anafilassi - Dott. Mauro Cancian - 24 febbraio 2017

Referente Amministrativo

Silvia Bisello

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The Course in Clinical and Experimental Sciences is organized in four curricula:

  Clinical Methodology, Metabolism, Endocrinology, Nephrology and Exercise

This curriculum includes a critical analysis of the clinical methodology and the study of specific

relevant problems:

a) the analysis of the differential diagnosis,

b) the distinction between scientific and complementary medicines,

c) the analysis of different types of diagnosis,

d) the understanding of the clinical decision,

e) the clinical trials within endocrinology, diabetes, nephrology and medicine of physical exercise.


The endocrinological field consists of studying the pathogenesis of chronic complications in diabetes, the pathophysiology of endothelial dysfunction, the epidemiology and genetics of diabetes and its chronic complications, and the effects of kidney-pancreas and pancreas-alone transplantation on intermediary metabolism and complications of diabetes. It also includes the in vivo and in vitro studies on glycosylation mechanisms by means of mass spectrometry, the investigation of the biology and pathophysiology of the adipose tissue, and the clinical aspects, treatments and complications of obesity.

The nephrological field focuses on the renal fibrogenesis, the problems regarding kidney transplantation, the nephrolithiasis, the rare renal diseases, the extracorporeal dialysis treatments in severe patients with or without kidney failure and peritoneal dialysis.

The medicine of physical exercise looks at the motor rehabilitation, in particular the one for chronic disabling diseases, as well as statistical epidemiological, clinical, and functional studies and simulation models designed to distinguish the most appropriate exercises for patients affected with various clinical problems.

Coordinator of Curriculum: Prof. Roberto Vettor (email:

  Hematological and Geriatric Sciences

In this area of interest, it is arisen the highly qualified interdisciplinary research on biomedical, clinical and experimental aspects of hematology and primary hemostasis, in particular on the pathophysiology, genetics and clinical aspects of hematopoiesis and platelet disorders. The biomolecular and epidemiological research on rare diseases, on autoimmune diseases and on myeloproliferative diseases has a great importance.

This curriculum also includes the high level interdisciplinary research on biomedical, clinical and pathophysiological aspects of geriatric medicine. It involves bone metabolism diseases, alterations in glucose and lipid metabolism and atherosclerosis. There are also peculiar geriatric aspects as the epidemiology of aging, the cognitive disorders, the undernourishment, the body composition, the oncogeriaty and the issues of end-of-life.

Coordinator of Curriculum: Prof. Fabrizio Fabris (email:

  Hepatology and Transplantation Sciences

 This curriculum includes the study of the epidemiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic hepatitis, as well as the pathophysiology of acute and chronic liver failure. Interesting aspects are also the pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment of hepatic cirrhosis and its complications. The surgical component is involved in liver transplantation, laparoscopic liver surgery, surgical treatment of biliary tract disorder and surgery of portal hypertension. This field will include experimental models of acute and chronic liver failure and liver transplantation, as well as innovative techniques such as telemedicine that aims to provide clinical health care at home for liver disease patients.

Coordinato of Curriculum: Prof. Paolo Angeli (email:

  Rheumatological and Laboratory Sciences


The inquires fields and the scientific topics include the epidemiology, the etiological factors and the pathogenesis of arthritis and connective tissue, as well as the clinical and therapeutic studies of such diseases. Interesting aspects are also the immunopathology of rheumatic diseases and the experimental and clinical application of biotechnology drugs in the treatment of rheumatic diseases. Other important fields concern pregnancy in rheumatic diseases and surveys on experimental models aimed to ameliorate the knowledge on pathogenetic, clinical and therapeutic aspects of rheumatic diseases.

Coordinator of Curriculum: Prof. Leonardo Punzi (email: