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Sergio Bonini, MD

Sergio Bonini (July 22, 1947) is Professor of Internal Medicine at the Second University of Naples, Italy.

Since 1996 he is Research Associate at the Italian National Research Council (CNR), Institute of Translational Pharmacology, Rome. At present he is Expert-on-Secondment, Advisory Function-Senior Medical Officer at the European Medicines Agency in London.

M.D. degree at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” in 1971. Board certified in Allergology and Clinical Immunology (1972), Gastroenterology (1973) and Internal Medicine (1984).

Research areas of interest for Prof. Bonini include allergic and autoimmune diseases with studies on autoantibodies, IgE, allergens, allergic inflammation, genetics of atopy. Recent research has focused on eye diseases, the role of  Nerve Growth Factor in allergic inflammation and tissue remodeling, relationships between allergy and environmental factors (infections, smoking, physical activity).

Scientific production of Prof. Bonini includes approx. 500 publications (more than 200 indexed by ISI). H-index >40. The most cited papers include the original description of a late-phase reaction in the eye, the first report on the potential relevance of NGF in asthma and allergic inflammation, the description of genetic and environmental factors influencing allergy phenotypes .

Prof. Bonini has been President (1998-2001) of the European Academy of Allergology and Clinical Immunology (Secretary General 1986-1998). He is member of several national and international scientific Societies and Honorary member of the Rumenian Academy of Sciences and of the Belgian, Hungarian and Argentinian Societies of Allergology and Clinical Immunology.

He has been part of several international (WHO, IAACI-WAO, EAACI, AAAAI, European Medicine Agencies) and national (Ministry of Health, Italian Drug Agency) expert board panels. Editorial board member and/or referee of several allergy journals, he has a wide experience in congress organization.

Professor Bonini is married with Paola Rumi and has one son (Matteo, 1978), M.D.