Francesca Santamaria is Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Department of Translational Medical Sciences, Pediatric Section, Federico II University, Naples, Italy.
After a post-doc training on chronic pulmonary disorders (primary ciliary dyskinesia, cystic fibrosis, non-cystic fibrosis bronchiectasis, asthma), she played a leading role in the start-up and organization of the Cystic Fibrosis center and of the Pediatric Respiratory Diseases Unit, Federico II University, Naples.
She designed and coordinated several studies on:
a) primary ciliary dyskinesia, including nasal nitric oxide measurement, light and electron microscopy evaluation, chest CT and MRI comparison, cardiopulmonary assessment, sleep disturbances, growth and lung function progression;
b) cystic fibrosis gastrointestinal, nutritional, respiratory aspects, as well as genetics;
c) non CF bronchiectasis
d) pulmonary assessment in other non-pulmonary disorders, e.g. inborn errors of metabolism; obesity; primary immune defects; inflammatory bowel disorders; liver diseases; gastroesophageal reflux;
e) preschool wheezing.
She is Deputy Editor of the Italian Journal of Pediatrics, the official journal of the Italian Society of Pediatrics, and a member of the Editorial Board of Pediatric Pulmonology.