Department of Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology
University of Bologna
St. Orsola-Malpighi Hospital
Dr. Giovanni Barbara obtained a Summa cum Laude graduation in Medicine at the University of Bologna, Italy. He subsequently obtained, from the same University, the specialty in Internal Medicine and then in Gastroenterology. He was trained, in part, in London, UK and completed a post-doctoral research fellowship in neuro-immunology at McMaster University, Canada. Dr Barbara returned to Italy to obtain a Faculty position at the Department of Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology of the University of Bologna. He is currently involved in clinical gastroenterology, diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy, teaching and research.
Dr. Barbara’s main research interest relates to basic and clinical aspects of functional gastrointestinal disorders and neurogastroenterology. On these topics he has authored more than 150 indexed peer-reviewed articles and reviews published in various biomedical journals, including Gastroenterology, Gut, Journal of Clinical Investigation and Trends in Pharmacological Science. He has been invited to give lectures at several national and international Scientific Societies including the Italian Association of Digestive Diseases (where he served as coordinator of the scientific steering committee) the American Gastroenterological Association, the British Society of Gastroenterology the Argentine Society of Gastroenterology, The Korean Society of Gastroenterology and the World Gastroenterology Organization. He is a Member of the Editorial Board of Gut, American Journal of Gastroenterology, Neurogastroenterology and Motility and other international scientific journals. He has been recipient of national and international awards including those from the American Gastroenterological Association (1996), the Functional Brain Gut Research Group (1997), the European Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility (2000) and the Master Award in Gastroenterology from the American Gastroenterological Association (2007).