Maria Luisa Brandi

University of Florence, Italy

Brandi, Maria Luisa Full Professor of Endocrinology, University of Florence, Medical School, Florence, Italy.

Education/Training Positions: MD, first class honors, University of Florence, Florence, Italy, 1977; School of Specialization in Endocrinology, University of Florence Hospital, 1977-1980; National Institutes of Health (NIH) Visiting Scientist in Metabolic Diseases, Metabolic Diseases Branch, NIH, Bethesda, Maryland, USA, 1984-1990; Ph.D. in Cell Biology, University of Rome, 1988; Assistant, Associate and Full Professor of Endocrinology, University of Florence, 1990-2020; Director, Regional Center on Hereditary Endocrine Tumors, University Hospital of Florence, 1998-2020; Director Clinical Unit on Metabolic Bone Disorders, University Hospital of Florence, 2007-2020; Delegate, Italy/USA Academic Interactions, Florence University, 2000-2003; Director of the University Master on Metabolic Bone Disease: From the Gene to the Cure, University of Florence, 2004-2010; Scientific Director, DeGene Spin-off, University of Florence, 2005-2009; President, Fondazione Italiana Ricerca sulle Malattie dell’Osso (F.I.R.M.O.), 2006-present; Consultant for the Tuscany Region on Osteoporosis, 2008–2020; Member of the Commission for Osteoporosis of the Italian Ministry of Health, 2009–2011; Scientific Attaché for the City of Florence 2015-2020; Delegate of the Rector of the University of Florence for Health Education in the City of Florence, 2016–2020; Member Steering Committee of the European Reference Centers Network on Rare Bone Diseases, 2016-2020; Professor of Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases at the University Vita-Salute, San Raffaele, Milano, Italy, 2020-present.

Honors and Awards: Roussel Italia Award, 1988; The European Foundation Award, 1989; Schering Award, Italian Endocrine Society, 1990; The Sandoz Foundation for Gerontological Research Award, 1991; Helena Rubinstein Award “Women in Science”, 1998; Italian Endocrine Society Senior Award, 2003; AILA Award, 2004, Pierre Delmas IOF/ESCEO Prize 2013; The Top Italian Scientist Award, 2016; The “Pinocchio di Carlo Lorenzoni” Prize, 2016; The 9th world most cited author in the field of osteoporosis, 2019; Boy Frame Award for Excellence in Clinical Research, 2021; Fellow of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research, 2022; ESE European Hormone Medal, 2023.

Editorial Duties Publications: Editorial Boards: Journal of Endocrinological Investigation, 1990-1994; Diabetes, Nutrition and Metabolism, 1990-1998; Calcified Tissue International, 2013-present; Expert Opinion on Investigational Drugs, 2002–present; Endocrinology, 2004-2007; 2000 Medicine, 2004-present. Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, 2008-2012; World Journal of Clinical Cases, 2016-present; Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Cases in Bone and Mineral Metabolism 2004–2019; Editor in Endocrinology of Orphanet Journal 2019-present; Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Bone Fragility 2020-present; Member of the Editorial board of JCEM Case Reports 2022-present. Publications: over 900 papers in peerly reviewed journals and 300 chapters and books.

Professional Societies: Membership: ASBMR; American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists; Endocrine Society; International Bone and Mineral Society; Italian Society of Endocrinology; Italian Society of Internal Medicine; International Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Committee; Member, Education Committee, ASBMR, 2004-2007; Member, Scientific Committee, International Osteoporosis Foundation, 2004-present; Past President, S.I.O.M.M.M.S. (Italian Society of Osteoporosis and Metabolic Bone Diseases), 2005-2007; President, F.I.R.M.O. Foundation, 2006-present;  Member, ASBMR Board, 2006-2009; Scientific Committee Member of O.N.Da 2007-present; General Secretary of E.S.C.E.O., 2008-present; Executive Director OrtoMed Society, 2010-present; Member Board International Osteoporosis Foundation, 2016-present; Chair of the Academy on Skeletal Rare Diseases on the International Osteoporosis Foundation, 2020-present.

Contribution to Science

My research has resulted in the production of novel cell models in cell biology, today available to several Laboratories around the world, and through these to the elucidation of basic mechanisms that control the bone and mineral metabolism. Treasuring my clinical experience I promoted the preparation of clinical guidelines in the area of bone and mineral metabolism, today used by clinicians worldwide.

Current Research: Genetics and Clinics of Osteoporosis; Pathogenesis of Parathyroid Disorders; Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia; Genetics of Paget’s Disease of Bone; Bone Cell Biology; Epidemiology of Osteoporosis; Bone Inherited Disorders; Bone Pain.

No profit Experience: President and Founds Raiser for Fondazione Italiana Ricerca sulle Malattie dell’Osso (F.I.R.M.O. Foundation), 2006 – to present (see website: