Maria Luisa Brandi

Maria Luisa Brandi MD is Full Professor of Endocrinology at the University of Florence, Medical School, Florence, Italy. She was trained as a medical doctor at the University of Florence and went on to earn her specialist degree in endocrinology at the University of Florence Hospital. She was a Visiting Scientist in Metabolic Diseases, Metabolic Diseases Branch, NIH, Bethesda, Maryland, and additionally earned a Ph.D. in Cell Biology at the University of Rome. Since 1990 she has been Director, Regional Center on Hereditary Endocrine Tumors, University Hospital of Florence. From 1998 she has been Director of the Clinical Unit on Metabolic Bone Disorders, University Hospital of Florence.

Additional current and past positions include: 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-to present; Scientific Director, DeGene Spin-off, University of Florence, 2005-2009; Member of the Commission for Osteoporosis of the Italian Ministry of Health 2009 – 2011. She is currently President, Fondazione Italiana Ricerca sulle Malattie dell’Osso (F.I.R.M.O),Consultant for the Tuscany Region on Osteoporosis and well as Scientific Attaché for the City of Florence.

Prof. Brandi has won many honors and awards, including: 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.

She has been or is on the editorial boards of major scientific journals and is currently Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Cases in Bone and Mineral Metabolism. Prof. Brandi has published more than 600 papers in peer-reviewed journals and 250 chapters and books. Her current research focus is on genetics and clinical aspects of osteoporosis; pathogenesis of parathyroid disorders; multiple endocrine neoplasia; genetics of Paget’s Disease; bone cell biology; epidemiology of osteoporosis; and inherited bone disorders.

Among her many professional memberships, Prof. Brandi is Past President of S.I.O.M.M.M.S. (Italian Society of Osteoporosis and Metabolic Bone Diseases), General Secretary of ESCEO, and Executive Director of the OrtoMed Society. In her role as President of F.I.R.M.O, Professor Brandi has shown great commitment to public education and outreach in Italy, also on behalf of IOF and World Osteoporosis Day.