Research: Non-pharmacological approaches based on mind-body medicine for enhanced brain function, well-being and resilience in old age
I have been working for more than 10 years as a policy advisor and WHO Healthy Cities Project Co-ordinator in the City of Udine, managing and coordinating prevention and health promotion programmes (healthy lifestyles, active ageing, sustainable mobility, healthy eating, dementia prevention, risky behaviours, resilient and inclusive environments, participative processes, etc.), by collaborating with many different stakeholders - public, private, educational institutions, businesses, voluntary associations, NGOs. I have been actively participating in the activities of the WHO Healthy Cities European Network (being a member of the Advisory Committee) and collaborating with various national and international networks and EU-funded projects (i.e. Age-Friendly Cities & Communities Network, Dementia-Friendly Cities Network, Covenant on Demographic Change, WHO Healthy Ageing Task Force, Urban Innovative Actions & URBACT, Milan Urban Food Policy Pact, Italian Healthy Cities Network & Health City Institute, etc.).
Previously I attended the Advanced School for Prevention & Health Promotion (Integrated School - University of Piemonte Orientale Avogadro - Torino, Bocconi University - Milano & Cattolica University - Milano), the Summer School of Social Determinants of Health (UCL-University College London), Advanced Training in Political Sciences (University of Udine). Recently I have been conducting research with the University of Udine, especially focused on health, psychosocial well-being, active ageing, mindfulness meditation.
My research project will explore non-pharmacological approaches based on mind-body medicine for enhanced brain function, well-being and resilience in old age, with the aim of contributing to the development of new preventative and protective approaches towards the decline of cognitive, affective and social functioning.