Alberto Bizzi

Alberto Bizzi, M.D., is Board Certified in Radiology and Neurology. He received his Medical degree with honors at the University of Bologna. He began his research work with an elective year in Neuropathology at CWRU in Cleveland, and then moved to the NINDS of the National Institute of Health (NIH) in Bethesda where he focused on clinical research with MR Imaging with Diffusion and Spectroscopy and PET. His early scientific articles were about MRSI in brain tumors, in stroke and about iron accumulation in the brain studied at multiple field strengths. He did a Residency in Radiology and a fellowship in Neuroradiology at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. He has a tenure position in the Neuroradiology Unit of the Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Neurologico Besta in Milan since 1997, with the rank of Professionista di Eccellenza (second top level of five institutional ranking positions) since 2002. He has a professorship appointment with the University of Milan to teach Neuroradiology to medical students and radiology residents. Dr. Bizzi is an expert of MR imaging of prionopathy and serves as a consultant to the National Prion Disease Surveillance Center (NPDSC) in Cleveland.

In Italy, Dr. Bizzi has established a clinical program that includes presurgical planning with functional MR and tractography and its validation with intraoperative methods. MR Spectroscopy and MR Perfusion are routinely used to diagnose and follow-up disease response to therapy. Dr. Bizzi has published more than 90 peer-reviewed scientific papers, and several book chapters. He is co-editor of the book "Clinical MR Spectroscopy: Techniques and Applications" published by Cambridge University Press in 2009. He has contributed a chapter entitled “Diffusion Imaging with MR Tractography for Brain Tumor Surgery” to the 2nd edition of the book “Clinical functional MRI: presurgical functional neuroimaging” edited by prof. Christopher Stippich (Publisher: Springer Verlag 2015).

Since his early days at NIH and Johns Hopkins, he has enjoyed working closely with scientists, MR physicists and biochemists. Dr. Bizzi has been very active in the interdisciplinary, scientific and educational environment of the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM), the premier scientific society in the field of biomedical MR. He believes that a close collaboration and effective communication between scientists, physicists and clinicians is essential in order to accelerate translation of scientific discoveries into real therapies for personalised patient care. Dr. Bizzi frequently gives lectures to medical students, Radiology residents, physicists and medical colleagues. He received the Outstanding Teaching Award at the ISMRM-ESMRMB Joint Annual Meeting twice: in Berlin 2007 for the lecture "Diffusion Imaging and Pathological Correlation in Prion Diseases" and in Milan 2014 for the lecture “Presurgical brain mapping: functional MRI & DTI”. He was co-organizer of the perfusion ISMRM workshop held in Venice in 2004, and he was the chair of the "Mapping Functional Networks for Brain Surgery" ISMRM workshop held in Milan in 2011. He was the chair of the Milan Local Organizing Committee (MLOC) that hosted the ISMRM-ESMRMB Joint Annual Meeting in May 2014. He is the founder of the Italian Chapter of the ISMRM and acted as President from 2010 to 2016.

He is currently serving in the editorial board of several peer-review scientific journals: Consultant to the Editor for Radiology, Associate Editor for Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, MAGMA and Rivista di Radiologia Medica.

Dr. Bizzi was awarded “full professorship eligible” by the National Scientific Abilitation (Abilitazione Scientifica Nazionale, Bando 2012 (DD n. 222/2012)) with the following comment:

“Dr. Bizzi has consistently very well published within his research theme and he has published in excellent journals (i.e. Brain, Annals of Neurology, Lancet Neurology, Radiology). His publications are well spread and his H index is very clearly above average. He is a co-Principal Investigator on an FP-7 and H-2020 grants, indicating his excellent international standing. He has widespread national and international teaching and enabling activities.”