Prof Daniela Lucini is the Director of postgraduate School of Exercise and sport Medicine at the University of Milan, Italy. She is Professor of physical training and sports sciences at University of Milan and Head of the Clinical Unit of Exercise Medicine, Humanitas Research Hospital, University of Milan. Prof D. Lucini trained at the University of Milan first obtaining her Medical Doctor Degree, subsequently her PHD Degree in Internal Medicine and then finally a fellowship in Clinical Psychology. She spent a training period at Ochsner Cardiovascular Health Center (Ochsner Clinic) New Orleans where she worked as an international Fellow of the Italian Society of Hypertension. Her interest is in the neural regulation of the cardiovascular system and in the psychophysiology of stress and clinical applications of behavioral medicine. Prof D. Lucini clinical work deals chiefly with: 1) lifestyle modification programs (exercise, healthy nutrition, stop smoking, stress management) both in patients with cardio-metabolic-oncologic diseases and healthy subjects, in both group and individual format; 2) the diagnosis (employing advanced noninvasive monitoring of autonomic nervous system) and treatment (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and lifestyle modification) of stress related disorders and Functional Syndromes; 3) worksite health promotion programs; 4)optimization of elite athletesí training; 5) diagnosis and treatment of disease characterized by autonomic nervous system impairment. Her teaching activity at University of Milan is related to Internal Medicine, Exercise and Sport Medicine, Nutrition Medicine, Stress management, lifestyle modification strategies.
Prof. D. Lucini research primarily involves: 1)the non-invasive assessment of the neural regulation of cardiovascular system studying autonomic nervous system (ANS) both from a physio pathological and clinical point of view, in several conditions, ranging from elite sport to cardio metabolic diseases and stress, defining methodological strategies to best assess ANS and to best extract clinical information from the amount of data derived from ANS analysis. In particular, these techniques may be used in order to: - quantify ANS involvement in acute and (above all) chronic stress, furnishing a methodological advantage in order to verify the effects of treatment and to help patients to understand their clinical condition and to motivate them to take a proactive role in treatment programs. - verify the effects of physical training on ANS both in patients (cardiac rehabilitation, exercise medicine) and in elite athletes. 2) the definition of methodological strategies to help patients/subjects to improve their lifestyle in both group and individual format; 3) the development of simple web questionnaires in order to define lifestyle, exercise/nutrition habits and stress, capable of furnishing quantitative Indexes which correlate with main clinical parameters. She published scientific, peer review, papers in the area of autonomic nervous system, lifestyle changes, prevention, exercise medicine, stress management, worksite health promotion, functional syndrome, cardiac rehabilitation, arterial hypertension.