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Parisi PaoloHuman biologist and geneticist. Professor of Biology and Rector of the University of Rome “Foro Italico” (IUSM), where he also served as Vice Rector for International Affairs and President of the Evaluation Committee.
Previously, Chair of Biology, Department of Public Health, University of Rome-Tor Vergata (1984-2001), and associated with Rome's Mendel Institute (1960-1992) and several other institutions, including the University of California, where he was Regents Professor in Behavior Genetics in the 1970s.
Contributed to several topics in human biology, particularly twin research in reproduction and development, and later the genetic and cell biology correlates of sport and exercise in health and aging. Author of science textbooks and essays on biology and culture; editor of some twenty volumes and two international journals on twin research and human growth. Organiser of several congresses, including the First, Third and Sixth International Congresses of Twin Studies (1974, 1980, 1989), the First International Congress of Auxology (1977), and the Fourth European Congress of Sport Science (1999).
Secretary General, International Society for Twin Studies (1974-1995); Editor, Institute of the Italian Encyclopedia (1983-1997), where he directed educational and cultural programs on sport and health, and the human body in science and culture. Foundation Vice President, International Gymnastics Federation; President, European College of Sport Science (2001-2003). Coordinator, European Master in Health and Physical Activity, and other internationalisation programs. Grant holder and coordinator of three EU intervention projects promoting the university reform and internationalisation in the area of sport and health science, in Egypt, Albania and the Balkans. Golden Star to Sport Merit, Italian Olympic Committee; Doctor H.c. in sport science, University of Tirana; Member, Jerusalem Committee.

Barron F., Parisi P. (1976): Twin resemblances in creativity and in esthetic and emotional expression. Acta Genet. Med. Gemellol. 25:213-217.

Fulker D.W., Parisi P., Eysenck H.J. (1980): Genetic and environmental factors in individual personality--An Italian twin study. Plenary report at the Third International Congress on Twin Studies, Jerusalem.

Parisi P., Caperna G. (1982): Twinning rates, fertility, and industrialization--A secular study. In: Human Genetics, A: The Unfolding Genome, Alan R. Liss, New York, 375-394.

Parisi P., Gatti M., Prinzi G., Caperna G. (1983): Familial incidence of twinning. Nature 304 (18 Aug 1983): 626-628.

Kjessler B., Parisi P., Walinder J. (1989): Discussion on biological and genetic identity. Human Reprod. 4(1):102-107.

Parisi P. (1989): Biology of twinning. In, Meisami E., Timiras P.S. (eds.), Handbook of Human Growth and Developmental Biology, CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, 207-228.

Parisi P. (1995): The twin method. In, L.G. Keith et al. (eds.), Multiple Pregnancy--Epidemiology, Gestation and Perinatal Outcome, Parthenon Publishing, Carnforth, Lancs., 9-20.

Parisi P. (1997): Twins and creation. In: A. Montuori (ed), Unusual Associates, Hampton Press, Cresskill, NJ, 359-376.

Parisi P. (1998): Behavioral and cognitive development, Overview section, 237-244, and Psychosocial development, 253-255. In Cambridge Encyclopedia of Human Growth, Cambridge University Press.

Klissouras V., Casini B., Di Salvo V., Faina M., Marini C., Pigozzi F., Pittaluga M., Spataro A., Taddei F., Parisi P. (2001): Genes and Olympic performance: A co- twin study, International Journal of Sports Medicine, 22: 1-6.

Casini B., Pittaluga M., Parisi P. (2002): Two Italian Twin Registers for research in human biology and sport science. Twin Research 5:376-381.

Pittaluga M., Casini B., Parisi P. (2004): Physical activity, life style and genetic influence in risk factors and aging: A study on twins. International Journal of Sport Medicine 25: 345-350.

Casini B., Parisi P. (2004): Genetics of growth. In Nicoletti I. et al. (eds): Physiological and Pathological Auxology, Centro Studi Auxologici, Firenze, 33-46.

Caporossi D., Argentin G., Parisi P., Pittaluga M., Tedeschi B., Vernole P., Cicchetti R. (2004). Individual susceptibility to DNA telomerase inhibitors: a study on the chromosome instability induced by 3'-azido- 3'-deoxythimidine in lymphocytes from mono- and dizygote elderly twins. Mutagenesis 19(2): 99-104.

Parisi P. (2004) Twin research and its multiple births. Twin Research 7:309-317.

Tedeschi B., Cicchetti R., Argentin G., Caporossi D., Pittaluga M., Parisi P., Vernole P. (2004). Aphidicolin and bleomycin induced chromosome damage as biomarker of mutagen sensitivity: A twin study. Mutation Res, 546 (1-2): 55-64.

Pittaluga M., Parisi P., Sabatini S., Ceci R.O., Caporossi D., Catani V., Savini S., Avigliano L. (2006) Cellular and bio-chemical parameters of exercise-induced oxidative stress: relationship with training levels. Free Radical Res, 40:607-614.



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