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Di Carlo Antonio Salvatore

Antonio DiCarloSenior research scientist
Via Madonna del Piano,10
50019 - Sesto Fiorentino (FI)
Tel 055-5225032
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Neuroepidemiology section (Florence)


Research summary

Major areas of interest are epidemiology and implementation of research results, organisation, knowledge and care of age-related neurological diseases, mainly stroke, dementia, Parkinson’s disease and peripheral neuropathies. This was developed in a number of national and international projects, involving large number of subjects in population-based studies and of patients in several hospital registers. The new “Project FAI: La Fibrillazione Atriale in Italia (Atrial Fibrillation in Italy). A cooperative study with GPs to guarantee cost-effective treatments to patients with atrial fibrillation, aiming at reducing the risk of stroke”, financed by the Italian Ministry of Health, National Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, started on April 2015, and will enrol 6,000 patients in 3 Italian regions (Lombardia, Tuscany and Calabria). Other areas of interest include stroke promotional activities to increase stroke knowledge and awareness in the general population, working with Dept. of Health of Regione Toscana to the 2014 Stroke Educational Campaign, and the development of the first Italian stroke application for smartphone, tablet and PC (ICTUS3R).

Main results are the publication of original data on frequency and prognosis of major cardiovascular and neurological disease in Italy, frequency and prognosis of stroke, dementia and Parkinson’s disease in Europe, frequency of mild cognitive impairment in Italy, role of age, gender and vascular risk factors on stroke severity, relevance of stroke unit care, quality indicators, and continuity of care in prognosis of stroke patients, strategies of implementation of research results in stroke care in Europe.

National Projects

Project FAI: La Fibrillazione Atriale in Italia (Atrial Fibrillation in Italy). A cooperative study with GPs to guarantee cost-effective treatments to patients with atrial fibrillation, aiming at reducing the risk of stroke

Stroke: Information&Innovation

Stroke case management: implementing comprehensive stroke care

Promotion and Implementation of Stroke Care in Italy Project

How to guarantee adherence to effective interventions in stroke care

Italian Longitudinal Study on Aging (ILSA Study)

European Projects

European Implementation Score - EIS

European Registers of Stroke (EROS)

Representative publications

McKevitt C, Fudge N, Crichton S, Bejot Y, Daubail B, Di Carlo A, Fearon P, Kolominsky-Rabas P, Sheldenkar A, Newbound S, Wolfe CD; The European Implementation Score (EIS) Collaborative Group. Patient engagement with research: European population register study. Health Expect 2014 Dec 3. doi: 10.1111/hex.12315. [Epub ahead of print] .

Di Carlo A, Accetta G, Bellan M, Terni G, Lamassa M, Facchini R, Biggeri A, Inzitari D, Ferro S; For the National Stroke Care Group. Quality indicators in acute stroke care: a prospective observational survey in 13 Italian regions. Aging Clin Exp Res 2014;26:279-86.

Baldereschi M, Piccardi B, Di Carlo A, Lucente G, Guidetti D, Consoli D, Provinciali L, Toni D, Sacchetti ML, Polizzi BM, Inzitari D., Relevance of Prehospital Stroke Code Activation for Acute Treatment Measures in Stroke Care: A Review. Cerebrovasc Dis 2012;34:182-190.

Wellwood I, Wu O, Langhorne P, McKevitt C, Di Carlo A, Rudd AG, Wolfe CD; On behalf of the European Registers of Stroke (EROS) Collaborative Group. Developing a Tool to Assess Quality of Stroke Care Across European Populations: The EROS Quality Assessment Tool. Stroke 2011; 42:1207-1211.

Di Carlo A, Lamassa M, Wellwood I, Bovis F, Baldereschi M, Nencini P, Poggesi A, Cramaro A, Pescini F, Lucente G, Wolfe CD, Inzitari D; For the European Registers of Stroke (EROS) Project. Stroke unit care in clinical practice: an observational study in the Florence center of the European Registers of Stroke (EROS) Project. Eur J Neurol 2011;18:686-94.

Heuschmann PU, Wiedmann S, Wellwood I, Rudd A, Di Carlo A, Bejot Y, Ryglewicz D, Rastenyte D, Wolfe CD; European Registers of Stroke. Three-month stroke outcome: the European Registers of Stroke (EROS) investigators. Neurology 2011;76:159-65.

Heuschmann PU, Di Carlo A, Bejot Y, Rastenyte D, Ryglewicz D, Sarti C, Torrent M, Wolfe CD, Giroud M, Fiorentino S, Inzitari D, Lamassa M, Nencini P, Pogessi A, Pescini F, Cramaro A, Baldereschi M, Sopagiene D, Kranciukaite D, Sayed I, Coshall C, Rodriguez-Mera J, Sienkiewicz-Jarosz H, Gluszkiewicz M, Czlonkowska A, Pniewski J., European Registers of Stroke Investigators. Incidence of stroke in europe at the beginning of the 21st century. Stroke 2009;40:1557-1563.

Di Carlo A., Human and economic burden of stroke (Editorial). Age Ageing 2009; 38:4-5.

Di Carlo A, Lamassa M, Baldereschi M, Inzitari M, Scafato E, Farchi G, Inzitari D., CIND and MCI in the Italian elderly: frequency, vascular risk factors, progression to dementia. Neurology 2007;68:1909-1916.