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Dr. Pietro Cignini

Center for Health in pregnancy, NVC Rome, ITALY

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Born in Vetralla (Vt.) 23/12/1975. After getting in Viterbo scientific maturity in 1994, graduating in Medicine cum laude in 2000 at University La Sapienza of Rome, discussing the thesis entitled "Fetal Maternal endocrine responses after administration of betamethasone for fetal lung maturity in pregnancies with threating preterm birth. " During the course of studies has won two awards in the University of Rome "La Sapienza" for the excellent curriculum and obtained a period of residency at the Laboratory of Perinatal Medicine in the same university. During this period conducted study of fetal lung maturity. Contribute to some international studies sponsored by the National Centre of Research (CNR) in Rome about intramniotic surfactant. Conducts numerous experiments in the field of fetal endocrinology with particular attention to fetal endocrine responses to the administration of cortisone for fetal lung maturity in high-risk pregnancies. In 2001, conducted a Master at the University "La Sapienza" of Rome "Doppler and new technologies in Gynecology-Obstetrics and Reproductive Medicine. During the first period of his specialization is dedicated actively to Gynecologic Oncology, carrying out a stage of two years at the National Institute of Cancer in Rome. In this period he had the opportunity to participate actively in the drafting of Clinical protocols for the study and treatment of both Endometrial Cancer and of the Cervix. He has participated in more than 800 interventions of gynaecologic oncology as assistant. He had the opportunity to learn and refine the laparoscopic technique. During its stay in this Institution he has also dedicated to the hysteroscopic surgery, especially as regards the study of endometrial lesions. He is the author of numerous publications in peer- reviewed scientific journals of Maternal-Fetal Medicine. He is "EXECUTIVE EDITOR" of the Journal of Prenatal Medicine (JPM), peer-reviewed journal, indexed in PubMed and other scientific database. He is in the Editorial Board of the Asian Pacific Journal of Reproduction (APJR) He is a reviewer of: • The British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology (BJOG) • PloSOne He also is part of the commentators for the journal of Medicine-based Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) He is in the Board of the Italian Society of the Prenatal Diagnosis and in the board of the Italian Society of Echocardiography. . He is the Scientifice Director for "Computerized Screening of fetal Aneuploidies" (SCA-test) programme. He has participated in numerous conferences as rapporteur on issues of maternal and fetal medicine with a focus on high-risk pregnancies and fetal malconformative diseases. Of particular importance is its active contribution to the study of lung displasya. It is recognized as one of the greatest experts in that fetal pathology, participating in numerous conferences and courses related to this issue. Specialist in Gynecology and Obstetrics, in Rome, ITALY.


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Amniocentesis, chorionic villus sampling, array cGH, Fetal anomaly scan, next generation sequencing prenatal diagnosis, 


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