Roberto Casale, Italy


Roberto Casale MD, PhD

· Graduated in Medicine and Surgery from Pavia University, Italy.1975
· Full board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Pavia University, Italy, 1976
· Specialized in Neurology with a postgraduate course in Clinical Neurophysiology; Pavia University, Italy, 1979
· Specialised in Anaesthesiology & Pain Relief, Pavia University, Italy, 1989
· PhD in Advanced Technologies in Rehabilitation and Sports, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy 

Scientific and Society Positions
Scientific Director at OPUSmedica PC&R, Persons, Care & Research network, Piacenza, Italy
Director of the EFIC (European Pain Federation) Pain School on “Neuropathic Pain”  . 
Chairman of the ESPRM (European Society of Physical &Rehabilitation Medicine) SIG on “Pain and Disability” 
Co-ordinator of the SiG "Pain and Rehabilitation" of SIMFER (Italian Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation). 
He has been Councillor and Secretary of AISD (Italian Association for the Study of Pain) as well as Councillor of EFIC (European Chapters of IASP) 

University Positions
He lectured at University Schools of Specialization in Pavia, Padua, Florence and Siena.

Past Professional Positions
From 2015 to 2018 Scientific Director at Habilita Care & Research Rehabilitation Hospitals, Bergamo, Italy. 
From 1992 to 2015 he was Director of the Department of Clinical Neurophysiology & Pain Rehabilitation Unit. 
Since 2001 to 2015 Director of the Dept. of Neuromotor Rehabilitation. Salvatore Maugeri Foundation, Scientific Institute of Montescano, PV, Italy.  In charge of the Alzheimer Unit from 1999 to 2015

Scientific Interests 
Rehabilitation medicine (chronic pain and associated motor disability, central and peripheral nervous system lesions, Localized muscle fatigue, robot-assisted rehabilitation). 
Pain medicine (Physiopathology of pain and pain therapy, myofascial pain with regards to fibromyalgia, Neuropathic pain, CRPS,) 

Last 10 Indexed Publications 
Fundarò C, Maestri R, Ferriero G, Chimento P, Taveggia G, Casale R Self-selected speed gait training in Parkinson's disease: robot-assisted gait training with virtual reality versus gait training on the ground. Eur J Phys Rehabil Med. 2018 Oct 29. doi: 10.23736/S1973-9087.18.05368-6. 

Zucchella C, Consilvio M, Iacoviello L, Intiso D, Tamburin S, Casale R, Bartolo M. Rehabilitation in oldest-old stroke patients: a comparison within over 65 population. Eur J Phys Rehabil Med. 2018 Aug 29. 

Traversoni S, Jutai J, Fundarò C, Salvini S, Casale R, Giardini A Linking the Psychosocial Impact of Assistive Devices Scale (PIADS) to the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health. Qual Life Res. 2018 Dec;27(12):3217-3227. 

Casale R, Chimento PL, Bartolo M, Taveggia G Exercise and movement in musculoskeletal pain: a double-edged problem. Curr Opin Support Palliat Care. 2018 Sep;12(3):388-392. 

Casale R. Myofascial pain: so common, and yet not understood.
Curr Opin Support Palliat Care. 2018 Sep;12(3):372. 

Casale R, Symeonidou Z, Michail X. Bone and joint pain. Is there a neuropathic component? Implications for rehabilitation. Eur J Phys Rehabil Med. 2018 Jun 14. 

Fundarò C, Giardini A, Maestri R, Traversoni S, Bartolo M, Casale R.
Motor and psychosocial impact of robot-assisted gait training in a real-world rehabilitation setting: A pilot study. PLoS One. 2018 Feb 14;13(2):e0191894
Pallis, Dimitrios; Georgiou, Dimitrios Florin; Rizou, Stavroula; Symeonidou, Zaira; Puttini, Piercarlo Sarzi; Troupis, Theodoros; Casale, Roberto Bilateral transient osteoporosis of the hip. A case report and review of the literature. Clinical Cases in Mineral & Bone Metabolism . Jan-Apr2018, Vol. 15 Issue 1, p128-131. 

Boccardi V, Conestabile Della Staffa M, Baroni M, Ercolani S, Croce MF, Ruggiero C, Mecocci P; ReGAL study group .Prevalence and Correlates of Behavioral Disorders in Old Age Subjects with Cognitive Impairment: Results from the ReGAl Project.
J Alzheimers Dis. 2017;60(4):1275-1283. 

Benedetti MG, Boccia G, Cavazzuti L, Magnani E, Mariani E, Rainoldi A, Casale R. Localized muscle vibration reverses quadriceps muscle hypotrophy and improves physical function: a clinical and electrophysiological study. Int J Rehabil Res. 2017 Dec;40(4):339-346. 

Talotta R, Bazzichi L, Di Franco M, Casale R, Batticciotto A, Gerardi MC, Sarzi-Puttini P. One year in review 2017: fibromyalgia. Clin Exp Rheumatol. 2017 May-Jun;35 Suppl 105(3):6-12.