Dr. Luciano Bernardi (born in Verona, Italy, in 1950) is a full professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Pavia, Italy. His main research interests focus on the integrated control mechanisms of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems. In this context, he has done extensive research in relevant diseases like heart failure and heart transplantation, hypertension, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, and particularly diabetes (in collaboration with the FinnDiane Study Group in Helsinki since 2008). He studied the effects of special respiratory adaptations during sports and exposure to high altitude hypoxia, taking part or leading seven high altitude stages, in the Himalayas (including the 2004 Italian expedition to Everest and K2 “50 years later”) and in the Andes, and during simulated experiments in hypobaric chambers. He also studied the cardio-respiratory effects of listening to music, praying and chanting and the physiologic effects of yoga. He is currently testing the results of this previous research on several ongoing projects involving yoga in type 1 and type 2 diabetes, in Italy and Finland.
His work results form collaboration with numerous research Institutions in Europe (Finland, UK, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Ukraine, Russia), India, the United States and Peru. His research is published in more than 200 research articles appearing in peer-review journals (H-index 46, total citations 8930, impact factor >900).