Francesco Frasca

Full Professor of ENDOCRINOLOGY [MED/13]


1993    Medical Degree University of Catania 9-07-1993 score 110/110, cum laude. Thesis:“Identification of an atypical IGF-I receptor with high affinity for insulin in MCF-7 cells”.                            
1998    Specialty in Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases, University of Catania Thesis: “Insulin receptor isoform A is a fetal IGF-II recep-tor”.
2003    Post doctoral degree, University of Catania on “ Molecular basis of Hormonal Action. Thesis: “Role of p73 in thyroid tumor progres-sion”

Research Experience

1996            Department of Molecular Pharmacology, Stanford Medical Center, Palo Alto, CA. USA, prof. Richard Roth, 
1999-2001    Department of Biology, Center for Molecular, Genetics, and the Cancer Center, UCSD, La Jolla, CA. USA, prof. Jean Wang 

Fellowships and awards

1994     Associazione Italiana Ricerca sul Cancro (AIRC),
1998     Fondazione Giuseppe Alazio (Palermo)
2001    American-Italian Cancer Foundation (New York, USA) 
2003     “Ceresa” Award by Società italiana di Endocrinologia (SIE). 
2009    ” Pierre Konig” Award by European Thyroid Association (ETA)
2011    Associazione Italiana Tiroide (AIT) Award.


Since 1998            Società Italiana di Endocrinologia (SIE) 
Since 2001            Società italiana di Cancerologia (SIC) 
Since 2001            European Thyroid Association (ETA) 
Since 2001            Endocrine Society


2001-2012     Study Section Member in Catania of Associazione Italiana Ricerca sul Cancro (AIRC).
Since 2004    Member of Scientific Commission of the Società Italiana di Endo-crinologia (SIE).
Dal 2006       Member of the Editorial Board l’Endocrinologo Journal.
Dal 2007       Member of The Teaching Board of Società Italiana di Endocrinolo-gia (SIE).
Dal 2012       Member of the Board of Directors of Associazione Italiana Tiroide (AIT).


2011- to date   Associate Professor: Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases School of Medicine, Università di Catania 
                     Endocrinology School for Dietitians.
                     Endocrinology Post Degree School of Endocrinoplogy and Metabolism
2013-2014      President School for Dietitians University of Catania
2014 - 2018   Director Post Degree School of Endocrinoplogy and Metabolism, University of Catania Palermo, Messina and Catanzaro

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Basic Research: actually, the focus of his research is the identification and characterization of thyroid cancer stem cells, which are thyroid cancer initiating cells responsible of aggressive behavior and tumor relapse. Cells are isolated from thyroid cancer specimens.


Clinical research: thyroid cancer epidemiology, thyroid hormone homeostasis and applications on thyroid hormone replacement therapy, role of selenium on the outcome of autoimmune thyroiditis.