Giuseppe Morici
Giuseppe Morici
affiliation: Università di Palermo
research area(s): Experimental Medicine
Course: Molecular and Experimental Medicine
University/Istitution: Università di Palermo
Giuseppe Morici was born in Palermo on September 12, 1956. Researcher (BIO/09 “Human Physiology”), Department of Experimental Biomedicine and Clinical Neurosciences (BioNeC), Section of Human Physiology, University of Palermo.
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MD (University of Palermo - 1982); Specialist in: Sport Medicine (1985), Underwater Medicine (1989) and Respiratory Medicine (1996).

Author of 33 full papers in peer reviewed International and National Journals, of 4 full papers on book and of 93 abstracts presented at International and Italian Meetings. Active member of the American Physiological Society (APS), and of the European College of Sports Science (ECSS).
a) Research appointment by Institute of Biomedicine and Molecular Immunology (IBIM)-CNR Palermo since 2000 to 2006, for the project: “inflammatory, sistemic and pulmonary changes, induced by strenuous exercise in athletes ".
b) Associate of the Institute of Biomedicine and Molecular Immunology (IBIM)-CNR Palermo since 2006 to 2010. Projects: a) changes in airway cells of animals (mice and rats) and human athletes induced by training and exercise; b) release of bone-marrow derived hematopoietic and endothelial progenitors induced by exercise in healthy athletes and COPD patients.
c) Has participated to the project - AGENZIA 2000 CNR on: "Biological and pathophysiological factors in the handicap secondary to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and effects of rehabilitation".
d) Official research collaborator of the Nepal Accademy of Science and Tecnology/Ev-K2-CNR project "Effects of slow breathing training on oxyhaemoglobin saturation, pulmonary function and AMD score at high-altitude. Circulating hematopoietic progenitors in peripheral blood". Scientific expedition at the Pyramid laboratory-observatory of Kathmandù 04-24 october 2006.
e) Responsible for the university-funded projects (ex 60%), Dpt. of Experimental Medicine, Section of Human Physiology:
- 2001: “Effects of endurance training on circulating hematopoietic precursors in the mouse”;
- 2002: “Bronchodilatation induced by deep inspiration and airway inflammation in endurance athletes”;
- 2003 and 2004: “Effects of air pollution on airway cells in athletes”.
- 2005 and 2006: "Bronchial reactivity in competitive rowers".
f) Scientific referent for the university-funded projects (ex quota 60%), Dpt. of Experimental Medicine, Section of Human Physiology:
2004 - “Effects of intermittent hypoxia on circulating hematopoietic progenitors: a study on patients with obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome;
2005 - Training in patients with asthma: physiological and cellular effects on airways;
2006 - Training in patients with asthma and/or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: physiological and cellular effects on airways.
2007 - "Evaluation of anti-distrophic effects of endurance training and functionalized heterocyclic molecules in the Duchenne Muscolar Distrophy".

Main research fields can be summarized as follows:
1) Effects of endurance training on bone-marrow derived hematopoietic precursors.
2) Effects of endurance training in hypoxic conditions on bone-marrow derived hematopoietic precursors.
3) Effects of hyperventilation during low- to moderate-intensity training on airway cells.
4) Effects of endurance training on bone-marrow derived hematopoietic precursors, airway cells and skeletal and respiratory muscles in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
1. Scichilone N, Morici G, Zangla D, Chimenti L, Davì E, Reitano S, Paternò A, Santagata R, Togias A, Bellia V, Bonsignore MR. (2010) Effects of exercise training on airway responsiveness and airway cells in healthy subjects. J Appl Physiol. 109(2):288-94.
2. Bonsignore MR, Morici G, Riccioni R, Huertas A, Petrucci E, Veca M, Mariani G, Bonanno A, Chimenti L, Gioia M, Palange P, Testa U. (2010) Hemopoietic and angiogenetic progenitors in healthy athletes: different responses to endurance and maximal exercise. J Appl Physiol. 109(1):60-7.
3. Chimenti L, Morici G, Paternò A, Santagata R, Bonanno A, Profita M, Riccobono L, Bellia V, Bonsignore MR. (2010) Bronchial epithelial damage after a half-marathon in nonasthmatic amateur runners. Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol. 298(6):L857-62.
4. Chimenti L, Morici G, Paterno A, Bonanno A, Vultaggio M, Bellia V, Bonsignore MR. (2009) Environmental conditions, air pollutants, and airway cells in runners: a longitudinal field study. J Sports Sci. 27(9):925-35.
5. Bonsignore MR, La Grutta S, Cibella F, Scichilone N, Cuttitta G, Interrante A, Marchese M, Veca M, Virzi' M, Bonanno A, Profita M, Morici G. (2008) Effects of exercise training and montelukast in children with mild asthma. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 40(3):405-12.
6. Bonsignore MR, Scichilone N, Morici G. (2008) Bronchial responsiveness and airway inflammation in trained subjects. Thorax. 63(1):90-1.
7. Chimenti L, Morici G, Paternò A, Bonanno A, Siena L, Licciardi A, Veca M, Guccione W, Macaluso F, Bonsignore G, Bonsignore MR. (2007) Endurance training damages small airway epithelium in mice. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 175(5):442-9.
8. Palange P, Testa U, Huertas A, Calabrò L, Antonucci R, Petrucci E, Pelosi E, Pasquini L, Satta A, Morici G, Vignola MA, Bonsignore MR. (2006) Circulating haemopoietic and endothelial progenitor cells are decreased in COPD. Eur Respir J. 27(3):529-41.
9. Scichilone N, Morici G, Marchese R, Bonanno A, Profita M, Togias A, Bonsignore MR. (2005) Reduced airway responsiveness in nonelite runners. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 37(12):2019-25.
10. Morici G, Zangla D, Santoro A, Pelosi E, Petrucci E, Gioia M, Bonanno A, Profita M, Bellia V, Testa U, Bonsignore MR. (2005) Supramaximal exercise mobilizes hematopoietic progenitors and reticulocytes in athletes. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol. 289(5):R1496-503.
No projects are available to students for the current accademic year.