Chiara Donfrancesco

Place and date of birth:
Rome, 24/10/1979
Education   
2003 - University degree in Statistics - Faculty of Statistical Sciences of the     University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’   
2005 - Branches of statistic qualifying examination. University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’   
2006 - Ten-Day International Teaching Seminar on Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention, organized by The Council on Epidemiology and Prevention of the World Heart Federation; Brisbane, Australia.
2006 - WHO/IDF Cambridge Seminar on the Epidemiology and Public    Health Aspects of Diabetes Mellitus; Clare College, Cambridge, United Kingdom.
2007 - Postgraduate Course: The Cardiometabolic Sindrome. An update on     pathophysiology, clinical aspects and therapeutic strategies, patronized by University of Rome La Sapienza, University of Rome Tor Vergata,    Fondation Umberto Di Mario ONLUS, Italian Society of Diabetology,Italian Society of Endocrinology, Italian Society of Arterial Hypertension,     Italian Society of Internal Medicine, Italian Society for the study of Atherosceloris.
Position held
Researcher since 2005 at the Unit of Epidemiology of Cerebro and Cardiovascular Diseases, National Centre of Epidemiology, Surveillance     and Health Promotion, Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Rome, Italy.
Member of the research group of the Progetto CUORE- Istituto Superiore di Sanità – epidemiology and Prevention of Ischaemic Heart Disease of the Italian Ministry of Health.
Member of the research group of the EUROCISS project (Cardiovascular Indicators Surveillance Set);
Cooperation as researcher to: Cardiovascular Epidemiological Observatory, MORGAM (Monica Risk Genetics Archiving and Monograph), EMERGING RISK FACTORS COLLABORATION, and     MINISAL-GIRCSI.
Responsible of the ISS Operative Unit for the Project “Buone pratiche sull'alimentazione: valutazione del contenuto di sodio, potassio e iodio nella dieta degli italiani” -  MINISAL-GIRCSI (2009-2011).

Fino a prova contraria, il sale fa male

Fino a qualche mese fa le strategie volte a ridurre il consumo di sodio e a incrementare quello di potassio venivano considerate di grande importanza nei vari paesi, in quanto basate su una solida evidenza scientifica che supportava i benefici effetti rispetto al costo per la riduzione delle malattie cardio e cerebrovascolari, della malattia renale cronica, e di altre malattie cronico-degenerative compresi i tumori.