We are very pleased to announce that Dr. Giovanni Cizza, M.D., Ph.D., M.H.Sc., has joined CNRM as the Chief Medical Officer of the CNRM Clinical Trials Unit. Dr. Cizza has served in the federal government (NIH and FDA) for more than two decades: he worked at the NIH for about 20 years holding leadership positions in NICHD, NIMH and NIDDK, where he was Chief, Section on Neuroendocrinology of Obesity. For about five years he served as the Chair of the NIH Clinical Center Bioethics Committee. He was also a Medical Officer at the FDA, Division of Metabolic and Endocrine Product (2013-2015).
In addition to federal and government experience, Dr. Cizza brings a wealth of knowledge and understanding of the industry side of Clinical Trials, having served as Associate Director in the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism at Merck Pharmaceuticals (1996 – 2000), and Senior Director in Clinical Development, Biopharma at Novo Nordisk (2015-2018).
Dr. Cizza received his training in internal medicine and endocrinology from the University in Pisa, Italy, and obtained his Master of Clinical Research degree from Duke University. Dr. Cizza has authored over 130 peer-reviewed publications, some in leading journals such as the Journal of Clinical Investigation, the Annals of Internal Medicine, Nature Medicine and JCEM, with over 3,600 citations. He is also member of several editorial boards. He has edited two volumes: “Stress: basic mechanisms and clinical implications” in 1995, and “The Brain and obesity lecture series” in 2012.
His research interests include the neuroendocrinology of stress, medical consequences of major depression including osteoporosis, and neuroimmune alterations, and effects of sleep deprivation, the so called “social” jet lag, on neurocognitive functions, body weight and insulin sensitivity. He has received numerous prestigious awards, including two certificates of recognition for “Scientific contributions to NIDDK” and the 2012 NIH Clinical Center Award for “Outstanding leadership of and dedication to the Clinical Center Ethics Committee.” Previous awards include the Henry Christian Award for “Excellence in aging research” and 2 awards from the American Federation for Clinical Research. In 2013, he received the Italian Scientific Qualification as associate professor of endocrinology.