Gallo, Dr Valentina
Valentina Gallo is an associate professor of Epidemiology and Sustainable Health at Campus Fryslân, where she leads the Sustainable Health programme. In addition, she holds a Rosalind Franklin Fellowship; a tenure-track position for talented female researchers that prepares them for a professorship. The former neurologist switched to epidemiology and is now specialized in health. Her research focuses on the epidemiology of neurological conditions, molecular epidemiology, and environmental epidemiology. Gallo ranks among the top international researchers of her field and her research is more relevant now than ever.
Campus Fryslân specializes in sustainability on multiple fronts, making Gallo feel right at home there. ‘I approach health from an interdisciplinary perspective, one in which physical health relates to mental and social wellbeing. Factors such as international governance and the quality of housing can influence health just as much as, for example, substances that pollute the environment. My work at Campus Fryslân even goes beyond that and will be aimed at how public health can be made more sustainable so that it is effective, affordable, and relevant but also accessible to everyone, including future generations.’
Gallo studied in Rome and London, specializing in medicine and clinical neurology. After her studies, she started her academic career in London as a research assistant, a lecturer, and, eventually, an associate professor at various universities. At the Queen Mary University of London, she helped set up the innovative Bachelor’s degree programme in Global Health, and she was crowned Lecturer of the Year. Gallo has also been awarded various research grants for her research studies, including the HEalth and Ageing Data IN the Game of football (HEADING) study and the BRain health and health AgeINg in retired rugby players (BRAIN) study of the Drake Foundation. In April 2020, Gallo started working at the University of Groningen.
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