Claudio Bucolo

Associate Professor of Pharmacology [BIO/14]
Membership Section: Pharmacology
Office: Torre Biologica, 5° piano Torre Sud, stanza 25
Phone: 095 4781196
Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 to 12:00

Prof. Claudio Bucolo is Associate Professor of Pharmacology at the University of Catania. Prof. Claudio Bucolo held the position of Visiting Professor at the Eye Research Institute of the Oakland University (Rochester, MI, USA) from 2013 to 2019.

He was the first Italian to receive the international "Dr. Roger Vogel Award for Pharmaceutical Research 2015” for the significant contribution in the field of research of new drugs for the treatment of ophthalmic diseases. In 2014 he received the "Silver Fellow Medal" of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology and in 2019 he received the "Gold Fellow Medal" with the following motivation: "In honor of outstanding service to the eye and vision community”. In 2019, the Neuroscience Center of Excellence of Louisiana State University awarded Prof Bucolo the prestigious "Chancellor's Award Guest" award with the following motivation: "For exceptional contributions to pharmacology applied to ophthalmology and outstanding academic leadership". Prof. Bucolo research mainly concern the field of ocular pharmacology and neuropharmacology. Prof. Claudio Bucolo is the author of over 150 scientific articles published in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters.

During his career he has filed 9 international patents in the field of pharmacological research. He is a reviewer of Ministry of Education, University & Research and Agence National de la Recherche projects and is Associate Editor of scientific journals in the field of pharmacology. From 2012 to 2013 he was President of the Pharmacology Section of the Organizing Committee of the ARVO (Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Rockville, MD, USA- Association with about 12700 members) annual conference and was re-elected in 2016 as a member of the ARVO Conference Organizing Committee; from May 2018 until May 2019 he again held the role of President of the Pharmacology Section of the Organizing Committee of the ARVO annual Conference; from 2004 to 2008 he was board of trustee of the Association for Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics and re-elected in March 2019 again as board of trustee. In addition, he organized in the past 20 years a series of European Frontiers Lectures delivered by outstanding European scientists and the annual IT-ARVO meeting on ocular pharmacology.

Prof. Bucolo is currently Coordinator of the International PhD Program in Neuroscience, President of the UniFarm University Consortium and he acts as liaison between the BIOMETEC Department and the School of Excellence of the University of Catania.

Since 2017, Prof. Bucolo is Director of the Research Center in Ocular Pharmacology of the University of Catania (CERFO).

In April 2017 he obtained the national scientific qualification as Full Professor.

Claudio Bucolo is associate professor of Pharmacology at the University of Catania and holds the position of Visiting Professor at the Eye Research Institute of Oakland University (Rochester, MI, USA).

Education: Professor Claudio Bucolo received his PhD in Neuropharmacology at the University of Catania associated with Université Bordeaux (France), defending a thesis entitled "Neuroactive steroids and sigma receptors: implications for retinal neuroprotection". Prof. Claudio Bucolo has achieved three M.Phil.: General Pathology, Pharmacognosy and Pharmacology (Magna cum Laude).

He graduated in Pharmacy Magna cum Laude in 1987 at the University of Catania defending a thesis entitled "Correlations between histamine and catecholaminergic system on temperature control in rats". From 1991 to 1993 he worked as Visiting Scholar at Oakland University (Rochester, MI, USA).

Teaching Activity: Professor Bucolo is a member of the Faculty Committee of the International PhD Program in Neurosciences. Taught Pharmacology MD Program; Taught Ocular Pharmacology - Doctor of Optometry Program; Taught Pharmacology - Undergraduate Program in Biomedical Lab Technician; Taught Ocular Pharmacology - Ophthalmology Residency Program.

Grants: Professor Bucolo is PI of several research programs financed by private and Government sources.


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The major research activities of Professor Claudio Bucolo are based on ocular pharmacology and neuropharmacology, In particular, Professor Bucolo studies new pharmacological targets in order to discover novel molecules to treat serious ocular pathologies such as diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and retinal degeneration.