Alberto Zucchelli

Title: Affiliated

Sector: Medicine

Research group: Debora Rizzuto

Alberto Zucchelli is a medical doctor (2014), specialized in Geriatric Medicine (2019) at the University of Brescia (Brescia – Italy) and PhD student in Technology for Health (department of Information Engineering – University of Brescia). His main research interests are prognostic indicators in geriatric medicine (such as frailty and multimorbidity) and the implementation of new technologies in order to increase the accuracy in the prediction of different outcomes in both community-dwelling and hospitalized older persons.

Alberto has formerly worked mainly with Debora Rizzuto and Laura Fratiglioni to provide technical and research-directed support to Fondazione Piera, Pietro e Giovanni Ferrero (Alba – Italy; The Fondazione is involved in proposing several activities to their retired seniors, spanning from social engagement to cultural events and physical exercise, as well as medical support. Alberto will support the re-design of the data collection platform, of data cleaning protocols and database infrastructure as well as aid Fondazione in defining the research questions for future works. The aim is to help Fondazione Ferrero exploiting the data they are collecting about the impact of activities on healthy ageing.

Selected publications

Zucchelli A, Vetrano DL, Grande G, et al. Comparing the prognostic value of geriatric health indicators: a population-based study. BMC Med. 2019;17(1):185. Published 2019 Oct 2. doi:10.1186/s12916-019-1418-2

Zucchelli A, Marengoni A, Rizzuto D, et al. Using a genetic algorithm to derive a highly predictive and context-specific frailty index. Aging (Albany NY). 2020;12(8):7561‐7575. doi:10.18632/aging.103118

Zucchelli A, Vetrano DL, Marengoni A, et al. Frailty predicts short-term survival even in older adults without multimorbidity. Eur J Intern Med. 2018;56:53‐56. doi:10.1016/j.ejim.2018.06.012