Flavio Lirussi graduated in Medicine and Surgery at Padua University and later specialized in Gastroenterology, Clinical Pharmacology and Thermal Medicine. Lecturer at the University of Padua for about twenty years, he held various courses at the Faculty of Medicine of the same university including mainly Internal Medicine and Travel Medicine. In the early 1980s he was Research Fellow and, later on, Senior Research Fellow at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals in London. In 1989, he received the title of "Doctor of Philosophy" (Ph.D.) at the University of London. He also lectured at the European Erasmus Mundus Master of Bioethics (Public Health & Prevention), at the Master in Science Communication at the University of Padua and the Master in Economics and Health Management at the University of Ca' Foscari of Venice. Since 2007 he collaborates with the World Health Organization as a "scientist" and later as "consultant". In this role, he focused on the topics of socio-economic and environmental determinants of health and health promotion strategies, with particular attention on chronic disease prevention, healthy aging, and to the health of migrants. He has collaborated in the preparation of the 7th World Conference on Health Promotion (Nairobi, Kenya, 2009) and has organized several international courses on programmes and policies to promote health and well-being in partnership with prestigious universities and research centers in Europe, America and Asia. Since 2015, Flavio is a member of the International Health Partnership's Association (Sofia, Bulgaria), and member of the Scientific Committee of the Italian Society for the Promotion of Health (Lucca). In 2016 he was co-coordinator of the Campus "Health for All and Sustainable Development" at the eco-village of Panta Rei, and is one of the founding members of the Association for Social Promotion “EXPLORE”.
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