Paolo Caserotti (PC) is an associate professor at the Research Unit of Muscle and Biomechanics and Head of the Centre of Active and Healthy Ageing, Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics at the University of Southern Denmark. He also serves as special volunteer at the National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda USA where he worked as postdoc fellow between 2007 and 2011.
He has devoted a significant amount of his research to examining the effect of ageing, sedentariness and different structured exercise regimes and everyday physical activity on neuromuscular function, and functional ability and risk of functional loss in older adults.
Further, since 2011, PC has worked extensively on developing sensitive and “sustainable” models within the public health care framework to i) early predict the risk of functional loss in older adults living independently and, ii) implement sustainable interventions with primary focus on “active life-style” to reduce the risk of functional impairment and postpone the onset of physical disability.
PC's recent work has been developed into current projects, and since 2011 he has received an approximate total amount of 7 million € from European, National and private funding agencies.
He is currently the Principal Investigator (PI) of a large European funded project promoting healthy aging across borders (Healthy Ageing Network of Competence – HANC: INTERREG IVa, 1.43 mil €), as well as the PI of one of the four implementation sub-projects. One of the key aspects of HANC is to create a platform for academia, business and public/private health care sector to translate individual competences into new value chains and best-practice models to be implemented in the public health care system.
He was recently granted the new European funding program Horizon 2020 (4,8 million €) for a 5-year project (SITless) aiming at investigating the effect of an exercise regime incorporating social behavioural support on a set of key health outcomes including hospitalization, falls and fractures, and the overall socio-economic analysis. He serves as PI of the one of the four pilot sites as well as coordinator of the dissemination work-package.
PC's research activity was recently recognized with the “Fynsstiftidende research award”.
Finally, PC has been internationally active regarding the European education and he received an Erasmus funding (50,000 €) in the year 2013-2014 for an intensive master program within the area of ageing and physical activity. He is the European coordinator for the ageing area of the European Master “Adapted physical activity”. Since 2012, he is in the advisory board of the International Standards of the European Health and Fitness Association (EHFA) which is devoted to develop guidelines for vocational education for health and exercise professionals.
He has authored 38 peer-reviewed publications, (2 review articles), he has been invited to lecture at several international and national conferences and been a co-author of numerous conference abstracts. He also serves as peer reviewer for an array of international journals.
Finally, PC is committed to promoting translational research and education, with the main purpose of ensuring that his scientific work impacts at the highest public & private health level by rapidly translating research findings into action plans.