Diana Piscitelli

Diana Piscitelli

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences


Dr Piscitelli's PhD studies and postdoctoral fellowships’ research programs related primarily to the role of the gastrointestinal tract in postprandial blood pressure regulation in older individuals. This work was facilitated by the use of a number of non-imaging and sophisticated imaging methods, including scintigraphic measurement of gastric emptying and the use of 2D, 3D and Doppler ultrasonographic techniques to measure gastric antral area, gastric volumes and blood flow to the gut.

More recently, Dr Piscitelli's research has evolved to focus on ‘practical’ applications (i.e. physical activity in the form of low-intensity walking exercise) that may be implemented in the community, to prevent postprandial hypotension (a fall in blood pressure after a meal) and, therefore, potentially falls and fall-induced injuries with the aim of improving the health outcomes of the ageing population.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2010 Adjunct Senior Lecturer University of Adelaide
    2010 - 2016 Senior Lecturer University of South Australia
    2008 - 2010 Heart Foundation (HF) of Australia Postdoctoral Research Clinical Fellow University of Adelaide
    2007 - 2008 National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia Australian Clinical Research Postdoctoral Training Fellow University of South Australia
    2003 - 2006 Research Assistant (Part-time) University of Adelaide
    1996 - 2003 Lecturer University of South Australia
    1994 - 1995 Nuclear Medicine Technologist Dr Jones and Partners Medical Imaging
    1992 - 1994 Nuclear Medicine Technologist/Acting Chief Nuclear Medicine Technologist Women's and Children's Hospital
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2012 Teaching Award Supported Teacher Award University of South Australia Australia
    2009 Research Award Ahrens Group Award for Outstanding Achievements by a Young Heart Foundation (HF) Researcher (SA) Heart Foundation Australia
    2009 Research Award South Australian Healthy Ageing Research Award Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR) Australia
    2007 Research Award South Australian/Northern Territory Research Award Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG) Australia
    2004 Research Award Outstanding Student Poster - Digestive Diseases Week American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) United States
    2003 Scholarship William T Southcott Scholarship in Nuclear Medicine University of Adelaide Australia
    1999 Teaching Award Supported Academic Teacher Award for Excellence in Teaching University of South Australia Australia
    1999 Teaching Award Australian Award for University Teaching - ‘Biological Sciences, Health and Related Studies’ category University of South Australia Australia
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2007 University of Adelaide Australia PhD
    2006 University of South Australia Australia Graduate Diploma in Medical Radiation
    1992 University of South Australia Australia Diploma in Applied Science (Nuclear Medicine)
  • Certifications

    Date Title Institution name Country
    2016 PRINCE2® Project Management Foundation and Practit APMG United Kingdom
    2012 General Registration (Nuclear Medicine Technologis Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia (MRPBA) Australia
    1993 Accreditation Australian and New Zealand Society of Nuclear Medicine (ANZSNM) Australia
    1993 Licence to Use or Handle Radioactive Substances Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), South Australia Australia
Competitive Grant Schemes
Year (Awarded) Investigators Grant Body Grant Grant Title Institution Country
2012 Gentilcore D Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG) RM Gibson Scientific Research Grant  The potential role of low-intensity exercise in reducing postprandial hypotension and preventing falls in the elderly University of South Australia Australia
2011 Jones KL, Gentilcore D, Visvanathan R, Chapman I, Rayner CK, Deane A, Horowitz M Hanson Institute Research Equipment Funding N/A University of Adelaide Australia
2011 Horowitz M, Jones KL, Gentilcore D, Rayner CK Rebecca L Cooper Medical Research Foundation Grant Funding Measurement of superior mesenteric artery (SMA) blood flow in patients with diabetes with and without postprandial hypotension University of Adelaide Australia
2011 Visvanathan R, Gentilcore D The Health Observatory Grant Funding N/A University of Adelaide Australia
2010 Jones KL, Gentilcore D, Visvanathan R, Chapman IM, Rayner CK, Horowitz M National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia  Project Grant Gastric, small intestinal and cardiovascular mechanisms of postprandial hypotension University of Adelaide Australia
2008 Gentilcore D Heart Foundation (HF) Australian Clinical Research Clinical Postdoctoral Fellowship Pathophysiology of postprandial hypotension in the elderly - role of ‘gastric’ and ‘small intestinal’ mechanisms University of Adelaide Australia
2008 Gentilcore D, Jones KL, Horowitz M, Rayner CK Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) / Institute of Medical and Veterinary Science (IMVS) Research Committee Project Grant Effects of the oligosaccharide, alpha–cyclodextrin, on postprandial blood pressure in healthy older subjects – relationships to gastric emptying, glycaemia and superior mesenteric blood flow University of Adelaide Australia
2008 Horowitz M, Jones KL, Gentilcore D, Rayner CK, Feinle-Bisset C Rebecca L Cooper Medical Research Foundation Grant Funding Measurement of autonomic nerve function in patients with diabetes with or without postprandial hypotension University of Adelaide Australia
2007 Gentilcore D National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia Australian Clinical Research Postdoctoral Training Fellowship Effects of exercise on gastrointestinal function and postprandial blood pressure in the elderly University of South Australia Australia
2006 Gentilcore D Heart Foundation (HF)  Travel Grant N/A University of Adelaide Australia
2005 Gentilcore D Heart Foundation (HF)  Travel Grant N/A University of Adelaide

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University Grant Schemes
Year (Awarded) Investigator Grant Institution Country
2012 Gentilcore D Research Leadership Development Program Award University of South Australia  Australia
2011 Gentilcore D Supported Researcher Award  University of South Australia  Australia
2010 Gentilcore D Supported Researcher Award  University of South Australia  Australia
2007 Gentilcore D Research SA Fellowship Award  University of South Australia  Australia
2007 Gentilcore D Supported Researcher Award  University of South Australia  Australia
2006 Gentilcore D Discipline of Medicine, Travel Grant Funding University of Adelaide Australia
2005 Gentilcore D Faculty of Health Sciences, Research Committee, Postgraduate Travelling Fellowship for Health Science Research University of Adelaide Australia
2005 Gentilcore D Discipline of Medicine, Travel Grant Funding University of Adelaide Australia
2003 Gentilcore D William T Southcott Scholarship in Nuclear Medicine  University of Adelaide Australia
1999 Cottrell J, Gentilcore D, King S, Miller R, Sawyer T, Shepherdson J Teaching Development Grant (Organisational) University of South Australia Australia
1999 Gentilcore D, Sawyer T Innovative Teaching and Learning Grant University of South Australia Australia

I have extensive knowledge of practices and procedures in higher education institutions having worked as an academic in South Australia for 20 years. Most recently, I held the position of Senior Lecturer in Nuclear Medicine within the School of Health Sciences at the University of South Australia. In this role, I was also the Program Director for the Nuclear Medicine, and the Medical Radiation (i.e. Nuclear Medicine, Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy) Honours, programs within the Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science degree. My responsibilities included teaching and coordination of all levels of the undergraduate degree offered by the School (including clinical practice), the design, development, implementation and coordination of curricula, team leadership, development of stakeholder networks and collaborations, and project management. 

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  • Board Memberships

    Date Role Board name Institution name Country
    2011 - 2012 Director Australian Medical Radiation Sciences Accreditation Council (AMRSAC) Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia (MRPBA) Australia
  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2011 - 2014 Chair Scientific Committee, 2014 ASM Australian and New Zealand Society of Nuclear Medicine (ANZSNM) Australia
    2011 - 2012 Member Accreditation Board, Professional Advisory Committee (PAC) Australian and New Zealand Society of Nuclear Medicine (ANZSNM) Australia
    2010 - ongoing Member The South Australian Cardiovascular Health Research Network (SACVHRN) Heart Foundation Australia
    2010 - 2011 Chair Australian and New Zealand Society of Nuclear Medicine Technologist (ANZSNMT) Group, South Australian Branch Australian and New Zealand Society of Nuclear Medicine (ANZSNM) Australia
    2009 - 2012 Member Web Site Committee (WSC) Australian and New Zealand Society of Nuclear Medicine (ANZSNM) Australia
    2000 - 2003 Representative University of South Australia, Education Advisory Panel (EPA) Australian and New Zealand Society of Nuclear Medicine (ANZSNM) Australia
    1996 - 1998 Chair Australian and New Zealand Society of Nuclear Medicine Technologist (ANZSNMT) Group, South Australian Branch Australian and New Zealand Society of Nuclear Medicine (ANZSNM) Australia
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2009 - ongoing Member Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR) Australia
    2007 - ongoing Member Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG) Australia
    1992 - ongoing Member Australian and New Zealand Society of Nuclear Medicine Technologist (ANZSNMT) Group, South Australian Branch Australia
    1992 - ongoing Member Australian and New Zealand Society of Nuclear Medicine (ANZSNM) Australia

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