Adelaide Medical School
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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.
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 —
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)
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
Year Citation 2018 Du, Y., Piscitelli, D., Ahmad, S., Trahair, L., Greenfield, J., Samocha-Bonet, D., . . . Jones, K. (2018). Effects of glutamine on gastric emptying of low- and high-nutrient drinks in healthy young subjects: impact on glycaemia. In DIABETOLOGIA Vol. 61 (pp. S335). Berlin, GERMANY: SPRINGER. 2010 Gentilcore, D., Vanis, L., Rayner, C., Horowitz, M., & Jones, K. (2010). Effects Of Intraduodenal Acarbose On Blood Pressure, Heart Rate And Splanchnic Blood Flow In Healthy Older Subjects.. In JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN GERIATRICS SOCIETY Vol. 58 (pp. 92). Orlando, FL: WILEY-BLACKWELL PUBLISHING, INC.
2008 Stevens, J. E., Gilja, O. H., Gentilcore, D., Horowitz, M., Hausken, T., & Jones, K. L. (2008). Validation of 3D ultrasonography to measure gastric emptying of a high-nutrient drink in diabetic gastroparesis. In GASTROENTEROLOGY Vol. 134 (pp. A340). San Diego, CA: W B SAUNDERS CO-ELSEVIER INC.
2008 Gentilcore, D., Nair, N. S., Meyer, J. H., Horowitz, M., & Jones, K. L. (2008). Comparative effects of oral and intraduodenal glucose on blood pressure in healthy older subjects. In GASTROENTEROLOGY Vol. 134 (pp. A88-A89). San Diego, CA: W B SAUNDERS CO-ELSEVIER INC. 2008 Brennan, I. M., Feltrin, K. L., Nair, N. S., Hausken, T., Little, T. J., Gentilcore, D., . . . Feinle-Bisset, C. (2008). Gastric emptying is slower, and hunger and energy intake are less, pre-ovulation when compared with post-ovulation in healthy lean women. In GASTROENTEROLOGY Vol. 134 (pp. A315). W B SAUNDERS CO-ELSEVIER INC. 2007 Gentilcore, D., Meyer, J. H., Horowitz, M., & Jones, K. L. (2007). Gastric distension attenuates the hypotensive response to intraduodenal glucose in healthy older subjects. In GASTROENTEROLOGY Vol. 132 (pp. A324). Washington, DC: W B SAUNDERS CO-ELSEVIER INC.
2006 Gentilcore, D., Hausken, T., Horowitz, M., & Jones, K. L. (2006). 3d ultrasonography is a valid and accurate measure of liquid gastric emptying in healthy subjects. In GASTROENTEROLOGY Vol. 130 (pp. A194). Los Angeles, CA: W B SAUNDERS CO-ELSEVIER INC.
2005 Gentilcore, D., Bryant, B., Wishart, J., Morris, H., Horowitz, M., & Jones, K. (2005). Effects of the alpha-glucosidase inhibitor, acarbose, on postprandial blood pressure, glycemia, incretin hormones and gastric emptying in healthy older subjects.. In GASTROENTEROLOGY Vol. 128 (pp. A247). Chicago, IL: W B SAUNDERS CO. 2004 Gentilcore, D., Visvanathan, R., Russo, A., Chaikomin, R., Stevens, J., Horowitz, M., & Jones, K. (2004). Effects of the nitric oxide synthase inhibitor, L-NAME, on postprandial blood pressure and gastric emptying in healthy older subjects. In GASTROENTEROLOGY Vol. 126 (pp. A63-A64). New Orleans, LA: W B SAUNDERS CO.
Year Citation 2014 Mathers, D., Kumar, S., Cehic, G., & Gentilcore, D. (2014). 'IT'S ONLY THYROID CANCER' - A QUALITATIVE DESCRIPTIVE STUDY OF PATIENTS' EXPERIENCES OF THYROID CANCER, BEING TREATED WITH HIGH-DOSE RADIOACTIVE IODINE (RAI) THERAPY AND SUBSEQUENT ISOLATION. Poster session presented at the meeting of INTERNAL MEDICINE JOURNAL. WILEY-BLACKWELL. 2013 Nair, S., Gentilcore, D., & Visvanathan, R. (2013). Intermittent walking: a potential treatment strategy for older people with postprandial hypotension. Poster session presented at the meeting of AUSTRALASIAN JOURNAL ON AGEING. WILEY-BLACKWELL. 2012 Nair, S., Gentilcore, D., & Visvanathan, R. (2012). The effects of a postprandial blood pressure decline following a glucose drink on gait parameters in healthy older volunteers. Poster session presented at the meeting of Abstracts of The Australian and New Zealand Society for Geriatric Medicine Annual Scientific Meeting 2012. Sydney, N.S.W.: Wiley-Blackwell.
2012 Gentilcore, D., Ahmad, S., Jones, K., Greenfield, J., Samocha-Bonet, D., & Mckinnon, R. (2012). Effects of the amino acid, glutamine, on gastric emptying and the glycaemic response to oral glucose in healthry young subjects. Poster session presented at the meeting of NEUROGASTROENTEROLOGY AND MOTILITY. WILEY-BLACKWELL. 2008 Kuo, P., Gentilcore, D., Nair, N., Stevens, J., Hausken, T., Horowitz, M., . . . Rayner, C. (2008). Effects of the nitric oxide (NO) synthase inhibitor, ng-nitro-l-arginine-methyl-ester (L-NAME), on delayed gastric emptying induced by hyperglycaemia in healthy humans. Poster session presented at the meeting of JOURNAL OF GASTROENTEROLOGY AND HEPATOLOGY. WILEY-BLACKWELL PUBLISHING, INC.
|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||
|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.
Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2011 - 2015 Co-Supervisor Postprandial Hypotension in Older People Master of Philosophy (Medical Science) Master Part Time Dr Shailaja Nair G.N. Nair
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
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
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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