Cristina Basso is Associate Professor of Cardiovascular Pathology at the University of Padua. She has written 160 papers, of which 70 have appeared in English peer-review journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, Circulation, Journal of the American College of Cardiology and American Journal of Pathology. She has given nearly 300 personal lectures and communications at scientific meetings and is co-author of two monographs. She is a fellow and member of Società Italiana di Cardiologia, Gruppo di Studio Italiano di Patologia Cardiovascolare, the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology, the European Association for Cardiovascular Pathology and European Society of Cardiology (ESC). She has been awarded 10 national and international prizes. Professor Basso graduated with a degree in medicine from the University Medical School in Padua in 1990 and then undertook postgraduate courses in cardiology and a PhD in cardiological sciences.