After completing his clinical training in Cardiology, Prof. Massimiliano Gnecchi moved to the USA to work as a postdoctoral research fellow and research associate at Harvard and Duke University. During that time, he studied the mechanisms of action through which adult stem cells heal infarcted hearts. After winning a prestigious National Research Award, Prof. Gnecchi relocated to Italy and became an independent investigator. He is currently Associate Professor of Cardiology at Pavia University and Cardiologist at the Fondazione IRCCS San Matteo Pavia. He is the Director of the Research and Clinical Laboratories of the Department of Cardiology in Pavia. His current research interests are stem cell paracrine mechanisms, and use of iPSC for disease modelling and drug testing.