GSpine4 – Villafañe, Jorge Hugo


Currently I hold the role of principal investigator at IRCCS Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi, Milan, Italy. My role is management and coordination of the studies, (1. Design of the study, tracking treatments and interpretation of the results. 2. Write, submit and tracking a manuscripts. 3. Project completion reporting). My role in recent years has been focused on the clinical trials investigating the effectiveness of physical therapy in managing upper limb disorders. I have published more than 121 articles in peer-reviewed journals and is a member of editorial board from Eur J Phys Med Rehabil and J Exerc Rehabil. I received National Scientific Qualification (ASN) to the role of associate professor in the sector 06/N1, (BANDO D.D. 1532/2016), Italy. I received of the Italian Ministry of Health 2015 a grant as a Principal Investigator with an allocation of €152,447 and the 2013, “the best PhD student 2013-2014” at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain. In 2017, 1st INNOLABS Open Call, Innovative Health Solutions (N° 691556), “3TOOLing your Health: your therapist always with you” with Partner Investigator.


1. Berjano P, Villafañe JH, Lo Re D, Ismael M, Damilano M, Bertozzi L, Romanò CL, Drago L. Is propionibacterium acnes related to disc degeneration in adults? A systematic review. J Neurosurg Sci. 2016 Sep 7. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27603410.

2. Ortego G, Villafañe JH, Doménech-García V, Berjano P, Bertozzi L, Herrero P. Is there a relationship between psychological stress or anxiety and chronic nonspecific neck-arm pain in adults? A systematic review and meta-analysis. J Psychosom Res. 2016 Nov;90:70-81. doi: 10.1016/j.jpsychores.2016.09.006. Epub 2016 Sep 9. Review.

3. Villafañe JH, Valdes K, Berjano P, Wajon A. Clinical Update: Conservative Management of Carpometacarpal Joint Osteoarthritis. J Rheumatol. 2015 Sep;42(9):1728-9. doi: 10.3899/jrheum.150416. PubMed PMID: 26330130.

4. Bissolotti L, Isacco-Grassi F, Orizio C, Gobbo M, Berjano P, Villafañe JH, Negrini S. Spinopelvic balance and body image perception in Parkinson’s disease: analysis of correlation. Eur Spine J. 2015 Nov;24 Suppl 7:898-905. doi: 10.1007/s00586-015-4265-7. Epub 2015 Oct 6. PubMed PMID: 26441255.

5. Negrini S, Imperio G, Villafañe JH, Negrini F, Zaina F. Systematic reviews of physical and rehabilitation medicine Cochrane contents. Part 1. Disabilities due to spinal disorders and pain syndromes in adults. Eur J Phys Rehabil Med. 2013 Aug;49(4):597-609. Review. PubMed PMID: 24084418.

6. Bertozzi L, Valdes K, Vanti C, Negrini S, Pillastrini P, Villafañe JH. Investigation of the effect of conservative interventions in thumb carpometacarpal osteoarthritis: systematic review and meta-analysis. Disabil Rehabil. 2015;37(22):2025-43. doi: 10.3109/09638288.2014.996299. Epub 2015 Jan 5. Review. PubMed PMID: 25559974.

7. Bissolotti L, Gobbo M, Villafañe JH, Negrini S. Spinopelvic balance: new biomechanical insights with clinical implications for Parkinson’s disease. Eur Spine J. 2014 Mar;23(3):576-83. doi: 10.1007/s00586-013-3068-y. Epub 2013 Oct 27. PubMed PMID: 24162521; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3940782.

8. Pillastrini P, Ferrari S, Rattin S, Cupello A, Villafañe JH, Vanti C. Exercise and tropism of the multifidus muscle in low back pain: a short review. J Phys Ther Sci. 2015 Mar;27(3):943-5. doi: 10.1589/jpts.27.943. Epub 2015 Mar 31. Review. PubMed PMID: 25931765; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4395749.

9. Corbellini C, Trevisan CB, Villafañe JH, Doval da Costa A, Vieira SR. Weaning from mechanical ventilation: a cross-sectional study of reference values and the discriminative validity of aging. J Phys Ther Sci. 2015 Jun;27(6):1945-50. doi: 10.1589/jpts.27.1945. Epub 2015 Jun 30. PubMed PMID: 26180354; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4500017.

10. Villafañe JH. Does “time heal all wounds” still have a future in osteoarthritis? Clin Exp Rheumatol. 2018 May-Jun;36(3):513. Epub 2018 Feb 15. No abstract available. PMID: 29465356.