Prof Picano graduated in 1981 from University of Pisa. He obtained PhD in Cardiovascular Pathophysiology in 1993. He was director of the Echocardiography Laboratory of the Institute of Clinical Physiology in Pisa (1997-2008), Scientific Director of Clinical Cardiology Montevergine (2003-2008) and General Director of the Institute of Clinical Physiology (2008-2014). He was named professor of cardiology (2013) and professor of medicine at University of Astana, Kazakhstan (2015). From 2015 until now he is Research Director of the Biomedicine Department of the Italian National Research Council. He is a clinical cardiologist with a strong background in cardiovascular imaging and multidisciplinary research. He published 525 papers in peer-reviewed journals (H-index=98 by Google Scholar). His book “Stress echocardiography” edited by Springer Nature is in its seventh edition (2023) and was translated into 6 languages.