“This situation makes me appreciate both my role as a medical doctor, and as a scientist, but above all the mission and dedication to cure people.”
Francesco Loffredo joined the ICGEB to head the Molecular Cardiology Group in 2015. He is currently both Visiting Scientist, Molecular Cardiology Unit, ICGEB, Trieste, and Professor of Applied Medical Sciences, Università della Campania “L. Vanvitelli”, Naples, Italy.
Working on the front line at the “Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria“, of the University during the pandemic, and the “Ospedali dei Colli“, which includes the Monaldi and Cotugno Hospitals where the cardiology division and most of the COVID patients are hosted, respectively, he is attending the ICGEB Group Leaders’ meetings and providing clinical insights and therapeutic protocols where necessary.
Writing from Naples, he states, “It is a daily battle to cure and maintain contact with patients and transmit humanity and reassurance through the protective clothing, that both shields us from the virus, but that inexorably increases distance and amplifies fear.”
“I don’t deny also experiencing fear in certain moments, I have seen colleagues and nurses to whom I was close through our shared profession, but also through friendship, leave us. Being part of a united team gives you strength and in the end we shall win this battle.”
“I must say I am glad to have been directly involved, and feeling the warmth and support of the people in Trieste is a great help.”
On our side, we are extraordinarily proud to have Dr. Loffredo as our colleague.