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Prof. Josanne Vassallo
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Professor Josanne Vassallo

(nee' Spiteri Grech J)

1.    Bartlett JMS, Spiteri-Grech J & Nieschlag E. Regulation of insulin-like growth factor-I and stage-specific levels of epidermal growth factor in stage-synchronized rat testes. Endocrinology 127:747-758, 1990.

2.    Spiteri-Grech J, Bartlett JMS & Nieschlag E. Hormonal regulation of epidermal growth factor and insulin-like growth factor-I in adult male hypophysectomized rats treated with ethane dimethane sulphonate. J Endocr 129:109-117, 1991.

3.    Spiteri-Grech J, Bartlett JMS & Nieschlag E. Regulation of testicular insulin-like growth factor-I in pubertal growth-hormone deficient male rats. J Endocr 131:279-385,1991.

4.    Spiteri-Grech J & Nieschlag E. The role of GH and IGF-I in the regulation of male reproductive function. In: Proceedings of the 3rd International hGH symposium, Sorrento, Italy. Hormone Research 38 (Suppl 1) 22-27,1992.

5.    Nieschlag E, Behre HM, Weinbauer GF, Gudermann Th, Simoni M, Spiteri-Grech J & Cooper TG. Report of the 7th European Workshop on Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology of the Testis. Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology 87 R25-R42,1992.

6.    Spiteri-Grech J, Weinbauer GF, Bolze P, Chandolia RK, Bartlett JMS & Nieschlag E. Effect of FSH and testosterone on testicular insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) content and specific germ cell populations in GnRH antagonist treated rats. J Endocr 137:81-89,1993.

7.    Spiteri-Grech J & Nieschlag E. Paracrine factors of relevance in the regulation of the seminiferous epithelium. A Review. J Reprod Fertil 98:1-14, 1993.

8.    Lerchl A, Keck C, Spiteri-Grech J & Nieschlag E. Diurnal variations in scrotal temperature of normal men and patients with varicocoele before and after treatment. Int J Androl 16:195-200,1993.

9.    Keck C, Khan SA, Rommerts FFG, Spiteri-Grech J, Sharma OP & Nieschlag E. The stimulation of rat Leydig cell steroidogenesis by human ovarian Steroidogenesis-Inducing Protein (SIP) may not require endogenous cAMP. Exp Clin Endocrinol 101:94-100,1993.

10.    Gunsalus GL, Porto CS, Xie YB, Sui YP, Spiteri-Grech J, Takeda M & Bardin CW. Evidence that extracellular androgen binding proteins are signal transducers. Proceedings of the Serono Symposium on Molecular and Cellular Biology of the Testis, Mallorca, Spain, Sept 1994.

11.    Cordina M, Vassallo J, Fenech AG, Ellul Micallef R, Cacciottolo JM Asthma medication, lung function and anxiety levels European Respiratory Journal 01/2005; 26:44s
12.    Cordina M, Vassallo J, Fenech AG, Ellul-Micallef R, Azzopardi J, Cacciottolo JM. The degree of adherence to inhaled glucocorticoid therapy in asthma and potential predictors of barriers to adherence Pharmacy Education 01/2004; 3(4-4):217.

13.    Vassallo J (2007) Pathogenesis of Obesity Journal of the Malta College of Pharmacy Practice. Issue 12 Nutrition supplement. pp19-22.

14.    Debono M, Cachia E, Cassar A, Calleja N, Mallia M, Vassallo J (2007) Is erectile dysfunction a sentinel symptom for cardiovascular autonomic neuropathy in patients with Type II Diabetes? Andrologia 2008: 40; 1-6

15.    Abela AG, Magri CJ,  Debono M, Calleja N, Vassallo J, Azzopardi J Audit of the management of patients admitted with diabetic ketoacidosis at St Luke’s Hospital. Malta Medical Journal, 2008: 20; 16-21

16.    Cordina M, Fenech A, Vassallo J, Cacciottolo JM  Anxiety and the management of asthma in an adult out patient population. Therapeutic advances in Respiratory Medicine, 2009: 3: 227-233

17.    Cacciottolo JM, Jones C, Vassallo J, Cordina M The final examination in medicine at the University of Malta: Candidates perspectives Malta Medical Journal 01/2009; 21s:62

18.    Captur G, Micallef Grimaud L, Betts A, Degaetano J, Attard A and Vassallo J. Parathyroid Carcinoma: Clinical Course, Diagnosis and Management Malta Medical Journal 2010: Vol 22 :02:25-30

19.    Magri CJ, Calleja N, Buhagiar G, Fava S, Vassallo J Predictors of Vibration Perception Threshold in Type 2 Diabetic Patients with Proliferative Retinopathy Postgrad Med J 2011;87:658-663

20.    Magri CJ, Calleja N, Buhagiar G, Fava S, Vassallo J Factors associated with Diabetic Nephropathy in Subjects with Proliferative Retinopathy. Int Urol Nephrol 2012; 44:197-206

21.    Formosa R, Gruppetta M, Falzon S, Santillo G, Xuereb-Anastasi A, Degaetano J, Vassallo J Expression and clinical significance of wnt players and survivin in pituitary tumours.. Endocrine Pathology 2012;23(2):123-131

22.    Mercieca C, Gruppetta M, Vassallo J Epidemiology, treatment trends and outcomes of acromegaly  Eur J Intern Med 2012 Aug 22 PMID: 22921824 E pub ahead of print

23.    Savona Ventura S, Vassallo J, Marre M, Karamanos B Hyperglycaemia in pregnancy in Mediterranean women Acta Diabetologica DOI 10/1007/S00592-012-0427-9 9 online first
24.    Magri CJ, Calleja N, Buhagiar G, Fava S, Vassallo J. Ankle-brachial index in a type 2 diabetic population with proliferative retinopathy: associated risk factors and complications. International Angiology (2012) Vol 30 No 1 (in press)

25.    Muscat M, Brincat M, Degaetano J, , Vassallo J, Calleja Agius J An unusual case of calciphylaxis – a case report Gynaecological Endocrinology, 2012; Early Online: 1–2 ISSN 0951-3590 print/ISSN 1473-0766 onlineDOI: 10.3109/09513590.2012.705388

26.    Savona-Ventura C, Vassallo J,  Marre M, Karamanos B. A composite risk assessment model to screen for gestational diabetes mellitus among Mediterranean women. Int J of Gyn Obs: 2013 Mar;120(3):240-4. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijgo.2012.10.016. Epub 2012 Dec 29

27.    Gruppetta M, Mercieca C, Vassallo J  Prevalence and incidence of pituitary adenomas: a population based study in Malta. Pituitary 12/2012 DOI: 10.1007/s11102-012-0454-0

28.    Savona Ventura C, Vassallo J, Karamanos B, Marre M.  Obstetric adiposity in the Mediterranean region. Reference: IJG7603 International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics Online publication complete: 9-APR-2013 DOI information: 10.1016/j.ijgo.2013.02.021

29.    Agius R, Vassallo J, Savona Ventura C. Transgenerational Metabolic Determinants of Fetal Birth Weight Exp Clin Endocrinology & Diabetes (2013) DOI 10.1055/s-0033-13451221

30.    Formosa R, Xuereb-Anastasi A, Vassallo J AIP regulates cAMP signaling and growth hormone secretion in GH3 cells. Endocrine Related Cancer DOI 10.1530/ERC-13-0043

31.    Savona Ventura C, Vassallo J, Marre M, Karamanos B Third trimester composite screening protocol for Gestational Dianetes Mellitus Diabetes Care DC 13-0936

Reviews and Educationally Relevant Publications

32.    Vassallo P & Spiteri-Grech J. Ultrasonography of the scrotum. In: Endocrine Imaging. Eds: Higgins C & Auffermann W. Chapter 9, pgs 253-267,1993. Springer-Verlag.

33.    Spiteri-Grech J. “The Male Factor” - A Critical Look at Male Infertility. In: Reproductive Endocrinology in a Primary Health Care Setting, Harvard Medical School, Department of Continuing Medical Education and Massachusetts General Hospital. November 3-5, 1994. Campus Services, Publications Department, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

34.    Spiteri-Grech J. New Approaches in Male Contraception. In: Reproductive Endocrinology in a Primary Health Care Setting, Harvard Medical School, Department of Continuing Medical Education and Massachusetts General Hospital. November 3-5, 1994. Campus Services, Publications Department, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

35.    Spiteri-Grech J. Disorders of male reproduction. In: A Review of Endocrinology - Diagnosis and Treatment.,. October 11-15, 1995 Chapter 39 pgs 785-796. The Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences, Inc. at the National Institutes of  Health Bethesda, Maryland, USA.

36.    Vassallo J 2007 Exploring and developing links between medical education and research Report of the Thematic Network Medical Education in Europe, Member Task Force 5: Research and Medical Education.

37.    Integrating the Research Component in Medical Education in Europe – The IRCOMED project of MEDINE2 Ed Vassallo J, Riley S, Van Schravendijk C and Maerz R.


38.    Vassallo J (2004) Academic Medicine: Can We Afford to Ignore this Ailing Entity? Malta Medical Journal Vol 16(02);5-7

39.    Vassallo J (2004) Career Options in Medicine Malta Medical Journal Vol 16(04);7-9

40.    Vassallo J (2005) Our Medical School; Quo Vadis? Malta Medical Journal Vol 17(01); 5-6

41.    Vassallo J (2005) EU Accession – One Year Later Malta Medical Journal Vol 17(02); 5-6

42.    Vassallo J (2005) From Bench to Bedside and the Problem of ensuring Equity in Healthcare Malta Medical Journal 17(03); 5-6

43.    Vassallo J (2005) Our Raison D’Etre?  Malta Medical Journal Vol 17(04); 5-6

44.    Vassallo J (2006) The Evolution of our Medical School. Malta Medical Journal Vol 18(02); 5

45.    Vassallo J (2006) Medical Education and Healthcare Needs Malta Medical Journal Vol 18(03); 5-6

46.    Vassallo J (2006) Patient Safety and Healthcare Malta Medical Journal Vol 18(04); 5

47.    Vassallo J (2007) Structured Health Care Malta Medical Journal Vol 19(01); 5

48.    Vassallo J (2007) Medical Education: a process in evolution Malta Medical Journal Vol 19(02); 5

49.    Vassallo J (2007) Medical Research and Development Malta Medical Journal Vol 19(03); 5

50.    Vassallo J (2007) Brave New Hospital Malta Medical Journal Vol 19(04); 5

51.    Vassallo J (2008) Medical Education and the pursuit of Excellence – the quest for the Holy Grail?  Malta Medical Journal Vol 20(02); 5-6

52.    Vassallo J (2008) Challenges in Healthcare Provision. Malta Medical Journal Vol 20(03): 5

53.    Vassallo J (2008) One year later. Malta Medical Journal Vol 20(04): 5

54.    Vassallo J (2009) Medical Education in Malta: an update. Malta Medical Journal Vol 21(02): 5

55.    Vassallo J (2009) The Bologna Process and the Reform of Medical Education. Malta Medical Journal Vol 21 (03): 5

56.    Vassallo J (2009) Research in Medical Education. Malta Medical Journal Vol 21(04): 5

57.    Vassallo J (2010) Quality healthcare, evidence based medicine and translational research. Malta Medical Journal Vol 23(01): 5-6

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