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Maria Pia Abbracchio
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STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: cellular pharmacology

Keywords: Alzheimer, degenerative diseases, drugs, multiple sclerosis, myocardal infarction, stroke, therapy

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

President in office of the Research Observatory of the University of Milan until 2017; President of the Filarete Foundation, Milan, since May 2016

Professional career

After graduating in Pharmacy at the University of Milan in 1979, she continued her studies through a specialization in Experimental Toxicology at the same university in 1984. In 1988 she obtained a PhD in Experimental Medicine in Rome. During her studies Maria Pia Abbracchio spent periods of training abroad: in 1980 she was Postdoctoral fellow of the Department of Pharmacology of the University of Texas of Houston, in 1992 she is "Honorary Research Fellow" of the London College University. At the same time she continued her training and research, first as a researcher, then as an assistant professor of Neuropsychopharmacology and finally in 1998 as an associate professor of Pharmacology at the University of Milan. Since 2002 she has been an extraordinary professor and since 2005 she has been a full professor of Pharmacology at the same university. She is currently responsible for a research group consisting of 12 young scientists at the same university.

Scientific results

Her scientific interests focus on the physiopathological roles of purines, universal signaling molecules that regulate growth, survival and cell differentiation. She identified a new purinergic receptor involved in the differentiation of stem cells still present in the adult brain and in the heart, and she is developing new therapeutic approaches that can, through this receptor, enhance the repair of damage present in acute degenerative diseases (stroke and brain trauma, myocardial infarction) and chronic (Alzheimer's, multiple sclerosis). In 2015, in an international study, Maria Pia Abbracchio and colleagues discovered how the anti-inflammatory drug for asthmatics "Montelukast" can stimulate neurogenesis and therefore help in cases of cognitive decline. Starting from previous studies that showed the greatest probability for patients with systemic infections of getting Alzheimer (a disease characterized by brain inflammation), the research group discovered a receptor (GPR17) present in stem-like cells of the brain that produce myelin, a substance that covers the nerves. The discovery of this receptor can also extended to the hippocampus (area of ​​the brain involved in the learning and memory process), and the research group showed that the administration of the anti-asthmatic drug, experienced on elderly mice, improves learning ability. Research on the GPR17 purinergic receptor offers hope even to patients with multiple sclerosis. While the drugs currently available intervene to block the progression of the disease, administer them with drugs that restart the damage repair action would cause the nervous system to produce new myelin and, sustaining nerve extensions with the growth substances present in myelin, the neuro-degeneration, that is typical of progressive forms and generates disabilities, could finally be avoided.

 

 

Editorial work and publications

She is the author of about 180 scientific publications, including:

 

(2016) Vigan F, Schneider S, Cimino M, Bonfanti E, Gelosa P, Sironi L, Abbracchio MP, Dimou L. GPR17 expressing NG2-Glia: Oligodendrocyte progenitors serving as a reserve pool after injury. Glia, 64(2):287-99.

(2015) Marschallinger J, Schäffner I, Klein B, Gelfert R, Rivera FJ, Illes S, Grassner L, Janssen M, Rotheneichner P, Schmuckermair C, Coras R, Boccazzi M, Chishty M, Lagler FB, Renic M, Bauer HC, Singewald N, Blümcke I, Bogdahn U, Couillard-Despres S, Lie DC, Abbracchio MP, Aigner L. Structural and functional rejuvenation of the aged brain by an approved anti-asthmatic drug. Nature Communications, 6:8466.

(2015) Fumagalli M, Bonfanti E, Daniele S, Lecca D, Martini C, Trincavelli ML, Abbracchio MP. The ubiquitin ligase Mdm2 controls oligodendrocyte maturation by intertwining mTOR with G protein-coupled receptor kinase 2 in the regulation of GPR17 receptor desensitization. Glia, 63(12):2327-39.

(2014) Zaratin P, Battaglia MA & Abbracchio MP. Nonprofit foundations spur translational research. Trends in Pharmacological Sciences, 35, 552–5.

(2011) Ceruti S, Villa G, Fumagalli M, Colombo L, Magni G, Zanardelli M, Fabbretti E, Verderio C, van den Maagdenberg AM, Nistri A, Abbracchio MP. Calcitonin gene-related peptide-mediated enhancement of purinergic neuron/glia communication by the algogenic factor bradykinin in mouse trigeminal ganglia from wild-type and R192Q Cav2.1 Knock-in mice: implications for basic mechanisms of migraine pain. Journal of Neuroscience, 31:3638-49.

(2011) Fumagalli M, Daniele S, Lecca D, Lee PR, Parravicini C, Fields RD, Rosa P, Antonucci F, Verderio C, Trincavelli ML, Bramanti P, Martini C, Abbracchio MP. Phenotypic changes, signaling pathway, and functional correlates of GPR17-expressing neural precursor cells during oligodendrocyte differentiation. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 286:10593-604.

(2009) Ceruti S, Villa G, Genovese T, Mazzon E, Longhi R, Rosa P, Bramanti P, Cuzzocrea S, Abbracchio MP. The P2Y-like receptor GPR17 as a sensor of damage and a new potential target in spinal cord injury. Brain. 132:2206-18.

(2009) Di Virgilio F, Ceruti S, Bramanti P, Abbracchio MP. Purinergic signalling in inflammation of the central nervous system. Trends in Neurosciences, 32:79-87.

(2006) Abbracchio MP, Burnstock G, Boeynaems JM, Barnard EA, Boyer JL, Kennedy C, Knight GE, Fumagalli M, Gachet C, Jacobson KA, Weisman GA. International Union of Pharmacology LVIII: update on the P2Y G protein-coupled nucleotide receptors: from molecular mechanisms and pathophysiology to therapy. Pharmacological Reviews, 5:281-341.

(2006) Ciana P, Fumagalli M, Trincavelli ML, Verderio C, Rosa P, Lecca D, Ferrario S, Parravicini C, Capra V, Gelosa P, Guerrini U, Belcredito S, Cimino M, Sironi L, (2006) Tremoli E, Rovati GE, Martini C, Abbracchio MP. The orphan receptor GPR17 identified as a new dual uracil nucleotides/cysteinyl-leukotrienes receptor. EMBO Journal, 25:4615-27.

 

 

Awards and prizes

Among the many awards received, she was nominated "Highly cited scientist" by Thomson Reuters, a definition based on the number of citations obtained in the international scientific literature that identifies scientists who are authors of the most influential publications in the world in their field (less than 0.5% of all researchers). In 2014 she was awarded the title of Commander of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic. In 2016 she was appointed "in the name of her Majesty" Filippo VI Foreign Member of the Royal Academy of Pharmacy of Spain, and since the same year she has also been member of the Academia Europea.

Adriana Albini
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STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: biochemistry, cancer research

Keywords: angiogenesis, basic research, biological therapies, chemoprevention, gene therapies, immunology, microenvironment, test tube metastases, translational research

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Responsible for oncology research at IRCCS MultiMedica

Professional career

After graduating in organic chemistry at the University of Genoa in 1979, Adriana Albini specialized in oncology both in Italy and abroad. She worked at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Munich and for the American Institute of Health. Back to Italy she directed the scientific laboratory of Molecular Oncology of the National Institute for Cancer Research, where she was then Scientific Vice Director and Director of the Department of Translational Oncology. In 2002 she obtained the suitability for university teaching and was head of the "Research and Statistics Infrastructure" Department of the Santa Maria Nuova Arcispedale in Reggio Emilia. Today Adriana Albini is the manager of the Vascular Biology and Angiogenesis Laboratory of IRCCS MultiMedica, in Sesto San Giovanni (MI) and is Scientific Director of Fondazione MultiMedica Onlus. Adriana Albini has never stopped conducting scientific research, her main fields of interest are: vascular biology, invasion and metastasis, angiogenesis, microenvironment, chemoprevention, immunopathogenesis linked to AIDS and associated tumors to AIDS and gene therapy with cytokines (polypeptide mediators that allow communication between the immune system and cells of other organs).

Scientific results

Adriana Albini has devoted most of her scientific and educational career to Experimental Oncology. Through translational research (a particular discipline that allows scientific findings to be converted into applicative therapies) she succeeded in developing new therapies in the field of angiogenesis. The "test tube metastasis" technique, which still allows new discoveries all over the world, has her name. Her interests do not stop just at translational research, in fact she is also involved in issues such as the prevention in the context of chronic degenerative diseases, including through her role as President of the Scientific Committee of the Women's Health Observatory.

 

 

Editorial work and publications

Adriana Albini is a member of the editorial board of the most important international oncology journals, including Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Cancer Research and Carcinogenesis. She is involved in scientific communication and is enrolled in the journalists’ association. She is the author of more than three hundred scientific publications, including:

 

(2016) Albini A, DeCensi A, Cavalli F, Costa A. Cancer Prevention and Interception: A New Era for Chemopreventive Approaches. Clinical Cancer Research, 22:4322-7.

(2015) Albini A, Cavuto S, Apolone G, Noonan DM. Strategies to Prevent "Bad Luck" in Cancer. Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 107.

(2014) Dallaglio K, Bruno A, Cantelmo AR, Esposito AI, Ruggiero L, Orecchioni S, Calleri A, Bertolini F, Pfeffer U, Noonan DM, Albini A. Paradoxic effects of metformin on endothelial cells and angiogenesis. Carcinogenesis, 35:1055-66.

(2014) Bruno A, Ferlazzo G, Albini A, Noonan DM. A Think Tank of TINK/TANKs: Tumor-Infiltrating/Tumor-Associated Natural Killer Cells in Tumor Progression and Angiogenesis. Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 106.

(2012) Albini A, Tosetti F, Li VW, Noonan DM, Li WW. Cancer prevention by targeting angiogenesis. Nature Reviews Clinical Oncology, 9:498-509.

(2010) Cammarota R, Bertolini V, Pennesi G, Bucci EO, Gottardi O, Garlanda C, Laghi L, Barberis MC, Sessa F, Noonan DM, Albini A. The tumor microenvironment of colorectal cancer: stromal TLR-4 expression as a potential prognostic marker. Journal of Translational Medicine, 8:112.

(2010) Albini A, Pennesi G, Donatelli F, Cammarota R, De Flora S, Noonan DM. Cardiotoxicity of anticancer drugs: the need for cardio-oncology and cardio-oncological prevention. Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 102:14-25.

(2010) Albini A, Noonan DM. The 'chemoinvasion' assay, 25 years and still going strong: the use of reconstituted basement membranes to study cell invasion and angiogenesis. Current Opinion in Cell Biology, 22:677-89.

(2007) Albini A, Sporn MB. The tumour microenvironment as a target for chemoprevention. Nature Reviews Cancer, 7:139-47.

(2007) Albini A, Benelli R. The chemoinvasion assay: a method to assess tumor and endothelial cell invasion and its modulation. Nature Protocols, 2:504-11.

 

Awards and prizes

She is a member of the editorial board of the most important international oncology journals, including Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Cancer Research and Carcinogenesis. She is involved in scientific communication and is registered with the journalists. Adriana Albini is also the author of novels, short stories and poems. She practices fencing in Masters at a competitive level: European Silver 2015 and Italian Silver 2016 by Sword. She received the "Firenze Donna" award for the scientific research sector in 2000, the Amelia Earhart award in 2004, and the Berlucchi award in 2007. In 2010 she received the Hippocratic Award Section "The Researcher". Thanks to her "test tube metastases" technique, she was awarded by John Hopkins University and the Nih (National Institutes of Health in America) "Alternative to Animal Testing". Furthermore in 2013 Adriana Albini won the ITWIIN Award (Italian Association of Women Inventors and Innovators) for the Best Inventor and Innovative Woman in the High Education category, the following year the “Women who made it” Award assigned by the councilor to Equal Opportunities in Brescia and in 2015 the EUWIIN Award (European Network of Inventory and Innovative Women).

 

Patrizia Azzi
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STEM area: Physics

Competences: elementary particle physics, nuclear physics

Keywords: particle physics, top quark

Region: Veneto


Position/Role

Staff researcher for INFN(Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare), Italy, Section of Padua

 

Professional career

After completion of her Physics Diploma at the University of Padua in 1992, she pursued a PhD in Physics in 1996. Immediately after she wins a grant for continuing her studies as a post-doctoral scientist at the INFN Section in Padua. In 2008, 2012 and 2014 is awarded several grants for collaboration as a Scientific Associate at the CERN laboratory in Geneva(CH) and the Fermilab National Laboratory in Chicago (USA). Currently she is leading studies for the prospects physics measurements in the context of future projects for new particle colliders to be realised after the end of the LHC. 

Scientific results

In 1996, as a member of the CDF collaboration, observes for the first time the decay of the top quark (the heaviest fundamental particle in the Standard Model) and measures its production rate and and mass developing original analysis methods of background estimate from real data. In 2004 becomes a member of the CMS collaboration at the LHC of CERN laboratory in Geneva (CH). She has participated to the discovery of the Higgs boson in the role of responsabile of the data quality to be used for the analysis. Throughout her career Patrizia Azzi has focused her interest on particle physics and their properties to explain the fundamental law of physics. Azzi has been also coordinating several research projects: from 2002-2004 she has been leading the Top physics group for the CDF collaboration at Fermilab to plan and realise the measurements of the top quark properties during the Run 2 of the Tevatron collider, coordinating a group of about 200 physicist from all countries. As a member of the CMS experiment she has been coordinating various groups, among which the "Physics Performance and Dataset" that insured the data quality for physics in 2012/2013 and the physics group "B2G" that focuses on searches for new physics beyond the Standard Model in 2014/15. Currently she is leading the physics group that studies the future prospects for the project High Luminosity LHC that will start in 2024. 

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Patrizia Azzi is also an active proponent of the Future Circular Collider project (FCC) where she studies in particular the potential for the most precise measurement of the top quark mass at a new lepton collider.

 

Editorial work and publications

She is author of vaste number of publication national and international, we quote here some of the most relevant: 


(2016) CMS Collaboration, Khachatryan S, [...] Azzi P, et al. Search for vectorlike charge 2/3 T quarks in pp collisions at √s=8 TeV.Physical Review D, 93:012003. 
(2014) CMS Collaboration. Search for top-quark partners with charge 5/3 in the same-sign dilepton final state.Physical Review Letters, 112:171801. 
(2014) Bicer M, [...] Azzi P, et al. First Look at the Physics Case of TLEP. The Journal of High Energy Physics, 01:164. 
(2012) The CMS Collaboration. Observation of a new boson at a mass of 125 GeV with the CMS experiment at the LHC.Physics Letters B, 716:30-61. 
(2009) CMS Tracker Collaboration, Adam W, [...] Azzi P, et al. Performance studies of the CMS Strip Tracker before installation.Journal of Instrumentation, 4. 
(1999) CDF Collaboration, Abe F, [...] Azzi P, et al. Measurement of the top quark mass with the Collider Detector at Fermilab.Physical Review Letters, 82:271-276. 
(1997) CDF Collaboration, Abe F, [...] Azzi P, et al. First observation of the all hadronic decay of t pairs. Physical Review Letters, 79:1992-1997. 
(1995) CDF Collaboration, Abe F, [...] Azzi P, et al. Observation of top quark production in p collisions. Physical Review Letters, 74:2626-2631. 
(1994) CDF Collaboration, Abe F, [...] Azzi P, et al. Evidence for top quark production in pcollisions at √s = 1.8 TeV.Physical Review Letters, 73:225-231. 
(1994) Amidei D, Azzi P, et al. The Silicon Vertex Detector of the Collider Detector at Fermilab. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A, 350:73-130.

Awards and prizes

2014-2015: Scientific Associate  at CERN(Switzerland)

2013 European Physical Society High Energy and Particle Physics Prize, for an outstanding contribution to High Energy Physics, awarded to the ATLAS and CMS collaborations, “for the discovery of a Higgs boson, as predicted by the Brout-Englert-Higgs mechanism” 

2012-2013     LHC Physics Center Fellow at Fermilab (USA)

 

2008-2009: Scientific Associateat CERN(Switzerland) 

 

Giulia Baccarin
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STEM area: Engineering

Competences: artificial intelligence, business innovation, energy, predictive maintenance

Keywords: ethics, support women in tech

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Co-founder MIPU

Professional career

Giulia Baccarin was born in 1981 in Dueville, Vicenza.  After getting a Master Degree in Biomedical Engineering and discovering her passion for predictive modelling, she spent the first years of her career in Japan working for a consultancy company and successfully completing the EU funded Executive Training Programme in Tokyo.  Back in Italy in 2008, she starts the Italian subsidiary of the engineering company I-care, today European Leader in Predictive Maintenance and Reliability. Meanwhile, pushed by a strong desire to promote and support the entrepreneurial spirit of young talents in Italy, she co-founded MIPU, a group of companies that bring artificial intelligence in Industry.

Scientific results

The solutions developed by MIPU focus on predictive analytics developed to optimize industrial processes and are today chosen by top companies in Italy and abroad.

Awards and prizes

Giulia won in 2016 the Gamma Donna award for youth and female entrepreneurship and in 2018 Fortune Italy award for “Most influent innovative women Under 40”. For over three years, Giulia is active in promoting a deep discussion about the role of ethics in artificial intelligence, diversity in programming communities and the jobless society on prestigious stages such as TedXRoma 2017, Wired Next Fest 2017, Wired Trends 2018, Wired Digital Days 2019, DIGITAL ITALY SUMMIT 2017.
 

Giovannella Baggio
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STEM area: Clinical sciences and nutrition science

Competences: gender medicine, geriatrics, gerontology

Keywords: environmental factors, female health, gender, gender-specific medicine, genes, health, longevity, metabolic diseases, women

Region: Veneto


Position/Role

Full Professor in Medicine. She is member elected of the Scientific Board of the International Society of Gender Medicine www.isogem.com.

Professional career

Professor Giovannella Baggio M.D. is specialized in Internal Medicine and in Endocrinology. From 1995 she is Full Professor in Medicine. She had the Chair of  Geriatrics and Gerontology in Sassari University, and from 2013 she had the first Chair in Italy of Gender Medicine in the University of Padua.   From 1999 to 2017 she was Chief of the Internal Medicine Unit of the University Hospital of Padua (Italy). Nowadays she is Senior Full Professor of the University of Padua. She is President of the National Research Centre of Gender Health and Medicine. She is member elected of the Scientific Board of the International Society of Gender Medicine www.isogem.com.

Editorial work and publications

Author of 260 scientific papers in international and national journal, co-editor of 6 monographs.

 

Valentina Bambini
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STEM area: Psychology and neurosciences

Competences: neurolinguistics, psicolinguitics

Keywords: communication, language

Region: Lombardy

Lucia Banci
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STEM area: Chemistry

Competences: chemistry, MRI

Keywords: copper transport in cells, iron, metal proteins, metals in biological systems, MRI, structural biology, vaccine design

Region: Tuscany


Position/Role

Lucia Banci is Professor of Chemistry at the University of Florence.

Professional career

She graduated in Chemistry at the University of Florence in 1978, and continued her training through various research periods abroad, mainly in the USA. She continued her academic career at the University of Florence, first as a researcher and in 1987 as Associate Professor. Since 1999 she is Full Professor of General and Inorganic Chemistry and, from 2011 to 2017, she has been Director of CERM (Magnetic Resonance Center) of the University of Florence. Lucia Banci is the Head of the Italian Core Center of the ESFRI Research Infrastructure Instruct-ERIC, and a member of the Instruct-ERIC Executive Committee and of the Council.

Scientific results

Lucia Banci has provided and is providing original and innovative contributions in structural biology and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) applied to biological systems. In particular, she has gained visibility as an international leader for the characterization of functional processes in living cells with atomic-level resolution. She applied and is applying this approach to the study of the processes responsible for the transport and use of metal ions, in particular copper and iron. She has developed innovative approaches for "in cell NMR", ie high resolution NMR in living cells, which allows the characterization of human proteins in living human cells at atomic resolution. Lucia Banci is contributing to the development and use of high resolution nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, a research field in which she has provided important theoretical and methodological advances. She has been active in research projects of structural genomics, in which she uses a "functional" approach, that is, she exploits the knowledge of the conformation of the biomolecules to understand their function and how it can be altered by mutations or other alterations. She has also been a pioneer in the development of an absolutely innovative approach for the rational design of highly effective vaccines, ie the structural vaccinology, based on the structural characterization of the antigens and their interaction with the antibodies.

Editorial work and publications

She has published about 400 research articles on peer reviewed journals with a total of 21.000 citations.

A few relevant publications:


(2018) Luchinat E, BanciL. In-Cell NMR in Human Cells: Direct Protein Expression Allows Structural Studies of Protein Folding and Maturation. Acc Chem Res., 51, 1550-1557.

(2016) Nuttle X, Giannuzzi G, Duyzend MH, Schraiber JG, Narvaiza I, Camponeschi F, Ciofi-Baffoni S, Sudmant PH, Penn O, Chiatante G, Malig M, Huddleston J, Benner C, Stessman HAF, Marchetto MCN, Denman L, Harshman L, Baker C, Raja A, Penewit K, Tang WJ, Ventura M, Antonacci F, Akey JM, Amemiya CT, Banci L, Gage FH, Reymond A and Eichler EE. Emergence of a Homo sapiens-specific gene family and the evolution of autism risk at chromosome 16p11.2. Nature, 536:205-209.

(2015) Banci L, Ciofi-Baffoni S, Gajda K, Muzzioli R, Peruzzini R and Winkelmann J. N-terminal domains mediate [2Fe-2S] cluster transfer from glutaredoxin-3 to anamorsin. Nature Chemical Biology, 11:772-778.

(2011) Scarselli M, Aricò B, Brunelli B, Savino S, Di Marcello F, Palumbo E, Veggi D, Ciucchi L, Cartocci E, Bottomley M.J, Malito E, Lo Surdo P, Comanducci M, Giuliani M.M, Cantini F, Dragonetti S, Colaprico A, Doro F, Giannetti P, Pallaoro M, Brogioni B, Tontini M, Hilleringmann M, Nardi-Dei V, Banci L, Pizza M. & Rappuoli R, Rational design of a meningococcal antigen inducing broad protective immunity. Science Translational Medicine, 3:91ra62.

(2010) Banci L, Bertini I, Ciofi-Baffoni S, Kozyreva T, Zovo K & Palumaa P. Affinity gradients drive copper to cellular destinations. Nature, 465:645-648

Awards and prizes

During her career she has received prizes and awards, among which the IUPAC "Distinguished Women in Chemistry" award and the "Fiorino d’Oro della Città di Firenze" Gold Medal of the City of Florence in 2015. In 2017 she received the “Instruct Bertini Award” for Integrated Structural Biology and the Premio Scienza Madre in 2018. She is a member of EMBO (European Organization for Molecular Biology) and is the Italian delegate at the Council of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL).

 

Anna Barbati
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STEM area: Natural and environmental sciences

Competences: forestry science

Keywords: biodiversity, remote sensing, resilience

Region: Lazio


Position/Role

Associate Professor in Forest Planning and Silviculture at the University of Tuscia (Viterbo, Italy).

Professional career

Associate Professor at DIBAF (Department for Innovation in Biological, Agro-food and Forest systems) of the University of Tuscia since 2016, she is currently Project Coordinator of the EU-funded project PREVAIL (PREVention Action Increases Large fire response preparedness), and Principal Investigator of the projects REFORM (Increasing resilience of forest mixtures) and FREShLIFE (Demonstrating Remote Sensing integration in sustainable forest management). From 2010 to 2016 Assistant professor at the Department for Innovation in Biological, Agro-food and Forest systems (DIBAF) of the University of Tuscia. 

She holds a Degree in Forest Science at the University of Florence (1996) and a Professional Master in “Remote sensing and natural resources evaluation” from the Istituto Agronomico per l’Oltremare (Florence) (1997); a PhD in Forest Economics and Planning from the University of Florence (2001) and a II level Master Degree in “Landscape ecology and environmental planning” from La Sapienza University of Rome (2007).

Scientific results

Her main research interests concern the application of (satellite and drone) remote sensing and forest sampling strategies to forest resources monitoring. As consultant for the UNECE/FAO Timber Section and European Environment Agency, she contributed to the development of the European Forest Types, a forest classification framework for reporting on indicators of sustainable forest management in Europe.

She has participated in three national and international research projects on the topic of wildfire management in the Mediterranean region, where she tested remote sensing technologies (multispectral optical data and LIDAR) for mapping forest fuel types, as a means to support fire behaviour modelling through computer-based simulators. She has also been working on understanding the relationships between frequency and recurrence of forest fires and fuel and landscape determinants of fire ignition and propagation, in order to support decision-making on forest fire risk prevention on a large-scale through fuel management interventions. Other recent research interests include the interactions between biodiversity (number of forest tree species and forest ecosystem structure heterogeneity), ecosystem services (wood and non-wood products, forest biomass, carbon sequestration, habitat provision) and forest resilience to climate change.

Editorial work and publications

She is the author of some100 scientific and technical publications, among others:

 

 

[2018] Bagaram M.B.1, Giuliarelli D., Chirici G., Giannetti F., Barbati A. UAV Remote Sensing for Biodiversity Monitoring: Are Forest Canopy Gaps Good Covariates? Remote Sensing, 10, 1397.

[2018] Barbati A, Scarascia Mugnozza G, Ayan S, Blasi E, Calama R, Canaveira P, Cicatiello C, Collalti A, Corona P, del RíoM, DucciF, PeruginiL. Adaptation and mitigation. In: FAO and Plan Bleu. 2018. State of Mediterranean Forests 2018. Food and Agriculture Organization of theUnited Nations, Rome and Plan Bleu, Marseille: 128-146

[2015] Barbati A, Corona P, D’amato E, Cartisano R. Is Landscape a Driver of Short-term Wildfire Recurrence? LANDSCAPE RESEARCH, 40 (1): 99-108. 

[2014] Corona P, Ferrari B, Cartisano R, Barbati A. Calibration assessment of forest flammability potential in Italy. IFOREST, 7: 300-305

[2014] Barbati A, Marchetti M., Chirici G., Corona P. European Forest Types and Forest Europe SFM indicators: Tools for monitoring progress on forest biodiversity conservation.FOREST ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT, 321: 145-157

[2013] Chiriacò MV, Perugini L, Cimini D, D’Amato E, Valentini R, Bovio G, Corona P, Barbati A (2013). Comparison of approaches for reporting forest fire-related biomass loss and greenhouse gas emissions in southern Europe. THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF WILDLAND FIRE, 22(6): 730-738.

[2013] Barbati A, Chirici G, Corona P, Montaghi A, Travaglini D (2009). Area-based assessment of forest standing volume by field measurements and airborne laser scanner data. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF REMOTE SENSING, 30 (19): 5177-5194.

[2011] Corona P., Chirici G., McRoberts R.E., Winter S., Barbati A. Contribution of large-scale forest inventories to biodiversity assessment and monitoring. FOREST ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT, vol. 262, p. 2061-2069, ISSN: 0378-1127, doi: 10.1016/j.foreco.2011.08.044

 [2008] Lamonaca A, Corona P, Barbati A. Exploring forest structural complexity by multi-scale segmentation of VHR imagery. REMOTE SENSING OF ENVIRONMENT, vol. 112, p. 2839-2849, ISSN: 0034-4257

Awards and prizes

Coordinator of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) Unit 8.02.01 - Key factors and ecological functions for forest biodiversity and Member of the Italian Academy of Forest Sciences since 2010.

Ariela Benigni
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STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: molecular biology

Keywords: cell regeneration, kidney diseases, kidneys, kidney transplant, rejection, stamina cells

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Scientific Secretary of the Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research and Research Coordinator, Bergamo and Ranica (BG) site.

Professional career

After obtaining a degree in Biological Science from the University of Milan, she received her Ph.D. from the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands. She spent time abroad training and was then awarded a doctoral fellowship at the Centre Regional de Transfusion Sanguigne in Strasbourg, at Guy’s Hospital in London and at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Her research group focuses on regenerative medicine and studies whether stem cells can be used to treat acute and chronic kidney diseases, and how the kidney can repair itself.

Scientific results

Her research focuses on understanding how kidney diseases develop and on the mechanisms of progression that damage the kidney and lead to renal function decline. In the field of transplant rejection, she was among the first to successfully apply gene therapy through viral vectors to prevent the rejection of solid organ transplants without the need of immunosuppressants.

Between 2007 and 2012 she was a consultant for the WHO for a multicentre observational study on the predictive uses of angiogenic factors for the diagnosis of pre-eclampsia. In connection with this study, she was made a Senior Fellow at the University of Oxford, Nuffield Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, in 2007. She took part of the Visiting Committee of AERES – Agence d’Évaluation de la Recherche et de l’Enseignement Supèrieur – to evaluate scientists at the Hôpital Necker in Paris. She has been a Program Committee Member at the two most important international nephrology meetings (the World Congress of Nephrology, 2015, Cape Town, South Africa and the 2016 American Society of Nephrology Meeting, Chicago, USA). Since 2017 she has been a member of the Innovation and Discovery Task Force of the American Society of Nephrology.

Editorial work and publications

Ariela Benigni has been a member of a number of editorial committees for international scientific journals: Associate Editor at Kidney International, Journal of Nephrology, International Journal of Artificial Organs; and Academic Editor at Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Patents, PeerJ and Plos One. Since January 2015 she is the Editor in Chief of Nephron.

She is the author of over 290 scientific articles published in international scientific journals.

 

Awards and prizes

In 2012 she received the Merit Award from Bergamo City Hall for her contributions to science.

 

 

(2018) Ciampi O, Romano E, Benigni A, Tomasoni S. Generation of two isogenic iPS cell lines (IRFMNi002-A and IRFMNi002-B) from a patient affected by Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis carrying a heterozygous c.565G>A mutation in PAX2 gene. Stem Cell Research 33:175-179.

(2017) Perico L, Morigi M, Rota C, Breno M, Mele C, Noris M, Introna M, Capelli C, Longaretti L, Rottoli D, Conti S, Corna D, Remuzzi G, Benigni A. Human mesenchymal stromal cells transplanted into mice stimulate renal tubular cells and enhance mitochondrial function. Nature Communications 8:983.

(2016) Perico L, Conti S, Benigni A, Remuzzi G. Podocyte-actin dynamics in health and disease. Nature Reviews Nephrology,12:692-710.

(2015) Morigi M, Perico L, Rota C, Longaretti L, Conti S, Rottoli D, Novelli R, Remuzzi G, Benigni A, Sirtuin 3-dependent mitochondrial dynamic improvements protect against acute kidney injury. The Journal of Clinical Investigation, 125:715-726.

(2014) Benigni A, Gagliardini E, Remuzzi G, Abatacept in B7-1-positive proteinuric kidney disease. The New England Journal of Medicine, 370:1261-1263.

Ginestra Bianconi
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STEM area: Mathematics

Competences: applied mathematics, statistical mechanics

Keywords: applications to neural networks, cellular molecular networks, complex networks, complex systems, entropy, multilayer networks, network geometry, networks, non-equilibrium models, percolation, social networks

Region: ABROAD


Position/Role

Reader (Associate Professor) in Applied Mathematics and Head of the Complex Systems and Networks group at Queen Mary University of London, UK

Turing Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute, London UK

Professional career

In 1998 Ginestra Bianconi obtained a Laurea in Physics (equivalent to BSc and MSc) at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” and in 2002 she obtained a PhD in Physics at University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA. She has worked as Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Université de Fribourg, Fribourg, CH  (from 2002 to 2003) and at the International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste, Italy (from 2003 to 2009). In 2009 she was appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics at Northeastern University, Boston, USA. In 2013 she joined the School of Mathematical Sciences at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), London, UK where since 2015 she is Reader in Applied Mathematics. In 2018 she has been appointed Alan Turing Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute and Head of the Complex Systems and Networks group at QMUL.

Scientific results

Ginestra Bianconi’s research focuses on Network Theory,Applied Mathematics and Statistical Mechanics applied to Complex Systems. Networks describe the rich underlying structure of Complex Systems and are formed by the set of elements of the system (nodes) and the interactions among them (links). The most prominent examples of complex networks include the brain and social networks.

Ginestra Bianconi’s research activity in Network Theory is motivated by the urgent need to develop theoretical approaches that address the challenges posed by the complexity of real networks using innovative approaches at the frontier between Applied Mathematics and Statistical Mechanics. Among her most relevant results we mention the Bianconi-Barabási model. This model explains how networks such as the Internet or the World-Wide-Web evolve by establishing a map between the network evolution and the Bose-Einstein condensation, a quantum phenomenon occurring in a gas of Bose particles. Another notable research line of Ginestra Bianconi is the formulation of an information theory of networks based on entropy of network ensembles that can be used to solve inference problems. Recently the research activity of Ginestra Bianconi has focused on multilayer networks that describe systems formed by several interacting networks and on network geometry. Additonally, Ginestra Bianconi has several interdisciplinary collaborations with scientists in neuroscience and informatics and with economists.

Editorial work and publications

Ginestra Bianconi is Editor of Nature Scientific Reports, PloSOne and Entropy. She is author of the book

(2018) Bianconi, G, Multilayer Networks: Structure and Function(Oxford University Press)

 and she has published more than 140 scientific articles including


(2014) Bianconi G, Multilayer networks: Dangerous liaisons? Nature Physics 10: 712.

(2014) Boccaletti S, Bianconi G, Criado R, Del Genio CI, Gómez-Gardenes J, Romance M, Sendina-Nadal I, Wang Z, Zanin M, The structure and dynamics of multilayer networks. Physics Reports, 544(1):1-122.

 

(2009) Bianconi G, Pin P, Marsili M, Assessing the relevance of node features for network structure. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 106(28):11433-11438.

(2001) Bianconi G, Barabási A-L, Competition and multiscaling in evolving networks. Europhysics Letter, 54(4):436.

(2001) Bianconi G, Ginestra, Barabási A-L, Bose-Einstein condensation in complex networks. Physical Review Letters, 86(24):5632.

Awards and prizes

Ginestra Bianconi is member of the Network Science Society, the European Complex Systems Society, the London Mathematical Society, the European Physics Society and the European Women in Mathematics Society.

Elena Giovanna Bignami
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STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: anesthesia, intensive care, peri-operative medicine

Keywords: anesthesia, cardio-protection, halogenated, intensive care, protective ventilation, renal protection

Region: Emilia-Romagna


Position/Role

Ordinary Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Parma

 

Professional career

Graduated in 2000 in Medicine and Surgery at the University of Milan, in 2004 she achieves the Specialization in Anesthesia and Intensive Care at the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University.

In the same year she begins her career as a Medical Director at the Department of Anesthesia and Cardiosurgical Intensive Care at the San Raffaele Hospital in Milan. In addition to the clinical practice she does academic and research activity: she is a professor in the theoretical and practical course "Cardio-Protction" in 2007 and she begins the activity of correlator for the degree and specialization theses. Since 2011 she has been a contract professor at the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University for the School of Specialization Anesthesia and Intensive Care and Cardiac Surgery. In January 2014 she obtains the national scientific qualification, as second-level teacher and, in March 2017, the qualification for the first band. In December of the same year she becomes professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Parma.

Scientific results

Elena Bignami's research activity is mainly focused on Cardio-anesthesia, investigating the factors that can influence the outcome of the patient undergoing cardiac surgery, in particular renal, cardiac and respiratory protection. During her career, which has always supported clinical and academic activities, she participates in numerous international projects, including: The effect of isoflurane on myocardial infarction and mortality in cardiac and non-cardiac surgery. A metaanalysis of randomized controlled studies (2008), Role of endogenous Ouabaina as marker of renal damage in cardiac and vascular surgery (2015), CPBVent (Mechanical Ventilation during cardiac surgery) multicenter randomized controlled trial (2015), Expiratory flow limitation and mechanical ventilation during cardiopulmonary bypass in cardiac surgery (2016), Driving Pressure and EFL in Adult Cardiac Surgery (2017).

 

Editorial work and publications

Elena Bignami has contributed to the realization of the following anesthesia and intensive care therapy manuals:

Kirby, Taylor, Civetta (eds), Manual of Intensive Therapy, Italian edition edited by G. Torri, Delfino Editore, Rome, 2002; Church, Melissano, Zangrillo (eds), Thoraco-Abdominal Aorta Surgical and Anesthetic Management, Springer, 2010; De Gaudio, Romagnoli (eds), Neuromuscolar Blocking Agents, Springer, 2017.

She is the author of more than 150 scientific publications in national and international journals, including:

 

(2019) Bellini V, Petroni A, Palumbo G, Bignami E. DATA QUALITY AND BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGY. Anaesth Crit Care Pain Med. 2019 Jan 8.

(2018) Bignami E, Saglietti F, Di Lullo A.Mechanical ventilation management during cardiothoracic surgery: an open challenge. Ann Transl Med. 2018 Oct;6(19):380

(2018) Bignami E, Bellini V.Do We Need Specific Certification to Use Anesthesia Information Management Systems? Anesth Analg. 2018 Oct 30.

(2016) Bignami E, Guarnieri M, Saglietti F, Belletti A, Trumello C, Giambuzzi I, Monaco F, Alfieri O. Mechanical ventilation during cardiopulmonary bypass. Journal of cardiothoracic and vascular anesthesia, 30(6):1668-1675.

(2013) Bignami E, Casamassima N, Frati E, Lanzani C, Corno L, Alfieri O, Gottlieb S, Simonini M, Shah KB, Mizzi A, Messaggio E, Zangrillo A, Ferrandi M, Ferrari P, Bianchi G, Hamlyn JM, Manunta P. Preoperative endogenous ouabain predicts acute kidney injury in cardiac surgery patients. Critical care medicine, 41(3) 744.

(2010) Bignami E, Landoni G, Biondi-Zoccai, Boroli F, Messina M, Dedola E, Nobile L, Buratti L, Sheiban I, Zangrillo A. Epidural analgesia improves outcome in cardiac surgery: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Journal of cardiothoracic and vascular anesthesia, 24(4): 586-597.

(2009) Bignami E, Biondi-Zoccai G, Landoni G , Fochi O, Testa V, Sheiban Im Giunta F, Zangrillo A. Volatile anesthetics reduce mortality in cardiac surgery. Journal of cardiothoracic and vascular anesthesia, 23(5): 594-599.

 

PubMed indexed publications: 129

Scopus publications: 120

H index: 30

Cited times: 2855

Awards and prizes

In December 2017, she was honoured with the "Mimmo Mileto e Salvatore Filocamo" prize for research and scientific innovation. In 2015 she won as Principal Investigator the ESA Research Project Grant in 2016, with the project "VENTilation during Cardio Pulmonary Bypass (CPBVENT 2014) for cardiac surgery: a multicenter randomized controlled trial (N ° clinical trials NCT 02090205)".

The project "The effect of isoflurane on myocardial infarction and mortality in cardiac and non-cardiac surgery. A metanalysis of randomized controlled studies "of which she was Principal Investigator was the winner of the AIFA 2008 Notice for independent research on drugs.

In 2006, she won the prize "Lab Avant Garde How To Do A Research Today: FROM ANESTHESIA TO INTENSIVE THERAPY: WHAT TOMORROW?" with the project: "Effect of moderate hemodilution in Extra-Body Circulation on postoperative outcome in cardiac surgery patients".

Cristiana Bolchini
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STEM area: Engineering

Competences: computer engineering, computer technology, computing system architectures

Keywords: data management systems, ICT

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Professor in the area of Computing Systems at Politecnico di Milano, delegate for International Relationship with the Far East Asia, Vice-chair for Computer Science and Engineering in the Information Technology PhD Program.

Professional career

After graduating in Electronic Engineering from Politecnico di Milano in 1993, pursues a PhD in Automation and Computer Science Engineering in 1997. She became Assistant Professor in 1999, Associate Professor in 2003 and since 2015 is Professor in the area of Computing Systems at Politecnico di Milano.

Since 2016 she is Vice chair for Computer Science and Engineering in the Information Technology PhD Program, and is a member of the Committee since 2014. Since June 2017 she is a rector's delegate for International Relationship with the Far East Asia.

Scientific results

Cristiana Bolchini's scientific profile is two-fold as she started her research career in the Computer Architecture area, working within the field of Embedded System Design and Design Methodologies, and later extending her interests also to the Data Management area, with a focus on context-awareness.

More precisely, her main research activity has always focused on dependability aspects in computing/embedded systems, by defining methodologies and tools to implement and analyse systems able to autonomously detect the occurrence of hardware

faults and possibly tolerate their effects. While in the past this area of research was mainly attractive for highly (safety) critical environments (e.g., space and health), today dependability has become a major challenge also for traditional contexts, because of the pervasiveness of embedded/computing systems, playing an important role, together with performance and power consumption. As such, cutting edge research seeks solutions to implement systems able to autonomously adapt these aspects based on the working context and the requirements. These issues have been the main focus of an European funded project Cristiana Bolchini co-ordinated and successfully concluded in August 2016.

 

Sustainability in energy consumption is the other research area, achieved by monitoring and controlling buildings and managing the collected data, to identify how energy is used towards an increased user awareness, a key element for our society.

Editorial work and publications

She co-authored more than 140 scientific publications, among which:

[2017] C. Bolchini, A. Geronazzo, E. Quintarelli, Smart buildings: a monitoring and data analysis methodological framework. Elsevier Building and Environment, 121: 93-105.

 

[2017] M. H. Haghbayan, A. Miele, A. M. Rahmani, P. Liljeberg, A. Jantsch, C. Bolchini, H. Tenhunen, Can Dark Silicon Be Exploited to Prolong System Lifetime?. IEEE Design & Test, 34(2): 51-59.

 

[2017] C. Bolchini, L. Cassano, A Fully Automated and Configurable Cost-Aware Framework for Adaptive Functional Diagnosis. IEEE Design & Test 34(2): 79-86.

 

[2016] C. Bolchini, L. Cassano, A Novel Approach to Incremental Functional Diagnosis for Complex Electronic Boards. IEEE Trans. on Computers, 65(1): 42-52.

 

[2015] C. Bolchini, L. Cassano, P. Garza, E. Quintarelli, F. Salice, An Expert CAD Flow for Incremental Functional Diagnosis of Complex Electronic Boards. IEEE Trans. on Computer Aided Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems, 34(5): 835-848.

 

Awards and prizes

Cristiana Bolchini received two gifts from Cisco University Research Program Fund of Silicon Valley Community Foundation do finance her research on functional diagnosis of complex circuits. She served as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Emerging Topics in Computing and the IEEE Transactions on Computers journals.

Paola Bonfante
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STEM area: Natural and environmental sciences

Competences: plant biology

Keywords: agriculture, cultivation, mushrooms, plants, soil, soil biodiversity, symbiosis

Region: Piedmont


Position/Role

Paola Bonfante, Professor Emerita of Plant Biology, University of Torino Italy

Professional career

Paola Bonfante obtained the degree in Biology at the University of Torino in 1970 and followed a three-year formation period at CNR in the Centre of Soil Mycology, where she was enrolled as a researcher from 1973 to 1985. After a research period at the Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris (1980), she took a position of full Professor of Plant Biology at the University of Torino, Italy covering teaching, research and administration responsibilities (1985). She was head of a CNR research group, which was based in Torino (Centre of Soil Mycology, and later Group belonging to Plant Protection Institute) from 1995 to 2009; Head of the Department of Plant Biology from 2006 to 2011; Coordinator of the Ph.D. course in Biology and Biotechnology till 2013. During the years 1985 to 2018 she has lectured in the teaching courses of Natural Sciences, Biology, and Plant Biology Biotechnology. She has directed the Laboratories of Plant-microbe Interaction; Mycorrhizal Research, and Advanced Microscopy, heading projects and supervising undergraduates, Ph.D. students, and postdocs.  She has been and still is involved in many National and international Committees.

Scientific results

Paola Bonfante has spent a long part of her scientific activity studying the intimate interactions that occur between fungi and plants as well as between bacteria and fungi, using cellular and molecular approaches.  In this context, she has first described how plant cells accommodate mycorrhizal fungi following their penetration process, identifying novel structures (from the interfacial compartment to the so-called prepenetration apparatus), thanks to the use of different cellular approaches including immunocytochemistry.  Applying DNA technologies, early in the nineties, she provided contribution to the knowledge of mycorrhizal diversity in natural as well as in cultivated fields. She has discovered a group of endobacteria, which live inside mycorrhizal fungi and may modulate some of the functional traits of their fungal hosts. This contribution is a relevant part of a novel research field (Fungal-bacterial interactions). She joined many international projects focused to the genome sequencing of mycorrhizal fungi (from truffles to arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi). More recently, she has focused her attention to the role of mycorrhizal fungi as a crucial component of crop microbiota, where they act as biofertilisers and bioprotectors.

Editorial work and publications

Paola Bonfante has been editor of Fungal Biology, currently editor di Environmental Microbiology since 2013, member of the Editorial Board of journals, among which ISME Journal and New Phytologist. She acts as a referee for many journals (Science, Nature Microbiology; Trends in Plant SciencePlant CellPlant JournalPlant PhysiologyPlantaFungal Biology & Genetics,PNAS)as well as for scientific agencies(i.e.: Ministry Instruction and University, MIUR; National Science Foundation (NSF); French, Swiss, German, UK foundations)

She has signed more than 300 papers https://scholar.google.it/citations?user=WiJOKEQAAAAJ&hl=it

1. Scannerini S, Bonfante P. 1979. Ultrastructural cytochemical demonstration of polysaccharides and proteins within host–arbuscule interfacial matrix in an endomycorrhiza. New Phytologist 83: 87–94. The paper offered the first demonstration of the presence of  cell-wall related molecules  occurring at the interface between the host plant and an arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus. At the time in situ techniques based on the use of antibodies were not yet  available. Only later, monoclonal and polyclonal antibodies as well as gold-bound lectins and enzymes were used to detect specific molecules.

 2. A Genre, M Chabaud, T Timmers, P Bonfante, DG Barker, 2005 Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi elicit a novel intracellular apparatus in Medicago truncatula root epidermal cells before infection. The Plant Cell 17 (12), 3489-3499 The paper which describes a very early response of a plant host to the physical contact of an AM fungus but before its penetration, has been acknowledged as a relevant contribution in the field of plant- fungal interactions

3. P Bonfante, IA Anca, 2009 Plants, mycorrhizal fungi, and bacteria: a network of interactions Annual review of microbiology 63, 363-383. This often quoted review introduces the role of bacteria as relevant third components in mycorrhizal interactions.

4.  S Ghignone, A Salvioli, I Anca, et al., 2012 The genome of the obligate endobacterium of an AM fungus reveals an interphylum network of nutritional interactions The ISME journal 6 (1), 136-145. Starting from the observations of bacteria-like organisms living in the cytoplasm of AM fungi and from their, PB group offered the first genome sequence of an endobacterium living in  a fungus which lives inside a plant. This paper opened the way to many other papers describing the genomes of  fungal endobacteria

5.  M Chialva, A Salvioli, S Daghino, et al. 2018  Native soils with their microbiotas elicit a state of alert in tomato plants New Phytologist. Plants, like animals, have their own microbiota, which can have a powerful effect on their health.. The experiments illustrate how a natural microbiota bacteria raises the level of  the innate plant immunity

Awards and prizes

Fellow of Academy of Sciences of Torino (2000), Academy of Agriculture of Torino (2000)  Academia dei Lincei Rome (November 2011), Académie d'Agriculture de France (2018)

Award for Plant Biology 2010, Roma, June 2010

Award for the Award for the French Food Spirit- Science – Paris, December 16, 2010

She is in the list of:

1. Top Italian Scientists- Ranking 5 for the typology Natural sciences http://www.topitalianscientists.org/TIS_HTML/Top_Italian_Scientists_Natural_Environmental_Sciences.htm (H Index: 83, 

2. Highly Quoted Researchers, 2018 Clarivate Analytics, https://hcr.clarivate.com/

3. One hundred Italian Experts: http://100esperte.it/search?id=bonfante-paola-70

4. Member of Group 2003 https://www.gruppo2003.org

 

 

Daniela Bortoletto
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STEM area: Physics

Competences: experimental physics, quantum physics

Keywords: atlas, CERN, dark matter, fermilab, higgs boson, particle physics, top quark

Region: ABROAD


Position/Role

Head of Particle Physics at the University of Oxford (September 2018-to present)

Professional career

Daniela Bortoletto graduated in Physics from the University of Pavia, Italy in 1982. She earned her MA (1986) and PhD (1989) from Syracuse University. In 1989 she joined the Faculty of Purdue University as Postdoctoral Research Associate (1989-1992), Assistant Professor (1992-1995), Associate Professor (1995-2001), and Full Professor (2001). She became the Edward M. Purcell Distinguished Professor of Physics in 2010. In 2013 she joined the University of Oxford where she is now the Head of the sub department of particle physics. Daniela is passionate about increasing female participation in Physics and other sciences. She has enabled efforts aimed at giving young women the resources, motivation, and confidence to pursue careers in Physics. This includes the creation of the Purdue Women in Physics Organization, the development of Purdue Sciencescape, and leadership in the APS Conference Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP). She has taken CUWiP in the UK where the conference has been extraordinarily successful.

Scientific results

She has made important contributions to heavy flavour physics at CLEO (Cornell, USA) and CDF (Fermilab USA). She is a co-discoverer of the Higgs boson (CERN, 2012) and the top quark (CDF, Fermilab, 1995). She is currently studying the properties of the Higgs boson and searching for new physics at the LHC with the ATLAS experiment at CERN. She is also searching for new physics in very rare decays of muons with the mu3e experiment at the Paul Sherrer Institut. Daniela played an important role in the construction of the muon system for the CLEO detector, the SVX II silicon system for CDF, and the CMS Forward Pixel detector.  She was the US CMS Upgrade coordinator for over 7 years and led the activities of over 40 US Universities for the phase 1 and phase 2 upgrade of CMS. She is currently participating in the construction of the ATLAS ITK for the High Luminosity LHC, high voltage CMOS sensors, and ultra-radiation hard silicon sensors. She is the Deputy Scientific Coordinator of the Advanced European Infrastructures for Detectors at Accelerators (AIDA 2020)

Editorial work and publications

Editor of Nuclear Instrument and Methods. Author of over 1500 publications.

 

Awards and prizes

She is a fellow of the American Physical Society (2004), American Association for the Advancement of Science (2013) and the Institute of Physics (2015). She has received the Purdue University Ruth and Joel Spira for Excellence in Undergraduate Education (2004). She was awarded the Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship (1994), the Early Career Award of the US National Science Foundation (1997) and the US NSF Career Advancement Award (1994). She has been a member of the UK STFC grants panel (2018), the UK STFC Detectors Strategic Review Panel (2018), US Particle Physics Projects Prioritization Panel (P5, 2005-2007, 2008, 2010), the High Energy Physics Advisory Panel (HEPAP, 2005-2008) to the US DOE and NSF, and the Mathematical and Physical Science Advisory Committee (MPSAC, 2008-2014) to the NSF and the chair of the Fermilab Program Advisory Committee (2014-2017).

Giulia Bossi
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STEM area: Engineering

Competences: geotechnical engineering

Keywords: environment, hydrogeological risk, instability, landslides, risk management, territory

Region: Veneto


Position/Role

Research Fellow of the CNR-IRPI, Research Institute for Hydrogeological Protection, Section of Padua.

Professional career

After obtaining a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering in 2007 and a Master's Degree in Environmental and Land Engineering in 2010 at the University of Padua, in the same year she joined as a fellow the Research Institute for Hydrogeological Protection of Padua.. Also at the Research Institute she has been a research fellow since 2013 and at the same time continues her education with a PhD, awarded by the University of Bologna in Civil, Environmental and Materials Engineering in 2015.

 

Scientific results

Giulia Bossi is an expert in land mechanics and landslides. She is involved, among other things, in statistical analysis of the error associated with simplifications of the stratigraphic profile in the numerical model of landslides; simulations of runout for debris flows and rock avalanches, with reconstruction of the dynamics of past events and risk scenarios; the study of possible mitigation interventions for landslides; finally, analysis of slope stability, landslide monitoring data and risk quantification. During the PhD she developed a research in which she shew a new approach in geotechnical modeling that is based on the stochastic generation of different distributions of soil layers, according to a Boolean logic. This method has been applied to the analysis of stability of landslides in two-dimensional and three-dimensional models. Within the CNR-IRPI of Padua she contributes to the definition of the dynamics of large landslides distributed between Veneto, Alto Adige, Friuli Venezia Giulia and Argentina and manages the monitoring activity for landslides in Italy. As part of European projects, she participated on behalf of the CNR in the training of volunteers for natural risk management. She collaborated with the Ca 'Foscari University of Venice in a project for the modeling of the risk for impacts between birdlife and airplanes near airports, for which it manages the spatial database and participates in the definition of the model.

Editorial work and publications

Giulia Bossi is reviewer for scientific journals. She is the author of numerous national and international scientific publications including:

 

(2016) Bossi G, Mantovani M, Frigerio S, Schenato L, Marcato G, Pasuto A. A Monitoring Network to Map and Assess Landslide Activity in a Highly Anthropized Area. Geosciences (MDPI), 6, 40.

(2016) Bossi G, Zabuski L, Pasuto A, Marcato G. Capabilities of Continuous and Discontinuous Modelling of a Complex, Structurally Controlled Landslide. Geotechnical and Geological Engineering, 1-11.

 

(2016) Bossi G, Borgatti L, Gottardi G, Marcato G. The Boolean Stochastic Generation method - BoSG: A tool for the analysis of the error associated with the simplification of the stratigraphy in geotechnical models. Engineering Geology, 203:99–106.

 

(2016) Brezzi L, Bossi G, Gabrieli F, Marcato G, Pastor M, Cola S. A new data assimilation procedure to develop a debris flow run-out model. Landslides, 13(5):1083-1096.

 

(2015) Coccon F, Zucchetta M, Bossi G, Borrotti M, Torricelli P, Franzoi P. A land-use perspective for birdstrike risk assessment: The attraction risk index. Plos One, 10(6), e0128363.

 

(2015) Bossi G, Cavalli M, Crema S, Frigerio S, Quan Luna B, Mantovani M, Marcato G, Schenato L, Pasuto A. Multi-temporal LiDAR-DTMs as a tool for modelling a complex landslide: a case study in the Rotolon catchment (eastern Italian Alps). Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, 15:715-722.

 

(2014) Cortes Arevalo VJ, Charrière M, Bossi G, Frigerio S, Schenato L, Bogaard T, Bianchizza C, Pasuto A, Sterlacchini S. Evaluating quality of data collected by volunteers for first level inspection of hydraulic structures in mountain catchments. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, 14:2681-2698.

 

(2014) Frigerio S, Schenato L, Mantovani M, Bossi G, Marcato G, Cavalli M, Pasuto A. A Web-based platform for automatic and continuous landslide monitoring: the Rotolon case study. Computers & Geosciences, (63):96-105.

 

(2013) Bossi G, Frigerio S, Mantovani M, Schenato L, Pasuto A, Marcato G. Hazard assessment of a potential rock avalanche in South Tyrol, Italy: 3D modeling and risk scenarios. Italian Journal of Engineering Geology and Environment, 6: 221–227.

 

(2012) Marcato G, Bossi G, Rivelli F, Borgatti L. Debris flood hazard documentation and mitigation on the Tilcara alluvial fan (Quebrada de Humahuaca, Jujuy province, North-West Argentina). Natural Hazards and Earth System Science, 12(6):1873–1882.

 

Awards and prizes

In 2014 she was awarded the Ivo Rocchetti Award for the best presentation of a young researcher at the IX National Conference "GIT-Geosciences and Information Technologies" of Montefalco (PG), for the work Addressing ground lithological variability for numerical modeling through a stochastic approach: the Mortisa landslide case study. It is also a member of various scientific societies such as the International Association for Engineering Geology and the Environment (IAEG), the European Geosciences Union (EGU) and the Italian Association of Applied and Environmental Geology (AIGA).

 

Alba Brandes
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STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: oncology, pharmacologic research

Keywords: anticancer drugs, brain tumor

Region: Emilia-Romagna


Position/Role

Chief of Medical Oncology Department, AUSL / IRCCS Institute of Neurological Sciences

Professional career

In July 1981 Dr Brandes graduated in Medicine at the University of Padova with the Title "Polychemotherapy in the treatment of ovarian cancer".

She completed the fellowship in Medical Oncology with the dissertation titled "The chemotherapy and surgical combined treatment in small cell lung cancer”

She was visiting physician at the Radiotherapy Department of Royal Marsden, London, at the Oncology Department, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas, and at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York.

Thereafter she became the Chief of the Neuro-Oncology Unit in the Azienda Ospedale-Università, Padova.

Since 2006 she was the Chief of Medical Oncology Department, AUSL / IRCCS Institute of Neurological Sciences

She has been the global Principal Investigator in several clinical studies.

 

Scientific results

Dr Brandes is the Coordinator of the Italian Association of Medical Oncology guidelines for the treatment of brain tumors and provides an active contribution as an EMA Expert

She is Member of the Scientific Committee for the National Institute of the Cancer (INCa), for France, reviewer for oncology guidelines of Oncological Institute of Italian Switzerland (IOSI), Member of Response Assessment in Pediatric Neuro-Oncology (RAPNO), member of Immunotherapy Response Assessment in Neuro-Oncology (RANO), Member of the restricted group of the European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO) for brain tumors.

She has been also National and International coordinator for research projects of the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC)/National Cancer Institute of Canada (NCIC)

Since 2009 Dr Brandes serves as Referee and national expert for the national CME committee, evaluating scientific events and educations projects

Dr. Brandes was the Principal Investigator of the project "Role of MGMT methylation status at time of diagnosis and recurrence for patients with glioblastoma: exploratory analysis and clinical implications", funded by Fondazione Celeghin

She is a member of the regional group for rare tumors, member of the Oncology Committee of Emilia Romagna Region.

Dr Brandes is the clinical coordinator for the integrated care pathways for brain tumors for AUSL Bologna and is co-chair for the integrated care pathways for breast and lung cancers.

Editorial work and publications

Dr Brandes is the Author of many papers in peer reviewed international journals, including:

(2016) Baumert BG, Hegi ME, van den Bent MJ, von Deimling A, Gorlia T, Hoang-Xuan K, Brandes AA, Kantor G, Taphoorn MJ, Hassel MB, Hartmann C, Ryan G, Capper D, Kros JM, Kurscheid S, Wick W, Enting R, Reni M, Thiessen B, Dhermain F, Bromberg JE, Feuvret L, Reijneveld JC, Chinot O, Gijtenbeek JM, Rossiter JP, Dif N, Balana C, Bravo-Marques J, Clement PM, Marosi C, Tzuk-Shina T, Nordal RA, Rees J, Lacombe D, Mason WP, Stupp R. Temozolomide chemotherapy versus radiotherapy in high-risk low-grade glioma (EORTC 22033-26033): a randomised, open-label, phase 3 intergroup study. The Lancet Oncology. pii: S1470-2045(16)30313-8. doi: 10.1016/S1470-2045(16)30313-8. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 27686946

(2016) Reijneveld JC, Taphoorn MJ, Coens C, Bromberg JE, Mason WP, Hoang-Xuan K, Ryan G, Hassel MB, Enting RH, Brandes AA, Wick A, Chinot O, Reni M, Kantor G, Thiessen B, Klein M, Verger E, Borchers C, Hau P, Back M, Smits A, Golfinopoulos V, Gorlia T, Bottomley A, Stupp R, Baumert BG. Health-related quality of life in patients with high-risk low-grade glioma (EORTC 22033-26033): a randomised, open-label, phase 3 intergroup study. The Lancet Oncology. pii: S1470-2045(16)30305-9. doi: 10.1016/S1470-2045(16)30305-9. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 27686943


(2016) Schiffgens S, Wilkens L, Brandes AA, Meier T, Franceschi E, Ermani M, Hartmann C, Sandalcioglu IE, Dumitru CA. Sex-specific clinicopathological significance of novel (Frizzled-7) and established (MGMT, IDH1) biomarkers in glioblastoma. Oncotarget. doi: 10.18632/oncotarget.10465. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 27409829
(2016) Wick W, Gorlia T, Bady P, Platten M, van den Bent MJ, Taphoorn MJ, Steuve J, Brandes AA, Hamou MF, Wick A, Kosch M, Weller M, Stupp R, Roth P, Golfinopoulos V, Frenel JS, Campone M, Ricard D, Marosi C, Villa S, Weyerbrock A, Hopkins K, Homicsko K, Lhermitte B, Pesce G, Hegi ME. Phase II Study of Radiotherapy and Temsirolimus versus Radiochemotherapy with Temozolomide in Patients with Newly Diagnosed Glioblastoma without MGMT Promoter Hypermethylation (EORTC 26082). Clinical Cancer Research. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 27143690

 
(2016) Brandes AA, Finocchiaro G, Zagonel V, Reni M, Caserta C, Fabi A, Clavarezza M, Maiello E, Eoli M, Lombardi G, Monteforte M, Proietti E, Agati R, Eusebi V, Franceschi E. AVAREG: a phase II, randomized, noncomparative study of fotemustine or bevacizumab for patients with recurrent glioblastoma. Neuro Oncology, 18(9):1304-12. doi: 10.1093/neuonc/now035. PMID: 26951379

 
(2016) Brandes AA, Carpentier AF, Kesari S, Sepulveda-Sanchez JM, Wheeler HR, Chinot O, Cher L, Steinbach JP, Capper D, Specenier P, Rodon J, Cleverly A, Smith C, Gueorguieva I, Miles C, Guba SC, Desaiah D, Lahn MM, Wick W. A Phase II randomized study of galunisertib monotherapy or galunisertib plus lomustine compared with lomustine monotherapy in patients with recurrent glioblastoma. Neuro Oncology, 18(8):1146-56. doi: 10.1093/neuonc/now009. PMID: 26902851


(2015) Okada H, Weller M, Huang R, Finocchiaro G, Gilbert MR, Wick W, Ellingson BM, Hashimoto N, Pollack IF, Brandes AA, Franceschi E, Herold-Mende C, Nayak L, Panigrahy A, Pope WB, Prins R, Sampson JH, Wen PY, Reardon DA. Immunotherapy response assessment in neuro-oncology: a report of the RANO working group. The Lancet Oncology, 16(15): e534-42.


(2015) Pignata S, Lorusso D, Scambia G, Sambataro D, Tamberi S, Cinieri S, Mosconi AM, Orditura M, Brandes AA, Arcangeli V, Panici PB, Pisano C, Cecere SC, Di Napoli M, Raspagliesi F, Maltese G, Salutari V, Ricci C, Daniele G, Piccirillo MC, Di Maio M, Gallo C, Perrone F; MITO 11 investigators. Pazopanib plus weekly paclitaxel versus weekly paclitaxel alone for platinum-resistant or platinum-refractory advanced ovarian cancer (MITO 11): a randomised, open-label, phase 2 trial. The Lancet Oncolology,16(5):561-8. doi: 10.1016/S1470-2045(15)70115-4. Epub 2015 Apr 14. PMID: 25882986

 
(2015) Brandes AA, Bartolotti M, Marucci G, Ghimenton C, Agati R, Fioravanti A, Mascarin M, Volpin L, Ammannati F, Masotto B, Gardiman MP, De Biase D, Tallini G, Crisi G, Bartolini S, Franceschi E.New perspectives in the treatment of adult medulloblastoma in the era of molecular oncology. Critical Review in Oncology/Hematology, 94(3):348-59. doi: 10.1016/j.critrevonc.2014.12.016. Epub 2014 Dec 31. Review. PMID: 25600839

 
(2014) Brandes AA et al. Pattern of care and effectiveness of treatment for glioblastoma patients in the real world: Results from a prospective population-based registry. Could survival differ in a high-volume center?. Neuro-Oncology Practice, 1(4):166-171.

Awards and prizes

In 2001 she was Knighted with the title of Cavaliere della Repubblica by the President of the Republic of Italy for her activities in oncology research.

In 2012was named the 2012 Michael Gruson Lecturer in Neuro-Oncology and came to Weill Cornell Medical Center to make the Grand Rounds lecture. Of note it was the first time that an Italian researcher was awarded for the scientific contributes in the field of neuro-oncology

 

 

 

Maria Luisa Brandi
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STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: bone metabolism diseases, endocrinology, mineral metabolism diseases, rare diseases

Keywords: bone diseases, endocrinology, osteoporosis

Region: Tuscany

Maria Antonia Brovelli
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STEM area: Physics

Competences: geomatics

Keywords: cartography, digital cartography, geographic information systems, gps, remote sensing, territory

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Full Professor and former Vice Rector of Politecnico di Milano for the Como Campus.

Professional career

After obtaining a degree in Physics at the University of Milan in 1986, she continued her education with a PhD in Geodetic and Topographical Sciences that she obtained in 1991 at the Interuniversity Consortium of Milan, Turin and Pavia. From 1992 to 1994, she was Researcher at the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology, where she helped create the International Geoid Service (IGeS) of the International Geodesy Association (IAG) and became part of the IGeS Bulletin committee, becoming its chief editor. In 1994, she became a researcher at the Politecnico di Milano, and four years later an associate professor. In 1997, she founded and coordinated the Geomatics Laboratory at the Como Campus of the Politecnico di Milano. From 2006 to 2011, she was a lecturer of GIS at the Federal Polytechnic of Zurich (ETH). Since 2010, she has been Full Professor of Digital Mapping and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) at the Politecnico di Milano and from 2011 to 2016 she was Vice Rector of Politecnico for the Como Campus.

Scientific results

After obtaining a degree in Physics at the University of Milan in 1986, she continued her education with a PhD in Geodetic and Topographical Sciences that she obtained in 1991 at the Interuniversity Consortium of Milan, Turin and Pavia. From 1992 to 1994, she was Researcher at the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology, where she helped create the International Geoid Service (IGeS) of the International Geodesy Association (IAG) and became part of the IGeS Bulletin committee, becoming its chief editor. In 1994, she became a researcher at the Politecnico di Milano, and four years later an associate professor. In 1997, she founded and coordinated the Geomatics Laboratory at the Como Campus of the Politecnico di Milano. From 2006 to 2011, she was a lecturer of GIS at the Federal Polytechnic of Zurich (ETH). Since 2010, she has been Full Professor of Digital Mapping and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) at the Politecnico di Milano and from 2011 to 2016 she was Vice Rector of Politecnico for the Como Campus.

Editorial work and publications

Maria Antonia Brovelli is editor of the Applied Geomatics journal published by Springer, co-author of three textbooks on the statistical processing of data, of a volume on orthophotos, i.e. geometrically correct and georeferenced aerial and satellite imagery, and digital terrain models, and author of over 150 scientific publications including:

(2018) Brovelli MA, Zamboni G, A new method for the assessment of spatial accuracy and completeness of OpenStreetMap building footprints, ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information 7(8),289.

 

(2016) Brovelli MA, Minghini M, Zamboni G, Public Participation in GIS via Mobile Applications, ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing 114, pp. 306-315.

 

(2015) Brovelli MA, Molinari ME, Hussein E, Chen J, Li R. The First Comprehensive Accuracy Assessment of GlobeLand30 at a National Level: Methodology and Results. Remote Sensing, 7(4):4191-4212. 


(2008) Brovelli MA, Crespi M, Fratarcangeli F, Giannone F, Realini E. Accuracy assessment of high-resolution satellite imagery orientation by leave-one-out method. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 63(4):427-440. 


(2004) Brovelli MA, Cannata M, Longoni UM. LIDAR Data Filtering and DTM Interpolation Within GRASS. Transactions in GIS, 8(2), 155-174. 



Awards and prizes

In September 2015 she was awarded the Sol Katz Award 2015 for her contribution to Free Software and Open Source Geospatial during the FOSS4G 2015 conference in Seoul, South Korea. Maria Antonia Brovelli was one of the Directors of OSGeo (International GIS Open Foundation). She is  Chair of the working group IV / 4 "Collaborative Crowdsourced Cloud Mapping (C³M)" of the International Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS), member of UN-GGIM Italy, Chair of the "Capacity Building" working group of the United Nations "UN OpenGIS", Deputy chair and member of the International Task Team (single woman) with the task of supporting the United Nations for the geospatial aspects (UN-GGIM). She was co-organizer of the annual "Europa NASA World Wind Challenge" event, which involved students and professionals in developing applications based on the virtual globe of NASA. Finally, she is a member of ACEO, the Advisory Committee for Earth Observation (ACEO), which is the main interpreter of the views and needs of the European scientific community on access to space experimentation and data exploitation in Earth science programs.

Marta Burgay
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STEM area: Physics

Competences: astrophysics

Keywords: neutron stars, pulsar, relativity, space, stars

Region: Sardinia


Position/Role

Researcher at the Cagliari Astronomical Observatory of the Italian National Intitute for Astrophysics (INAF)

Professional career

After graduating in Astronomy at the University of Bologna in 2000, Marta Burgay continued her studies at the same university where she obtained her PhD in 2004. A few months later she became a researcher at the INAF - Cagliari Astronomical Observatory, where she works on compact objects (studying ultra-dense stars). In particular she is an expert in observations and studies of radio pulsars (one of the manifestations of the compact neutron stars, so called because they are observed through pulses of radiation appearing at short regular intervals). Since 2012 she is part of the scientific  team operating the new 64-m Sardinia Radio Telescope. She is also a member of the European and the International Pulsar Timing Array experiments for the detection of gravitational waves from supermassive black holes, and of the GRAWITA (GRAvitational Wave Inaf TeAm) collaboration to search for the electromagnetic counterparts of gravitational wave events.

Scientific results

The scientific activity of Marta Burgay is focused mainly on neutron star studies and in particular on observations and investigations of pulsars. Her name is linked to the important discovery of the binary system J0737-3039A / B, the first and, to date, the only system formed by two pulsars. Thanks to its many peculiarities, thisdouble pulsar represents a unique laboratory in several fields (nuclear physics, plasma physics, relativistic gravity...): in the field of general relativity, for example, the study of the times of arrival of the pulses of the two stars allowed her team to test the validity of the theory of general relativity with a precision of 99.95%. Continued observations of this system, still underway, will allow to further improve this limit and to test alternative theories of gravity.
Since 2008 Marta Burgay has been part of the High Time Resolution Universe Survey project for pulsars and transients searches, and since 2013 of the SUPERB survey (Survey for Pulsars and Extragalactic Radio Bursts). Thanks to these projects almost 200 new pulsars have been discovered, including more than 30 extremely fast rotating millisecond pulsars, a magnetar (a different type of neutron star with a huge magnetic field) emitting radio waves, a pulsar with a "diamond" planet, and a new class of transient sources, the Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs), of yet unknown origin.

Editorial work and publications

Marta Burgay is (co-)author of 140 refereed articles published in international journals (including 4 in Nature and 5 in Science) that have received a total of more than 9000 citations. She is (co-)author of 22 telematic scientific communications (Astronomer's Telegram, GCN Circulars) and (co-)author of 58 conference proceedings. She is editor in chief of a volume of conference proceedings.

[2016] Keane E F, Johnston S, Bhandari S, Barr E, Bhat NDR, Burgay M, Caleb M, Flynn C, Jameson A, Kramer M, Petroff E, Possenti A, van Straten W, Bailes M, Burke-Spolaor S, Eatough RP, Stappers BW, Totani T, Honma M, Furusawa H, Hattori T, Morokuma T, Niino Y, Sugai H, Terai T, Tominaga N, Yamasaki S, Yasuda N, Allen R, Cooke J, Jencson J, Kasliwal MM, Kaplan DL, Tingay SJ, Williams A, Wayth R, Chandra P, Perrodin D, Berezina M, Mickaliger M, Bassa C. The host galaxy of a fast radio burst, Nature, 530:453. [2013] Papitto A, Ferrigno C, Bozzo E, Rea N, Pavan L, Burderi L, Burgay M, Campana S, di Salvo T, Falanga M, Filipovic MD, Freire PCC, Hessels JWT, Possenti A, Ransom SM, Riggio A, Romano P, Sarkissian JM, Stairs I H, Stella L, Torres DF, Wieringa MH, Wong G F. Swings between rotation and accretion power in a binary millisecond pulsar, Nature, 501:517.
[2013] Thornton D, Stappers B, Bailes M, Barsdell B, Bates S, Bhat N D R, Burgay M, Burke-Spolaor S, Champion D J, Coster P, D'Amico N, Jameson A, Johnston S, Keith M, Kramer M, Levin L, Milia S, Ng C, Possenti A, van Straten W. A Population of Fast Radio Bursts at Cosmological Distances, Science, 341:53.
[2011] Bailes M, Bates SD, Bhalerao V, Bhat NDR, Burgay M, Burke-Spolaor S, D'Amico N, Johnston S, Keith MJ, Kramer M, Kulkarni SR, Levin L, Lyne AG, Milia S, Possenti A, Spitler L, Stappers B, van Straten, W. Transformation of a Star into a Planet in a Millisecond Pulsar Binary, Science, 333:1717.
[2006] Kramer M, Stairs IH, Manchester RN, McLaughlin MA, Lyne AG, Ferdman RD, Burgay M, Lorimer DR, Possenti A, D'Amico N, Sarkissian J M, Hobbs G B, Reynolds J E, Freire PCC, Camilo F. Tests of General Relativity from Timing the Double Pulsar, Science, 314:97.
[2003] Burgay M, D'Amico N, Possenti A, Manchester RN, Lyne AG, Joshi BC, McLaughlin MA, Kramer M, Sarkissian JM, Camilo F, Kalogera V, Kim C, Lorimer DR. An increased estimate of the merger rate of double neutron stars from observations of a highly relativistic system, Nature, 426:531.

Awards and prizes

Marta Burgay has received several awards, from the beginning of her career, in addition to covering important scientific and institutional roles. Her PhD thesis "The Parkes High-Latitude Pulsar Survey and the Discovery of the First Double Pulsar" received the 2005 Tacchini Prize of the Italian Astronomical Society (SAIt). In 2005 she also received the Descartes Prize for excellence in scientific collaborative research, as a member of the  group PulSE (Pulsar Science in Europe). In 2006 she was awarded with two important prizes, the Italian Society of General Relativity and Gravity Physics (SIGrav) Award for young researchers, and the International Union  for Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) Award for young physicists. In 2010 she won the Marsden Prize of the European Astrosky Network and the Vainu Bappu Award of the Astronomical Society of India. In 2011, the XXIII edition of the Marisa Bellisario Award dedicated to Women, Innovation and Human Capital assigned her a prize in the special awards section for young talents in research fields. In 2014 she was named "Chevalier de l'autonomie" of the Valle d'Aosta region and in 2015 she was designated "Sardinian woman of the year" by the Lyones Club of Cagliari. In 2017 the International Astronomical Union attributed to the asteroid n. 198634 the name Burgaymarta.

 

Patrizia Burra
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STEM area: Clinical sciences and nutrition science

Competences: gastroenterology, hepatology

Keywords: hepatitis, liver, liver cirrhosis, liver diseases, liver transplant, molecular biology, stamina cells

Region: Veneto


Position/Role

Patrizia Burra is Associate Professor of Gastroenterology, Head of the Multivisceral Transplantation Unit and ViceRector on Research Training at Padua University.

Professional career

Professor Burra obtained her medical degree at the University of Padua in 1984, followed by specialization in Gastroenterology and Endoscopy. Subsequently, she undertook an international research fellowship at the Liver Unit and Liver Research Laboratories at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, UK, before completing a PhD in Hepatology at the Padua University in 1993. She then joined the faculty at the Padua University as a Senior Registrar and Assistant Professor, Since 2004 Professor Burra is responsible of the “Regional center for cell therapy of metabolic diseases”. In 2010 she was appointed Head of the Multivisceral Transplantation Unit at the Padua University. Patrizia Burra assuming her current position of Associate Professor in 2014. Since 2015 she is ViceRector on Research Training at Padua University.

Scientific results

Patrizia Burra is interested in clinical and translational studies in the setting of liver transplantation, mainly regarding antiviral therapy for HCV recurrence, HBV prophylaxis after transplantation, acute alcoholic hepatitis as indication for liver transplantation, liver transplantation for NASH and NAFLD, adherence to medical treatments and quality of life of transplant recipients.

In the past, she has carried out studies on neurological function and regional cerebral flux by means of SPECT (single photon emission tomography) and has carried out quantitative studies on neurological function by PET (positron emission tomography) in subjects who are candidates for liver transplantation. In addition to clinical research, Patrizia Burra has been involved in basic research, mainly carrying out studies on primary cultures of human hepatocytes, receptors for thyroid hormones and stem cells from the umbilical cord and their differentiation into hepatocytes.

Editorial work and publications

Patrizia Burra is associate editor of Transplant International since 2009, of American Journal of Transplantation from 2010 to 2015 and of Digestive and Liver Disease since 2015. Since 2017 she is Special Section Editor of Journal of Hepatology and from 2018 she is co-chair of The Lancet–EASL Commission on liver diseases in Europe.

She has authored more than 290 articles in international peer-reviewed journals, including:

Manns MP, Burra P, Sargent J, Horton R, Karlsen TH. The Lancet-EASL Commission on liver diseases in Europe: overcoming unmet needs, stigma, and inequities. Lancet. 2018 Aug 25;392(10148):621-622

Burra P, Zanetto A, Germani G. Liver Transplantation for Alcoholic Liver Disease and Hepatocellular Carcinoma. Cancers (Basel). 2018 Feb 9;10(2):pii: E46

Toniutto P, Zanetto A, Ferrarese A, Burra P. Current challenges and future directions for liver transplantation. Liver Int. 2017;37:317–327

Burra P,Rodríguez-Castro K, Guarino M, Morisco F, Villa E, Mazzella G, Women in Hepatology Group; Italian Association for the Study of the Liver (AISF). AISF position paper on liver transplantation and pregnancy: Women in Hepatology Group, Italian Association for the Study of the Liver (AISF). Digestive and Liver Disease, 48(8):860-868.

Burra P, Germani G, Adam R, Karam V, Marzano A, Lampertico P, Salizzoni M, Filipponi F, Klempnauer JL, Castaing D, Kilic M, Carlis LD, Neuhaus P, Yilmaz S, Paul A, Pinna AD, Burroughs AK, Russo FP. Liver transplantation for HBV-related cirrhosis in Europe: an ELTR study on evolution and outcomes. J Hepatol. 2013 Feb;58(2):287-96.

Awards and prizes

Patrizia Burra is President of the NGO Marina Minnaja Foundation for the research and study of liver transplantation. She is a member of numerous Italian and international scientific societies, including: AISF (Italian Association of Liver Study) since 1985, SIGE (Italian Society of Gastroenterology) since 1985, ESOT (European Society for Organ Transplantation) since 1994, EASL (European Association Study of the Liver) since 1995 and ILTS (International Liver Transplant) since 2008.

Additionally, Professor Burra has previously served as Vice President of ESOT, Councillor of ILTS and Chair of the ILTS Education Committee, President of ILTS as well as Chair of the European Liver and Intestine Transplant Association. Currently, she is Past President of ILTS.

 

 

 

Anna Cadinu
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STEM area: Psychology and neurosciences

Competences: social psychology

Keywords: gender, sexual harrassment, stereotypes

Region: Veneto


Position/Role

Associate Professor

 

Professional career

After graduating in Philosophy at the University of Trieste (1988) she received a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Oregon in 1996. From 1996 to 2003 she was a Researcher at the University of Padua, where she is Associate Professor since 2003.

Scientific results

Research activity on gender issues. Among these, the problem of sexual objectification of women and sexual harassment and the way in which the media, for example the Italian TV, support these phenomena have been investigated. This line of research has shown that viewing Italian TV clips with a representation of sexually objectified women increases adherence to traditional gender norms, which in turn increases the propensity to sexual harassment. Within the construction of a media literacy program, it has also been shown how watching complaint videos of female sexual objectification increases the intention to take collective actions, such as signing a petition against sexist and objectifying media, but only by women participants. Furthermore, the viewing of a complaint video by a group of male participants was effective in reducing their sexual harassment actions, such as sending sexist jokes to an unknown woman, and their intention to engage in more serious sexual harassment such as blackmail and qui pro quo.

Editorial work and publications

She was Associate Editor for the European Journal of Social Psychology from 2001 to 2004.
She has been an ad-hoc reviewer for the following journals: Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, European Journal of Social Psychology, Social Cognition, Group processes and Intergroup relations, British Journal of Social Psychology, Social Psychology and Personality Science, European Journal.

International publications:

Fasoli, F., Cadinu, M., Carnaghi, A., Galdi, S., Guizzo, F., & Tassara, L. (2017). How do you self-categorize? Gender and sexual orientation self-categorization in homosexual/heterosexual men and women. Personality and Individual Differences.doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2017.11.011

 

Galdi, S., Maass, A., & Cadinu, M. (2017). Defending the Victim of Sexual Harassment: The Influence of Civil Courage and Media Exposure. Psychology of Women Quarterly, doi: 0361684317709770.

 

Guizzo, F., Cadinu, M. Galdi, S., Maass, A., Latrofa, M. (2017). Objecting to Objectification: Women's Collective Action Against Sexual Objectification on Television. Sex Roles. doi: 10.1007/s11199-016-0725-8

 

Guizzo, F., & Cadinu, M. (2016). Effects of Objectifying Gaze on Women’s Cognitive Performance: the Role of Flow Experience and Internalization of Beauty Ideals. British Journal of Social Psychology.doi: 10.1111/bjso.1217

 

Pacilli, M.G., Tomasetto, C. & Cadinu, M. (2016). Exposure to Sexualized Advertisements Disrupts Children’s Math Performance by Reducing Working Memory. Sex roles: A Journal of Research. DOI: 10.1007/s11199-016-0581-6.

 

Hunt, C. J., Fasoli, F., Carnaghi, A., & Cadinu, M. (2015). Masculine Self-Presentation and Distancing From Femininity in Gay Men: An Experimental Examination of the Role of Masculinity Threat. Psychology of Men & Masculinity. doi:10.1037/a0039545..

 

Galdi, S., Maass, A., & Cadinu, M. (2014). Objectifying media: Their effect on gender role norms and sexual harassment of women. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 38,398-413. doi: 10.1177/0361684313515185.

 

Cadinu, M., Galdi, S., & Maass, A. (2013). Chameleonic social identities: Context induces shifts in homosexuals’ self-categorization and self-stereotyping. European Journal of Social Psychology, 43, 474-481. doi: 10.1002/ejsp.1957

 

Galdi, S. Cadinu, M., & Tomasetto, C. (2013). In Search of the Roots of Stereotype Threat: The Activation of Math-gender Stereotypes Disrupts Girls’ Performance in Absence of Stereotype Awareness. Child Development. doi:10.1111/cdev.12128

 

Maass, A., Cadinu, M., Galdi, S. (2013). Sexual Harassment: Motivations and consequences. In M.K. Ryan & N.R. Branscombe (Eds.) The Sage Handbook of Gender and Psychology (cap. 21, pp. 341-358). London: Sage.

 

Cadinu, M., Latrofa, M., & Carnaghi, A. (2013). Comparing Self-Stereotyping with Ingroup- Stereotyping and Outgroup-Stereotyping in Unequal Group Contexts: the case of Gender. Self and Identity, 12, 582-596. Taylor and Francis online.doi:10.1080/15298868.2012.712753.

 

Maass, A., & Cadinu, M. (2006). Protecting a threatened identity through sexual harassment: A social identity interpretation. In R. Brown & D. Capozza (Eds.). Social Identities: Motivational, emotional, cultural influences (pp. 109-131).Hove, England. Hove, England: Psychology Press/Taylor & Francis (UK).

 

 

Awards and prizes

Member of the Executive Committee of the European Association of Social Psychology - 6-year term of office (2011-2017).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laura Cadonati
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STEM area: Physics

Competences: astrophysics, gravity waves

Keywords: birth of the universe, Einstein, gravity waves, universe

Region: ABROAD


Position/Role

Associate professor at theGeorgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, United States.

Professional career

After graduating in Physics at the University of Milan, she continued her studies at the Princeton University, earning first a master's degree in 1998 and then a PhD in Physics in 2001. In the same year she became a post doc member at Princeton University, while, from 2002 to 2004 she held the same position at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).

In 2005 she was a research scientist at MIT, a role she held until 2007, when she became assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. At the same university she worked as associate professor from 2012 until 2015. In 2014 she has been visiting scholar of Cardiff University for about six months. Since 2015 she is associate professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Scientific results

Her scientific research concerns gravitational waves, specifically it deals with identifying, characterizing and interpreting those of short duration produced by huge astrophysical events such as the collapse of the supernova core or the collisions of black holes. In February 2016 a press conference was held to present the discovery (which took place in September 2015) which changed the way astrophysics is understood: Laura Cadonati and her international research team showed the existence of gravitational waves theorized by Albert Einsten in the Theory of General Relativity. The discovery was carried out by the LIGO gravitational observatory in the United States, in collaboration with an international team of a thousand scientists, including those responsible for the Italian experiment Virgo, in Cascina. Thanks to this result there will be new applications in the field of theoretical physics and applied physics: indeed the discovery is not limited to providing a better understanding of the theory of relativity, but it offers new possibilities for scientific research in the field of the birth of the universe, and of the understanding of the forces that surround us. Laura Cadonati’s previous research activity included the detection of solar neutrinos with the Borexino experiment and participation in the DarkSide project for the research of Dark Matter, both experiments took place in the Gran Sasso National Laboratories.

 

Editorial work and publications

Laura Cadonati is the author of numerous presentations of international conferences and workshops, as well as seminars and parts of university books such as:

 

“Listening to Space with LIGO.” L. Cadonati. State of the Universe 2007 - New Images, Discoveries, and Events, 2006 Springer Praxis Books, Popular Astronomy Series. Ratcliffe Editor.

 

Moreover, she is author of numerous scientific publications, including:

 

(2016) LIGO-Virgo Collaboration. GW151226: Observation of Gravitational Waves from a 22 Solar-mass Binary Black Hole Coalescence. Physical Review Letters ,116, 241103.

(2016) LIGO-Virgo Collaboration. Observation of Gravitational Waves from a Binary Black Hole Merger. Physical Review Letters, 116, 061102.

(2016) LIGO-Virgo Collaboration. Characterization of transient noise in Advanced LIGO relevant to gravitational wave signal GW150914. Classical & Quantum Gravity, 33, 134001.

(2016) LIGO-Virgo Collaboration. Observing gravitational-wave transient GW150914 with minimal assumptions. Physical Review D, 93, 122004.

(2016) LIGO-Virgo Collaboration. Prospects for Observing and Localizing Gravitational-Wave Transients with Advanced LIGO and Advanced Virgo. Living Reviews in Relativity, 19, 1.

(2014) Clark J, Bauswein A, Cadonati L, Janka HT, Pankow C, Stergioulas N. Prospects For High Frequency Burst Searches Following Binary Neutron Star Coalescence With Advanced Gravitational Wave Detectors. Physical Review D, 90, 062004.

(2014) LIGO-Virgo Collaboration. Methods and results of a search for gravitational waves associated with gamma-ray bursts using the GEO600, LIGO, and Virgo detectors. Physical Review D, 89,122004.

(2014) LIGO Scientific Collaboration, Virgo Collaboration, NINJA Collaboration. The NINJA-2 project: Detecting and characterizing gravitational waveforms modelled using numerical binary black hole simulations. Classical & Quantum Gravity, 31, 115004.

(2014) Borexino Collaboration. Neutrinos from the primary proton–proton fusion process in the Sun. Nature, 512, 383–386.

(2008) Borexino Collaboration. Direct Measurement of the Be 7 Solar Neutrino Flux with 192 Days of Borexino Data. Physical Review Letters, 101, 091302.

 

Awards and prizes

She has been working for the LIGO Scientific Collaboration since 2002. In 2010 she received the Career Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF), in the same year she was elected to the executive committee of the Topical Group on Gravitation of the American Physical Society. In 2014 she was chosen in the Chair-line of the APS Topical Group on Gravitation (currently called “Division of Gravity”). The following year she joined the Fellow of the American Physical Society. In 2016 she became a member of the Advisory Board of the Classical and Quantum Gravity Journal.

 

 

 

 

Sonia Calvari
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STEM area: Natural and environmental sciences

Competences: geology, volcanology

Keywords: eruption, etna, ingv, lava fountains, volcanic hazard, volcanoes, volcanology

Region: Sicily


Position/Role

Research Director of the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV), Section Catania - Osservatorio Etneo

Professional career

She was researcher (1987-1999) at Istituto Internazionale di Vulcanologia in Catania, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), then moved to Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV), Sezione Catania - Osservatorio Etneo when several CNR institutes dealing with geophysics and volcanology merged together to form INGV. At INGV she was Senior Researcher (2001-2008), then Director of Research (2008-present); head of the Unità Funzionale di Vulcanologia e Geochimica (2002-2009), coordinating the activities of 35 scientists dealing with volcanology and geochemistry; leader of the Tematica Trasversale Coordinata (2004-2013) coordinating the monitoring and research activities on volcanoes of about 150 INGV scientists; leader of the Centro di Pericolosità Vulcanica (Volcanic Hazard Centre, CPV; 2016-present), coordinating within INGV the researches on volcanic hazard assessment, development of tools for hazard evaluation, and acting as a member of the "Unità di Crisi" (Crisis Unit).

Geology degree (full marks with laude) at Università della Calabria (Italy), PhD in Volcanic Hazard at Lancaster University (U.K.).

Scientific results

Monitoring and research on volcanic regions in Italy and abroad and development of tools for prompt hazard assessment, especially during volcanic crisis. Geology of volcanic systems, with development and applications of new methodologies for mapping volcanic terrains, and production of geological maps and data bases. Study on lava flows, lava flow fields and lava tubes, and ideation of routines useful for hazard assessment during effusive volcanic eruptions. Monitoring of explosive eruption using multidisciplinary data, and estimation of erupted volumes and explosion dynamics. Outreach activities, involving also several participations to Italian and foreign TV programs, such as RAI Explora (RAI Educational), Geo & Geo (RAI3), La TV delle Scienze (RAI1), National Geographic, Discovery Channel, plus several contributions and interviews to History Channel, CNN, BBC, Endemol UK, SWR (Germany), and talks to students organized by Zanichelli, where she was presenting the results from the activities and researches carried out by INGV.

Editorial work and publications

Proposer and editor of four geophysical monographs; of these, two were published by the American Geophysical Union: one dedicated to Etna volcano (Bonaccorso A, Calvari S, Coltelli M, Del Negro C, Falsaperla S (eds), Mt. Etna: Volcano Laboratory. Geophysical Monograph Series, v. 143, 2004), and the second to the 2002-03 eruption of Stromboli (Calvari S, Inguaggiato S, Puglisi G, Ripepe M and Rosi M (eds), The Stromboli Volcano: An integrated study of the 2002-2003 Eruption, Geophysical Monograph Series, 182, 2008). The third is a special issue of Frontiers in Earth Science (Calvari S, Bonaccorso A, Oppenheimer C, Spampinato L (eds), Exploring Volcanic Paroxysmal Explosive Activity From Magma Source to Ground and Atmosphere) and is in press in 2019. The fourth is a special issue of Annals of Geophysics (Calvari S, Del Negro C, Harris A (eds) and is in press in 2019. She is also author, together with Professor L.H. Tanner, of a book on Volcanoes for undergraduates published by the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science of Albuquerque (New Mexico): Tanner LH and Calvari S, Volcanoes: Windows on the Earth. Albuquerque, New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, A Division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, 2012. 

She was Associate Editor of Bulletin of Volcanology (2011-2015) and currently she is Associate Editor of Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research (2018-present). She published more than 120 papers, and here below is a small selection of the most recent papers: 

(2018) Calvari S, Cannavò F, Bonaccorso A, Spampinato L, Pellegrino AG Paroxysmal Explosions, Lava Fountains and Ash Plumes at Etna Volcano: Eruptive Processes and Hazard Implications. Frontiers in Earth Science, 6(107) doi: 10.3389/feart.2018.00107.

(2018) Calvari S, Ganci G, Silva Victória S, Hernandez PA, Perez NM, Barrancos J, Alfama V, et al. Satellite and Ground Remote Sensing Techniques to Trace the Hidden Growth of a Lava Flow Field: The 2014–2015 Effusive Eruption at Fogo Volcano (Cape Verde). Remote Sensing, 10(1115) doi:10.3390/rs10071115.

(2017) Bonaccorso A, Calvari S. A new approach to investigate an eruptive paroxysmal sequence using camera and strainmeter networks: Lessons from the 3–5 December 2015 activity at Etna volcano.Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 475:231-241, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.epsl.2017.07.020.

 (2016) Calvari S, Intrieri E, Di Traglia F, Bonaccorso A, Casagli A, Cristaldi A. Monitoring crater-wall collapse at active volcanoes: a study of the 12 January 2013 event at Stromboli. Bulletin of Volcanology, 78(5):1-16. 
(2015) Bonaccorso A, Calvari S, Boschi E. Hazard mitigation and crisis management during major flank eruptions at Etna volcano: reporting on real experience.Geological Society, London, Special Publications 426, SP426, 4. 

Awards and prizes

2017    "Certificate of Outstanding Contribution in Reviewing" awarded October 2017 by the Editors of Earth and Planetary Science Letters (Elsevier, Amsterdam The Netherlands).

2007    Most Cited Author 2003-2007 Award by Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research.

2001    Diploma and Medal from the Italian Department of Civil Defence for the work carried out during the 1991-1993 Etna eruptive crisis.

1989    Diploma from the Minister of the Italian Civil Protection for having actively contributed to the first simulation of a volcanic emergency and evacuation of the island of Vulcano, Italy.

 

Barbara Caputo
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STEM area: Computer science

Competences: robotic engineering

Keywords: algorithms, automata, disabled autonomy, home robotics, robot

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Associate Professor of Computer Engineering at the Sapienza University of Rome.

Professional career

In 1998 Barbara Caputo graduated in Physics at the Sapienza University of Rome, continuing her education with a specialization course in Biomedical Signal and Image Processing. Her research went on abroad, first at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, then at the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute in San Francisco and at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, where she received her PhD of research in Computer Science in 2005. She moved to Switzerland to work at the Idiap Research Institute in Martigny and later became the Research Manager of a group on artificial cognitive systems at the Idiap Institute. Back in Italy, since 2013 she is associate professor of the Department of Automatic and Management Computer Engineering at the “La Sapienza” University of Rome.

 

Scientific results

The main research interest of Barbara Caputo, defined by the media as "the woman who talks to robots", is the development of algorithms for learning, recognition and categorization of visual and multimodal models for artificial autonomous systems, just like the robot. Leading the robotic engineering group Visual Learning and Multimodal Perception (VALEM) since 2013, Barbara Caputo, with her colleagues, is developing algorithms to allow robots to learn information directly from the internet. So it will be possible to create robots capable of learning but also of interacting and reacting to the unexpected with a wide range of uses, from home robotics to assistance for the elderly, the disabled and children.

Editorial work and publications

Barbara Caputo is the author of several publications on international newspapers, including:

(2016) Kuzborskij I, Orabona F, Caputo B. Scalable Greedy Algorithms for Transfer Learning. Computer Vision and Image Understanding, arXiv:1408.1292.

(2015) Atzori M, Gijsberts A, Kuzborskij I, Caputo B, et al. Characterization of a Benchmark Database for Myoelectric Movement Classification. IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, 23(1):73-83. 

(2014) Castellini C, Artemiadis P, Wininger M, Caputo B, et al. Proceedings of the first workshop on Peripheral Machine Interfaces: Going beyond traditional surface electromyography. Frontiers in Neurorobotics, 8:22. 

(2014) Gijsberts A, Bohra R, Sierra Gonzalez D, Caputo B, et al. Stable Myoelectric Control of a Hand Prosthesis using Non-Linear Incremental Learning. Frontiers in Neurorobotics, 25:8. 

(2014) Tommasi T, Orabona F, Caputo B. Learning Categories From Few Examples With Multi Model Knowledge Transfer. The IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, 36(5):928-41. 

(2013) Gijsberts A, Caputo B. Exploiting accelerometers to improve movement classification for prosthetics. IEEE International Conference on Rehabilitative Robotics, 2013:6650476. 

(2012) Atzori MGijsberts AHeynen SHager AGCastellimi CCaputo BMüller H. Experiences in the creation of an electromyography database to help hand amputated persons. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics,180:828-32.

 

Awards and prizes

In 2014 she won the prestigious Starting Grant of the European Research Council (ERC) for the project "RoboExNovo Robots learning about objects from externalized knowledge sources". The Starting Grant is a recognition that rewards the new talents in world research who are committed to building their laboratory in a European country.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maria Caramelli
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STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: food safety

Keywords: animal encephalopathies, histopathology, mad cow, veterinary medicine

Region: Piedmont


Position/Role

General Director of the Experimental Zooprophylactic Institute of Piedmont, Liguria and Valle d'Aosta

Professional career

After graduating in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Turin, she specialized in Inspection of food of animal origin at the same university. Later she obtained a PhD in Comparative Veterinary Pathology at the University of Milan. In 1990 she joined the experimental zooprophylactic institute of Piedmont, Liguria and Valle d'Aosta as a veterinarian of the Department of General Diagnostics. Nine years later, she became head of the Histopathology Laboratory of the same zooprophylactic institute. Since 2001 she has been responsible for the National Reference Center for Animal Encephalopathies (based on the decree 3/8/1991) and in 2005 also for the Neuropathological and Genetic area. From 2009 she became medical director of the entire zooprophylactic experimental institute of Piedmont, Liguria and Valle d'Aosta. In 2012 she obtained the position of General Director f.f. of the experimental zooprophylactic institute of Piedmont, Liguria and Valle d'Aosta and since the beginning of 2016 she has been the general director of the Institute.

Scientific results

Maria Caramelli is one of the world's leading experts on bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), known as the "mad cow" disease. The etiological hypothesis according to which the triggering agent is an altered and malevolent protein, the prion, which causes lesions and is infectious has been confirmed by several experiments all over the world: the prion triggers the production of other pathological proteins determining the typical « spongiosi "(i.e. holes in the brain), hence the name" spongiform encephalopathies ". She currently works with her team, on the detection of different strains, that is on forms of the disease never identified before: in Turin it was discovered in particular one, called BASE (from Bovine amyloid spongiform encephalopathy), typical of old cattle, originated from a probably more aggressive and virulent prion than that of BSE. She has recently committed itself to other aspects of food safety, including, for example, the "strange case" of blue mozzarella, the European scandal of racehorse-based lasagna, wild boar contaminated with Cesio137 and the problem of hepatitis A in frozen berries.

 

Editorial work and publications

She is the author of the book:


Caramelli M, To not find out by eating ... Food security in our country, Instar Libri, 2013
She is also the author of more than one hundred publications:n

(2015) Berrone E, Corona C, Mazza M, Vallino Costassa E, Lo Faro M, Properzi F, Guglielmetti C, Maurella C, Caramelli M, Deregibus MC, Camussi G, Casalone C. Detection of cellular prion protein in exosome derived from ovine plasma. Journal of General Virology, 96(12):3698-3702.

(2015) Orrú CD, Favole A, Corona C, Mazza M, Manca M, Groveman BR, Hughson AG, Acutis PL, Caramelli M, Zanusso G, Casalone C, Caughey B. Detection and discrimination of classical and atypical L-type bovine spongiform encephalopathy by real-time quaking-induced conversion. Journal of Clinical Microbiology, 53(4):1115-20.

(2014) Guglielmetti C, Mazza M, Pagano M, Carrella S, Sciuto S, Nodari S, Pezzolato M, Richelmi GB, Baioni E, Caramelli M, Acutis PL, Bozzetta E. Identification by a proteomic approach of a plasma protein as a possible biomarker of illicit dexamethasone treatment in veal calves. Food additives & contaminants. Part A, Chemistry, analysis, control, exposure & risk assessment, 31(5): 833-8.

(2014) Chieppa MN, Perota A, Corona C, Grindatto A, Lagutina I, Vallino Costassa E, Lazzari G, Colleoni S, Duchi R, Lucchini F, Caramelli M, Bendotti C, Galli C, Casalone C. Modeling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in hSOD1 transgenic swine. Neurodegenerative Diseases, 13(4):246-54.

(2013) Sciuto S, Martucci F, Desiato R, Mazza M, Guglielmetti C, Dell'Atti L, Ubaldi A, Ru G, Acutis PL, Caramelli M. Evaluation of the DR-CALUX® bioassay as screening method for the detection of contamination by dioxins in milk in Piedmont. Large Animal Review, 19(3):107-114.

(2013) Richelmi GB, Pezzolato M, Gili S, Gallina S, Decastelli L, Tarasco R, Abete MC, Ingravalle F, Serracca L, Pavino D, Vivaldi B, Riina MV, Acutis PL, Prearo M, Caramelli M, Bozzetta E. Pilot project to set up a control programme on fishery products. Italian Journal of Food Safety, 2(2):25.

(2013) Bianchi DM, Barbaro A, Gallina S, Vitale N, Chiavacci L, Caramelli M, Decastelli L. Monitoring of foodborne pathogenic bacteria in vending machine raw milk in Piedmont, Italy. Food Control, 33(2):435–439.

(2013) Meloni D, Pitardi D, Maurella C, Di Vietro D, Nocilla L, Piscopo A, Pavoletti E, Negro M, Caramelli M, Bozzetta E. Reducing the contamination of beef carcasses by specified risk materials during slaughter. Italian Journal of Food Safety, 2(1):3.

(2013) Vrentas CE, Greenlee JJ, Baron T, Caramelli M, Czub S, Nicholson EM. Stability properties of PrP(Sc) from cattle with experimental transmissible spongiform encephalopathies: use of a rapid whole homogenate, protease-free assay. BMC Veterinary Research, 9:167.

(2013) Pezzolato M, Richelmi GB, Maurella C, Pitardi D, Varello K, Caramelli M, Bozzetta E. Histopathology as a simple and reliable method to detect 17β-oestradiol illegal treatment in male calves. Food additives & contaminants. Part A, Chemistry, analysis, control, exposure & risk assessment, 30(6): 1096-9.

 

 

Awards and prizes

In 2005 she won the AIDDA Award (Association of Businesswomen and Women Executives), in 2011 she was awarded by the Turin Chamber of Commerce with the Bogianen Prize, two years later she received the Green Environment Award (VAS Onlus) and in the same year also the Tecnovisionary Award (Women and Technologies Association). In 2013, Il Sole 24 ore included her among the 10 scientists who honor Italy. In 2016 she received the Sapio Award for Research and Innovation for her commitment as a scientist.

Patrizia Caraveo
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STEM area: Physics

Competences: astrophysics

Keywords: astrophysics, cherencov telescope array, geminga, high energy astrophysics, neutron stars, pulsar, radio emissions, space, stars

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

She has the rank of Research Director  and works at the Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale e Fisica Cosmica (INAF)  in Milano. She is also Professor of “Introduction to Astronomy” at the University of Pavia.

Professional career

PATRIZIA CARAVEO got her degree in physics in 1977 at the Milano University. Since 2002 she has the rank of Research Director  and works atthe Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale e Fisica Cosmica (INAF)  in Milano. She is also Professor of “Introduction to Astronomy” at the University of Pavia

She took part in several international space missions dedicated to high energy astrophysics, starting from the European mission COS-B. Currently, she is involved in the exploitation of ESA’s Integral, of NASA’s Swift, of the Italian Agile and of the NASA Fermi missions, all fully operational in orbit. She also represents INAF within the CTA (Cherenkov Telescope Array) Collaboration Board.

Scientific results

She is a recognized leader in the study of neutron stars behavior at different wevelengths. Her work lead to the discovery (and to the understanding) of Geminga, the first radio quiet neutron star. Indeed, her career in astronomy was based in an interdisciplinary approach, using data from space and ground instruments.

Editorial work and publications

Her list of publication can be seen  at   http://www.iasf-milano.inaf.it/~pat/WEBpage/pat-pub.pdf .   It features:

Ø  432  papers published on international referee journals

Ø  150 conference papers (several invited papers)

Ø  Hundreds of  papers for the general public

Ø  2 books

However measured, her impact factor is very high. ADS, the system widely used by the astronomical community, quotes an h index >110, with more than 47,300 citations.

Awards and prizes

Owing to the Geminga success story, she won the Premio Nazionale Presidente della Repubblica in 2009. Moreover, she shared with her Swift, Fermi and Agile colleagues the Bruno Rossi prizeof the American Astronomical Society in 2007, 2011 and 2012

In 2014 she received the Outstanding Achievement Awardfrom the Women in Aerospace European Society and was included by Thomson Reuters in the list of Highly Cited Researchers for Space Science

In 2017 she was awarded the title of Commendatore dell’Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana

 

Gabriella Carrozza
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STEM area: Engineering

Competences: computer technology

Keywords: cloud, computer technology, cybersecurity, reliability evaluation, software

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Cloud Advisory Manager at Accenture

Professional career

After graduating in Computer Engineering at the University Federico II of Naples in 2005, she continued her studies obtaining a PhD in Computer and Automatic Engineering at the same University in 2008. In 2007 she was Visiting Researcher at the CSR (Center for Software Reliability) of London City University where she specialized in algorithms and reliability growth models (reliability growth). At the end of the PhD program she was hired by Selex Sistemi Integrati, a company of the Finmeccanica group (now Leonardo) in which she continued her research activities on highly critical software systems, applying methods and results to systems for the control of air traffic, sea traffic and for coastal control. During her experience in Leonardo, she followed industrial research projects under European and national programs as well as dependability assessment and improvement (reliability assessment and improvement) on industrial solutions. In 2014 she began to specialize in methodologies and approaches based on machine learning, to reduce defects in software systems and increase productivity. She was Visiting Researcher at the University of Coimbra under the Marie Sklodowska Curie program aimed at evaluating the reliability of critical software systems OTS (off-the-shelf). Always interested in the issues of resilience, security and reliability of critical infrastructures, she has been Cloud Advisory Manager at Accenture for a year, where she is interested in transformation and migration issues towards cloud systems with particular attention to cybersecurity aspects. In May 2017 she received her Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the Bologna Business School.

 

 

Scientific results

During her professional career she coordinated two European projects for SESAR JU, aimed at creating innovative software systems for the supervision of air traffic control systems and airports, and a national project (PON) for the development of methodologies and innovative techniques for testing and validating software systems almost in real time. Since 2013 she has been collaborating with the European Commission as an external expert for the review of research projects under the Horizon 2020 program. Her main areas of interest and research are software fault injection strategies, dependability assessment, reliability testing, defect management and security of cloud infrastructures. In 2014, she created a framework for measuring software defects based on static analysis of the code aimed at predicting (failure prediction) software failures. Gabriella Carrozza is present in the program committees of some of the most important conferences in the community of reliable software systems and reviewer of numerous scientific articles in the sector. Since 2017 she is member of Cloud Security Alliance Italy.

 

 

Editorial work and publications

She has published a book on software fault diagnosis strategies and several chapters in European publications on reliable systems. She is the author of over 50 scientific articles in international conferences and journals including:

[2015] Carrozza G. Software Faults Diagnosis in Complex Mission Critical Systems: A novel, recovery oriented, approach. Lambert Academic Publishing, ISBN-13:978-3-659-67232-3 ISBN-10:3659672327. 

[2015] Carrozza G, Pietrantuono R, Russo S. Defect analysis in mission-critical software systems: a detailed investigation. Journal of Software: Evolution and Process, 27(1):22-49.

[2015] Pecchia A, Cinque M, Carrozza G, Cotroneo D. Industry Practices and Event Logging: Assessment of a Critical Software Development Process. IEEE/ACM 37th IEEE International Conference on Software Engeneering, 2:169-178.

[2014] Carrozza G, Pietrantuono R, Russo S. Dynamic test planning: a study in an industrial context. International Journal on Software Tools for Technology Transfer, 16(5):593-607

[2013] Carrozza G, Faella M, Fucci F, Pietrantuono R, Russo S. Engineering Air Traffic Control Systems with a Model-Driven Approach. IEEE Software, 30(3):42-48

[2013] Carrozza G, Manetti V, Marotta A, Canonico R, Avallone S. Exploiting SDN Approach to Tackle Cloud Computing Security Issues in the ATC Scenario. Dependable Computing: 54-60 

[2013] Carrozza G, Cotroneo D, Natella R, Pietrantuono R, Russo S. Analysis and Prediction of Mandelbugs in an Industrial Software System. ICST 2013, IEEE Computer Society: 262-271

[2011] Carrozza G, Natella R. A Recovery-Oriented Approach for Software Fault Diagnosis in Complex Critical Systems. International Journal of Adaptive, Resilient and Automatic System, 2(1):77-104

[2011] Bovenzi A, Cinque M, Cotroneo D, Natella R, Carrozza G. OS-level hang detection in complex software systems. International Journal of Critical Computer-Based System, 2(3/4):352-377

[2010] Carrozza G, Cotroneo D, Natella R, Pecchia A, Russo S. Memory leak analysis of mission-critical middleware. Journal of Systems and Software, 83(9):1556-1567

 

Awards and prizes

In 2014 she received the FINMECCANICA Innovation Silver Award for her innovative activities in terms of software quality improvement. In the same year she was Industrial Chair of the 33rd IEEE Symposium on Reliable and Distributed Systems for which she received official IEEE recognition.

Chiara Casarotti
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STEM area: Engineering

Competences: seismic building engineering

Keywords: anti seismic building, earthquake, earthquakes, L'Aquila, reinforced concrete

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

PhD, Eng., Head of the Emergency Support Department at the European Centre for Training and Research in Earthquake Engineering (EUCENTRE, Pavia).

Professional career

She graduated in Building Engineering and Architecture, then she received a Master of Science and a PhD in Earthquake Engineering jointly awarded by the Institute for Advanced Study of Pavia and the Università degli Studi di Pavia in 2004.

In 2005 she worked at the University of California San Diego as post-doctoral researcher, and then as a research fellow at the University of Pavia. Since 2006 she has been working at EUCENTRE.

Scientific results

Dr. Casarotti main scientific interests concern applied experimental research the field of earthquake engineering, dynamic response of RC structures, seismic isolation and dissipation devices and emergency technical response.

Since 2007 she is in charge of the scientific supervision of the tests carried out on the Bearing Tester System lab facility of EUCENTRE.

Since 2009 she has been deeply involved in the emergency management and rapid response to earthquake disasters, both within the framework of pilot projects on the European Civil Protection Mechanism modules, national Civil Protection projects and in real disasters (Abruzzi-Aquila 2009, Emilia 2012 and Central Italy 2016), with technical coordination roles.

 

Editorial work and publications

She is the author of national and international publications, including:

(2017) Pavese, M. Furinghetti & C. Casarotti. Investigation of theConsequences of Mounting Laying Defects for Curved Surface Slider Devices under GeneralSeismic Input, Journal of Earthquake Engineering, DOI: 10.1080/13632469.2017.1323046
(2017) Casarotti, C., A. Pavese, S. Peloso, B. Borzi.  EUCENTRE e l’emergenza sismica: attività preparatorie e supporto in emergenza durante il Sisma in Centro Italia. N° 2 (2017): Progettazione Sismica
(2014) Monteiro R, Marques M, Adhikari G, Casarotti C, Pinho R. Spectral reduction factors evaluation for seismic assessment of frame buildings. Engineering Structures, 77:129-142.
(2013) Pinho R, Marques M, Monteirom Casarotti C, et al. Evaluation of Nonlinear Static Procedures in the Assessment of Building Frames.Earthquake Spectra, 29(4):459-1476.
(2012) Casarotti C, Pavese A, Peloso S. Valutazione delle strutture nella fase post terremoto. Il modulo sviluppato da Eucentre e l'attività sul campo. Progettazione Sismica, 3:37-48.
(2009) Casarotti C, Pavese A, Peloso S. Seismic Response of the San Salvatore Hospital of Coppito (L'Aquila) during the 6th April 2009 earthquake. Progettazione Sismica, 3, Special Abruzzo, Italiano (163-176) e Inglese (159-172).
(2009) Benzoni C, Casarotti C. Effects of Vertical Load, S train Rate and Cycling on the Response of Lead-Rubber Seismic Isolators. Journal of Earthquake Engineering, 13:293-312.
(2009) Casarotti C, Monteiro R & Pinho R. Verification of spectral reduction factors for seismic assessment of bridges. Bulletin of the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering, 42(2).
(2009) Pinho R, Monteiro R, Casarotti C, Delgado R. Assessment of Continuous Span Bridges through Nonlinear Static Procedures. Earthquake Spectra, 25(1):143-159.
(2007) Pinho R, Casarotti C, Antoniou S. A comparison of Single-Run Pushover Analysis Techniques for seismic assessment of bridges. Earthquake Engineering & Structural Dynamics, 36:1347-1362.
(2007) Casarotti C, Pinho R. An adaptive capacity spectrum method for assessment of bridges subjected to earthquake action. Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering, 5:377-390.
(2006) Casarotti C, Pinho R. Seismic response of continuous span bridges through fibre-based finite element analysis. Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Vibrations 5(1):119-131.

Awards and prizes

Nevada Medal for Distinguished Graduate Student Paper In Bridge Engineering 2005, University of Nevada, Reno

Isabella Castiglioni
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STEM area: Physics

Competences: applied physics

Keywords: artificial intelligence, computer technology, diagnostic imaging, image processing, molecular diagnostics

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Researcher at the IBFM-CNR (Institute of Molecular Bio-images and Physiology - National Research Council) in Milan.

Professional career

After graduating in Physics at the University of Milan in 1993, she received a scientific education in the field of physics applied to medicine, (more recently to cultural heritage and the environment), in particular in applications of imaging diagnostics combined with advanced computational techniques. Since 1997 she is Researcher at the Institute of Molecular Bioimaging and Physiology of the National Research Council (IBFM-CNR), where, since 2011, she is also a member of the Council of the Institute. From 2010 to 2016 she was professor on contract at the University of Milano-Bicocca. She gained experience in research responsibility through the creation and management of her own research group at the IBFM-CNR, which was consolidated in 2011 in a research laboratory (Integration & Innovation Laboratory in Molecular Imaging, INLAB www.inlab.ibfm.cnr.it), which currently hosts 10 researchers with expertise in the field of bioimaging, computer science, biology and biotechnology.

 

Scientific results

She obtained important scientific results in: 1) physical characterization of diagnostic imaging systems, in particular positron emission tomography (PET), single photon emission tomography (SPECT), computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance (MRI), fluorescence imaging/bioluminescence and near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS),                                  2) development of methods of acquisition and processing of diagnostic images for medical and cultural applications, 3) development of methods and models for the correction of physical effects, noise sources in diagnostic imaging studies (eg attenuation, dispersion, partial volume effect), 4) development of methods of quantification and extraction of characteristics from diagnostic images (for example analysis of statistical parametric mapping, radiomics, analysis of main components, machine learning), 5) creation of databases of synthetic medical images for the validation of processing methods and quantification of medical images. Since 2010 she has coordinated 13 scientific research projects financed on competitive tenders or through contracts, for a total non-repayable net grant of 2M €, and 12 research projects in agreement with IRCCS and Hospitals. She showed her research achievements in more than 50 seminars and lectures at national and international conferences, universities and research institutes. She is co-inventor of four softwares for the extraction and quantification of biomarker images and biomedical data in use at national and foreign health facilities. From 2012 to 2015 she was Mentor of two spin offs in the biomedical technology sector.

 

Editorial work and publications

She is credited with 112 scientific publications in ISI scientific journals, including:

Science, Nucleic Acids Research, Theranostics, European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Medicine, Cerebral Cortex; she is in pole position (with the role of first, corresponding or last author) in more than 70% of her publications.

[2005] Berti A, Bottini G, Gandola M, Pia L, Smania N, Stracciari A, Castiglioni I, Vallar G. Shared cortical anatomy for motor awareness and motor control. Science, 309(5733):488-91.

[2014]Picchio M, Kirienko M, Mapelli P, Dell'Oca I, Villa E, Gallivanone F, Gianolli L, Messa C, Castiglioni I. Predictive value of pre-therapy (18)F-FDG PET/CT for the outcome of (18)F-FDG PET-guided radiotherapy in patients with head and neck cancer.Eur J Nucl Med Mol Imaging, 41(1):21-31.

[2015] Bertoli G, Cava C, Castiglioni I. MicroRNAs: New Biomarkers for Diagnosis, Prognosis, Therapy Prediction and Therapeutic Tools for Breast Cancer. Theranostics, 5(10):1122-43.

[2015] Salvatore C, Cerasa A, Battista P, Gilardi MC, Quattrone A, Castiglioni I; Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative. Magnetic resonance imaging biomarkers for the early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease: a machine learning approach. Front Neurosci, 9:307. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2015.00307. eCollection 2015.

[2016] Colaprico A, Silva TC, Olsen C, Garofano L, Cava C, Garolini D, Sabedot TS, Malta TM, Pagnotta SM, Castiglioni I, Ceccarelli M, Bontempi G, Noushmehr H. TCGAbiolinks: an R/Bioconductor package for integrative analysis of TCGA data. Nucleic Acids Res, 44(8):e71. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkv1507.

[2017] Antunovic L, Gallivanone F, Sollini M, Sagona A, Invento A, Manfrinato G, Kirienko M, Tinterri C, Chiti A, Castiglioni I. [18F]FDG PET/CT features for the molecular characterization of primary breast tumors. Eur J Nucl Med Mol Imaging, 44(12):1945-1954.

[2017] Berti A, Della-Torre E, Gallivanone F, Canevari C, Milani R, Lanzillotta M, Campochiaro C, Ramirez GA, Bozzalla Cassione E, Bozzolo E, Pedica F, Castiglioni I, Arcidiacono PG, Balzano G, Falconi M, Gianolli L, Dagna L. Quantitative measurement of 18F-FDG PET/CT uptake reflects the expansion of circulating plasmablasts in IgG4-related disease. Rheumatology,56(12):2084-2092. 

[2018] Gargano M, Galli A, Bonizzoni L, Alberti R, Aresi N, Caccia M, Castiglioni I, Interlenghi M, Salvatore C, Ludwig N, Martini M. The Giotto's workshop in the XXI century: looking inside the “God the Father with Angels” gable. Journal of cultural heritage: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.culher.2018.09.016

[2019] Cantini L, Bertoli G, Cava C, Dubois T, Zinovyev A, Caselle M, Castiglioni I, Barillot E, Martignetti L. Identification of microRNA clusters cooperatively acting on Epithelial to Mesenchymal Transition in Triple Negative Breast Cancer. NAR, in press (Published on-line).

[2019] Musazzi L, Sala N, Tornese P, Gallivanone F, Belloli S, Conte A, Di Grigoli G, Fenghua C, Treccani G, Bazzini C, Castiglioni I, Nyengaard JR, Wegener G, Moresco RM, Popoli P. Acute inescapable stress rapidly increases synaptic energy metabolism in prefrontal cortex and alters working memory performance. Cerebral Cortex, in press.

Awards and prizes

From 2007 to 2009 she was Foreign Scientific Visitors Tutor for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). She is a scientific evaluator of research projects for International Institutions (Engineering in the Medical and Biology Society, Fundacao para a Cienca and in Technology FCT – Portugal, French Institute National du Cancer, Poland National Science Center, Horizon2020). She is a scientific reviewer in international scientific journals in the field of bioimaging and molecular diagnostics and carries out publishing activities, as Associate Editor and Guest Editor. In particular she was Lead Guest Editor of the Special Issue "Frontiers in Biomarkers for Theranostics" in Frontiers in Bioscience - Landmark, of the Special Issue "Frontiers from Radiomics in Molecular Imaging" in Contrast Media and Molecular Imaging, and of the Special Issue "Imaging biomarkers for the diagnosis and prognosis of neurodegenerative diseases” in Frontiers in Neuroscience.

 

 

 

Tiziana Catarci
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STEM area: Computer science

Competences: computer engineering

Keywords: big data, computer, computer technology, digital technologies, internet

Region: Lazio


Position/Role

Tiziana Catarci is full professor in Computer Science and Engineering at Sapienza University of Roma (http://www.diag.uniroma1.it/users/catarcidisuniroma1it), director of the Department of Computer, Control, and Management Engineering “Antonio Ruberti”, and director of the ECONA Interuniversity Research Centre on the Cognitive Processing in Natural and Artificial Systems.

Professional career

During 2010-14 she has been Sapienza vice-rector for technologies and infrastructures and during 2009-2014 she has been president of the Sapienza ICT service center. During 2015-2018 she has been director of the Sapienza Design Research center and during 2015-2017 she has been the president of KION, a private company of the Cineca group. 

Tiziana Catarci is the Editor-in-Chief of the ACM Journal of Data and Information Quality. Moreover, she is associate editor of several international journals and has been co-chair of many important international conferences in both database and hci areas. Dr. Catarci has been a founder Member of the Italian Chapter of the ACM Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction.

Finally, she is very active in combating gender disparities and promoting the STEM disciplines among female students by promoting dedicated projects at both school and university level and acting as role-model for “Inspiring Girls”(http://www.inspiring-girls.com/) and other initiatives.

Scientific results

Tiziana Catarci’s main research interests are in theoretical and application oriented aspects of visual formalisms for databases, human-computer interaction, user interfaces, usability, smart environments, information visualization, data management, data quality and digital libraries. On these topics she has published over 200 papers in international journals, conferences and workshop proceedings, and 20 books. In particular, her contribution can be regarded as one of the first and most significant examples of deep analysis and formalization of the interaction between the user and the database, which takes in consideration both usability issues and various database related aspects.

Editorial work and publications

Five selected publications

(2019) Marco Angelini, Graziano Blasilli, Tiziana Catarci, Simone Lenti, Giuseppe Santucci:
Vulnus: Visual Vulnerability Analysis for Network Security. IEEE Trans. Vis. Comput. Graph. 25(1): 183-192.

(2018) Paolo Ceravolo, Tiziana Catarci,et al.:Big Data Semantics. J. Data Semantics7(2): 65-85.

(2014) Bauleo E, Carnevale S, Catarci T, Kimani S, Leva M, Mecella M. Design, realization and user evaluation of the SmartVortex Visual Query System for accessing data streams in industrial engineering applications. Journal of Visual Languages and Computing 25(5):577-601.

(2010) Catarci T, Dix AJ, Kimani S, Santucci G. User-Centered Data Management. Morgan & Claypool Publishers.

(2000) Catarci T. What Happened When Database Researchers Met Usability. Information Systems, 25(3):177-212.

 

 

 

Lucia Cattani
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STEM area: Engineering

Competences: air treatment, alternative energies, civil engineering, energy efficiency, environmental acoustics, heat transmission, technical physics, thermodynamic cycles

Keywords: awa modula, energy saving, environment, heat transmission, renewable sources, seas-sa, sustainable building, thermodynamic cycles, water extraction from the air, water shortage

Region: ABROAD


Position/Role

R&D consultant in SEAS-SA - external researcher and lecturer in University of Pavia

Professional career

In the academic year 2001 she obtained a master degree in Civil Engineering, Hydraulic, in the University of Pavia (Italy). In the same university in 2002 she obtained a first level master regarding surface waters defence. Four years later, 2006, she obtained the title of environmental acoustic expert, after a post lauream course organised by F.A.S.T. (Milan- Italy). In 2008 she obtained the energy certificatory qualification. In academic year 2008 she became Philosophy Doctor in technologies for energy and environment (Applied Physics) with a thesis about energetic sustainable buildings (University of Bergamo - Italy). From 2001 to 2014 she worked as external researcher and lecturer in Pavia University, Engineering Faculty, in Applied Physics. She also taught in several professional courses. In 2012 Lucia Cattani worked in the research team of the University of Pavia devoted to design a new machine which can extract water from air. The research ended with the prototype construction. In 2014 she became R&D manager for SEAS-SA, a Swiss start up, which bought rights about the said research and started to build and sell integrated machines which extract water from air and permit to increase energy efficiency in building heating and cooling. In 2017 she shifted to a part time occupation in SEAS, as R&D scientific consultant, in order to return to research and teaching activities in Pavia University.

Nowadays she continues her work in SEAS and at the same time carries out research in the field of water from air extraction as external researcher in Pavia University.

Scientific results

Thanks to her studies and previous research work, Lucia Cattani obtained an interdisciplinary attitude, which permits her to work in the branch of Applied Physics which regards advanced integrated plants devoted to increase energy saving and drinking water generation. Having knowledge about: thermodynamics, heat transmission, renewable energies, hydraulics, water sanification and purification treatments, waste treatment and recycling, she was able to become R&D manager of an innovative start up, SEAS SA in the field of AWG (atmospheric water generator). Integrated systems AWA modula, produced by SEAS SA, are not simple water from air extractors, but are particular machines, which can provide not only high quality drinking water, but also two thermal contributes, a fresh and dry airflow and an heating flux. All the said functionalities are obtained at the same time with the same energy consumption. AWA is an evolution of the research prototype and is designed to employ all the useful effects of a reverse cycle applied to environmental air.

Her research field regarded also applied acoustics, heat transmission, energy saving, building sustainability

 

Editorial work and publications

(2018) Cattani L. Magrini A., Cattani P. "Water Extraction from Air by Refrigeration¡ªExperimental Results from an Integrated System Application" Applied Sciences. 2018; 8(11):2262.

(2017) Magrini A, Cattani L, Cartesegna M, Magnani L.“Water Production from Air

Conditioning Systems: Some Evaluations about a Sustainable Use of Resources” Sustainability 2017, 9(8), 1309; doi:10.3390/su9081309

 

 (2015) Magrini A, Cattani L, Cartesegna M, Magnani L.”Production of water from the air: the environmental sustainability of air-conditioning systems through a more intelligent use of resources. The advantages of an integrated system. “ Energy Procedia, 78:1153-1158.


(2015) Magrini A, Cattani L, Cartasegna M, Magnani L.”Integrated systems for air conditioning and production of drinking water - Preliminary considerations.” Energy Procedia, 75:1659-1665.


(2010) Magrini A, Cattani L, Magnani L.”A global index to evaluate the acoustical and thermal behavior of buildings: first evaluations and applications to common building walls.” ISRA Melbourne, Victoria, Australian Acoustical Society. 

 

Alessandra Celletti
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STEM area: Mathematics

Competences: celestial mechanics, dynamic systems

Keywords: analytical mechanics, astrodynamics, celestial mechanics, interplanetary trajectories, mathematical physics, orbit, planet, solar system, space debris

Region: Lazio


Position/Role

Full professor of Mathematics of the University of Rome Tor Vergata, President of the Commission of Celestial Mechanics of the International Astronomical Union, Member of the ASI (Agenzia Spaziale Italiana) Board

Professional career

After the Master degree in Mathematics as the University of Rome La Sapienza, she continued her studies through a PhD in Mathematics at the Swiss Polytechnic Institute (ETH) in Zuerich, awarded in 1989. Afterwards, she becomes Researcher in Mathematical Physics at the Department of Mathematics of the University of L’Aquila until 1999. Since then, she is associate professor of Mathematical Physics at the University of Rome Tor Vergata. Since 2013 she is full professor at the same university; from 2015 to 2018 she has been chair of the Department of Mathematics of the University of Rome Tor Vergata, where she coordinates since 2010 the post-graduate course in “Space Science and Technology”. Since 2019 she is Memeber of the ASI (Agenzia Spaziale Italiana) Board

Scientific results

The research interests of Alessandra Celletti include celestial mechanics, dynamical systems theory, interplanetary trajectories and the study of the dynamics of space debris. Celestial Mechanics is a discipline which dates back to primordial times and studies the dynamics of objects in the solar system, form the Moon to the planets, from spacecraft to artificial satellites. There are several open questions that celestial mechanics tries to answer: for example, whether the solar system will undergo collisions among the planets, how it is possible to design interplanetary low-cost trajectories, which is the fate of the space debris orbiting around the Earth or which is the probability of the threat induced ny the collision of an asteroid with the Earth.

Editorial work and publications

She is author of several books at university and popular level:

Celletti A, Esercizi di Meccanica Razionale, Aracne editrice, 1999. 

Celletti A, Stability and Chaos in Celestial Mechanics, Springer-Praxis, 2010. 

Celletti A, Perozzi E, Celestial Mechanics: The Waltz of the Planets, Springer-Praxis, 2007.

Celletti A, Perozzi E, Pianeti per caso, UTET, 2012. 

Celletti A., Meccanica Celeste, Lezioni di Fisica, Corriere della Sera, 2019.

Alessandra Celletti is also author of several scientific publications on national and international journals, among which:

(2018) Celletti A., Gales C., "Dynamics of resonances and equilibria of Low Earth Objects", SIAM J. Appl. Dyn. Syst., vol. 17:203-235

(2016) Celletti A, Gales C, Pucacco G. Bifurcation of lunisolar secular resonances for space debris orbits. SIAM, Journal on Applied Dynamical Systems, 15(3):1352-1383. 
(2016) Lhotka C, Celletti A, Gales C. Poynting-Robertson drag and solar wind in the space debris problem. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 460(1):802-815. 
(2015) Celletti A, Gales C. Dynamical investigation of minor resonances for space debris.Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy, 123(2):203-222. 
(2015) Celletti A, Pucacco G, Stella D. Lissajous and Halo orbits in the restricted three-body problem. Journal of Nonlinear Science, 25(2):343-370. 
(2014) Celletti A, Gales C. On the dynamics of space debris: 1:1 and 2:1 resonances. Journal of Nonlinear Science, 24(6):1231-1262. 
(2014) Calleja R, Celletti A, Falcolini C, de la Llave R. An extension of Greene's criterion for conformally symplectic systems and a partial justification. SIAM Journal on Mathematical Analysis, 46(4):2350-2384. 
(2013) Calleja R, Celletti A, de la Llave R. A KAM theory for conformally symplectic systems: efficient algorithms and their validation. Journal of Differential Equations, 255(5):978-1049. 
(2011) Celletti A, Stefanelli L, Lega E, Froeschle' C. Global dynamics of the regularized restricted three-body problem with dissipation. Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy, 109:265-284. 
(2009) Celletti A, Chierchia L. Quasi-periodic attractors in Celestial Mechanics. Archive for Rational Mechanics and Analysis, 191(2):311-345.

Awards and prizes

From 2011 to 2013 Alessandra Celletti is chair of the Italian Society of Celestial Mechanics and Astrodynamics; the asteroid 2005 DJ1, n. 117539 bears the name Alessandra Celletti. In 2010 she is elected member of the Celestial Mechanics Institute, an international organization composed by about 20 experts in Celestial Mechanics. In 2012 she is invited speaker at the sixth congress of the European Mathematical Society. She received from the Europen Community grants for the projects "Marie Curie Innovative Training Networks" called Astronet-II (2011), Stardust (2013), Stardust-R (2019). In 2018 she becomes president of the Scientific Committee in Celestial Mechanics of the International Astronomical Union. During the period 2015-2018 she is member of the scientific committee of the Italian Mathematical Union and since 2014 of the scientific committee of the Italian National Group of Mathematical Physics. In 2016 she is elected Editor in Chief of the international journal "Celestial Mechanics & Dynamical Astronomy" (edited by Springer), a reference publication in the field of Celestial Mechanics and Flight Dynamics. She is chair of the Committee Women in Mathematics of the European Mathematical Society.

 

Virna Cerne
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STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: food sciences and technologies

Keywords: feeding, innovation

Region: ABROAD


Position/Role

Research & Development Director and Member of the Executive Board of Dr. Schär group

Professional career

After graduating in Food Science and Technologies in 1994 at the University of Udine, Virna Cerne moved to Germany where she was Project leader of Research and Development at Zuegg Frucht in Berlin. In 1996 she came back to Italy and became Responsible for Quality Assurance and Research & Development department of Dr. Schär, leading company in Europe for gluten free nutrition. Since 2003 she has been Director of Dr. Schär R&D Centre, the Reserach & Development Centre of the entire Dr. Schär group.

Scientific results

Virna Cerne and Ombretta Polenghi developed the innovative patent which allows to extract from corn proteins similar to gluten which can be added to gluten free food products. Through this process it is possible to add the isolated proteins into food products for coeliac people obtaining the taste and texture of traditional food containing wheat flour.

Awards and prizes

In 2016 Virna Cerne and the Research team of Dr. Schär were nominated finalists at the European Inventor Award, in the Industry category, the only ones in the food sector. This is one of the most important European prizes concerning Innovation.

Carla Fabiana Chiasserini
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STEM area: Engineering

Competences: telecomunications engineering, telematic engineering

Keywords: 4g, 5g, data transmission, innovation, mobile networks, mobile phone, wifi, wireless networks

Region: Piedmont


Position/Role

Full Professor, Politecnico di Torino; Research Associate at IEIIT-CNR

Professional career

Carla received her Laurea Degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Florence in 1996, and her Ph.D. in Electronic Engineering and Telecommunications from Politecnico di Torino in 2000. Since 2000, she has been with the Electronics and Telecommunications Department at Politecnico di Torino, where she is currently Full Professor. Before her current appointment, she worked at the Politecnico di Torino under as an Assistant Professor (2000-2006), and as an Associate Professor (2006-2018). From 1998 till 2003, she did research work at the Center for Wireless Communications and at the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, University of California at San Diego. In 2012 and 2016, she was a visiting professor at Monash University (Australia). From 2012 till 2018, she has been the Coordinator of the Master Program in Communications and Computer Engineering at Politecnico di Torino.

Scientific results

Carla participated in several National and European projects on wireless network systems, such as the RAMON, VICOM, PATTERN, NEWCOM++, NEWCOM#, MEADOW, VICSUM, FIGARO projects, and she has been the Principal Investigator for the MASP, TA_SL, IoT_|_ToI, and LIMPID national projects, as well as for the H2020 5G-Crosshaul, H2020 5G-TRANSFORMER, and H2020 I-REACT projects. She was the coordinator of the international QNRF GAD project on next-generation wireless access networks (2012-2015), of the international FLAG project on full-duplex radio, and of the MIMOSE project on local mobile connectivity. She has been the Principal Investigator also for the contracts between Politecnico di Torino and ALCATEL, Telecom Italia, Magneti Marelli, INLAB, FCA, and TIM.
Her research interests are mainly in the field of wireless and mobile networks. Her papers have been published in highly prestigious refereed journals, and she has received several Best Paper Awards. Carla is also co-author of six patents.

Editorial work and publications

Carla is Editor-in-Chief of the Computer Communications journal and is an Associate Editor of the ACM/IEEE Transactions on Networking. She has served for several years in the Editorial Board of the IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, and the Ad Hoc Networks Journal, and in the Executive Editorial Committee of the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications.  
She has co-authored more than 300 papers, among which: 

(2019) Agarwal, S.; Malandrino, F.; Chiasserini, C. F.; De, S., VNF Placement and Resource Allocation for the Support of Vertical Services in 5G Networks. IEEE-ACM Transactions on Networking

(2018) Malandrino, F.; Chiasserini, C. F.; Kirkpatrick, S., Cellular Network Traces Towards 5G: Usage, Analysis and Generation, IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing 

(2015) Malandrino F, Limani Z, Casetti C, Chiasserini CF. Interference-aware downlink and uplink resource allocation in HetNets with D2D support.IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications.

(2006) Chiasserini, C. F.; Garetto, M., An Analytical Model for Wireless Sensor Networks with Sleeping Nodes, IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing.

(2005) Srinivasan, V.; Nuggehalli, P.; Chiasserini, C.F.; Rao, R.R., An Analytical Approach to the Study of Cooperation in Wireless Ad Hoc Networks, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, 2005

 

Awards and prizes

-         Fellow of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)

-         Best Editor for the Ad Hoc Networks Journal  

-         Scientific Advisory Board of  Fondazione Bruno Kessler

-         ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) N2Women Star in Computer Networking and Communications 

 

Cristina Anna Colombo
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STEM area: Clinical sciences and nutrition science

Competences:

Keywords: clinical criminology, cure of mental illness, depression, mental illness, psychiatry

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Membership in scientific institutions

Operating  Committee of the Centro di Eccellenza Risonanza Magnetica ad Alto Campo di Milano (CERMAC) (Center of Excellence for High-Field Magnetic Resonance Imaging) funded by Italian Ministry of Health and Italian  Ministry of University and Scientific Research

 

Professional career

 

7.9.1985 

graduated from the School of Medicine,  State University of Milano, Italy

1989

Received italian board certification in Psychiatry, University of Milano, Italy.

1994

Italian Licence for the practice of Psychotherapy.

2001

Received italian board certification in Criminology (full marks cum laude), University of Milano, Italy.

2005- present Head Mood Disorders Unit - Department of Clinical Neurosciences, San Raffaele Hospital (HSR), Milano

2011- present Project and direction post lauream master in “Psicopatologia forense e criminologia”, Vita-Salute San Raffaele University

2013- present Project and direction University Course for “Professionisti della security aziendale”, Vita-Salute San Raffaele University

2016-present Director Residency school in Psychiatry

2016- Full Professor of Psychiatry, Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, School of Medicine

 

Editorial work and publications

Scientific publications

 

1         Scarone S, Pieri E, Cattaneo R, Gambini O, Colombo C, Pugnetti L (1988) Neurofunctional assessment of early phases of Alzheimer's disease: a preliminary note on hemispheric EEG characteristics during cognitive tasks. Human Neurobiology; 6: 289-293

 

2         Colombo C, Gambini O, Macciardi F, Bellodi L, Sacchetti E, Vita A, Cattaneo R, Scarone S (1989) Alpha reactivity in schizophrenia and in schizophrenic spectrum disorders: demographic, clinical and hemispheric assessment. International Journal of Psychophysiology; 7:47-54

 

3         Gambini O, Colombo C, Macciardi F, Locatelli M, Calabrese G, Sacchetti E, Scarone S (1990) EEG Power spectrum profile and structural CNS characteristics in schizophrenia. Biological Psychiatry, 27:1331-1334

 

4         Locatelli M, Gambini O, Colombo C, Canger R, Beltrami M, Scarone S (1991) A statistical approach to computerized EEG: preliminary data on control subjects and epileptic patients. Brain Topography, 3(4):401-406

 

5         Scarone S, Colombo C, Livian S, Abbruzzese M, Ronchi P, Locatelli M, Scotti G, Smeraldi E (1992) Increased right caudate nucleus size in obsessive-compulsive disorder: detection with magnetic resonance imaging. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, 45:115-121

 

6         Locatelli M, Gambini O, Colombo C, Bonfanti A, Scarone S (1992) Pharmaco-EEG characteristics of fipexide hydrochloride a brain EEG mapping study in healthy aged people. Research communications in Psychology, Psychiatry and Behavior, 17(1 e 2):16-24

 

7         Colombo C, Ronchi P, Perani D, Fazio F, Scarone S (1992) Rates of cerebral metabolic glucose utilization in the basal ganglia of patients with OCD. Clinical Neuropharmacology, 15(1), Pt. B: 231

 

8         Colombo C, Abbruzzese M, Livian S, Scotti G, Locatelli M, Bonfanti A, Scarone S (1993) Memory functions and temporal - limbic morphology in schizophrenia. Psychiatry Research, 50: 45-56

 

9         Calabrese G, Colombo C, Bonfanti A, Scotti G, Scarone S (1993) Caudate nucleus abnormalities in obsessive - compulsive disorder: measurements of MRI signal intensity.Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, 50:89-92

 

10      Gambini O, Colombo C, Cavallaro R, Scarone S (1993) Smooth pursuit eye movements and saccadic eye movements in delusional disorder patients. American Journal of Psychiatry, 150:1411-1414

 

11      Scarone S, Colombo C, Livian S, Abbruzzese M, Ronchi P, Locatelli M, Scotti G, Smeraldi E (1993) Increased right caudate nucleus size in obsessive-compulsive disorder: detection with magnetic resonance imaging. Abstract-a-Card: Psychiatry Edition, Vol. 4, Number 1, Physicians Postgraduate Press, Inc.                                                                                                                                                       

 

12      Colombo C, Bonfanti A, Livian S, Abbruzzese M, Scarone S (1993) Size of the corpus callosum and auditory comprehension in schizophrenics and normal controls. Schizophrenia Research, 11: 63-70

 

13      Brancato V, Barbini B, Regazzetti MG, Colombo C, Smeraldi E (1994) Negative symptoms in schizophrenia: an open study placebo-fluvoxamine treatment added to neuroleptics. New trends in Experimental and Clinical Psychiatry, vol.10:1

 

14      Colombo C, Bonfanti A, Scarone S (1994) Anatomical characteristics of the corpus callosum and clinical correlates in schizophrenia.European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience, 243: 244-248

 

15      Abbruzzese M, Scarone S, Colombo C (1994) Obsessive compulsive symptomatology in normale pressure hydrocephalus: a case report. Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, 19 (5):378-380                                                                                                                       

 

16      Perani D, Colombo C, Bressi S, Bonfanti A, Grassi F, Scarone S, Bellodi L, Smeraldi E, Fazio F (1995) 18-F-FDG PET study in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).The British Journal of Psychiatry, 166:244-250                                                                                         

 

17      Cavallaro R, Colombo C, Smeraldi E (1995) A pilot, open study on the treatment of refractory schizophrenia with risperidone and clozapine.Human Psychopharmacology, Clinical and Experimental, 10(3): 231-234 

 

18      Barbini B, Bertelli S, Colombo C, Smeraldi E (1996) Sleep loss, a possible factor in augmenting manic episode. Psychiatry Research 65:121-125

 

19      Benedetti F, Barbini B, Colombo C, Campori E, Smeraldi E (1996) Infradian mood fluctuations during a major depressive episode. Journal of Affective Disorders, 41(2):81-87

 

20      Benedetti F, Barbini B, Campori E, Colombo C, Smeraldi E (1996) Dopamine agonist amineptine prevents the antidepressant effect of sleep deprivation. Psychiatry Research, 65:179-184.

 

21      Benedetti F, Barbini B, Lucca A, Campori E, Colombo C, Smeraldi E (1997) Sleep deprivation hastens the antidepressant action of fluoxetine. European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences,   247:100-103

 

22      Barbini B, Scherillo P, Benedetti F, Crespi G, Colombo C, Smeraldi E. (1997) Response to clozapine in cute mania is more rapid than that of chlorpromazine. International Clinical Psychopharmacology, 12 (2):109-112

 

23      Benedetti F, Sforzini L, Colombo C, Maffei C, Smeraldi E. (1998) Low-dose clozapine in acute and continuation treatment of severe borderline personality disorder. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 59(3):103-107

 

24      Benedetti F, Barbini B, Campori E, Colombo C, Smeraldi E (1998) Patterns of mood variation during antidepressant treatment. Journal of Affective Disorders, 49(2):133-139

 

25      Barbini B, Colombo C, Benedetti F, Campori E, Bellodi L, Smeraldi E. (1998) The unipolar/bipolar dichothomy and the response to sleep deprivation. Psychiatry Research, 79(1):43-50

 

26      Barbini B, Benedetti F, Colombo C, Guglielmo E, Campori E, Smeraldi E. (1998) Perceived mood and biological rhythms in depression. European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, 248(3):157-160

 

27      Smeraldi E, Benedetti F, Barbini B, Campori C, Colombo C (1999) Sustained antidepressant effect of sleep deprivation combined with pindolol in bipolar depression: a placebo-controlled trial. Neuropsychopharmacology, 20(4):380-385

 

28      Benedetti F, Colombo C, Barbini B, Campori E, Smeraldi E. (1999) Ongoing lithium treatment prevents relapse after sleep deprivation. Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology, 19(3):240-245

 

29      Colombo C, Benedetti F, Barbini B, Campori E, Smeraldi E. (1999) Rate of switch from depression into mania after therapeutic sleep deprivation in bipolar depression.  Psychiatry Research,86(3): 267-270

 

30      Benedetti F, Zanardi R, Colombo C, Smeraldi E. (1999) Worsening of delusional depression after sleep deprivation: case reports. Journal of Psychiatric Research,33(1):69-72

 

31      Benedetti F, Serretti A, Colombo C, Campori E, Barbini B, Di Bella D, Smeraldi E (1999) Influence of a functional polymorphysm within the promoter of the serotonin transporter gene on the effects of total sleep deprivation in bipolar depression. American Journal of Psychiatry, 156(9):1450-1452

 

32      Serretti A, Benedetti F, Colombo C, Lilli R, Smeraldi E (1999) Dopamine receptor D4 is not associated with antidepressant activity of sleep deprivation.Psychiatry Research, 89:107-114

 

33      Colombo C, Lucca A, Benedetti F, Barbini B, Campori E, Smeraldi E (2000) Total sleep deprivation combined with lithium and light therapy in the treatment of bipolar depression: replication of main effects and interaction. Psychiatry Research,95(1):43-53

 

34      Benedetti F, Serretti A, Colombo C, Campori E, Barbini B, Di Bella D, Smeraldi E. (2000) Some ado for a polymorphism [letter; reply]. American Journal of Psychiatry, 157(11):1887-1888

 

35      Benedetti F, Colombo C, Barbini B, Campori E, Cigala Fulgosi M, Serretti A. (2000) Genetic differences in antidepressant response to sleep deprivation. Eight World Congress on Psychiatric Genetics, Versailles, 27-31 August 2000. American Journal of Medical Genetics 96(4):537

 

36      Moresco RM, Colombo C, Fazio F, Bonfanti A, Lucignani G, Messa C, Gobbo C, Galli L, Del Sole A, Lucca A, Smeraldi E (2000) Effects of fluvoxamine treatment on the in vivo binding of [F-18]FESP in drug naive depressed patients: a PET study. Neuroimage 12(4):452-465

 

37      Zanardi R, Artigas F, Moresco R, Colombo C, Messa C, Gobbo C, Smeraldi E, Fazio F (2001) Increased 5-HT2 receptor binding in frontal cortex of depressed patients responding to paroxetine treatment: a PET scan study. Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology, 21(1):53-58

 

38      Benedetti F, Colombo C, Barbini B, Campori E, Smeraldi E (2001) Morning sunlight reduces lenght of hospitalization for bipolar depression. Journal of Affective Disorders, 62(3):221-223

 

39      Benedetti F, Barbini B, Campori E, Cigala Fulgosi M, Pontiggia A., Colombo C (2001) Sleep phase advance and lithium to sustain the antidepressant effect of total sleep deprivation in bipolar depression: new findings sustaining the internal coincidence model? Journal of Psychiatric Research,35(6):323-329

 

40      Benedetti F, Campori E, Barbini B, Cigala Fulgosi M, Colombo C (2001) Dopaminergic augmentation of sleep deprivation effects in bipolar depression. Psychiatry Research,104:239-246

 

41      Benedetti F, Lucca A, Brambilla F, Colombo C, Smeraldi E (2002)  Interleukine-6 serum levels correlate with response to antidepressant sleep deprivation and sleep phase advance. Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry, 26:1167-1170.

 

42      Benedetti F, Colombo C, Barbini B, Smeraldi E (2002) Sleep deprivation and biological rhytms in bipolar disorder. Journal of  Affective Disorders, 68:88-89

 

43      Benedetti F, Colombo C, Serretti A, Pontiggia A, Bernasconi A, Florita M, Smeraldi E (2003)  Morning light treatment hastens the antidepressant effect of citalopram: a placebo controlled trial. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 64:648-653

 

44      Benedetti F, Colombo C, Serretti A, Lorenzi C, Pontiggia A, Barbini B,  Smeraldi E (2003)  Antidepressant effects of light therapy combined with sleep deprivation are influenced by a functional polymorphism within the promoter of the serotonin transporter gene. Biological Psychiatry, 54(7):687-92

 

45      Benedetti F, Serretti A, Colombo C, Lilli R, Lorenzi C, Smeraldi E (2003) Dopamine receptor D2 and D3 gene variants are not associated  with the antidepressant effect of total sleep deprivation in bipolar depression.  Psychiatry Research, 118(3):241-247.

 

46      Benedetti F, Serretti A, Colombo C, Barbini B, Lorenzi C, Campori E, Smeraldi E (2003) Influence of CLOCK gene polymorphism on circadian mood fluctuation and illness recurrence in bipolar depression. American Journal of Medical Genetics - NeuropsychiatricGenetics, 123B(1):23-6

 

47      Serretti A, Benedetti F, Mandelli L, Lorenzi C, Pirovano A, Colombo C, Smeraldi E (2003) Genetic dissection of psychopathological symptoms: insomnia in mood disorders and CLOCK gene polymorphism. American Journal of Medical Genetics,121B(1):35-8.

 

48      Messa C, Colombo C, Moresco RM, Gobbo C, Galli L, Lucignani G, Gilardi MC, Rizzo G, Smeraldi E, Zanardi R, Artigas F, Fazio F(2003) 5-HT2A receptor binding is reduced in drug-naïve and unchanged in SSRI-responder depressed patients compared to healthy controls: a PET study. Psychopharmacology, 167:72-8

 

 

49      Benedetti F, Bernasconi A, Lorenzi C, Pontiggia A, SerrettiA, ColomboC, SmeraldiE (2004) A single nucleotide polimorphism in Glycogen synthase kinase 3-b influences age at onset of bipolar disorder. Neuroscience Letters, 355(1-2):37-40.

 

50      Benedetti F, Campori E, Colombo C, Smeraldi E (2004) Fluvoxamine treatment of major depression associated with multiple sclerosis. Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, 16(3):364-366

 

51      Benedetti F, Pontiggia A, Bernasconi A, Colombo C, Florita M, Smeraldi E (2004) Lormetazepam in depressive insomnia: new evidences for phase-response effects of benzodiazepines. International Clinical Neuropsychopharmacology, 19(5):311-317

 

52      Benedetti F, Serretti A, Colombo C, Lorenzi C, Tubazio V, Smeraldi E. (2004) A glycogen synthase kinase 3-b promoter gene SNP is associated with age at onset and response to total sleep deprivation in bipolar depression. Neuroscience Letters, 368(2)123-126

 

53      Moresco RM, Cavallaro R, Messa C, Bravi D, Gobbo C, Galli L, Lucignani G, Colombo C, Rizzo G, Velonà I, Smeraldi E, Fazio F (2004) Cerebral D2 and 5HT2 receptor occupancy in schizophrenic patients treated with olanzapine or clozapine. J Psychopharmacology 18(3) 355-365

 

54      Barbini B, Benedetti F, Colombo C, Dotoli D, Bernasconi A, Cigala Fulgosi M, Florita M, Smeraldi E (2005) Dark therapy for mania: a pilot study. Bipolar Disorders, 7:98-101

 

55      Serretti A, Olgiati P, Colombo C (2005) Components of self-esteem in affective patients and non-psychiatric controls. J Affective Disorders, 88:93-98

 

56      Colombo C, Barbini B (2005) The importance of assessment. Editorial. Clinical Neuropsychiatry, J of Treatment Evaluation, vol. 2 (3) 135-136

 

57      Benedetti F, Barbini B, Cigala Fulgosi M, Pontiggia A, Colombo C, Smeraldi E (2005) Cognitive assessment of depression: a new test for mood disorders. Clinical Neuropsychiatry, J of Treatment Evaluation, vol. 2 (3) 149-165

 

58      Benedetti F, Barbini B, Florita M, Cigala Fulgosi M, Pontiggia A, Campori E, Colombo C, Smeraldi E (2005) Treatment: rapid improvement in information processing after sleep deprivation and sleep-phase advance in bipolar depression. Clinical Neuropsychiatry, J of Treatment Evaluation, vol. 2 (3) 180-182

 

59      Benedetti F, Anselmetti S, Florita M, Radaelli D, Cavallaro R, Colombo C, Smeraldi E (2005) Reality monitoring and paranoia in remitted delusional depression. Clinical Neuropsychiatry, J of Treatment Evaluation, vol. 2 (3) 199-205

 

60      Benedetti F, Barbini B, Cigala Fulgosi M, Colombo C, Dallaspezia S, Pontiggia A,  Smeraldi E (2005) Combined Total Sleep Deprivation and Light Therapy in the Treatment of Drug-Resistant Bipolar Depression: Acute Response and Long-Term Remission Rates. J Clin Psychiatry 2005;66;12:1535-1540

 

61      Benedetti F, Serretti A, Pontiggia A, Bernasconi A, Lorenzi C, Colombo C, Smeraldi E (2005) Long-term response to lithium salts in bipolar illness is influenced by the glycogen synthase kinase 3-beta-50 T/C SNP. Neuroscience Letters, 376 (1) :51-55

 

62      Serretti A, Cusin, Benedetti F, Mandelli L, Pirovano A, Zanardi R, Colombo C, Smeraldi E (2005) Insomnia improvement during antidepressant treatment and clock gene polymorphism. American Journal of Medical Genetics, B, 137(1) :36-39

 

63      Olgiati P, Serretti A, Colombo C (2006) Retrospective analysis of psychomotor agitation, hypomanic symptoms, and suicidal ideation in unipolar depression. Depression and anxiety 23(7) :389-97

 

64      Serretti A, Olgiati P, Colombo C (2006) Influence of postpartum onset on the course of mood disorders.  BMC Psychiatry, 6:4

 

65      Mandelli L, Serretti A, Marino E, Pirovano A, Calati R, Colombo C (2006) Interaction between serotonin transporter gene, catechol-o-methyltransferase gene and stressful life events in mood disorders. International J of Neuropsychopharmacology 9, 1-11

 

66      Mandelli L, Serretti A, Colombo C, Florita M, Santoro A, Rossini D, Zanardi R, Smeraldi E 2006): Improvement of cognitive functioning in mood disorder patients with depressive symptomatic recovery during treatment: an exploratory analysis. Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences 60, 598-604

 

67      Zanardi R, Rossini D, Magri L, Malaguti A, Colombo C, Smeraldi E (2006) Response to SSRIs and role if the hormonal therapy in post-menopausal depression. Eur Neuropsychopharmacol Epub dec 27

 

68      Serretti A, Olgiati P, Liebman MN, Hu H, Zhang Y, Zanardi R, Colombo C, Smeraldi E (2007) Clinical prediction of antidepressant response in mood disorders: linear multivariate vs neural network models. Psychiatry Research. 2007 Aug 30;152(2-3):223-31. Epub 2007 Apr 18.

 

69      Serretti A, Calati R, Oasi O, De Ronchi D, Colombo C (2007) Dissecting the determinants of depressive disorders outcome : an in depth analysis of two clinical cases. Annals of general Psychiatry 6:5

 

70      Benedetti F, Bernasconi A, Blasi V, Cadioli M, Colombo C, Falini A, Lorenzi C, Radaelli D, Scotti G, Smeraldi E (2007) Neural and genetic correlates of antidepressant response to sleep deprivation: a functional magnetic resonance imaging study of moral valence decision in bipolar depression.. Arch Gen Psychiatry 64(2):179-87

 

71      Serretti A, Mandelli L, Lorenzi C, Pirovano A, Olgiati P, Colombo C, Smeraldi E (2007): Serotonin Transporter Gene influences the time course of improvement of "Core" depressive and Somatic anxiety symptoms during treatment with SSRIs for recurrent Mood Disorders. Psychiatry Research 15:149:185-93. .

 

72      Serretti A, Zanardi R, Mandelli L, Smeraldi E, Colombo C (2007) A neural network model for combining clinical predictors of antidepressant response in mood disorders. J Affective Disorders 98(3):239-45

 

73      Benedetti F, Dallaspezia S, Fulgosi MC, Lorenzi C, Serretti A, Barbini B, Colombo C, Smeraldi E (2007) Actimetric evidence that CLOCK 3111 T/C SNP influences sleep and activity patterns in patients affected by bipolar depression. Am J Med Genet B Neuropsychiatr Genet  144(5):631-5

 

74      Serretti A, Calati R, Oasi O, De Ronchi D, Colombo C (2007) Dissecting the determinants of depressive disorders outcomes: an in depth analysis oft wo clinical cases. Annals of General Psychiatry 2007, 6:5 doi:10.1186/1744-859X-6-5

 

75      Benedetti F, Barbini B, Colombo C, Smeraldi E (2007) Chronoterapeutics in a psychiatric ward. Sleep Medicine Reviews, 11:509-522

 

76      Benedetti F, Dallaspezia S, Cigala Fulgosi M, Barbibi B, Colombo C, Smeraldi E (2007) Phase advance is an actimetric correlate of antidepressant response to sleep deprivation and light therapy in bipolar depression. Chronobiology International, 24(5): 921-937

 

77      Maina G, Albert U, Bellodi L, Colombo C, Faravelli C, Monteleone P, Bogetto F, Cassano GB, Maj M (2007) Health-related quality of life in euthymic bipolar disorder patients: differences between bipolar I and bipolar II subtypes. J Clin Psychiatry 68(2):207-12

 

78      Olgiati P, Serretti A, Rossini D, Ferrari B, Dotoli D, Bongiorno F, Zanardi R, Colombo C (2007) Comparison between controlled trials in depression and naturalistic study data. Clinical Neuropsychiatry, vol. 4 p. 83-90

 

79      Serretti A, Olgiati P, Benazzi F, Zanardi R, Colombo C (2007) Psychomotor agitation in bipolar and unipolar depression. Clinical correlates and out come. Clinical Neuropsychiatry, vol. 4 p. 39-47

 

80      Mandelli L, Serretti A, Zanardi R, Rossini D, De Ronchi D, Tarricone I, Colombo C (2007) Antidepressant response in the elderly. Psychiatry Research 152:37-44

 

81      Benedetti F, Radaelli D, Bernasconi A, Dalla Spezia S, Falini A, Scotti G, Lorenzi C, Colombo C, Smeraldi E (2008) Clock genes beyond the clock: CLOCK genotype biases neural correlates of moral valence decision in depressed patients. Genes Brain Behav. Mar 26; 7:20-25

 

82      Benedetti F, Barbini B, Bernasconi A, Fulgosi MC, Campori E, Colombo C, Dalla spezia S, Lorenzi C, Pontiggia A, Radaelli D, Smeraldi E (2008) Lithium overcomes the influence of 5-HTTLPR gene polymorphism on antidepressant response to sleep deprivation. J Clin Psychopharmacol 28(2):249-51

 

83      Zanardi R, Barbini B, Rossini D, Bernasconi A, Fregni F, Padberg F, Rossi S, Wirz-justice A, Terman M, Martiny K, Bersani G, Hariri AR, Pezawas L, Roiser JP, Bertolino A, Calabrese G, Magri L, Benedetti F, Pontiggia A, Malaguti A, Smeraldi E, Colombo C (2008) New perspectives on techniques for the clinical psychiatrist: brain stimulation, chronobiology and psychiatric brain imaging. Psichiatry and clinical neurosciences 62:627-637

 

84      Serretti A, Benedetti F, Mandelli L, Calati R, Caneva B, Lorenzi C, Fontana V, Colombo C, Smeraldi E (2008) Association between GSK-3β –50T/C polymorphism and psychotic symptoms in mood disorders. Psychiatry research, 158(2):132-140

 

85      Benedetti F, Barbini B, Bernasconi A, Cigala Fulgosi M, Colombo C, Gavinelli C, Marino E, Pirovano A, Radaelli D, Smeraldi E (2008) Serotonin 5-HT2A receptor gene variants influence antidepressant response to repeated total sleep deprivation in bipolar depression. Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry, 32:1833-1866.

 

86      Benedetti F, Dallaspezia S, Colombo C, Pirovano A, Marino E, Smeraldi E (2009) A length polymorphism in the circadian clock gene Per3 influences age at onset of bipolar disorder. Neuroscience Letters, 445(2):184-7.

 

87      Benedetti F, Colombo C, Pirovano A, Marino E, Smeraldi E (2009) The catechol-O-methyltransferase Val(108/158)Met polymorphism affects antidepressant response to paroxetine in a naturalistic setting. Psychopharmacology, 203(1):155-60.

 

88      Mandelli L, Marino E, Pirovano A, Calati R, Zanardi R, Colombo , Serretti A (2009) Interaction between SERTPR and stressful life events on response to antidepressant treatment. European Neuropsychopharmacology 19: 64-67

 

89      Benedetti F, Calabrese G, Bernasconi A, Cadioli M, Colombo C, Dallaspezia S, Falini A, Radaelli D, Scotti G, Smeraldi E (2009) Spectroscopic correlate of antidepressant response to sleep deprivation and light therapy: a 3.0 T study of bipolar depression. Psychiatry Research Neuroimaging,173(3):238-42

 

90      Benedetti F, Radaelli D, Bernasconi A, Dallaspezia S, Colombo C, Smeraldi E (2009) Changes in medial prefrontal cortex neural responses parallel successful antidepressant combination of venlafaxine and light therapy. Archives Italiennes de Biologie, 147:83-93

 

91      Kato M, Zanardi R, Rossini D, De Ronchi D, Okugawa G, Kinoshita T, Colombo C, Serretti A (2009) 5-HT2A gene variants influence specific and different aspects of antidepressant response in Japanese and Italian mood disorder patients. Psychiatry research, vol. 167, p. 97-105

 

92      Marino E, Fanny B, Lorenzi C, Pirovano A, Franchini L, Colombo C, Bramanti P, Smeraldi E. (2010) Genetic bases of comorbidity between mood disorders and migraine: possible role of serotonin transporter gene. Neurol Sci. 2010 Jun;31(3):387-91. Epub 2009 Nov 21.

 

93      Benedetti F, Barbini B, Bernasconi A, Fulgosi MC, Dallaspezia S, Gavinelli C, Locatelli C, Lorenzi C, Pirovano A, Radaelli D, Smeraldi E, Colombo C. (2010) Acute antidepressant response to sleep deprivation combined with light therapy is influenced by the catechol-O-methyltransferase Val(108/158)Met polymorphism. J Affect Disord.121(1-2):68-72. Epub 2009 Jun 11.

 

94      Benedetti F, Dallaspezia S, Colombo C Lorenzi C, Pirovano A, Smeraldi E (2010) Effect of catechol-O-methyltransferase Val(108/158)Met polymorphism on antidepressant efficacy of fluvoxamine. European Psychiatry, 25(8):476-478

 

95     Lorenzi C, Delmonte D, Pirovano A, Marino E, Bongiorno F, Catalano M, Colombo C, Bramanti P, Smeraldi E (2010) Searching Susceptibility Loci for Bipolar Disorder: A Sib Pair Study on Chromosome 12.Neuropsychobiology 2010; 61:10-18 (DOI: 10.1159/000258638)

 

96      Benedetti F, Dallaspezia S, Colombo C, Lorenzi C, Pirovano A, Smeraldi E  (2010) Association between catechol-O-methyltransferase Val(108/158)Met polymorphism and psychotic features of bipolar disorder. J Affect Disord. 2010 Jan 30.

 

97      Bongiorno F, Franchini L, Pirovano A, Colombo C, Bramanti P, Smeraldi E (2010) Genetic bases of comorbidity between mood disorders and migraine: possible role of serotonin transporter gene. Neurological Sciences, vol.1 feb 2010

 

98      Rossini D, Lucca A, Magri L, Malaguti A, Smeraldi E, Colombo C, Zanardi R (2010) A symptom-specific analysis of the effect of high-frequency left or low-frequency right transcranial magnetic stimulation over the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex in major depression. Neuropsychology 62(2):91-7

 

99      Dallaspezia S, Lorenzi C, Pirovano A, Colombo C, Smeraldi E, Benedetti F (2011) Circadian clock gene Per3 variants influence the post-partum onset of bipolar disorder. European Psychiatry, 26(3):138-40.

 

100   Benedetti F, Yeh PH, Bellani M, Radaelli D, Nicoletti MA, Poletti S, Falini A, Dallaspezia S, Colombo C, Scotti G, Smeraldi E, Soares JC, Brambilla P (2011) Disruption of white matter integrity in bipolar depression as a possible structural marker of illness. Biol Psychiatry  Feb 15;69(4):309-17

 

101   Malaguti A, Rossini D, Lucca A, Magri L, Lorenzi C, Pirovano A, Colombo C, Smeraldi E, Zanardi R (2011) Role of COMT, 5-HT1A, and Sert genetic polymorphisms on antidepressant response to transcranial magnetic stimulation. Depression and anxiety, 28:568-573

 

102   Benedetti F, Dallaspezia S, Locatelli C, Radaelli D, Poletti S, Lorenzi C, Pirovano A, Colombo C, Smeraldi E (2011) Recurrence of bipolar mania is associated with catechol-O-methyltransferase Val (108/158) Met polymorphism. J of Affective Disorders  132:293-296

 

103   Benedetti F, Radaelli D, Poletti S, Locatelli C, Dallaspezia S, Lorenzi C, Pirovano A, Colombo C, Smeraldi E (2011) Association of the C(-1019)G 5-HT1A promoter polymorphism with exposure to stressors preceding hospitalization for bipolar depression. J of Affective Disorders 132:297-300

 

104   Benedetti F, Colombo C (2011) Sleep deprivation in mood disorders. Neuropsychobiology, 64:141-151

 

105   Benedetti, F; Absinta, M; Rocca, MA; Radaelli, D; Poletti, S; Bernasconi, A; Dallaspezia, S; Pagani, E; Falini, A; Copetti, M; Colombo, C; Comi, G; Smeraldi, E; Filippi, M (2011) Tract-specific white matter structural disruption in patients with bipolar disorder. Bipolar Disord 13, 4140

 

106   Benedetti F, Radaelli D, Poletti S, Locatelli C, Falini A, Colombo C, Smeraldi E (2012) Opposite effects of suicidality and lithium on gray matter volumes in bipolar depression. J of Affective Disorders 135 (1-3):139-147

 

107   Brambilla C, Gavinelli C, Delmonte D, Cigala Fulgosi M, Barbini B, Colombo C, Smeraldi e (2012) Seasonality and sleep: a clinical study on euthymic mood disorder patients. Depression Research and treatment - Hindawi Publishing Corporation doi:10.155/2012/978962

 

108   Franchini L, Ciracì M, Redaelli C, Colombo C (2012) Sexual dysfunction during long-term treat,ment with antidepressants in unipolar disorder: clinical and management aspects. J of Psychopathology 2012, EPUB February 2012

 

109   Benedetti F, Dallaspezia S, Lorenzi C, Pirovano A, Radaelli D, Locatelli C, Poletti S, Colombo C, Smeraldi E (2012) Gene-gene interaction of glycogen synthase kinase 3-beta and serotonin transporter on human antidepressant response to sleep deprivation. J of Affective disoders 136 (2012)514-519

 

110   Dallaspezia S, Benedetti F, Colombo C, Barbini B, Cigala Fulgosi M, Gavinelli C, Smeraldi E (2012) Optimized light therapy for non-seasonal major depressive disorder: effects of timing and season. J Affective Disorders 138 (2012)337-342

 

111  Colombo C, Fossati A, Colom F (2012) EditorialBipolar Disorder Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 525837, 2 pages
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112   Radaelli D, Poletti S, Dallaspezia S, Colombo C, Smeraldi E, Benedetti F (2012) Neural responses to emotional stimuli in comorbid borderline personality disorder and bipolar depression. Psychiatry Res 203, 61-66

 

113   Dallaspezia S, Poletti S, Lorenzi C, Pirovano A, Colombo C, Smeraldi E, Benedetti F (2012) Interaction between lithium salts and a functional polymorphism in EAAT2 in influencing history of illness in bipolar disorder. Molecular Diagnosis & Therapy, 16 (5):303-9

 

114  Dallaspezia S, Poletti S, Lorenzi C, Pirovano A, Colombo C, Smeraldi E, Benedetti F (2012). Influence of an Interaction between Lithium Salts and a Functional Polymorphism in SLC1A2 on the History of Illness in Bipolar Disorder. MOLECULAR DIAGNOSIS & THERAPY, vol. 16, p. 303-309, ISSN: 1177-1062, doi: 10.1007/s40291-012-0004-5.

 

115  Radaelli D, Poletti S, Dallaspezia S, Colombo C, Smeraldi E, Benedetti F (2012). Neural responses to emotional stimuli in comorbid borderline personality disorder and bipolar depression. PSYCHIATRY RESEARCH, vol. 203, p. 61-66, ISSN: 0165-1781, doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pscychresns.2011.09.010, How to Cite or Link Using DOI

 

116   Benedetti F, Bollettini I, Barberi I, Radaelli D, Poletti S, Locatelli C, Pirovano A,  Lorenzi C, Colombo C, Smeraldi E (2013) Lithium and GSK3-b promoter gene variants influence white matter microstructure in bipolar disorder. Neuropsychopharmacology, 38 (2): 313-27

 

117   Casarotto S, Canali P, Rosanova M, Pigorini A, Fecchio M, Mariotti M, Lucca A, Colombo C, Benedetti F, Massimini M (2013) Assessing the Effects of Electroconvulsive Therapy on Cortical Excitability by Means of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation and Electroencephalography. Brain Topography 26 : 326-337 DOI 10.1007/s10548-012-0256-8

 

118   Zanardi R, Colombo L, Marcheggiani E, Rossini D, Delmonte D, Cigala Fulgosi M, Gavinelli C, Colombo C (2013) Paroxetine drops versus paroxetine tablets: evaluation of compliance in a six-month study. Riv. Psichiatr. 48(3):261-7 doi:10.1708/1292.14294

 

119   Benedetti F, Riccaboni R, Locatelli C, Poletti S, Dallaspezia S, Colombo C (2014) Rapid treatment response of suicidal symptoms to lithium, sleep deprivation, and light therapy (chronotherapeutics) in drug-resistant bipolar depression. J Clin Psychiatry J Clin Psychiatry 2014 75(2): 133-140

 

120   Radaelli D, Dallaspezia S, Poletti S, Smeraldi E, Falini A, Colombo C, Benedetti F (2013) Different neural responses to a moral valence decision task in unipolar and bipolar depression.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/568617

 

121   Radaelli D, Benedetti F, Cavallaro R, Colombo C, Smeraldi E (2013) Reality monitoring deficits as common  neuropsychological correlates of schizophrenic and affective psychosis. Behavioral sciences 3 (2): 244-252

 

122  Radaelli D, Poletti S, Gorni I, Locatelli C, Smeraldi E, Colombo C, Benedetti F (2014) Neural correlates of delusion in bipolar  depression. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging 221 1-5

 

123   Poletti S, Sferrazza Papa G, Locatelli C, Colombo C, Benedetti F (2014) Neuropsychological deficits in bipolar depression persist after successful antidepressant treatment. J Affective disorders 2014 Mar;156:144-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2013.11.023. Epub 2013 Dec 16.

 

124   Poletti S, Locatelli C, Radaelli D, Lorenzi C, Smeraldi E, Colombo C, Benedetti F (2014) Effect of early stress on hippocampal gray matter is influenced by a functional polymorphism in EAAT2 in bipolar disorder. Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry 2014 Jun 3;51:146-52. doi: 10.1016/j.pnpbp.2014.01.021. Epub 2014 Feb 8.

 

125   Benedetti F, Bollettini I, Radaelli D, Poletti S, Locatelli C, Falini A, Smeraldi E, Colombo C (2014) Adverse childhood experiences influence white-matter microstructure in patients with bipolar disorder. Psychological Medicine 44, 3069-3082

 

126   Mattiello S, Brignoli SM, Cordedda A, Pedroni B, Colombo C, Rosi F (2014) Effect of the change of social environment on the behavior of a captive brown bear Journal of veterinary behavior: clinical applications and research. Vol. 9 issue 3 pages 119-123

 

127   Canali P, Sferrazza Papa G, Casali A, Schiena G, Fecchio M, Pigorini A, Smeraldi E, Colombo C, Benedetti F (2014) Changes of cortical excitability as markers of antidepressant response in bipolar depression: preliminary data obtained by combining transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and electroencephalography (EEG). Bipolar Disorders 2014; 16(8):809-819. Doi: 10.1111/bdi.12249

 

128   Benedetti F, Riccaboni R, Poletti S, Radaelli D, Locatelli C, Lorenzi C, Pirovano A, Smeraldi E, Colombo C (2014) The serotonin transporter genotype modulates the relationship between early stress and adult suicidality in bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorders 2014; 16:857-866 doi: 10.1111/bdi.12250

 

129   Poletti S, Colombo C, Benedetti F (2014) Adverse childhood experiences worsen cognitive distortion during adult bipolar depression. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 55 (2014) 1803-1808 pii: S0010-440X(14)00182-5. doi: 10.1016/j.comppsych.2014.07.013

 

130   Benedetti F, Poletti S, Radaelli D, Locatelli C, Pirovano A, Lorenzi C, Vai B, Bollettini I, Falini A, Smeraldi E, Colombo C (2014) Lithium and GSK-3beta promoter gene variants influence cortical gray matter volumes in bipolar disorder. Psychopharmacology DOI 10.1007/s00213-014-3770-4

 

131   Canali P, Sarasso S, Rosanova M, Casarotto S, Sferrazza-Papa G, Gosseries O, Fecchio M, Massimini M, Cavallaro R, Smeraldi E, Colombo C, Benedetti F (2015) Shared reduction of oscillatory natural frequencies in bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder and schizophrenia.  Journal of affective disorders 184:111-5

 

132   Bollettini I, Poletti S, Locatelli C, Vai B, Smeraldi E, Colombo C, Benedetti F (2015) Disruption of white matter integrity marks poor antidepressant response in bipolar disorder. Journal of affective disorders 174:233-240

 

133   Poletti S, Bollettini I, Mazza E, Locatelli C, Radaelli D, Vai B, Smeraldi E, Colombo C, Benedetti F (2015) Cognitive performances associate with neasures of white matter integrity in bipolar disorder. Journal of affective disorders 174:342-352

 

134   Radaelli D, Sferrazza Papa G, Vai B, Poletti S, Smeraldi E, Colombo C, Benedetti F (2015) Fronto-limbic disconnection in bipolar disorder. European Psychiatry 30: 82-88

 

135   Poletti S, Locatelli C, Pirovano A, Colombo C, Benedetti F (2015) Glutamate EAAT1 transporter genetic variants influence cognitive deficits in bipolar disorder. Psychiatry Res 226 (2015) 407-408 S0165-1781(15)00058-X DOI: 10.1016/j.psyres.2014.12.071

 

136   Benedetti F, Bollettini I, Poletti S, Locatelli C, Lorenzi C, Pirovano A, Smeraldi E, Colombo C (2015) White matter microstructure in bipolar disorder is influenced by the serotonin transporter gene polymorphism 5-HTTLPR. Genes, Brain and Behavior, 14: 3,  238-250

 

137   Benedetti F, Riccaboni R, Dallaspezia S, Locatelli C, Smeraldi E, Colombo C (2015) Effects of CLOCK gene variants and early stress on hopelessness and suicide in bipolar depression. Chronobiology International. Posted online on July 23, 2015 http://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.3109/07420528.2015.1060603

 

138   Vai B, Poletti S, Radaelli D, Dallaspezia S, Bulgarelli C, Locatelli C, Bollettini I, Falini A, Colombo C, Smeraldi E, Benedetti F (2015) Successful antidepressant chronotherapeutics enhance fronto-limbic neural response and connectivity in bipolar depression. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging 233 (2015) 243-253

 

139   Poletti S, Vai B, Smeraldi E, Cavallaro R, Colombo C, Benedetti F (2016) Adverse childhood experiences influence the detrimental effect of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia on cortico-limbic grey matter volumes. Journal of affective disorders, 189:290-297

 

140   Dallaspezia S, Locatelli C, Lorenzi C, Pirovano A, Colombo C, Benedetti F (2016) Sleep homeostatic pressure and PER3 VNTR gene polymorphism influence antidepressant response to sleep deprivation in bipolar depression. Journal of affective disorders, 192:64-69

 

141   Benedetti F, Poletti S, Hoogenboezem TA, Mazza E, Ambrée O, de Wit H, Wijkhuijs AJM, Locatelli C,  Bollettini I, Colombo C, Arolt V, Drexhage HA (2016) Inflammatory cytokines influence measures of white matter integrity in bipolar disorder. Journal of affective disorders 202:1-9

 

142 Suzuki M, Dallaspezia S, Locatelli C, Uchiyama M, Colombo C, Benedetti F (2016) Discrepancy between subjective and objective severity as a predictor of response to chronotherapeutics in bipolar depression. Journal of affective disorders, 204: 48-53

 

143   BenedettiF,PolettiS,HoogenboezemTA,LocatelliC,AmbréeO,deWitH,WijkhuijsAJM,MazzaE,  BulgarelliC,VaiB,  ColomboC,SmeraldiE,AroltV,DrexhageHA (2016) StemCellFactor (SCF) isaputativebiomarkerofantidepressantresponse. JNeuroimmunePharmacol 11:248. doi:10.1007/s11481-016-9672-y

 

144   Poletti S, Locatelli C, Falini A, Colombo C, Benedetti F (2016) Adverse childhood experiences associate to reduced glutamate levels in the hippocampus of patients affected by mood disorders. Progress in neuro-psychopharmacology and biological psychiatry 71 (2016) 117-122

 

145   Poletti S, Aggio V, Bollettini I, Falini A, Colombo C, Benedetti F (2016) SREBF-2 polymorphism influences white matter microstructure in bipolar disorder. Psychiatry Research Neuroimaging 257: 39-46

 

146   Benedetti F, Poletti S, Hoogenboezem TA, Mazza E, Ambrée O, de Wit H, Wijkhuijs AJM, Locatelli C Bollettini I, Colombo C, Smeraldi E, Arolt V, Drexhage HA (2016) Inflammatory cytokines influence measures of white matter integrity in bipolar disorder. Journal of Affective Disorders 202:1-9

 

147   Poletti S, Myint AM, Schuetze G, Bollettini I, MazzaE, Grillitsch, Locatelli C, Schwarz M, Colombo C, Bendetti F (2016) Kynurenine pathway and white matter microstructure in bipolar disorder. Eur Arch Psychiatry Clin Neurosci  DOI 10.1007/s00406-016-0731-4

 

148   Poletti S, Riccaboni R, Pirovano C, Lorenzi C, Locatelli C, Colombo C, Benedetti F (2016) Behavioural genetics of suicidality in bipolar disorder: the interaction between clock and 5-HTT polymorphisms and early life stress. Psychiatry research  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.psychres.2016.10.054

 

149   Bollettini I, Melloni EMT, Aggio V, Poletti S, Lorenzi C, Pirovano A, Vai B, Dallaspezia S, Colombo C, Benedetti F (2016) Clock genes associate with white matter integrity in depressed bipolar patients. J Chronobiology International http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07420528.2016.1260026

 

150   Suzuki M, Dallaspezia S, Locatelli C, Lorenzi C, Uchiyama M, Colombo C, Benedetti F (2017) Clock gene variants associated with the discrepancy between subjective and objective severity in bipolar depression. Journal of affective disorders 210: 14-18

 

151   Poletti S, Aggio V, Brioschi S, Dallaspezia S, Colombo C, Benedetti F (2017) Multidimensional cogntive impairment in unipolar and bipolar depression and the moderator effect of adverse childhood experiences. Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences 71(5):309-317

 

152   Poletti S, Mazza E, Locatelli C, Aggio V, Colombo C, Benedetti F (2017) Th17 cells correlate positively to the structural and functional integrity of the brain in bipolar depression and healthy controls. Brain, behavior, and Immunity 61:317-325

 

153   Mazza E, Poletti S, Bollettini I, Locatelli C, Falini A, Colombo C, Benedetti F (2017)  Body massindex associates with white matter microstructure in bipolar depression. Bipolar disorders 19(2):116-127

 

154   Benedetti F, Melloni EMT, Dallaspezia S, Bolletini I, Locatelli C, Poletti S, Colombo C (2017) Night sleep influences white matter microstructure in bipolar depression. J affective Disorders 15;218:380-387

 

155   Vai B, Riberto M, Poletti S, Bollettini I, Lorenzi C, Colombo C, Benedetti F (2017) Catechol-O-methyltransferase Val (108/158)Met polymorphism affects fronto-limbic connectivity during emotional processing in bipolar disorder.Eur Psychiatry 41:53-59

 

156   Canali P, Casarotto S, Rosanova M, Sferrazza-Papa G, Casali AG, Gosseries O, Massimini M, Smeraldi E, Colombo C, Benedetti F (2017) Abnormal brain oscillations persit after recovery from bipolar depression. Eur Psychiatry 41:10-15

 

157   Poletti S, Aggio V, Hoogenboezem TA, Ambrée O, de Wit H, Wijkhuijs AJ, Locatelli C, Colombo C, Arolt V, Drexhage HA, Benedetti F (2017) Brain-derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) and gray matter volume in bipolar disorder. Eur Psychiatry 40:33-37

 

158   Benedetti F, Ambrée O, Locatelli C, Lorenzi C, Poletti S, Colombo C, Arolt V (2017) The effect of childhood trauma on serum BDNF in bipolar depressioni is modulated by the serotonin promoter genotype. Neuroscience Letters 656 (2017) 177-181 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neulet.2017.07.043

 

159   Aggio V, Brioschi S, Bollettini I, Falini A, Colombo C, Benedetti F (2017) Impact of early and recent stress on white matter microstructure in major depressive disorder. Jornal of Affective Disorders, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2017.08.017

 

160   Suzuki M, Dallaspezia S, Locatelli C, Uchiyama M, Colombo C, Benedetti F (2018) Does early response predict subsequent remission in bipolar depression treated woth repeated sleep deprivation combined with light therapy and lithium? Journal of affective disorders 229 (2018) 371-37

 

Abstracts presented at international and national congresses

 

1         Cattaneo R, Pugnetti L, Colombo C, Scarone S (1985) Implicazioni terapeutiche derivanti dallo studio della postura sul flusso aereo e sull'attivita' EEG durante il sonno mediante monitoraggio combinato audiovisivo-poligrafico nella sindrome di apnee notturne. Atti XXXVI Congresso Societa' Italiana di Psichiatria, Milano

 

2         Colombo C, Cattaneo R, Ragnoli D, Scarone S, Pugnetti L (1985) Descrizione quantitativa dell'attivita' EEG in specifici disordini del sonno, studio preliminare su cinque casi selezionati. Atti XXXVI Congresso Societa' Italiana di Psichiatria, Milano

 

3         Pugnetti L, Scarone S, Cattaneo R, Colombo C, Massironi R (1985) Analisi automatica delle variazioni EEG in banda alfa in pazienti con schizofrenia di recente esordio. Atti XXXVI Congresso Societa' Italiana di Psichiatria, Milano

 

4         Pugnetti L, Scarone S, Cattaneo R, Biserni P, Cattaneo AM, Colombo C, Massironi R (1985) Disturbi della specializzazione emisferica in pazienti affetti da schizofrenia: analisi automatica delle variazioni EEG in banda alfa. Atti III Congresso Nazionale Societa' Italiana Attivita' Nervosa Superiore, Milano, 14-15 giugno

 

5         Colombo C, Cattaneo R, Locatelli M, Gambini O, Scarone S (1989) Indagine neurofunzionale in parenti di primo grado di pazienti schizofrenici: uno studio neurofisiologico. In: Progressi in Psichiatria. Pancheri P., Reda G.C. Eds. C.I.C. Edizioni Internazionali, Roma,1:391-396. Atti del XXXVII Congresso Nazionale della Societa' Italiana di Psichiatria

 

6         Colombo C, Bellini L, Livian S, Gatti P, Scotti G, Scarone S (1990) MRI and neuropsychological tests in schizophrenic patients: a preliminary study. Second International Symposium: Imaging of the Brain in Psychiatry and Related Fields. Wurzburg, June13-16, Book of abstracts, 18

 

7         Colombo C, Scarone S (1990) Clinica e terapia dell'insonnia. Atti del I Congresso Nazionale della Societa' Italiana per la Formazione in Psichiatria (S.I.F.I.P.) "Formarsi e formare in psichiatria oggi", Roma 11-14 ottobre, pp. 267-281

 

8         Gambini O, Locatelli M, Colombo C, Macciardi F, Scarone S (1990 )The meaning of physiological computerized EEG: A statistical approach.Atti dell'International meeting on psychoneurobiology: Psychiatry and advanced technologies, Saint Vincent, 25-28 settembre

 

9         Scarone S, Colombo C, Livian S, Scotti G, Perani D, Fazio F (1991) Morphofunctional aspects of schizophrenia: PET and MRI data. In: Biological Psychiatry; 29(11S):13. 5th World Congress of World Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry, Florence, June 9-14

 

10      Colombo C, Bonfanti A, Perani D, Fazio F, Smeraldi E, Scarone S (1991) Functional aspects of schizophrenia. Preliminary PET data. Biological Psychiatry, vol. 2, p 376-378

 

11      Colombo C, Ronchi P, Perani D, Fazio F, Scarone S (1992) Rates of cerebral metabolic glucose utilization in the basal ganglia of patients with OCD. Proceedings of the 18th Collegium International Neuro-Psychopharmacologicum Congress; Vol. 15, Suppl. 1, Part B, 231, Raven Press, New York

 

12      Locatelli M, Colombo C, Beltrami M, Vittadini M, Scarone S (1992) Valutazione morfofunzionale delle fasi iniziali della demenza associata ad alcolismo mediante CEEG e RMN. X Congresso Nazionale della Società Italiana di Alcologia: "L'Alcologia in Europa", Verona

 

13      Bonfanti A, Colombo C, Abbruzzese M, Scarone S (1993) Structural characteristics of the corpus callosum and neuropsychological correlates in schizophrenics and normal controls. Schizophrenia Research, vol. 9, no. 2, 3, special issue: Abstracts of the IVth international congress on schizophrenia research, Colorado Springs, USA, 17-21 April

 

14      Calabrese G, Santino P, Colombo C, Cavallaro R, Scarone S, Scotti G (1993) T2 relaxation time of basal ganglia in tardive dyskinesia. Schizophrenia Research, vol. 9, no. 2, 3, special issue: Abstracts of the IVth international congress on schizophrenia research, Colorado Springs, USA, 17-21 April

 

15      Perani D, Bressi S, Colombo C, Grassi F, Bonfanti A, Scarone S, Smeraldi E, Fazio F (1993) Metabolic dysfunction in obsessive - compulsive disorder: an [18 F]FDG PET follow-up study in patients treated with inhibitors of serotonin re - uptake. In: Neurology; 43(4):189. 45th Annual Meeting Program of American Academy of Neurology, New York, april 25-may 1, 

 

16      Colombo C, Bonfanti A, Perani D, Bressi S, Grassi F, Scarone S, Fazio F, Smeraldi E (1994) Studio (18 F) FDG PET in pazienti con disturbo ossessivo-compulsivo trattati con inibitori selettivi del re-uptake della serotonina. In: 7° Congresso Societa' Italiana di Psichiatria Biologica - Libro degli Abstracts. Arti Grafiche Pisano,Cagliari; S7.4:42

 

17      Calabrese G, Colombo C, Falini A, Origgi D, Lipari S, Scotti G, Scarone S (1994) La spettroscopia del protone nella valutazione del metabolismo cerebrale in pazienti schizofrenici. In: 7° Congresso Societa' Italiana di Psichiatria Biologica - Libro degli Abstracts. Arti Grafiche Pisano,Cagliari; S15.2:99

 

18      Calabrese G, Colombo C, Bonfanti A, Falini A, Lipari S, Origgi D, Scotti G, Scarone S (1995) Neuronal dysfunction in the frontal-cortex in schizophrenia evaluated by H-1 MRS study. Schizophrenia Research, vol. 15, p. 79

 

19      Colombo C, Bonfanti A, Calabrese G, Scarone S (1994) Psichiatric disease and brain imaging techniques: MRI/MRS studies. In: 1er Symposium sur la Resonance Magnetique Appliquée a la Psychiatrie - Libro degli Abstracts. Centre Hospitalier - Rouffach - France; 37

 

20      Colombo C, Smeraldi E (1994) Innovazioni e opportunità nel trattamento farmacologico antipsicotico. XXXIX Congresso Nazionale Societa' Italiana di Psichiatria. Atti del simposio: Intervento riabilitativo e farmaci antipsicotici: nuove prospettive:41, Riccione 23-28 ottobre, pp.41-47

 

21      Barbini B, Benedetti F, Campori E, Guglielmo E, Colombo C, Smeraldi E (1995) Perceived symptomatology and biological rhythms in unipolar patiens. World Conference on Chronobiology and Chronotherapeutics. Biological Rhythms Research; 26:365

 

22      Barbini B, Colombo C, Benedetti F, Campori E, Di Molfetta D, Smeraldi E (1995) The study of circadian and infradian fluctuations in mood disorders: a methodological approach. World Conference on Chronobiology and Chronotherapeutics. Biological Rhythms Research; 26:365-366

 

23      Sforzini L, Benedetti F, Colombo C, Smeraldi E (1996) Clozapine in the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder. II European Congress on Personality Disorders. Diagnostic assessment and therapeutic strategies in personality disorders. Book of abstracts. Milano, Jun 26-29

 

24      Benedetti F, Sforzini L, Colombo C, Smeraldi E (1997) Terapia acuta e a medio termine con clozapina a basso dosaggio nel disturbo di personalità borderline. II Congresso internazionale della Società Italiana di Psicopatologia. Pisa, 20-23 febbraio. Giornale Italiano di Psicopatologia, 3

 

25      Barbini B, Benedetti F,  Campori E, Colombo C, Smeraldi E (1997) Differential effect of total sleep deprivation in unipolar and bipolar depression. 6th World Congress of Biological Psychiatry, Jun 22-27; Nice. Biol Psychiatry 42(Suppl 1):109S

 

26      Benedetti F,  Barbini B, Campori E, Colombo C, Smeraldi E (1997) Patterns of infradian mood variation in major depression. 6th World Congress of Biological Psychiatry, Jun 22-27; Nice. Biol Psychiatry42(Suppl 1):109S

 

27      Colombo C, Benedetti F, Smeraldi E (1997) Clozapine treatment of borderline personality disorder. 6th World Congress of Biological Psychiatry, Jun 22-27; Nice. Biol Psychiatry 42(Suppl 1):31S

 

28      Barbini B, Benedetti F, Campori E, Colombo C, Smeraldi E (1997) Circadian mood fluctuation as a predictor of the antidepressant response to total sleep deprivation. 6th World Congress of Biological Psychiatry, Jun 22-27; Nice. Biol Psychiatry 42(Suppl 1):233S

 

29      Smeraldi E, Cavallaro R, Colombo C, Cocchi F, Moresco RM, Messa C, Fazio F (1998) Valutazione PET dell'assetto recettoriale D2 e 5HT2 in pazienti schizofrenici "drug free": correlati psicopatologici e clinici. 3° Congresso nazionale della Società Italiana di Psicopatologia, Psicopatologia e terapia, Roma, 25 febbraio-1 marzo

 

30      Colombo C, Benedetti F, Barbini B, Campori E, Smeraldi E. (1998) The treatment of a depressive episode in bipolar patients: sustaining the effect of sleep deprivation. Workshop on novel therapeutic strategies in the schizophrenia spectrum and mood disorders. International academy for biomedical and drug research, Venezia, 13-14 marzo 1998. Book of abstracts, pp. 89-92

 

31      Campori E, Benedetti F, Barbini B, Colombo C, Smeraldi E. (1998) Effect of sleep deprivation combined with dopamine agonist amineptine in bipolar depression. 21st CINP Congress; 1998 Jul 12-16, Glasgow. Book of abstracts, p. 268

 

32      Benedetti F, Colombo C, Campori E, Barbini B, Smeraldi E. (1998) Day-to-day mood changes during antidepressant treatment. 21st CINP Congress; 1998 Jul 12-16, Glasgow. Book of abstracts, p. 270

 

33      Colombo C, Benedetti F, Sforzini L, Smeraldi E. (1998) Clozapine in the treatment of severe borderline personality disorder. 21st CINP Congress; 1998 Jul 12-16, Glasgow. Book of abstracts, p. 417

 

34      Moresco RM, Gobbo C, Messa C, Zocco A, Prato K, Colombo C, Smeraldi E, Fazio F (1998) Studio della regolazione del sistema serotoninergico mediante PET nella depressione. 8 Congresso della Società Italiana di Psichiatria Biologica, Napoli 29 settembre-3 ottobre, Book of abstracts, p. 26

 

35      Fazio F, Messa C, Moresco RM, Colombo C, Zanardi R, Prato K, Gobbo C, Galli L, Smeraldi E (1998) Dopaminergic and serotoninergic activity in drug-naive depressed patients assessed with PET and [F-18]FESP. The Journal of Nuclear Medicine, vol. 39 p. 40P

 

36      Moresco RM, Colombo C, Bonfanti A, Lucignani G, Messa C, Del Sole A, Gobbo C, Lucca A, Galli L, Smeraldi E, Fazio F (1998) Effect of fluvoxamine on cerebral serotoninergic receptors assessed by PET and [F-18]FESP in drug naïve depressed patients. The Journal of Nuclear Medicine, vol. 39, p 40P

 

37      Colombo C, Benedetti F, Barbini B, Campori E, Smeraldi E. (1999) Sleep deprivation: an efficacious alternative treatment in bipolar depressives. World Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry - European regional congress. Firenze, 1999 Apr 8-11. Book of abstracts, p. 175-176

 

38      Colombo C, Benedetti F, Campori E, Barbini B, Smeraldi E (1999) Deprivazione di sonno: tool diagnostico e strategia di potenziamento nel disturbo bipolare. IV Congresso nazionale della Società Italiana di Psicopatologia; Firenze.

 

39      Benedetti F, Colombo C, Barbini B, Campori E, Cigala Fulgosi M, Smeraldi E (2000) La deprivazione di sonno nella terapia della depressione bipolare. XLII Congresso Nazionale della Società Italiana di Psichiatria, Torino 16-21 ottobre. Libro degli abstract, pag. 370.

 

40      Benedetti F, Colombo C, Barbini B, Campori E, Cigala M, Smeraldi E (2000) La deprivazione di sonno nel trattamento della depressione bipolare. V Congresso nazionale della Società Italiana di Psicopatologia, Roma, 23-27 febbraio

 

41      Benedetti F, Colombo C, Barbini B, Campori E, Cigala Fulgosi M, Smeraldi E (2000) La deprivazione di sonno nella terapia della depressione bipolare. In: Dal pregiudizio alla cittadinanza. Atti del XLII Congresso Nazionale della Società Italiana di Psichiatria, pag.721-724.

 

42      Colombo C, Benedetti F (2000) Farmacogenetica del trasportatore della serotonina. Workshop: Disturbi dell’umore e ossessività, Parigi 5-6 maggio 2000

 

43      Benedetti F, Colombo C (2000) Tecniche di potenziamento nella terapia antidepressiva. Workshop: Disturbi dell’umore e ossessività, Parigi 5-6 maggio 2000

 

44      Benedetti F, Colombo C, Barbini B, Campori E, Cigala M, Serretti A (2000) Genetic differences in antidepressant response to sleep deprivation. American Journal of Medical Genetics, vol. 96, 4, Abstracts of Eight World Congress on Psychiatric Genetics, Versailles, France, 27-31 agosto 2000

 

45      Benedetti F, Colombo C, Barbini B, Lucca A, Campori E, Cigala Fulgosi M, Smeraldi E (2001) Light and lithium to sustain the rapid effects of total sleep deprivation in bipolar depression. 6th ECNP Regional Meeting. Napoli, 2001 May 19-21. European Neuropsychopharmacology, 11(Suppl. 2):S52

 

46      Benedetti F, Colombo C, Barbini B, Campori E, Cigala Fulgosi M, Serretti A, Smeraldi E (2001) Genetic predictors of antidepressant response to total sleep deprivation. 6th ECNP Regional Meeting. Napoli, 2001 May 19-21. European Neuropsychopharmacology, 11(Suppl. 2):S38

 

47      Benedetti F, Cigala Fulgosi M, Colombo C, Barbini B, Campori E, Smeraldi E (2001) Availability of morning sunlight and response to antidepressant treatments. 6th ECNP Regional Meeting. Napoli, 2001 May 19-21. European Neuropsychopharmacology, 11(Suppl. 2):S51

 

48      Benedetti F, Cigala Fulgosi M, Colombo C, Barbini B, Pontiggia A, Carbonato I, Smeraldi E (2001) Rapid assessment of cognitive distorsions in major depression. 6th ECNP Regional Meeting. Napoli, 2001 May 19-21. European Neuropsychopharmacology, 11(Suppl. 2):S51

 

49      Colombo C, Benedetti F, Barbini B, Cigala Fulgosi M, Campori E (2001) Genetic predictors of antidepressant response to total sleep deprivation. 7th World Congress of Biological Psychiatry. Berlin, 2001 July 1-6. The World Journal of Biological Psychiatry, 2(Suppl.1):214S

 

50      Colombo C, Benedetti F, Cigala Fulgosi M, Smeraldi E (2001) Rapid assessment of cognitive distorsions in major depression. 7th World Congress of Biological Psychiatry. Berlin, 2001 July 1-6. The World Journal of Biological Psychiatry, 2(Suppl.1):232S

 

51      Colombo C, Benedetti F, Barbini B, Campori E, Cigala Fulgosi M (2001) Light, lithium and sleep phase advance to sustain the rapid effects of total sleep deprivation in bipolar depression. 7th World Congress of Biological Psychiatry. Berlin, 2001 July 1-6. The World Journal of Biological Psychiatry, 2(Suppl.1):352S

 

52      Benedetti F, Barbini B, Campori E, Cigala Fulgosi M, Colombo C, Smeraldi E (2001) Strategie di potenziamento non farmacologico. VI Congresso internazionale della Società Italiana di Psicopatologia. Roma, 21-25 febbraio 2001.Giornale Italiano di Psicopatologia 7(Suppl 1):12-13.

 

53      Benedetti F, Barbini B, Campori E, Cigala Fulgosi M, Colombo C, Smeraldi E (2001) Sole, luce e terapia dei disturbi dell’umore. VI Congresso internazionale della Società Italiana di Psicopatologia. Roma, 21-25 febbraio 2001.Giornale Italiano di Psicopatologia 7(Suppl 1):81-82.

 

54      Benedetti F, Barbini B, Campori E, Cigala Fulgosi M, Colombo C, Smeraldi E (2001) Deprivazione di sonno e disturbo bipolare.  VI Congresso internazionale della Società Italiana di Psicopatologia. Roma, 21-25 febbraio 2001.Giornale Italiano di Psicopatologia 7(Suppl 1):71-72.

 

55      Benedetti F, Colombo C, Barbini B, Campori E, Pontiggia A, Smeraldi E (2001) I ritmi del sonno e della veglia, della luce e del buio nella terapia dei disturbi dell’umore. XI Congresso nazionale dell'Associazione Italiana di Medicina del Sonno. Pisa, 14-17 ottobre 2001

 

56      Benedetti F, Colombo C, Barbini B, Campori E, Cigala Fulgosi M, Smeraldi E (2002) Genetic predictors of antidepressant response to sleep deprivation. 14thCongress of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology, Istanbul, October 13-17.European Neuropsychopharmacology, 11 (Suppl. 3), S243

 

57      Benedetti F, Colombo C, Barbini B, Smeraldi E (2002) Sleep deprivation and biological rhythms in bipolar disorder. 1st Biennal Conference of the International Society for Affective Disorders. Taormina, March 9-12. Journal of Affective Disorders68 (1): 88-89

 

58      Benedetti F, Colombo C (2003) Ritmi biologici e disturbo bipolare. Convegno su Ritmi Biologici e Disturbi Mentali, Roma, 11 giugno 2003. Psichiatria e Psicoterapia, 22 (2 Suppl.): 29-33.

 

59      Benedetti F, Colombo C, Pontiggia A, Bernasconi A, Barbini B, Smeraldi E (2003) Chronobiological treatment of bipolar depression. 16thCongress of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology, Praga, September 20-24. European Neuropsychopharmacology13 (Suppl. 4):S108.

 

60      Benedetti F, Serretti A, Colombo C, Barbini B, Lorenzi C, Campori E, Smeraldi E (2003) CLOCK gene and circadian mood fluctuations in bipolar depression. 16thCongress of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology, Praga, September 20-24. European Neuropsychopharmacology13(Suppl. 4) :S223

 

61      Benedetti F, Serretti A, Mandelli L, Lorenzi C, Pirovano A, Colombo C, Smeraldi E (2003) Genetic dissection of psychopathological symptoms: insomnia in mood disorders and CLOCK gene polymorphism. 16thCongress of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology, Praga, September 20-24. European Neuropsychopharmacology13(Suppl. 4) :S225

 

62      Benedetti F, Bernasconi A, Lorenzi C, Pontiggia A, Colombo C, Smeraldi E (2003) Glycogen synthase-kinase 3b influences age at onset of bipolar disorder. 16thCongress of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology, Praga, September 20-24. European Neuropsychopharmacology13(Suppl. 4) : S225

 

63      Cigala Fulgosi M, Benedetti F, Florita M, Colombo C, Barbini B, Smeraldi E (2003) Rapid assessment of cognitive distorsions in major depression. 16thCongress of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology, Praga, September 20-24. European Neuropsychopharmacology13(Suppl. 4) : S225.

 

64      Benedetti F, Serretti A, Cusin C, Mandelli L, Pirovano A, Zanardi R, Colombo C, Smeraldi E (2003) CLOCK gene influences insomnia during antidepressant treatment. 16thCongress of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology, Praga, September 20-24. European Neuropsychopharmacology13(Suppl. 4) : S226.

 

65      Pontiggia A, Benedetti F, Bernasconi A, Florita M, Colombo C, Cropanese I, Smeraldi E (2003) Phase-response effects of lormetazepam in depressive insomnia. 16thCongress of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology, Praga, September 20-24. European Neuropsychopharmacology13(Suppl. 4) : S223.

 

66      Bernasconi A, Benedetti F, Colombo C, Pontiggia A, Florita M, Smeraldi E (2003) Morning light therapy as an augmenting strategy of antidepressant treatment. 16thCongress of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology, Praga, September 20-24. European Neuropsychopharmacology13(Suppl. 4) : S224.

 

67      Florita M, Benedetti F, Colombo C, Bernasconi A, Pontiggia A, Cigala Fulgosi M, Barbini B, Smeraldi E (2003) Changes in depressive neuropsychological functioning during antidepressant treatment. 16thCongress of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology, Praga, September 20-24. European Neuropsychopharmacology13(Suppl. 4) : S224.

 

68      Benedetti F, Serretti A, Colombo C, Barbini B, Lorenzi C, Campori E, Smeraldi E (2003) CLOCK gene and circadian mood fluctuations in bipolar depression. 16thCongress of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology, Praga, September 20-24. European Neuropsychopharmacology13(Suppl. 4) :S223

 

69      Benedetti F, Bernasconi A, Lorenzi C, Pontiggia A, Colombo C, Smeraldi E (2003) Glycogen synthase-kinase 3b influences age at onset of bipolar disorder. 16thCongress of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology, Praga, September 20-24. European Neuropsychopharmacology13(Suppl. 4) : S225

 

70      Benedetti F, Bernasconi A, Lorenzi C, Pontiggia A Serretti A,, Colombo C, Smeraldi E (2003) Glycogen synthase-kinase 3b influences age at onset of bipolar disorder. XIth World Congress of Psychiatric Genetics. Quebec City, October 4-8.

 

71      Serretti A, Cusin C, Lorenzi C, Benedetti F, Pirovano A, Arnoldi A, Zanardi R, Colombo C, Smeraldi E (2003) Genetic predictors of antidepressant efficacy: the state of the art. XIth World Congress of Psychiatric Genetics. Quebec City, October 4-8.

 

72      Mandelli L, Serretti A, Benedetti F, Lorenzi C, Pirovano A, Colombo C, Smeraldi E (2003) Genetic dissection of psychopatological symptoms: insomnia in mood disorders and CLOCK gene polymorphism. XIth World Congress of Psychiatric Genetics. Quebec City, October 4-8.

 

73      Lorenzi C, Serretti A, Benedetti F, Tubazio V, Ploia C, Colombo C, De Ronchi D, Smeraldi E (2003) Human PERIOD 3 gene influences SSRIs antidepressant activity in mood disorders. The XIth World Congress of Psychiatric Genetics. Quebec, 15/09/2003. American Journal of Medical Genetics, 122B:124. pp.

 

74      Serretti A, Zanardi R, Benedetti F, Cusin C, Pirovano A, Artioli P, Colombo C (2003) Applicazione della farmacogenetica ai disturbi dell’umore. XLIII Congresso Nazionale della Società Italiana di Psichiatria, Bologna 19-24 ottobre 2003.

 

75      Benedetti F, Colombo C, Bernasconi A, Barbini B, Cigala Fulgosi M, Pontiggia A, Smeraldi E (2004) Chronobiological treatments of bipolar depression. The International Society for Affective Disorders (ISAD)–2nd Biennial Conference–Cancun, Mexico 5th–10th March 2004. Journal of Affective Disorders 78(Suppl.1): S14.

 

76      Serretti A, Lorenzi C, Benedetti F, Pirovano A, Zanardi R, Colombo C, Ploia C, Tubazio V, Smeraldi E (2004) Genetic polymorphisms influencing response of antidepressants. XXIV CINP Congress. Paris, 20-24 June. International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, 7(Suppl.1):S67.

 

77      Ploia C, Serretti A, Benedetti F, Fontana V, Colombo C, Catalano M, Smeraldi E (2004) Mood disorders and antidepressants treatment: haplotype analysis of human PERIOD 3 gene. XIIth World Congress of Psychiatric Genetics. Dublin, Ireland, 9th–13th October 2004. American Journal of Medical Genetics, 130B:160.

 

78      Serretti A, Lorenzi C, Benedetti F, Pirovano A, Zanardi R, Colombo C, Ploia C, Tubazio V, Smeraldi E (2004) Genetic predictors of antidepressants efficacy: The State of the Art. European Psychiatry, 19(Suppl.1):79S-79S.

 

79      Florita M, Benedetti F, Colombo C, Bernasconi A, Pontiggia A, Cigala Fulgosi M, Barbini B, Smeraldi E (2004) Neuropsychological functioning during antidepressant treatment in depressed patients. World Psychiatric Association International Congress “Treatments in Psychiatry: an update”. Firenze, November 10-13. World Psychiatry 3(Suppl. 1):263.

 

80      Cigala Fulgosi M, Benedetti F, Florita M, Colombo C, Barbini B, Smeraldi E (2004) Rapid assessment of cognitive distorsions in major depression. World Psychiatric Association International Congress “Treatments in Psychiatry: an update”. Firenze, November 10-13. World Psychiatry 3(Suppl. 1):264.

 

81      Radaelli D, Benedetti F, Anselmetti S, Florita M, Sartorio E, Cavallaro R, Colombo C, Smeraldi E (2004) Reality monitoring and paranoia in remitted delusional depression. World Psychiatric Association International Congress “Treatments in Psychiatry: an update”. Firenze, November 10-13. World Psychiatry 3(Suppl. 1):264.

 

82      Bernasconi A, Benedetti F, Colombo C, Pontiggia A, Florita M, Smeraldi E (2004) Light therapy in the morning: augmenting strategy of antidepressant treatment. World Psychiatric Association International Congress “Treatments in Psychiatry: an update”. Firenze, November 10-13. World Psychiatry 3 (Suppl. 1):265.

 

83      Santoro A, Florita M, Benedetti F, Lucca A, Colombo C, Smeraldi E (2004) Transcranial magnetic stimulation modifies the processing of emotional stimuli in subjects with a major depressive episode. World Psychiatric Association International Congress “Treatments in Psychiatry: an update”. Firenze, November 10-13. World Psychiatry 3(Suppl. 1):266.

 

84      Pontiggia A, Benedetti F, Bernasconi A, Colombo C, Florita M, Dallaspezia S (2004) Phase response effet of lormetazepam in the treatment of depressive insomnia. World Psychiatric Association International Congress “Treatments in Psychiatry: an update”. Firenze, November 10-13. World Psychiatry 3(Suppl. 1):280.

 

85      Dotoli D, Insacco C, Colombo C (2005) Specificità di genere e risposta alla terapia. X Congresso Nazionale della Società Italiana di Psicopatologia, Roma 22-26 febbraio 2005, Italian Journal of Psychopathology, volume 11 suppl.:137-138.

 

86      Benedetti F, Colombo C, Barbini B, Pontiggia A, Cigala Fulgosi M, Bernasconi A (2005) Cronoterapia clinica dei disturbi dell’umore. X Congresso Nazionale della Società Italiana di Psicopatologia, Roma 22-26 febbraio 2005, Italian Journal of Psychopathology, volume 11 suppl.:80-81.

 

87      Pontiggia A, Bernasconi A, Benedetti F, Serretti A, Lorenzi C, Colombo C, Smeraldi E. (2005) A glycogen synthase kinase 3-b -50 T/C SNP influences long-term response to lithium salts in bipolar illness. ECNP Workshop on Neuropsychopharmacology for young scientists in Europe. Nice, France, March 3-6. European Neuropsychopharmacology, 15(Suppl 1):S56-S57.

 

88      Bernasconi A, Radaelli D, Benedetti F, Blasi V, Cadioli M, Colombo C, Falini A, Scotti G, Smeraldi E (2005) Recovery from bipolar depression after total sleep deprivation: a 3.0 T BOLD fMRI event-related study of moral thinking. ECNP Workshop on Neuropsychopharmacology for young scientists in Europe. Nice, France, March 3-6. European Neuropsychopharmacology, 15(Suppl 1):S61.

 

89      Radaelli D, Bernasconi A, Benedetti F, Blasi V, Cadioli M, Colombo C, Falini A, Scotti G, Smeraldi E (2005) Neural correlates of distorted moral thinking in bipolar depression: a 3.0 T BOLD fMRI event-related study. ECNP Workshop on Neuropsychopharmacology for young scientists in Europe. Nice, France, March 3-6. European Neuropsychopharmacology, 15(Suppl 1):S63.

 

90      Benedetti F, Barbini B, Bernasconi A, Cigala Fulgosi M, Colombo C, Dallaspezia S, Pontiggia A, Smeraldi E (2005) The role of brain monoamines in the antidepressant response to sleep deprivation. XIII congress of the Association of European Psychiatrists. Munich, Germany, April 2-6. European Psychiatry, 20(Suppl 1):S112.

 

91      Colombo C (2005) Ritmi biologici e malattia dell’umore. La psichiatria di genere: dallo studio delle differenze alla personalizzazione delle cure. Bormio, aprile 6-9 2005

 

92      Benedetti F, Pontiggia A, Bernasconi A, Colombo C, Lorenzi C, Serretti A, Smeraldi E (2005) GSK3-b and the molecular clock as novel targets for lithium salts and clinical chronotherapeutics. 1st International Congress of Applied Chronobiology and Chronomedicine. Antalya, June 1-5. Book of Abstracts, p. 51.

 

93      Benedetti F,  Radaelli D, Bernasconi A, Blasi V, Cadioli M, Colombo C, Falini A, Scotti G, Smeraldi E. (2005) Changes in right DLPFC (BA9) neural responses parallel response to sleep deprivation in bipolar depression.1st International Congress of Applied Chronobiology and Chronomedicine. Antalya, June 1-5. Book of Abstracts, p. 51.

 

94      Benedetti F, Bernasconi A, Radaelli D, Blasi V, Cadioli M, Colombo C, Falini A, Scotti G, Smeraldi E (2005) Neural correlates of antidepressant response to sleep deprivation : a 3.0T BOLD fMRI event-related study of moral thinking. 1st International Congress of Applied Chronobiology and Chronomedicine. Antalya, June 1-5. Book of Abstracts, p. 52.

 

95      Benedetti F, Mandelli L, Serretti A, Lorenzi C, Pirovano A, Colombo C, Smeraldi E (2005) Genetic dissection of psychopathological symptoms: insomnia in mood disorders and clock gene polymorphism.1st International Congress of Applied Chronobiology and Chronomedicine. Antalya, June 1-5. Book of Abstracts, p. 76.

 

96      Pontiggia A, Benedetti F, Bernasconi A, Colombo C, Lorenzi C, Serretti A, Smeraldi E (2005) GSK3B and the molecular clock as novel targets in the treatment of bipolar disorder. 8th World Congress of Biological Psychiatry. Vienna, Austria, June 28th – July 3rd. World Journal of Biological Psychiatry, 6(Suppl 1):S160.

 

97      Radaelli D, Bernasconi A, Benedetti F, Blasi V, Cadioli M, Colombo C, Falini A, Scotti G, Smeraldi E (2005) Changes in right DLPFC (BA9) after treatment in bipolar depression. 8th World Congress of Biological Psychiatry. Vienna, Austria, June 28th – July 3rd. World Journal of Biological Psychiatry, 6(Suppl 1):S160-161.

 

98      Cigala Fulgosi M, Pontiggia A, Bernasconi A, Dallaspezia S, Colombo C, Barbini B, Benedetti F (2005). Is sleep deprivation useful in the treatment of resistant bipolar depression? 8th World Congress of Biological Psychiatry. Vienna, Austria, June 28th – July 3rd. World Journal of Biological Psychiatry, 6(Suppl 1):S166.

 

99      Bernasconi A, Radaelli D, Benedetti F, Blasi V, Cadioli M, Colombo C, Falini A, Scotti G, Smeraldi E (2005) Moral thinking and depression: a 3.0T BOLD fMRI event-related study. 8th World Congress of Biological Psychiatry. Vienna, Austria, June 28th – July 3rd. World Journal of Biological Psychiatry, 6(Suppl 1):S194.

 

100   Calabrese G, Benedetti F, Bernasconi A, Cadioli M, Colombo C,  Redaelli D, Smeraldi E, Scotti G, Falini A. (2005) The Glutamatergic Hypothesis Of Sleep Deprivation Treatment In Depression: Proton Mrs Study At 3 Tesla. International Society For Magnetic Resonance In Medicine - Ismrm Workshop On MR Spectroscopy For Neuropsychiatric Disorders. Banff, October 15-17.

 

101   Cigala Fulgosi M., Benedetti F., Barbini B., Pontiggia A., Colombo C., Dallaspezia S., Smeraldi E. (2006) Cronoterapia nella depressione bipolare resistente: follow up a 9 mesi. XV Congresso della Società Italiana di Neuropsicofarmacologia.Genova, 6-9 giugno 2004. Libro degli abstract, pag. 533-5.

 

102   Dallaspezia S., Benedetti F., Bernasconi A., Blasi V., Cadioli M., Colombo C., Falini A., Radaelli D., Scotti G., Smeraldi E. (2006) Correlazione tra attività basale cerebrale e risposta antidepressiva ai trattamenti cronoterapeutici: uno studio di risonanza magnetica funzionale. XV Congresso della Società Italiana di Neuropsicofarmacologia.Genova, 6-9 giugno 2004. Libro degli abstract, pag. 527-9.

 

103   Bernasconi A., Calabrese G., Benedetti F., Radaelli D., Dallaspezia S., Cadioli M., Colombo C., Falini A., Scotti G., Smeraldi E. (2006) Correlazione tra risposta al trattamento antidepressivo con deprivazione totale di sonno e i cambiamenti nei livelli cerebrali di glutammato: uno studio di risonanza magnetica ad alto campo. XV Congresso della Società Italiana di Neuropsicofarmacologia.Genova, 6-9 giugno 2004. Libro degli abstract, pag. 530-2.

 

 

104   Radaelli D., Bernasconi A., Benedetti F., Blasi V., Cadioli M., Colombo C., Falini A., Scotti G., Smeraldi E. (2006) Influenza del polimorfismo nel trasportatore della serotonina sulle attivazioni cerebrali in pazienti depressi. XV Congresso della Società Italiana di Neuropsicofarmacologia.Genova, 6-9 giugno 2004. Libro degli abstract, pag. 536-8.

 

105   Pontiggia A., Benedetti F., Bernasconi A., Colombo C., Lorenzi C., Serretti A., Smeraldi E. (2006) La GSK3-ß come possibile target d’azione nel trattamento del Disturbo Bipolare. XV Congresso della Società Italiana di Neuropsicofarmacologia.Genova, 6-9 giugno 2004. Libro degli abstract, pag. 539-41.

 

106   Bernasconi A, Benedetti F, Blasi V, Cadioli M, Colombo C, Dallaspezia S, Falini A,  Radaelli D, Scotti G (2006) A 3 T BOLD functional MRI study of the neural underpinnings of depression.European Neuropsychopharmacology, 16 (Suppl 4):S273.

 

107   Dallaspezia S, Benedetti F, Cigala Fulgosi M, Barbini B, Colombo C, Lorenzi C, Serretti A, Smeraldi E (2006) Influence of clock gene polymorphism on sleep-wake cycle in depressed bipolar patients: an actigraphic study. European Neuropsychopharmacology, 16 (Suppl 4):S361.

 

108   Radaelli D, Benedetti F, Bernasconi A, Blasi V, Cadioli M, Colombo C, Dallaspezia S,  Falini A, Scotti G, Smeraldi E (2006) Neural correlates of emotional self in bipolar disorder: a BOLD functional MRI 3 T study.European Neuropsychopharmacology, 16 (Suppl 4):S270.

 

109   Pontiggia A, Benedetti F, Barbini B, Cigala Fulgosi M, Colombo C, Dallaspezia S, Smeraldi E (2006) Long term outcome of drug-resistant bipolar depression: a 9 months prospective follow-up after chronotherapeutics. ECNP Workshop on Neuropsychopharmacology for young scientists in Europe. Nice, France, March 9-12. European Neuropsychopharmacology, 16(Suppl 1):S72-73.

 

110   Bernasconi A, Calabrese G, Benedetti F, Radaelli D, Dallaspezia S, Falini A, Colombo C, Cadioli M, Scotti G, Smeraldi E (2006) Changes in brain glutamate correlate with antidepressant response to total sleep deprivation: a 3T 1H-MRS study. ECNP Workshop on Neuropsychopharmacology for young scientists in Europe. Nice, France, March 9-12. European Neuropsychopharmacology, 16(Suppl 1):S69.

 

111   Dallaspezia S, Benedetti F, Bernasconi A, Blasi V, Colombo C, Falini A, Radaelli D, Scotti G, Smeraldi E (2006) Influence of brain activity at the baseline on antidepressant response to chronotherapeutic treatment: a fMRI study. ECNP Workshop on Neuropsychopharmacology for young scientists in Europe. Nice, France, March 9-12. European Neuropsychopharmacology, 16(Suppl 1):S70.

 

112   Radaelli D, Bernasconi A, Benedetti F, Blasi V, Colombo C, Falini A, Scotti G, Smeraldi E (2006) Influence of serotonin transporter promoter polymorphism on brain activation during a moral valence decision task. ECNP Workshop on Neuropsychopharmacology for young scientists in Europe. Nice, France, March 9-12. European Neuropsychopharmacology, 16(Suppl 1):S70-71.

 

113   Pontiggia A, Benedetti F, Barbini B, Cigala Fulgosi M, Colombo C, Dallaspezia S,  Smeraldi E (2006). An actigraphic registration of depressed patients treated with chronotherapeutics. 19th congress of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology, Paris 16-20 September. European Neuropsychopharmacology, 16 (Suppl 4):S293.

 

114   Dallaspezia S, Benedetti F, Colombo C, Barbini B, Smeraldi E (2007) Lithium therapy reverses the influence of 5-HTTLPR gene polymorphism on anti­depressant response to sleep deprivation. . ECNP Workshop on Neuropsychopharmacology for young scientists in Europe. Nice, France, March 8-11. European Eeuropsychopharmacology, 17(Suppl. 1):S79

 

115   Kato, M., Serretti, A., Zanardi, R., Rossini, D., Okugawa, G., Kinoshita, T., Colombo, C., 2007. 5-ht2a gene variants influence specific and different aspects of antidepressant response in japanese and italian mood disorder patients XVth World Congress of Psychiatric Genetics, New York, NY, 7th - 11th October.

 

116   Benedetti F, Cigala Fulgosi M, Gavinelli C, Barbini B, Colombo C, Smeraldi E (2007) Homeostatic and allostatic response to sleep deprivation in bipolar depression. 7th International Forum on Mood & Anxiety Disorders - Budapest  5-7 December. International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice, 11(4):316.

 

117   Benedetti F, Lietti L,  Barbini B, Lorenzi C, Marino E, Cigala Fulgosi M, Pontiggia A, Dallaspezia S, Colombo C, Smeraldi E (2007) CLOCK gene polymorphism rs1801260 biases response to light treatment after sleep deprivation. International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice, 11(4):316.

 

118   Benedetti F, Dallaspezia S, Lorenzi C, Pirovano A, Colombo C, Smeraldi E (2007) A VNTR polymorphism in hPER3 gene influences clinical characteristic of bipolar disorder. 7th International Forum on Mood & Anxiety Disorders - Budapest  5-7 December. International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice, 11(4):317.

 

119   Benedetti F, Poletti S, Radaelli D, Dallaspezia S,  Bernasconi A, Colombo C, Cavallaro R, Falini A, Scotti G, Smeraldi E (2007) Bipolar disorder and schizophrenia influence neural responses in amygdala and anterior cyngulate to emotional faces. 7th International Forum on Mood & Anxiety Disorders - Budapest  5-7 December. International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice, 11(4):317.

 

120   Benedetti F, Radaelli D,  Bernasconi A, Dallaspezia S,  Unterhofer V, Colombo C,  Falini A, Scotti G, Smeraldi E (2007) Stressful life events bias neural correlates of emotional processing in bipolar disorder. 7th International Forum on Mood & Anxiety Disorders - Budapest  5-7 December. International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice, in press.

 

121   Radaelli D, Bernasconi A, Benedetti F, Colombo C, Falini A, Scotti G, Smeraldi E (2007) Clock genotype biases neural correlates of moral valence decision in patients affected by bipolar depression. ECNP Workshop on Neuropsychopharmacology for young scientists in Europe. Nice, France, March 8-11. European Neuropsychopharmacology, 17(Suppl. 1):S73

 

122   Radaelli D, Bernasconi A, Dallaspezia S, Poletti S, Benedetti F, Falini A, Colombo C (2007) Stressful life events bias neural correlates of moral valence decision in patients affected by mood disorder. 20th congress of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology, Wien 13-17 October. European Neuropsychopharmacology, 17(Suppl. 4):S292.

 

123   Benedetti F, Dallaspezia S, Colombo C, Smeraldi E (2008) Period gene 3 polymorphism influences clinical characteristics of bipolar disorder. 3rd Biennial Conference of the International Society for Bipolar Disorders, New Dehli-Agra 27-30 January. Bipolar disorders, 10(Suppl.1):69.

 

124   Benedetti F, Radaelli D, Unterhofer V, Bernasconi A, Dallaspezia S, Colombo C, Falini A, Scotti G, Smeraldi E (2008) Stressful life events bias neural correlates of emotional processing in bipolar disorder. 3rd Biennial Conference of the International Society for Bipolar Disorders, New Dehli-Agra 27-30 January. Bipolar disorders, 10(Suppl.1):70-71.

 

125   Benedetti F, Poletti S, Radaelli D, Dallaspezia S, Bernasconi A, Colombo C, Cavallaro R, Falini A, Scotti G, Smeraldi E (2008) Amygdala and the anterior cyngulate in the emotional processing in bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. a 3.0 tesla BOLD fMRI study. 3rd Biennial Conference of the International Society for Bipolar Disorders, New Dehli-Agra 27-30 January. Bipolar disorders, 10(Suppl.1):70.

 

126   Benedetti F, Cigala Fulgosi M, Gavinelli C, Lietti L, Dallaspezia S, Barbini B, ColomboC,  Smeraldi E (2008) Lower need of homeostatic sleep after successful sleep deprivation therapy of depression. 3rd Biennial Conference of the International Society for Bipolar Disorders, New Dehli-Agra 27-30 January. Bipolar Disorders, 10(Suppl.1):70

 

127   Benedetti F, Lietti L, Barbini B, Cigala Fulgosi M, Dallaspezia S, Lorenzi C, Pirovano A, Pontiggia A, Colombo C, Smeraldi E (2008) Response to light treatment after sleep deprivation is influenced by CLOCK 3111 T/C SNP (rs1801260) gene polymorphism. 3rd Biennial Conference of the International Society for Bipolar Disorders, New Dehli-Agra 27-30 January. Bipolar Disorders, 10(Suppl.1):70.

 

128   Benedetti F, Radaelli D, Bernasconi A, Dallaspezia S, Falini A, Colombo C, Scotti G, Smeraldi E (2008) Personality disorder and depression: a fMRI study. XXVI Congress of the Collegium Internationale Neuro-Psychopharmacologicum (CINP), Munich 13-17 July. International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, 11(Suppl 1):98.

 

129   Benedetti F, Bernasconi A, Calabrese G, Radaelli D, Dallaspezia S, Cadioli M, Colombo C, Falini A, Scotti G, Smeraldi E (2008) Changes in brain glutamate correlate with antidepressant response to total sleep deprivation in bipolare depression: An high-field 1H-MRS study. XXVI Congress of the Collegium Internationale Neuro-Psychopharmacologicum (CINP), Munich 13-17 July. International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, 11(Suppl 1):97.

 

130   Benedetti F, Bernasconi A, Radaelli D, Dallaspezia S, Falini A, Colombo C, Scotti G, Smeraldi E (2008) Changes in medial prefrontal cortex neural responses parallel successful antidepressant combination of venlafaxine and light therapy. XXVI Congress of the Collegium Internationale Neuro-Psychopharmacologicum (CINP), Munich 13-17 July. International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, 11(Suppl 1):97.

 

131   Benedetti F, Dallaspezia S, Lorenzi C, Pirovano A, Colombo C, Smeraldi E. (2008) A VNTR polymorphism in hPER3 gene influences clinical characteristic of bipolar disorder. XXVI Congress of the Collegium Internationale Neuro-Psychopharmacologicum (CINP), Munich 13-17 July. International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, 11(Suppl 1):106.

 

132   Benedetti F, Radaelli D, Bernasconi A, Dallaspezia S, Poletti S, Giannunzio V,  Colombo C, Falini A, Scotti G, Smeraldi E (2008) Stressful life events bias neural correlates of task targeting the depressive biases in information processing in patients affected by mood disorder. XXVI Congress of the Collegium Internationale Neuro-Psychopharmacologicum (CINP), Munich 13-17 July. International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, 11(Suppl 1):98.

 

133   Benedetti F, Barbini B, Lorenzi C, Lietti L, Marino E, Cigala Fulgosi M, Pontiggia A, Dallaspezia S, Colombo C, Smeraldi E (2008) Clock gene polymorphism rs1801260 biases response to light treatment after sleep deprivation. XXVI Congress of the Collegium Internationale Neuro-Psychopharmacologicum (CINP), Munich 13-17 July.  International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, 11(Suppl 1): , 11(Suppl 1):106.

 

134   Benedetti F, Poletti S, Radaelli D, Dallaspezia S, Bernasconi A, Giannunzio V,  Colombo C, Cavallaro R, Falini A, Scotti G, Smeraldi E (2008) Amygdala and the anterior cingulate in the emotional processing in bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. A 3.0 tesla BOLD fMRI study. XXVI Congress of the Collegium Internationale Neuro-Psychopharmacologicum (CINP), Munich 13-17 July. International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, 11(Suppl 1):269.

 

135   Benedetti F, Cigala Fulgosi M, Gavinelli C, Barbini B, ColomboC,  Smeraldi E (2008) Homeostatic and allostatic response to sleep deprivation in bipolar depression. XXVI Congress of the Collegium Internationale Neuro-Psychopharmacologicum (CINP), Munich 13-17 July. International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, 11(Suppl 1):114.

 

136   Benedetti F, Radaelli D, Anselmetti S, Cavallaro R, Colombo C, Smeraldi E (2008) Reality monitoring deficits as common neuropsychological correlates of schizophrenic and affective psychosis. XXVI Congress of the Collegium Internationale Neuro-Psychopharmacologicum (CINP), Munich 13-17 July. International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, 11(Suppl 1):270.

 

137   Bernasconi A, Calabrese G, Benedetti F, Radaelli D, Dallaspezia S, Cadioli M, Colombo C, Falini A, Scotti G, Smeraldi E (2008) Spectroscopic changes after chronotherapy of bipolar depression. Workshop del Gruppo di Studio di Neuroradiologia Funzionale dell'Associazione Italiana di NeuroRadiologia: Advanced MR Brain Imaging. Milano, 20-21 novembre. Materiale didattico, pag.87.

 

138   Benedetti F, Radaelli D, Poletti S, Bernasconi A, Dallaspezia S, Colombo C, Falini A, Scotti G, Smeraldi E (2008) Stressful life events bias neural correlates of tasks targeting the depressive biases in information processing in patients affected by mood disorders. Workshop del Gruppo di Studio di Neuroradiologia Funzionale dell'Associazione Italiana di NeuroRadiologia: Advanced MR Brain Imaging. Milano, 20-21 novembre. Materiale didattico, pag.89.

 

139   Radaelli D, Benedetti F, Bernasconi A, Dallaspezia S, Falini A, Colombo C, Scotti G, Smeraldi E (2008) Personality disorders and depression: a fMRI study. Workshop del Gruppo di Studio di Neuroradiologia Funzionale dell'Associazione Italiana di NeuroRadiologia: Advanced MR Brain Imaging. Milano, 20-21 novembre. Materiale didattico, pag. 91.

 

140   Calati R, Serretti A, Giegling I, Hartmann AM, Moller HJ, Colombo C, Rujescu D (2008) Serotonin receptor 1a, 2a, 2c and CONT SNPs and personality traits in suicide attempters and controls. European Psychiatry, vol. 23, p S171-S172.

 

141   Benedetti F, Colombo C (2009) The clinical usefulness of chronotherapeutics for bipolar disorder: rationale and perspectives. Eighth International Conference on Bipolar Disorder, 25-27 June, Pittsburgh. Bipolar Disorders, 11(Suppl. 1):95.

142   Marino E, Benedetti F, Colombo C, Pirovano A, Smeraldi E (2009). The COMT Val(108/158)Met polymorphism affects antidepressant response to paroxetine in a naturalistic setting. European Neuropsychopharmacology, 19:S19-S20.

 

143   Benedetti F, Yeh PH, Radaelli D, Bellani M, Nicoletti MA, Falini A, Rambaldelli G, Bernasconi A, Dallaspezia S, Colombo C, Smeraldi E, Soares JC, Brambilla P (2009). Voxelwise Analysis of Diffusion Tensor Imaging Data in Bipolar Disorder. Biological Psychiatry,  65:144S.

 

144   Benedetti F, Locatelli C, Radaelli D, Poletti S, Riccaboni R, Colombo C, Smeraldi E (2010). Neuroprotective effect of lithium treatment on gray matter volume in bipolar disorder: A voxel based morphometry study. International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, 13:173

 

145    Delmonte, C. Gavinelli, C. Brambilla, B. Barbini, F. Benedetti, C. Colombo, E. Smeraldi (2010) Four months follow-up in bipolar depression after total sleep deprivation with light therapy. 22nd Annual Meeting of the Society for Light Treatment and Biological Rhythms , July 1 - 3, 2010, Vienna.

 

146   Gavinelli C, Del Monte D, Brambilla C, Barbini B, Colombo C (2010) Seasonality and heritability in euthymic  mood disorder patients 22nd Annual Meeting of the Society for Light Treatment and Biological Rhythms , July 1 - 3, 2010, Vienna.     

 

147   Barbini B, Gavinelli C, Brambilla C, Ragni S, Colombo C (2010) Seasonality and mood disorders: clinical studies and future perspectives. 22nd Annual Meeting of the Society for Light Treatment and Biological Rhythms, July 1 - 3, 2010, Vienna.

 

148   Colombo C, Redaelli C, Ciraci M, Franchini L. (2011) Women’s sexual dysfunction during antidepressant treatment. 4th World congress on women’s mental health, March 16th-19th 2011, Madrid

 

149   Delmonte D., Brambilla C., Gavinelli C., Barbini B., Colombo C., Smeraldi E. (2011) Daylight exposure delay reduces  hospitalization lenght in manic episodes: a multicentric experience. 23rd Annual Meeting of the Society for Light Treatment and Biological Rhythms , July 10-13th, 2011, Montreal.

 

150   Brambilla C, Locatelli C, Gavinelli C, Cigala Fulgosi M, Lorenzi C, Pirovano A, Barbini B, Colombo C (2011) Seasonality in mood disorders: clinical and genetic aspects. 23rd Annual Meeting of the Society for Light Treatment and Biological Rhythms , July 10-13th, 2011, Montreal.

 

151   F. Cassulo, D. Delmonte, C. Brambilla, C. Bianco, C. Gavinelli, B. Barbini, C. Colombo, E. Smeraldi (2012) Daylight exposure delay reduces hospitalization length and self reported symptomaatology in manic patients.  24th Annual Meeting of the Society for Light Treatment and Biological Rhythms, Geneva, 25-27 June 2012.

 

152   D.Delmonte, C.Locatelli, C.Gavinelli, C.Brambilla, C.Desantis, F.Cassulo, C.Bianco, B.Barbini, L.Franchini, C.Colombo (2012) Care and chronobiological treatment: the italian experience at san raffaele-turro hospital, mood disorder unit. 24th Annual Meeting of the Society for Light Treatment and Biological Rhythms, Geneva, 25-27 June 2012.   

 

153   Colombo C (2012) La terapia della luce brillante nella pratica clinica: nuove applicazioni. XXII Comgresso nazionale AIMS, Parma, 21.24 ottobre 2012

 

154   Poletti S, Radaelli D, Locatelli C, Colombo C, Benedetti F (2013) Effect of early stress on hippocampal gray matter is influenced by a functional polymorphism in EAAT2 in bipolar disorder. 26th ECNP Congress, Barcelona, Spain, 5-9 october. European Neuropsychopharmacology, 23 (suppl. 2): S276

 

155   Bollettini I, Poletti S, Radaelli D, Locatelli C, Colombo C, Benedetti F (2013) Effect of adverse childhood experiences on white matter microstructure in bipolar disorder. 26th ECNP Congress, Barcelona, Spain, 5-9 october. European Neuropsychopharmacology, 23 (suppl. 2): S389

 

156   Sferrazza Papa G, Poletti S, Dalla Spezia S, Locatelli C, Colombo C, Benedetti F (2013) Effect of functional polymorphism of EAAT1 on cognitive impairment in bipolar disorder. 26th ECNP Congress, Barcelona, Spain, 5-9 october. European Neuropsychopharmacology, 23 (suppl. 2): S173

 

157   Benedetti F, Locatelli C, Riccaboni R, Dallaspezia S, Colombo C (2013) Effects of clock gene variants on hopelessness and suicidality in drug-resistant bipolar depression. Society for Llight Treatment and Biological Rhythms, Geneva, 25th Annual Meeting, June 21-23, 2013. SLTBR Program and Abstracts: Volume 25

 

158   Benedetti F, Locatelli C, Riccaboni R, Dallaspezia S, Colombo C (2013) Rapid treatment of suicidal symptoms in drug-resistant bipolar depression with lithium and chronotherapeutics light and wake. Society for Llight Treatment and Biological Rhythms, Geneva, 25th Annual Meeting, June 21-23, 2013. SLTBR Program and Abstracts: Volume 25

 

159   Brioschi S, Franchini L, Colombo C, Smeraldi E (2013) Early onset of lithium prophylaxis as possible good prognostic factor for staging bipolar disorder. European Neuropsychopharmacology Volume 23, Supplement 1, Pages S1-S106 (March 2013)  Abstracts of the 2013 ECNP workshop on Neuropsychopharmacology for Young Scientists in Europe, Nice, France, 7–10 March 2013

 

160   Sferrazza Papa G, Vai B, Radaelli D, Poletti S, Smeraldi S, Colombo C, Benedetti F (2014) Fronto-limbic disconnection in bipolar disorder. ECNP Workshop for Junior Scientists in Europe. Nice, France, 6-9 March 2014. European Neuropsychopharmacology, 24 (supll. 1):S90

 

161   Locatelli C, Del Monte D, De Santis C, Colombo C (2014) Trattamento farmacologico dei disturbi affettivi psicotici. 18 Congresso della SOPSI Torino, 12-15 febbraio 2014

 

162   Colombo C (2014) Cronobiologia e disturbo bipolare. XVIII Congresso Nazionale della Società Italiana di Neuropsicofarmacologia. Torino, 3-6-giugno 2014

 

163   Benedetti F, Canali P, Sferrazza Papa G, Smeraldi E, Colombo C (2014) Reduced oscillatorynatural frequencies of the frontal cortex in schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depressive disorder. 29th CINP World Congress of Neuropsychopharmacology, Vancouver 22-26 June 2014. International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology 17(Suppl. 1):72

 

164   Benedetti F, Sferrazza Papa G, Vai B, Poletti S, Radaelli D, Colombo C (2014) Fronto-limbic disconnectuion in bipolar disorder. 29th CINP World Congress of Neuropsychopharmacology, Vancouver 22-26 June 2014. International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology 17(Suppl. 1):74

 

165   Benedetti F, Bollettini I, Poletti S, Radaelli D, Smeraldi E, Colombo C (2014) Chronotherapeutic treatment efficacy and white matter integrity: a tract-based spatial statistics study in bipolar patients. 29th CINP World Congress of Neuropsychopharmacology, Vancouver 22-26 June 2014. International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology 17(Suppl. 1):74

 

166   Benedetti F, Poletti S, Radelli D, Locatelli C, Pirovano A, Lorenzi C, Smeraldi E, Colombo C (2014) Effect of early stress on hippocampal gray matter is influenced by a functional polymorphism in EAAT2 in bipolar disorder. 29th CINP World Congress of Neuropsychopharmacology, Vancouver 22-26 June 2014. International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology 17(Suppl. 1):81

 

167   Benedetti F, Canali P, sferrazza Papa G, Smeraldi e, Colombo C (2014) Changes of cortical excitability as markers of antidepressant response in bipolar depression. 29th CINP World Congress of Neuropsychopharmacology, Vancouver 22-26 June 2014. International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology 17(Suppl. 1):51-52

 

168   Delmonte D, Manzini C, Barbini B, Colombo C (2014) Manic episode of bipolar disorder: light exposure influences the clinical course. 26th Annual Meeting Society for Light treatment and Biological Rhythms, 27-29 june 2014, Vienna

 

169   Zanardi R, Delmonte D, Trinchieri Martina, Granata A, Rivellini G, Colombo C (2014) Psychopathology and crime: research on patients of a northern italian criminal psychiatric hospital. Fourth International Conference on Violence in the Health Sector, 22-24 october 2014, Miami, FL pagg 460-461

 

170   Sferrazza Papa G, Vai B, Radaelli D, Poletti S Smeraldi E, Colombo C, Benedetti F (2014) Fronto-limbic disconnection in bipolar disorder. 27th ECNP Congress 18-21 october 2014, Berlin, Germany. European Neuropsychopharmacology 24(Suppl. 2):S90

 

171   Delmonte D, Manzini C, Brbini B, Colombo C (2014) Acute mania treatment: a comparison between first generation antipsychotics (FGAs) and second generation antipsychotics (SGAs).  27th ECNP Congress 18-21 october 2014, Berlin, Germany, European Neuropsychopharmacology, 24 (Suppl. 2): S419

 

172   Poletti S, Locatelli C, Radaelli D, Colombo C, Benedetti F (2014) Lithium and GSK-3beta promoter gene variants influence gray matter volume in bipolar disorder. 27th ECNP Congress 18-21 october 2014, Berlin, Germany. European Neuropsychopharmacology, 24(Suppl. 2):S427

 

173   Vai B, Radaelli D, Sferrazza Papa G, Poletti S, Colombo C, Benedetti F (2014) Effect of total sleep deprivation and light therapy on cortico-limbic connectivity in bipolar depression: a dynamic causal modeling study. 27/th ECNP Congress 18-21 october 2014, Berlin, Germany, European Neuropsychopharmacology, 24(Suppl. 2):S430-1

 

174   Bollettini I, Poletti S, Radaelli D, Vai B, Locatelli C, Colombo C, Benedetti F (2014) Serotonin transporter promoter gene and white matter integrity: a tract-based spatial statistics study in bipolar patients. 27th ECNP Congress 18-21 october 2014, Berlin, Germany, European Neuropsychopharmacology, 24(Suppl. 2):S435

 

175   Locatelli C, Radaelli D, Poletti S, Bollettini I, Colombo C, Benedetti F (2014) Connectivity correlates of delusion in bipolar depression. 27th ECNP Congress 18-21 october 2014, Berlin, Germany, European Neuropsychopharmacology, 24(Suppl. 2):S437

 

176   Delmonte D, Desantis C, Verri FM, Rossini D, Lucca A, Zanardi R, Barbini B, Colombo C (2015) Electroconvulsive Therapy in treatment-resistant depression: a naturalistic study. Abstract 0844 23rd European Congress of Psychiatry, Vienna 28th-31st March 2015

 

177   Benedetti F, Riccaboni R, Dallaspezia S, Colombo C (2015) Effects of clock gene variants and early stress on hopelessness and suicide in bipolar depression. Society for Light Treatment and Biological Rhythms Abst 2015; v27. 27th Annual meeting Society for Light Treatment and Biological Rhythms, San Diego, CA,  June 28, 2015 

 

178   Dallaspezia S, Colombo C, Benedetti F (2015) Sleep homeostatic pressure and PER3 VNTR ge ne polymorphism influence antidepressant response in bipolar depression. Society for Light Treatment and Biological Rhythms Abst 2015; v27. 27th Annual meeting Society for Light Treatment and Biological Rhythms, San Diego, CA,  June 28, 2015 

 

179   Brioschi S, Delmonte D, Cassulo F, Fossati F, Barbini B, Franchini L, Colombo C (2015) Integrated mania management: an observational study at the rehabilitative mood disordes unit of San Raffaele hospital in Milan. Eur Neuropsychopharmacol 2015; 25(2): 427-S428

 

180   Delmonte D, De Santis C, Brioschi S, Barbini B, Colombo C (2015) Haloperidol, risperidone and quetiapine in the treatment of acute severe manic episode in bipolar disorder: the experience at the mood disorder unit in Milan. European Psychiatry 2015; 30 (1): 844

 

181   Brioschi S, Delmonte, De Santis C, Franchini L, Colombo C (2016) Discontinuation of antipsychotic therapy in severe mania: a six months follow-up study. European Psychiatry 2016; 33 (Supp. March): 329-S330

 

182   Aggio V, Poletti S, Ambrée O, Colombo C, Arolt V, Benedetti F (2016) Brain-derived neurotrophic factor associates with gray matter volumes and early adverse experiences in bipolar disorder. ECNP Workshop on Neuropsychopharmacology for young scientists in Europe. European Neuropsychopharmacology, 26 (Suppl1):S68-S69

 

183   De Santis C; Delmonte D; Nuzzi M; Rossini D; Lucca A; Stankovic S; Barbini B; Colombo C (2016) Adding fentanyl to sodium-thiopental (STP) or propofol anesthesia during electroconvulsive therapy (ECT): a pilot study.  ISEN annual meeting May 15th 2016 Atlanta GE

 

184   Delmonte D, De Santis C, Brioschi S, Nuzzi M, Rossini D, Barbini B, Colombo C (2016) Adding fentanyl to sodium-thiopental (STP) or propofol anesthesia during electroconvulsive therapy (ECT): a pilot study. 29th ECNP congress 17-20th sept 2016 Wien European Neuropsychopharmacology , vol 26 (supp 2),  2016 p 469

 

185   Colombo C, Delmonte D, Brioschi S, Milandri F, Barbini B, Nuzzi M (2017) Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in treatment-resistant depression (TRD): a 12-months cohort study in the city of Milan (Italy). American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting, May 20-24 2017, San Diego CA

 

186   Brioschi S, Delmonte D, Locatelli C, Franchini L, Barbini B, Colombo C (2017) A comparison between manic patients with or without antipsychotic continuation treatment: data from a 12-months follow-up study at mood disorder unit of San Raffaele Turro hospital. 25th European Congress of psychiatry/European Psychiatry 41S(2017) SS106-169. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.eurpsy.2017.01.1911

 

English book chapters

 

1         Scarone S, Pugnetti L, Cattaneo AM, Biserni P, Capuano P, Colombo C, Cattaneo R, Gambini O, Cazzullo CL (1986) Electrophisiological indexes of hemispheric abnormalities in schizophrenia: clinical and  epidemiological correlates. In: Biological Psychiatry. Shagass C, Josiassen RC, Bridger W, Weiss K, Stoff D, Simpson GM, Eds. Elsevier Science Publishing Co., Inc., New York

 

2         Cattaneo R, Colombo C, Gambini O, Pieri E, Pugnetti L, Scarone S (1986) Neurophysiological characteristics of putative Alzheimer's disease: a study of alpha reactivity during cognitive task performance. In: Senile dementias: early detection. Bes A., Cahn J, Hoyer S, Marc-Vergnes JP, Wisniewsky HM,  Eds. John Libbey and Company Ltd, London

 

3         Scarone S, Gambini O, Colombo C, Cattaneo R, Bellodi L, Pugnetti L (1987) Electrophysiological characteristics of hemispheric functioning in schizophrenic disorders: diagnostic and psychopathological correlates. In: Cerebral dynamics, laterality and psychopathology. Takahashi R, Flor-Henry P, Gruzelier J, Niwa S, Eds. Elsevier Science Publishers BV, North-Holland Biomedical Press

 

4         Scarone S, Pugnetti L, Gambini O, Colombo C, Bareggi S, Forgione A (1987) Psychophysiological characteristics of benzodiazepine treatment in generalized anxiety disorders. In: Anxious depression: assessment and treatment. Smeraldi E, Racagni G Eds. Raven Press

 

5         Scarone S, Gambini O, Pugnetti L, Colombo C, Cattaneo R, Bellini L, Christe W, Cazzullo CL (1987) Neurofunctional assessment of schizophrenia: neuropsychological and EEG data of lateralized imbalancement of functions. In: Etiophathogenetic hypotheses of schizophrenia: the impact of epidemiological, biochemical and neuromorphological studies. Cazzullo CL, Invernizzi G, Sacchetti E, Vita A Eds. MTP Press Limited, Falcon House, Lancaster, England

 

6         Pugnetti L, Gambini O, Macciardi F, Colombo C, Cattaneo R, Locatelli M, Bellodi L, Scarone S (1988) The EEG reactivity of schizophrenics and their first degree relatives: a preliminary analysis. In: A genetic perspective for schizophrenic and related disorders. Smeraldi E, Bellodi L Eds. Edi Ermes, Milano: 23 - 42

 

7         Colombo C, Gambini O, Macciardi F, Locatelli M, Calabrese G, Scarone S (1989) EEG Alpha reactivity in schizophrenia: a familial study. In:Schizophrenia: a psychobiological view. Casacchia M, Rossi A Eds. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht/Boston/London:119-124

 

8         Locatelli M, Colombo C, Scarone S (1990) CEEG analysis in neuropsychiatry: methodological and clinical problems. In: Carbamazepine: a bridge between epilepsy and psychiatric disorders. Canger R, Sacchetti E, Perini GI, Canevini MP Eds. Ciba-Geigy Edizioni, Origgio

 

9         Colombo C, Gambini O, Macciardi F, Locatelli M, Calabrese G, Scarone S (1991) EEG patterns in schizophrenia: a familial study. In: Plasticity and morphology of the central nervous system. A challenge for the psychiatry of the nineties.Cazzullo CL, Sacchetti E, Conte G, Invernizzi G, Vita A Eds. Kluver Academic Publishers, London:117-123

 

10      Colombo C, Bonfanti A, Perani D, Fazio F, Smeraldi E, Scarone S (1991) Functional aspects of schizophrenia. preliminary PET data. In: Biological Psychiatry; 2:376-378. Atti del 5th World Congress of World Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry, Florence, June 9 - 14, 1991

 

11      Colombo C, Calabrese G, Livian S, Scotti G, Scarone S (1993) Normal size of temporal areas in a group of schizophrenic patients: a magnetic resonance imaging study. In: Imaging of the brain in psychiatry and related fields. Edited by Maurer K, Springer-Verlag, Berlin /Heidelberg: 37-41

 

12      Locatelli M, Gambini O, Macciardi F, Colombo C, Scarone S (1993) A statistical approach to computed electroencephalography: preliminary data on control subjects and epileptic patients. In: Psychiatry and Advanced Technologies. Ravizza L, Bogetto F, Zanalda E Editori, Raven Press Ltd., New York, 8:73-77

 

13      Perani D, Bressi S, Colombo C, Grassi F, Bonfanti A, Scarone S, Smeraldi E, Fazio F (1993) Metabolic dysfunction in obsessive-compulsive disorder: an [18 f] FDG PET follow-up study in patients treated with inhibitors of serotonine re-uptake. In:Psychiatry and Advanced Technologies. A cura di Ravizza L, Boggetto F, Zanalda E, Raven Press Ltd., New York, 7:61-71

 

14      Gambini O, Locatelli M, Macciardi F, Colombo C, Scarone S (1993) The meaning of Physiological computed electroencephalography: a  statistical approach. In: Psychiatry and Advanced Tecnologies. A cura di Ravizza L, Bogetto F, Zanalda E, Raven Press Ltd., New York, 7:61-71

 

15      Calabrese G, Falini A, Lipari S, Origgi D, Colombo C, Bonfanti A, Scotti G, Scarone S (1995) Neuronal integrity in the frontal cortex of schizophrenics evaluated by 1H magnetic resonance spectroscopy. In: Macher JP, Crocq MA, Nedelec JF eds. The bio-clinical interface. Bio-clinical psychiatry mapping brain function. John Libbey Eurotext. Paris, France, pp. 229-232

 

16      Cavallaro R, Colombo C, Smeraldi E (1995) The treatment of resistant schizophrenia: a pilot, open study on the treatment with risperidone and clozapine. In: Brunello N, Racagni G, Langer SZ, Mendlewicz J Eds. Critical issues in the treatment of schizophrenia. International Academy of Biomedical Drug Research. Basel, Karger, vol. 10:178-181

 

17      Benedetti F, Colombo C, Sforzini L, Maffei C, Smeraldi E (1999) New drugs in the treatment of borderline personality disorder. In: Treatment of personality disorders. A cura di J Derksen, C Maffei e H Grohen. Kluwer Academic / Plenum Publishers, New York, pag. 229-240

 

18      Colombo C, Zanardi R, Rossini D (2017) Disruptive, impulse-control and conduct disorders. In : Clinical Psychopharmacotherapy, 1 edition, ed Donatell Marazziti, Giovanni Fioriti Editore, Roma

 

 

Italian book chapters

 

1         Colombo C, Scarone S, Catalano M (1990) I disturbi del sonno in corso di anoressia nervosa. In: Disordini del comportamento alimentare. Muller E, Brambilla F Eds. Pythagora Press, Roma, Milano

 

2         Scarone S, Colombo C (1991) I disturbi del sonno. In: I disturbi d'ansia. Clinica e terapia. Smeraldi E, Bellodi L Eds. Edi Ermes, Milano, seconda edizione

 

3         Colombo C, Bonfanti A, Calabrese G, Ronchi P, Scarone S (1991) Brain imaging nei disturbi ossessivo-compulsivi. In: I disturbi d'ansia. Biggio G, Smeraldi E, Muller E Eds. Pythagora Press, Roma, Milano

 

4         Scarone S, Colombo C (1993) Disturbi del ritmo sonno-veglia. In: Trattato Italiano di Psichiatria. Cassano GB, D'Errico A, Pancheri P, Pavan L, Pazzagli A, Ravizza L, Rossi R, Smeraldi E, Volterra V Eds., Masson, Milano, 66:2187-2199

 

5         Bonfanti A, Colombo C, Scarone S (1994) Tomografia ad emissione di positroni: applicazioni in psichiatria. In: Neuroimaging in psichiatria. Vita A, Invernizzi G Eds. CIC Edizioni Internazionali, Roma, 8:93

 

6         Rossi E, Colombo C (1994) Caso clinico. In: Psichiatria clinica. Gabriele A, Smeraldi E eds. Poletto edizioni, Milano pp. 79-84

 

7         Barbini B, Colombo C, Smeraldi E (1995) I ritmi come elemento della terapia nella depressione. In: Pancheri P, e Cassano GB Eds. Specificità e aspecificità terapeutica dei farmaci antidepressivi. Scientific Press:181-199

 

8         Manfredonia MG, Colombo C, Smeraldi E (1996) I disturbi dell'umore. In: La psichiatria in 100 ore. Editeam ed., pp. 67-85

 

9         Barbini B, Colombo C (1996) Terapia elettroconvulsiva. In: La psichiatria in 100 ore. Editeam ed., pp.135139

 

10      Serretti A, Colombo C, Smeraldi E (1997) Utilizzo della clomipramina nel trattamento della depressione. In: Profili, Farmacologia clinica della clomipramina. Mosby Italia ed; 37-46

 

11      Manfredonia MG, Gasperini M, Colombo C (1998)  Disturbi dell'umore. In: Competenze psichiatriche nella formazione medica. Editeam ed., pp. 167-238

 

12      Bellodi L, Colombo C (1998) Glossario di psicopatologia. In: Competenze psichiatriche nella formazione medica. Editeam ed., pp. 369-418

 

13      Colombo C, Gasperini M, Lucca A, Marazziti D, Zanardi R, Smeraldi E (1999) Antidepressivi. In:Trattato Italiano di Psichiatria. Cassano GB, Pancheri P, Pavan L, Pazzagli A, Ravizza L, Rossi R, Smeraldi E, Volterra V Eds., Masson edizioni  Milano, pp.3279-3304

 

14      Colombo C, Benedetti F, Barbini B, Smeraldi E (2000) Uso delle benzodiazepine nei disturbi dell’umore. In: Le benzodiazepine dalla molecola alla pratica clinica. A cura di G Biggio. Springer Verlag Italia, Milano

 

15      Colombo C (2003) Presentazione dell’edizione italiana di: “Making us crazy” by Herb Kutchins e Stuart Kirk “, New York 1997,  “Ci fanno passare per matti”  Giovanni Fioriti editore Roma

 

16      Colombo C, Merzagora Betsos I (2004) Il gioco d’azzardo: profili psichiatrici, sociologici, criminologici. In: Trattato della responsabilità civile e penale in famiglia. A cura di Paolo Cendon, vol.II, CEDAM ed., Padova, pp. 1611-1636

 

17      Colombo C (2004) La spontaneità. In: Rileggendo Minkowski. La persona umana nella prospettiva psicopatologica. A cura di Enrico Smeraldi, ed. Excerpta Medica, Milano

 

18      Colombo C, Cavallaro R (2004) Il progredire delle nostre concezioni. Commento. In: Rileggendo Minkowski.  Nuove vie di approccio ed evoluzione delle vie antiche. A cura di Enrico Smeraldi, ed. Excerpta Medica, Milano

 

19      Colombo C (2005) I ritmi biologici e la malattia dell’umore. A cura di Enrico Smeraldi, Airon Edizioni

 

20      Rossini D, Colombo C, Zanardi R (2006) Disturbi da discontrollo degli impulsi. In: Psicofarmacoterapia clinica, a cura di D. Marazziti, Giovanni Fioriti ed. Roma

 

21      Colombo C, Zanardi R, Smeraldi E, (2006) Cenni storici sui rapporti tra genetica e criminalità. In:Psichiatria forense, criminologia ed etica psichiatrica, a cura di Vittorio Volterra, Masson editore, pagg. 95-98

 

22      Colombo C (2008) Gli psicofarmaci. In: Pettorossi R. Psichiatria. Manuale di apprendimento. P. 209-226. Torino, Centro Scientifico Editore

 

23      Colombo C (2009) Antisocialiità e sistema giudiziario: stato dell’arte in: Devianza e antisocialità. Dazzi S e Madeddu F, pagg. 279-299 Raffaello Cortina editore Milano 2009.

 

24      Colombo C, Zanardi R, Smeraldi E (2010) Cenni storici sui rapporti tra genetica e criminalità. In:Psichiatria forense, criminologia ed etica psichiatrica, a cura di Vittorio Volterra, Masson editore,seconda edizione pagg. 101-102

 

25      Rossini D, Colombo C, Zanardi R (2013) Disturbi da discontrollo degli impulsi. In: Psicofarmacoterapia clinica, a cura di D. Marazziti, Giovanni Fioriti ed. Roma, V edizione

 

 

Books

 

Paganelli M, Zanardi R, Colombo C (2013) La complessità del criminie: tra libertà e determinismo. Ed Uroboros

 

 

Italian scientific publications

 

1         Locatelli M, Scarone S, Gambini O, Colombo C, Beltrami M (1990) Valutazione neurofisiologica di alphaGFC (colina alfoscerato) mediante elettroencefalogramma computerizzato (CEEG). Le basi razionali della Terapia, 3(1):79-82

 

2         Calabrese G, Scarone S, Colombo C, Smeraldi E (1991) Prospettive nell'utilizzo della risonanza magnetica nucleare in spettroscopia dei disordini neuropsichici. Quaderni Italiani di Psichiatria, X (1):59-71

 

3         Ciapparelli A, Colombo C, Cuccato G, Levi-Minzi A, Lorizio A, Maggioni M, Siciliano G, Silvestri R, Biondi F, Casadei GL (1991) Passaggio ex-abrupto a zolpidem, nuovo ipnotico imidazopiridinico, in pazienti insonni gia' in trattamento con ipnotici benzodiazepinici.Minerva Psichiatrica, 32:3-12

 

4         Benedetti F, Barbini B, Colombo C (1997) Fluttuazioni infradiane dell’umore durante un episodio depressivo maggiore. [abstract] New Trends in Psichiatria, V, 2:12

 

5         Colombo C, Benedetti F (1999) L'insonnia di Don Chisciotte. Deprivazione di sonno, neuroscienze e modelli epistemologici. Psichiatria e Psicoterapia analitica,13(1):18-21

 

6         Colombo C (2000) Problemi e nuove prospettive nel trattamento farmacologico della depressione. Psichiatria e Psicoterapia analitica,19(4):337-344

 

7         Benedetti F, Barbini B, Campori E, Cigala Fulgosi M, Colombo C, Smeraldi E (2001) Ritmi, sonno e disturbo bipolare. Psichiatri oggi, III, 1: 44-46

 

8         Colombo CA, Merzagora Betsos I (2002) Tentare nuoce: il gioco d’azzardo in criminologia e psicopatologia forense. Rivista Italiana di Medicina Legale, vol. XXIV, n.6:1361-1395

 

9         Bernasconi A, Benedetti F, Colombo C, Smeraldi E. (2003) Luci sulla depressione. Kos 219:44-51.

 

10      Colombo C (2004) I ritmi biologici e la malattia dell’umore. In: Il dolore psicotico nella donna depressa. A cura di Rita Corsa, Pacini editore, Pisa, pp 40-48

 

11      Bongiorno F, Franchini L, Spagnolo C, Florita M, Santoro A, Barbini B, Colombo C, Smeraldi E (2005) Intervento psicoeducazionale in pazienti ricoverati per episodio depressivo maggiore: studio pilota. Giornale Italiano di Psicopatologia, vol. 11, issue 2, pp. 151-156

 

12      Serretti A, Olgiati P, Benazzi F, Zanardi R, Colombo C (2007) Psychomotor agitation in bipolar and unipolar depression. Clinical correlates and outcome. Clinical Neuropsychiatry vol.4 n.1 feb 2007 pag. 39

 

13      Olgiati P, Serretti A, Rossini D, Ferrari B, Dotoli D, Bongiorno F, Zanardi R, Colombo C (2007) Comparison between controlled trials in depression and naturalistic study data. Clinical Neuropsychiatry vol.4 n.2 april 2007 pag. 83

 

14      Franchini L, Vinante C, Florita M, Santoro A, Fresi F, Colombo C (2007) Effetto preventivo sulla ricaduta della partecipazione a terapia psicoeducazionale associata al trattamento antidepressivo di fase acuta. Giornale Italiano di Psicopatologia, vol.13, issue 4, pp. 466-474

 

15      Franchini L, Vinante C, Ballan S, Callegari C, Romagnolo F, Zonda E, Zanardi R, Colombo C (2008) Intervento riabilitativo nel corso del trattamento di un episodio depressivo maggiore e recupero soggettivo del funzionamento globale: esperienza clinico-pratica presso il Centro per i Disturbi dell’umore dell’Ospedale San Raffaele turro. Psichiatria e psicoterapia 27,3, 1-11

 

16      Franchini L, Paredi G, Ballan S, Fresi F, Colombo C (2009) Effetto dell’intervento psicoeducativo associato al trattamento antidepressivo sulla persistenza di distorsione cognitiva in pazienti affetti da disturbo dell’umore. Giornale Italiano di Psicopatologia, vol.15, issue 2, pp. 139-150

 

17      Franchini L, Paredi G, Ciracì M, Colombo C (2011) L’applicazione sperimentale della psicoeducazione a un gruppo misto di pazienti unipolari e bipolari: effetto a lungo termine in un follow-up di 24 mesi. Psichiatria e psicoterapia 30, 2, 113   

 

18      Franchini L, Redaelli C, Schiavo M, Colombo C (2012) Psicoeducazione ai familiari di pazienti affetti da disturbo dell’umore: possibile utilizzo di Caregiver Burden Inventory (CBI) per l’identificazione della specifica area critica del caregiver. Psichiatria e psicoterapia, 31, 2, pagg 1-24

 

19      Boccalon S, Alesiani R, Giarolli L, Franchini L, Colombo C, Blum N, Fossati A (2012) System Training for Emotional Predictability and Problem Solving (STEPPS): modello di intervento, adattamento clinico e dati preliminari di efficacia in un campione di pazienti ricoverati con diagnosi di disturbo dell’umore e disturbo di personalità. Journal of Psychopathology 18:335-343

 

20      Merzagora I, Ischia M, Colombo C (2014) Disturbo bipolare e criminalità. Rassegna italiana di criminologia. Anno VIII, n.3, 2014 pagg 212- 219

 

 

 

Bianca Maria Colosimo
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STEM area: Engineering

Competences: additive maufacturing, advanced manufacturing processes, mechanic engineering, production engineering, quality control

Keywords: advanced manufacturing processes, industrial statistics, quality, statistical process control

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Full Professor of Manufacturing and Production Systems, Deputy Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Politecnico di Milano.

 

Professional career

After graduating in Management Engineering at Politecnico di Milano in 1996, prof. Colosimo got a PhD in Manufacturing and Production Systems in 2001; in the same year she was visiting postdoc at the Department of Industrial Engineering at Pennsylvania State University (PSU). In 1999 she became researcher (assistant professor) and in 2003 associate professor; from 2014 she is full professor of Manufacturing and Production Systems at Politecnico di Milano. Since 2012 she has been the Coordinator of the PhD Programme in Mechanical Engineering in the same university, and member of the Department Board since 2014. In January 2017 she has been nominated Deputy Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering of Politecnico di Milano.

Scientific results

The main research interest of prof. Colosimo concerns the development of innovative solutions for data mining, monitoring and control in advanced manufacturing processes (e.g., additive manufacturing or 3D printing). She is carrying out research activities in several international projects, such as SAMM (Smart Additive Manufacturing for Metal) in collaboration with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); some European projects (e.g., CleanSky2 AMATHO for the production of large aeronautical components in additive manufacturing); several national and regional  projects on Intelligent Manufacturing (Cluster- High Performance Machining and Sustainable Manufacturing; Made4Lo). She currently has active collaborations with several international research groups: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), Pennsylvania State University, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), among the others.

 

Editorial work and publications

Bianca Maria Colosimo is Editor-in-chief of  the Journal of Quality Technology (Taylor & Francis). She is in the Editorial Board of Polimi Springerbriefs since 2013 and of IISE Transactions since 2017. She has been acting as refereefor many international journals, such as International Journal of Production Research, Technometrics, IISE Transactions (former IIE Transactions) and The International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology. She is co-author of more than 130 publications, including: 

(2018) Colosimo B.M., Grasso M. Spatially Weighted PCA for Monitoring Video Image Data with Application to Additive Manufacturing, Journal of Quality Technology, vol. 4, 2018.

(2018) Repossini G., Laguzza V., Grasso M., Colosimo B.M., On the use of spatter signature for in-situ monitoring of Laser Powder Bed Fusion, Additive Manufacturing, 16, 35-48

(2017)   Grasso M., Colosimo B.M., Process Defects and In-situ Monitoring Methods in Metal Powder Bed Fusion: a Review, Measurement Science and Technology, 28(4), 1-25.

(2017) Wang J, Pagani L, Leach RK, Zeng W, Colosimo BM, Zhou L. Study of weighted fusion methods for the measurement of surface geometry. Precision Engineering, 47, 111-121. 
(2017) Grasso M, Laguzza V, Semeraro Q, Colosimo BM. In-Process Monitoring of Selective Laser Melting: Spatial Detection of Defects Via Image Data Analysis. ASME Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering, 139(5), 016. 
(2016) Grasso M, Colosimo BM, Tsung F. A phase I multi-modelling approach for profile monitoring of signal data. International Journal of Production Research, 1-24. 
(2015) Colosimo BM, Pacella M, Senin N. Multisensor data fusion via Gaussian process models for dimensional and geometric verification. Precision Engineering, 40:199-213. 
(2015) Del Castillo E, Colosimo BM, Tajbakhsh S. Geodesic Gaussian Processes for the Reconstruction of a Free-Form Surface. Technometrics, 57, 1, 87-98. 
(2014) Colosimo BM, Cicorella P, Pacella M, Blaco M. From profile to surface monitoring: SPC for cylindrical surfaces via Gaussian Processes. Journal of Quality Technology, 46(2):95-113. 
(2013) Colombo D, Colosimo BM, Previtali B. Comparison of methods for data analysis in the remote monitoring of remote laser welding. Optics and Lasers in Engineering, 51, 34-46. 
(2008) Colosimo BM, Pacella M, Semeraro Q. Statistical Process Control for Geometric Specifications: On the Monitoring of Roundness Profiles. Journal of Quality Technology, 40(1):1-18. 

Awards and prizes

In 1996 prof. Colosimo won the UCIMU Degree Award (Union of Italian Machine Tool Manufacturers) and in 2003 was awarded the Young Researcher Award of the Italian Association of Mechanical Technologies (AITeM). In 2008 the article Statistical Process Control for Geometric Specifications of theJournal of Quality Technology, that she co-authored, was recognized as the "Top downloaded paper of the year ".  In 2017 she was invited speaker at the Stu-Hunter conference.

Elisabetta Comini
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STEM area: Materials sciences and nanotechnology

Competences: experimental physics

Keywords: electronics, innovation, materials, metal oxides, nanomaterials, nanostructures, nanotechnologies, optics, sensors

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

She is full professor at University of Brescia and now head of the SENSOR laboratory (University of Brescia) http://sensor.unibs.it

The laboratory focuses on the research in the field of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), nanomedicine, nutrition and safety. One of the most advanced research areas of the laboratory is precisely the one dealing with almost mono-dimensional oxide nanostructures: 1-D crystalline nanostructures are emerging today as the basis for a new generation of electronics and nanometer-scale optoelectronic devices with superior performance.

Professional career

After achieving her degree in Experimental Physics in 1996 at the University of Pisa, she has been a Ph.D. student in Materials for Engineering at the University of Brescia. She was awarded with her Ph.D. degree in 2000. From 1999 to 2001 she was employed as a technologist at INFM (National Institute of Physics of Matter). Since 2001 she has been a researcher in Physics of Matter at the University of Brescia, where she later became associate professor and then full professor of Experimental Physics of Matter.

Scientific results

EC is a researcher specialist in the growth of metal oxides, particularly nanowires, thin films and the measurement of their electronic, functional and structural properties. EC original work made an impact on the research community. She was the first to report gas sensing properties of conductometric devices based on semiconducting metal oxide nanowires. That paper, cited more than 1100 times, opened up a completely new field which is still one of the most dynamic research area.

EC is a very active member of the research community serving in various Editorial Boards of international journals. She serves as a reviewer for various international journals and she is part of the technical program committee of conferences in chemical sensing.

She was organizer of symposia within the MRS society, within E-MRS society meetings. She was communication chair of the 11th International Meeting on Chemical Sensors (Brescia in July 2006). She is Member of the Technical Program Committee of several conferences such as 6th IEEE SENSORS 2007, 7th IEEE SENSORS 2008, Eurosensors 2009 to 2019.

She was one of the five co-Chair of the 2013 Fall Meeting of the Materials Research Society

She is a voting member of the steering committee of EUROSENSORS conference.           

She was promoter of 15 Ph.D., and supervisor of 30 undergraduate students.

Editorial work and publications

She has more than 500 communications, 130 invited communications at conferences and she has given more than 65 invited communications including 6 plenary talk. EC has more than 350 peer reviewed paper, h-index 51 (Web of Science), 53 (scopus), 61 (goggle scholar).

 

Selected publications:

(2019) Nunez-Carmona E,  Bertuna A, Abbatangelo M, Sberveglieri V, Comini E, Sberveglieri G. BC-MOS: The novel bacterial cellulose based MOS gas sensors MATERIALS LETTERS, 237 10.1016/j.matlet.2018.11.011

(2018) Zappa D, Galstyan V, Kaur N, Arachchige  HMMM, Sisman O, Comini E. "Metal oxide -based heterostructures for gas sensors" - A review ANALYTICA CHIMICA ACTA 1039, 10.1016/j.aca.2018.09.020
(2016) Kaur N, Comini E, Zappa D, Poli N, Sberveglieri G. Nickel oxide nanowires: vapor liquid solid synthesis and integration into a gas sensing device. Nanotechnology, 27(20). 
(2015) Comini E, Galstyan V, Faglia G, Bontempi E, Sberveglieri G. Highly conductive titanium oxide nanotubes chemical sensors. Microporous and Mesoporus Materials, 208:165-170. 
(2013) Comini E. Integration of Metal Oxide Nanowires in Flexible Gas Sensing Devices. Sensors-Basel, 13(8):10659-10673. 
(2009) Comini E, Baratto C, Faglia G, Ferroni M, Vomiero A, Sberveglieri G. Quasi-one dimensional metal oxide semiconductors: Preparation, characterization and application as chemical sensors. Progress in Materials Sciences, 54(1):1-67. 
(2007) Vomiero A, Ferroni M, Comini E, Faglia G, Sberveglieri G. Preparation of radial and longitudinal nanosized heterostructures of In2O3 and SnO2. Nano Letters, 7(12):3553-3558. 
(2006) Ponzoni A, Comini E, Sberveglieri G, Zhou J, Deng SZ, Xu NS, Ding Y, Wang ZL. Ultrasensitive and highly selective gas sensors using three-dimensional tungsten oxide nanowire networks. Applied Physics Letters, 88(20). 
(2004) Comini E, Guidi V, Malagu C, Martinelli G, Pan Z, Sberveglieri G, Wang ZL, Electrical properties of tin dioxide two-dimensional nanostructures. Journal of Physical Chemestry B, 108 (6):1882-1887. 
(2002) Comini E, Faglia G, Sberveglieri G, Pan ZW, Wang ZL. Stable and highly sensitive gas sensors based on semiconducting oxide nanobelts. Applied Physics Letters, 81(10):1869-1871.

Awards and prizes

In September 2005 she won the prize for the best presentation at the EUROSENSORS XIX conference in Barcelona. The following year, she won the same prize at the EUROSENSORS XX conference in Gothenburg. In 2010 she won the first place in Science as Art as part of the MRS Spring Meeting in San Francisco. Two years later she won the Eurosensors fellow 2012, a leading conference for the sensor community.

Chiara Conti
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STEM area: Engineering

Competences: Aeronautical Engineer, System Engineer

Keywords: System Engineering

Region: ABROAD


Position/Role

Engineering Manager in Thales

Professional career

Chiara Conti obtains the bachelor in Aerospace Engineering in 2006 and the Master in Aeronautical Engineer in 2009 at the University La Sapienza of Rome including six months of Erasmus experience at the university TU Delft in the Netherlands.

From 2009 to 2010 she continues to focus ont the research initiated with her thesis developing a growing interest in aerodynamics and aero acoustic associated to drones (UAV).

In 2010 Chiara starts her professional career joining the Business Unit for the design and development of Air Traffic Management System in Selex SI (Leonardo).

During the first years in Leonardo, she focuses on Human Machine Interface, Radar Tracks, flight plan trajectory optimization, and detection of conflicts between aircrafts.

In 2013 she obtains the role of Automation Specialist for the project related to the development of the new Hammad airport in Doha, Qatar. She will then grow up in responsibility roles regarding design, requirements definition, verification, and validation of multiple projects related to Air Traffic management today operative in Vietnam, Ukraine, Turkey, Luxemburg, Bulgaria. Chiara will also be product reference for european projects related to the unification of rules for air traffic control (Sesar).

From 2015 Chiara moves to Melbourne, Australia to join Thales for the development of OneSKY project, the biggest and most complex air traffic management system ever developed in the world, the first one merging civil and military control and stakeholders. The system will be characterized by strict safety and security constraints and will allow the simultaneous control of about 11% of the whole world wide air traffic.

In OneSKY she initially has the responsibility of developing the military control tower, when succeeding in this role, she evolves in the role of System Engineering leader managing the entire functional baseline of the project and a team of Senior System Engineers. 

Chiara has today full responsibility of the engineering process starting from customer needs analysis to requirements derivation, modelling of the solution taking into account safety, security, human factor constraints.

In this role Chiara leads meetings with customer counterparts and plan the activities of the team she leads.

Parallel to the leadership role, Chiara continues her research for the development and integration of drones in the existing air traffic management systems (UTM) and for the application of Artificial Intelligence concepts within Air Traffic Management environment. 

Scientific results

During her university thesis and research experience, Chiara obtained numerical and experimental results regarding the aerodynamics associated with end flaps and winglets, identifying the wing configurations that guarantee the highest performance in terms of safety for a UAV seaplane.

During her work experience in Italy, Chiara managed, as reference for the System Engineering area, numerous projects related to air traffic control that are successfully completed and now operational.

She also collaborated in the study and implementation of a new verification and validation process for integrated software, with evident gains in terms of testing time and early detection of problems during the product maturation phase.

She is repeatedly selected as a Leonardo representative and speaker at global conference, and she is responsible for presenting the company's product portfolio at the Air Traffic Management World congress from 2011 to 2015.

During her work experience in Australia, Chiara is a reference for the analysis and functional definition of the "cutting-edge technologies" regarding flight coordination, use of airspace, and optimization of traffic flows from the approach to the runway. This translates into actual results regarding fewer delayed flights and optimization of trajectories with consequent reduction of fuels and CO2 emissions.

As a System Engineering manager, collaborating with Lean management and agile experts, Chiara studies and implements improvements to the production process, obtaining a 30% reduction on the time required for the functional analysis 

Editorial work and publications

[2012] Chini S, Conti C, Bianco F, . The Innovative Working Position. Polaris Innovation Journal.

Awards and prizes

In 2012, winner of Finmeccanica Innovation Award Silver medal 2012 with the project ‘IWP – the Innovative Working Position’,

In 2013, winner together with her team the ATC global award for the project Strela System commissioned by Ukraine Uksatse and defined as  “outstanding contribution to the next generation of Air Traffic Management Systems”,  

  In 2018, wins the Thales Australia Air Traffic Management Collaboration Award.

Paola Corradi
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STEM area: Physics

Competences: ICT (Informazioni and Communications Techology), telecomunications

Keywords: cloud, environment, management, smart city, startup, women

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Full professor of pharmacology at the University of Bari

Professional career

After graduating in Medicine and Surgery at the University of Bari in 1979, she specialized in Neurology at the same university. She then obtained a scholarship from the Mario Negri Institute in Milan and, in 1984, moved as a researcher to Duke University Medical Center, Durham in the United States, in the group of Dr. R.J. Lefkowitz, Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2012. Her academic career continued as Research Assistant Professor at the same Duke University and, since 1992, as professor of Pharmacology at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland. In 2007 she returned to Italy definitively and became professor of Pharmacology at the University of Bari.

Scientific results

Susanna Cotecchia has always been committed to basic research as an indispensable tool for understanding the mechanisms of disease and drug action. Her research focuses on the study of membrane receptors and site-directed mutagenesis, a particular technique used in molecular biology to study the structure-function relationship of proteins. This line of research aims to address the fundamental questions of molecular pharmacology, providing rapid screening methods and useful information to understand the mechanism of action of medicines. The goal is to build new molecules with selective and targeted pharmacological properties, the so-called drug design, which avoids side effects in the treatment of numerous diseases.

Editorial work and publications

She is the author of more than 100 national and international scientific papers, including:

 

(2006) Stanasila L, Abuin L, Diviani D, Cotecchia S. Direct interaction of ezrin with the alpha1b-adrenergic receptor regulates recycling of the internalized receptors. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 281:4354-63.

(2005) Hosoda C, Koshimizu TA, Tanoue A, Nasa Y, Oikawa R, Tomabechi T, Fukuda S, Shinoura H, Oshikawa S, Takeo S, Kitamura T, Cotecchia S, Tsujimoto G. Two alpha1-adrenergic receptor subtypes regulating the vasopressor response have differential roles in blood pressure regulation. Molecular Pharmacology, 67:912-22.

(2005) Novi F, Stanasila L, Giorgi F, Corsini GU, Cotecchia S, Maggio R. Paired activation of two components within muscarinic M3 receptor dimers is required for recruitment of beta-arrestin-1 to the plasma membrane. The Journal of Biological Chemistry, 280:19768-76.

(2005) Costa T and Cotecchia S. Historical Perspective: The discovery of inverse efficacy and the constitutive activity of GPCRs. Trends in Pharmacological Sciences.

(2005) Hosoda C, Tanoue A, Shibano M, Tanaka Y, Hiroyama M, Koshimizu TA, Cotecchia S, Kitamura T, Tsujimoto G, Koike K. Correlation between vasoconstrictor roles and mRNA expression of alpha(1) adrenoceptor subtypes in blood vessels of genetically engineered mice. British Journal of Pharmacology 146:456-66.

(2005) Sarang Z, Molnar P, Nemeth T, Gomba S, Kardon T, Melino G, Cotecchia S, Fesus L, Szondy Z. Tissue transglutaminase (TG2) acting as G protein protects hepatocytes against Fas-mediated cell death in mice. Hepatology 42:578-87.

(2004) Diviani D, Abuin L, Cotecchia S and Pansier L. Anchoring of both PKA and 14-3-3 inhibits the Rho-GEF activity of the AKAP-Lbc signaling complex, EMBO Journal 23:2811-20.

(2004) Cotecchia S, Stanasila L, Diviani D, Bjorklof K, Rossier O and Fanelli F. Structural determinants involved in the activation and regulation of G protein-coupled receptors: lessons from the alpha1-adrenegic receptor subtypes. Biology of the Cell, 96:327-33.

(2005) Zhang H, Cotecchia S, Thomas SA, Tanoue A, Tsujimoto G and Faber JE. Gene deletion of dopamine beta-hydroxylase and alpha1-adrenoceptors demonstrates involvement of catecholamines in vascular remodeling. American Physiological Society Journals, Heart and Circulatory Physiology, 287:H2106-H2114.

(2004) Townsend SA, Jung AS, Gillian Hoe YS, Lefkowitz RY, Khan SA, Lemmon CA, Harrison RW, Lee K, Barouch LA, Cotecchia S, Shoukas AA, Nyhan D, Hare JM and Berkowitz DE. Critical role for the alpha-1B adrenergic receptor at the sympathetic neuroeffector junction. Hypertension, 44:776-82.

 

Awards and prizes

Susanna Cotecchia received the award of the European Federation of Biochemical Societies (FEBS) in 1995. In 2001 she obtained the "Receptor Research Prize" of Perk.

 

 

Susanna Cotecchia
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STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: neurology, pharmacology

Keywords: g protein coupled receptors, neurology, pharmacology, signal trasduction

Region: Apulia


Position/Role

Full professor of pharmacology at the University of Bari

Professional career

After graduating in Medicine and Surgery at the University of Bari in 1979, she specialized in Neurology at the same university. She then obtained a scholarship from the Mario Negri Institute in Milan and, in 1984, moved as a researcher to Duke University Medical Center, Durham in the United States, in the group of Dr. R.J. Lefkowitz, Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2012. Her academic career continued as Research Assistant Professor at the same Duke University and, since 1992, as professor of Pharmacology at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland. In 2007 she returned to Italy definitively and became professor of Pharmacology at the University of Bari.

Scientific results

Susanna Cotecchia has always been committed to basic research as an indispensable tool for understanding the mechanisms of disease and drug action. Her research focuses on the study of membrane receptors and site-directed mutagenesis, a particular technique used in molecular biology to study the structure-function relationship of proteins. This line of research aims to address the fundamental questions of molecular pharmacology, providing rapid screening methods and useful information to understand the mechanism of action of medicines. The goal is to build new molecules with selective and targeted pharmacological properties, the so-called drug design, which avoids side effects in the treatment of numerous diseases.

 

Editorial work and publications

She is the author of more than 100 national and international scientific papers, including:

 

(2006) Stanasila L, Abuin L, Diviani D, Cotecchia S. Direct interaction of ezrin with the alpha1b-adrenergic receptor regulates recycling of the internalized receptors. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 281:4354-63.

(2005) Hosoda C, Koshimizu TA, Tanoue A, Nasa Y, Oikawa R, Tomabechi T, Fukuda S, Shinoura H, Oshikawa S, Takeo S, Kitamura T, Cotecchia S, Tsujimoto G. Two alpha1-adrenergic receptor subtypes regulating the vasopressor response have differential roles in blood pressure regulation. Molecular Pharmacology, 67:912-22.

(2005) Novi F, Stanasila L, Giorgi F, Corsini GU, Cotecchia S, Maggio R. Paired activation of two components within muscarinic M3 receptor dimers is required for recruitment of beta-arrestin-1 to the plasma membrane. The Journal of Biological Chemistry, 280:19768-76.

(2005) Costa T and Cotecchia S. Historical Perspective: The discovery of inverse efficacy and the constitutive activity of GPCRs. Trends in Pharmacological Sciences.

(2005) Hosoda C, Tanoue A, Shibano M, Tanaka Y, Hiroyama M, Koshimizu TA, Cotecchia S, Kitamura T, Tsujimoto G, Koike K. Correlation between vasoconstrictor roles and mRNA expression of alpha(1) adrenoceptor subtypes in blood vessels of genetically engineered mice. British Journal of Pharmacology 146:456-66.

(2005) Sarang Z, Molnar P, Nemeth T, Gomba S, Kardon T, Melino G, Cotecchia S, Fesus L, Szondy Z. Tissue transglutaminase (TG2) acting as G protein protects hepatocytes against Fas-mediated cell death in mice. Hepatology 42:578-87.

(2004) Diviani D, Abuin L, Cotecchia S and Pansier L. Anchoring of both PKA and 14-3-3 inhibits the Rho-GEF activity of the AKAP-Lbc signaling complex, EMBO Journal 23:2811-20.

(2004) Cotecchia S, Stanasila L, Diviani D, Bjorklof K, Rossier O and Fanelli F. Structural determinants involved in the activation and regulation of G protein-coupled receptors: lessons from the alpha1-adrenegic receptor subtypes. Biology of the Cell, 96:327-33.

(2005) Zhang H, Cotecchia S, Thomas SA, Tanoue A, Tsujimoto G and Faber JE. Gene deletion of dopamine beta-hydroxylase and alpha1-adrenoceptors demonstrates involvement of catecholamines in vascular remodeling. American Physiological Society Journals, Heart and Circulatory Physiology, 287:H2106-H2114.

(2004) Townsend SA, Jung AS, Gillian Hoe YS, Lefkowitz RY, Khan SA, Lemmon CA, Harrison RW, Lee K, Barouch LA, Cotecchia S, Shoukas AA, Nyhan D, Hare JM and Berkowitz DE. Critical role for the alpha-1B adrenergic receptor at the sympathetic neuroeffector junction. Hypertension, 44:776-82.

 

Awards and prizes

Susanna Cotecchia received the award of the European Federation of Biochemical Societies (FEBS) in 1995. In 2001 she obtained the "Receptor Research Prize" of Perk.

 

 

Maria Lucia Curri
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STEM area: Materials sciences and nanotechnology

Competences: physical chemistry of materials

Keywords: environment, inorganic nanocrystals, nanomaterials for biomedicine, nanotechnologies, photocatalytic nanomaterials

Region: Apulia


Position/Role

Full Professor of Physical Chemistry, University of Bari “Aldo Moro”

Professional career

PhD in Chemistry at University of Bari in 1996, between 1995 and 1996 is Research Assistant at Chemistry Department of University College London (UK). From 1996 to 1998, is post-doctoral fellow at the Italian National Research Council (CNR) at the Centro Studi Chimico Fisici sull'Interazione Luce-Materia, in Bari.

Since 1999 is staff scientist at CNR, in Bari, and since 2010 is senior scientist at Istitute for Physical and Chemical Processes (IPCF) of CNR, still in Bari.

Since October 2018 is Full Professor of Physical Chemistry at University of Bari “Aldo Moro”.

 

Scientific results

She is active in the field of material chemistry, aiming to design, fabricate and process inorganic solids at the nanoscale for obtaining nanostructured and multifunctional materials both for fundamental and application studies.

The main research work is carried out within the frame of National and International projects on the synthesis of nanoparticles and nanocrystals - namely structures formed of atomic and/or molecular assemblies with a diameter between 2 and 200 nanometers) with a precise control on size, shape and crystalline phase, in order to carefully tune their physical and chemical size dependent properties and to engineer their surface chemistry.

She is involved in development of synthetic strategies for preparation of colloidal nanocrystal based inorganic materials to investigate their potential applications in biomedical field, as theranostic systems for diagnosis and therapy of different diseases, in energy conversion and in the environmental technologies, for detection and degradation of pollutants.

She has been and is Research Unit PI in several European and National research projects, coordinating the European Project 7th FP LIMPID "Nanocomposite Materials for Photocatalytic Degradation of Pollutants" (G.A. 310177).

Editorial work and publications

She has been co-authoring more than 200 publications and over 180 papers on international peer-reviewed journals and a number of other publications, including 10 book chapters.

Researcher ID: http://www.researcherid.com/rid/C-5360-2009

Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.it/citations?user=IuKtR_sAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao

 

1. (2019) Truppi A., Petronella F., Margiotta V., Lasorella G., Giotta G., Giannini C., Sibillano T., Murgolo S., Mascolo G., Agostiano A., Curri M. L. , Comparelli R. Gram-scale synthesis of UV–vis light active plasmonic photocatalytic nanocomposite based on TiO2/Au nanorods for degradation of pollutants in waterApplied Catalysis B, 243, 604-613.

2. (2016) Valente G, Depalo N, de Paola I, Iacobazzi RM, Denora N, Laquintana V, Comparelli R, Altamura E, Latronico T, Altomare M, Fanizza E, Striccoli M, Agostiano A, Saviano M, Del Gatto A, Zaccaro L, Curri ML. Integrin Targeting with Peptide Bioconjugated to Semiconductor-Magnetic Nanocrystalline Heterostructures. Nano Research, 9:644-662.

3. (2015) Ingrosso C, Esposito Corcione C, Striani R, Comparelli R, Striccoli M, Agostiano A, Curri ML, Frigione M. UV-curable Nanocomposite based on Methacrylic-Siloxane Resin and Surface modified-TiO2Nanocrystals. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 7:15494-15505.

4. (2013) Placido T, Aragay G, Pons J, Comparelli R, Curri ML, Merkoçi A. Ion-Directed Assembly of Gold Nanorods: a Strategy for Mercury Detection. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 5 (3):1084-1092.

5. (2010) Ingrosso C, Sardella E, Keller D, Dohn S, Striccoli M, Agostiano A, Boisen A, Curri ML. Surface functionalization of epoxy resist based microcantilevers with iron oxide nanocrystals. Advanced Material, 22:3288-3292.

Awards and prizes

- More than 30 invited lectures at National and International conferences and workshops

- "L. Senatore" (Italian Chemical Society) award in 2000 for the poster ”Chemical and physical characterization of hybrid structures based on in organic nanocrystalline semiconductors and semiconducting polymer for opto-electronic applications”

- Best poster at E-MRS Spring Meeting Strasbourg June 2002 “Colloidal oxide nanoparticles for the photocatalytic degradation of organic dyes”

- Best poster at E-MRS Spring Meeting Strasbourg E-MRS Spring Meeting Strasbourg 2003 "TiO2 nanocrystals -conjugated -polymer thin film for photovoltaic application"

-  Best poster at E-MRS Spring Meeting Strasbourg May 2004. “Hybrid organic nanocomposites based on semiconducting colloidal quantum dots in polymers”.

- "L. Senatore" award Italian Chemical Society in 2006 for the poster “Optical and morphological properties of hybrid nanocomposite based on colloidal TiO2nanocrystals in polymer”.

- Best Poster Nomination at IEEE NEMS 2017 Los Angeles (CA, USA) “Drug Delivery Nanovectors Based on SPIONS for Targeted Therapy of Hepatocellular Carcinoma”

Maria Grazia Daidone
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STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: oncological biology

Keywords: biobanks, breast cancer, liquid biopsies, molecular characterization, prognostic and treatment response biomarkers

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Head of the Department of Experimental Oncology and Molecular Medicine of the Cancer Institute of Milan

 

Professional career

After graduating in Biological Sciences at the University of Milan in 1976, she continued her education at the oncology laboratory of the Health Science Center of Tucson, in the United States. She then obtained a specialization in Medical and Biomedical Statistics at the University of Milan in 1997. In 1985 she became a professor of the Italian School of Breast Cancer and in 2001 professor for the Master in Diagnostic and Therapeutic Senology of the University of Siena, roles she still holds. She is also head of the Department of Experimental Oncology and Molecular Medicine of the Milan Cancer Institute.

Scientific results

The main interests of Maria Grazia Daidone are the study and characterization of tumor cells with high potential. This also occurs through translational studies in solid human tumors for the identification of biomolecular markers / profiles that lead to a diagnosis, prognosis and response to specific treatments, and through the study of resistance mechanisms to antitumor agents (drugs and / or hormones). Preclinical research on biomarkers and interactions between cancer cells and the immune system is an important support for the treatment and treatment of tumors: specifically, Maria Grazia Daidone is engaged in research on cancer cells of breast, ovarian and cervical cancer. She also coordinates quality control programs for the formulation and proposition of guidelines for the clinical use of biomarkers and for the collection and storage of biological material (BioBanche).

Editorial work and publications

She is the author of several book chapters and also more than 200 scientific publications in national and international journals including:

 

(2016) Callari M, Guffanti A, Soldà G, Merlino G, Fina E, Brini E, Moles A, Cappelletti V, Daidone MG. In-depth characterization of breast cancer tumor-promoting cell transcriptome by RNA sequencing and microarrays. Oncotarget, 7(1):976-94.

(2016) Callari M, Cappelletti V, D'Aiuto F, Musella V, Lembo A, Petel F, Karn T, Iwamoto T, Provero P, Daidone MG, Gianni L, Bianchini G. Subtype-Specific Metagene-Based Prediction of Outcome after Neoadjuvant and Adjuvant Treatment in Breast Cancer. Clinical Cancer Research, 22(2):337-45.

(2015) Cappelletti V, Appierto V, Tiberio P, Fina E, Callari M, Daidone MG. Circulating Biomarkers for Prediction of Treatment Response. Journal of the National Cancer Institute, (51):60-3.

(2015) D'Aiuto F, Callari M, Dugo M, Merlino G, Musella V, Miodini P, Paolini B, Cappelletti V, Daidone MG. miR-30e is an independent subtype-specific prognostic marker in breast cancer. British Journal of Cancer, 113(2):290-8.

(2015) Musella V, Pietrantonio F, Di Buduo E, Iacovelli R, Martinetti A, Sottotetti E, Bossi I, Maggi C, Di Bartolomeo M, de Braud F, Daidone MG, Cappelletti V. Circulating tumor cells as a longitudinal biomarker in patients with advanced chemorefractory, RAS-BRAF wild-type colorectal cancer receiving cetuximab or panitumumab. International Journal of Cancer, 137(6):1467-74.

(2015) Fina E, Callari M, Reduzzi C, D'Aiuto F, Mariani G, Generali D, Pierotti MA, Daidone MG, Cappelletti V. Gene expression profiling of circulating tumor cells in breast cancer. Clinical Chemistry, 61(1):278-89.

(2014) Callari M, Musella V, Di Buduo E, Sensi M, Miodini P, Dugo M, Orlandi R, Agresti R, Paolini B, Carcangiu ML, Cappelletti V, Daidone MG. Subtype-dependent prognostic relevance of an interferon-induced pathway metagene in node-negative breast cancer. Molecular Oncology, 8(7):1278-89.

(2011) Cordenonsi M, Zanconato F, Azzolin L, Forcato M, Rosato A, Frasson C, Inui M, Montagner M, Parenti AR, Poletti A, Daidone MG, Dupont S, Basso G, Bicciato S, Piccolo S. The Hippo transducer TAZ confers cancer stem cell-related traits on breast cancer cells. Cell, 147(4):759-72.

(2011) Callari M, Cappelletti V, De Cecco L, Musella V, Miodini P, Veneroni S, Gariboldi M, Pierotti MA, Daidone MG. Gene expression analysis reveals a different transcriptomic landscape in female and male breast cancer. Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, 127(3):601-10.

(2010) Martello G, Rosato A, Ferrari F, Manfrin A, Cordenonsi M, Dupont S, Enzo E, Guzzardo V, Rondina M, Spruce T, Parenti AR, Daidone MG, Bicciato S, Piccolo S. A MicroRNA targeting dicer for metastasis control. Cell, 141(7):1195-207.

Awards and prizes

In May 2014, Maria Grazia Daidone received the R.O.S.A. (Results obtained without aid) from the Canova Club of Rome.

 

 

 

 

 

Valeria De Antonellis
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STEM area: Engineering

Competences: computer engineering, computer technology

Keywords: big data, informative systems, web

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Full Professor, Deputy Director of the Department of Information Engineering, University of Brescia.

Professional career

Graduated cum laude in Physics from University of Milano, she has been CNR research fellow (1977-1980), assistant professor at University of Milano (1980-1989), associate professor at University of Milano (1989-1991) and at Politecnico di Milano (1991-1994), full professor and Director of the Informatics Institute at the University of Ancona (1994-1996). Since 1996, she has been full professor of Information Systems at the Department of Information Engineering, University of Brescia, where she has carried out intensive teaching, research and institutional service activities promoting the development of the area of ​​Computer Engineering. From November 2010 to October 2016, she was Rector’s Delegate for the Innovation of Information Systems of the University, and successfully led a radical and complex process of renewal of the ICT infrastructure and information systems, aimed at improving the processing of information, the communication with users and the provision of online services. In this role, she represented the University of Brescia in the Board of Directors and in the Executive Board of the CINECA consortium (Interuniversity Consortium for automatic computing) and of the CILEA consortium (Interuniversity Consortium for communication and information technology). From 2011 to 2016, she held numerous positions, including those of President of the University Library System and Chair of the ICT Committee. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Interuniversity Consortium for Computer Science (CINI), and University’s delegate for CINI Laboratories on Big Data, Smart Cities, Assistive Technologies.  She is member of Scientific Committees for the organization of specialization courses on Industry 4.0 promoted by the University of Brescia with the Industrial Association of Brescia.

Scientific results

The research activity of Valeria De Antonellis is in the area of ​​databases, information systems and Web with focus on design methodologies, conceptual modeling, representation and semantic integration of data, processes, services. She has been working within several national and international research projects and collaborations, coordinating parts of or whole projects. At international level, she is known for leading the national research project DATAID (Progetto Finalizzato CNR) originating the DATAID-1 methodology for the analysis, design and implementation of database systems (cited in “People Behind Informatics: The history of Conceptual Modeling”). In particular, at the beginning of the eighties, she promoted the "conceptual modeling of both data and processes" in the DATAID methodology anticipating issues of the object-oriented methodologies. To respond to the growing need to share and process data from heterogeneous sources, she proposed original techniques of semantic integration and schema matching. She faced problems in the area of ​​the Semantic Web and semantic interoperability, proposing innovative techniques of search, analysis and ranking of data and services available on the web. Her current research topics are aimed at the development of innovative models, methods and tools for the management and exploration of Big Data, with application in strategic areas such as Smart Cities and Industry 4.0.

 

Editorial work and publications

She is co-author of the books: Relational Database Theory (Benjamin/Cummings 1993, ISBN 0-8053-0249-2) and La Teoria Relazionale dei Dati (Bollati Boringhieri , ISBN: 88-339-5031-X, 1985). Co-editor of the book: Computer-Aided Database Design: the DATAID approach (North-Holland 1985, ISBN 0-444-87735-5).

She published over 200 scientific papers in relevant international journals and conference proceedings of the field, including:

(2018) Bianchini D, De Antonellis V, Melchiori M. Service Discovery and Recommendation for Multi-datasource Access: Exploiting Semantic and Social Technologies. A Comprehensive Guide through the Italian Database Research over the Last 25 Years. Studies in Big Data vol. 31, 375-390, Springer Int. Publ. 2018, ISBN 978-3-319-61892-0.

(2017) Bianchini D, De Antonellis V, Melchiori M. Wiser: A multi-dimensional framework for searching and ranking Web APIs. ACM Transactions on the Web, 11(3):1-32, ISSN: 1559-1131.

(2014) Bianchini D, Cappiello C, De Antonellis V, Pernici B. Service identification in inter-organizational process design. IEEE Transactions on Services Computing, 7(2): 265-278, ISSN: 1939-1374.

(2010) Bianchini D, Montanelli S, Aiello C, Baldoni R, Bolchini C, Bonomi S, Castano S, Catarci T, De Antonellis V, Ferrara A, Melchiori M, Quintarelli E, Scannapieco M, Schreiber FA, Tanca L. Emergent Semantics and Cooperation in Multi-knowledge Communities: the ESTEEM Approach. World Wide Web, 13(1-2): 3-31, ISSN: 1386-145X.

(2008) Bianchini D, De Antonellis V, Melchiori M. Flexible Semantic-based Service Matchmaking and Discovery. World Wide Web, 11(2):227-251, ISSN: 1386-145X.

(2006) Bianchini D, De Antonellis V, Pernici B, Plebani P. Ontology based Methodology for e-Service Discovery. Information Systems, 31(4):361-380, ISSN: 0306-4379.

(2001) Castano S, De Antonellis V, De Capitani D, Vimercati S. Global Viewing of Heterogeneous Data Sources. IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, 13(2): 277-297, ISSN: 1041-4347.

(1998) Castano S, De Antonellis V, Fugini MG, Pernici B. Conceptual Schema Analysis: techniques and applications. ACM Transactions on Database Systems, 23(3): 286-332, ISSN: 0362-5915.

(1995) Castano S, De Antonellis V. Reference Conceptual Architectures for Re-engineering Information Systems. International Journal of Cooperative Information Systems, 4(2-3): 213-236, ISSN: 0218-8430.

(1990) De Antonellis V, Zonta B. A Disciplined Approach to Office Analysis. IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, 16(8): 822-828, ISSN: 0098-5589.

(1985) De Antonellis V, Di Leva A. DATAID-1: a Database Design Methodology. Information Systems, 10(2):181-195, ISSN: 0306-4379.

 

Awards and prizes

She has been Chair of the AICA Working Group on Databases (1990-1997). Co-founder of the Italian Pole of Scientific and technological Research on Interoperability "Interop-Vlab.IT" (2008-2014). Co-founder and member of the Steering Committee of the Italian Conference SEBD (Advanced Systems for Databases).  Member of the "ER International Conference on Conceptual Modeling" Steering Committee. Associate member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal on Data&Knowledge Engineering, Elsevier. Member of the Scientific Committee of "Collana di Informatica", ed. Franco Angeli.

Recent awards: Outstanding contribution as Conference Co-Chair at International Conference on Conceptual Modeling, 2012; Best paper award at International Conference ICT Infrastructures and Services for Smart Cities, 2017; Best paper award at International Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering, 2013.

 

Elisabetta Dejana
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STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: cellular biology

Keywords: blood vessels, cancer, cancer therapy, molecular cancer, tumor angiogenesis

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Director of the Vascular System of Cancer Research Unit at the IFOM Research Institute

 

Professional career

After graduating in Biological Sciences at the University of Bologna, she moved to Milan to work at the Mario Negri Institute of Pharmacological Research, where she studied the pathological mechanisms underlying thrombosis and cardiovascular disease.From 1978 to 1980 she worked in Canada, in one of the leading research groups in the cardiovascular sector; during that period she developed techniques for the isolation and culture of endothelial cells that make up the wall of blood vessels, in order to be able to study their normal and pathological characteristics in in vitro models. Back to Italy, she organized the Laboratory of Vascular Biology at the Mario Negri Institute in Milan, which she directed until 1993, with periods of work abroad at Harvard Medical School in Boston, at the Hôpital Bicêtre in Paris and at the Hadassah Medical School in Jerusalem. From 1993 to 1996 she directed the Laboratoire d'Hematologie of the Nuclear Energy Center in Grenoble. Again in Italy, in Milan, she took part in the implementation of the FIRC project to create a new institute entirely dedicated to cancer research. Elisabetta Dejana is also a professor of General Pathology at the Department of Oncology and Emato-oncology of the University of Milan and at the Department of Genetic Immunology and Pathology at the University of Uppsala, Sweden.

Scientific results

The study of vascular cell biology has continued in recent years with a new goal: to understand the process of formation of new blood vessels, angiogenesis, in the embryo and during the growth of a tumor. At the birth of IFOM, in 2000, she was among the first scientists to animate its laboratories. Thus, an IFOM research program aimed at studying the process of blood vessel formation and the development of therapeutic strategies that, by acting on it, could inhibit tumor growth, was launched under her direction.

 

 

Editorial work and publications

She is the author of over 400 scientific studies published in the most prestigious specialist journals, including:

(2015) Bravi L, Rudini N, Cuttano R, Giampietro C, Maddaluno L, Ferrarini L, Adams RH, Corada M, Boulday G, Tournier-Lasserve E, Dejana E, Lampugnani MG. Sulindac metabolites decrease cerebrovascular malformations in CCM3-Knockout mice. Proceeding of the National Academy Society of the United States of America, 112:8421.

(2015) Cuttano R, Rudini N, Bravi L, Corada M, Giampietro C, Papa E, Morini MF, Maddaluno L, Ralf H. Adams RH, Mukesh KJ, Owens GK, Lampugnani MG and Dejana E. KLF4 is a key determinant of development and progression of Cerebral Cavernous Malformations. EMBO Molecular Medicine, 8:6.

(2013) Maddaluno L, Rudini N, Cuttano R, Bravi L, Giampietro C, Corada M, Ferrarini L, Orsenigo F, Papa E, Boulday G, Tournier-Lasserve E, Chapon F, Richichi C, Retta SF, Lampugnani MG, Dejana E. EndMT contributes to the onset and progression of cerebral cavernous malformations. Nature, 498: 492.

(2013) Corada M, Orsenigo M, Bhat G, Nyqvist D, Breviario F, Morini MF, Briot A, Pitulescu,M. Iruela-Arispe L., Adams R. and Dejana E. Sox17 is indispensable for acquisition and maintenance of arterial identity. Nature Communications, 4:2609.

(2012) Orsenigo F, Giampietro C, Ferrari A, Corada M, Galaup A, Sigismund S, Ristagno G, Maddaluno L, Koh GY, Franco D, Kurtcuoglu V, Poulikakos D, Baluk P, McDonald D, Grazia Lampugnani M, Dejana E. Phosphorylation of VE-cadherin is modulated by haemodynamic forces and contributes to the regulation of vascular permeability in vivo. Nature Communications, 3:1208.

(2010) Corada M, Nyqvist D, Orsenigo F, Caprini A, Giampietro C, Taketo MM, Iruela-Arispe ML, Adams RH, Dejana E. The Wnt/beta-catenin pathway modulates vascular remodeling and specification by upregulating Dll4/Notch signaling. Developmental Cell, 18:938.

(2009) Dejana E, Tournier-Lasserve E, Weinstein BM. The control of vascular integrity by endothelial cell junctions: molecular basis and pathological implications. Developmental Cell, 16(2):209-21.

(2008) Taddei A, Giampietro C, Conti A, Orsenigo F, Breviario F, Pirazzoli V, Potente M, Daly C., Dimmeler S, Dejana E. Endothelial adherens junctions control tight junctions by VE-cadherin-mediated upregulation of claudin-5. Nature Cell Biology, 10:923.

(2008) Liebner S, Corada M, Bangsow T, Babbage J, Taddei A, Czupalla CJ, Reis M, Felici A, Wolburg H, Fruttiger M, Taketo MM, von Melchner H, Plate KH, Gerardt H, Dejana E. Wnt/beta-catenin signaling controls development of the blood-brain barrier. The Journal of Cell Biology, 183:409.

(1999) Carmeliet P, Lampugnani MG, Moons L, Breviario F, Compernolle V, Bono F, Balconi G, Spagnuolo R, Oosthuyse B, Dewerchin M, Zanetti A, Angelillo A, Mattot V, Nuyens D, Lutgens E, Gittenberger-de Groot A, Poelmann R, Lupu F, Herbert JM, Collen D, and Dejana E. Targeted deficiency or cytosolic truncation of the VE-cadherin gene in mice impairs VEGF-mediated endothelial survival and angiogenesis. Cell, 98:147.

 

 

Awards and prizes

During her career she has received many awards and recognitions from various Italian and foreign scientific associations: the prize of the International Society for Thrombosis and Hemostasis, Paris; the Wennegren Foundation Award, Stockholm; the John Hopkins Award in the Lung Vascular Biology, Baltimore; the Official Award of the Italian Republic, Rome; the William Harvey Outstanding Contribution to Science, Award, 2007 London. She is also a member of the Accademia dei Lincei and of the Academy of Europe and received the honorary degree at the University of Helsinki and that of Frankfurt, Faculty of Medicine.

Liliana Dell'Osso
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STEM area: Clinical sciences and nutrition science

Competences: psychiatry

Keywords: anxiety, depression, mood, post traumatic stress disorder, psychotic disorders, spectrum

Region: Tuscany


Position/Role

Professor of Psychiatry - Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine - University of Pisa (Italy), Director of the Psychiatry Care Unit of the University Hospital of Pisa, President of the Italian College of University Professors of Psychiatry

Professional career

1979: Degree School of Medicine, University of Pisa

1984: Fellowship in Psychiatry, University of Pisa

1983-1987: Researcher at the Institute of Pharmacology of University of Pisa

1987-1992: Researcher at the Institute of Psychiatry of University of Pisa

1992-2001: Associate Professor at the Department of Psychiatry, Neurobiology, Pharmacology and Biotechnologies of University of Pisa

From 2001: Professor of Psychiatry - Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine - University of Pisa

From 2001: Director of the Psychiatry Care Unit of the University Hospital of Pisa

From 2010: Director of the Residency Program in Psychiatry at University of Pisa

From 2010: Director of the Degree Program in Psychiatric Rehabilitation at the University of Pisa

From 2011: Director of the Master Program in Clinics and Therapy of Mood Disorders at the University of Pisa

From 2011: Director of the Master Program in Addiction Medicine at the University of Pisa

From 2012-2015: Education and Research Coordinator of Neuroscience Department, University Hospital of Pisa

From 2015-2018: Vice-President of the Italian Society of Psychiatry (SIP)

From 2018: President of the Italian College of Full Professors of Psychiatry

Scientific results

Her researches focused on psychopathology, neurobiology, genetic and clinical neuropharmacology. She is also involved in the “Spectrum Project”, an international collaboration (University of Pisa, University of Pittsburgh, University of New York, University of San Diego), which has developed and validated  several instrument for a dimensional assessment of psychiatric conditions, such as mood (SCI-MOODS), anxiety (SCI-PAS, SCI-SHY, SCI-OBS), stress-related (SCI-TALS) and psychotic (SCI-PSY)  disorders. Moreover, Liliana Dell’Osso lead several researches about pharmacotherapy of psychosis and bipolar disorders, with a specific focus on the use of clozapina. More recently, her studies addressed the Autism, with the development of a questionnaire for the assessment of autism subtreshold symptoms in adults (AdAS Spectrum).

Editorial work and publications

She is author of a wide number of studies published on International journals, such as:

Dell'Osso L, Carpita B, Cremone IM, Muti D, Diadema E, Barberi FM, Massimetti  G, Brondino N, Petrosino B, Politi P, Aguglia E, Lorenzi P, Carmassi C, Gesi C. The mediating effect of trauma and stressor related symptoms and ruminations on the relationship between autistic traits and mood spectrum. Psychiatry Research. 2018; pii: S0165-1781(18)30826-6

 

Galderisi S, Rossi A, Rocca P, Bertolino A, Mucci A, Bucci P, Rucci P, Gibertoni D, Aguglia E, Amore M, Bellomo A, Biondi M, Brugnoli R, Dell'Osso L, De Ronchi D, Di Emidio G, Di Giannantonio M, Fagiolini A, Marchesi C, Monteleone P, Oldani L, Pinna F, Roncone R, Sacchetti E, Santonastaso P, Siracusano A, Vita A, Zeppegno P, Maj M; Italian Network For Research on Psychoses. The influence of illness-related variables, personal resources and context-related factors on real-life functioning of people with schizophrenia

World Psychiatry. 2014;13(3):275-87

 

 

Dell'Osso L, Gesi C, Massimetti E, Cremone IM, Barbuti M, Maccariello G, Moroni I, Barlati S, Castellini G, Luciano M, Bossini L, Rocchetti M, Signorelli M, Aguglia E, Fagiolini A, Politi P, Ricca V, Vita A, Carmassi C, Maj M. Adult Autism Subthreshold Spectrum (AdAS Spectrum): validation of a questionnaire investigating subthreshold autism spectrum. Comprehensive Psychiatry. 2016;73:61-83


Dell'Osso L, Carmassi C, Massimetti G, Stratta P, Riccardi I, Capanna C, Akiskal KK, Akiskal HS, Rossi A. Age, gender and epicenter proximity effects on post-traumatic stress symptoms in L'Aquila 2009 earthquake survivors. Journal of Affective Disorders. 2013;146 (2):174-180

Bevilacqua L, Doly S, Kaprio J, Yuan Q, Tikkanen R, Paunio T, Zhou Z, Wedenoja J, Maroteaux L, Diaz S, Belmer A, Hodgkinson CA, Dell'osso L, Suvisaari J, Coccaro E, Rose RJ, Peltonen L, Virkkunen M, Goldman D. A population-specific HTR2B stop codon predisposes to severe impulsivity. Nature. 2010;468(7327):1061-6

She is also co-author of several books, such as: L'altra Marilyn. Psichiatria e psicoanalisi di un cold case (2016), L'Abisso negli occhi. Spettro Autistico e violenza di genere nel mito e nell’arte (2016), La verità sulla menzogna: dalle origini alla post-verità(ETS, 2017),Il caso Coco Chanel. L’insopportabile Genio (2018), L’ombra dell’autismo. Declinazioni cliniche e psicopatologiche dello spettro autistico sottosoglia. (FrancoAngeli, 2018). Genio e follia 2.0. Il complesso rapporto tra spettro autistico e competenze eccezionali (2019).

Maria Del Zompo
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STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: neuropsychopharmacology

Keywords: biological bases of mood disorders, clinical psychopharmacology, pharmacogenetics, pharmacogenomics, psychiatric genetics

Region: Sardinia


Position/Role

Rector of the University of Cagliari

Professional career

Following her degree in Medicine at the University of Cagliari, Maria Del Zompo took a specialty degree in Neurology and started a career at the University of Cagliari as assistant in-charge in 1979. During the various phases of her career she spent more than two years at the “Biological Psychiatry Branch”, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Bethesda (USA), where she collaborated with John Tallman under Robert M. Post’s supervision.

She’s been the Rector of the University of Cagliari since April 2, 2015. Until that date she was Full Professor of Pharmacology at the School of Medicine of the University of Cagliari, Head of the Department of Biomedical Sciences and of the School of Specialty in Medical Pharmacology. From 2005 to 2007 she was Vice Rector of the University of Cagliari.

Scientific results

Professor Maria Del Zompo is member of numerous scientific societies, including the International Society of Psychiatric Genetics, the International Society of Biological Psychiatry and the Italian Society of Pharmacology. She won the Burroughs Wellcome Stipend Award issued by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, Research Triangle Park, NC (USA) at the Biological Psychiatry Branch, NIMH, Bethesda, MD (USA).

Her clinical activity was based at the Unit of Clinical Pharmacology of the “San Giovanni di Dio” Hospital in Cagliari (Italy), a health care facility with clinics and day hospital, dedicated to various pathologies related to the field on clinical neurosciences, such as bipolar disorder and migraine, and to more specific activities in the field of clinical pharmacology, such as the management of adverse reactions to drugs.

Her many clinical and research interests include Clinical Psychopharmacology, Psychiatric Genetics (epidemiology and molecular genetics of bipolar disorder and suicidal behavior), Genetics of complex diseases such as Migraine, Cluster Headache and Alzheimer’s disease, Pharmacogenetics (genetic bases of response to drugs and adverse reactions to drugs).

She has many ongoing international collaborations with Professor Martin Alda (Department of Psychiatry, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada); Professor Gustavo Turecki (Research and Academic Affairs, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University, Montreal, Canada); Dr. Ming Ta Michael Lee (Laboratory for International Alliance on Genomic Research Core for Genomic Medicine, RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences, Yokohama, Japan) and Dr. David Gurwitz (National Institute for Psychobiology, Tel Aviv University, Israel).  

Maria Del Zompo is also a founding member of the International Consortium on Lithium Genetics (ConLiGen) and of the International Group for the Study of Lithium Treated Patients (IGSLI), whose annual meeting was held in Cagliari in 2010.

In 2006 she chaired, for the first time in Italy, the 14th World Congress of the International Society of Psychiatric Genetics, of which she’s an honorary member, which was held in Cagliari from October 28 to November 1. 

Editorial work and publications

Her scientific production consists of numerous publications in international books and journals, national books and journals and presentations at national and international meetings. Professor Maria Del Zompo has a total of 152 publications in international books and journals, 57 publications in national books and journals and 248 presentations at national and international meetings (H index: 30, according to Web of Science).

In 2015 she published an article entitled “Renal function during long-term lithium treatment: a cross-sectional and longitudinal study” in BMC Medicine, a peer-reviewed journal with a high impact factor, and this article was followed by an interview published in the “BioMe” website, entitled “Lithium treatment and renal function: do we really need to be concerned?“. 

Maria Del Zompo also works as a referee of scientific publications for numerous relevant international journals, and as a reviewer of scientific projects for Italian and international institutions.

Awards and prizes

In the recent years Maria Del Zompo has been involved in various social and cultural activities, local and regional, which she’s always joined with enthusiasm. In 2000 she won the “Eleonora D’Arborea” Award, a prize issued by Cagliari’s International Inner Wheel Club, that awards every year a Sardinian woman who has contributed to the social and cultural progress of Sardinia through her social, cultural and artistic activity.

She also won the AIDDA (an association of women working as managers or entrepreneurs) Prize as “Woman of the Year 2007”, for having deeply contributed to Sardinia’s luster in the world through the top level of her research and clinical activity.

Her interest in spreading the culture through the organization of scientific and educational meetings has always been consistent in time. In 2014 she joined the Marathon issued by Italian Environmental Fund (FAI), and held her speech in the city center, explaining the link between the old commercial core of the town and the University. In more recent years she hosted the Round Table entitled “Science and Society: Research and Ethics”. The relationship between ethics and science has always been a relevant topic for Maria Del Zompo: in an interview with writer Alessandro Ligas, entitled “Research, Innovation and Ethics: a comparison between scientific and medical progress and people’s rights”, she tells about her thoughts on a topic so relevant for the society.

After her election as the first woman Rector of the University of Cagliari in 60 years she gave a great impulse to the cultural activities of the University and to the involvement of the city

Anita De Rossi
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STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: molecular oncology, virological oncology

Keywords: AIDS in children, cell replication potential, human retroviruses, immunodepression, virus induced tumors

Region: Veneto


Position/Role

Full Professor of Pathology, Medical School, University of  Padova

Professional career

She graduated in Biology in 1976 at the University of Padova, where she  continued her research activity as research fellow and, since 1981, as assistant Professor. She specialized in Microbiology in 1986.

She had research work experiences  at the National Cancer Institute, NIH, Bethesda, USA, Laboratory of Viral Carcinogenesis (Prof. P Fischinger Head) in 1980, and Laboratory of Tumor Cell Biology (Prof. R Gallo, Head) in 1984,1985,1988.

In 1992 she became Associate Professor and since 2004 she is Full Professor of Pathology, Department of Surgery, Oncology and Gastroenterology, Medical School, University of Padova.

Since March 2005 she is Head of the Viral Oncology Unit, belonging to the Hospital of Padova and since  2006 to the Istituto Oncologico Veneto (IOV)-IRCCS.

Since 2017 she is Vice President of Medical School, University of Padova.

Scientific results

Anita De Rossi has long been involved in oncogenic retroviruses research. Her early efforts were directed towards investigating virus-host interactions in the murine system, including the role of endogenous retroviruses on leukemia development. Since 1983, her research has shifted from murine to human retroviruses (HTLV/HIV) in both experimental models and clinical settings.  

She has been involved in several international  projects concerning pediatric HIV/AIDS (WHO 1989-1990, and Pediatric European Network for treatment of AIDS, PENTA,  since 1991); her studies in this field addressed the virological and immunological correlates of pediatric disease outcome  and are some of the first to indicate that HIV infection from  mother-to-child HIV  mainly  occurs during intrapartum period  (AIDS 1992; J Clin Invest 1996)  and that host factors may restrict HIV infection (AIDS 1995; J Inf Dis 2001).

Her  interest has expanded to studying tumors in immunocompromised patients, with particular regard to EBV-related lymphomagenesis  in HIV-infected or transplant patients, and  more recently to studying cellular replicative potential driven by telomere/telomerase in virus-driven and virus-independent malignancies.  Her studies are some of the first demonstrating that LMP1 of EBV activates at transcriptional level the expression of TERT, the catalytic component of telomerase, which in turn contributes to preserving the expression of EBV latency proteins, a prerequisite for EBV-driven transformation (J Virol 2008). The consequence is that inhibition of TERT triggers the activation of the viral lytic cycle with death of the infected cells (Clin Cancer Res 2013).

Lastly, her studies demonstrated that quantification of TERT in plasma may represent a minimally invasive tool for monitoring malignancies (Clin Cancer Res 2008) and response to therapy (Br J Cancer 2018). In addition, her studies provide the rationale for considering inhibition of TERT a useful approach for setting up new therapeutic strategies for virus-dependent and virus-independent malignancies (Clin Cancer Res 2013; Cell Death Dis 2016).

Editorial work and publications

More than 300 publications:  Hindex 47; citations more than 7000

Key publications:

Rampazzo E, Del Bianco P, Bertorelle R, Boso C, Perin A, Spiro G, Bergamo F, Belluco C, Buonadonna A, Palazzari E, Lonardi S, De Paoli S, Pucciarelli S, De Rossi A. The predictive and prognostic potential of plasma Telomerase Reverse Transcriptase (TERT) RNA in Rectal Cancer. Brit  J Cancer  2018;118:878-886.

Giunco S, Dolcetti R, Keppel S, Celeghin A, Indraccolo S, Dal Col J, Mastorci K, De Rossi A.hTERT inhibition triggers Epstein-Barr virus lytic cycle and apoptosis in immortalized and transformed B cells: a basis for new therapies. Clin Cancer Res 2013; 19: 2036-2047.

Terrin L, Dal Col J, Rampazzo E, Zancai P, Pedrotti M, Ammirabile G, Bergamin S, Rizzo S, Dolcetti R, De Rossi A. The latent Membrane Protein-1 of Epstein Barr virus activates hTERT promoter and enhances telomerase activity in B lymphocytes. J Virol  2008; 82, 10175-10187.

De Rossi A, Masiero S, Giaquinto C, Ruga E, Comar M, Giacca M, Chieco-Bianchi L. Dynamics of viral replication in infants with vertically acquired human immunodeficiency  virus type 1 infection.  J Clin Invest   1996; 97: 323-330.

Ometto L, Zanotto C, Maccabruni A, Caselli D, Truscia D, Giaquinto C, Ruga E, Chieco-Bianchi L, De Rossi A. Viral phenotype and host cell susceptibility to HIV-1 infection as risk factors for mother-to-child HIV-1 transmission.  AIDS  1995;  9: 427-434.

De Rossi A, Franchini G, Aldovini A, Del Mistro A, Chieco-Bianchi  L, Gallo  RC, Wong-Staal  F. Differential response to the cytopathic effects of human T-cell lymphotropic virus type III (HTLV-III) superinfection in T4+ (helper) and T8+ (suppressor) T-cell clones transformed by HTLV-I.Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 1986; 83: 4297-4301.

 

Maria Cristina De Sanctis
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STEM area: Physics

Competences: astronomy, astrophysics

Keywords: asteroids, comets, dawn, ESA (European Space Agency), exomars, ISA (Italian Space Agency), NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration), planetology, rosette, solar system, space missions

Region: Lazio


Position/Role

Senior researcher of the National Institute of Astrophysics (INAF) section of Rome

Professional career

After obtaining a degree in Physics at the University La Sapienza of Rome in 1992, he continued his education obtaining in 1997 a Ph.D. in Astronomy. In 1996, thanks to a grant from the CNR, he spent a year at their Institute of Space Astrophysics. Since 1998, she is a researcher at the Institute of Astrophysics of the CNR, now  called  Institute of Astrophysics and Space Planetology of INAF.

Scientific results

The research interests of Maria Cristina De Sanctis mainly include three fields of study: the minor bodies of the solar system and planetary surfaces, the thermal evolution of solar system bodies, the instrumentation for space missions. She analyzed data from telescope, space and laboratory observations to investigate the composition of comets and asteroids, of the surface of the Moon and  Mercury. She has experience in the study of  composition of  asteroids by ground and space observations, as well of cometary gases through high-resolution spectral observations.

She has studied the thermal evolution of icy bodies of the solar system, developing a complex numerical code that allows to simulate the processes of differentiation and evolution of such objects (comets, KBOs, Centauri, asteroids). She has  a laboratory for spectral measurements of metorites and planetary analogues. She has also developed instrumentation for space missions, image spectrometers and multi-spectral cameras, to study of the compositions of planetary surface and minor bodies of the solar system. She has followed the development of entire projects, as a Principal Investigator (PI), dealing with the scientific and technical coordination of the team's activities, and with the ESA or NASA teams. She is the PI of VIR spectrometer onboard of Dawn NASA mission of Ma_MISS on ExoMars ESA mission. She is also involved in several other instruments on Bepi-Colombo, Rosetta, Juice Missions.

 

Editorial work and publications

Author of more than 220 publications in international journals including:

              

De Sanctis et al. Localized aliphatic organic material on the surface of Ceres, Science,355, 719-722, 2017.

De Sanctis et al.Bright carbonate deposits as evidence of aqueous alteration on Ceres, Nature,536, 54-57,2016

De Sanctis et al.Ammoniated phyllosilicates with a likely outer Solar System origin on Ceres, Nature,528, 241-244, 2015

De Sanctis, et al. The diurnal cycle of water ice on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, Nature,525,500-503, 2015

De Sanctis  et al., Spectroscopic Characterization of Mineralogy and Its Diversity Across Vesta. Science, 336(6082), 697, 2012

 

 

Awards and prizes

·         2017- NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal

 

·         2008-NASA Achievement  Award  -“ Dawn Science Payload” ce Payload"

·         2009-NASA Achievement  Award  - “DAWN post-lunch payload characterization and calibration activities”.

·         2013- NASA Achievement  Award  -" Dawn science data analysis at Vesta”

·         2012-NASA Achievement  Award “ Exceptional and Succesful execution of the DAWN  at  Vesta”

·         2004-ESA Scientific Award - “Outstanding contribution to  Rosetta Mission”

·         2016-ESA Scientific Award - “Outstanding scientific contribution to  Rosetta Mission”

·         2015-ESA Scientific Award - “Outstanding scientific contribution to  VEX Mission”

 

Asteroid  17899 Mariacristina is called in her honor

 

 

 

 

 

Anna Di Ciaccio
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STEM area: Physics

Competences: elementary particle physics, particles detectors, subnuclear physics

Keywords: accelerators, atlas experiment, boson w, boson z, calorimeters, CERN, higgs boson, high energy physics, infn, lhc, proton-proton collisions, standard model

Region: Lazio


Position/Role

She is full professor at the University of Roma Tor Vergata and Director of the INFN group at Roma Tor Vergata. Her research field is the experimental Particle Physics.  She leads a group of researchers of the University of Roma Tor Vergata working on the ATLAS experiment at the CERN laboratory (Geneva, Switzerland). 

Professional career

She graduated at the University of Roma La Sapienza on the UA1 experiment at CERN. In 1984 she won a position as assistant professor at the University of Roma Tor Vergata and in 1999 she becme aassociate professor.  From 1981-1983 she was research associate at the Brookhaven National Laboratory, USA. In 1984 and 1985 she was visitor at the Physics Department of the Harvard University (USA) and at the Oak-Ridge American Laboratory (USA). From 1987-1988 she was fellow at CERN. In 1994 she won an “Alexander von Humboldt” fellowship for a research program in particle physics at the Albert-Ludwig-University in Freiburg, Germany.

Scientific results

 She participated in several high energy experiments at CERN to study proton-proton collisions at 63 GeV (experiment R807 at the ISR), proton-antiproton collisions at 540 and 630 GeV (UA1 experiment at the ppbar Collider, discovery of the W and Z bosons, Nobel Prize to Prof. C. Rubbia), pion-nucleon interactions at 26 GeV in the center of mass (WA92 at the SPS proto-synchrotron) and proton-proton collisions at 7, 8, 13 TeV (ATLAS experiment at LHC, discovery of the Higgs Boson, Nobel Prize to Prof. F. Englert and Prof. P. Higgs). She was contributing to the development of a high time resolution detector,RPC, employed for the barrel muon trigger in the ATLAS spectrometer. From 2013-2015 she led the Italian participation to the ATLAS experiment. She is currently involved in the upgrade project of the ATLAS spectrometer for the high luminosity LHC program.

Editorial work and publications

She is author of more than 800 pubblication among which :

(2017) Atlas Collaboration. Evidence for the𝐻𝑏𝑏decay with the ATLAS detector, JHEP 1712 024

(2013) Atlas Collaboration. Measurements of Higgs boson production and couplings in diboson final states with the ATLAS detector at the LHC. Physics Letters B, 726:1-3, 88-119.
(2012) Atlas Collaboration. Observation of a new particle in the search for the Standard Model Higgs boson with the ATLAS detector at the LHC. Physics Letters B, 716: 1, 1-29.

(1983) Arnison G, Astbury A, Aubert B, et al. Experimental-observation of isolated large transverse energy electrons with associated missing energy at square-root-s=540 GeV. Physics Letters B, 122:1, 103-116.
(1983) Arnison G, Astbury A, Aubert B, et al. Experimental-Observation of Lepton Pairs of Invariant Mass Around 95 GeV/c^2 at the CERN SpS Collider. Physics Letters B, 126:5, 398-410.

Awards and prizes

In 1987 she got a prize from the Italian Society of Physics  (SIF), in 2013 the European Society of Physics (EPS) was assigned to the ATLAS Collaboration a prize for the discovery of the Higgs Boson. In 2016 she got the prize “Cajeta 2016” assigned from the City of Gaeta (my home town) to women that distinguished in Science.

Simonetta Di Pippo
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STEM area: Physics

Competences: astrophysics

Keywords: aerospatial physics, international collaboration, space, UN (United Nations), women and science

Region: ABROAD


Position/Role

Director of United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs in Vienna.

Professional career

After graduating in physics with a specialisation in astrophysics and space physics at the University La Sapienza in Rome in 1984, in 1986 she joined the National Space Plan of the National Research Council, which became the Italian Space Agency (ASI) in 1988. Her responsibilities ranged from Earth observation to automation and robotics, science and human spaceflight. In 2002, she was appointed Director of the ASI's Observation of the Universe, in charge of all the scientific programmes of ASI, including its contribution to ESA programmes, and of the exploration programmes, including the management of the Italian astronauts. From 2008 to 2011, Ms. Di Pippo served as Director of Human Spaceflight at the ESA, first woman appointed Director at ESA since its inception in 1975. After having served as the Head of the European Space Policy Observatory at Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (ASI) in Brussels, since 23 March 2014, she is the Director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) in Vienna.

In 2009, she co-founded the association Women in Aerospace – Europe, to expand the representation and leadership of women in the aerospace sector. Her leadership as President lasted until 2016, when she was appointed as Honorary President.  

She has been teaching at several universities, including GWU, NYUAD and LUISS.

Scientific results

Simonetta Di Pippo is considered one of the main experts in international cooperation in the aerospace sector globally. As Director of UNOOSA, she elaborates the strategies and supervises all activities of the Office, ensuring they conform to the mandate of the General Assembly and of the Committee for the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS). Under her leadership, the Office strives to bring the benefits of space to everyone, everywhere, to leverage the potential of space for sustainable development and to reduce the space divide among nations, helping more countries to access space. She also advises the Secretary General of the United Nations on space-related issues such as the peaceful use of outer space and the use of space science and technology for sustainable development. UNOOSA also helps Member States use satellite technology to prevent and manage natural disasters and emergencies through the UN-SPIDER programme.

Editorial work and publications

She is the author of several books and publications, including:

Books:

(2018) Di Pippo S., Davidian K., Public/Private Human Access to Space, Vol. 2, Earth Orbit and beyond, International Academy of Astronautics, ISBN 978-2-917761-52-6

(2017) Preface to the book “Women spacefarers: sixty different paths to space” edited by U. Cavallaro. ISBN: 978-3319340470

(2017) Preface to the study “Global space governance: an international study” edited by J., Ram and J., Pelton, Jakhu, Ram, Pelton, Joseph. ISBN 978-3-319-54364-2

 (2016) Introduction to the book “YES WE_STEM", edited by L. d'Ambrosio Marri, F. Marzano and E. Pietrafesa, e-book version. ISBN: 9788894076936.

 (2015) Di Pippo S, Perozzi E. European Operational Initiative on NEONear Earth Object (NEO) Hazard Monitoring. Handbook of Cosmic Hazards and Planetary Defense, 615-635. ISBN 978-3-319-03951-0

(2009) Flamini E., Ori GG., Di Pippo S & Osinski G., Exploring Mars and its terrestrial analogues, Preface, Planetary and Space Science

(2007) Di Martino, Di Pippo et al. "Dai ghiacci della Terra ai ghiacci dell'Universo", Erga Edizioni. ISBN 978-88-8163-522-1

(2002) Di Pippo S., Astronauti, Mursia, ISBN 978-88-425-3005-3

Other publications:

(2013) Di Pippo S. An outline of the study group "Public/Private Human Access to Space". 8th IAA symposium in the future of space, Turin, Italy. 

(2012) Di Pippo S. Experience with collaborative space projects. 63rd International Astronautical Congress, Naples, Italy. 

(2009) Flamini E, Ori GG, Di Pippo S & Osinski G. Exploring Mars and its terrestrial analogues Preface.Planetary and Space Science, 57(5):509-509. 

(2008) Di Pippo S. Celebrating the accomplishment, preparing the future - New challenges in human spaceflight and exploration. ESA bulletin. Bulletin ASE. European Space Agency, (135):10-17. 

(2007) Foing BH, Espinasse S, Wargo M, Di Pippo S. Sorrento Lunar Declaration 2007. Advances in Space Research, 42(2):246-247. 

(2001) Coradini A, Campbell J, De Sanctis MC, [...] Di Pippo S, et al. Italian participation in the Mars exploration program. Advances in Space Research, 28(8):1197-1202. 


Awards and prizes

During her career, she received numerous national and international awards. In 2006, she was knighted by the President of the Italian Republic Carlo Azeglio Ciampi. In 2008, the International Astronautical Union named asteroid 21887 "dipippo" as a recognition of her contribution to space exploration. In 2010 she won the international prize Sebetia-Ter Silver Award of the President of the Italian Republic Luigi Napolitano for her contributions to the space sector. In 2012 she received the Women in Aerospace Leadership Award recognising her roles managing complex space projects and inspiring women in the aerospace sector. In 2016 she received the prize for International Cooperation of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) for significant contributions to international cooperation in space activities. In 2018, she received the Hubert Curien Award, which recognises outstanding efforts to help society benefit from space.

She received an Honoris Causa Degree in Environmental Studies from St. John University, and an Honoris Causa Degree in International Relations from John Cabot University.

 

Francesca Dominici
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STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: biostatistics

Keywords: big data, environment, medical statistics, medicine, pollution, scientific data analysis, statistics, women

Region: ABROAD


Position/Role

Professor of Biostatistics at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

 

Professional career

After graduating in Statistics at La Sapienza University in Rome, she continued her education with a PhD at the University of Padua in 1997. After moving abroad, she became a Visiting Assistant Professor at the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, homonymous university in Baltimore. She continued her academic career at John Hopkins and became Professor of the biostatistics department in 2007. She later moved to Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, of the university of the same name, until she fulfilled the role not only of Professor of biostatistics but also of Senior Associate Dean for Research. Francesca Dominici's main interest is focused on the development of statistical methods for the analysis of large and complex data samples (Big Data), coming from heterogeneous sources, so that they can be combined to obtain important information that can be applied to different disciplines such as climate change, environmental sciences, cancer comparative research and public health policies.

 

Scientific results

Francesca Dominici is engaged in the development of new statistical methods for the analysis of large amounts of data (big data) detected and stored in massive databases (data warehouses) such as those of Medicare and SEER-Medicare. Her challenge is to develop new methods of Bayesian random inference (approach to statistical inference in which the probabilities of a given event happen are considered as levels of trust and no longer as frequencies), to overcome the analytical difficulties inherent in using large databases. This new approach allows Francesca Dominici, in collaboration with Harvard Medical School, to compare the efficacy in medical research in the treatment of glioblastoma (a tumor that develops between the glial cells, components of the nervous system along with neurons) and other tumors. Furthermore, her studies have directly influenced American policy on air quality and pollution, leading to the creation of new air and environmental quality standards.

Editorial work and publications

(2000) Dominici F, Samet JM, Zeger SL. Combining Evidence on Air pollution and Daily Mortality from the Twenty Largest US Cities: A Hierarchical Modelling Strategy with discussion. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A, 163(3):263-302.

(2000) Samet JM, Dominici F, Curriero F, Coursac I, Zeger SL, Fine Particulate Air Pollution and Mortality in 20 U.S. Cities: 1987-1994. New England Journal of Medicine, 343(24):1742-9.

(2004) Dominici F, McDermott A, Hastie T. Improved Semi-parametric Time Series Models of Air Pollution and Mortality. Journal of the American Statistical Association, 468:938-948.

(2006) Dominici F, Peng D, Bell M, Pham M, McDermott A, Zeger SL, Samet JM. Fine Particulates Air Pollution and Hospital Admission for Cardiovascular and Respiratory Diseases. Journal of the American Statistical Association, 295:1127-1135.

(2006) Peng R, Dominici F, Zeger SL. Reproducible Epidemiological Research. American Journal of Epidemiology, 163:783-789.

(2009) Dominici F, Fried L, Zeger SL. So Few Women Leaders: Look for the Root Causes. Academe, July-August 2009.

(2012) Wang C, Parmigiani G, Dominici F. Bayesian effect estimation accounting for adjustment uncertainty. Biometrics, (68)3:681-689.

(2014) Zigler CM, Dominici F. Uncertainty in propensity score estimation: Bayesian methods for variable selection and model averaged causal effects. Journal of the American Statistical Association, 109(505):95-107.

(2014) Dominici F, Greenstone M, Sunstein CR. Science and Regulation. Particulate matter matters. Science, 344(6181):257-9.

(2014) Bobb F, Obermeyer Z, Wang Y, Dominici F. Cause-specific risk of hospital admission related to extreme heat in older adults. Journal of the American Medical Association, 312(24):2659-2667. (Recognized in January 2016 as one out of 28 NIEHS Papers of the Year).

 

Awards and prizes

Francesca Dominici has always shown commitment to promoting diversity within the academic sphere. She co-chaired the Women's Condition Commission at John Hopkins University. In 2009 she received the Diversity Recognition Award from the Rector of John Hopkins University. In 2015 she was awarded the Florence Nightingale David Award for her contributions as a model for women and for excellence demonstrated in statistical research, in leadership of multidisciplinary groups and in education. She currently chairs the University Committee for the Advancement of Women at the University of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

 

Maria Benedetta Donati
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STEM area: Clinical sciences and nutrition science

Competences: ematology, physiopathology, thrombosis

Keywords: blood, cancer, coagulation, eating habits, food, mediterranean diet, moles-healthy project, nutrition, telethon, thrombosis, tumor

Region: Molise


Position/Role

Head of the Laboratory of Translation and Medicine and of the Neuromed Biobanking Center, Department of Epidemiology and Prevention, IRCCS Neuromed, Pozzilli, Isernia.

Professional career

MD Degree with the Highest distinction (1968, Catholic University, Rome) specialisation in Clinical and Laboratory Haemotology (1971 same University), Ph.D. in Haemostasis Physiopathology (1973, University of Leuven, Belgium), Honoris Causa Medical Degree from two foreign Universities (Byalistok, Poland and Debrecen, Hungary), Special Mention “For Women in Science” (UNESCO-L’Oreal, Paris 2002), “100 Women Scientists “ (Fondazione Bracco, Milano 2016); “Top Italian Women Scientists”, ONDA, Milano 2016.

 

She has devoted her scientific research to the investigation of thrombosis, the process which leads to the obstruction of blood vessels and may cause major disorders such as myocardial infarction and stroke;  in particular during the first part of her scientific activity at Mario Negri Institute in Milan and subsequently in Consorzio Mario Negri Sud in the Abruzzo Region, she  has pioneered studies on cancer and thrombosis and on the treatment of some tumor types with anticoagulant drugs; in 1993 she launched the First International Group devoted to “Haemostasis and Malignancy” (within the International Society for Haemostasis and Thrombosis). More recently she studied the interaction between genetic and environmental factors as determinants of Cardiovascular Risk, and discovered, together with Licia Iacoviello, the presence of a genetic variant of a clotting factor which protects 20% of the italian population from myocardial infarction.

 

Since 2005 she is one of  the founders and coordinators of the Moli-sani study, an  epidemiological prospective project on nearly 25,000 adults  living in the Molise Region, which evaluates the beneficial effects of the Mediterranean Diet on cardiovascular health and quality of life.

Editorial work and publications

Cultured human endothelial cells generate tissue factor in response to endotoxin.

Colucci M, Balconi G, Lorenzet R, Pietra A, Locati D, Donati MB, Semeraro N.

J Clin Invest1983 Jun;71(6):1893-6. PMID:6345590

 

Polymorphisms in the coagulation factor VII gene and the risk of myocardial infarction.

Iacoviello L1Di Castelnuovo ADe Knijff PD'Orazio AAmore CArboretti RKluft CBenedetta Donati M.

N Engl J Med. 1998 Jan 8;338(2):79-85. doi: 10.1056/NEJM199801083380202

 

Thrombotic complications in childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia: a meta-analysis of 17 prospective studies comprising 1752 pediatric patients.

Caruso V, Iacoviello L, Di Castelnuovo A, Storti S, Mariani G, de Gaetano G, DonatiMB.

Blood2006 Oct 1;108(7):2216-22. Epub 2006 Jun 27. PMID:16804111

 

Circulating Tissue Factor Levels and Risk of Stroke: Findings From the EPICOR Study.

Iacoviello L1Di Castelnuovo A2de Curtis A2Agnoli C2Frasca G2Mattiello A2Matullo G2Ricceri F2Sacerdote C2Grioni S2Tumino R2Napoleone E2Lorenzet R2de Gaetano G2Panico S2DonatiMB2.

Stroke. 2015 Jun;46(6):1501-7. doi:10.1161/STROKEAHA.115.008678. Epub 2015 Apr 30

 

Interaction between Mediterranean diet and statins on mortality risk in patients with cardiovascular disease: Findings from the Moli-sani Study.

Bonaccio M1Di Castelnuovo A2Costanzo S2Persichillo M2De Curtis A2Cerletti C2DonatiMB2de Gaetano G2Iacoviello L3Moli-sani Study Investigators.

Int J Cardiol. 2019 Feb 1;276:248-254. doi: 10.1016/j.ijcard.2018.11.117. Epub 2018 Nov 24

 

 

 

 

Eleonora Dondossola
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STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: cellular biology, intravital microscopy

Keywords: bones, cancer, molecular therapy, prostate, tissue engineering, tumor metastases

Region: ABROAD


Position/Role

Junior Faculty at MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Professional career

Dondossola got her BSc in Medical and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology and her MSc in Molecular and Cellular Biotechnology at Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, where she further pursued her international PhD studies in Cell and Molecular Biology, in collaboration with the British Open University, followed by a post-doc in Molecular Oncology. She has been teaching Biochemistry and History of Cancer Research at Vita-Salute San Raffaele University since 2008. In 2011 Dondossola moved to UT MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX, USA, where she is currently working. 

Dondossola joined the American Association for Cancer Research in 2009.

Scientific results

Dondossola’s research activity focuses on the study of the tumor microenvironment, the non-malignant component that supports tumor function and progression. Her initial studies explored the role of tumor blood vessels in metastasis development and therapeutic response. She demonstrated that Chromogranin A, a circulating protein, decreases vascular permeability and inhibits the penetration of therapeutic agents, including chemotherapy and molecular drugs. She further showed that this mechanism reduces the ability of cancer cells to generate metastasis to distant organs and to the tumor itself, a process identified as tumor-self seeding (the property of circulating cancer cells to re-infiltrate their tumor of origin). Dondossola tested the provocative hypothesis that circulating tumor cells can be genetically manipulated and used as anti-cancer treatment thanks to their capacity to spontaneously home to tumors (through the self-seeding process). As a result, the application of engineered tumor cells significantly reduces the growth of both primary and metastatic tumors. Furthermore, she identified a novel population of immune cells (myeloid) that express CD13 protein and support the formation of neo-angiogenic vessels and tumor progression. 

Dondossola recently developed an interest in tissue engineering and intravital multiphoton microscopy, an approach that allows monitoring the dynamic evolution of biological processes over time. These strategies have been combined and applied to understand the mechanisms that support the progression of prostate cancer bone metastasis. She further extended these applications to the study of another non-tumor desmoplastic process, defined foreign body response.

Editorial work and publications

Eleonora Dondossola is an author/coauthor in several important scientific papers, including:

 

[2018]Dondossola E,AlexanderS, HolzapfelBM, FilippiniS, StarbuckMW, HoffmanRM, NavoneN, De-Juan-PardoEM, LogothetisCJ, HutmacherDW, Friedl P. Intravital microscopy of osteolytic progression and therapy response of cancer lesions in bone. Sci Transl Med.2018 Aug 1;10(452)

[2016] Dondossola E, Holzapfel BM, Alexander S, Filippini S, Hutmacher DW, Friedl P. Dissecting the foreign body response to biomaterials by non-linear intravital microscopy. Nat Biomed Eng. 2016 Dec 19; 1, 0007

[2016] Dondossola E, Dobroff AJ, Marchiò S, Cardó-Vila M, Hosoya H, Libutti SK, Corti A, Sidman RL, Arap W, Pasqualini R. Self-targeting of TNF-releasing cancer cells in preclinical models of primary and metastatic tumors. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2016 Feb 23;113(8):2223-8.

 [2013] Dondossola E, Rangel R, Guzman-Rojas L, Barbu EM, Hosoya H, St John LS, Molldrem JJ, Corti A, Sidman RL, Arap W, Pasqualini R.CD13-positive bone marrow-derived myeloid cells promote angiogenesis, tumor growth, and metastasis.Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 2013 Dec 17;110(51):20717-22.

 [2012] Dondossola E, Crippa L, Colombo B, Elisabetta Ferrero and Corti A. Chromogranin A regulates tumor self-seeding and dissemination. Cancer Research, 2012 Jan 15;72(2):449-59

Awards and prizes

In 2014 she received the AMGEN Award in Basic Science Research from UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston. In the same year she received the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas Individual Investigator Award. In 2015 she was awarded the Gerald B. Grindey Memorial Scholar-in-Training Award at the AACR Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, USA. In 2016 she got the Mark Walter, Brent Nicklas, Adrianne and Jerry Cohen–PCF Young Investigator Award from the Prostate Cancer Foundation. In 2017 she received the Rolanette and Berdon Lawrence Bone Research Award, The Rolanette and Berdon Lawrence Bone Disease Program of Texas, USA.

Barbara Ensoli
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STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: clinical research, immunology

Keywords: AIDS, aids vaccine, cancer therapy, hiv, hiv vaccine, immunology

Region: Lazio


Position/Role

Director of the National HIV/AIDS Research Center - Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Rome, Italy

Professional career

Barbara Ensoli, M.D., Ph.D., graduated in Medicine and Surgery and specialized in Clinical Immunology and Allergy at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Italy. She then spent more than 10 years at the National Institute of Health (Bethesda, Maryland, USA), working at the National Cancer Institute. During those years she elucidated the role of the HIV-1 Tat protein in HIV pathogenesis and AIDS-associated tumors.

Her current research interests are HIV pathogenesis and the development of HIV/AIDS preventative and therapeutic vaccines, which are currently in advanced clinical phase. She has coordinated several international and national research programs in Europe and Developing countries. Among them, the EU-funded "AIDS Vaccine Integrated Project" (AVIP) and the “Program to support the Ministry of Health of South Africa in the implementation of a national program of global response to HIV & AIDS” (Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs). She is a member of the WHO-UNAIDS Vaccine Advisory Committee and the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO). She has been the Vice-President of the National AIDS Committee of the Italian Ministry of Health from 2006 to 2015 and is a Member of the Editorial Board of the Health Status Report, Ministry of Health. She has been member of Member of the Scientific Council of The European Research Council, ERC from 2013 to 2016 and Member of the HIRO (Heads of International Research Organizations) representing ERC from 2015 to 2016.

She has received many national and international scientific awards and she has been appointed as Ufficiale dell’Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana in 2001 by the President of the Italian Republic Mr. A. Ciampi. Her scientific activities have resulted in more than 300 publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Scientific results

Dr. Ensoli has been involved into two main fields of research:

a)      Studies on the pathogenesis of HIV infection, aimed at developing a vaccine against HIV/AIDS, able to either protect from the disease (in HIV-uninfected individuals; preventative vaccine), or to control disease progression (in HIV-infected individuals; therapeutic immunisation);

b)      Studies on pathogenesis of AIDS-associated tumours, in particular of Kaposi’s sarcoma  and of intra-epithelial neoplasm of uterine cervix and cervical carcinoma.

 

Studies for the development of a vaccine able to prevent from HIV/AIDS disease in uninfected individuals and/or to control disease progression in seropositive patients have been based on new concepts of vaccinology that have lead to identify the Tat protein of HIV-1 as the target for immunisation strategies. This protein has, in fact, a key role in the very early phases of HIV infection since it is essential for virus replication and spreading of infection.

The significant results obtained from the basic research and, later on, the preclinical studies on non-human primates, have confirmed that the Tat-based vaccine is safe, induces humoral and cell-mediated immune responses and is able to block or significantly reduce HIV replication and transmission in vaccinated monkeys. Based on these results, phase I clinical vaccine trials with a vaccine based on the Tat protein on uninfected (ISS P-001) and on HIV-infected volunteers (ISS T-001) have begun in 2003 and completed in 2006. These studies have involved 4 clinical Italian centres and have demonstrated that the Tat vaccine candidate is safe when used in both HIV-negative and –positive individuals. Results from these studies have been published in international scientific journals.

Based on the promising results obtained in phase I clinical trials, a phase 2 clinical trial was started in 2008 in 11 Clinical Centers in Italy with the aim of evaluating immunogenicity induced by vaccination with Tat protein in HIV-positive, HAART-treated, individuals. The study has produced important results of efficacy for the therapeutic immunisation with the Tat protein, also published in international scientific journals.  

 

In parallel with these activities, a bilateral cooperation programme between Italy and South Africa has been conducted, aimed at developing local health programmes to fight HIV/AIDS. The programme has started with preliminary clinical observational studies, then followed by an advanced clinical vaccine trial sponsored by the National HIV/AIDS Research Center of the Istituto Superiore di Sanità in collaboration with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the South African Government. The results have been confirmed the data of the phase II trial in Italy and have also been published in scientific international Journals.

Beside the advanced clinical testing of the Tat-based vaccine, second generation vaccines have been developed, in the frame of European research Programmes (An European Programme for the development of a vaccine against HIV/AIDS; AVIP). In particular, a new vaccine candidate, based on the association of the Tat protein with a modified form of the Env protein (an Env protein deleted of its V2 region, ΔV2-Env) has been developed in the frame of the European AVIP programme and of a collaboration with Novartis Vaccines&Diagnostics (one of the most important industries producing vaccines), that is able to elicit a broader immune response. This vaccine candidate , that has produced very promising results in non human primates, has been tested in a phase I clinical trial on healthy volunteers with behaviours at high risk of HIV infection (preventative vaccination).

 

Dr. Ensoli’s research in the field of tumours has lead to the discovery that HIV protease inhibitors (HIV-PI) have anti-tumour effects. Studies started from observation that incidence of HIV-associated tumours, including Kaposi’s sarcoma (KS), non-Hodkin lymphoma and the intra-epithelial neoplasm of uterine cervix (CIN) went reducing since the introduction of new combined anti-retroviral therapies (HAART), containing protease inhibitors. Results from these researchs have demonstrated that PI are molecules with strong anti-angiogenic effects, able to block the development of new blood vessels that are essential to tumour growth in numerous experimental neoplastic models, including KS and CIN, thus suggesting a possible use of these drugs in the anti-tumour  therapy, for both HIV infected patients and patients with HIV unrelated tumours.

Based on these results, two phase II clinical trials has been conducted in Italy in order to evaluate anti-tumour effects of Indinavir, one of the most common HIV-PIs, in HIV-uninfected patients with classic KS. Results from these studies have confirmed that the drug is able to control the progression of the tumour, in particular if given in the early stages of the disease. Due to these promising results, a “proof-of-concept” clinical study has been conducted, aimed at evaluating the efficacy of this class of drugs in the therapeutic treatment of patients with advanced, HIV unrelated, KS in association with conventional chemotherapy.   

The development and the conduct of these programmes in both the oncologic and infectious diseases fields, is an important example of “translational” research, from basic research to clinical advanced testing that assures that a product rapidly reaches the community.

 

 

 

Editorial work and publications

She sits on the editorial boards of Lancet Oncology, PLoS ONE, The Open AIDS Journals, Tumor Viruses, Vaccine, Development and Therapy, Journal of Clinical & Cellular Immunology, Advances in Tumor Virology, Scientific Report.

She has published more than 300 papers in international peer-reviewed journals. Among them:

 

(2016) Ensoli B, Nchabeleng M, Ensoli F, Tripiciano A, Bellino S, Picconi O, Sgadari C, Longo O, Tavoschi L, Joffe D, Cafaro A, Francavilla V, Moretti S, Pavone Cossut MR, Collacchi B, Arancio A, Paniccia G, Casabianca A, Magnani M, Buttò S, Levendal E, Ndimande JV, Asia B, Pillay Y, Garaci E, Monini P. HIV-Tat immunization induces cross-clade neutralizing antibodies and CD4+ T-cell increases in antiretroviral-treated South African volunteers: a randomized phase II clinical trial. Retrovirology, 13(1):34.

(2015) Ensoli F, Cafaro A, Casabianca A, Tripiciano A, Bellino S, Longo O, Francavilla V, Picconi O, Sgadari C, Moretti S, Pavone Cossut MR, Arancio A, Orlandi C, Sernicola L, Maggiorella MT, Paniccia G, Mussini C, Lazzarin A, Sighinolfi L, Palamara G, Gori A, Angarano G, Di Pietro M, Galli M, Mercurio VS, Castelli F, Di Perri G, Monini P, Magnani M, Garaci E, Ensoli B. HIV-1 Tat immunization restores immune homeostasis and attacks the HAART-resistant blood HIV DNA: results of a randomized phase II exploratory clinical trial. Retrovirology, 12:33.

(2012) Monini P, Cafaro A, Srivastava IK, Moretti S, Sharma VA, Andreini C, Chiozzini C, Ferrantelli F, Cossut MR, Tripiciano A, Nappi F, Longo O, Bellino S, Picconi O Fanales-Belasio E, Borsetti A, Toschi E, Schiavoni I, Bacigalupo I, Kan E, Sernicola L, Maggiorella MT, Montin K, Porcu M, Leone P, Leone P, Collacchi B, Palladino C, Ridolfi B, Falchi M, Macchia I, Ulmer JB, Buttò S, Sgadari C, Magnani M, Federico MP, Titti F, Banci L, Dallocchio F, Rappuoli R, Ensoli F, Barnett SW, Garaci E, Ensoli B. HIV-1 Tat promotes integrin-mediated HIV transmission to dendritic cells by binding Env spikes and competes neutralization by anti-HIV antibodies. PLoS One, 7:e48781.

(2003) Sgadari C, Monini P, Barillari G, and Ensoli B. Use of HIV protease inhibitors to block Kaposi's sarcoma and tumour growth. The Lancet Oncology, 4:537-547.

(2002) Sgadari C, Barillari G, Toschi E, Carlei D, Bacigalupo I, Baccarini S, Palladino C, Leone P, Bugarini R, Malavasi L, Cafaro A, Falchi M, Valdembri D, Rezza G, Bussolino F, Monini P & Ensoli B. HIV protease inhibitors are potent anti-angiogenic molecules and promote regression of Kaposi’s sarcoma. Nature Medicine, 8:225-232.

(1999) Cafaro A, Caputo A, Fracasso C, Maggiorella MT, Goletti D, Baroncelli S, Pace M, Sernicola L, Koanga-Mogtomo ML, Betti M, Borsetti A, Belli R, Åkerblom L, Corrias F, Buttò S, Heeney J, Verani P, Titti F & Ensoli B. Control of SHIV89.6P-infection of cynomolgus monkeys by HIV-1 Tat protein vaccine. Nature Medicine, 5:643-650.

(1994) Ensoli B, Gendelman R, Markham P, Fiorelli V, Colombini S, Raffeld M, Cafaro A, Chang HK, Brady JN & Gallo RC. Synergy between basic fibroblast growth factor and HIV-1 Tat protein in induction of Kaposi's sarcoma. Nature, 371:674-680.

(1990) Ensoli B, Barillari G, Salahuddin SZ, Gallo RC & Wong-Staal F. Tat protein of HIV-1 stimulates growth of cells derived from Kaposi's sarcoma lesions of AIDS patients. Nature, 344:84-86.

(1989) Ensoli B, Nakamura S, Salahuddin SZ, Biberfeld P, Larsson L, Beaver B, Wong-Staal F & Gallo RC. AIDS-Kaposi's sarcoma-derived cells express cytokines with autocrine and paracrine growth effects. Science, 243:223-226.

(1989) Ensoli B, Lusso P, Schachter F, Josephs SF, Rappaport J, Negro F, Gallo RC & Wong-Staal F. Human herpes virus-6 increases HIV-1 expression in co-infected T cells via nuclear factors binding to the HIV-1 enhancer. EMBO J. 8:3019-3027.

Awards and prizes

She has received many national and international scientific awards. Among them: “San Valentino d’Oro” International Award for  professional activity against AIDS, “Marisa Bellisario” International Award for professional activities, “Domenico Marotta”  Award for year 2000, conferred for professional merits by the National Academy of Sciences (also known as “National Academy of XL”), “Santa Caterina” Award for year 2002, “Paul Harris Fellow” International Award, conferred by the Rotary Foundation “Eminent Scientist of the year 2005 (International Research Promotion Council – World Scientist Forum International Award Science and Medicine), Melvin Jones (Lion’s Club), “The Abraham White Distinguished Science Award” (The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences - USA and University of Rome Tor Vergata), “Top Italian Women Scientist 2016” award conferred  by Onda, “AcademiaNet-Expert Database for Oustansing Female Scientists and Scholars” (EMBO). She has been appointed as Ufficiale dell’Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana in 2001 by the President of the Italian Republic Mr. A. Ciampi

Elisabetta Erba
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STEM area: Natural and environmental sciences

Competences: geology

Keywords: biosphere, climate, earth, environment, geosphere, nanofossils, oceans, paleontology, soil

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Full Professor in Paleontology e Paleoecology at the University of Milano

Professional career

After a diploma (cum laude) in Geological Sciences in 1982, she finished a PhD in Earth Sciences in 1987. In 1987-1988 she was a post-DOC at the Geologisches Institut -.ETH, Zurich. In1990 E. Erba becomes Researcher and in 2000 Associate Professor at the University of Milan. Since 2005 she is Full Professor at the Dept. of Earth Sciences

Scientific results

Elisabetta Erba is specialist of calcareous nanofossils, the most efficient calcite producers in spite of their very small size. When they die, they fall on the sea floor and over the course of millions of years form marine sediments. Nannofossils are used for dating through biostratigraphy and for paleo-oceanographic reconstructions. Elisabetta Erba studies the interactions between geosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere and, in particular, major climate changes. Her research focused on the relationships between atmospheric CO2, climate and ocean ecosystems. In order to understand causes and consequences of current and future climate change it is important to introduce a geological perspective via high-resolution investigations of marine sediments.

Calcareous nannofossils  are also used by Elisabetta Erba to study the nature and origin of organic matter-rich sediments accumulated in stagnant waters, that are potential source rocks to produce oil.

 

Editorial work and publications

E.Erba has published  some 160 papers, including: 


(2018) Gambacorta G., Malinverno A. and Erba E,Orbital forcing of carbonate versus siliceous productivity in the late Albian–early Turonian (Umbria-Marche Basin, central Italy).Newsletters on Stratigraphy, Published online October 2018, DOI: 10.1127/nos/2018/0456

(2018) Bottini C. & Erba E., Mid-Cretaceous paleoenvironmental changes in the western Tethys. Climate of the Past, 14,1147–1163.

(2017) Faucher, G., Hoffmann, L., Bach, L. T., Bottini, C., Erba, E., and Riebesell, U., Impact of trace metal concentrations on coccolithophore growth and morphology: laboratory simulations of Cretaceous stress.Biogeosciences , 14: 3603-3613doi.org/10.5194/bg-14-3603-2017.
(2015) Erba E, Duncan RA, Bottini C, Tiraboschi D. Weissert H, Jenkyns HC, Malinverno A. Environmental Consequences of Ontong Java Plateau and Kerguelen Plateau Volcanism. Geological Society of America, Special Paper 511:271-303. 
(2010) Erba E, Bottini C, Weissert HJ, Keller CE. Calcareous Nannoplankton Response to Surface Water Acidification Around Oceanic Anoxic Event 1a. Science, 329:428-432.   (2006) Erba E. The first 150 million years history of calcareous nannoplankton: biosphere-geosphere interactions. Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology, 232:237-250. 
(2005) Muttoni G, Erba E, Kent DV & Bachtadse V. Mesozoic alpine facies deposition as a result of past latitudinal plate motion. Nature, 434:59-63. 
(2004) Erba E. Calcareous nannofossils and Mesozoic Oceanic Anoxic Events. Marine Micropaleontology, 52:85-106.   (2004) Erba, E, Bartolini A, Larson RL. The Valanginian "Weissert Oceanic Anoxic Event. Geology, 32:149-152.   (2004) Erba E & Tremolada F. Nannofossil carbonate fluxes during the Early Cretaceous: phytoplankton response to nutrification episodes, atmospheric CO2 and anoxia. Paleoceanography, 19. 
(2004) Weissert H & Erba E. Volcanism, CO2 and paleoclimate: a Late Jurassic-Early Cretaceous carbon and oxygen isotope record. Journal of the Geological Society of London, 161:695-702.   (1999) Larson RL & Erba E. Onset of the mid-Cretaceous greenhouse in the Barremian-Aptian: Igneous events and the biological, sedimentary and geochemical responses. Paleoceanography, 14:663-678.   (1994) Erba E. Nannofossils and superplumes: the Early Aptian nannoconid crisis. Paleoceanography, 9:483-501.

Awards and prizes

Elisabetta Erba was President of the Italian Geological Society in 2015-2017. Since 2013 she is a Member of theAccademia dei Lincei and of the Academia Europaea (section Earth and Cosmic Sciences). In 2012 she was awarded with the Tartufari Prize for Geosciences  (Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei).

 

Susanna Esposito
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STEM area: Clinical sciences and nutrition science

Competences: allergology, infectious diseases, pediatrics, pneumology

Keywords: antibiotics, infectious diseases, pediatric diseases, pediatrics, vaccines

Region: Umbria


Position/Role

President of the World Association for Infectious Diseases and Immunological Disorders (WAidid), Professor of Pediatrics, Director of the Specialty School for Pediatrics and Director of the S.C. Pediatric Clinic at the University of Perugia

 

Professional career

After graduating in Medicine and Surgery at the University of Milan in 1995, she continued her education with a specialization in Pediatrics (1999) and a next one in Infectious Diseases (2006). Two years after graduating, she was already responsible for the research laboratory of the Pediatric Clinic IV, and since 2000 for the research laboratory of the Clinical Pediatric Clinical Unit of the University of Milan, later called the High Intensity Care Unit of Pediatrics. Susanna Esposito combined her academic career with a medical career: in 2002 she is a university researcher in General and Specialized Pediatrics and since 2005 an associate professor. She also carried out research in foreign institutions: in 2007 in Dallas, Texas, at the Southwestern Medical Center of the University Hospital and Clinic, in 2009 in London, at St George's Medical Center and the following year in Burundi, Africa, at the Kiremba Hospital. From the 2009-2010 academic year, she was Professor of Pediatric Infectious Disease at the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Diploma of the University of Oxford, UK. From 2010 to 2016, she was director of the High Intensity Care Pediatric Unit at the IRCCS Ca 'Granda Foundation, Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico of the University of Milan and head of the Regional Reference Center, in Lombardy, for HIV infection and for pediatric Lyme disease. She is currently Professor of Pediatrics, Director of the School of Specialization in Pediatrics and Director of the S.C. Pediatric Clinic at the University of Perugia. She is president of the World Association for Infectious Diseases and Immunological Disorders (WAidid).

 

Scientific results

Susanna Esposito's scientific activity began during her university studies with research on pediatric infectious diseases, in particular influenza and respiratory viruses, invasive bacteria infections, tuberculosis and HIV. Her field of interest extends progressively to immunology with studies on vaccination, immune response and immunogenetics, pneumology, allergy, rheumatology and rare diseases. She coordinated several research and clinical trials on the role of viruses and bacteria in the main infections in pediatric age and studies on vaccination efficacy, tolerability and safety. She also coordinated the development of guidelines on the diagnostic-therapeutic approach to the main infectious diseases in children and the guidelines on the new vaccination calendar and on the recommended vaccinations for children. In 2012 she identified enterovirus C-117 and enterovirus C-118, two new enteroviruses, a genus of viruses resistant to chemical and physical offenses, which can survive in the environment for a long time, affecting mainly people with low immune defenses, like children and the elderly, with effects in some cases very serious. Since 2013 she has been coordinating the study group on vaccines (EVASG) of the European Society for Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases.

Editorial work and publications

Since 2005 she is a member of the International Board of The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, since 2009 she is Associate Editor of BMC Infectious Diseases, since 2011 she is Associate Editor of Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics, since 2013 she is Associate Editor of Journal of Clinical Virology and she is part of Editorial Board Member of PLOS One, since 2014 she is Associate Editor of Medicine and since 2016 she is a member of the Editorial Board Member of AIMS Microbiology and of Npj Vaccines. Since 2016 she has also been editor of the magazine Edit Symposia and referee for numerous scientific journals such as Lancet, the British Medical Journal, Vaccine, the European Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases and the American Journal of Physicians.

Susanna Esposito is the author of more than 1000 publications, including over 450 articles on international journals published on PubMed, and more than 1000 reports on invitation to conferences of national and international scientific societies, including:

 

(2016) Esposito S, Bonanni P, Maggi S, Tan L, Ansaldi F, Lopalco PL, Dagan R, Michel JP, van Damme P, Gaillat J, Prymula R, Vesikari T, Mussini C, Frank U, Osterhaus A, Celentano LP, Rossi M, Guercio V, Gavazzi G. Recommended immunization schedules for adults: Clinical practice guidelines by the Escmid Vaccine Study Group (EVASG), European Geriatric Medicine Society (EUGMS) and the World Association for Infectious Diseases and Immunological Disorders (WAidid). Human Vaccine Immunotherapeutics, 12:1777-1794.

(2016) Esposito S, Principi N. European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID) Vaccine Study Group (EVASG). Strategies to develop vaccines of pediatric interest. Expert Review of Vaccines, Epub Sep 28.

(2016) Esposito S, Guez S, Orenti A, Tadini G, Scuvera G, Corti L, Scala A, Biganzoli E, Berti E, Principi N. Autoimmunity and cytokine imbalance in inherited epidermolysis bullosa. International Journal of Molecular Science, 17(10):1625.

(2016) Esposito S, Longo MR. Guillain-Barré syndrome. Autoimmunity Review, 16(1):96-101.

(2016) Principi N, Esposito S. Gut microbiota and central nervous system development. Journal of Infection, 73(6):536-546.

(2016) Esposito S, Pietro GD. Respiratory syncytial virus vaccines: an update on those in the immediate pipeline. Future Microbiology, 11:1479-1490.

(2016) Esposito S, Di Gangi M, Cardinale F, Baraldi E, Corsini I, Da Dalt L, Tovo PA, Correra A, Villani A, Sacco O, Tenero L, Dones P, Gambino M, Zampiero A, Principi N, Ita-CAP Study Group. Sensitivity and specificity of soluble triggering receptor Expressed on Myeloid Cells-1, Midregional Proatrial Natriuretic Peptide and Midregional Proadrenomedullin for Distinguishing Etiology and to Assess Severity in Community-Acquired Pneumonia. PLoS One, 11:e0163262.

(2015) Esposito S, Piralla A, Zampiero A, Bianchini S, Di Pietro G, Scala A, Pinzani R, Fossali E, Baldanti F, Principi N. Characteristics and their clinical relevance of respiratory syncytial virus types and genotypes circulating in Northern Italy in five consecutive winter seasons. PLoS One, 10:e0129369.

(2015) Esposito S, Giavoli C, Trombetta C, Bianchini S, Montinaro V, Spada A, Montomoli E, Principi N. Immunogenicity, safety and tolerability of inactivated trivalent influenza vaccine in overweight and obese children. Vaccine, Epub Nov 19.

(2014) Esposito S, Corona F, Barzon L, Cuoco F, Squarzon L, Marcati G, Torcoletti M, Gambino M, Palù G, Principi N. Immunogenicity, safety and tolerability of a bivalent human papillomavirus vaccine in adolescents with juvenile idiopathic arthritis. Expert Review of Vaccines, 13:1387-1393.

Awards and prizes

Susanna Esposito received the "Carlo Imperato" Award in 2002, as part of the 58th National Congress of the Italian Society of Pediatrics, for the best experimental work on "Respiratory diseases of the child", in the same year she was awarded the Young Investigator Award within the III World Congress of Pediatric Infectious Diseases (Santiago, Chile). In 2004 she received the Amici di Milano Award - Gold Medals awarded with the Silver Plate by the President of the Italian Republic and the Silver Plate of the President of the Lombardy Region, as the best medical researcher. In 2008 she was awarded the SIP Member Award as best researcher in general and specialist Pediatrics within the Italian Society of Pediatrics, in 2011 the Ambassador Prize for research abroad in the medical field and in 2014 the Certificate of Merit for the commitment and professionalism over the years dedicated to the health of children by the Amici del Policlinico and Mangiagalli Association. From 2011 to 2014 she was called to chair the Italian Society of Pediatric Infectious Disease (SITIP); from 2012 to 2015 she was president of the Commission of the World Health Organization for the eradication of measles and congenital rubella and continued to participate in the work of the Commission as Past President. Since 2015 she is president of the World Association for Infectious Diseases and Immunological Disorders (WAidid).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maria Cristina Facchini
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STEM area: Natural and environmental sciences

Competences: atmospheric science

Keywords: aerosol, atmosphere, climate, clouds

Region: Emilia-Romagna


Position/Role

Research director of the Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate of the CNR, Bologna section

Professional career

Graduated in 1985 at the University of Bologna with a thesis in analytical chemistry, she obtained a PhD at the Department of Chemistry of the same university, and in the same department she became a post doc fellow. In 1987 she was a reaserch fellow at the Institute of Atmospheric Physics of the CNR in Bologna, and held this position until 1992, when she became head of the laboratory of the Regional Agency for Environmental Protection. In 1996 she entered the Institute of Physics and Chemistry of the Low and High Atmosphere of the CNR of Bologna. From 2001 to 2006 she was Senior Scientist at the Institute of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences of the CNR. Since 2007 she has been research director of the Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate of the CNR, Bologna section.

 

Scientific results

Maria Cristina Facchini's main research interests are the physical and chemical processes in the atmospheric system such as aerosols and clouds and their effects on changes in atmospheric composition and climate. At the beginning of her scientific career she investigated the chemical properties of fog and clouds, so much so that her first important scientific result regards the organic partition of the aerosol between mist drops and interstitial air. Based on her research, she contributed to the development of a new aerosol investigation technique based on the principles of nuclear magnetic resonance. In 2001 she contributed to a joint paper on Science, where the world's leading experts in the field discussed the need to re-establish the theory of cloud formation on the basis of new discoveries concerning the solubility of aerosols and their surface tension, as well as the effects of soluble gases. Her most recent research concerns the interaction between climate and biota (in ecology, the whole of all living beings, animals and plants, which populate a given region) marine, atmospheric, aerosol.

 

 

 

Editorial work and publications

She is the author of over 150 scientific publications, including:

 

(2011) Decesari S, Finessi E, Rinaldi M, Paglione M, […] Facchini MC. Primary and secondary marine organic aerosols over the north atlantic ocean during the map experiment. Journal of Geophysical Research Atmospheres, 116(D22).

(2011) Rinaldi M, Decesari S, Carbone C, […] Facchini MC. Evidence of a natural marine source of oxalic acid and a possible link to glyoxal. Journal of Geophysical Research Atmospheres, 116(D16).

(2008) Facchini MC, Decesari S, Rinaldi M, et al. An important source of marine secondary organic aerosol from biogenic amines. Environmental Science & Technology, 42:9116-9121.

(2008) Facchini MC, Rinaldi M, Decesari S, et al. Primary submicron marine aerosol dominated by insoluble organic colloids and aggregates. Geophysical Research Letters, 35, L17814.

(2005) Kanakidou M, Seinfeld JH, Pandis SN, Barnes I, Dentener FJ, Facchini MC, et al. Organic aerosol and global climate modelling: a review. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 5:1053-1123.

(2004) O’Dowd CD, Facchini MC, et al. Biogenicallydriven organic contribution to marine aerosol. Nature, 431:676-680.

(2001) Charlson RJ, Seinfeld JH, Nenes A, Kulmala M, Laaksonen M, Facchini MC. Reshaping theory of cloud formation. Science, 292:2025-2026.

(2000) Decesari S, Facchini MC, Fuzzi S & Tagliavini E. Characterization of water soluble organic compounds in atmospheric aerosol: a new approach. Journal of Geophysical Research, 105:1481-1489.

(1999) Facchini MC, Fuzzi S, Zappoli S, et al. Partitioning of the organic aerosol component between fog droplets and interstitial air. Journal of Geophysical Research, 104, 26821-26832.

(1999) Facchini MC, Mircea M, Fuzzi S & Charlson RJ. Cloud albedo enhancement by surface-active organic solutes in growing droplets. Nature, 401:257-259.

 

Awards and prizes

In 2014 she was a Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers Rank, ranking of the most influential researchers and researchers in the world. In the same year she received the Haagen-Smit Prize Award. She is a member of several scientific societies, such as the European Association for Geochemistry, the European Geophysical Union, the American Aerosol Society and is one of the founders of the Italian Aerosol Association.

 

Caterina Falleni
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STEM area: Engineering

Competences: design, technological innovation

Keywords: breathalyser, design, dna, floome, freeijiis, innovation, intelligent systems, inventions, new technologies, no profit, refrigerator without electricity, robot, social innovation

Region: ABROAD


Position/Role

Design Strategist at Awake, San Francisco.

 

Professional career

She graduated in Product & Communication Design at the ISIA of Florence, where she later obtained a Master's degree in Product Design. In 2010 she spent three months in the WAACS Design & Consultancy in Rotterdam, working on various projects, from modeling to the development of innovative products.The following year she became Designer & Consultant for Cristina Fedi Interior Design in Africa, dealing with interior design for the Zalu Resort. In 2012 she won the Axelera Singularity Contest for the creation of Freeijis, a refrigeration system that does not require electricity and thanks to this award she moved to Singularity University, in the Nasa Ames research center in California. The following year she worked as executive director for the same Axelera, a non-profit association created by former students of Singularity University and by young professionals settled in Milan. The aim is to spread the understanding of technologies and to foster the development of Italian potential through collaboration, learning and practical application. Still in Milan, she collaborated with Design Group Italia and, in 2014, she became Product & Experience Design Manager of Makr Shark in Turin, where she took care of the design of the robotic bar, now installed all over the world. Since 2015 Caterina Falleni has been working as Design Strategist for Awake, a digital design agency in San Francisco.

 

Scientific results

For her numerous inventions she has been compared to Joy Mangano, the New Yorker who has patented the Miracle Mop self-wringing rotating broom. The Freeijis project, or zero emission fridge, was born in 2010 following a period of work in Africa, where Caterina Falleni studied some structures made with porous materials such as mud or terracotta. Structures that use the process called evaporative cooling, a refrigeration principle used in Africa and India, and recently applied in the West in the construction sector. A natural example of evaporative cooling is skin sweating which allows the lowering of internal body temperature. This process has been associated with materials called PCM (Phase Change Materials), microcapsules inserted in the water contained in the interspace of the refrigerator, which transform the thermal energy into kinetic energy and trigger a partial evaporation of the liquid. The internal aluminum part, aimed at preserving food, gives up energy in the form of heat to restore the balance of the system, activating the self-cooling of the core in which the food is contained. Among the other inventions that Caterina Falleni is working on, there are Floome, a breathalyzer for smartphones, and X&Y Genomics, a platform to display human DNA, so that everyone can access their genetic information.

 

 

Awards and prizes

In 2012 she received the Axelera Singularity Contest for the creation of Freeijis and, in the same year, she obtained the first place in the "What’s up Young Talents" under the High Patronage of the President of the Republic. In 2014 she won first place at the Wired Hack EXPO in Milan for Floome, a blood alcohol meter that can be interfaced with smartphones. In 2015 she obtained the "CoolIdea" award at the San Francisco SolidCon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roberta Fantoni
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STEM area: Physics

Competences: atomic spectroscopy, molecular spectroscopy

Keywords: laser diagnostics, laser induced processes, laser remote sensing

Region: Lazio


Position/Role

Head, Technology Application for Security and Heath Division (FSN-TECFIS) at ENEA since July 2015.

 

Professional career

Degree in Chemistry at Roma University “La Sapienza” in 1978 discussing a thesis on electron spectroscopy in the gas phase. After a period of fellowships, permanent position at ENEA in 1982 initially addressed to the participation to laser assisted uranium isotope enrichment project. At the end of the project she spent some periods of specialization abroad (Catholic University of Nijmegen - NL, ETH Ecole Polytechnique Zurich - CH). Due to her professional expertise on laser diagnostics and photochemistry,  in 1998 she became the head of the Molecular Spectroscopy Laboratory of ENEA at Frascati (FIS-SPET), keeping the charge until  2010. In 2010 she was appointed as director of the large Technical Unit “Applications of radiations” (UTAPRAD) of ENEA at Frascati. Following the last structural changes in ENEA, since 2015 to now, she became head of  Technology Application for Security and Heath Division (FSN-TECFIS) of ENEA at Frascati.

Scientific results

Scientific  activity. From the beginning of her career Dr. R. Fantoni was involved in multidisciplinary research activities and projects implying knowledge relevant to both chemistry and physics (spectroscopy and material processing). Successively, within the field of radiation-matter interactions, she carried out researches on processes with a broader applicative range,  from biology and medicine to cultural heritage. Her well consolidated scientific and technological background was time to time utilized and reshaped for  specific tasks, such as: laser applications in physical chemistry, starting from researches relevant to the laser isotope enrichment project  basically dealing with multi-photon and high resolution IR spectroscopy; laser spectroscopies and diagnostics, including infrared diode laser spectroscopy, laser Raman spectroscopy, emission spectroscopy in visible7ultriaviolet range, multiphoton-ionization spectrometry, Laser Induced  Fluorescence (LIF), Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS), Coherent AntiStokes Raman Scattering (CARS), Degenerate Four Wave Mixing (DFWM) e Laser Induced Grating Spectroscopy (LIGS); different multidisciplinary laser application relevant to microelectronics  (thin film deposition), to material science (nano-structures synthesis), to the environment (laser decomposition of liquid and gaseous pollutants) and in situ and remote characterization of cultural heritage surfaces; Organization and participation to monitoring campaigns on sea waters and cultural heritage surfaces.

Along her career Dr R. Fantoni personally established and kept contacts with scientist in European laboratory of excellence (in the Netherlands, Suisse, Romania, Slovenia and Spain) and in other countries (Russia, Egypt).

 

 

Editorial work and publications

She is the co-author of about 165 peer reviewed scientific publications, we report only 5 significant recent titles:

 (2013)  R. Fantoni, S. Almaviva, L. Caneve, F.. Colao, A. M. Popov, G. Maddaluno “Development of Calibration-Free Laser-Induced-Breakdown-Spectroscopy based techniques for deposited layers diagnostics on ITER-like tiles” Spectrochim. Acta B87, 153-160.

(2013 )L. Caneve, F. Colao, R. Fantoni, L. Fiorani "Scanning lidar fluorosensor for remote diagnostic of surfaces" Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A 720, 164–167.      

(2014)   S. Almaviva, S. Botti, L. Cantarini,R. Fantoni, S. Lecci, A. Palucci, A. Puiu and A. Rufoloni "Ultrasensitive RDX detection with commercial SERS substrates” J. Raman Spectrosc, 45, 41–46.

(2014) V. Spizzichino, R. Fantoni “Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy in Archeometry: a review of its application and future perspectives” Spectrochim. Acta B 99, 201-209.

(2018) V. Lazic, M. Vadrucci, R. Fantoni, M. Chiari, A. Mazzinghi, A. Gorghinian, Applications of laser induced breakdown spectroscopy for cultural heritage: A comparison with XRF and PIXE techniques, Spectrochim. Acta Part B 149, 1–14.

 

 

Awards and prizes

Co-winner (together with R. Barbini, F. Colao, A. Palucci, S. Ribezzo) of the Prize “Carnia Alpe Verde” for the best project aimed at protection of green areas in 1992, issued by region Friuli Venezia-Giulia.

Winner of the prize “G. Stampacchia” fort he best first work in chemistry in 1980, issued by University of Rome “La Sapienza”.

 

Ilaria Ferlenghi
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STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: microbiology, structural biology, virology

Keywords: EMBL, iNext, meningococcus, structural biology, vaccines

Region: Tuscany


Professional career

After graduating in Biophysics at the University of Tor Vergata in 1993, she continued her studies through a specialization in Plant Biology at the C.R.I.B.I. (Interdepartmental Research Center for Innovative Sciences), at the University of Padua. She then began her research activities for her doctorate at the EMBL laboratories. In 1998 she obtained a PhD in Structural Biology at Ruprecht-Karls-Universitat in Heidelberg, Germany. During her studies she spent several periods of training abroad: in 1996 she performed a stage of 6 months in the Department of Virology of the Medical University of Vienna, in 1998 she did part of her PostDoctoral Fellow at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Children's Hospital, Howard Medical School in Boston, MA, USA. In 1999 she was PostDoctoral fellow in the Department of Structural Virology at the C.N.R.S. of Gif-sur-Yvette, France. At the same time (from 2000 to 2003) she collaborated with the Department of Molecular Genetics at the Ecole Normale Superiore in Paris, France. Her training then continued in Italy in 2004 at the GSK Vaccines Research Center (formerly Novartis, in Siena, Italy) firstly as a researcher, then as a Senior Research Investigator and finally in 2009 as Head of Structural Vaccinology. 

Scientific results

Her scientific interests are currently focused on the correlation between bacterial and viral surface protein structures and their functionality. She contributed to the development of the "Structural Vaccinology", a new approach that allows, starting from the knowledg of the three-dimensional structure of the surface proteins, to determine the most effective epitopes of a protein and to engineer them in order to make them more immunogenic and to use them as vaccines. This approach has been instrumental in the development of Bexsero ™, a recently approved FDA vaccine to protect against Meningococcus B infection. The same approach is currently in use in the identification of new vaccine candidates against additional human viral and bacterial pathogens. Since recent years she bacome member of the board of European Networks dedicated to the structural biology (iNext).

Editorial work and publications

Her scientific interests are currently focused on the correlation between bacterial and viral surface protein structures and their functionality. She contributed to the development of the "Structural Vaccinology", a new approach that allows, starting from the knowledg of the three-dimensional structure of the surface proteins, to determine the most effective epitopes of a protein and to engineer them in order to make them more immunogenic and to use them as vaccines. This approach has been instrumental in the development of Bexsero ™, a recently approved FDA vaccine to protect against Meningococcus B infection. The same approach is currently in use in the identification of new vaccine candidates against additional human viral and bacterial pathogens. Since recent years she bacome member of the board of European Networks dedicated to the structural biology (iNext).

Paola Fermo
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STEM area: Chemistry

Competences: analytical chemistry, environmental chemistry

Keywords: air pollution, cultural heritage, emissions, environment, pollution, water

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

ASSOCIATIONS

Member of SCI (Divisione di Chimica Analitica e Divisione di Chimica dell’Ambiente e dei Beni Culturali)

AIAR (Italian Association of Archaeometry), ACE (Association of Chemistry and the Environment)

Secretary of the SCI Interdivisional Group of Aerosol Science and Technologies  (2009-2012)

Member of consortium INSTM (consorzio internazionale per la scienza e la tecnologia dei materiali)

Member of CRC (centro di ricerca coordinato) Beni Culturali, University of Milan (http://www.crc-beniculturali.unimi.it)

 

SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEES

Member of the scientific committee of the Workshop “Sustainable knowledge and preservation of Cultural Heritage for future generations”; 2-4/05/2016, E-MRS (Materials Research Society) Spring Meeting, Lille (France)

 

Organizer of the section entitled: Measurements for ceramics and glasses

International congress: Metrology for Archaeology, 19-21/10/2016, Torino

 

Member of the scientific committee of YOCOCU congress (Youth in Conservation of Cultural Heritage), Matera, 23-25/05/2018

 

Member of the scientific committee of SIMA (Società Italiana di Medicina Ambientale) (http://www.simaonlus.it)

Professional career

1993    Degree in Chemistry, University of Milan (110/110)

1997    PhD in Chemistry, University of Milan

1997– 1999 Technical collaborator in the Department of Inorganic, Metallorganic and   Analytical Chemistry,  University of Milan

1999 – 2014 Researcher in Analytical Chemistry, Department of Inorganic, Metallorganic and  Analytical Chemistry, University of Milan

since 2015 - Associate Professor of Analytical Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Milan

National Scientific qualification (ASN) as PO:  sector 03/A1 – SSD CHIM01 (call 2016-2018, primo quadrimestre)

Scientific results

Atmospheric and environmental chemistry:

Characterization of aerosol particulate matter (PM) carried out by different analytical techniques for the quantification and speciation of main species (carbonaceous fraction and ions); analysis of specific markers for the identification of aerosol PM sources.

Effect of environmental pollution on cultural heritage: study of black crust present on historical monuments in polluted environments; indoor air quality assessment  in museums and art galleries.

Chemical characterization of biomarkers of environmental pollution (honey or plant leaves); food analysis and food safety control.

 

Analytical chemistry applied to cultural heritage:

provenance and technological study of archaeological and Renaissance ceramics, paintings, mortars, etc.; new coatings based on nano-materials for the protection of materials of artistic-historical-interest (marbles, mortars).

 

Editorial work and publications

110 scientific publications on international peer-review journals (Scopus and Web of Science) in the field of environmental and analytical chemistry as well as archaeometry; 20 conference proceeding; 16 book chapters; more than 200 communications in national and international congresses; invited speakers in national and international congresses.

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applicate ai settori ambientale, beni culturali e alimentare”, 21/06/2005, Milan

 

TEACHING ACTIVITY

Adjoint Professor 2001-2013;

since 2015 Associate Professor of Analytical Chemistry (CHIM01).  Scince 1999 teaching activity for undergraduate and graduate courses leading to Bachelor of Science (BS) and Master of Science (MS) degrees in Chemistry and Industrial Chemistry

Member of the board of professors of PhD in Chemistry, University of Milan; supervisor of students (more than 60 Master’s theses in Chemistry; supervisor of 4 PhD students)

Teaching activity for PhD: 2003-2016

 

Recent Publications (2017-2018)

 

(2019) Ielpo, P., Mangia, C., Marra, G.P., Comite, V., Rizza, U., Uricchio, V.F., Fermo, P.

Outdoor spatial distribution and indoor levels of NO2 and SO2 in a high environmental risk site of the South Italy

Science of the Total Environment, 648, pp. 787-797.

 

(2018) Paola Fermo, Sara Goidanich, Valeria Comite, Lucia Toniolo, Davide Gulotta, Study and characterization of environmental deposition on marble and surrogate substrates at a monumental heritage site;Geosciences; in press

(2018) Maria Letizia Amadori, Valentina Raspugli, Valeria Comite, Paola Fermo, Francesco Maria Mini, Mauro La Russa, Yoshifumi Maekawa,

Integrated Scientific Investigations On Constitutive Materials From Me-taw-ya Temple, Pagán Valley, Burma (Myanmar),Measurement,ISSN 0263-2241,https://doi.org/10.1016/j.measurement.2018.09.004; in press

 

(2018) Amadori, M.L., Pallante, P., Fermo, P., Emami, M.A., Chaverdi, A.A., Callieri, P., Matin, E.

Advances in Achaemenid brick manufacturing technology: Evidence from the monumental gate at Tol-e Ajori (Fars, Iran)

Applied Clay Science, 152, pp. 131-142.

 

(2018) Vecchi, R., Bernardoni, V., Valentini, S., Piazzalunga, A., Fermo, P., Valli, G.

Assessment of light extinction at a European polluted urban area during wintertime: Impact of PM1 composition and sources

Environmental Pollution, 233, pp. 679-689.

 

(2018) Daellenbach, K.R., El-Haddad, I., Karvonen, L., Vlachou, A., Corbin, J.C., Slowik, J.G., Heringa, M.F., Bruns, E.A., Luedin, S.M., Jaffrezo, J.-L., Szidat, S., Piazzalunga, A., Gonzalez, R., Fermo, P., Pflueger, V., Vogel, G., Baltensperger, U., Prévôt, A.S.H.

Insights into organic-Aerosol sources via a novel laser-desorption/ionization mass spectrometry technique applied to one year of PM10 samples from nine sites in central Europe

Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 18 (3), pp. 2155-2174.

 

(2017) Bernardoni, V., Elser, M., Valli, G., Valentini, S., Bigi, A., Fermo, P., Piazzalunga, A., Vecchi, R.

Size-segregated aerosol in a hot-spot pollution urban area: Chemical composition and three-way source apportionment

Environmental Pollution, 231, pp. 601-611. Cited 1 time.

 

(2017) Daellenbach, K.R., Stefenelli, G., Bozzetti, C., Vlachou, A., Fermo, P., Gonzalez, R., Piazzalunga, A., Colombi, C., Canonaco, F., Hueglin, C., Kasper-Giebl, A., Jaffrezo, J.-L., Bianchi, F., Slowik, J.G., Baltensperger, U., El-Haddad, I., Prévôt, A.S.H.

Long-term chemical analysis and organic aerosol source apportionment at nine sites in central Europe: Source identification and uncertainty assessment

Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 17 (21), pp. 13265-13282.

 

(2017) La Russa, M.F., Fermo, P., Comite, V., Belfiore, C.M., Barca, D., Cerioni, A., De Santis, M., Barbagallo, L.F., Ricca, M., Ruffolo, S.A.

The Oceanus statue of the Fontana di Trevi (Rome): The analysis of black crust as a tool to investigate the urban air pollution and its impact on the stone degradation

Science of the Total Environment, 593-594, pp. 297-309.

 

(2017) Marabini, L., Ozgen, S., Turacchi, S., Aminti, S., Arnaboldi , F., Lonati , G., Fermo , P., Corbella , L., Valli , G., Bernardoni , V., Dell'Acqua , M., Vecchi , R., Becagli , S., Caruso, D., Corrado , L.G., Marinovich , M.

Ultrafine particles (UFPs) from domestic wood stoves: genotoxicity in human lung carcinoma A549 cells

Mutation Research - Genetic Toxicology and Environmental Mutagenesis, 820, pp. 39-46.

 

(2017) Bozzetti, C., El Haddad, I., Salameh, D., Daellenbach, K.R., Fermo, P., Gonzalez, R., Minguillón, M.C., Iinuma, Y., Poulain, L., Elser, M., Müller, E., Slowik, J.G., Jaffrezo, J.-L., Baltensperger, U., Marchand, N., Prévôt, A.S.H.

Organic aerosol source apportionment by offline-AMS over a full year in Marseille

Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 17 (13), pp. 8247-8268.

 

(2017) Amadori, M.L., Del Vais, C., Fermo, P., Pallante, P.

Archaeometric researches on the provenance of Mediterranean Archaic Phoenician and Punic pottery

Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 24 (16), pp. 13921-13949.

 

(2017) Corsini, E., Vecchi, R., Marabini, L., Fermo, P., Becagli, S., Bernardoni, V., Caruso, D., Corbella, L., Dell'Acqua, M., Galli, C.L., Lonati, G., Ozgen, S., Papale, A., Signorini, S., Tardivo, R., Valli, G., Marinovich, M.

The chemical composition of ultrafine particles and associated biological effects at an alpine town impacted by wood burning

Science of the Total Environment, 587-588, pp. 223-231.

 

(2017) Pino, F., Fermo, P., La Russa, M., Ruffolo, S., Comite, V., Baghdachi, J., Pecchioni, E., Fratini, F., Cappelletti, G.

Advanced mortar coatings for cultural heritage protection. Durability towards prolonged UV and outdoor exposure

Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 24 (14), pp. 12608-12617.

 

(2017) Bigi, A., Bianchi, F., De Gennaro, G., Di Gilio, A., Fermo, P., Ghermandi, G., Prévôt, A.S.H., Urbani, M., Valli, G., Vecchi, R., Piazzalunga, A.

Hourly composition of gas and particle phase pollutants at a central urban background site in Milan, Italy

Atmospheric Research, 186, pp. 83-94.

 

(2017) Ozgen, S., Becagli, S., Bernardoni, V., Caserini, S., Caruso, D., Corbella, L., Dell'Acqua, M., Fermo, P., Gonzalez, R., Lonati, G., Signorini, S., Tardivo, R., Tosi, E., Valli, G., Vecchi, R., Marinovich, M.

Analysis of the chemical composition of ultrafine particles from two domestic solid biomass fired room heaters under simulated real-world use

Atmospheric Environment, 150, pp. 87-97. Cited 7 times.

 

(2017) Benetello, F., Squizzato, S., Hofer, A., Masiol, M., Khan, M.B., Piazzalunga, A., Fermo, P., Formenton, G.M., Rampazzo, G., Pavoni, B.

Estimation of local and external contributions of biomass burning to PM2.5 in an industrial zone included in a large urban settlement

Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 24 (2), pp. 2100-2115. 

(2017) Chiara Pietrogrande, M., Barbaro, E., Bove, M.C., Clauser, G., Colombi, C., Corbella, L., Cuccia, E., Dalla Torre, S., Decesari, S., Fermo, P., Gambaro, A., Gianelle, V., Ielpo, P., Larcher, R., Lazzeri, P., Massabò, D., Melchionna, G., Nardin, T., Paglione, M., Perrino, C., Prati, P., Visentin, M., Zanca, N., Zangrando, R.

Results of an interlaboratory comparison of analytical methods for quantification of anhydrosugars and biosugars in atmospheric aerosol

Chemosphere, 184, pp. 269-277. 

(2017) Corsini E, Ozgen S, Papale A, Galbiati V, Lonati G, Fermo P, Corbella L, Valli G, Bernardoni V, Dell'Acqua M, Becagli S, Caruso D, Vecchi R, Galli CL, Marinovich M. Insights on wood combustion generated proinflammatory ultrafine particles (UFP). Toxicology Letters, 266, 74-84.

Antonella Ferrara
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STEM area: Engineering

Competences: advanced automatic control, control engineering, robotics

Keywords: autonomous driving, control of microgrids and power networks, human-robot interaction, process control, robotics, smart mobility, vehicle control, vehicle traffic control

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Full Professor of Automatic Control at University of Pavia

Professional career

She got her M.Sc. in Electronic Engineering in 1987 and her PhD in Electronic and Computer Engineering in 1992. She became Assistant Professor at the University of Genova (April 1992), Associate Professor at the University of Pavia (November 1998) and Full Professor of Automatic Control always at the University of Pavia (January 2005).

Scientific results

She has been dealing with the control of complex systems (robotic systems, vehicle networks, vehicular traffic, power networks also based on renewable energy resources). She proposed new algorithms for the control of plants and processes the mathematical model of which is affected by uncertainties. She proposed new approaches to control vehicle traffic in transportation networks with the aim of reducing congestion and environmental impact. She has been working in advanced vehicle control, collaborating with major car manufacturers and coordinating the Italian research group in two European projects (PROTECTOR, ITEAM). In particular, she proposed solutions for driving assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving. She has been studying human-robot interaction proposing an approach based on the joint use of conventional control methodologies and artificial intelligence (deep reinforcement learning). She published more than 380 scientific works, including 118 articles in international journals and 3 scientific books. She also contributed with chapters to 23 edited books.

Editorial work and publications

[2019]Ferrara A, Incremona G.P, Cucuzzella M. Advanced andOptimization Based Sliding Mode Control. SIAM.

 

[2018]Ferrara A, Simona S, Siri S. Freeway Traffic Modelling and Control. Springer.

 

[2017]Ferrara A, (Ed.).Sliding Mode Control of Vehicle Dynamics. IET Digital Library.

 

[2019] Regolin E, Alatorre A, Zambelli M, Victorino A, Charara A, Ferrara A. A Sliding Mode Virtual Sensor for Wheel Forces Estimation with Accuracy Enhancement via EKF. IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, 68(4): 3457-3471.

 

[2018]  Sangiovanni B, Rendiniello A, Incremona G.P, Ferrara A, Piastra M. Deep Reinforcement Learning for Collision Avoidance of Robotic Manipulators, Proceedings of the European Control Conference ECC 2018, Limassol, Cyprus.

 

[2018]Canudas de Wit C., Ferrara A. A Variable-Length Cell Transmission Model for Road Traffic Systems. Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, 97: 428-455.

 

[2018]Cucuzzella M, Lazzari R, Trip S, Rosti S, Sandroni C, Ferrara A. Sliding mode voltage control of boost converters in DC microgrids, Control Engineering Practice, 73:161-170.

 

[2017]Cucuzzella M, IncremonaG.P, Ferrara A. Decentralized Sliding Mode Control of Islanded AC Microgrids with Arbitrary Topology. IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, 64(8): 6706-6713.

 

[2017]Incremona G.P, Ferrara A, Magni L. MPC for Robot Manipulators with Integral Sliding Modes Generation. IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, 22(3):1299-1307.

 

[2015]Ferrara A, Simona S, Siri S. Event-triggered model predictive schemes for freeway traffic control.Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, 58(Part C):554–567.

 

[2015]Goggia T, Sorniotti A, De Novellis L, Ferrara A, Gruber P, Theunissen J, Steenbeke D, Knauder B, Zehetner J. Integral Sliding Mode for the Torque-Vectoring Control of Fully Electric Vehicles: Theoretical Design and Experimental Assessment. IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology64(5):1701-1715.

 

[2012]Capisani L, Ferrara A, Trajectory Planning and Second Order Sliding Mode Motion/Interaction Control for Robot Manipulators in Unknown Environments.IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, 59(8):3189 – 3198. 

Awards and prizes

IEEE North Italy Section Electrical Engineering Student Award, 1986

Senior Member of theIEEE, 2003

Outstanding Reviewer for Automatica Award, 2006

Chair of the Women in Control Committee of the IEEE Control Systems Society (2013-2016)

Member of the Board of Governors IEEE Control Systems Society (2012; 2016-2018)

Member of the European Control Association (EUCA) Council (Since 2015)

EPSON EMEA WIN-A-ROBOT Contest Award, 2019

 

Elena Ferrari
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STEM area: Computer science

Competences: computer technology

Keywords: big data, data management systems, iot, privacy, safety, social networks, social web

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Full professor of Computer Science at the University of Insubria in Varese.

Professional career

After graduating in Computer Science at the University of Milan in 1992, she continued her education with a PhD in Computer Science at the same university in 1998. During the summer of 1996 she carried out a period of research as a Visiting Researcher at the Department of Computer Science at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. In the following two years is a visiting researcher at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey. In 1998 he returned to Italy and worked as assistant professor of Computer Science at the University of Milan. Later she became full professor of Computer Science at the University of Insubria in Varese.

Scientific results

Her research activities are linked to various aspects of data management systems, including web security, access control and privacy. Recently she has been involved in several research projects such as "ISocial" which develops advanced systems for the protection of privacy in social networks. She worked on the EU Euphorbia project, which provided for a series of experiments on filtering documents on the Internet according to an impartial approach. The aim was to produce a new, more powerful and flexible information review system, able to adapt to the cultural needs of each user. This system is capable of making a selection based on the semantic content of the information, and adapts to the description of the topics on a given website. She is currently involved in security and privacy issues in the IoT (Internet of Things) and Big Data areas.

Editorial work and publications

She is author of numerous publications, including:

 

(soon to be published) N. Laleh, B. Carminati, E. Ferrari. Risk Assessment in Social Networks based on User Anomalous Behaviour. IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing.

(2015) P. Colombo, E. Ferrari. Privacy aware access control for Big Data: a research roadmap. Big Data Research, 2(4).

 

(2014) Akcora C, Carminati B, Ferrari E, Kantarcioglu M. Detecting Anomalies in Social Network Data Consumption. Social Network Analysis Mining, 4(1):231.

 

(2014) Parra-Arnau J, Perego A, Ferrari E, Fornè J & Rebollo-Monedero D. Privacy-Preserving Enhanced Collaborative Tagging. IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, 26(1):180-193.

 

(2013) Carminati B, Ferrari E, Viviani M. Security and Trust in Online Social Networks, Synthesis Lectures on Information Security, Privacy and Trust. Morgan & Claypool.

(2011) Cao J, Carminati B, Ferrari E, Tan KL. CASTLE: Continuously Anonymizing Data Streams. IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing, 8(3): 337-352.

 

(2010) Bonchi F, Ferrari E. Privacy-Aware Knowledge Discovery: Novel Applications and New Techniques. Chapman & Hall/CRC Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery Series.

 

Articles from international conferences:

 

(2016) Carminati B, Colombo P, Ferrari E & Sagirlar G. Enhancing User Control on Personal Data Usage in Internet of Things Ecosystems. Proceedings of the 13th IEEE International Conference on Services Computing, San Francisco, USA.

 

(2016) Colombo P & Ferrari E. Towards Virtual Private NoSQL Datastores. Proceedings of the32nd IEEE International Conference on Data Engineering, Helsinki, Finlandia.

 

(2014) Bahri L, Carminati B, Ferrari E. Community-based Identity Validation on Online Social Networks. Proceedings of the 34th International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems Madrid, Spagna.

 

Awards and prizes

 

In 2009 Elena Ferrari was awarded for her research in the field of privacy and security by one of the two most important international associations of reference (IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers) with the Technical Achievement Award. In 2011 she obtained the Google Research Award for her work in the field of privacy in social networks, while in 2014 she received the IBM Faculty Award for her investigation on big data privacy. She is IEEE fellow and ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) Distinguished Scientist.

 

Florinda Ferreri
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STEM area: Psychology and neurosciences

Competences: clinical neurophysiology, neurology

Keywords: brain aging, brain plasticity, dementia, neuromodulation, neuroscience

Region: Veneto


Position/Role

Associate Professor of Neurology in the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Padua, Italy.

Professional career

Dr. Florinda Ferreri received honors in Medicine in 2001 and certification in Neurology in 2006 from the University Campus Bio-Medico of Rome-Italy, and PhD in Clinical Neurophysiology in 2012 from the University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio-Finland. In 2006 she was Research Assistant at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. From 2007 to 2016 Dr. Ferreri was Neurologist Consultant with expertise in Neurophysiology, teaching and research duties at the University Hospital Campus Bio-Medico of Rome and in 2016 she was appointed Assistant Professor. As of April 2018, Dr. Ferreri is Associate Professor of Neurology in the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Padua, Italy.

Scientific results

Dr. Florinda Ferreri research activities focus on the study of the physiology of human motor cortex and its pathophysiology in neurodegenerative disorders by using highly innovative neurophysiological techniques and multimodal data collection. In 2008 Dr. Ferreri worked in an international research group that obtained the first direct control of a biomechatronic prosthetic hand via neural interfaces implanted in the peripheral nerves of an amputated patient. In recent years, Dr Ferreri’s commitment has been focused on the technological transfer towards the early diagnosis of neurological diseases and towards rehabilitation procedures with non-invasive electromagnetic stimulations of the brain.

Editorial work and publications

[2016) Ferreri F, Vecchio F, Vollero L, Guerra A, Petrichella S, Ponzo D, Määtta S, Mervaala E, Könönen M, Ursini F, Pasqualetti P, Iannello G, Rossini PM, Di Lazzaro V. Sensorimotor cortex excitability and connectivity in Alzheimer’s disease: A TMS-EEG Co-registration study. Human Brain Mapping, 37[6):2083-96.

[2015) Rossini PM, Burke D, Chen R, Cohen LG, Daskalakis Z, Di Iorio R, Di Lazzaro V, Ferreri F, Fitzgerald PB, George MS, Hallett M, Lefaucheur JP, Langguth B, Matsumoto H, Miniussi C, Nitsche MA, Pascual-Leone A, Paulus W, Rossi S, Rothwell JC, Siebner HR, Ugawa Y, Walsh V, Ziemann U. Non-invasive electrical and magnetic stimulation of the brain, spinal cord, roots and peripheral nerves: Basic principles and procedures for routine clinical and research application.An updated report from an I.F.C.N. Committee. Clinical Neurophysiology Journal,. Feb 10. Review.

[2014) Di Pino G, Pellegrino G, Assenza G, Capone F, Ferreri F, Formica D, Ranieri F, Tombini M, Ziemann U, Rothwell JC, Di Lazzaro V. Modulation of brain plasticity in stroke: a novel model for neurorehabilitation. Nature Reviews Neurology, 10(10):597-608.

[2006) Ferreri F. Curcio G. Patrizio P. De Gennaro L. Fini R. and Rossini PM. Mobile phone emission and human brain excitability. Annals of Neurology, 60(2):188-96.

[2003) Ferreri F, Pauri F, Pasqualetti P, Fini R, Dal Forno G, PM Rossini. Motor cortex excitability in Alzheimer Disease. Annals of Neurology, 53(1):102-8.

 

Debora Fino
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STEM area: Engineering

Competences: biotechnologies, chemical plants, energy, environment

Keywords: biofuels, carbon dioxide conversion, catalysis, chemical reactors, circular economy, pollutants elimination, waste reduction

Region: Piedmont


Position/Role

Professor of Chemical Plants at the Polytechnic of Turin; Waste, Water and Food Manager of the Politecnico di Torino (Green Team).

Professional career

After graduating in Chemical Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Turin, she continued her studies through a PhD program in Chemical Engineering, where she obtained the title at the same University.

She won a workplace as University Researcher in Chemical Engineering, in the scientific sector for Chemical Plants in November 2002, obtaining confirmation. From July 2010 to March 2016 she worked as Associate Professor in the same SSD. In March 2016 she became full professor of Chemical Plants, where she is currently responsible for a research group consisting of 15 young researchers and PhD students at the Department of Applied Science and Technology of the Politechnic University of Turin. She is a member of the College of Chemical and Materials Engineering a the College of Energy, her teaching activity is focused on the courses of Plants for the Chemical and Food Industry and Re-use Processes and Energy Enhancement.

Scientific results

Her scientific interests focus mainly on the catalytic treatment of Diesel emissions (eg: filtration and combustion of particulates, the removal of nanoparticles, reduction and adsorption of NOx, development of catalytic traps), on the catalytic combustion of methane (eg: development of catalytic converters for methane-fueled cars), on catalytic filters for the treatment of fumes (eg.: multi-functional systems for the removal of fly ash, NOx and dioxins from incinerators) where she obtained several industrial loans (General Motors, Officine Metallurgiche Cornaglia, Petronas, Pirelli, ....), she won national and community projects (PRIN, TOP-Expert, ADDnano, FlameSOFC, ...) and she has 2 patents. Among her environmental research projects, the systems of advanced oxidation of pollutants (eg reactors and electrocatalysts for the electrochemical oxidation of biorefractory organic pollutants, such as phenol, antibiotics and other drugs, dyes, ...; remediation of polluted soil and self-cleaning surfaces) are of particular importance. Among the research undertaken in recent years of particular importance are the results obtained regarding the analysis of waste treatment platforms, the life cycle analysis of industrial processes from a circular economy perspective, where also in the agri-food sector has collaborated with industries of reference in the sector (eg Waste Italia, Ferrero, Ago Renewables, ENI, Lavazza, AUSTEP, etc.) also obtaining important structured financing as in the case of the Innovative Agro-Food-ECOFOOD platform project coordinated by Ferrero, Research & Innovation for The Improvement of the Sustainability of the Agro-Food Chain, of which Debora Fino was responsible for all the research actions of her University. She currently coordinates the research of 2 Horizon 2020 projects funded by the European Community CELBICON (Cost-effective CO2 conversion into chemicals via combination of Capture, Electrochemical and Biochemical Conversion technologies) and BIOROBURPLUS (Advanced direct biogas fuel processor for robust and cost-effective decentralized Hydrogen production ).

 

 

Editorial work and publications

She is author of over 200 scientific publications, including:

 

(2018) Malavè A C L, Fino D, Gómez Camacho C E, Ruggeri B.  Experimental tests on commercial Sweet Product Residue (SPR) as a suitable feed for anaerobic bioenergy (H2+ CH4) production, Waste Management, 71: 626-635.

(2017) Massa A, Hernandez Ribullen S P, Lamberti A, Galletti C, Russo N, Fino D. Electro-oxidation of phenol over electrodeposited MnOx nanostructures and the role of a TiO2 nanotubes interlayer. Applied Catalysis. B, Environmental, 203: 270-281.

(2016) Negro V, Mancini G, Ruggeri B, Fino D. Citrus waste as feedstock for bio-based products recovery: Review on limonene case study and energy valorization. Bioresource Technology, 214: 806-815.

(2015) Hussain M, Deorsola F A, Russo N, Fino D, Pirone R. Abatement of CH4 emitted by CNG vehicles using Pd-SBA-15 and Pd-KIT-6 catalysts, Fuel, 149: 2-7.

(2014) Mancini G, Viotti P, Luciano A, Fino D. On the ASR and ASR thermal residues characterization of full scale treatment plant, Waste Management, 34: 448-457.

(2013) Ruggeri B, Luongo Malavè A C, Bernardi M, Fino D. Energy efficacy used to score organic refuse pretreatment process for hydrogen anaerobic production, Waste Management, 33: 2225-2233.

(2012) Bensaid S, Deorsola F A, Fino D, Russo N. After-treatment of household wood-fired stove emissions: from catalyst formulation to full-scale system, Catalysis Today, 197: 76-89.

(2011) Palmisano P, Hernandez S P, Hussain M, Fino D, Russo N. A new concept for a self cleaning household oven, Chemical Engineering Journal, 176-177: 253-259.

(2010) Bensaid S, Russo N; Fino D. Power and Hydrogen Co-generation from Biogas, Energy & Fuels, 24: 4743-4747.

(2009) Rutigliano L, Fino D, Saracco G, Specchia V, Spinelli P, Grizzaffi L. Electrochemical Oxidation process for water condensates recycling in a shuttle orbiter, Journal Of Applied Electrochemistry, 39 (11): 2239-2249.

(2008) Rutigliano L, Fino D, Saracco G, Specchia V, Spinelli P. Electrokinetic remediation of soils contaminated with heavy metals, Journal Of Applied Electrochemistry, 38: 1035-1041.

(2007) Fino D. Diesel Emission Control:Catalytic Filters for Particulate Removal, Science And Technology Of Advanced Materials, 8 (1-2): 93-100.

(2006) Cauda E, Hernandez S, Fino D, Saracco G, Specchia V. PM0.1 Emissions during Diesel Trap Regeneration, Environmental Science And Technology, 40: 5532-5537.

(2005) Fino D, Carlesi J C, Saracco G, Specchia V, Spinelli P. Deactivation and regeneration of Pt anodes for the electro-oxidation of phenol, Journal Of Applied Electrochemistry, 35(4): 405-411.

(2004) Fino D, Russo N, Saracco G, Specchia V.  A multifunctional filter for the simultaneous removal of fly-ash and NOx from incinerator flue gases, Chemical Engineering Science, 59 (22-23): 5329-5336.

(2003) Fino D, Russo N, Saracco G, Specchia V.  The role of suprafacial oxygen in some perovskites for the catalytic combustion of soot, Journal Of Catalysis, 217: 367-375.

(2002) Fino D, Saracco G, Specchia V. Filtration and catalytic abatement of diesel particulate from stationary sources, Chemical Engineering Science, 57(22-23): 4955-4966.

 

Awards and prizes

In November 2004 she was winner of the "ITALGAS AWARD - DEBUT IN THE RESEARCH" (XVII edition) for her doctoral thesis (Catalytic combustion of Diesel particulate matter). In February 2007 her article "Innovative means for the catalytic regeneration of particulate traps for diesel exhaust cleaning", Chem. Eng. Sci., 58 (3-6) (2003) 951-958, was awarded by Elsevier Science Publisher as one of the most cited articles of the journal Chemical Engineering Science during the four-year period 2003 - 2006. In December 2007 she was winner of the "SAPIO JUNIOR AWARD for ITALIAN RESEARCH" (IX Edition) for the results obtained in the research "Secondary nanoparticles from filters for the removal of Diesel particulate matter and in other application contexts". October 2009 - the article "Biogas Purification for MCFCs Applications" was awarded among the top 5 by the Scientific Organizing Committee of "HYSYDAYS 2009 - 3rd World Congress of Young Scientists on Hydrogen Energy Systems". The article was published in the International Journal of Hydrogen Energy.
June 2010 - ITWIIN Award for Italian Association of Women Inventors and Innovators, she also won of the DISTI (Science and Technology Information Innovation Innovation Center based in Bari) special prize, given the effectiveness of the presentation of potential social and economic impacts of scientific projects.
In September 2011, the European Union Women Inventors and Innovators Awards awarded her a special mention in view of the effectiveness in presenting potential social and economic effects of her scientific research by the jury of international experts, Reykjavik (Iceland). In February 2013 the article "M. Hussain, R. Ceccarelli, D.L. Marchisio, D. Fino, N. Russo, F. Geobaldo, Synthesis, Characterization and Photocatalytic Application of Novel TiO2 Nanoparticles "in Chemical Engineering Journal 157, 45-51 of 2010 was awarded as the eighth most cited article of the journal Chemical Engineering Journal in the during the period 10/2009 - 9/2010.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Serena Fonda Umani
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STEM area: Natural and environmental sciences

Competences: marine ecology

Keywords: biodiversity, carbon flows, food chain, marine biology, marine ecosystem, plankton, sea

Region: Friuli-Venezia Giulia


Professional career

Serena FONDA, was born in Trieste on 3.2.1950, she is married with a daughter. She was full Professor of Marine Ecology (University of Trieste) since 2005. Serena Fonda had a B.S. degree in Biology from the University of Trieste in 1973. In 1974 she was granted by a fellowship from the Ministry of Instruction, which lasted until 1981 when she became Researcher. Then in 1992 she became Associate Professor in Ecology at the University of Trieste. She spent several months at the SCRIPPS Institution of Oceanography (University of California, San Diego, USA) in the laboratory of prof. Farooq Azam. She had been visiting scientist at Horn Point Laboratory (University of Maryland, USA) at the College of Fishery (University of Tromso, Norway), at the Department of Zoology of the University of Athens (Greece). She has taken active part in many field researches, also as chief scientist (Mediterranean Sea, Ross Sea (Antarctica), Magellan Straights, Chesapeake Bay). She was the Director of Marine Biology Laboratory (now part of the Department of Oceanography of OGS) from 1992 until 2005. She was the President of the PhD course in Environmental Life Sciences. She acted as supervisor for 40 PhD students and > 200 undergraduate students.

Scientific results

 Her professional interest concerns marine plankton ecology (from virus to mesozooplankton), and more in general marine bio-geo-chemical fluxes. She has been acting as team leader for >20 regional, national and international research projects. PI in the Eurocean net. Member of the editorial board for 4 international scientific journals. Reviewer for >30 scientific journals, several international projects, and ANVUR. External advisor for NIB (Slovenia). One of the promoters of the Italian LTER. President of SItE (Italian Society of Ecology) in 2015 -2016. Member of the administrative board of the “Stazione Zoologica – Anton Dohrn” of Naples.

 

Editorial work and publications

Invited speaker at several international and national meetings. She published >330 scientific papers, >200 in peer-reviewed journals, > 100 ISI for a total of >4600 citations. Her personal H = 36.

Bibliography

1.      ChustG, VillarinoE, ChenuilA, IrigoienX, BizselN, BodeA, BromsC, ClausS, Fernández de Puelles1ML, Fonda-UmaniS, HoarauG, MazzocchiMG, MozetičP, VandepitteL, VeríssimoH, ZervoudakiS, BorjaA (2016) Dispersal similarly shapes both population genetics and community patterns in the marine realm. Scientific Rep. 6 (28730) DOI: 10.1038/srep28730     

2.      ZoccaratoL, CelussiM, PallaviciniA, Fonda UmaniS (2016) Aurelia auritaephyrae reshape a coastal microbial community. Front. Microbiol,7:749 doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2016.00749

3.      Di Poi E, Blason C, Corinaldesi , Danovaro R, Malisana E, Fonda Umani S(2013) Structure and interactions within the pelagic microbial food web (from viruses to microplankton) across environmental gradients in the Mediterranean Sea. Global Biogeoc. Cycles, 27: 1034 – 1045  DOI: 10.1002/2013GB004589

4.      GianiM., DjakovacT., DegobbisD., CozziS., SolidoroC., Fonda UmaniS (2012) Recent changes in the marine ecosystems of the northern Adriatic Sea. Estuar Coast Shelf S, 115: 1 – 13. doi.org/10.1016/j.ecss.2012.08.023

5.      Fonda Umani S, Malfatti F, Del Negro P (2012) Carbon fluxes in the pelagic ecosystem of the Gulf of Trieste (Northern Adriatic Sea). Estuar Coast Shelf S, 115: 170 – 186. doi: 10.1016/j.ecss.2012.04.006empty

Simonetta Gallerini
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STEM area: Chemistry

Competences: industrial chemistry, total quality management

Keywords: business model canvas, Kaizen Monozukuri WG, Lean, risk assessment, Six Sigma, Toyota Way

Region: ABROAD


Position/Role

Quality Assurance in SAGEA Centro di Saggio Srl, International Contract Research Organisation and International Consultant for TQM and Lean Six Sigma projects at COMATCH GmbH Berlin.

Professional career

After the Master Degree in Chemistry (Industrial Chemistry sector) at the University of Florence Industrial Organic Chemistry Dep. (1999) and one fellowship at the ConsorzioC.I.R.M.M.P.Consorzio Interuniversitario per la ricerca sulle Metallo-ProteineUniversity of Florence, she has many working expertise in topics related to the study and improvement of company processes and analytical methods: Pharma at the Eli Lilly Italy Medical Area, Environment at the ARPAT Dep. Waste and Soil Remediation, C.T.A. Srl Environmental Consulting.

From 2000 to 2017 Technical Consultant of the Law Court of Florence.

From 2003 to May 2008, she worked at the ALPHA ECOLOGIA Srl to reach the Accreditation ISO17025 by ACCREDIA, company processes and lab activities continuous improvement.

From 2006 she was a Certified Internal Auditor for the Quality Management System (ISO19011), skills certificated by CSQA. 

From May 2008 to February 2016 she worked in Biochemielab Srl: first as Head Lab Manager, to implement the Quality Management System with process approach, to implement the QA/QC EPA Standard Quality System, continuous improvement of the Accreditation ISO17025 by ACCREDIA, digitization lab activities; afterwards as Lead Quality Assurance Manager working to quality-environment-safety integrated system, ISO9001 and ISO14001 certification, Accreditation ISO17025 by ACCREDIA, continuous improvement of company processes.

Since March 2016, she works in SAGEA Centro di Saggio Srl, an International Contract Research Organisation in Agrifood, as Quality Assurance Manager; dealing with GLP and GEP certification as internal auditor; she has implemented the Quality Management System ISO9001, process approach of Japanese model of Total Quality Management and now she’s working to improve the company processes with the help of Lean Six Sigma methodologies.

Since 2016 she is Italian President of Food sector of AICQ (Associazione Italiana Cultura Qualità) for the Quality diffusion in the Agri-food sector and Italian vice-president of AICQ Calibration and Testing Laboratory Committee for the Quality diffusion in the laboratories.

Since 2019 she is Green Belt Six Sigma and she is an International Consultant for TQM and Lean Six Sigma Projects at the COMATCH GmbH located in Berlin.

Scientific results

Since 2000 expertise in company implementation of Japanese model of Total Quality Management(Toyota Way), continuous improvement Kaizen, company processes analyse and Lean Six Sigma Projects, company organization of MonozukuriWG. 

On 2013 she partecipated as speaker at following Conferences:

  • Quality-Day “Fare qualità oggi nel laboratorio analisi delle acque, Accreditamento delle metodiche test in cuvetta per le analisi delle acque” with title “L’esperienza per la misura del COD”, HACHLANGE-ACCREDIA, Florence
  • Plenaria Congiunta “Idrocarburi in matrici ambientali”, IDRO 2012, with title “ISO 16703:2004 e EPA 8015D 2003 due metodi a confronto per la determinazione del parametro C12-C40”, UNICHIM, Milan
  • “Validazione di un metodo interno per un laboratorio privato”, with title “Metodo interno MP015: determinazione di istamina nel pesce fresco e conservato”, ALA/ACCREDIA/ARPA Marche, Pesaro

 

Since 2016 her AICQ activity allowed to participate at many Conferences with Istituto Superiore di Sanità, ACCREDIA, AICQ-SICEV:

  • 2016-2017 Working Group AICQ/ACCREDIA to revise ISO17025 Standard, Padua 
  • 2017, Speaker and Scientific Responsible “I PRINCIPI DI BUONA PRATICA DI LABORATORIO E LA CERTIFICAZIONE DEI CENTRI DI SAGGIO” in collaboration with Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Bologna
  • 2017, Conference AICQ-ACCREDIA “LA NUOVA NORMA ISO 17025:2017 PER I LABORATORI DI PROVA E DI TARATURA”, Padua
  • 2017 Speaker and Responsible for the Seminar “FSSC22000 v.4.1: REQUISITI E COME SODDISFARLI”, AICQ-CN Milan
  • 2018 creation and validation of the Training Course AICQ-SICEV for Auditor/Lead Auditor Quality Management System (40 hours) AgriFood sector – Bio products, ISO9001, D.Lgs. n.20 23/02/2018
  • 2018, Working Group for the Training Course AICQ-SICEV “Le innovazioni della nuova ISO 19011:2018” (16 hours)
  • Since 2018 she is Member UNI/CT 003 "Agrifood commission” with the right to vote, member UNI/CT003/GL21 "Biostimulants" with the right to vote, member UNI/CT406 “Fertilizers” with the right to vote, member UNI/CT003/GL23 “Food Authenticity” with the right to vote.

Since 2019 she is one of theResponsible of the Training European Project ENVIRECA-ERASMUS+ with partnership of European Commission, AICQ, DU, FLA, HRC, CSM and EXELIA “Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices, Strategic Partnerships for vocational education and training” in the HORECA sector.

Maria Cristina Gambi
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STEM area: Natural and environmental sciences

Competences: marine biology

Keywords: biodiversity, ecology, environmental factors, evolutionary biology, oceans, polychaetes, sea

Region: Campania


Position/Role

Senior investigator at the Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn di Napoli.

Professional career

M.C. Gambi got her Master's degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Siena in 1977 with the maximum score. From 1980 to 1982 she was a member of the Cooperative of Marine Biology, Hydrobiology and Aquaculture, "Coipa" (Rome). In 1983 she started her research activity as a scientist staff member of the Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn in Naples, at the Benthic Ecology Laboratory, located in Villa Dohrn, Ischia. In 1986 he held a year post-doc Fullbright fellowship at the School of Oceanography of the University of Washington (WA, USA) and at the Friday Harbor Laboratories. Since 1992 she is senior researcher (equivalent to Associate Professor) of the Stazione Zoologica. She leaded the Antarctic benthic ecology programme of the Stazione Zoologica from 1990 to 2006, and she and her collaborators participated in twelve Antarctic expeditions and two sub-Antarctic cruises with Italian, German and Spanish organizations and research ships. From 2015 to 2018 she coordinated the Villa Dohrn-Benthic Ecology Center at Ischia. In 2014 she obtained the national scientific habilitation for Ecology (full professor) and Zoology (associate professor).

Scientific results

The research of Maria Cristina Gambi aims to study the diversity and evolutionary biology and ecology of marine benthic invertebrates with special focus on polychaetes (one of the most abundant and diverse groups of benthic assemblages) and their role as bioindicators and in the functioning of coastal benthic habitats. As part of her main results, Maria Cristina Gambi described 16 species of polychaetes new to science and a new and peculiar group of detritivores (debris consumers) in the seagrass Posidonia oceanica system of the Mediterranean and the Thalassia testudinum system in the Caribbean. She identified key species of polychaetes and other invertebrates resistant to various stress factors related to climate change, in particular to ocean acidification, that can be used as models to study acclimatization and adaptation to local conditions of this stressor and other forcing environmental factors. Actually, experimental research on climate change effects on polychaetes and zoobenthic communities are carried out both in the laboratory and in situ, utilizing submerged systems characterized by of emissions of CO2 of volcanic origin from the bottom (gas vents) which cause a natural acidification of the marine water and represent natural laboratories to study future scenario of climate change and ocean acidification. The studies conducted in these systems by M.C. Gambi pionereed the world international research on the effects of ocean acidification in the benthic biota.  

 

Editorial work and publications

From2005 to 2013 Editor, and from 2014 to present Associate Editor of the International Journal Marine Ecology (Wiley-Blackwell). 

She is author of over 270 scientific publications, including some books, and has edited various special issues of Marine Ecology (Wiley-Blackwell); the most recent and relevant publications are listed below: 

(2018) Teixido N, Gambi MC, Parravicini V, Kroeker K, Micheli F, Villeger S, Ballesteros E. Functional biodiversity loss along natural CO2 gradients. Nature Communications, 9(1). DOI.10.1038/s41467-018-07592-1.

(2018) Foo SA, ByrneM, RicevutoE, Gambi MC. The carbon dioxide vents of Ischia, Italy, a natural laboratory to assess impacts of ocean acidification on marine ecosystems: an overview of research and comparisons with other vent systems. Oceanography and Marine Biology: An Annual Review, 56, 237-310

(2017) Vizzini S, Martínez-Crego B, Andolina C, Massa-Gallucci A, Connell SD, Gambi MC. Ocean acidification as a driver of community simplification via the collapse of higher-order and rise of lower-order consumers. Scientific Report 7, 4018.DOI: http://10.0.4.14/s41598-017-03802-w

(2013) Kroeker K, Micheli F, Gambi MC. Ocean acidification causes ecosystem shifts via altered competitive interactions. Nature Climate Change, 3, 156-159. 
(2013) Kroeker KJ, Gambi MC, Micheli F. Altered recovery dynamics result in homogenous assemblages in an acidified ocean. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA (PNAS), 110 (31): 12721-12726. 
(2011) Kroeker KJ, Micheli F, Gambi MC, Martz TR. Divergent ecosystem responses within a benthic marine community to ocean acidification. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA (PNAS), 108 (35), 14515-14520. 

Awards and prizes

She is member of the Italian Society of Marine Biology (S.I.B.M.) since 1977, where she participated in the Steering Committee of the Society from 2009 to 2012 and was for various times coordinator of the Benthos Committee. She also member of the Italian Zoological Association (U.Z.I.), and the Italian Association of Oceanology and Limnology (A.I.O.L.). She has been also a member of the GOSSOE group (Group of Specialists of Southern Ocean Ecology) of the S.C.A.R.-S.C.O.R.

From 1992 to 2001 she was the national representative of the Steering Committee of the International Polychaete Association (I.P.A.) (1992-2001) and from 2001 to 2004 she has been its President.

Sara Gandini
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STEM area: Clinical sciences and nutrition science

Competences: biostatistics, epidemiology

Keywords: colon cancer, melanoma, meta analysis, vitamin d

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Deputy Director of the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics of the IEO (European Institute of Oncology) in Milan

Professional career

She graduated in Statistics at the University of Bologna in 1993, continuing her education through a specialization in Biometrics in 1995 at the University of Reading (UK). In 1996 she joined the IEO of Milan, when the Institute had just 2 years of activity behind it; there she constantly carried out research activities. In 2004 she obtained a PhD in Epidemiology at the University of Birmingham (Public Health). Since 2009 she has been Deputy Director of the Biostatistics and Epidemiology Division of the IEO in Milan and in 2014 she became a Statistic consultant for the Multimedica Ethics Committee in Milan.

 

Scientific results

Sara Gandini, within the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics of the IEO, provides constant advice in a wide range of sectors, including statistical analysis of experiments and clinical studies, protocol development, interpretation and discussion of results. She collaborates with researchers around the world and has conducted extensive research on cancer epidemiology, including systematic literature reviews and meta-analysis, with the aim of better understanding the aetiology of cancer. In recent years her main interest has focused on the study of melanoma and the related risk factors that led to changing the classification of the International Agency for Cancer Research in Lyon, defining exposure to the full spectrum of ultraviolet as carcinogenic. Sara Gandini has thus come to analyze the role of vitamin D within the complex system of the human body, discovering a consistent association between low presence of vitamin D and propensity to the development of colon cancer. One of the most important results is certainly the meta-analysis study which demonstrates the lowering of the mortality rate due to each cause thanks to vitamin D. She is the scientific Principal Investigator of two randomized studies that she designed and promoted to evaluate the effect of vitamin D on the prognosis of patients with melanoma and colon cancer. In general, she believes in independent research and in her career she has dealt not only with primary prevention and the study of biomarkers, including Drug repositioning, with the re-use in oncology of the active ingredient of commercial drugs (Vitamin D, Metformin, Beta-blockers ...), on which there are no economic interests and investments by pharmaceutical companies.

Editorial work and publications

Sara Gandini is the author of numerous articles in national and international journals, including:

 

(2016) Le CP, Nowell CJ, Kim-Fuchs C, Botteri E, Hiller JG, Ismail H, Pimentel MA, Chai MG, Karnezis T, Rotmensz N, Renne G, Gandini S, et al. Chronic stress in mice remodels lymph vasculature to promote tumour cell dissemination. Nature Communications, 7:10634.

(2014) Gandini S, Puntoni M, Heckman-Stoddard BM, Dunn BK, Ford L, DeCensi A, Szabo E. Metformin and cancer risk and mortality: a systematic review and meta-analysis taking into account biases and confounders. Cancer Prevention Research (Philadelphia), 7(9):867-85.

(2012) Boniol M, Autier P, Boyle P, Gandini S. Cutaneous melanoma attributable to sunbed use: systematic review and meta-analysis. British Medical Journal, 345:e4757.

(2012) Zittermann A, Iodice S, Pilz S, Grant WB, Bagnardi V, Gandini S. Vitamin D deficiency and mortality risk in the general population: a meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies.

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 95(1):91-100.

(2011) Gandini S, Boniol M, Haukka J, et al. Meta-analysis of observational studies of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels and colorectal, breast and prostate cancer and colorectal adenoma. International Journal of Cancer, 128(6):1414-24.

(2010) DeCensi A, Puntoni M, Goodwin P, Cazzaniga M, Gennari A, Bonanni B, Gandini S. Metformin and Cancer Risk in Diabetic Patients: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Cancer Prevention Research (Philadelphia), 3(11):1451-61.

(2007) Autier P, Gandini S. Vitamin D suppl. and total mortality - A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Archives of Internal Medicine, 167(16):1730-7.

(2005) Gandini S, et al. Meta-analysis of risk factors for cutaneous melanoma: II. Sun exposure. European Journal of Cancer, 41(1):45-60.

(2005) Gandini S, et al. Meta-analysis of risk factors for cutaneous melanoma: I. Common and atypical naevi. European Journal of Cancer, 41(1):28-44.

(2005) Gandini S, et al. Meta-analysis of risk factors for cutaneous melanoma: III. Family history, actinic damage and phenotypic factors. European Journal of Cancer, 41(14):2040-59.

 

Awards and prizes

In 2008 she won the Bruno Martinetto award for research on cancer prevention. In 2014 she was unanimously elected President of the independent scientific society EuroSkin that deals with primary prevention.

Cecilia Garlanda
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STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: immunology

Keywords: cancer cure, immunology, immunopathology, infections, inflammation, preclinical studies

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Head of the Experimental Immunopathology Laboratory of the Humanitas Clinical Institute in Milan

 

Professional career

After graduating in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Milan in 1990, she specialized in immunopathology working in Italian and foreign laboratories, such as the Immunology Laboratory of the "Mario Negri" Institute of Pharmacological Research from 1990 to 2005, and the Department of Molecular Biology of the Grenoble Nuclear Studies Center for the two-year period 1994-1995. She is currently in charge of the Laboratory of Experimental Immunopathology at the Humanitas Clinical Institute. Her interests concern the cells of the immune system and the characterization of their biological activity, innate immunity to pathogens and regulation of inflammatory processes.

 

Scientific results

The research group in charge of Cecilia Garlanda is focused on the study of the PTX3 molecule, the innate immunity molecule involved in resistance to fungal, bacterial and viral infections, and in the regulation of inflammation. Recently the group pointed out that PTX3 creates an environment hostile to tumor growth, regulating the inflammation that is generated in the tumor microenvironment. Cecilia Garlanda also engages in pre-clinical studies and in studies aimed at the possibility of transferring the information obtained to clinical activity.

 

Editorial work and publications

Author of over 165 scientific publications, including:

 

(2015) Doni A, Musso T, Morone D, Bastone A, Zambelli V, Sironi M, Castagnoli C, Cambieri I, Stravalaci M, Pasqualini F, Laface I, Valentino S, Tartari S, Ponzetta A, Maina V, Barbieri SS, Tremoli E, Catapano AL, Norata GD, Bottazzi B, Garlanda C, Mantovani A. An acidic microenvironment sets the humoral pattern recognition molecule PTX3 in a tissue repair mode. J Exp Med, 1;212(6):905-25.

(2015) Bonavita E, Gentile S, Rubino M, Maina V, Papait R, Kunderfranco P, Greco C, Feruglio F, Molgora M, Laface I, Tartari S, Doni A, Pasqualini F, Barbati E, Basso G, Galdiero MR, Nebuloni M, Roncalli M, Colombo P, Laghi L, Lambris JD, Jaillon S, Garlanda C, Mantovani A. PTX3 is an extrinsic oncosuppressor regulating complement-dependent inflammation in cancer. Cell, 12;160(4):700-14.

(2014) Jaillon S, Moalli F,  Ragnarsdottir B, Bonavita E, Riva F,  Barbati E, Nebuloni M, Cvetko Krajinovic L, Markotic A, Valentino S,  Doni A, Tartari S, Graziani G, Montanelli A, Delneste Y, Svanborg C, Garlanda C,  Mantovani A. The humoral pattern recognition molecule PTX3 is a key component of innate immunity against urinary tract infection. Immunity, 17;40(4):621-32.

(2013) Garlanda C, Dinarello CA, Mantovani A, The interleukin-1 family: back to the future. Immunity, 12;39(6):1003-18.

(2010) Moalli F, Doni A, Deban L, Zelante T, Zagarella S, Bottazzi B, Romani L, Mantovani A, and Garlanda C. Role of complement and Fcg receptors in the protective activity of the long pentraxin PTX3 against Aspergillus fumigatus. Blood, 9;116(24):5170-80.

(2007) Garlanda C, Riva F, Veliz T, Polentarutti N, Pasqualini F, Radaelli E, Sironi M, Nebuloni M, Zorini EO, Scanziani E, Mantovani A. Increased susceptibility to colitis-associated cancer of mice lacking TIR8, an inhibitory member of the interleukin-1 receptor family. Cancer Research, 1;67(13):6017-21.

(2005) Garlanda C, Bottazzi B, Bastone A, Mantovani A. Pentraxins at the crossroads between innate immunity, inflammation, matrix deposition, and female fertility. Annual Review of Immunology, 23: 337-366.

(2004) Garlanda C, Riva F, Polentarutti N, Buracchi C, Sironi M, De Bortoli M, Muzio M, Bergottini R, Scanziani E, Vecchi A, Hirsch A, Mantovani A. Intestinal inflammation in mice deficient in Tir8, an inhibitory member of the IL-1 receptor family. Proceedings of the National Academy of the Sciences of the United States of America, 101: 3522-3526.

(2002) Garlanda C, Hirsch E, Bozza S, Salustri A, De Acetis M, Nota R, Maccagno A, Riva F, Bottazzi B, Peri G, Doni A, Vago L, Botto M, De Santis R, Carminati P, Siracusa G, Altruda F, Vecchi A, Romani L, Mantovani A. Non-redundant role of the long pentraxin PTX3 in anti-fungal innate immune response. Nature, 420: 182-186.

(2000) Hirsch E, Katanaev V L, Garlanda C, Azzolino O, Pirola L, Silengo L, Sozzani S, Mantovani A, Altruda F, Wymann MP. Central role for G protein-coupled phosphoinositide 3-kinase gamma in inflammation. Science, 287: 1049-1053.

 

Amalia Gastaldelli
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STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: biomedical engineering, physiopathology, translational medicine

Keywords: diabetes, liver, metabolic diseases, metabolism, obesity, pollutant endocrine disruptors, preventive medicine

Region: Tuscany


Position/Role

She is director of the Cardiometabolic Risk Laboratory and Coordinator of human metabolic research at the Clinical Physiology Institute of the CNR of Pisa, she is also Adjunct associate professor at the Division of Diabetes, University of Texas Health at San Antonio, USA.

Professional career

After graduating in 1990 in Electronic Engineering with a specialization in Bioengineering at the University of Padua, she continued her education with a PhD in Bioengineering at the Polytechnic University of Milan and a PhD in Preventive Medicine and Community Health, specialized in Human Physiology , at the University of Texas Medical Branch of Galveston, where she was a fellow from 1991 to 1995. In that period her research focused on the physiological mechanisms that regulate the metabolism of sugars, lipids and proteins using innovative techniques based on the infusion of tracers marked with stable isotopes measured in mass spectrometry, and on their kinetics’ analysis by mathematical models. In 1995 she returned to Italy to found the Stable Isotope Laboratory at the Institute of Clinical Physiology of the CNR, in the Unit of Metabolism and Nutrition of Pisa. From 2008 to 2009 she was Director of the Mass Spectrometry Laboratory of the G. Monasterio Foundation of Pisa and then in 2009 she returned as a researcher to the CNR Clinical Physiology Institute of Pisa to the CNR, where she founded the Cardiometabolic Risk Laboratory and coordinated research metabolic in humans. In addition to research, she has also been involved in the academic career since 2011: she was first Assistant, then Associate Professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center, Diabetes Division, in San Antonio; from 2006 to 2011 she was a contract professor at the Faculty of Engineering (a degree course in Biomedical Engineering) of the University of Pisa.
Since 2010 she has been a member of the board of directors of the American College of Nutrition (ACN) and she has been directing its European Chapter. In 2012 she founded the study group on non-alcoholic hepatic steatosis (NAFLD) of the European Society for the Study of Diabetes (EASD), and since then she has been leading it.

 

Scientific results

Amalia Gastaldelli is a PhD specialized in human physiology, an expert in the study of human metabolism, cardio-metabolic risk and glucose and lipid metabolism pathologies, such as insulin resistance, non-insulin-dependent diabetes and non-alcoholic hepatic steatosis. Her multidisciplinary training allowed her to carry out translational research to study human metabolism. Using tracers marked with stable isotopes and mathematical models she showed that the liver is central to proper metabolic functioning. She was among the first to show how fasting hyperglycemia in diabetic patients is mainly due to excessive hepatic glucose production by gluconeogenesis and how patients with fatty liver (NAFLD) have an altered metabolism not only in the liver, but also in the muscle and adipose tissue. She holds several European grants that study the physiopathological mechanisms of NAFLD. At the same time she was a co-investigator in many clinical trials that studied the mechanism of action of antidiabetic drugs such as: PPAR + receptor agonists (TZD), able to increase insulin sensitivity in various organs and to decrease liver fat; the agonists of the GLP-1 hormone produced by the intestine which act as incretins stimulating the production of insulin; and DPP4 enzyme inhibitors responsible for its degradation. A new line of research investigates the impact of pollutants that act as endocrine disruptors on the health of adults and children.

Editorial work and publications

Amalia Gastaldelli is an Associate Editor and a member of the Commitee for the publication of the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, she is on the Editorial Board of the World Journal of Hepatology and World Journal of Diabetes, and is a reviewer for over twenty international peer review journals. She is the author of over 200 scientific articles and book chapters including:

 

(2016) Gastaldelli A, Gaggini M, Daniele G, Ciociaro D, Cersosimo E, Tripathy D, Triplitt C, Fox P, Musi N, DeFronzo R, Iozzo P. Exenatide improves both hepatic and adipose tissue insulin resistance: A dynamic positron emission tomography study. Hepatology, 64(6), 2028-2037.

 

(2016) EASL, Marchesini G, Day CP, Dufour JF, Canbay A, Nobili V, Ratziu V, Tilg H, EASD, Roden M, Gastaldelli A, Yki-Järvinen H, Schick F, EASO, Vettor R, Frühbeck G, Mathus-Vliegen L. EASL-EASD-EASO Clinical Practice Guidelines for the management of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Journal of Hepatology, 64(6), 1388-1402.

 

(2014) Salehi M, Gastaldelli A, D'Alessio DA. Blockade of glucagon-like peptide 1 receptor corrects postprandial hypoglycemia after gastric bypass. Gastroenterology, 146(3), 669-680 e662.

 

(2013) DeFronzo RA, Tripathy D, Schwenke DC, Banerji M, Bray GA, Buchanan TA, Clement SC, Henry RR, Kitabchi AE, Mudaliar S, Ratner RE, Stentz FB, Musi N, Reaven PD, Gastaldelli A, Study AN. Prediction of diabetes based on baseline metabolic characteristics in individuals at high risk. Diabetes Care 36(11):3607-3612.

(2012) Bradley D, Conte C, Mittendorfer B, Eagon JC, Varela JE, Fabbrini E, Gastaldelli A, Chambers KT, Su X, Okunade A, Patterson BW, Klein S. Gastric bypass and banding equally improve insulin sensitivity and beta cell function. Journal of Clinical Investigation, 122(12), 4667-4674.

 

(2009) Gastaldelli A, Kozakova M, Hojlund K, Flyvbjerg A, Favuzzi A, Mitrakou A, Balkau B, Risc Investigators. Fatty liver is associated with insulin resistance, risk of coronary heart disease, and early atherosclerosis in a large European population. Hepatology, 49(5), 1537-1544.

 

(2007) Gastaldelli A, Cusi K, Pettiti M, Hardies J, Miyazaki Y, Berria R, Buzzigoli E, Sironi AM, Cersosimo E, Ferrannini E, DeFronzo RA. Relationship between hepatic/visceral fat and hepatic insulin resistance in nondiabetic and type 2 diabetic subjects. Gastroenterology, 133(2), 496-506.

 

(2006) Belfort R, Harrison SA, Brown K, Darland C, Finch J, Hardies J, Balas B, Gastaldelli A, Tio F, Pulcini J, Berria R, Ma JZ, Dwivedi S, Havranek R, Fincke C, DeFronzo R, Bannayan GA, Schenker S, Cusi K. A placebo-controlled trial of pioglitazone in subjects with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis. The New England Journal of Medicine, 355(22), 2297-2307.

 

(2004) Gastaldelli A, Ferrannini E, Miyazaki Y, Matsuda M, DeFronzo RA, San Antonio Metabolism study. Beta-cell dysfunction and glucose intolerance: results from the San Antonio metabolism (SAM) study. Diabetologia, 47(1), 31-39.  

(2000) Gastaldelli A, Baldi S, Pettiti M, Toschi E, Camastra S, Natali A, Landau BR, Ferrannini E. Influence of obesity and type 2 diabetes on gluconeogenesis and glucose output in humans: a quantitative study. Diabetes, 49(8), 1367-1373.

 

Awards and prizes

During her university career, Amalia Gastaldelli received numerous awards, including over 80 readings by invitation in national and international congresses. In 1998, she was awarded the Glaxo Wellcome / EASD Burden of Diabetes prize for the study of gluconeogenesis and in 2016 she joined the Top Italian Scientist for Biomedical Sciences. She participated in many scientific commissions for the organization of national and international congresses and for the selection of international research projects (grant), and is a member of several international scientific societies.
She is also the scientific director of the European Chapter of the American College of Nutrition (ACN), a professional organization created to promote scientific research in the field of nutritional sciences; she is president of the European study group for non-alcoholic hepatic steatosis NAFLD-EASD and member of the Steering Committee of the EGIR group (European Group for the Study of Insulin Resistance).

 

Simonetta Gentile
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STEM area: Physics

Competences: experimental physics

Keywords: atlas project, CERN, higgs boson, neutrinos, nucleons, particle physics

Region: Lazio


Position/Role

Full Professor of Experimental Physics at the La SapienzaUniversity of Rome

Professional career

After obtaining a degree in Physics at the University La Sapienza of Rome in 1974, she received a training grant at the same University from 1975 to 1981. In 1978 she graduated from the School of Specialization in Physics (Nuclear Physics)(corresponding to a nowadays PhD). From 1980 to 1982 she was a two-year research  fellow at the Division of Experimental Physics of CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research). In 1981 she worked as researcher at the La SapienzaUniversity of Rome until 1988 when she became an associate professor at the University of Calabria. In 1992  and 1993 and in1999 and 2000 she returned to CERN as Visiting Scientist. In 1992 she moved as associate professor at University La Sapienza. Since 2011 she is  Full Professor of Experimental Physics at La Sapienza in Rome.

Scientific results

The research sector, in which Simonetta Gentile is dedicated, concerns the Experimental Physics of Elementary Particles. Her lines of investigation follow the Standard Model (the theory that describes three of the four known fundamental forces: the strong, electromagnetic and weak interactions, and all the elementary particles connected to them) or the Neutrino Physics, the structure functions of the nucleons, the properties of the intermediate bosons Z and W and the search for the Higgs bosons. It is currently part of the ATLAS project (A Toroidal LHC ApparatuS), one of six particle detectors built for the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the particle accelerator at CERN, in Switzerland. Simonetta Gentile is also involved in research and development for particle detectors for future accelerators. During her career, she participates in experiments aimed at identifying triggers and detectors of mu-mesons (muons, sort of heavy electrons). She collaborated with the Fermi Laboratory of Batavia (Chicago) in the search for particles with charm and with NASA working  at AMS, the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, a detector used in particle physics installed since 19 May 2011 on the International Space Station. It is designed for the research of new types of particles (antimatter, dark matter, strange matter) through the high-precision measurement of the composition of cosmic rays. Its measures will help scientists understand the laws behind the formation of the universe.

Editorial work and publications

Publishing activities and publications she is the author of numerous international publications, including:

 

(2018) Gentile S. , ATLAS [ATLAS Collaboration, Authors: 2856], Observation of Higgs boson production in association with a top quark pair at the LHC with the ATLAS detector, Phys. Lett. B 784 (2018) 173.

(2018) Gentile S. , ATLAS [ATLAS Collaboration, Authors: 2856],  Evidence for the associated production of the Higgs boson and a top quark pair with the ATLAS detector,Phys.Rev. D97 (2018) no.7, 072003.

(2017) Gentile S. , ATLAS Search for the dimuon decay of the Higgs boson in pp collisions at √s = 13 TeV with the ATLAS detectorPhys. Rev. Lett. 119 (2017) 051802

(2016) Gentile S.,ATLAS & CMS Collaboration, Measurements of the Higgs boson production and decay rates and constraints on its couplings from a combined ATLAS and CMS analysis of the LHCppcollision data ats=7 and 8 TeV, JHEP 08 (2016) 045

(2015) Gentile S.,ATLAS Search for the associated production of the Higgs boson with a top quark pair in multilepton final states with the ATLAS detector, Physics Letters B 749 (2015) 519-541

(2013) Corcella G, Gentile S. Heavy Neutral Gauge Bosons at LHC in an Extended MSSM.Nuclear Physics B, 866:293-366.
(2012) Gentile S. Z 'production at LHC in an extended MSSM.Proceedings of Science, 36th International Conference on High Energy Physics, Melbourne, Australia.
(2012) Gentile S. Phenomenology of new heavy neutral gauge bosons in an extended MSSM. Nuovo Cimento C, 035:349-360.
(2012) Aad et al. [ATLAS Collaboration, Authors: 2932]. Observation of a new particle in the search for the Standard Model Higgs boson with the ATLAS detector at the LHC"G. Physics Letters B 716, 1.
(2010) Gentile S. Systematics in charged Higgs search in ATLAS. Proceedings of Science, Third International Workshop on Prospects for charged Higgs Discovery at colliders-CHARGED2010, Uppsala, Sweden.
(2009) Gentile S. ATLAS search for MSSM Higgs bosons decaying into SUSY cascades. ATLAS Collaboration, ATL-PHYS-PUB-2009-079.
(2009) Gentile S. The ATLAS discovery potential for MSSM neutral Higgs bosons decaying into muon, tau. supersymmetric particle pairs. Balkan Physics Letters 16:109-113. Proceedings International Conference on Particle Physics in Memoriam Ergin Arik and Her collegues, Istanbul,Turkey.
(2008) Gentile S. ATLAS MSSM Higgs search in SUSY cascade. Proceedings of Science, Prospects for Charged Higgs Discovery at Collider, Uppsala, Sweden.
(2008) Fidecaro M, Gentile S. Il tassello mancante - la particella di Higgs. Giornale di Fisica, 49(2).
(2008) Gentile S. Detect MSSM neutral Higgs bosons at LHC. Proceedings Les Rencontres de physique de La Valle d'Aoste, La Thuile, 497-518.
(2007) Gentile S, Bilokon H, Chiarella V, Nicoletti G. The ATLAS discovery potential for MSSM neutral Higgs bosons decaying to a mu+mu- pair in the mass range up to 130 GeV. The European Physical Journal C, 229-245.

 

Raffaella Giavazzi
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STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: oncological biology, pharmacology, translational research

Keywords: angiogenesis, anticancer drugs, cancer, ovarian cancer, tumor metastases

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Research Coordinator, Mario Negri Institute, Milan

Professional career

She obtained a Biological Sciences degree at the University of Milan, Italy, and then the qualification to practice as a biologist. She continued her studies with a PhD in Biology and Pharmacology at the Post-graduate School of Professional Education at the Mario Negri Institute and achieved her residency in Pharmacology at the University of Milan.

She spent several years abroad, in the US, where she worked as a post-doc Fellow in the Cancer Metastasis and Treatment Laboratory, NCI-FCRDC, Frederick (MD) and as Assistant Professor at the Dept. of Cell Biology of M.D. Anderson Hospital and Tumour Institute, University of Texas in Houston.

She is Head of the Laboratory of Cancer Metastasis Therapeutics at the Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research since 1986, and starting from October 2018 she is the Research Coordinator of the Mario Negri Institute in Milan.

She was President of the Italian Cancer Society (2005-2007), in the board of the European Association for Cancer Research (2008-2012) and in the Board of Directors at the University of Trento (2012-2018).

Scientific results

Raffaella Giavazzi’s research interests are in the field of tumor biology and pharmacology with a specific interest in the metastatic process and tumor angiogenesis. She is involved in the pre-clinical and clinical development of new therapeutics against cancer, with particular involvement in ovarian and pancreatic cancer.

Editorial work and publications

Raffaella Giavazzi has published approximately 200 articles in the field of Cancer Research, including:
(2018) Resovi A, Bani MR, Porcu L, Anastasia A, Minoli L, Allavena P, Cappello P, Novelli F, Scarpa A, Morandi E, Falanga A, Torri V, Taraboletti G, Belotti D, Giavazzi R. Soluble stroma-related biomarkers of pancreatic cancer.Embo Molecular Medicine, 10(8), pii: e8741, doi: 10.15252/emmm.201708741.

 (2016) Cesca M, Morosi L, Berndt A, Fuso Nerini I, Frapolli R, Richter P, Decio A, Dirsch O, Micotti E, Giordano S, D’Incalci M, Davoli E, Zucchetti M, Giavazzi R. Bevacizumab-induced inhibition of angiogenesis promotes a more homogeneous intratumoral distribution of paclitaxel, improving the antitumor response. Molecular Cancer Therapeutics,15(1):125-35.
(2014) Ricci R, Bizzaro F, Cesca M, Guffanti F, Ganzinelli M, Decio A, Ghilardi C, Perego P, Fruscio R, Buda A, Milani R, Ostano P, Chiorino G, Bani MR, Damia G, Giavazzi R. A platform of patient-derived tumor xenografts (EOC-xenografts) to recapitulate the clinicopathology and genetic alterations of ovarian cancer. Cancer Research, 74(23):6980-90.
(2013) Rovida A, Castiglioni V, Decio A, Scarlato V, Scanziani E, Giavazzi R, Cesca M. Chemotherapy counteracts metastatic dissemination induced by antiangiogenic treatment in mice.Molecular Cancer Therapeutics, 12(10):2237-47.
(2012) Moschetta M, Pretto F, Berndt A, Galler K, Richter P, Bassi A, Oliva P, Micotti E, Valbusa G, Schwager K, Kaspar M, Trachsel E, Kosmehl H, Bani MR, Neri D, Giavazzi R. Paclitaxel enhances the therapeutic efficacy of the F8-IL2 immunocytokine to EDA-fibronectin positive metastatic human melanoma xenografts. Cancer Research, 72(7):1814-24.

Awards and prizes

Researcher Career Award “Lega Italiana per la lotta contro i tumori” (2003); “Giorgio Prodi” Lecturship, Italian Cancer Society (2012); Top Italian Women Scientists 2016; Researcher Career Award “5th Simon Karpatkin Memorial Lecture” (2018).

Maria Rita Gismondo
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STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: microbiology

Keywords: anthrax, bioemergencies, bioterrorism, ebola, infections, microbiology, migrants, pandemics, virology

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Associate Professor of Clinical Microbiology, Medical School, University of Milan, Italy and Director of the Depart. of Clinical Microbiology, Virology and Bioemergency. Expert of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International  Cooperation – BWC/ISU partner coordination and engagement strategy

 

Professional career

Degree in Biology, University of Catania (Italy) Degree in Medicine and Surgery, University of Catania 

(Italy) 

Specialization in Microbiology and Virology

Intern and Junior Resident in Clinical Microbiology, London   Hospital, London, UK

Intern and Junior Resident in Oral Microbiology, London   Hospital Medical School for Dentistry

Intern in Microbiology, Tennessee University, USA

Associate Professor of Clinical Microbiology University of Catania  

Associate Professor of Clinical Microbiology University of Milan

Expert of Bioemergency at Geneve UN - BWC Implementation

 

Editorial work and publications

 270 Publications in Peer-Reviewed Journals

Awards and prizes

Angelo dell'anno

Ambrogino d'Oro - Comune di Milano

 

Monica Gori
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STEM area: Psychology and neurosciences

Competences: experimental psychology

Keywords: bracelet, learning, low vision, motor system, perception, rihabilitation, sensory system, visual disabilities, visually impaired children, visual perception

Region: Liguria


Position/Role

Tenure Track Researcher U-Vip Unit dell'Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (ITT) di Genova, coordinator of the european projects ABBI and WeDraw

Professional career

Monica Gori graduated in Psychology at the University of Florence in 2004 (cum laude). From 2002 to 2006 she worked at the within the VisionLab of the CNR of Pisa in David Burr’s Laboratory. In 2008 she worked in Martin Banks lab (Berkeley, California). She did her PhD in January 2009 at University of Genoa on Humanoid Technologies supervised by David Burr and Giulio Sandini. Currently Monica Gori is Tenure Track Researcher, leading the Unit for people with visual disabilities (U-Vip Unit) at the Italian Institute of Technology of Genoa.

Scientific results

Monica Gori is expert of development, multisensory integration, sensorial-motor perception and visual disability. Through her research, she studies how the sensory and multi-sensorial perception skills interact during development in children with and without disabilities. The aim of her study is to exploit this knowledge to better understand brain functions, create new rehabilitation programs and to develop new technological solutions to improve the perceptual, motor and social skills of children with sensory disabilities. From 2014 to 2017 she coordinated the European ABBI project (www.abbi.eu), whose aim is precisely the development of a new technology based on sensory-motor rehabilitation for blind and low vision children. The project involves the study and creation of a wearable sound device, similar to a bracelet, also useful for creating sound networks to be placed in environments where the blind are living, thus allowing the hearing, and not the sight, to create a spatial map in which the person can move. From 2017 to 2018 she coordinated the weDRAW European project (www.wedraw.eu) in which she proposed to develop a multisensory approach and technology for learning mathematical skills at the elementary school. weDRAW involved children and teachers in Italy, UK and Ireland. WeDraw is highly interdisciplinary,  involving engineers, psychologists, pedagogics, and industrial links. The project exploits knowledge of multisensory integration in the teaching activity of elementary schools.

Editorial work and publications

Monica Gori is the author of book chapters and numerous scientific articles in international journals, including:

 

(2018) Gori, Amadeo, Campus Temporal cues influence space estimations in visually impaired individuals. iScience, vol. 6, pp. 319-326
(2018)Campus, Sandini, Concetta Morrone, & Gori. Spatial localization of sound elicits early responses from occipital visual cortex in humans. Scientific Report
(2017) Gori, Cappagli, Tonelli, Baud-Bovy, Finocchietti. Devices for visually impaired people: high technological devices with low user acceptance and no adaptability for children Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews
(2017) Gori, Cappagli, Baud-Bovy, & Finocchietti. Shape Perception and Navigation in Blind Adults.Frontiers  in Psychology
(2017)Cappagli, Cocchi, & Gori. Auditory and proprioceptive spatial impairments in blind children and adults. Developmental Science, 2017
(2016)  Cuturi, Aggius-Vella, Campus, Parmiggiani, and Gori. From science to technology: orientation and mobility in blind children and adults. Neurosci and Biobe. Reviews 2016,impact factor 10.5 citations 2 (2016) Cappagli G, Gori M. Auditory spatial localization: Developmental delay in children with visual impairments. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 53-54:391-8.
(2016) Tonelli A, Brayda L, Gori M. Depth echolocation learnt by novice sighted people. PLoS ONE, 11(6):e0156654.
(2016) Vercillo T, Burr D, Gori M. Early visual deprivation severely compromises the auditory sense of space in congenitally blind children. Developmental Psychology, 52(6):847-53.
(2015) Finocchietti S, Cappagli G, Porquis LB, [...], Cocchi E, Gori M. Evaluation of the Audio Bracelet for Blind Interaction for improving mobility and spatial cognition in early blind children - A pilot study. Proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS.
(2015) Magnusson C, Rydeman B, Finocchietti S, [...], Baud-Bovy G, Gori M. Co-located games created by children with visual impairments. MobileHCI 2015, Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services Adjunct.
(2015) Tinelli F, Anobile G, Gori M, [...], Cioni G, Concetta Morrone M. Time, number and attention in very low birth weight children. Neuropsychologia, 73:60-9.
(2015) Vercillo T, Gori M. Attention to sound improves auditory reliability in audio-tactile spatial optimal integration. Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience, 9:34.
(2015) Gori M. Multisensory integration and calibration in children and adults with and without sensory and motor disabilities. Multisensory Research, 28(1-2):71-99.
(2015) Gori M, Hanganu-Opatz IL. Introduction to the special issue on multisensory development and plasticity. Multisensory Research, 28, 1-2, 31-32.
(2015) Vercillo T, Burr D, Sandini G, Gori M. Children do not recalibrate motor-sensory temporal order after exposure to delayed sensory feedback. Developmental Science, 18(5):703-712.

Awards and prizes

(2008) F1000 with the article "Gori et al. 2008; Young children do not integrate visual and haptic form information. Curr Biol, 18(9)"
(2012) TR35 Giovani Innovatori
(2015) Smart Cup Liguria October 2015 Cup for new technological solutions and start-up

 

Maria Luisa Gorno Tempini
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STEM area: Psychology and neurosciences

Competences: behavioural neurology

Keywords: Alzheimer, aphasia, dyslexia, language, learning disabilities, neuro degenerative diseases, neuroscience, reading, syntax

Region: ABROAD


Position/Role

Professor of neurology and psychiatry at University of California, San Francisco with a specialty in behavioral neurology and a PhD in neuroscience

Professional career

She specializes in understanding the neural basis of higher cognitive function with a specific interest in speech and language across the lifespan. She directs the Language Neurobiology Laboratory of the UCSF Memory and Aging Center. Dr. Gorno Tempini also co-founded the UCSF Dyslexia Center in 2015 and is a co-director of the center.

Scientific results

At the Dyslexia Center, she leads a large multidisciplinary team of clinicians and scientists with expertise in behavioral neurology, cognitive neuroscience, speech-language pathology and advanced neuroimaging techniques. Her work in neurodevelopmental disorders aims at discovering the distinct clinical and biological phenotypes of dyslexia and the best approach to diagnose and remediate them.

Editorial work and publications

Dr. Gorno Tempini has authored over 170 peer-reviewed papers on the neurobiology of language disorders in scientific journals and has been invited to speak at conferences across the globe, including the American Academy of Neurology and the Italian Senate.

Awards and prizes

She is the current recipient of multiple National Institute of Health projects grants and has received a prestigious career award for mentoring scientists and clinicians on the neurobiology of language at UCSF. In 2017, she received a Weill Institute for Neurosciences Trailblazer award to study language development in children, and in 2018, she was distinguished as the Charles Schwab Endowed Professor in Dyslexia and Neurodevelopment.

Emanuela Guidoboni
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STEM area: Natural and environmental sciences

Competences: historical seismology

Keywords: anti-seismic systems, archeology, climate, earthquakes, eedis, extreme events, history, seismic disasters, tsunamis, volcanoes

Region: Emilia-Romagna


Position/Role

Coordinator of the multidisciplinary activities of the Euro-Mediterranean Documentation Center for Extreme Events and Disasters

Professional career

After graduating in History at the University of Bologna, she has been developing research on earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions concerning Italy and the Mediterranean area for thirty years, with a specific focus on Earth Sciences and Engineering . Emanuela Guidoboni carries out her research activity as a manager of national projects and as a scholar. From 1983 to 2007 she was President and scientific director of the research company SGA, History of Geophysics Environment of Bologna. From 2007 to 2011, she has been a senior research director at the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV). Since 2012 she has coordinated the multidisciplinary activities of EEDIS, the "Euro-Mediterranean documentation center for extreme events and disasters", aimed at both scientific dissemination and new research.

Scientific results

From 1983 to 1987, as part of the studies for the National Energy Plan, she directed SGA's historical research aimed at studying over 1,700 earthquakes from the ancient world to the 20th century, preparing research programs and final elaborations, managed by a bank specific data (the first in Italy). From 1987 to 1990 she directed the national GIANO project for ENEA, with the aim of studying extreme climatic events (rainfall, drought, floods and landslides) to outline a history of climate in Italy from the 11th to the 19th century. The historical sources relating to the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries were used for the AVI project (Italian Vulnerated Areas) of the IRPI-CNR, available online, together with the data entered in the ISPRA database on historic landslides. From 1987 to 2005 she directed national projects for historical research aimed at the database of the Strong Earthquake Catalog in Italy from the ancient world to the twentieth century for INGV (National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology). In this context she has developed numerous specific researches on the evaluation of parameters connected to clusters of highly destructive earthquakes, on the characteristics of historical buildings, on pre-modern anti-seismic systems and on reconstructions from the point of view of social, economic and urban history.

 

 

Editorial work and publications

She is the author of numerous publications, including:

 

(2016) Guidoboni E. Erdbeben und Seebeben im antiken Mittelmeerraum. Gründe für einen Dialog zwischen Seismologie und Geschichte. Erdbeben in der Antike, Deutungen – Folgen – Repräsentationen, herausgegeben von Borsch J & Carrara L, Mohr Siebec, Tubingen Univ,15- 26. (2016) Guidoboni E. Effetti, rimedi e propagazione dei terremoti: Nota su un trattato (1571) e una dissertazione (1669). Storia dell’Ingegneria, a cura di S. D’Agostino, Sesto convegno Nazionale di Storia dell’Ingegneria, Napoli, 321-337.

(2015) Guidoboni E, Valensise G. On the complexity of earthquake sequences: a historical seismology perspective based on the L'Aquila seismicity (Abruzzo, Central Italy). 1315-1915. Earthquakes and Structures, 8(1):153-184. (2015) Dalai M, Guidoboni E (a cura di). La tutela alla prova dei terremoti. Il patrimonio storico e artistico fra restauri, ricostruzioni e perdite. Numero monografico di “Economia della cultura”, Il Mulino, Bologna, anno XXIV, 3, 4. (2015) Guidoboni E. Terremoti e Città in una prospettiva di lungo periodo. Economia della cultura, Il Mulino, Bologna, anno XXIV, n.3-4, 284-294. (2015) Guidoboni E. Che cosa è il Catalogo dei Forti Terremoti in Italia. Economia della cultura, Il Mulino, Bologna, anno XXIV, 3,4: 421-428.

(2015) Guidoboni E. When Towns Collapse: Images of Earthquakes, Floods, and Eruptions in Italy in the Fifteenth to Nineteenth Centuries. Wounded Cities: The Representation of Urban Disasters in European Art (XIV–XX Centuries), edited by M.Folin and M.Preti, Chap.2, Koninklijke Brill, NY– Leiden: 33-56. (2015) Guidoboni E, Terremoti e Storia trenta anni dopo. Quaderni Storici, numero monografico “Storia Applicata”, (a cura di) Torre A, 3, 753-784. (2015) Guidoboni E, Comastri A. The earthquakes of Aleppo and the region of “deadcities” (Syria) 7th–15th century. The Dead Cities of Northen Syria and their Demise , T. Riis editor, Publications of the Danish Institute of Damascus, X: 61-110.

 

She is also the author of books and monographs including:

 

Guidoboni E, Mulargia F, Teti V, (a cura di), Prevedibile / Imprevedibile. Eventi estremi nel prossimo futuro, editore Rubbettino, 2015, pp. 358.

Guidoboni E, Ciuccarelli C, Mariotti D, Comastri A, Bianchi MG, L’Etna nella Storia. Catalogo delle eruzioni dall’antichità alla fine del XVII secolo, INGV, Bononia University Press, Bologna, 2014, pp. 1152.

Guidoboni E e Valensise G (a cura di), L’Italia dei disastri. Dati e riflessioni sugli impatti degli eventi naturali (1861-2013). Centro EEDIS-INGV, Bononia University Press, Bologna, 2014, pp. 432.

 

 

 

Awards and prizes

In 2004 she was appointed member of the Academia Europaea for the multidisciplinary approach to seismic and volcanic hazards and in 2009 she published the first historical seismology manual with John Ebel: Earthquakes and Tsunamis in the Past. A Guide to Techniques in Historical Seismology (Cambridge). In 2016 she won the first Maiella Prize for Essays.

 

Paola Inverardi
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STEM area: Computer science

Competences: computer technology

Keywords: computer technology, rector, software architecture, software engineering

Region: Abruzzo


Position/Role

Dean of the University of L’Aquila.

Professional career

In 1981 she graduated in Information Science at the University of Pisa. In the same year she entered the Olivetti with the role of Researcher that she also maintained during the decade 1984-1994 at the CRN of Pisa. In 1994 she became full professor of computer science at the University of L'Aquila, where she later held various prestigious roles in university governance: from 1994 to 2000 she was Chairman of the Computer Science Degree Course and later Director of the Computer Science Department. In 2008 she became Dean of the Faculty of Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences of the same university. From July 2012 to September 2013 she directed the Department of Engineering and Information Sciences and Mathematics (DISIM). Paola Inverardi was elected Director of the University of L'Aquila in the 2013/2014 academic year, a position she would hold until 31 October 2019.

Scientific results

Her main interests concern software engineering, with particular attention to the area of software architectures, which include, in addition to the structure organization of the system itself, the ways in which the different parts integrate and interact to form a single unit. In this context, she was involved in the analysis and check of both behavioral and quantitative architectural properties for distributed and mobile systems based on components. She is also actively involved in collaborating with important information technology and telecommunications industries.She regularly works as reviewer for international research agencies, foreign universities and the European Commission.

 

Editorial work and publications

She is author of numerous national and international publications, including:

(2011) Cortellessa V, Di Marco A, Inverardi P. Model-Based Software Performance Analysis. Springer 2011, isbn 978-3-642-13620-7. 

(2009) Pelliccione P, Inverardi P, Muccini H. CHARMY: A Framework for Designing and Verifying Architectural Specifications. IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, 35(3):325-346. 

(2004) Balsamo S, Di Marco A, Inverardi P, Simeoni M, Model-Based Performance Prediction in Software Development: A Survey. IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, 30(5):295-310. 

(2004) Muccini H, Bertolino A, Inverardi P, Using Software Architecture for Code Testing. IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, 30(3):160-171. 

(2003) Inverardi P, Tivoli M, Deadlock-free software architectures for COM/DCOM Applications. Journal of Systems and Software, 65(3):173-183. 

(2001) F Aquilani, S Balsamo, P Inverardi: Performance analysis at the software architectural design level. Performance Evaluation, 45(2):147-178. 

(2000) Inverardi P, Wolf AL, Yankelevich D, Static checking of system behaviors using derived component assumptions. ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology, 9 (3), 239-272. 

(1995) Inverardi P, Nesi M, Deciding observational congruence of finite-state CCS expressions by rewriting Theoretical Computer. Science, 139(1):315-354. 

(1995) Inverardi P, Wolf AL, Formal specification and analysis of software architectures using the chemical abstract machine model. IEEE transactions on Software Engineering, 21(4):373-386. 

(1993) Inverardi P, Mazzanti F, Experimenting with Dynamic Linking with Ada. Software: Practice and Experience, 23(1):1-14.

Awards and prizes

In May 2011 she  gained an honorary PhD from Mälardalen University in Sweden and, in 2013, the IEEE TCSE Distinguished Service Award "for outstanding and sustained contributions to software engineering community". Moreover she is also a member of the ACM Europe Council and of the European Academy.

 

 

Caterina La Porta
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STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: biophysics, cellular biology, computational analysis, molecular biology, systems biology

Keywords: cancer stem cells

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Associate professor of general pathology at the University of Milan, group leader of the Molecular Oncology Lab, founding member of the Center for Complexity and Biosystems, University of Milan.

Professional career

After graduating in medicine in 1989 at the University of Milan and in 1995 she received a Ph. D. in physiology from the same university. 

From 1990 and 1991, she worked at the Institute for Pharmacological Research Mario Negri in Milan and spent nine months at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden. From 1993 to 1994, she worked at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg and then in 1995 she spent five months at the Rockefeller University in New York. From 1994 to 1997 she was a fellow of  the Associazione Italiana per la Ricerca sul Cancro (AIRC). She came back to the University of Milan in 1997 and obtained tenure in 2002. 

 

Scientific results

In 2015, she co-founded the Center for Complexity and Biosystems at University of Milan, where she studies the

fundamental mechanisms driving an healthy cell to become cancerous. In the specific case of melanoma, a very aggressive tumor that is hard to treat, here research activity lead to the discovery of a cellular subpopulation denoted as cancer stem cells (CSC).  According to her research, all melanoma cells can transform into CSC when the number of CSC falls  below a critical threshold, an effect due to the activation of a complex network on non coding microRNA. The result of this mechanism is that the number of CSC inside a tumore is held constant. This discovery might lead to reconsider the conventional therapeutic approach to cancer by eliminating the CSC that are feeding tumor growth. The current objective of Caterina La Porta’s  research is now to explore if the CSC is the correct model to describe melanoma progression, using an interdisciplinary approach combining cancer biology, theoretical physics and clinical studies, and to investigate if it is a universal model that can be used

for other tumors as well. The long term goal of her research is to understand highly complex systems integrated into the human body.

An additional research line focuses on the study of neurodegenerative diseases, in particular on the understanding of protein aggregation such as beta amyloid or neuroserpin and on the development of innovative diagnostic techniques.

Editorial work and publications

She is the author of many international publications among which:

 

(2018)F. Font-Clos, S. Zapperi, C. A. M La Porta. Topography of epithelial-mesenchymal plasticity, PNAS 115 5902-5907.

 (2018) O. Chepizhko, M. C. Lionetti, C. Malinverno, G. Scita, S. Zapperi , C. A. M. La Porta

From jamming to collective cell migration through a boundary induced transition. Soft

Matter 14 (19), 3774-3782

(2018) F.Font-Clos, S. Zapperi, CAM La Porta Gene expression signature of obesity in

monozygotic twins. Physiol Meas. 39, 044008, 2018. doi: 10.1088/1361-

6579/aab85a.

(2017)F Font-Clos, S. Zapperi, C.A.M. La Porta Integrative analysis of pathway deregulation in obesity. Nature Publishing group: Systems Biology and Applications 3:18.

(2017) Z. Bertalan, S. Zapperi, C. A. M. LaPorta, Modeling mechanical control of spindle orientationof intestinal crypt stem cells Journal of Theoretical Biology 430, 103–108.

(2017)F Font, S. Zapperi, C.A.M. La Porta Integrative analysis of pathway deregulation in

obesity. Nature Publishing Journal Systems Biology and Applications 3:18 ;

doi:10.1038/s41540-017-0018-z.

(2017) C. Giampietro, MC Lionetti, G. Costantini, F. Mutti, S. Zapperi, CAM La Porta

Cholesterol impairment contributes to neuroserpin aggregation. Scientific Reports 7, 43669,

(2016)O. Chepizhko, C. Giampietro, E. Mastrapasqua., M. Nourazar, M. Ascagni, M. Sugni,

U. Fascio, L. Leggio, C. Malinverno, G. Scita, S. Santucci, M. J. Alava., S. Zapperi,

C.A.M. La Porta. Burst of activity in collective cell migration PNAS 113, 11408–11413

(2015)A. L. Sellerio, E. Ciusani, N. Bossel Ben-Moshe, S. Coco, A. Piccinini, C. R. Myers, J.

P. Sethna, C. Giampietro, S. Zapperi, C. A. M. La Porta Overshoot during phenotypic

switching of cancer cell populations Scientific Reports 5, 15464, doi:10.1038/srep15464,

(2015)A. Taloni, E. Kardash, O. U. Salman, L. Truskinovsky, S. Zapperi, C. A. M. La Porta,

Volume changes during active bleb fluctuation in cells Physical Review Letters 114, 208101,

(2014) Z. Budrikis, G. Costantini, C. A. M. La Porta, S. Zapperi, Protein accumulation in the

endoplasmic reticulum as a non-equilibrium phase transition. Nature Communications 5

3620, 2014

(2012) C. A. M. La Porta, S. Zapperi, J. P. Sethna Senescent cells in growing tumors: population dynamics in cancer stem cells. Plos Computational Biology 8, e1002316.

Cecilia Laschi
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STEM area: Computer science

Competences: biorobotics

Keywords: i-droid, neuro development bioengineering, octopus project, robot

Region: Tuscany


Position/Role

Professor at the BioRobotics Institute of Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa, Rector’s delegate to Research, Vice-Director of the BioRobotics Institute

Professional career

After a Master Degree in Computer Science at the Unversity of Pisa in 1993, she obtained a PhD in Robotics from the University of Genova in 1998. From the following year she was Post-doc research assistant at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa. From 2000 to 2006 she was Assistant Professor of Biorobotics at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna and in 2001-2002 she was visiting researcher at the Humanoid Robotics Institute of Waseda University di Tokyo, Japan. Since 2006 she was Associate Professor and since 2014 Full Professor of Biorobotics at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna.

Scientific results

Cecilia Laschi’s research interest is Biorobotics. Starting from experiences in basic robotics, she investigated bioinspired solutions for service robotics. Recently, she worked on an ambitious project grown in a tank at the Research Centre on Sea Technologies and Marine Robotics in Livorno, where the model was a common octopus, Octopus vulgaris. Studying this cephalopod’s movement, in the OCTOPUS European project, Cecilia Laschi and her team put the basis for the biomimetics of the future: designing and developing bioinspired robots, built with soft materials. The first prototype of soft robot arm imitates the muscular structure of the octopus arm and is built with siliconic materials, thanks to novel actuators giving a contraction of the muscular structure and a special braided structure inspired to the octopus connective tissue, covered by a an artificial skin with suckers. The robot arm works in water because, similarly to the octopus, it uses the mechanics of the interaction with water, mimicking the octopus arm bending and the elongation. The technologies developed by mimicking the octopus are now finding further development in many projects on several applications, ranging from marine explorations to the biomedical field, in surgery and assistance to the elderly. This research brought to the development of the new research area of soft robotics, at international level.

Cecilia Laschi’s name is also linked to another important project: in 2007 she contributed to the birth, in Tokyo, of the “RoboCasa” joint lab of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna and Waseda University, where Italian and Japanese researchers could work together in frontier research. Related to her expertise in humanoid robotics is the birth of iDroid01, produced by a spin-off company of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, RoboTech srl, that she founded. iDroid01 is the first personal robot sold in parts to assemble, in eight countries, able to speak, understand basic commands, see, move its head following sounds, show feelings and especially learn, by storing behaviour schemes.

Laschi is among the inventors of another achievement of robotics in Pisa: DustBot, the dustmen robots. DustClean, which swaps street with brushes and sprays, and DustCart, a “snowman” coloured in green or blue, with two wheels, which comes to the doorstep upon call, open its stomach-drawer, receives the garbage bag and brings it out of the historical city centre. The two Italian Wall-es – on which Laschi has been worked from 2006, also with RoboTech srl – have been already put in service in an experimental session in a small village in Tuscany.

Editorial work and publications

Cecilia Laschi is author of many publications in international scientific journals (see http://www.santannapisa.it/en/personale/cecilia-laschi for the complete list), among which:

(2019) T. George Thuruthel, B. Shih, C. Laschi, M. Tolley, “Soft robot perception using embedded soft sensors and recurrent neural networks”, Science Robotics 4(26).

(2018) M. Cianchetti, C. Laschi, A. Menciassi, P. Dario, “Biomedical applications of soft robotics”, Nature Reviews Materials, 3(6), pp.143-153.

(2018) T. George Thuruthel, Y. Ansari, E. Falotico, C. Laschi, “Control Strategies for Soft Robotic Manipulators: A Survey”, Soft Robotics 5(2), pp.149-163.

(2017) C. Laschi, “Helping robots blend into the background”, Science, 358(6360), p.169.

(2017) E. Falotico, A. Berthoz, P. Dario, C. Laschi, “Sense of movement: Simplifying principles for humanoid robots”, Science Robotics, 2(13).

(2016) Laschi C, Mazzolai B. Lessons from nature: the symbiosis of morphological computation and soft robotics. IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine 23. 
(2016) Calisti M, Falotico E, Laschi C. Hopping on Uneven Terrains With an Underwater One-Legged Robot. IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters,1.1:461-468. 
(2016) Cianchetti M, Laschi C. Pleasant to the Touch: By Emulating Nature, Scientists Hope to Find Innovative New Uses for Soft Robotics in Health-Care Technology. IEEE Pulse, 7(3):34-37. 
(2016) Cauli N, Falotico E, Bernardino A, Santos-Victor J, Laschi C. Correcting for Changes: Expected Perception-Based Control for Reaching a Moving Target. IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine, 23(1):63-70. 
(2015) Cianchetti M, Calisti M, Margheri L, Kuba M, Laschi C. Bioinspired locomotion and grasping in water: the soft eight-arm OCTOPUS robot. Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, 10, 035003. 
(2015) Renda F, Giorgio-Serchi F, Boyer F, Laschi C, Modelling cephalopod-inspired pulsed-jet locomotion for underwater soft robots. Bioinspiration and Biomimetics, 10(5). 
(2015) Calisti M, Corucci F, Arienti A, Laschi C. Dynamics of underwater legged locomotion: Modeling and experiments on an octopus-inspired robot. Bioinspiration and Biomimetics, 10(4). 
(2014) Renda F, Giorelli M, Calisti M, Cianchetti M, Laschi C. Dynamic Model of a Multibending Soft Robot Arm Driven by Cables. IEEE Transactions on Robotics, 30, 1109-1122. 
(2014) Laschi C, Cianchetti M. Soft Robotics: New Perspectives for Robot Bodyware and Control. Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, 2. 
(2013) Kim S, Laschi C, Trimmer B. Soft robotics: a bioinspired evolution in robotics. Trends in Biotechnology, 31, 287-294.

Awards and prizes

Co-founder in 2004 of the “RoboTech srl” academc spin-off company of Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, in the field of edutainment robotics. Co-author of sixteen patents, in Italy, Europe, Japan.

 

Sandra Leone
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STEM area: Physics

Competences: experimental elementary particle physics

Keywords: antiproton, atlas experiment, boson w, CERN, collision, elementary particles, fermilab, higgs boson, proton, top quark

Region: Tuscany


Position/Role

Senior researcher at National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN) in Pisa (Italy)

Professional career

Sandra Leone obtained a master degree in physics from Pisa University in 1990 and a PhD from the same University in 1994. After a 2 years post-doc position, in 1997 she enters INFN-Pisa as researcher in experimental high energy physics. Since 2009 she is senior researcher in the same institute. She has the full professor qualification  (required to cover full professor positions in Italy). Since 2005 she is responsible for the organization of the Pisa European Particle Physics Masterclass for high school students. She was in the local organizing committee of 6 international congresses and was in charge of the organization of INFN local scientific seminars since 2002 until 2008.

Scientific results

Sandra Leone’s field of research is experimental particle physics. In 1989 she starts studying proton-antiproton collisions in the CDF experiment at the Fermilab Tevatron Collider, in the US. In particular she studied the production mechanism of the W boson. In 1994-1995 she studied the top quark production and was part of the team which observed for the first time the top quark in the CDF experiment. From 1997 to 2001 she works with silicon detectors and studies their application in experiments at hadron colliders. In particular, she is responsible in this period of the construction and test of 161 elementary units of the ISL silicon detector for the CDF experiment. In the following years she commits herself to the study of associated production of WZ intermediate bosons and the search for the Higgs boson.

In 2013 she joins the ATLAS experiment at CERN. She takes part to the construction and test of the new laser calibration system for the ATLAS hadron calorimeter. Since 2015 she studies the robustness and longevity of photomultiplier tubes, in the context of the foreseen upgrades of the ATLAS detector. She was invited to present scientific results on behalf of her collaborations in plenary session in  15 international conferences and in several national conferences, physics schools, seminars and conference parallel sessions, like ‘ichep2016’, one of the most important conferences in the field of high energy physics, which was held in Chicago

Editorial work and publications

She is referee of international journals and co-author of more than 1000 international papers, among which:

(2016) CDF Collaboration. Measurement of the WW and WZ production cross section using final states with a charged lepton and heavy-flavor jets in the full CDF Run II data set. Physical Review D, 94, 032008.

(2012) CDF Collaboration. Evidence for a Particle Produced in Association with Weak Bosons and Decaying to a Bottom-Antibottom Quark Pair in Higgs Boson Searches at the Tevatron. Physical Review Letters, 109, 071804.

(2007) CDF Collaboration. First Measurement of the Ratio of Central-Electron to Forward-Electron W Partial Cross Sections in proton-antiproton collisions at center of mass energy of 1.96 TeV. Physical Review Letters, 98, 251801.

(1995) CDF Collaboration. Observation of Top Quark Production in proton-antiproton collisions with the Collider Detector at Fermilab. Physical Review Letters, 74, 2626.
(1992) Abe F, [...] Leone S, et al. Lepton Asymmetry in W-boson Decays from proton-antiproton Collisions at center of mass energy of 1.8 TeV. Physical Review Letters, 68, 1458.

Awards and prizes

Sandra Leone held several prominent roles in her field and was part of several committees. In 1995 she received an award for young researchers from the Italian Physics Society (SIF). Since 1998 she is referee of Physical Review Letters and Physical Review D journals. Since 2013 she is member of the editorial staff of “Scienza per tutti”, the official outreach web site of INFN. Since 2008 she acted in several occasions as independent expert  evaluator for the European Seventh Framework Program and Horizon2020. From 2006 to 2011 she was part of the INFN Equal Opportunity Committee.

Sonia Levi
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STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: cellular biology

Keywords: iron, protein engineering, proteins

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Associate Professor in Applied Biology, Vita-Salute San Raffaele University and Head of the "Proteomics of Iron Metabolism" Research Unit of the San Raffaele Scientific Institute of Milan.

 

Professional career

After graduating in Biological Sciences at the University of Milan in 1982, Sonia Levi continued her training in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Technologies of the San Raffaele Hospital. In 1984, she obtained a fellowship from the European Molecular Biology Organization at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, Germany. Two years later, she received a three-year post-doctoral research fellow to continue her research activity and, in 1989, she was hired as a researcher in the "Iron Metabolism" Research Unit of the San Raffaele Scientific Institute. In 2003, she became the head of the Proteomic of Iron Metabolism Research Unit of the San Raffaele Scientific Institute of Milan. In 2005, she got the position of Associate Professor in Applied Biology, School of Medicine, Vita-Salute San Raffaele University.

Scientific results

Sonia Levi has been interested for years in the study of iron metabolism and associated diseases. When she was at the EMBL (European Molecular Biology Laboratory), she learned the pioneering techniques of recombinant DNA applied to protein expression. After returning to Italy, she imported these new methodologies to the "Iron Metabolism" laboratory of the San Raffaele Hospital in Milan, where she has been successful in obtaining the recombinant human ferritins and their mutants, useful in the study of the assembly of complex protein structures. From 1992 to 2002, she continued her research in the "Protein Engineering" laboratory at the Department of Biotechnological Research (DIBIT) of the San Raffaele Scientific Institute where she developed eucariotic cellular models overexpressing iron proteins to analyze their biological functions. In 2001 she identified and isolated a new human ferritin located in the mitochondrion (small cellular organelle). The biological and functional characterization of this new protein is one of its main topics of interest. Her recent research is focused to clarify the relationship between iron and neurodegeneration. With this aim, she developed and studied cellular and animal models of neurodegenerative disease, like neuroferritinophaty, PKAN and Friedreich's ataxia. More recently, she is applying the technology of cellular reprogramming to obtain human neuronal models for the disorders defined as Neurodegeneration with Brain Iron Accumulation.

Editorial work and publications

Author of more than one hundred Italian and international publications including:

(2016) Orellana DI, Santambrogio P, Rubio A, Yekhlef L, Cancellieri C, Dusi S, Giannelli SG, Venco P, Mazzara PG, Cozzi A, Ferrari M, Garavaglia B, Taverna S, Tiranti V, Broccoli V, Levi S. Coenzyme A corrects pathological defects in human neurons of PANK2-associated neurodegeneration. EMBO Molecular Medicine, 8 (10): 1197-1211.

(2013) Cozzi A, Santambrogio P, Privitera D, Broccoli V, Rotundo LI, Garavaglia B, Benz R, Altamura S, GoedeJS, Muckenthaler MU, Levi S. 2013. Human L-ferritin deficiency is characterized by idiopathic generalized seizures and atipica restless leg syndrome.Journal of Experimental Medicine, 210 (9): 1779-91.

(2001) Levi, S., Corsi, B., Bosisio, M., Invernizzi, R., Volz, A., Sanford, D., Arosio, P., Drysdale, J.A Human Mitochondrial Ferritin Encoded by an Intronless Gene. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 276 (27): 24437-24440.

 (1991) Lawson, D.M., Artymiuk, P.J., Yewdall, S.J., Smith, J.M.A., Livingstone, J.C., Treffry, A., Luzzago, A., Levi, S., Arosio, P., Cesareni, G., Thomas, C.D., Shaw, W.V., Harrison, P.M. Solving the structure of human H ferritin by genetically engineering intermolecular crystal contacts Nature, 349 (6309): 541-544.

(1988) Levi, S., Luzzago, A., Cesareni, G., Cozzi, A., Franceschinelli, F., Albertini, A., Arosio, P. Mechanism of ferritin iron uptake: Activity of the H-chain and deletion mapping of the ferro-oxidase site. A study of iron uptake and ferro-oxidase activity of human liver, recombinant H-chain ferritins, and of two H-chain deletion mutants. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 263 (34): 18086-18092.

 

Awards and prizes

2016-2018 Member of the “Top Italian Women Scientist”

2016 Member of “100 esperte”

 

Rita Lorenzini
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STEM area: Physics

Competences: plasma physics

Keywords: energy, ITER, thermonuclear fusion

Region: Emilia-Romagna


Position/Role

Lead researcher at Agenzia nazionale per le nuove tecnologie, l'energia e lo sviluppo economico sostenibile (ENEA)

Professional career

I got the Master ‘s degree in Physics in 1992 from Università degli Studi di Pisa, defending a thesis in particle physics based on studies performed at CERN, in Geneva. I obtained a research fellowship from the Istituto Nazionale di Fisica della Materia (INFM) on a research program in thermonuclear fusion physics and I started my collaboration with Consorzio RFX in Padua. The collaboration was maintained also when, in1993, I obtained a permanent position at ENEA.

Between 2000 and 2002 I spent several months at Max Planck Institut für Plasmaphysik in Munich to work on the tokamak experiment ASDEX Upgrade in the framework of Mobility Program funded by EURATOM.

In 2005 I got the PhD in Energetics from Università degli Studi di Padova. From 2006 I am lead researcher, always in ENEA.

Scientific results

My activity research is in the area of thermonuclear plasma physics, which aims at producing clean energy reproducing the physics processes that occur in the stars, like the Sun, in earth laboratories.

I work mainly on the Reversed Field Pinch experiment RFX-mod, located in Padua and operated by Consorzio RFX, a consortium of CNR, ENEA, INFN, Università di Padova and Acciaierie Venete.

I participate in several international collaborations, for example with the research team of the Madison Symmetric Torus experiment (MST) in Madison, Wisconsin (USA) and with the team of Large Helical Device (LHD) located  in Toki, Japan. More recently I started a collaboration with the Joint European Torus (JET) tokamak located in Culham, in UK.

I investigate the problem of particle and energy transport in thermonuclear plasmas through data analysis and development of numerical codes. I also contribute to the organization and realization of the experiments for the collection of data.

In 2008 I partecipated to the first observation of Single Helical Axis states (SHAx), the enhanced confinement states that occur when a toroidal RFP plasma is heated by a high current.

I devoted many efforts to characterize the transport barriers  observed in SHAx states and to clarify the relationship between the transport and the magnetic turbulence.

My recent research aims at exploiting  the results of solar physics, in particular of solar flares, to advance the comprehension of SHAx states.

The other important item of research regards so called ‘isotope effect’, namely the differences between plasmas of different hydrogen isotopes. I studied the isotope effect in RFX-mod and I participate in the isotope effect studies of JET and LHD.

Recently I worked in collaboration with LHD colleagues to the development of a code able to model plasmas with multiple magnetic axes. With the help of such code, named MAxS (Multiple Axis Solver) we will be able to study energy and particle transport in presence of magnetic islands

Editorial work and publications

I act as referee for plasma and general physics journals (Nuclear Fusion, Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion and Physical Review Letters)

I was invited tom give a lecture titled  ‘Improvement of the magnetic configuration in the Reversed Field Pinch through successive bifurcations’ to the  50th Annual Meeting of the Division of Plasma Physics, American Physical Society nel Novembre 2008 in Dallas, Texas (USA).

I have been member of the Scientific Committee of 41st European Physical Society Conference on Plasma Physics held in Belfast in 2017

Author and coauthor of 68 papers published in peer-reviewed journal.

Awards and prizes

F.  Auriemma, D. Lopez-Bruna, R.  Lorenzini, B. Momo, I. Predebon, Y. Suzuki, A. López-Fraguas, Y. Narushima, F. Sattin, D. Terranova ‘A novel approach to studying transport in plasmas with magnetic islands’ Nuclear Fusion 58, 096037 (2018)

C.F. Maggi, H.Weisen, J.C. Hillesheim, A. Chankin, E. Delabie, L. Horvath, F. Auriemma, I.S. Carvalho, G. Corrigan, J. Flanagan, L. Garzotti, D. Keeling, D. King, E. Lerche, R. Lorenzini et al  ‘Isotope effects on L-H threshold and confinement in tokamak plasmas,’ Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion 60,125002(2018)

R. Lorenzini, F. Auriemma, A. Fassina, E. Martines, D. Terranova and F. Sattin, ‘Internal Transport Barrier Broadening through Subdominant Mode Stabilization in Reversed Field Pinch Plasmas’, Physical Review Letters  116, 185002 (2016)

R. Lorenzini, E. Martines, P. Piovesan, D. Terranova, P. Zanca, M. Zuin et al.’Self-organized helical equilibria as a new paradigm for ohmically heated fusion plasmas’, Nature Physics, 5, 570 (2009)

R. Lorenzini, D. Terranova, A. Alfier, P. Innocente, E. Martines, R. Pasqualotto, P. Zanca,'Single-Helical-Axis States in Reversed-Field-Pinch Plasmas', Physical Review Letters 101, 025005 (2008)

 

Fiorella Lo Schiavo
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STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: cellular biology, genetics

Keywords: arabidopsis, plant senecence, plant somatic embryogenesis

Region: Veneto


Position/Role

Full Professor of Plant Physiology, University of Padua, Faculty of Science, Dept. of Biology, Padova.

Professional career

July 1974 Doctorate in Biology cum laude, University of Naples; October 1974 winner of a national competition for a doctorate fellowship at Normale Superiore, Pisa; 1975-1976 one year fellowship c/o Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (Prof. A. Garcia-Bellido); 1976 short EMBO fellowship Inst. of Botany, University of Nottingham (Prof. E. Cocking); 1976 Research Fellow Institute of Mutagenesis and Differentiation National Research Council, Pisa (Prof. M. Terzi); 1983-1984 Research Associate, dept. of Genetics and Plant Pathology, University of California at Berkeley (Prof. Z.R. Sung); 1986 Research Fellow, International Institute of Genetics and Biophysics, Naples; 1987-1990 Associate Professor of Plant Physiology, University of Basilicata, Faculty of Agriculture at Potenza; 1991-2000 Associate Professor of Plant Physiology, University of Padua, Faculty of Science at Padova.

Scientific results

The research activity of Prof. Lo Schiavo began with her thesis (in the field of bacterial molecular genetics at the International Institute of Genetics and Biophysics) which received special mention at the competition for the best doctoral thesis in Molecular Biology (Scoffone-Cremona prize). Subsequently she worked in Drosophila genetics (Canto Blanco University, Madrid, Spain) and plant somatic cell genetics (Pisa, Italy). In 1982 she entered in a project for the isolation and characterization of temperature-sensitive carrot cell mutants: the study of alterations in plant cell differentiation has been the object of two consecutive 3-year programmes of the European Union, that originated several publications, the core of her scientific production up to the end of the 90's. After that, she studied the action mechanism of auxin, its perception and its effects on signal transduction. Later on, she has been involved in the isolation and physiological characterization of potassium ionic channels and the definition of their functions during various plant developmental stages. Another subject presently investigated concerns the basic mechanisms of organ senescence using cell cultures as model systems and, in particular, the PCD as the final stage of cell senescence. Recently, she is investigating the role of signalling molecules as calcium and ROS induced by abiotic stresses in model plants and in a crop as rice.

 

In all these years she has been responsible of National and International research projects, has acted as scientific referee for the European Union, the National Science Foundation of USA and various journals. She is past general Secretary of the IAPTC (International Association Plant Tissue Culture). She has been a director of the Italian Society of Plant Physiology from 1995 to 2002 and from 2009 to 2014 a director of the Italian Society of Plant Biology. She has been a member of the School of Doctorate in Bioscience and Biotechnology of the University of Padova, acting as coordinator of the curriculum “Biotechnology”. Since the beginning of 2014, she is a member of the new School of Doctorate in Bioscience, acting as a coordinator of the curriculum  “Biochemistry & Biotechnology “. She is the National Representative of the FESPB since September 2012.

Editorial work and publications

She is author of more than one hundred scientific papers.

Formentin E., Sudiro C., Perin G., Riccadonna S., Barizza E., Baldoni E., Lavezzo E., Stevanato P., Sacchi G.A., Morosinotto T., Zottini M., Lo Schiavo F. (2018)  Transcriptome and cell physiological analyses in different rice cultivars provide novel insights into adaptive and salinity stress responses, Frontiers in Plant Science,  vol. 9,  p.204, DOI: 10.3389/fpls.2018.00204.

 

Teardo E, Carraretto L, Wagner S, Formentin E, Behera S, De Bortoli S, Larosa V, Fuchhs P, Lo Schiavo F, Raffaello A, Rizzuto R, Costa A, Schwarzländer M and Ildiko Szabò (2017) Physiological characterization of a plant mitochondrial calcium uniporter in vitro and in in vivo. PLANT PHYSIOLOGY vol. 173 p. 1-16  www.plantphysiol.org/cgi/ DOI: 10.1104/pp.16.01359

Teardo E, Carraretto L, De Bortolis S, Costa A, Behera S, Wagner R, Lo Schiavo F, Formentin E, Szabo I (2015) Alternative splicing-mediated targeting of the Arabidopsis Glutamate Receptor 3.5 to mitochondria organelle morphology. PLANT PHYSIOLOGY vol. n.167 n.1 p. 216-227

 

Cristina Ruberti, Alex Costa, Emanuela Pedrazzini, Fiorella Lo Schiavo, Michela Zottini (2014). FISSION1A, an Arabidopsis tail-anchored protein, is localized to three subcellular compartments. Molecular Plant 7, p. 1393–1396,  doi: 10.1 093/mp/ssu027. doi : 10.1093/mp/ssu027

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Marco Vescovi, Michael Riefler, Micael Gessuti, Ondrej Novak, Thomas Schmulling, Fiorella Lo Schiavo (2012). Programmed cell death induced by high levels of cytokinin in Arabidopsis cultured cells is mediated by the cytokinin receptor CRE1/AHK4 . JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL BOTANY, vol. 63, p. 2825-2832

 

Awards and prizes

Special mention at the competition for the best doctoral thesis in Molecular Biology (Scoffone-Cremona prize) 1974.

Daniela Lucangeli
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STEM area: Psychology and neurosciences

Competences: developmental psychology, educational psychology

Keywords: brain plasticity, children, development, developmental disorders, dyscalculia, intelectual giftedness, learned helplessness, learning, learning disabilities, mathematics, neuroscience, numbers, psychopatology of learning, special educational needs, teaching strategies, teenagers

Region: Veneto


Position/Role

Vice Rector of the Orientation and Tutorship for the University of Padua and Full Professor of Developmental Psychology at the same university

Professional career

After graduating in Philosophy in 1988 and in Psychology in 1991 at the University of Padua, in 1997 she continued her education with a PhD on an international project in Developmental Psychology at the University of Leiden, in the Netherlands. Her career continued within the university: in 1998 she was a researcher in Developmental Psychology, in 2001 an associate professor and in 2005 a full professor of Developmental Psychology still at the University of Padua. Since 2007 she has been the director of the same university with a delegation to the Orientation and Tutorship, a role she still covers today.

 

Scientific results

Daniela Lucangeli’s main research interests concern the development and strengthening of numerical intelligence, the maturational processes in the developmental age (first and second childhood, school age and adolescence) and the learning mechanisms in typical and atypical development. She is also involved in the study of functions (language, memory, attention, emotions, metacognition, self-regulation), learning disabilities (such as dyslexia, dysorthography, dysgraphia, dyscalculia) and special educational needs. She also carries out research and studies on enhancing learning, behavioral and cognitive deficits, giftedness and high potential profiles, learning emotions and learned impotence. She has been promoting for years, with the group of researchers and scientists of the World Academy of Sciences for Learning Difficulties, a strong movement of actions for the decline of scientific research in the practices of prevention, strengthening and rehabilitation of development disharmonies. In fact, scientific research has shown that through early intervention in the different "labors" of development, it is possible to obtain the optimization of processes even in situations of possible disability (language, learning, cognitive development, etc.). The focus of her work is not only that related to the analysis of cognitive profiles and to the possible diagnosis but above all to use the best aid strategies for maximum brain plasticity. In recent times she has devoted herself to the study of circuit networks related to warm cognition and emotional learning circuits. In particular, studies aimed at highlighting the contribution of hereditary factors and cultural factors in the development of psychological processes and education. She deepens the study of cognitive functions and processes with the aim of highlighting the important implications of neuroscience in educational processes. As Director, with responsibility for tutoring, "in itinere" and "incoming" guidance from the University of Padua, she coordinates the implementation of regional and European projects aimed at guiding young people in the choice of university and professional.

Editorial work and publications

Daniela Lucangeli is editor of the journal “Difficoltà In Matematica” (Erickson) and referee for several specialized magazines. She is the author of numerous national and international publications and scientific and educational essays, including (in the last five years):

(2017) Sella F, Berteletti I, Lucangeli D, Zorzi M. Pre-school children use space, rather then counting, to infer the numerical magnitude of digits: evidence for a spatial mapping principle. Cognition, 158, 56-67. 

(2016) Sella F, Berteletti I, Lucangeli D, Zorzi M. Spontaneous non‐verbal counting in toddlers. Developmental Science, 19(2), 329-337. 

(2016) Benavides-Varela S, Butterworth B, Burgio F, Arcara G, Lucangeli D, Semenza C. Numerical Activities and Information Learned at Home Link to the Exact Numeracy Skills in 5–6 Years-Old Children. Frontiers in psychology, 7. 

(2015) Sella F, Berteletti I, Lucangeli D, Zorzi M. Varieties of quantity estimation in children. Developmental Psychology, 51(6), 758. 

(2014) Caviola S, Mammarella IC, Lucangeli D, Cornoldi C. Working memory and domain-specific precursors predicting the success in learning written subtraction problems. Learning and Individual Differences, 36, 92-100. 

(2014) Re AM, Pedron M, Tressoldi PE, Lucangeli D. Response to Specific Training for Students With Different Levels of Mathematical Difficulties. Exceptional Children, 80(3), 337-352. 

(2013) Al-Yagon M, Cavendish W, Cornoldi C, Fawcett AJ, Grunke M, Hung, LY, Jimenez JE, Karande S, van Kraayenoord CE, Lucangeli D, Margalit M, Montague M, Sholapurwala R. The Proposed Changes For DSM-5 for SLD and ADHD: International Perspectives-Australia, Germany, Greece, India, Israel, Italy, Spain, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and United States. Journal of Learning Disabilities, 46, 58-72.

(2013) Colomer C, Miranda A, Re AM, Lucangeli D. Numerical and Calculation Abilities in Children with ADHD. Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal, 11(2), 1-15.  

(2013) Mammarella IC, Bomba M, Caviola S, Broggi F, Neri F. Lucangeli D, Nacinovich R. Mathematical difficulties in nonverbal learning disability or co-morbid dyscalculia and dyslexia. Developmental neuropsychology, 38(6), 418-432. 

(2013) Mammarella IC, Caviola S, Cornoldi C, Lucangeli D. Mental additions and verbal-domain interference in children with Developmental Dyscalculia (DD). Research in Developmental Disabilities, 34(9), 2845-2855.

 

Awards and prizes

 

Daniela Lucangeli is President of the Association for the National Coordination of Specialized Teachers (CNIS) and member of the Scientific Committees of numerous national and international research associations such as the Italian Association for Research and Intervention in Learning Psychopathology (AIRIPA) and the Italian Association of Psychology (AIP Development Section). Vice President for the International Development of the International Academy for Research in Learning Disabilities (IARLD). Technical member of the National Observatory for Childhood and Adolescence. Scientific component of the Technical Commission appointed by the Ministry of Education for guidelines on specific learning disorders (DSA), Bes (Special Educational Needs). And he is a member of the National Commission of the CNOP (National Council of Psychologists) "Wellness at School". Vice President of the Research Foundation HPNR (Human Potential Network Research). Scientific Director of the Learning Center (28 Centers in Italy). Scientific Director of the Gate Italy Association (Gifted and Talent Education). Scientific Manager of the Regional Research Center and Educational Services for Learning Difficulties.

Adriana Maggi
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STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: cellular pharmacology, pharmacological biotechnologies

Keywords: aging, drugs, estrogen receptors, gender pharmacology, hepatic metabolim, menopause, metabolic diseases, neuroinflammation

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Coordinator of the Center of Excellence for Neurodegenerative Diseases at the University of Milan

 

Professional career

After graduating in Biological Sciences at the University of Milan in 1973, she continued her scientific interests with a scholarship at the Institute of Pharmacology and Pharmacognosy directed by Professor Rodolfo Paoletti. Winner of the Salk Institute - University of Texas Award, she continued her education initially at the Department of Pharmacology and Neurobiology of the University of Texas, in Houston, in the United States and then at the Department of Cell Biology of the Baylor College of Medicine under the guidance of Professor Bert O'Malley. Back to Italy in 1982 as a researcher, she founded and directed a University-Industry model collaboration center, the result of an initiative by the University of Milan and the Hoffman-LaRoche Pharmaceutical Company: the Milan Molecular Pharmacology Lab (MPL). At the end of the 1980s, as an associate professor, she continued her research at the Department of Pharmacological Sciences of the University of Milan. Since 2002 she has directed the Center of Excellence on Neurodegenerative Diseases of the University of Milan, an experimental center financed by a fund organized by the Ministry of University and Research in which she is directly responsible for a research group made up of 20 researchers and young graduates. From 2006 to 2014 she founded and presided over the TOP srl, a spin-off of the University of Milan. As an expert in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology she holds various ministerial positions: she is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Italian Prime Minister in the field of Biotechnology, Biosafety and Life Sciences, of the Scientific Committee "Innovative Medicine Initiative" of the European Union, of the European ESFRI Working Group for Health and Food, of the Council of the European Society for Molecular Imaging (ESMI) and delegate of the MIUR for the European Pilot Initiative on Joint Programming on Neurodegenerative Diseases of which she is Vice-President since 2010. She is currently nominated by the American Society of Endocrinology member of the Endocrine Society EU Task force for Endocrine Disrupters and collaborates with the Innovative Medicine Initiative2 as a member of the SSG Panel on Neurodegeneration.

Scientific results

The research carried out by Adriana Maggi has always focused on the study of the physiological activity performed by estrogens, with particular reference to non-reproductive organs. Initial studies are associated with the discovery that the estrogen receptor is present in all brain cells (oligodendrocytes, astrocytes, microglia and neurons), even in brain areas not associated with reproductive functions, but linked to the control of emotional activities (frontal cortex, hippocampus). More recently, the study of the anti-inflammatory activity of estrogens active in microglia has led to new hypotheses about the higher incidence of neurodegenerative diseases in female subjects and the role of sex in the response to different stimuli and ischemic insults. In order to better understand the action of estrogens, Adriana Maggi designed and created a unique model for the study of the action of these hormones in living organisms and for the identification of new drugs active through these receptors: the ERE reporter mouse Luc. This reporter system was subsequently used to generate other model systems for the study of other receptors (for example the PPAR receptor) and complex processes such as oxidative stress, inflammation, calcium transport, apoptosis and others. The availability of the ERE-Luc model for the study of estrogen receptor activity has shown for the first time that estrogen is very active in the liver in mammals. Recent studies show that in female organisms estrogens control hepatic metabolism and lipid synthesis in close relationship with reproductive activity. This action is fundamental in differentiating energy metabolism in mammals of the two sexes and the discovery made has significant significance not only for a better understanding of sex-dependent hepatic metabolism, but also for understanding the etiopathogenetic mechanisms of a series of diseases associated with aging and, in women, closely related to post-menopause.
The results of the research carried out have opened up a new way of understanding the metabolic differences between males and females, allowing the understanding of gender / gender differences in the prevalence of a very wide range of diseases that include most of the diseases associated with aging (from diabetes to neurodegenerative diseases) and in the hepatic metabolism of drugs and xenobiotics in general. Furthermore, the discovery of the relevance of estrogen activity in the liver suggests a new way to generate more effective postmenopausal hormone replacement formulas with fewer side effects.
The research activity of Adriana Maggi has been recognized and supported by numerous national and international funding bodies. On funding from the European Commission, the professor coordinated 4 European research consortia for the study of the physiology and aging of women and endocrine disruptors, and more recently her research was funded by the Nationals Institutes of Health with a RO1 grant for the study of the aging of women and ERC for the study of gender physiology.

 

 

Editorial work and publications

She is the author of more thab 200 scientific publications, 6 patents and 3 monographs- Among the most recent publications:

 

(2017) Della Torre S, Maggi A.Sex Differences: A Resultant of an Evolutionary Pressure? Cell Metabolism, 25:499-505.

(2017) Rizzi N, Rebecchi M, Levandis G, Ciana P and Maggi A. Identification of novel loci for the generation of reporter mice. Nucleic Acids Reserach, 45:e37.

(2016) Della Torre S, Mitro N, Fontana R, Gomaraschi M, Favari E, Recordati C, Lolli F, Quagliarini F, Meda C, Ohlsson C, Crestani M, Uhlenhaut NH, Calabresi L, Maggi A. An Essential Role for Liver ERα in Coupling Hepatic Metabolism to the Reproductive Cycle. Cell Reports, 15:360-71.

(2016) Villa A, Vegeto E, Poletti A, Maggi A.Estrogens, Neuroinflammation, and Neurodegeneration. Endocrine Reviews. 37:372-402.

Benedusi V, Martini E, Kallikourdis M, Villa A, Meda C and Maggi A. Ovariectomy shortens the life span of female mice. Oncotarget  (2015) 6:10801-11.

(2014) Della Torre S, Benedusi V, Fontana R, Maggi A, Energy Metabolism and reproduction, an ancestral balance to be preserved for women health. Nature Review Endocrinology, 10:13-23.

(2012) Villa A, Della Torre S, Stell A, Cook J, Brown M, Maggi A. Tetradian oscillation of estrogen receptor α is necessary to prevent liver lipid deposition. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. 109:11806-11.

(2011) Della Torre S, Rando G, Meda C, Stell A, Chambon P, Krust A, Ibarra C, Magni P, Ciana P. and Maggi A. Amino Acid-dependent activation of liver Estrogen Receptor alpha integrates metabolic and reproductive functions via IGF-1. Cell Metabolism, 13: 205-214.

(2010) Rando G, Horner D, Biserni A, Ramachandran B, Caruso D, Ciana P, Komm B. and Maggi A. An innovative method to classify SERMs based on the dynamics of estrogen receptor transcriptional activity in living animals. Molecular Endocrinology, 24: 735-744.

(2009) Brufani M, Ceccacci F, Filocamo L, Garofalo B, Joudioux R, La Bella A, Leonelli F, Migneco LM, Bettolo RM, Farina PM, Ashcroft GS, Routley C, Hardman M, Meda C, Rando G, Maggi A. Novel locally active estrogens accelerate cutaneous wound healing. A preliminary study. Molecular Pharmaceutics, 6: 543-56.

(2003) Ciana P, Raviscioni M, Mussi P, Vegeto E, Que I, Parker MG, Lowik C and Maggi A. In vivo imaging of transcriptionally active estrogen receptors. Nature Medicine, 9: 82-6.

 

Awards and prizes

Adriana Maggi won many awards and recognitions during her professional career, including the Salk-Institute-University of Texas Award; the NATO Award for exchange studies, the Lecture Award of the British Endocrine Society, the Farmindustria-Telethon Research Award, the PFIZER Investigator-Initiated Research Award, the ERC Advanced Grant Award.

 

 

 

Natalia Malara
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STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: cancer research, molecular medicine, oncology, translational medicine

Keywords: biosensors, cancer stem cells, circulating endothelial cells, circulating molecular biomarkers, circulating tumour cells, liquid biopsies, tissue regeneration

Region: Calabria


Position/Role

Senior researcher Bionem (Bio- and Nano-Engineering for Medicine) nanotechnology laboratories Experimental and Clinical Medicine Department, Magna Graecia, University of Catanzaro.

Professional career

Graduated from the University of Messina in Medicine and Surgery, she continued her studies at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Rome, where she specialized in Medical Oncology. After getting her PhD in Cell and Human Biology at the University of Messina, as winner of the two-year AIRC scholarship, she has carried out her research as contract professor at the Magna Graecia University of Catanzaro. She has collaborated with the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) of Genoa in the post-doc position, for the development of devices aimed at characterizingprognostic biomarkers in cancer patients. NM in 2005 worked as consultant for the Consulate of the Italian Embassy in Nosy-Be, Madagascar, for evaluating oncological risks linked to territorial problems, especially in paediatric age. In the project "Monitoring and early diagnosis of tumours linked to exposure to environmental toxic substances in the Calabrian population", in 2009, she worked as consultor for ARPACAL - Regional Agency for Environmental Protection of Calabria. In 2011 she was a scientific consultant for the project "Centro del Farmaco" IRCS San Raffaele Pisana in Rome. 

Since 2013 she has been appointed Scientific Director of the CHARACTEX research project (Characterization of circulating tumour cells from peripheral, medullary and cord blood, and tissue tumour cells by cytometric flow evaluation and in vitro expansion). She takes part into the national project as scientific coordinator and coordinator of the Germaneto section, Magna Graecia University, for the SCENIC project (immunophenotypic characterization of circulating endothelial cells from peripheral, medullary and cord blood by cytometric flow evaluation in standardized instrumental, reagents and protocol conditions) commissioned by Becton Dickinson (BD). In 2015 she was the scientific director of the ENDOFIRE research project, (immunophenotypic characterization of circulating endothelial cells and peripheral blood exosomes by cytometric flow evaluation in patients with atrial fibrillation) and of the observational study ENXOCORE, (immunophenotypic characterization of circulating differentiated (CEC) and progenitor endothelial cells (EPC) and peripheral blood exosomes, by cytofluorimetric evaluation, in patients with acute myocardial infarction without ST segment elevation (NSTEMI). Since 1999 she has been member of the Italian Association of Medical Oncologists (AIOM) and from 2017 she has been Member of the Royal Society of Medicine. 

In 2017 she qualified as associate professor in the scientific disciplinary sectors MED06 (Medical Oncology) and MED46 (Translational Medicine) For the academic year 2017-18 she has been director and didactic coordinator of the Post-graduate Course inScreening, diagnosis,  prognosis and efficacy assessment of in vitro drugs using liquid biopsy" at the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, University Magna Graecia. For the academic year 2018-19 she is director and didactic coordinator of the 1st level Master in "Liquid Biopsy in Tumours and other Complex Diseases". At BionemL@b laboratory, Department of Experimental and Clinical Medicine, Magna Graecia University, she works on designing and creating devices or lab-on-chips aimed at isolating and characterizing circulating tumour cells.

Scientific results

Natalia Malara has helped to develop a neoadjuvant protocol for membrane immunomodulation in patients with lung cancer to increase the anti-tumor immune reaction (degree thesis awarded with "Fondazione Bonino-Pulejo Award") and to characterize the impact of paraphysiological mechanisms linked to aging in breast cancer biology (with particular interest on alterations of cell cycle control proteins) (2004). Furthermore, she has developed innovative protocols to isolate and characterize the subset of non-haematological cells found in the blood, aimed at defining the identity of biological marker and establishing the degree of biological conformity to the pathology. In particular, she has developed a standardized protocol for the isolation and culture of circulating tumour cells for their cytofluorimetric, morpho-immunocytochemical and genetic-mutational characterization (2018). NM has helped standardizing the normal values range ​​of different biomarkers such as circulating endothelial cells, and assessing their prognostic impact in tumour and cardiovascular pathology (2018). Author of books on  oncology (2009, 2019) and holder of national and international patents (2018), NM has developed, in the field of personalized medicine, a test that investigates the in vitro sensitivity of cancer stem cells, isolated from tissue biopsies (removal of tumour tissue) and from liquid biopsies (peripheral blood sampling), to chemotherapeutic agents (2007, 2014, 2016). She developed a protocol to isolate and expand in vitro human stem cells from different sources (adult tissues and embryonic appendages) to be used in tissue regeneration (2015). She participates and collaborates in the creation of devices with nanoscale architectures (2014) for the separation and detection of biological species for applicative purposes in clinical field, with particular interest in their use in the field of personalized preventive medicine (2018).

Editorial work and publications

Natalia Malara is author of more than 80 scientific publications, including:

[2004] Malara N, A Leotta, A Sidoti, S Lio, R D'Angelo, B Caparello, F Munao, F Pino, A Amato. Ageing, hormonal behaviour and cyclin D1 in ductal breast carcinomas. The Breast; 15(1):81-9.

[2018] Malara N, Gentile F, Coppedè N, Coluccio ML, Candeloro P, Perozziello G, Ferrara L, Giannetto M, Careri M… et al.  Superhydrophobic Lab-on-chip exploring protonation state in secretome assess personalized onset-risk of sporadic tumour. Nature Precision Oncology 2:26/2018.

[2018] Lanuti P, Simeone P, Rotta G, Almici C, Avvisati G, Azzaro R, Bologna G, Budillon A, Di Cerbo M, …Malara N …et al. Standardized flow cytometry network study for the assessment of circulating endothelial cell physiological ranges. Sci Rep. Apr 11;8(1):5823. 

[2009] Malara N. “Il Tessuto Tumorale”, editore Eurolink, distributore Feltrinelli 

[2019] Gandolfo G, Temperilli F, Amoroso A. “La Medicina di Laboratorio nell’emergenza”, seconda edizione, Malara N. capitolo “Emergenze in Oncologia” e capitolo “Recenti applicazioni cliniche della citofluorimetria a flusso, in rapido sviluppo: le cellule tumorali circolanti, le cellule endoteliali circolanti, le cellule staminali circolanti” Delfino editore, Roma.

[2018]Malara N.  Method and kit for diagnosis and/or prognosis of non-haematological tumours. PCT/IB2018/051438 Brevetto Internazionale

[2007]Malara N. Test di valutazione di efficacia dei chemioterapici effettuato su tre distinte e complementari popolazioni cellulari derivate dalla massa tumorale solida.CZ2007A000004Brevetto Nazionale

[2014]Malara N, Givigliano F, Trunzo V, Macrina L, Raso C, Amodio N, Aprigliano S, Minniti A M, Russo… et al.  In vitro expansion of tumour cells derived from blood and tumour tissue is useful toredefine personalized treatment in non-small cell lung cancer patients.Journal of biological regulators and homeostatic agents 28(4):717-31.

[2016]Malara N, Trunzo V, Foresta U, Amodio N, De Vitis S, Roveda L, Fava M, Coluccio ML, Macrì R…et al. Ex-vivo characterization of circulating colon cancer cells distinguished in stem and differentiated subset provides useful biomarker for personalized metastatic risk assessment. Journal of Translational Medicine 14(1) 12/2016.

[2016]Malara N, Guzzi G, Mignogna, C, Trunzo V, Camastra C, Della Torre A, Di Vito A, Lavecchia A M… et al.  Non-invasive real-time biopsy of intracranial lesions using short time expanded circulating tumor cells on glass slide: Report of two cases.BMC Neurology 16(1) 12/2016

[2015]Malara N, Musolino G, Trunzo V, Minniti AM, Cristodoro L, Polistina M, Renzulli A, Mollace V. Novel application of mesenchymal stem cells from mammary artery. International Journal of Cardiology 182C:466-468 01/2015. 

[2014] Malara N,Coluccio ML, Limongi T, Asande M,  Trunzo V, Cojoc G, Raso C, Candeloro P, Perozziello  G….et al. Folic Acid Functionalized Surface Highlights 5-Methylcytosine-Genomic Content within Circulating Tumor Cells.Small 07/2014; 10(21). 

Awards and prizes

Of the 84 publications produced by NM only some have been chosen amonng national and international patents, books and chapters of books and scientific articles that allow to briefly review the results achieved in itinere.

[2004] Malara N, A Leotta, A Sidoti, S Lio, R D'Angelo, B Caparello, F Munao, F Pino, A Amato. Ageing, hormonal behaviour and cyclin D1 in ductal breast carcinomas. The Breast; 15(1):81-9.

[2018] Malara N, Gentile F, Coppedè N, Coluccio ML, Candeloro P, Perozziello G, Ferrara L, Giannetto M, Careri M… et al.  Superhydrophobic Lab-on-chip exploring protonation state in secretome assess personalized onset-risk of sporadic tumour. Nature Precision Oncology 2:26/2018 

[2018] Lanuti P, Simeone P, Rotta G, Almici C, Avvisati G, Azzaro R, Bologna G, Budillon A, Di Cerbo M, …Malara N …et al. Standardized flow cytometry network study for the assessment of circulating endothelial cell physiological ranges. Sci Rep. Apr 11;8(1):5823. 

[2009] Malara N. “Il Tessuto Tumorale”, editore Eurolink, distributore Feltrinelli 

[2019] Gandolfo G, Temperilli F, Amoroso A. “La Medicina di Laboratorio nell’emergenza”, seconda edizione, Malara N. capitolo “Emergenze in Oncologia” e capitolo “Recenti applicazioni cliniche della citofluorimetria a flusso, in rapido sviluppo: le cellule tumorali circolanti, le cellule endoteliali circolanti, le cellule staminali circolanti” Delfino editore, Roma. 

[2018] Malara N. Method and kit for diagnosis and / or prognosis of non-haematological tumors. PCT / IB2018 / 051438 International patent

[2007] Malara N. Test of evaluation of efficacy of chemotherapeutic drugs performed on three distinct and complementary cell populations derived from the solid tumor mass. CZ2007A000004 National patent

[2014] Malara N, Givigliano F, Trunzo V, Macrina L, Raso C, Amodio N, Aprigliano S, Minniti A M, Russo… et al.  In vitro expansion of tumour cells derived from blood and tumour tissue is useful to redefine personalized treatment in non-small cell lung cancer patients. Journal of biological regulators and homeostatic agents 28(4):717-31.

[2016] Malara N, Trunzo V, Foresta U, Amodio N, De Vitis S, Roveda L, Fava M, Coluccio ML, Macrì R…et al.  Ex-vivo characterization of circulating colon cancer cells distinguished in stem and differentiated subset provides useful biomarker for personalized metastatic risk assessment. Journal of Translational Medicine 14(1) 12/2016.

[2016] Malara N, Guzzi G, Mignogna, C, Trunzo V, Camastra C, Della Torre A, Di Vito A, Lavecchia A M… et al.  Non-invasive real-time biopsy of intracranial lesions using short time expanded circulating tumor cells on glass slide: Report of two cases. BMC Neurology 16(1) 12/2016

[2015] Malara N, Musolino G, Trunzo V, Minniti AM, Cristodoro L, Polistina M, Renzulli A, Mollace V. Novel application of mesenchymal stem cells from mammary artery. International Journal of Cardiology 182C:466-468 01/2015. 

[2014] Malara N, Coluccio ML, Limongi T, Asande M,  Trunzo V, Cojoc G, Raso C, Candeloro P, Perozziello G….et al. Folic Acid Functionalized Surface Highlights 5-Methylcytosine-Genomic Content within Circulating Tumor Cells. Small 07/2014; 10(21). 

Francesca Mallamaci
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STEM area: Clinical sciences and nutrition science

Competences: nephrology

Keywords: arterial hypertension, cardiovascular complications of renal failure, dyalisis, epidemiology of kidney diseases, kidney transplant, molecular genetics of arterial hypertension, molecular genetics of kidney diseases, progressive kidney diseases, renal failure

Region: Calabria


Position/Role

Chief of the Nephrology, Dialysis and Transplantation Department of the "Bianchi-Melacrino-Morelli" Hospital in Reggio Calabria

Professional career

She graduated in Medicine at the University of Messina in 1978 and she became a Nephrology Specialist in 1983 at the same University.  She spent 2 years (1981-1982) as a Clinical Scientist at the Renal and Transplantation Unit of the Western Infirmary in  Glasgow (Scotland).

She has attended several Courses in Hypertension, Clinical Epidemiology and Molecular Genetics at the  Erasmus University in  Rotterdam (The Netherland).  In addition, she has attended many other international and High Quality Nephrology Courses. Since 2001, she is recognised by the European Society of Hypertension as a Hypertension Specialist.

Scientific results

Her fields of interest are Hypertension, CV complications in renal patients including dialysis patients, renal disease progression, Epidemiology of Renal disease and molecular genetics of renal diseases and Hypertension.  

She is involved in many national and international research studies such as "Lung Water by Ultra-Sound (US) guided treatment to prevent death and cardiovascular complications in high-risk end stage renal disease patients with cardiomyopathy (LUST STUDY)". The aim of this study is to create a database with clinical tests performed in very high-risk dialysis patients in order to investigate the impact of volume expansion  which is a well-known CV and renal risk factor.

The LUST Study is a randomized clinical trial aimed at testing whether the application of chest US may reduce mortality, heart failure,  myocardial  infarction,  progression  of  cardiac  disease  and  hospitalizations  in  dialysis  patients  with myocardial ischemia (a history of myocardial infarction with or without ST elevation or unstable angina, acute coronary  syndrome  documented  by  ECG  recordings  and cardiac  troponins  or  stable  angina  pectoris  with documented coronary artery disease by prior coronary angiography or ECG) and/or stage III-IV NYHA heart failure over a 2 years follow-up.

Francesca Mallamaci is Chairwoman of the ERA-EDTA working Group EURECA-m. She has contributed to building up a large registry of European dialysis patients in order to identify and validate traditional and non-traditional CV risk factors.

Editorial work and publications

Associate Editor/Team Editor of NDT since January 2013.

Past Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Nephrology (December 2006 to January 2013).

She is author of a vast number of scientific papers published in national, and mainly international, high impact journals. Among them the most recent are:

(2019) Mallamaci F, Tripepi G, D'Arrigo G, Borrelli S, Garofalo C, Stanzione G, Provenzano M, De Nicola L, Conte G, Minutolo R, Zoccali C. Blood Pressure Variability, Mortality, and Cardiovascular Outcomes in Chronic Kidney Disease Patients. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol. 2019 Jan 2. [Epub ahead of print]

(2018) Mallamaci F, Tripepi R, D'Arrigo G, Porto G, Versace MC, Marino C, Sanguedolce MC, Testa A, Tripepi G, Zoccali C. Long-term blood pressure monitoring by office and 24-h ambulatory blood pressure in renal transplant patients: a longitudinal study. Nephrol Dial Transplant. 2018 Nov 23. [Epub ahead of print]

(2018) Mallamaci F, D'Arrigo G, Tripepi R, Leonardis D, Porto G, Testa A, Abd ElHafeez S, Mafrica A, Versace MC, Provenzano PF, Tripepi G, Mancini P, Zoccali C. Office, standardized and 24-h ambulatory blood pressure and renal function loss in renal transplant patients. J Hypertens. 2018 Jan;36(1):119-125.

(2017) Mallamaci F, Tripepi G. [Pulmonary congestion and hypertension in hemodialysis patients]. G Ital Nefrol. 2017 Mar;34(Suppl 69):36-40.

(2016) Mallamaci F. Highlights of the 2015 ERA-EDTA congress: chronic kidney disease, hypertension. Nephrol Dial Transplant. 2016 Jul;31(7):1044-6.

(2016) Mallamaci F, Torino C, Tripepi G. Physical exercise in haemodialysis patients: time to start. Nephrol Dial Transplant. 2016 Aug;31(8):1196-8.

(2016) Mallamaci F, Tripepi R, Leonardis D, Mafrica A, Versace MC, Provenzano F, Tripepi G, Zoccali C. Nocturnal Hypertension and Altered Night-Day BP Profile and Atherosclerosis in Renal Transplant Patients. Transplantation. 2016 Oct;100(10):2211-8.

(2015) Mallamaci F, Testa A, Leonardis D, Tripepi R, Pisano A, Spoto B, Sanguedolce MC, Parlongo RM, Tripepi G, Zoccali C. A genetic marker of uric acid level, carotid atherosclerosis, and arterial stiffness: a family-based study.American Journal of Kidney Diseases, 65(2):294-302.

(2015) Mallamaci F, Tripepi R, Leonardis D, Mafrica A, Versace MC, Provenzano F, Tripepi G, Zoccali C. Nocturnal Hypertension and Altered Night-Day BP Profile and Atherosclerosis in Renal Transplant Patients. Transplantation, 100(10):2211-8.

Awards and prizes

At least 15 abstracts written by Prof. Mallamaci were awarded at national and international conferences such as the European Renal Association (ERA-EDTA) and the Congress of the American Society of Nephrology.

Prof. Mallamaci, in her main fields of interest such as chronic renal failure, is at the 19th position in an international ranking created and periodically updated by the University of Baltimore (EXPERTSCAPE- http://expertscape.com/ex/chronic+kidney+disease). Furthermore, in this ranking, prof Mallamaci is second in a gender based analysis.

Irene Mammarella
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STEM area: Psychology and neurosciences

Competences: clinical developmental psychology, developmental neuropsychology

Keywords: autism, learning disabilities, math anxiety, non-verbal disorder

Region: Veneto


Position/Role

Associate professor of Developmental Psychology, University of Padova

Professional career

She graduated in Psychology in 2002 at the University of Padova and obtained the PhD in 2006. During her PhD she spent periods as visiting scholar at the Hospital for Sick Children (Toronto, Canada), and at the University of Gent (Belgium). In 2008 she became a Lecturer (assistant professor) in developmental psychology at the University of Padova. She has been a visiting researcher at the Universitè Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium) in 2013, at Liverpool John Moores University (UK) in 2017, and at the Goldsmith University of London (UK) in 2018. In 2013 she co-founded a university clinical centre specialized in diagnosis and intervention of children with neurodevelopmental disorders (Lab.D.A). Since 2017 she is the clinical supervisor of a new centre (Lab.D.A. Nord). She established and directed since 2014 a post-graduate course in Developmental disorders and psychopathologies to train specialized practitioners (University of Padova).

Scientific results

Since the beginning of her research career, she has examined the Nonverbal learning disability, a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by low visuospatial skills and good verbal abilities. She became a leading researcher on this topic, publishing several research on peer review journals. Due to these, in 2017, she has been invited from the Columbia University, (Institute of Psychiatry, New York, USA) to be part of the international committee, aimed to include the Nonverbal learning disability in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM 5). Her current research projects focus on studying differences and similarities of the Nonverbal learning disability and other neurodevelopmental disorders, such as ADHD and Autism spectrum disorder.

Other research interests also involve the analysis of cognitive processes (such as visuospatial working memory) in relation to academic achievement, specifically mathematics. Recently, she collaborated with the University of Cambridge (UK) in studying the development of mathematics anxiety and its relation with maths performance.

Overall, her applied scientific results, other than have been published on international peer review journals have been developed in standardized tests and intervention materials with specialized publishers.

 

Editorial work and publications

Irene C. Mammarella is Academic Editor of PlosOne and is in the Editorial board of international scientific journals, such as Educational Psychology, Learning and Individual Differences e Journal of Experimental Child Psychology.

She is author of many international publications, here are listed some of them:

[2018] Cardillo, R., Menazza, C. & Mammarella, I. C. Visuoconstructive Abilities and Visuospatial Memory in Autism Spectrum Disorder Without Intellectual Disability: Is the Role of Local Bias Specific to the Cognitive Domain Tested? Neuropsychology, 32, 822-834. doi: 10.1037/neu0000472

 

[2018] Mammarella, I. C., Donolato, E., Caviola, S., & Giofrè, D. Anxiety profiles and protective factors: A latent profile analysis.Personality & Individual Differences, 124, 201-208. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2017.12.017

 

[2018] Mammarella, I. C., Caviola, S., Giofrè, D. & Szücs, D. The underlying structure of visuospatial working memory in children with mathematical learning disability.British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 36, 220-235 doi: 10.1111/bjdp.12202

 

[2017] Mammarella, I. C., Caviola, S., Giofrè, D., & Borella, E. Separating math from anxiety: The role of inhibitory mechanisms.Applied Neuropsychology: Child, doi: 10.1080/21622965.2017.1341836

 

[2016] Hill, F., Mammarella, I. C., Devine, A., Caviola, S., Passolunghi, M. C. & Szücs, D. Maths anxiety in primary and secondary school students: Gender differences, developmental changes and anxiety specificity.Learning and Individual Differences, 48, 45-53.

 

[2016] Mammarella, I. C., Ghisi, M., Bomba, M., Bottesi, G., Caviola, S., Broggi, F. & Nacinovich, R. Anxiety and depression in children with Nonverbal learning disabilities, reading disabilities, or typical development.Journal of Learning Disabilities, 49, 130-139.

 

[2015] Mammarella, I. C., Hill, F., Devine, A., Caviola, S., & Szücs, D. Math anxiety and developmental dyscalculia: A study on working memory processes.Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 37, 878-887.

 

[2014] Mammarella, I. C., & Cornoldi, C. An analysis of the criteria used to diagnose children with Non-verbal learning disabilities (NLD).Child Neuropsychology, 20, 255-280. 

[2014] Mammarella, I. C., Giofrè, D., Caviola, S., Cornoldi, C., & Hamilton, C. Visuospatial working memory in children with Autism: The effect of semantic global organization. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 35, 1349-1356.

[2013] Mammarella, I. C., Bomba, M., Caviola, S., Broggi, F., Neri, F., Lucangeli, D., & Nacinovich, R. Mathematical difficulties in nonverbal learning disability or co-morbid dyscalculia and dyslexia.Developmental Neuropsychology, 38, 418-432.

[2013] Mammarella, I. C., Borella, E., Pastore, M., & Pazzaglia, F. The structure of visuospatial memory in adulthood.Learning and Individual Differences, 25, 99-110.

 

Awards and prizes

Irene C. Mammarella is member of several international associations: APS (Association for Psychological Science), MCLS (Mathematical Cognition and Learning Society), EARLI (European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction), IARLD (International Academy for Research in Learning Disabilities).

She is member of the Directive board of the Italian association for learning disorders (Airipa) and member of the Italian psychological association (AIP), developmental and education.

Since 2017 is member of the panel for updating the national guidelines of Specific learning disorders, organized by the Italian Association of Dyslexia (AID).

Recently, in 2018, she co-founded the Italian association of the Nonverbal learning disability (AIDNV) and the international Society for research on learning disorders (SRLD).

Giulia Manca
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STEM area: Physics

Competences: nuclear physics, particle physics

Keywords: high energy physics, particle physics, quarkonia

Region: Sardinia


Position/Role

Associate professor at the University of Cagliari and at the National Institute of Nuclear Physics.

Professional career

After graduating in Physics at the University of Cagliari in 1999, she completed her training with a PhD in Physics at Oxford University which she obtained in 2003. In the same year she continued her studies with a post-doc in England again, first at Oxford and then at the University of Liverpool. From 2000 to 2006, she worked as a Scientific Associate with the Fermilab laboratory in Chicago, in the United States. In 2007, she returned to Italy, to Cagliari, as a researcher at the INFN (National Institute of Nuclear Physics) and, the following year, at the University. From 2012 to 2013 she collaborated with the CERN laboratory in Geneva. In 2015 she won an ERC Consolidator Grant with the CNRS (Center National de la Recherche Scientifique) and moved to Orsay, Paris, until the end of 2016. In 2016 she was also visiting professor at the University of Cambridge, UK. In 2017 she became associate professor at the University of Cagliari. She is currently involved in the study of heavy ion physics with the LHCb experiment at CERN and leads a research team of six post-docs, two students and two researchers divided between Orsay and Cagliari.

Scientific results

In 2002, together with her colleagues from the CDF experiment (Collider Detector at Fermilab) she observed the decay of the W and Z bosons (fundamental particles of the Standard Model) into electrons and measured the production cross section and the ratio for the first time to that energy, publishing the work in her PhD thesis. In 2003 she worked with a group of 14 people dedicated to the research of chargino and neutralino supersymmetric particles in their leptonic decay, coming to coordinate them and publishing the best world limit at that time on their mass and production cross section. In 2007 she became a member of the LHCb (Large Hadron Collider beauty) collaboration – the LHC accelerator experiment of the CERN, that aims to measure the parameters of the CP-violation and decays and rare phenomena related to hadrons in which the beauty quark can (b quark) can be found - at CERN in Geneva. She participated in several studies on the production of associated states of quark-antiquark (quarkonia) by publishing several works on the subject and collaborating with expert theorists of the field. From 2009 to 2013 she became the person responsible for that physics in the experiment. In 2015 she founded a new research group within LHCb opening the way to precision measurements of Quark Gluon Plasma at high speed, her current field of research.

Editorial work and publications

She is author of numerous national and international publications, including:

2017) Aaij R, Manca G et al. [LHCb Collaboration]. Study of prompt D0 meson production in pPb collisions at=5 TeV, Journal of High Energy Physics, 1710, 090.

(2014) Manca G. Review on quarkonia production at LHC, International Journal of Modern Physics A, 29, 1430014.

(2013) Aaij R, Manca G et al. [LHCb Collaboration]. Production of J/ and¡mesons inpp collisions at=8 TeV, Journal of High Energy Physics, 1306, 064.

(2013)A.A. Alves Jr., G. Manca et al. [LHCb Muon Collaboration]. Performance of the LHCb muon system, Journal of Instrumentation, 8, P02022.

(2012) Aaij R, Manca G et al. [LHCb Collaboration]. Measurement of¡production inpp collisions at=7 TeV, European Physical Journal C, 72, 2025.

(2011) Aaij R, Manca G et al. [LHCb Collaboration] Measurement of J/ production inpp collisions at=7 TeV. European Physical Journal C, 71, 1645.

(2010) Anelli M, Manca G et al. [LHCb Muon Collaboration]. Performance of the LHCb muon system with cosmic rays, Journal of Instrumentation ,5, P10003.

(2007) Aaltonen T, Manca G et al. [CDF Collaboration]. Search for chargino-neutralino production in pp collisions at=1.96 TeV,  Phys. Rev. Lett. 99 191806.

(2008) Aaltonen T, Manca G et al. [CDF Collaboration]. Search for supersymmetry in pp collisions at=1.96 TeV Using the tri-lepton signature of Chargino-Neutralino production, Physical Review Letters, 101, 251801.

(2005) D. Acosta, G. Manca et al. [CDF Collaboration]. First measurements of inclusive W and Z cross-sections from Run II of the Tevatron collider, Physical Review Letters, 94, 091803.

(2007) Abulencia A, Manca G et al. [CDF Collaboration]. Measurements of inclusive W and Z cross-sections in pp collisions at=1.96 TeV,Journal of Physicc G, 34,2457.

She is a reviewer of the journals Journal of High Energy Physics and European Physical Journal.

Awards and prizes

In 2005 she won the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council fellowship for two years. In 2015 she gained a 5 years ERC Consolidator Grant for a total of 1.9 million euros. Since 2016 she is part of the AcademyNet network.
She is on the list of Top Italian Scientists since 2012.

 

Claudia Manzi
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STEM area: Psychology and neurosciences

Competences: social psychology

Keywords: ethnicity, family, identity, prejudice, religion, transition, violence

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Associate Professor of Social Psychology at the Università Cattolica in Milan

Professional career

After graduating in Philosophy with a specialization in Human Sciences at the Università Cattolica of Milan in 1999, she continued her education at the same university with a PhD in Social and Developmental Psychology, during which she collaborated in research and training activities of the University Center for Studies and Research on the Family. From 2003 to 2005 she was a research fellow in Social Psychology at the Department of Psychology of the Università Cattolica of Milan. From the following year until 2016 she was a researcher in Social Psychology at the Faculty of Education of the Università Cattolica. In 2008 she was a visiting professor at the University of Tennessee, in the Child and Family Studies department and in 2016 she held the same position in the department of Psychology at the University of Sussex. In 2009 she was selected as a consultant at the Research Methods and Data Analysis office of the United Nations (UN), Office of Internal Oversight Services (New York). Since 2016 she is associate professor of Social Psychology at the Faculty of Education of the Università Cattolica of Milan.

Scientific results

Claudia Manzi studies identity construction and development processes, in particular identity motivations, adult identity, identity related to transition, ethnic prejudice, family differentiation, cross-cultural psychology. She collaborated on these issues with the Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, in Colombia, in 2007, for a study on identity changes in transition periods, and in the same year with the Center for the Study of Youth and Political Violence, 'University of Tennessee, where she participated in the final phase of data analysis and publication of the results of a project coordinated by the World Health Organization's Program for Child and Adolescent Health and Development. Since 2008 she has participated in the international research team for the cross-cultural research project "Motivated identity construction in cultural context" funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Finally, since 2014 she is a member of the international research team "World Relationship Study", funded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.

 

Editorial work and publications

Since 2011 Claudia Manzi is a member of the Editorial Board of the Encyclopaedia of Quality of Life Research (Ed. A. Michalos), Springer of New York and referee of international journals of excellence as Journal of Personality, Journal of Marriage and Family, Journal of Adolescence, Journal of Early Adolescence, Self and Identity, Psychology of Individual Differences, Social Psychology.

She is the author of numerous national and international publications including:

 

(2017) Manzi C, Roccato M, Paderi F, Vitrotti S, Russo S. The social development of right-wing authoritarianism: The interaction between parental autonomy support and societal threat to safety. Personality and Individual Differences, 109: 1-4.

 

(2015) Manzi C, Roccato M, Russo S. What buffers right-wing authoritarian responses to threat? An experimental study to test the moderation of meaning. Personality and Individual Differences, 83:117-121.

 

(2015) Manzi C, Parise M, Iafrate R, Sedikides C, Vignoles VL. In so far as you can be part of me: The influence of intrusive parenting on young adult couple identity. Self & Identity, 14: 5, 570-582.

 

(2014) Manzi C, Brambilla M. Identity change. In A. Michalos (Eds.). Encyclopedia of Quality of Life Research, Dordrecht, Netherlands, Springer, 2167-2168.

 

(2014) Manzi C, Ferrari L, Rosnati R, Benet-Martinez V. Bicultural Identity Integration of Transracial Adolescent Adoptees: Antecedents and Outcomes. Journal of Cross Cultural Psychology, 45(6):888-904.

 

(2013) Brambilla M, Manzi C, Regalia C, Verkuyten M. Religiosity and Prejudice: Different Patterns for Two Types of Religious Internalization. The Journal of Social Psychology, 153:486-498.

 

(2011) Scabini E, Manzi C. Family Processes and Identity. In S. J. Schwartz, K. Luyckx, and V. L. Vignoles (Eds), Handbook of Identity Theory and Research, New York: Springer, 565-584.

 

(2010) Manzi C. Identità adulta nella letteratura psicosociale. In E. Marta, C. Regalia (Eds.), Identità in relazione. Le sfide odierne dell'essere adulto. Milano: The McGraw-Hill Companies, 17-31.

 

(2010) Manzi C, Vignoles V, Regalia C. Accommodating a new identity: Possible selves, identity change, and well-being across two life-transitions. European Journal of Social Psychology, 40:970-984. 

(2006) Manzi C, Vignoles V, Regalia C, Scabini E. Cohesion and enmeshment revisited: Family differentiation, identity, and psychological well-being in two European cultures. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 68: 673-689.

 

Awards and prizes

Since 2007 Claudia Manzi has been a member of the European Association of Social Psychology, since 2009 of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology and since 2014 of the Italian Association of Psychology, section of Social Psychology.

 

Lucia Margheriti
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STEM area: Natural and environmental sciences

Competences: seismology, structure of the interior of the Earth

Keywords: earthquakes, local amplification effects, magnitude, seismic anisotropy, seismic series

Region: Lazio


Position/Role

Senior researcher at the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, INGV), National Earthquake Centre; Responsible for data analysis for seismic surveillance and monitoring

Professional career

After graduating in Geology at the University of Rome La Sapienza in 1991, she continued her studies through a specialization scholarship (1992-1993) in Seismology at the United States Geological Survey in Menlo Park, CA, USA. In 1994 she continued her specialization at the University of L'Aquila, Department of Physics and then at the National Institute of Geophysics (ING) of Rome, which in 2000 became the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV). She developed her skill as researcher at INGV first on a temporary position, and then on a permanent position. In 2003 she became senior researcher and started coordinating projects and researchers’ groups.

Since 1998 she participated to the seismic surveillance, first as a seismologist in charge of the ipocentral locations, with the target of alerting the Civil Protection, a service interrupted during the maternity periods in 2000 and 2002; then, in 2015, she qualified also as a tsunami alert operator and finally, today, she works in the shifts as responsible of the communication to the Civil Protection Department (DPC).

From 2007 to 2014 she coordinated a research group consisting of 25 researchers studying geodynamics and the structure of the interior of the Earth. Between 2009 and 2013 she was the coordinator of the mobile seismic network of the National Earthquake Center and she was involved in the organization of earthquake emergency response activities. Since 2014 she is responsible for a group (about 25 persons) of technicians and researchers working on data analysis for surveillance and seismic monitoring.

She coordinated important national and international projects involving Italian, European and US institutions and universities such as the RETREAT project (2002-2007), the Messina 1908-2008 project (2007-2009), the INGV-DPC Test project sites for detailed multidisciplinary monitoring (2007-2009), the AlpArray project (2015-2018). She is responsible for some of the activities that INGV carries out for the DPC and of the agreement between INGV and the Civil Protection Agency of the Lazio Region. She always participated in the INGV outreach activities with the schools, the public and the media.

Scientific results

Her scientific interests have focused in recent years, on the analysis of seismic sequences for the characterization of active fault systems and for understanding the possible variation of the earth's Crust physical parameters during the occurrence of the sequences themselves. For 15 years, she has been dealing with the analysis of shear wave splitting to define the seismic anisotropy and the state of deformation of the Crust and of the Earth's Mantle. This analysis allows to characterize the crustal fracture field and to define its relations with the active stress field and with the presence of fluids. The characterization of the seismic anisotropy, when done on waves that travel in the Earth's Mantle, allows us instead to formulate geodynamic models on a regional scale: the subduction zone of the southern Tyrrhenian Sea, where the Ionic plate deeps below the Calabrian arc, was the first region of the Earth's mantle where was observed a toroidal flow of the mantle at the edges of the subducting plate (Civello and Margheriti 2004).

During the years of her training she studied site effects: how the seismic waves are amplified and modified by the surface geology especially when there are incoherent deposits, irregular topographical conformation of the area interested by seismic shaking. In 1993, she was among the pioneers in using the recordings of environmental vibrations (seismic noise) to characterize the response of sites that had recorded the 1989 San Francisco earthquake.

 

Editorial work and publications

She is the author of about 70 international scientific publications, including:

 

(2016) Baccheschi P, Pastori M, Margheriti L, Piccinini D. Shear wave splitting of the 2009 L'Aquila seismic sequence: fluid saturated microcracks and crustal fractures in the Abruzzi region (Central Apennines, Italy). Geophysical Journal International, 204 (3): 1531-1549.doi: 10.1093/gji/ggv536

(2014) Margheriti L, Lucente FP, Park J, Pondrelli S, Levin V, Steckler MS, Baccheschi P, Salimbeni S. Large-scale coherent anisotropy of upper mantle beneath the Italian peninsula comparing quasi-Love waves and SKS splitting. Journal of Geodynamics, DOI: 10.1016/j.jog.2014.07.007

(2014) Govoni A, Marchetti A, De Gori P, Di Bona M, Pio Lucente F, Improta L, Chiarabba C, Nardi A, Margheriti L, Piana Agostinetti N, Di Giovambattista R, Latorre D, Anselmi M, Ciaccio MG, Moretti M, Castellano C, Piccinini D. The 2012 Emilia seismic sequence (Northern Italy): Imaging the thrust fault system by accurate aftershocks location Tectonophysics. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tecto.2014.02.013

(2013) Salimbeni S, Pondrelli S, Margheriti L. (2013). Hints on the deformation penetration induced by subductions and collision processes: Seismic anisotropy beneath the Adria region (Central Mediterranean).Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, DOI: 10.1002/2013JB010253

(2011) Baccheschi P, Margheriti L, Steckler M S & Boschi E. Anisotropy patterns in the subducting lithosphere and in the mantle wedge: A case study—The southern Italy subduction system. Journal of Geophysical Research, 116, B08306.

(2010) Lucente FP, Gori PD, Margheriti L, Piccinini D, Bona MD, Chiarabba C, Agostinetti NP. Temporal variation of seismic velocity and anisotropy before the 2009 MW 6.3 L'Aquila earthquake. Italy: Geology, 38:1015–1018, doi: 10.1130/G31463.1.

(2004) Civello S and Margheriti L. Toroidal mantle flow around the Calabrian slab (Italy) from SKS splitting, Geophysical Reserach Letters, 31, L10601, doi:10.1029/2004GL019607.

(2000) Margheriti L, Azzara MR, Cocco M, Delladio A and Nardi A. Analysis of borehole broad-band recordings: Test sute in the Po basin, Northern Italy. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 90, 6:1454-1463.

(1996) Margheriti L, Nostro C, Cocco M and Amato A. Seismic anisotropy beneath the northern Apennines (Italy) and its tectonic implications. Geophysical Reserach Letters, 23; 20:2721-2724.

(1994) Margheriti L, Boatwright J, Wennerberg L. A comparison of Coda and S-wave spectral ratios as estimates of site response in the Southern San Francisco Bay area. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 84, 6:1815-1830.

 

Daniela Mari
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STEM area: Clinical sciences and nutrition science

Competences: geriatrics

Keywords: cardiovascular risk, centenarians, degenerative diseases, dna, elders, genes, longevity, longevity genetic bases

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Head of U.O.C. of Geriatrics of the IRCCS Foundation Ca ’Granda Maggiore Hospital of the Policlinico of Milan

 

Professional career

After obtaining a degree in Medicine and Surgery, at the University of Milan, from 1976 she continued her training as a researcher in Internal Medicine until 1991. From 2007 to 2010 she directed the experimental research laboratory on aging of the IRCCS Istituto Auxologico Italian and University of Milan and of the Department of Medical and Rehabilitative Sciences with Geriatric-Cardio-Vascular specialization of the IRCCS Istituto Auxologico Italiano. Until 2014 she was responsible for the School of Specialization in Geriatrics, and for the Master's Degree in Rehabilitation Sciences of the Health Professions. Since 2010 she has directed the U.O.C. (complex operative unit) of Geriatrics of the IRCCS Foundation Ca ’Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico of Milan in agreement with the University of Milan. Daniela Mari is also an associate professor of Geriatrics at the University of Milan, at the Department of Clinical and Community Sciences. Responsible U.O.C. of Geriatrics of the IRCCS Foundation Ca ’Granda Maggiore Hospital of the Policlinico of Milan.

Scientific results

Daniela Mari has been leading the Milan research group that studies cardiovascular risk factors and their genetic variants in longevity and centenarians, and neurodegenerative diseases in the elderly for many years. During the period spent as head of the experimental research laboratory on aging of the Italian Auxological Institute of Milan, Daniela Mari and colleagues focus on the study of the genetic bases of longevity, investigating the characteristics of a large number of seventy-year-old children of centenarians. To this end they also resort to DNA methylation analysis, or to an epigenetic modification of DNA, a process which consists in the binding of a methyl group (a carbon atom bound to three hydrogen atoms) to a nitrogenous base. They also investigate the dose-effectiveness relationship of oral anticoagulant therapy (TAO) in the elderly, genetic and non-genetic risk factors in cerebrovascular diseases and the influence of obesity and metabolic status on aging and age-related diseases.

 

Editorial work and publications

Daniela Mari is Associate Editor in the Editorial Board of the Journal of Gerontology & Geriatrics (JGG).

She is also the author of numerous national and international scientific publications, including:

 

(2016) Esposito S, Mari D, Bergamaschini L, et al. Pneumococcal colonization in older adults. Immunity & Ageing, 13(1).

(2016) Abbate C, Trimarchi PD, Rotondo E, Mari D, et al. Spontaneous confabulations in amnestic-mild cognitive impairment due to Alzheimer’s disease: a new (yet old) atypical variant?. Neurocase.

(2016) Muscogiuri D, Mari D, et al. 25 Hydroxyvitamin D Deficiency and Its Relationship to Autoimmune Thyroid Disease in the Elderly. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 13(9):850.

(2016) Abbate C, Caputo L, Damanti S, Mari D, et al. Reversible Parkinson's Dementia Associated with Withdrawal of Androgen-Deprivation Therapy for Prostate Cancer. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

(2016) Arosio B, Casati M, Gussago C, Mari D, et al. Adenosine Type A2A Receptor in Peripheral Cell from Patients with Alzheimer’s Disease, Vascular Dementia, and Idiopathic Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus: A New/Old Potential Target. Journal of Alzheimer's disease, 54(2):1-9.

(2016) Ogliari G, Smit RAJ, van der Spoel E, Mari D, et al. Thyroid Status and Mortality Risk in Older Adults With Normal Thyrotropin: Sex Differences in the Milan Geriatrics 75+ Cohort Study. The Journals of Gerontology Series A Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences.

(2016) Dionigi Rossi P, Bilotta C, Consonni D, Mari D, et al. Predictors of clinical events occurring during hospital stay among elderly patients admitted to medical wards in Italy. European Journal of Internal Medicine, 32.

(2016) Gussago C, Arosio B, Guerini F, Mari D, et al. Impact of vitamin D receptor polymorphisms in centenarians. Endocrine.

(2016) Oldoni E, Fumagalli GG, Serpente M, Mari D, et al. PRNP P39L Variant is a Rare Cause of Frontotemporal Dementia in Italian Population. Journal of Alzheimer's disease: JAD, 50(2).

(2015) Hovath S, Pirazzini C, Bacalini MG, Mari D, et al. Decreased epigenetic age of PBMCs from Italian semi-supercentenarians and their offspring. Aging, 7(12).

 

Awards and prizes

Daniela Mari obtained a grant from the MIUR, the Ministry of Health and the Lombardy Region for studies on haemostasis, the genetics of aging and longevity. Since 2010  she has been a member of the Regional table for the appropriateness in Medicine and of the "Fundamental Group" Regional Technical Table of the Directorate General for Health of the Lombardy Region. In 2012 she received the position of "Scientific Expert" of the French Agence Nationale de la Recherche for the review of research projects. Since 2013 she has been member of the register of auditors for the evaluation of ministerial programs and research products (ANVUR), since the same year she is part of the European Commission's Action-Group A3 “European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Aging: Action For Prevention Of Functional Decline And Frailty ”. Daniela Mari is also a partner in the European study: MID- FRAIL Study FP7-Health 2011.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luisa Donatella Marini
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STEM area: Mathematics

Competences: mathematics for scientific computing

Keywords: elasticity, electromagnetism, finite elements, fluid dynamics, numerical methods for partial differential equations, plate bending, semiconductor devices, virtual elements

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Full Professor of Numerical Analysis at the University of Pavia

Professional career

After graduating in Mathematics at the University of Pavia in 1970 she has been fellow first, and then Researcher of C.N.R. at the Istituto di Analisi Numerica in Pavia (now IMATI-CNR) from 1973 to 1990.  Since 1990 she is Full Professor of Numerical Analysis, at the Faculty of Science of the University of Genova until 1993, and then at the Engineering Faculty of the University of Pavia.

Scientific results

The field of interest of Luisa Donatella Marini is, generally speaking, the analysis of numerical schemes for the solution of elliptic partial differential equations (of second and fourth order) by means of different kinds of finite element methods: conforming, non-conforming, hybrid, mixed, and equilibrium. More specifically, she applied finite element techniques for the treatment of problems coming from various applications: semiconductor device simulation, electromagnetism, fluid-dynamics, structural mechanics. Particular emphasis was given to the approximation of non-coercive problems, which lead to develop various techniques for stabilizing Galerkin formulations, for applications to domain decomposition methods with non-matching grids, and to advection dominated problems. In the last decade she was particularly interested in developing and analyzing schemes based on Discontinuous Galerkin methods, for the discretization of various applied problems, such as Darcy flows, advection-diffusion problems, and Reissner-Mindlin model for plate problems. The more recent production is devoted to a new technique, the Virtual Element Method, for the discretization of Pde's  with applications.

 

Editorial work and publications

L. Donatella Marini serves or has served as Associate Editor of various journals:  SISC (SIAM Journal on Scientific and Statistical Computing) from 1988 to 1993,  CMAME (Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering) since 2001,  IMA Journal of Numerical Analysis, since 2017, the Italian Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics since 2008, and is member of the Advisory Board of CAMES (Computer Assisted Methods in Engineering and Sciences) since 2014.  She is also reviewer for other numerous important international journals, and evaluator for national and international proposals.

She authored over 100 publications on international journals. Several of her journal articles are among the most cited in mathematics. Below five selected publications. For a complete list I refer to my webpage: http://arturo.imati.cnr.it/marini

[2002] Unified analysis of Discontinuous Galerkin Methods for Elliptic Problems. SIAM Journal on Numerical Analysis, 39(5):1749-1779 (with Arnold DN, Brezzi F, Cockburn B). 

[1985] Marini LD. Two families of mixed finite elements for second order elliptic problems. Journal of Numerical Mathematics, 47:217-235 (with Brezzi F, Douglas J jr.,).

[2013] Basic principles of Virtual Element Methods. Mathematical Models and Methods in Applied Sciences, 23(1):199-214 (with Beirão da Veiga L, Brezzi F, Cangiani A, Manzini G, Russo A.). 

[2013]Virtual Elements for linear elasticity problems, SIAM J. Numer. Anal. 51(2):794-812 (with  Beirão da Veiga L, Brezzi F).

[2014] The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Virtual Element Method, Math. Models Methods. Appl. Sci. 24(8):1541-1573 (with Beirão da Veiga L, Brezzi F, Russo A).

Awards and prizes

She was awarded the Turner-Kirk Distinguished Visiting Fellowship for the GCS programme at the Isaac Newton Institute (Cambridge, UK), July-December 2019, is Member of the scientific committee of the 20th International Conference on Finite Elements in Flow Problems (FEF 2019, Chicago), is representative of SIMAI (The Italian Society of Applied and Industrial Mathematics) in the General Assembly and Managing Board of the European Community on Computational Methods in Applied Sciences (ECCOMAS) since 2014,  has been Chair of the committee for the ICIAM (The International Council for Industrial and Applied Mathematics)  Collatz prize in 2015. In 2010 she was elected a member of the European Academy of Science (EURASC), where she also serves as a member of the scientific committee of the Division of Mathematics (March 2018-March 2021). She has been member of the Committee for PhD programs at the University of Pavia from 1999 to 2009, and then Director of the Doctoral School of  “Scienze e Tecnologie A. Volta” of the University of Pavia from 2009 to 2013. In 2012 she delivered the inaugural lecture for the opening of the academic year at the University of Pavia.

Maria Marsella
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STEM area: Natural and environmental sciences

Competences: geodesy, geology, geomatics, volcanology

Keywords: hydrogeological risk, natural risks, territory, volcanology

Region: Lazio


Position/Role

Associate Professor of Geodesy and Geomatics in the degree courses in Civil Engineering, Safety and Civil Protection and Aerospace at the University of Rome La Sapienza. CEO of SurveyLAb srl.

Professional career

After graduating in Physics in 1987 with a thesis on the LAGEOS satellite mission for the study of Earth’s crust movements in the Mediterranean Area, she continued her education with a PhD in Geodetic and Topographical Sciences at the University of Bologna, discussing a thesis on Spatial Geodesy Techniques (SLR and GPS) applied to the Study of Deformations. In 1992 she became a researcher at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”. From 2003 to 2005 she was Visiting Scientist at the USGS in Reston (Virginia), where she worked on projects for the integration of GPS/INS data for the georeferencing of data acquired through aerial surveys. Since 2001 she is associate professor at the Faculty of Civil and Industrial Engineering of the University of Rome “La Sapienza” (qualified as Ordinary since 2012). During her academic career she taught Higher Education courses on Image Analysis Remote Sensing Techniques and GIS and on Aerial survey techniques for natural disasters and was a member of the Teaching Board of the PhD in Geoinformation of the University of Tor Vergata. She currently participates in the PhD in Infrastructure and Transport Engineering of Sapienza University.

In 2008 she founded the spin-off of Sapienza Survey Lab dedicated to the development of innovative systems for the control of the territory and civil infrastructures using in situ sensors and satellite observations (GNSS and DInSAR). He is currently CEO of Survey Lab.

Scientific results

Maria Marsella's main activity is research on geodetic and geomatic techniques for land monitoring and civil infrastructure protection. She is an expert in the acquisition and processing of earth observation data with optical and SAR sensors and spatial geodesy data.She carried out studies and research for the development of interpretative and forecasting models in areas subject to hydrogeological risk and in active volcanic areas, basing on the integration of aerial and satellite remote sensing data with in situ measurements.She coordinated numerous research projects funded by national bodies such as the MIUR, the Italian Space Agency, the Civil Protection Department of the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology, and European projects under the EU programs FP7 and H2020.

 

Editorial work and publications

She is author of more than one hundred publications, including:

(2016) Scifoni S, Bonano M, Marsella M, Sonnessa A, Tagliafierro V, Manunta M. On the joint exploitation of long-term DInSAR time series and geological information for the investigation of ground settlements in the town of Roma (Italy). Remote Sensing of Environment, 182:113-127 3.

(2015) Palenzuela JA, Marsella M, Nardinocchi C, Pérez JL, Fernández T. Landslide detection and inventory by integrating LiDAR data in a GIS environment. Landslides, 12(6):1035-1050,9.

(2015) Marsella M, D’Aranno PJV, Scifoni S, Sonnessa A, Corsetti M. Terrestrial laser scanning survey in support of unstable slopes analysis: the case of Vulcano Island (Italy). Natural Hazards, 78(1):443-459,5.

(2012) Marsella M, Baldi P, Coltelli M, Fabris M.The morphological evolution of the Sciara del Fuoco since 1868: reconstructing the effusive activity at Stromboli volcano. Bulletin of Volcanology, 74,1:231-248.

(2009) Proietti C, Coltelli M, Marsella M, Fujita E. A quantitative approach for evaluating lava flow simulation reliability: LavaSIM code applied to the 2001 Etna eruption. Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems,10,9.

(2008) Manunta M, Marsella M, Zeni G, Sciotti M, Atzori S, Lanari R. Two-scale surface deformation analysis using the SBAS-DInSAR technique: a case study of the city of Rome Italy.International Journal of Remote Sensing, 29,6:1665-1684.

(2008) Baldi P, Coltelli M, Fabris M, Marsella M, Tommasi P. High precision photogrammetry for monitoring the evolution of the NW flank of Stromboli volcano during and after the 2002-2003 eruption. Bulletin of Volcanology, 70,6:703-715.

(2007) Vicari A, Herault A, Del Negro C, Coltelli M, Marsella M, Proietti C. Modeling of the 2001 lava flow at Etna volcano by a cellular automata approach. Environmental Modelling & Software, 22,10:1465-1471.

(2005) Baldi P, Fabris M, Marsella M, Monticelli R. Monitoring the morphological evolution of the Sciara del Fuoco during the 2002 - 2003 Stromboli eruption using multi-temporal photogrammetry. ISPRS, Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 59,4:199-211.

(2002) Baldi P, Bonvalot S, Briole P, Coltelli M, Gwinner K, Marsella M, Puglisi G, Remy D. Validation and comparison of different techniques for the derivation of digital elevation models and volcanic monitoring (Vulcano Island Italy). International Journal of Remote Sensing, 23,22:4783-4800.

 

Awards and prizes

In 2017 she was called to join the Scientific Technical Committee for the Government Commissioner for the rebuilding in the territories affected by the 24 August 2016 earthquake at the Presidency of the Council of Ministers. In March 2016 Survey Lab, of which she was CEO, won the H2020 SME Instrument-Phase II-Space Call with the IMODI project (Monitoring by using satellites the stability of buildings and infrastructure). From 2011 to 2014 she was an expert for the Research Quality Assessment (VQR-ANVUR). Between 2002 and 2013 she was an expert evaluator of projects for the Aeronautics and Space Call of the European Commission's FP6 and FP7 framework programmes for technological development. In 2002 and 2003 and again in 2017 she collaborated with the National Civil Protection Department for the management of the Stromboli Emergencies 2002-03 and 2017. She is a member of the Management Board of the Aerospace Research Center of Sapienza (CRAS).

 

Mirella Mastretti
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STEM area: Computer science

Competences: artificial intelligence, computer technology, cybernetic physics, electronics, mathematical modeling, network engineering

Keywords: big data, cybernetics, innovation, management, nanotechnologies, SMEs, strategy, women

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Member of the Board of Directors of "Azienda Farmacie Comunali" of Cornaredo (Milano) 

Mathematics and computer science professor 

Founding partner and vice-President of an association to support female entrepreneurship (SMEs and startups) 

Innovation ambassadress

Professional career


 After the graduation in computer science, under the guidance of Prof. Giovanni degli Antoni, she continues her studies with a specialization in cybernetics / artificial intelligence and electronic systems engineering. Since 1989 she has been a researcher at the Central Research Laboratory of an important and innovative Italian telecommunications company. Then she started her contribution to some international standardization committees, in particular the one related to the VHDL language. Since 1993 she has been manager of R&D projects on areas related to logical synthesis automation tools, using expert systems, neural networks, fuzzy logic and project coordinator, in an international context, for the research and application of video encoding and decoding algorithms. Since 2000 she has been responsible for Multimedia Content Delivery projects and Network Architectures. In 2013 he coordinated activities related to telemedicine and energy saving for the smart city in collaboration with Monzino and Milano Ricerche Cardiology Center. In 2014 she won a public selection for titles for a Collaboration with the University of Milan at the Department of Pharmacological and Biomolecular Sciences. In 2013 she founded, with a group of colleagues, an association of women (Talent4Rise, which, under her direction, would become a founding member of the Triulza Foundation, civil society pavillon for EXPO2015). The aim is to provide visibility to female STEM talents. She held the position of Chairwoman and member of the General Council of the Triulza Foundation until 2016. Next she was appointed Chairwoman Emerita and Vice President and, during the same period, she was appointed as Strategic Marketing Director for an ICT company. Since 2014 she has been a member of the Board of Directors of an in-house company of a municipality in the Milan hinterland that groups together local pharmacies.
 

Scientific results

For about 30 years Mirella Mastretti has been dealing with innovative areas both as a researcher and a teacher of advanced training, and as manager in academia, civil society and ICT companies contexts. Her activities involved the coordination of funded projects at national and international level. Member of international scientific and standardization committees, she contributed to the VHDL language definition, to original logical synthesis tools (patented) implementation and to innovative algorithms for audio/video, AI (Artificial Intelligence) applications and neural networks. 

She always managed projects and opportunities to liven up the debate on innovation in health and life-science, the role of science and technology in the society, with particular focus on methods, tools and technologies, to ensure a good quality of life and assistance for chronic or elderly people and for inclusive training; all this has been carried out in a context of "sharing economy" that sees the collaboration between companies, the academic world and the third sector

Editorial work and publications

Some papers
 [1990] Antoniazzi S., Mastretti M. An Interactive Environment for Hardware/Software System Design at the Specification Level. Microprocessing and Microprogramming, vol. 30.
 [1991] Antoniazzi S., Mastretti M. An Architectural Design Support Environment for High- Performance Digital Systems. Microprocessing and Microprogramming, vol.32.
 [1995] Mastretti M., Sturlesi M. Tomasello S. Static Analysis of VHDL Code: Simulation Efficiency and Complexity. Proceedings VHDL: Champions of the Second Generation, San Diego, California.
 [1996] Mastretti M., Sturlesi M., Tomasello S. Quality Measures and Analysis: A Way to improve VHDL Models, Hardware Component Modeling. Kluwer Academic Publisher.
 [1998] Mastretti M., Paolillo E., Di Bello P., Mercandalli D. Technologies for the Information Society, Developments and Opportunities, IOS Press.
 [1999] Boscolo M., Mastretti M., Paolillo E. Technology as the Catalyst of Users' Acceptance in Electronic Commerce. Flexible Working, New Network Technologies, pp. 121-132.
 Books
 [1996] M. Mastretti, Current Issues in Electronic Modeling. Kluwer Academic Publisher
 
[2015] M. Mastretti, Best Practices for EXPO2015: Tecniche Nuove 
 
[2016] M. Mastretti, Impresa che funziona - come finanziare ricerca e innovazione con i fondi pubblici -  Sandit.
 
 

Awards and prizes

"Milano Ricerche" Award 1989 -  Lombardy Region Project Award (SURE - SMAU Milano 2012) -  Milan Chamber of Commerce Award (Rise2Up 2014) -  Appointment to "digital champion", ambassadress of innovation, by Riccardo Luna, on behalf of the Italian Prime Minister (2015) - Appointment of President Emeritus of T4R (2016) 

Barbara Mazzolai
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STEM area: Engineering

Competences: biorobotics, robotic engineering

Keywords: bio-inspired engineering, robot

Region: Tuscany


Position/Role

Coordinator of the Micro-BioRobotics Center (CMBR) in Pontedera, at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) of Genoa, and Vice Director with responsibility for the operation of the IIT Network Centers.

 

Professional career

After graduating in Biological Sciences at the University of Pisa in 1995, she joined the Biophysics Institute of the National Research Council (CNR), where she worked on environmental issues and in particular on mercury pollution. From 1997 to 1998 she attended a master in Environmental Management and Control (EMAS) at the Sant’Anna High School in Pisa (SSSA), with an internship at the Office for Foreign Risks of Civil Responsibility and Accidents, of Assicurazioni Generali SpA of Trieste. The following year she was a research assistant at the Research Center in Microengineering (CRIM Lab) of the Sant'Anna High School in Pisa, a position she held until 2004. From the same year until 2009 she was a Biomedical Engineering Researcher at the same Sant’Anna High School. In November 2009 she became Team Leader at the Micro Bio-Robotics Center in Pontedera of the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Genoa, and in February 2011 she was appointed Coordinator. In 2011 she obtained a research doctorate in Microsystems Engineering at the Tor Vergata University of Rome.

 

Scientific results

Barbara Mazzolai’s research field is soft and bioinspired robotics, an evolution of robotics that involves the use of non-rigid materials inspired by the living world, in particular invertebrate animals and plants. During her time at the CRIM Lab of the Sant'Anna High School, she founded a new research area specifically dedicated to microtechnologies and robotics applicable to the environment and agri-food, playing the role of project manager of European projects such as Octopus, aimed at developing a soft robot inspired by Octopus vulgaris, and DustBot, a network of autonomous robots that can be used to collect door-to-door waste and improve urban hygiene. Arriving at the head of IIT's Micro Bio-Robotics Center, she founded a new research line in the field of bio-inspired robotics and soft robotics called "Plantoid", which aims at the realization for the first time in the world of robots inspired by movements, to the sensorial and communication skills of plants and their roots for soil exploration and environmental monitoring.

 

 

Editorial work and publications

Barbara Mazzolai is a member of the editorial group of various scientific journals, including Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, Soft Robotics, Biomimetics, Robotics & Automation Letters, Frontiers in Bionics and Biomimetics, Micro-BioRobotics.

She is the author of numerous publications in international scientific journals, such as:

(2016) Laschi C, Mazzolai B, Cianchetti M. Soft robotics: Technologies and systems pushing the boundaries of robot abilities. Science Robotics, 1:(1). 

(2016) Larson C, Peele B, Li S, Robinson S, Totaro M, Beccai L, Mazzolai B, Shepherd R. Highly stretchable electroluminescent skin for optical signaling and tactile sensing. Science, 351(6277): 1071-1074. 

(2016) Argiolas A, Puleo GL, Sinibaldi E, Mazzolai B. Osmolyte cooperation affects turgor dynamics in plants. Scientific Reports, 6. 

(2016) Mazzolai B, Mattoli V. Robotics: Generation soft. Nature, 536 (7617), 400-401.

(2014) Sadeghi A, Tonazzini A, Popova L, Mazzolai B. A Novel Growing Device Inspired by Plant Root Soil Penetration Behaviors. PLoS ONE, 9:(2). 

(2014) Sinibaldi E, Argiolas A, Puleo GL, Mazzolai B. Another lesson from plants: the forward osmosis-based actuator. PLoS ONE, 9(7): e102461. 

(2014) Tramacere F, Kovalev A, Kleinteich T, Gorb SN, Mazzolai B. Structure and mechanical properties of Octopus vulgaris suckers. Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 11: 91, 20130816. 

(2013) Tramacere F, Beccai L, Kuba M, Gozzi A, Bifone A, Mazzolai B. The Morphology and Adhesion Mechanism of Octopus vulgaris suckers. PLoS ONE, 8(6): e65074. 

(2012) Mazzolai B, Margheri L, Cianchetti M, Dario P, Laschi C. Soft robotic arm inspired by the octopus. II. From artificial requirements to innovative technological solutions. Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, 7 025005. 

(2011) Mazzolai B, Mondini A, Corradi P, Laschi C, Mattoli V, Sinibaldi E, Dario P. A Miniaturized Mechatronic System Inspired by Plant Roots. IEEE Transaction on Mechatronics, 16(2), 201-212

Awards and prizes

In 2010 Barbara Mazzolai received the "Marisa Bellisario" award for the scientific and management activity of the "DustBot" project, in 2013 she was awarded the Pio Manzù Prize with the Medal of the Senate of the Italian Republic for her commitment as a scientist for the creation of technologies that open new paths to sustainable development. In 2015 she received, for the same reasons, the Genoa international award: a woman out of the chorus.

 

 

 

 

 

Hila Meller
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STEM area: Computer science

Competences: cybersecurity

Keywords: cloud, cybersecurity, identity management, support women in tech

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Vice President, Security Europe, BT (British Telecom)

Professional career

Hila has a bachelor degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from Bar Ilan University and an MBA in High Tech and innovation from the Technion institute.

2003 - 2008 She worked at Avnet Information Security in many different roles, the last one as Vice President Products and Services. 

In 2008 she worked at the start-up Eurekify as Vice President EMEA (Europe Middle East and Africa).

2009 - 2015 She worked at CA Technologies initially covering the role of Solutions Sales  Director EMEA and later that of Head of Security Strategy EMEA.

2016 - 2018 She worked at HP Enterprise Security Services as Head of South Europe.

In March 2018 she joined BT to lead a pan-European team of Security experts that are tasked with protecting some of the most important and complex organizations globally against the changing and evolving cyber threats.

 

Scientific results

Hila Meller has developed a significant experience along the years applying methods of Cyber Security both in military and defence environments as well as in the commercial and civilian space.

She is recognized as one of the first pioneering experts of Security for ERP systems, acting as a special Security advisor for more than 30 projects.

She developed a significant experience in the area of Identity and Access Management, contributing to the creation of a start-up which was later acquired by CA Technologies.

 

In BT she gained additional experience related to Cyber Intelligence use cases and the application of Artificial Intelligence in Cyber Security scenarios.

 

She is often invited to attend as keynote speaker at Information Technology conferences and trade exhibitions. Some past examples include: RSA Conference in San Francicso, Kuppinger Cole EIC conference in Munich, Cyberweek in Tel Aviv, Security summit in Milan  and Forum PA in Romea.

 

Editorial work and publications

Webinar - global security roundtable: perspectives, threats and risks per region

https://www.globalservices.bt.com/en/aboutus/events/security-roundtable-perspectives-threats-and-risks-per-region 

Masterclass: how to address risk and master security in 2019

https://www.globalservices.bt.com/en/aboutus/events/masterclass-how-to-address-risk-and-master-security2

 

Blog/ Article - Don’t let security cloud your views on digital transformation

https://www.globalservices.bt.com/en/insights/blogs/do-not-let-security-cloud-your-views-on-digital-transformation

Foreign Spies and Facebook: The Undeniable Truth

https://www.rsaconference.com/videos/foreign-spies-and-facebook-the-undeniable-truth

The Day After Tomorrow: Security Challenges of the Future

https://www.kuppingercole.com/watch/eic13_keynote_meller

Awards and prizes

2005 – Security Project of the year. The people magazine www.pc.co.il

Deny Menghini
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STEM area: Psychology and neurosciences

Competences: developmental neuropsychology

Keywords: developmental disorders, dyslexia, dyslexia therapy, genetic syndromes, language, learning

Region: Lazio


Position/Role

From 2010, she has a permanent contract as Psychologist and Psychotherapist at the Child Neuropsychiatric Unit of the Scientific Institute for Research and Healthcare Bambino Gesù Children’s Hospital.

Professional career

After her Master Degree in Developmental Psychology and Education at “La Sapienza” in Rome, she attended a Diploma Course in Psychopathology of Learning at the University of San Marino. Since 1998, she has been carrying out clinical and research activities at the Scientific Institute for Research and Healthcare Bambino Gesù Children’s Hospital. In 2004, she got a Ph.D in Cognitive Science and Rehabilitation. In 2016 she took a postgraduate diploma in Cognitive Behavior Therapy and in 2018, she got a national qualification as Full Professor in General Psychology, Psychobiology, and Psychometry.

Scientific results

Her field of interests concerns the link between behavior and brain in several neurodevelopmental disorders, such as specific learning disorders, language disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and intellectual disabilities. She is now coordinating a research team on the study of innovative rehabilitative perspectives as the use of non-invasive brain stimulation for neurodevelopmental disorders.  She has produced over than sixty peer-reviewed publications, several books and chapters for the neuropsychological assessment of children with neurodevelopmental disorders

Editorial work and publications

Costanzo F, Rossi S, Varuzza C, Varvara P, Vicari S, Menghini D. Long-lasting improvement following tDCS treatment combined with a training for reading in children and adolescents with dyslexia. Neuropsychologia. 2018. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2018.03.016.

Menghini D, Armando M, Calcagni M, Napolitano C, Pasqualetti P, Sergeant JA, Pani P, Vicari S. The influence of Generalized Anxiety Disorder on Executive Functions in children with ADHD. Eur Arch Psychiatry Clin Neurosci. 2018;268(4):349-357.

Costanzo F, Menghini D, Casula L, Amendola A, Mazzone L, Valeri G, Vicari S.Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation Treatment in an Adolescent with Autism and Drug-Resistant Catatonia. Brain Stimul. 2015; 8(6):1233-5.

Menghini D, Finzi A, Benassi M, Bolzani R, Facoetti A, Giovagnoli S, Ruffino M, Vicari S. Different underlying neurocognitive deficits in developmental dyslexia: a comparative study. Neuropsychologia. 2010;48(4):863-72.

Menghini D, Hagberg GE, Caltagirone C, Petrosini L, Vicari S. Implicit learning deficits in dyslexic adults: an fMRI study. Neuroimage. 2006;33(4):1218-26.

 

Awards and prizes

In 1998, she obtained the Fellowship Award granted by Pio Sodalizio dei Piceni (Rome).In 2010, she won a Grant by the Foundation Jerome Lejeune for studying the cerebral correlates of Down Syndrome. In 2012, she was funded by the Ministry of Health (Young Italian Researchers Grant) for studying innovative therapeutic approaches in neurodevelopmental disorders.

Giuseppina Micela
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STEM area: Physics

Competences: astronomy

Keywords: ESA (European Space Agency), extrasolar planets, harps-n, ISA (Italian Space Agency), space missions, star crowns, star formation, star-planet interaction, young stars

Region: Sicily


Position/Role

Director of research at Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica, Osservatorio Astronomico di Palermo

Professional career

Physics degree at the Palermo University (1983)

CNR fellowship (1985), to spend a period at Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics - Cambridge (MA).

Scholarship from the Institute for Interdisciplinary Applications of Physics of the CNR (1986-87).

PhD in Physics at the University of Palermo (1991) with a thesis on the background emission in the band 0.16-3.5 keV.

From 1991, astronomer at the Astronomical Observatory of Palermo. She spent a period at the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics of the University of Chicago thanks to a CNR / NATO Senior scholarship.

Today she is a Director of research and from 2012 to 2017 she was director of the Palermo Astronomical Observatory, a research facility of the National Institute of Astrophysics.

Giusi Micela has been member of several scientific teams for the study of the ESA space missions (Eddington, Plato, EChO, ARIEL) and of national and international projects from ground and from space. She has been the national responsible of the project funded by MIUR “A Way to Other Worlds – WOW”.  Moreover, she won a few EU programs, that allowed several European scientists to work at the Palermo Observatory. She is a member of the board of the Fundacion Galileo Galilei, of the board of the Gal Hassin, and of the International Advisory Committee of the Institute of Space Sciences (IEEC-CSIC), in Barcelona. Finally, she is member of the board of the PhD  Physics course at the Palermo University.

 

Scientific results

Her scientific activity is focused on the study of the physics of the upper stellar atmosphere and related themes. In particular, she was among the first researchers to carry out researches on the coronae of young stars through observations of open clusters and star formation regions with space missions (Einstein, Rosat, Chandra, XMM/Newton), determining how the high energy radiation in these stars is much more intense than today in the Sun. She has then dealt with the young stars, including star-forming regions and physical processes that govern the formation of stars in various bands of energy, and young stars in the solar neighborhood, highlighting how the region around the Sun was the site of a star formation episode over the last billion years.

Today, she works on extra-solar planets, in particular on the search of rocky planets around stars smaller than the Sun and on the study of star-planet interactions. She is co-investigator of the HARPS-N spectrograph at the Telescopio Nazionale Galileo, today the best instrument for the search of exoplanets in the northern hemisphere.  Finally, she is co-principal Investigator and Italian responsable for the ARIEL mission, an ESA mission for the observations of exo-planetary atmospheres.

Editorial work and publications

Giuseppina Micela is author of more than 300 papers published on international journals. In addition, she carries out activities of dissemination of astronomy, and in particular has published the book "Birth and death of the stars" for the series "Farsi un’idea" of “Il Mulino”. Selected papers are:

1.       [2016]Affer L, Micela G, Damasso M, Perger M, Ribas I et al.,  HADES RV program with HARPS-N at the TNG. GJ 3998: An early M-dwarf hosting a system of super-Earths, Astronomy & Astrophysics,  593, 117..

2.       [2013] Pepe F, Cameron Collier A, Latham, DW, Molinari E, Udry S, Bonomo A, Buchhave LA, Charbonneau,D, Cosentino R, Dressing CD, Dumusque X, Figueira P, Fiorenzano AFM, Gettel S, Harutyunyan A, Haywood RD, Horne K, Lopez-Morales M, Lovis C, Malavolta L, Mayor M, Micela Get al,An Earth-sized planet with an Earth-like density,  Nature, 503, 7476, 377-380.

3.        [2008]Penz T, Micela G,Lammer H, Influence of the evolving stellar X-ray luminosity distribution on exoplanetary mass lossAstronomy and Astrophysics, 477, 309-314.

4.        [2003] Favata F, Micela, G, Stellar Coronal Astronomy, Space Science Reviews, 108, 577-708.

5.       [1993]Micela G,Sciortino S, Favata F, Stellar birthrate in the Galaxy – Constraints from X-ray flux-limited surveys,Astrophysical Journal, 412, 618-624.

Maria Vittoria Micioni Di Bonaventura
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STEM area: Clinical sciences and nutrition science

Competences: behavioural pharmacology

Keywords: anorexia, bulimia, eating disorders, obesity

Region: Marche


Position/Role

Researcher in Pharmacology, University of Camerino

Professional career

Dr.  Micioni Di Bonaventura graduated at the University of Camerino (MC), Italy in 2008 with a degree in Pharmacy. She was awarded her Ph.D. in Chemical, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Biotechnology from the University of Camerino in 2012, after working one year at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. She received her postdoctoral training at University of Zurich, at University of Camerino and at Department of Neuroscience at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York.

Dr. Micioni Di Bonaventura is currently a Researcher in Pharmacology at University of Camerino.

Scientific results

The main research interests of Maria Vittoria Micioni Di Bonaventura focus on the study of eating disorders. During her PhD, she worked on behavioral pharmacology to develop a new therapeutic strategies for the treatment of binge eating episodes. Binge eating is a central feature of many eating disorders, including bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder and anorexia nervosa binge/purge subtype, characterized by compulsive consumption of a large quantity of palatable food in a short period of time. The aim of these studies is to elucidate how caloric restrictions and stress may contribute to the generation and maintenance of an eating disorder, testing several compounds in a preclinical model. One of the main target of Maria Vittoria Micioni Di Bonaventura is to identify the triggering causes of these disorders in order to develop an effective drug therapy. Her latest research project is focused on the development of a new pharmacological approach to treat obesity and bingeing-related eating disorders, studying the role of the adenosine: an important modulator in the central and peripheral nervous system.

Editorial work and publications

Author of several scientific publications including:

1) Pucci M, Micioni Di Bonaventura MV, Zaplatic E, Bellia F, Maccarrone M, Cifani C, D'Addario C.Transcriptional regulation of the endocannabinoid system in a rat model of binge-eating behavior reveals a selective modulation of the hypothalamic fatty acid amide hydrolase gene. Int J Eat Disord. 2018 Dec 22.

2) Micioni Di Bonaventura MV, Ubaldi M, Giusepponi ME, Rice KC, Massi M, Ciccocioppo R, Cifani. Hypothalamic CRF1 receptor mechanisms are not sufficient to account for binge-like palatable food consumption in female rats. C.Int J Eat Disord. 2017;50(10):1194-1204.

3) Micioni Di Bonaventura MV, Lutz TA, Romano A, Pucci M, Geary N, Asarian L, Cifani C. Estrogenic suppression of binge-like eating elicited by cyclic food restriction and frustrative-nonreward stress in female rats.Int J Eat Disord. 2017;50(6):624-635.

4) D'Addario C, Micioni Di Bonaventura MV, Pucci M, Romano A, Gaetani S, Ciccocioppo R, Cifani C, Maccarrone M. Endocannabinoid signaling and food addiction. Neurosci Biobehav Rev. 2014;47:203-24.

5) Micioni Di Bonaventura MV, Ciccocioppo R, Romano A, Bossert JM, Rice KC, Ubaldi M, St Laurent R, Gaetani S, Massi M, Shaham Y, Cifani C. Role of bed nucleus of the stria terminalis corticotrophin-releasing factor receptors in frustration stress-induced binge-like palatable food consumption in female rats with a history of food restriction.J Neurosci. 2014;34(34):11316-24.

Awards and prizes

Maria Vittoria Micioni Di Bonaventura academic career was recognized by numerous awards:

2013 Farmindustria - Italian Society of Pharmacology Award for the scientific production in pharmacology.

2014 three travel awards: at XII International Summer School of Neuroscience "Dopamine", Federation of European Pharmacological Societies (EPHAR), Italian Society of Pharmacology (SIF), Italian Society of Neuropsychopharmacology (SINPF); at FENS (Federations of European Neuroscience Societies)  at the ECNP (European College of Neuropsychopharmacology) Workshop for Junior Scientists in Europe, Nice (France).

2014 She was selected for the IBRO (International Brain Research Organization): InEurope Short Stay Program at University of Zurich to investigate the influence of ovarian hormones mechanisms on binge eating episodes.

2015 EBPS Travel Award for Joint Meeting EBPS (European Behavioural Pharmacology Society)-EBBS (European Brain and Behaviour Society) for the results obtained during the research period in Zurich. IBRO PERC-FENS World Congress Travel Grants FOR  9th World Congress of the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO),for the findings presented during the congress on the role of adenosine in the control of episodes of binge eating.

2016 L'Oréal-UNESCO Awards for Women in Science

2017 Italian Society of Pharmacology - Merck Sharp Dohme corporation award for best 5 research pharmacological projects.

 

 

 

 

 

Federica Migliardo
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STEM area: Physics

Competences: biophysics, structure of matter

Keywords: bioprotection, disaccharides, infectious diseases, membranes, parkinson, proteins, spectroscopic techniques, stamina, vaccines

Region: Sicily


Position/Role

Professor of Experimental Physics at the University of Messina and Visiting Professor at the Université Paris-Sud

Professional career

Since the degree in Physics in 1998 when she was 22, the Ph.D. in Physics and the European Doctorate for Users of Large Experimental Systems in Grenoble (France) in 2002, she carried out her research at several international laboratories. In 2003 she was an ATER researcher at the University of Lille (France), where from 2008 to 2010 she was a UNESCO-L'Oréal For Women in Science International Fellow. In 2011 she got the “qualification aux fonctions de professeur des universités” in section 28 and in 2016 in section 64 in France. In 2012 she was a European Molecular Biology Organization International Fellow at the Institut de Biochimie et Biophysique Moléculaire et Cellulaire, Université de Paris-Sud XI (France). In 2013 she got the national scientific qualification as a Full Professor in Experimental Physics, becoming in 2015 a Professor of Experimental Physics at the University of Messina. Since July 2016 she is Visiting Scientist at the Université Paris Sud (France).

Scientific results

Federica Migliardo is a biophysicist carrying out her research in the domain of life sciences in the context of various international collaborations. Her research activity focuses mainly on the study of biological processes such as bioprotection, denaturation and stabilization of biomolecules, and more recently some infectious diseases (tuberculosis and schistosomiasis) and neurodegenerative diseases (Parkinson), with the aim of determining their molecular mechanisms and to understand the role of natural bioprotectors.

The idea of the research moves from the observation that different “extremophiles” (organisms loving the extreme) show extraordinary survival abilities under harsh conditions thanks to a particular sugar, trehalose, which can be used as a natural and innovative agent to protect and stabilize systems of biomedical and pharmaceutical interest, such as proteins, stem cells, plasma, antibodies and vaccines. Experimental studies, carried out through the synergistic application of complementary techniques, such as neutron and light spectroscopy, have shown that the sugar deforms the structure of water by preventing the formation of ice, thus protecting living beings from freezing, and it is also able to cover biological molecules creating a rigid environment that protects them from adverse environmental conditions.

The in-depth knowledge of the unique properties of trehalose has paved the way for new studies on some diseases for which there is no definitive solution yet. Trehalose can be used in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, as it is able to inhibit the aggregation of proteins, such as the alpha-synuclein in Parkinson’s syndrome, which in these diseases show anomalous behaviors, improving motor functions and raising life expectancy . On the other hand, trehalose is linked to particular fatty acids in the outer membrane of the tuberculosis bacterium, a membrane that creates a sort of barrier between the bacterium and the antibiotics, increasing its resistance; the goal of this research is to make this barrier more fragile and therefore more permeable to drugs that will be much more effective. The same philosophy is used in the study of schistosomiasis, parasitosis that represents the second tropical disease, since the parasites protect themselves from the attacks of our immune system thanks to a very special external membrane that passes nutrients but not drugs.

 

Editorial work and publications

She is coauthor of more than 170 scientific articles published in international journals, including:

[2017] Migliardo F, Angell CA, Magazù S. Contrasting dynamics of fragile and non-fragile polyalcohols through the glass, and dynamical, transitions: A comparison of neutron scattering and dielectric relaxation data for sorbitol and glycerol, Biochimica Biophysica Acta - General Subjects, 1861, 3540.
[2015] Migliardo F, Salmeron C, Bayan N. Mobility and temperature resistance of trehalose mycolates as key-characteristics of the outer membrane of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Journal of Biomolecular Structure and Dynamics, 33, 447.
[2014] Bousset L, Brewee C, Melki R, Migliardo F. Dynamical Properties ofa-Synuclein in Soluble and Fibrillar Forms by Quasi Elastic Neutron Scattering, BBA - Proteins and Proteomics, 1844, 1307.
[2014] Migliardo F, Tallima H, El Ridi R. Is There a Sphingomyelin-Based Hydrogen Bond Barrier at the Mammalian Host-Schistosome Parasite Interface?, Cell Biochemistry and Biophysics, 68, 359.
[2013] Fenimore PW, Frauenfelder H, Magazù S, McMahon BH, Mezei F, Migliardo F, Young RD, Stroe I. Concepts and Problems in Protein Dynamics, Chemical Physics, 424, 2.
[2011] Magazù S, Migliardo F, Parker SF. Vibrational Properties of Bioprotectant Mixtures of Trehalose and Glycerol, Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 115, 11004.
[2007] Lishchuk SV, Lokotosh TV, Magazù S, Malomuzh NP, Migliardo F. Role of the orientation disorder in the formation of fragility of glassy water and glycerol-like liquids, Physical Review E, 76, 061504.
[2007] Magazù S, Migliardo F, Ramirez-Cuesta AJ. Concentration Dependence of Vibrational Properties of Bioprotectant/Water Mixtures by Inelastic Neutron Scattering, Journal of Royal Society Interface, 4, 167.
[2005] Lerbret A, Bordat P, Affouard F, Descamps M, Migliardo F. How Homogeneous are the Trehalose, Maltose and Sucrose Water Solutions? An Insight from Molecular Dynamics Simulations, Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 109, 11046.
[2003] Vertessy BG, Magazù S, Mangione A, Migliardo F, Brandt A. Structure of Escherichia coli dUTPase in Solution: A Small Angle Neutron Scattering Study, Macromolecular Bioscience, 3, 477.

Awards and prizes

Federica Migliardo has received several international and national awards and recognitions, such as the International BioVision for Life Sciences 2011 Prize, the UNESCO-L'Oréal For Women in Science 2008 International and 2005 National Fellowships, the International EUWIIN (European Union Women Inventors) and Innovators Network) Special Recognition Award 2007, the Sapio Award for Italian Research 2006, the Prize for the best PhD thesis in neutron spectroscopy of the National Institute of Physics of Matter 2003 and the Award for the best Italian graduate in Italy of the Italian Physical Society 2001.

 

Chiara Montanari
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STEM area: Engineering

Competences: alternative energies, applied complexity, diversity management, extreme project management, leadership, logistics, project management, sustainability, systemic design, team management

Keywords: alternative energies, antarctica, complex projects, digital technologies, expedition to Antarctica, explorer, innovation, management, strategy, sustainability

Region: Lazio


Position/Role

Interface Manager at Cherenkov Array Telescope. First Italian Woman to lead an expedition to Antarctica. Expert of leadership & extreme project management.

Professional career

She holds a master degree in Civil engineering (university of Pisa, Italy) and a MBA at MIP (Graduate School of Business of Politecnico di Milano). From 2002 to 2008 she had been working as Energy Manager and Interface Manager at PNRA (National Italian Programme for Antarctic Research), where she had been developing sustainability strategies and operations for the scientific missions to Antarctica.

From 2008 to 2010 she had been appointed twice as Expedition leader at the Italian and French Antarctic research Station Concordia. In 2013, she is back to Antarctica as Head of Logistics fro the French Institute IPEV. In 2015 She had been appointed again Expedition Leader at the Belgian research Station Princess Elizabeth (first Zero Emission Building in Antarctica). 

Besides Polar missions, she had been working in different organisational domains: Innovation & Digital Broadcast Industry in United Kingdom, Sustainability strategies in Italy, and more recently in developing partnership for innovation between China and Italy.

 

She funded Complexity Aware, a consultancy company for the enterprises interested into the so called  “Antarctic mindset”, namely the capability to cope (and to prosper) under the pressure of uncertainties: “Under the pressure of extreme environment you can’t afford neither to be worried nor to be wrong; instead, you must quickly learn how to be effective and overcome difficulties!” 

 

 

She currently work as consultant for companies and as Interface Manager at Cherenkov Array Telescope gGmbH.

Scientific results

In her 5 mission to Antarctica (she can be defined an explorer of sec.), Chiara Montanari managed all scientific and logistic activities, including emergency operations and media relationships. A mission to Antarctica is a huge investment from the government to deliver innovation and research programmes in complex situations and hard environment.

Due to her skills in leadership and management, despite the high risks of  these operations,  she successfully completed each mission and all the expected results for their programme.  Particularly, 

she managed several times the operations in one of the most extreme place on earth (Concordia station is settled on the Antarctic Plateau, at 4000 m altitude and temperatures between -50°C in summer and -80°C in winter, and the team is made of 70 people in a multidisciplinary-multicultural environment). Furthermore, she had been acknowledged by the Belgium government for the diplomacy and the effectiveness of the Belgian mission, where she faced the unexpected event of a sabotage at the arrival.

 

On the basis of these experiences and her research in organisational theories, she funded Complexity Aware, a consultancy company for the enterprises interested into the so called  “Antarctic mindset”(a methodology on negotiations and adaptive problem solving), and she is currently working as consultant.

 

Editorial work and publications

In 2015 she published the  book “Chronicles from the ice, 90 days in Antarctica” (Mondadori), in which she proposed the extreme ecosystem of Antarctica as a metaphor for the current business world, namely, coping with continuous changes, high risks and tremendous uncertainty.

Awards and prizes

First Italian Woman to lead an expedition to Antarctica. 

In 2014 she had been awarded by the city of Milan with “Ambrogino d’oro” (civic medal) for her engagement in boosting Technological Transfer, Entrepreneurship and Innovation .

Rosa Maria Montereali
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STEM area: Physics

Competences: experimental physics

Keywords: laser, microtechnology, nanomaterials, optical spectroscopy, photonics, radiation detectors, structure of matter

Region: Lazio


Position/Role

Senior Researcher, Photonics Micro and Nanostructures Laboratory Head at the ENEA Research Center of Frascati (RM), Italy

Professional career

Senior research physicist (Physics Degree at University of Rome, La Sapienza, 1984). After three years of employment in the R&D Division of the Telespazio S.p.A., a spatial telecommunication company, in Rome, since 1988 she has worked as permanent researcher at the ENEA Research Center of Frascati (RM). Starting in 2010 she is responsible of the Photonics Photonics Micro and Nanostructures Laboratory. In August 2008 she was Visiting Researcher at the Federal Technological University of Paranà, in Brasil. In 2013 she got the National Scientific Qualification as University Full Professor for Experimental Physics of Matter.

Scientific results

She has more than 30 years of experience in the field of optical properties of point defects in insulating materials and light-emitting organic and inorganic thin films for photonic devices (laser, LED, OLED, optical waveguides and microcavities) and novel radiation detectors for imaging and dosimetry, applied in scientific, medical and nuclear fields. She was the coordinator of an ESPRIT European project (1996-97) and the scientific leader of several projects and tasks at national and internal level, performed in collaboration with Universities, research institutions and Italian and foreigner industries. The relevance of the results obtained on the study of point defects in thin films and their application in novel miniaturized optical devices and solid-state radiation detectors is attested by numerous communications to congresses, among them invited lectures in prestigious international symposia. She is coinventor of several national and international patents.

Editorial work and publications

She published more than 200 scientific articles on international journals with referees, among them:
 
[2017] Piccinini M, Nichelatti E, Ampollini A, Picardi L, Ronsivalle C, Bonfigli F, Libera S, Vincenti MA and Montereali RM. Proton beam dose-mapping via color centers in LiF thin film detectors by fluorescence microscopy, Europhysics Letters, 117:37004-1-5.  [2016] Montereali RM, Bonfigli F, Piccinini M, Nichelatti E, Vincenti MA. Photoluminescence of colour centres in lithium fluoride thin films: from solid-state miniaturised light sources to novel radiation imaging detectors, Journal of Luminescence, 170:761-769.
[2016] Fastampa R, Missori M, Braidotti MC, Conti C, Vincenti MA, Montereali RM. Temperature behaviour of optical absorption bands in colored LiF crystals, Results in Physics, 6:74-75. [2015] Piccinini M, Ambrosini F, Ampollini A, Picardi L, Ronsivalle C, Bonfigli F, Libera S, Nichelatti E, Vincenti MA and Montereali RM. Photoluminescence of radiation-induced color centers in lithium fluoride thin films for advanced diagnostics of proton beams, Applied Physics Letters, 106: 261108_1_4. [2014] Chiamenti I, Bonfigli F, Gomes ASL, Michelotti F, Montereali RM and Kalinowski HJ. Optical characterization of femtosecond laser induced active channel waveguides in lithium fluoride crystals, Journal of Applied Physics, 115, 2:023108-1-7. [2013] Francini R, Montereali RM, Nichelatti E, Vincenti MA, Canci N, Segreto E, Cavanna F, Di Pompeo F, Carbonara F, Fiorillo G, Perfetto F. Optical characterization at liquid Argon temperature of Tetraphenyl-butadiene films on glass and specular reflector substrates in the VUV-VIS range of wavelengths, Journal of Instrumentation, JINST 8:P09006. [2012] Montereali RM, Bonfigli F, Menchini F and Vincenti MA.Optical spectroscopy and microscopy of radiation-induced light-emitting point defects in lithium fluoride crystals and films, Low Temperature Physics 38, 8:779-785, doi: 10.1063/1.4740241; Fizika Nizkikh Temperatur 38, 8:976-984. [2010] Montereali RM, Almaviva S, Bonfigli F, Cricenti A, Faenov A, Flora F, Gaudio P, Lai A, Martellucci S, Nichelatti E, Pikuz T, Reale L, Richetta M, Vincenti MA. Lithium Fluoride Thin Films Detectors for Soft X-Ray Imaging at High Spatial Resolution, Nuclear Instruments and Methods, A, 623:758-762. [2007] Sekatskii SK, Dietler G, Bonfigli F, Loreti S, Marolo T, Montereali RM. Subwavelength-Size Local Fluorescent Sources based on Color Centers in LiF for Scanning Near-Field Optical Microscopy, Journal of Luminescence, 122-123:362-364. [2004] Montereali RM, Gambino S, Loreti S, Gagliardi S, Pace A, Baldacchini G, Michelotti F. Morphological, Electrical and Optical Properties of Organic Light-Emitting Diodes with a LiF/Al Cathode and an Al-Hydroxyquinoline/Diamine Junction, Synthetic Metals, 143: 171174.

Awards and prizes

She is permanent member on the International Advisory Committee of the DIM (Defects in Insulating Materials) conference series and of the technical and organizing committees of several national and international workshops and symposia.
 

Maria Concetta Morrone
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STEM area: Psychology and neurosciences

Competences: neurology

Keywords: eyes, numerical perception, time perception, visual system

Region: Tuscany


Position/Role

Professor of Human Physiology University of Pisa

Professional career

Maria Concetta Morrone graduated in Physics from the University of Pisa in 1977 and trained in Biophysics at the elite Scuola Normale Superiore(sister University to the Ecole Normalein Paris) from 1973 to 1980. Following research positions at the University of Western Australia, the Scuola Normale Superioreand the CNR Institute of Neuroscience in Pisa, she was appointed Professor of Psychophysiology in the Faculty of Psychology at the Università Vita-salute San Raffaele(Milan) in 2000. From 2008 she is Professor of Physiology in the School of Medicine of the University of Pisa and Director of the Vision Laboratory of the IRCCS Fondazione Stella Maris, and from 2016 she is Academic Director of the inter-University Masters in Neuroscience.

During the course of her career, she has established three new laboratories in Perth, Pisa and Milan, all with state-of-the-art technology and all still active and productive. Her most recent venture has been to obtain funding for, and set up to full functionality, a new high-field 7T scanner in Pisa. She was a founding editor of the Journal of Vision,the first Open Access journal in Life Sciences and now the reference journal in vision science. She is Associate Editor of Journal of Neuroscienceand on the editorial board of several others. She recently retired as Chief Editor of the journal Multisensory Research, which she founded in 2010.

Scientific results

From an initial interest in biophysics and physiology, where she made many seminal contributions, she transitioned into psychophysics and visual perception, dedicating her career to the understanding of the functions supported by the mammalian visual system, where she has made many important contributions of fundamental significance for shaping the field. Her research involves the study of both humans and animals using a variety of techniques, including psychophysics, electrophysiology, functional brain imaging, computational modeling and artificial intelligence. The simultaneous mastery of all these techniques has made it possible to tackle a wide spectrum of topics, approaching each problem from a different perspective in a truly interdisciplinary manner.

Below is a brief (by no means exhaustive) summary of some of her major achievements:

Developmenthas been a long-standing theme throughout Concetta Morrone's career, characterized by many fundamental contributions, including the first measurements of inhibitory interactions in infants, the first demonstration of the relatively late developments of color mechanisms  and, most recently, MRI recordings of MT responses to motion signals in young (8-week-old) infants.

Visual MotionConcetta Morrone co-designed an influential model of motion perception, among the first to employ the concept of spatiotemporal receptive fields to explain many visual phenomena. She reported the first evidence for optic flow detectors in humans, and went on to demonstrate, using MRI, that optic flow is encoded within a motion-sensitive area distinct from the area selective for linear motion. More recently, she has provided both psychophysical and MRI evidence for spatiotopic selectivity of motion – a controversial finding, but to date confirmed.

Feature detectionConcetta devised one of the major computational models of feature detection. This model has served successfully as a conceptual tool for explaining mammalian perception, as well as a technical tool for computer vision applications. She has followed this work with imaging studies, identifying the areas involved in supporting the computations carried out by this model.

Visual stability during saccadesConcetta Morrone is world-renowned for her work on vision during saccades, showing that the magnocellular system is selectively suppressed during saccades, and that space and time are both compressed. This extensive and ground-breaking series of studies has greatly expanded our understanding of visual stability in the face of saccadic eye movements, and more generally spatial vision.

Adult Neural PlasticityConcetta Morrone’s latest line of research, for which she has received funding from the prestigious ERC grant programme, is to look at neural plasticity in the adult brain. Her laboratory has demonstrated that short-term monocular deprivation (only 2.5 hours) drastically changes the dynamics of binocular rivalry in favor of the deprived eye , and that this process is mediated by GABAergic mechanisms. This new technique has enabled her laboratory to probe plasticity in adult humans, and may provide new treatments for amblyopia. Concetta is also studying the importance of plasticity for successful outcomes in retinal implants.

OtherConcetta Mrrone’s scientific interests have always been broad. Besides her main themes, she has been active in multisensory research and the perception of time, and her recent interest is oscillations in perceptual performance, and how they may contribute to visuomotor coordination and saccadic suppression.

Editorial work and publications

Concetta Morrone has published >180 scientific articles in excellent international peer-reviewed journals like the Naturecluster, Neuron, Current Biology, Trends in Neurosciences, PLoSand Journal of Neuroscience,as well as dozens in archival specialized journals like Vision Researchand Journal of Vision.

(2015) Biagi L, Crespi SA, Tosetti M, Morrone MC. BOLD Response Selective to Flow-Motion in Very Young Infants. PLoS Biology, 13(9):e1002260. 
(2007) d'Avossa G, Tosetti M, Crespi D, Biagi L, Burr DC, Morrone MC. Spatiotopic selectivity of BOLD responses to visual motion in human area MT.Nature Neuroscience, 10(2):249-55. 
(2000) Morrone MC, Tosetti M, et al. A cortical area that responds specifically to optic flow, revealed by fMRI.Nature Neuroscience, 3:1322-1328. 
(1998) Neri P, Morrone MC, Burr DC. Seeing biological motion. Nature, 395(6705):894-6. 
(1997) Ross J, Morrone MC, Burr DC. Compression of visual space before saccades.Nature, 386(6625):598-601. 
(1995) Morrone MC, Burr DC, Vaina LM. Two stages of visual processing for radial and circular motion.Nature, 376(6540):507-9. 
(1994) Burr DC, Morrone MC, Ross J. Selective suppression of the magnocellular visual pathway during saccadic eye movements. Nature, 371(6497):511-3. 
(1988) Morrone MC, Burr DC. Feature detection in human vision: a phase-dependent energy model.Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences, 235(1280):221-45. 
(1986) Morrone MC, Ross J, Burr DC, Owens R. Mach bands are phase dependent. Nature, 324: 250-253 
(1986) Morrone MC, Burr DC. Evidence for the existence and development of visual inhibition in humans. Nature, 321(6067):235-7.

 

Awards and prizes

In 2014 Concetta was elected a member of the Accademia dei Lincei, the Italian equivalent of the American Academy of Science or the Royal Society of London. Other honors and prizes include the Campbell Awardfor Australian Neuroscience (1984), the National Prize for Physiopathologyfrom the Accademia dei Lincei(2002), the Perception Lecture(Budapest: 2004), and the Kofka Prize in Development and Perception(Giessen: 2011). In 2014 she was awarded an ERC-IDEA advanced grant, a distinction of excellence in Europe. In 2019 she was awarded the 2019 Ken Nakayama Medal for Excellence in Vision Science.

 

 

Paola Mosconi
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STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: life quality, methods of clinical research, transfer of scientific information

Keywords: empowerment and engagement della popolazione, health literacy, public health, transfer of scientific information

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Head of the “Laboratory for medical research and consumer involvement” of the Department of Public Health at the Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research IRCCS, the first private Italian foundation dedicated entirely to biomedical research.

 

Professional career

Paola Mosconi is a biological scientist (1982 University of Milano) with a postgraduate degree in Pharmacological Research (1984). She has been a researcher at the Mario Negri Institute IRCCS since 1982, in the Clinical Pharmacology and in Clinical Epidemiology fields.From the beginning of the nineties Paola Mosconi has coordinated several research projects on issues pertaining the involvement, empowerment and partnership of lay people, patients, and their representatives, in health care and outcome research.

She is one of the co-founders of the Italian Forum of EUROPA DONNA, she served as vice president and European delegate. At the present time she is president of Fondazione Nerina e Mario Mattioli Onlus for gynecological oncological research; member of the board of EUPATI Italia, Fondazione AIOM Italian Association of Medical Oncology, and member of Scientific Committee of Acto-Italian Alliance against ovarian cancer.

She has been a member of Italian Ethical Committees and has served in one as president.

She published more than 130 article in leading peer-review journals.

 

Scientific results

She has contributed to the development of research projects in citizen science area and public partnership in science and healthcare, in particular:

·         the development of methods and strategies to involve patients or consumer associations in health debate, and clinical research, such as consensus conference, jury of citizens, guidelines, ad hoc surveys on knowledge-attitudes-behavior and priorities of citizens and patients, registries of pathology

·         the organization of independent training for laypeople and patients on quality of information, and methodological aspects of clinical research

·         the design of studies evaluating the type of information on diseases and treatments received by patients, mainly for cancer patients; set-up of websites targeted on lay people and patients; development of decision aid/decision-making tools, development of leaflets for the general population

·         studies for evaluate the consumers’ level of satisfaction with the health services and cure

·         projects on the assessment of quality of life in randomised clinical trials or in epidemiological survey; translation and cultural adaptation of questionnaires for quality of life.

Thanks to her longstanding experience in research projects and training courses with general population and patient organizations, she is well placed to address issues related to how clinical research is important and how necessary it is to invest in increasing knowledge and awareness.

Editorial work and publications

(2017) Roberto A, Colombo Cinzia, Candiani G, Giordano L, Mantellini P, Paci E, Satolli R, Valenza M, Mosconi P. Personalised informed choice on evidence and controversy on mammography screening: protocol for a randomized controlled trial. BMC Cancer, 17:429.

(2016) Mosconi P, Colombo C, Satolli R, Carzaniga S. Involving a citizens’ jury in decisions on individual screening for prostate cancer. PLOS One; 11: e0143176.

(2016) Mosconi P, Antes G, Barbareschi G, Burls A, Demotes-Mainard J, Chalmers I, Colombo C, Garattini S, et al. A European multi-language initiative to make the general population aware of independent clinical research: The European Communication on Research Awareness Need project. Trials, 17:19.

(2007) Mosconi P, Colombo C, Satolli R, Liberati A. PartecipaSalute, an Italian project to involve lay people, patients’ associations and scientific-medical representatives on the health debate. Health Expectations, 10: 194.

(1998) Apolone G, Mosconi P. The Italian SF-36 Health Survey: Translation, validation and norming. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, 51: 1025.

Isabella Nova
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STEM area: Engineering

Competences: catalysis, chemical engineering

Keywords: air pollution, catalysis, emissions, energy, energy sources, environment, fuels, nanotechnologies, patent emission reduction, renewable energies, technology, vehicle exhaust gases

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Professor of Industrial and Technological Chemistry at the Polytechnic of Milan

Professional career

She graduated in Chemical Engineering at Politecnico di Milano, then continued her education with a Ph.D. in Industrial Chemistry in 1999 from University of Milan, and with a post doctorate at Politecnico di Milano. In 2002 she became assistant professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering of Politecnico di Milano. In 2007 she became an associate professor, while since 2008 she moved to the Department of Energy, where she is now a full professor.

Since 2018 she is coordinator of the degree program board for Chemical Engineering (Bachelor and Master level) and Ingegneria della Prevenzione e della Sicurezza nell’Industria di Processo (Master level) at Politecnico di Milano.

Since 2019 she is Vice Dean of the School of Industrial and Information Engineering at Politecnico di Milano.

Scientific results

Environmental catalytic processes and energy sources are among the main scientific interests of Isabella Nova. Specifically, she studies the catalytic technologies for the control of pollutant emissions from lean combustion exhaust gas, photo-electrochemical processes for the splitting of water into hydrogen and oxygen, and the conversion of carbon dioxide into fuels and chemicals.

She is currently working with Daimler AG (DE), MTU (DE), FPT (I), Johnson Matthey (UK), Polytechnic of Milan, and in EU-H2020 projects.

Editorial work and publications

She is author of more than 130 national and international scientific articles, of 4 international patents, co-editor of 6 special issues of Catalysis Today (Elsevier) and 1 book (Springer), co-author of more than 250 congress communications to conferences.

She was invited to present the results of her work to more than 20 national and international universities or research centers, and to act as a keynote or plenary speaker at more than 10 international conferences.

Scientific journal metrics – February 2019:

Research ID                      http://www.researcherid.com/rid/I-2395-2015

                                            H -index: 41                      Citation Index: 5117

Scopus ID                         https://www.scopus.com/authid/detail.uri?authorId=7004116228

                                            H-index: 44                       Citation Index: 6408

Google Scholar ID         https://scholar.google.it/citations?user=HnvHQ-UAAAAJ&hl=it

                                            H-index: 51                       Citation Index: 8573

Awards and prizes

Her scientific work in the field of environmental catalysis has led to several awards, such as the invitation to give lectures to important international conferences and research centers of universities and international companies, the invitation to act as editor for several volumes dedicated to study of catalytic processes for the removal of polluted substances (Catalysis Today, Elsevier Ed.) and a book dedicated to SCR technology for the control of NOx emissions on board vehicles (Springer), to the participation in the Editorial Board of the magazine Applied Catalysis B: Environmental (Elsevier).

She also received some prizes, including the Young Scientists Prize in the 13th International Congress on Catalysis, in Paris (2004), the Glenn Award for the San Diego Meeting of the Fuel Chemistry Division (2005), the K-idea award from the Kilometro Rosso and the Energy award from Schneider Electric for the patent "Apparatus and process for reducing the content of nitrogen oxides in exhaust gases of combustion systems" (2009).

In 2018 she was included in the Inspiring 50 Italy list (https://italy.inspiringfifty.org/italy-2018)

 

 

Elena Pacella
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STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: cellular pharmacology

Keywords: drugs, eye trauma, rare and degenerative diseases of the eyeball, retinal thrombosis

Region: Lazio


Position/Role

Lecturer at the University of Rome "Sapienza" of the degree course in Medicine and Surgery; "Sensory Organs Pathologies, Orthoptics and Ophthalmologic Assistance, and of the Specialization course: Ophthalmology; Otorhinolaryngology; Occupational Medicine.  Lecturer the Master: Medical-Legal Ophthalmology; Rino-allergology practice; Ophthalmic Surgery Assistance; New Techniques and Strategies of Visual Rehabilitation,  and the degree course Techniques of prevention in the environment and in the workplace at the Frosinone office. Lazio Region referent,of  ophthalmological diseases rare: RF0290, RF0300 and RN0090

Member of the Commission "Research and technological innovation" OMCeO Rome

Professional career

Degree in Medicine and Surgery at the University of Bari in 1988, specialization in Ophthalmology at the University "La Sapienza" of Rome in 1993.

1993/94: scholarship from the Istituto Superiore di Sanità for the fight against AIDS (Barcelona, ​​Spain) abroad for three years.

1996: graduated European Board of Ophthalmology.

Since 2011 she is associate professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Rome "Sapienza". Responsible for the UOD of the Ophthalmology Department of the Policlinico Umberto I. Researcher in the field of medical-surgical diseases Responsible for the educational path of the students of the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery and Medicine and Pharmacy and of the specialization in ophthalmology.

2017: training course for Policlinico Umberto I executives (Article 37 of Legislative Decree 81/08 and of the State and Autonomous Provinces of 21/12/2011)

2017: graduated in high-level training in Management issued pursuant to Article 3 paragraph 9 of the Italian Ministerial Decree of 22 October 2004 no. 270 and University Teaching Regulations.

Volunteering in Congo with the project: "prevention, diagnosis and treatment of blindness and low vision"; and in Tanzania "prevention, diagnosis and treatment of low vision" in children.

Referent CINECA research projects for the following journals: Clinical Ophthalmology Clinical Interventions in Aging, International Medical Case Reports Journal, Clinical Optometry, Patient Preference and Adherence, Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management

From 2013: founder and editorial board of the scientific magazine "Senses & Sciences" doi: 10.14616 / sands-2014-1-0102.

Since 2016: Board member of the scientific journal "La Clinica Terapeutica".

Volunteering in Congo with the project: "prevention, diagnosis and treatment of blindness and low vision"; and in Tanzania "prevention, diagnosis and treatment of low vision" in children.

Scientific results

To identify the pathophysiological mechanisms of retinal destructuring ("Study of the potential of Retinal Progenitor Cells for Transplantation in the Porcine Eye" IAPB 2009 project, Prot. 318 / U / 09); (Clinical Trials.gov NCT02257333) Retinal Thrombosis and Atherosclerosis "HEART VISION", Clinical Protocol CLAF237A23156 Vildagliptin), and of the subretinal devices ("Argus II" BIONIC EYE: THE PROJECT OF THE UMBERTO I - YouTube), to increase the visual capacity of partially sighted patients also with the implantation of intravitreal devices of slow-release cortisone in retinal diseases that do not respond to anti-VEGF.

The H-Index is 14

The total citations are 447

Editorial work and publications

She is author and co-author of numerous scientific articles, 69 of them in reviewed journals, abstracts and communications at national and international conferences, book chapters (including 5 international), including:

1. Pacella E, Vestri AR, Muscella R, Carbotti MR, Castellucci M, Coi L, Turchetti P, Pacella F.Preliminary results of an intravitrealdexamethasoneimplant (Ozurdex®) in patients with persistentdiabetic macular edema.ClinOphthalmol. 2013; 7: 1423-8. doi: 10.2147 / OPTH.S48364. Epub 2013 Jul 16.

2. Pacella F, La Torre G, Basili S, Autolitano M, Pascarella A, Lenzi T, Pacella E. Comparison between "early" or "late" intravitreal injection of dexamethasoneimplant in branch (BRVO) or central (CRVO) retinal veinocclusion: six -months follow-up. CutanOculToxicol. 2017 Sep; 36 (3): 224-230. doi: 10.1080 / 15569527.2016.1254648. Epub 2017 Jan 11.

3. Pacella E, Collini S, Pacella F, Piraino DC, Santamaria V, De Blasi RA Levobupivacaine Vs. racemic bupivacaine in peribulbar anaesthesia: a randomized double blind study in ophthalmic surgery. Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci. 2010 Jun; 14 (6): 539-44.

4. Pacella F, Romano MR, Turchetti P, Tarquini G, Carnovale A, Mollicone A, Mastromatteo A, Pacella E.Aneighteen-month follow-up study on the effects of IntravitrealDexamethasoneImplant in diabetic macular edema refractory to anti-VEGF therapy.Int J Ophthalmol. 2016 Oct 18; 9 (10): 1427-1432. eCollection 2016.

Awards and prizes

Among the many recognition received, Co-author of the poster: "IOL COMPLICATION". Winner of the 2nd prize at the V ° Intern. Congress. On Cataract and Refractive Surgery. Florence, June 1989.

Insigned to  the "Kallistos award" for scientific and medical research July 28, 2010.

Award: "Professionalism and Competence" "SAPIENTIA MUNDI" Foundation 9 June 2018

Daniela Pantosti
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STEM area: Natural and environmental sciences

Competences: earthquakes geology, paleoseismology

Keywords: active tectonics, earthquake, earthquakes, earthquakes geology, seismic hazard, tectonic geomorphology, tsunamis

Region: Lazio


Position/Role

Research Director at the Earthquake Department of the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology, Rome headquarters.

 

Professional career

Soon after her Master Degree at the Rome University (1985) she obtains the license to practice as Geologist (1986) and a position at the Italian Geological Survey. Since 1987 she is researcher at the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology of Rome where in 2000, she becomes a Research Director. She spends two years as visiting scientist at the United States Geological Service of Menlo Park in California: in 1991-1992 and 1997-1998. In 2013 she starts to serve the institute in the direction and Research management with specific positions of responsibility. Between 2013 and 2016 she is Director of the Section Seismology and Tectonophysics of Rome and between 2016 and 2018 she is Director of the Earthquake Department with responsibilities on the planning, development and audit of the department research activity. During the 2016 seismic sequence she coordinates the INGV Crisis Unit for the internal and external activities/duties to be accomplished during that delicate period.

Scientific results

The main objective of research of Daniela Pantosti is Earthquake Geology and Paleoseismology (study of the faults responsible for earthquakes and of the geological records of past earthquakes). These activities provide a relevant contribution to the assessment of seismic hazard and to land planning. These disciplines help to characterize the seismicity of a given region non the basis of the “footprints” left by the earthquakes of the past on the landscape and geology. These were totally new in Italy at the beginning of the 80s but, thanks to INGV, Daniela Pantosti was able to introduce and apply them in Italy too, for the first time on the Irpinia fault, responsible for the 1980 earthquake.

By observing and studying the active faults (that may produce earthquakes in the future) and their seismic behavior, is possible to develop models that describe the seismicity expected for the future in terms of space and time. These models provide strength to those models traditionally based on the historical and instrumental seismicity only and help a robust estimate of the seismic hazard. These studies improved also the awareness that the active faults intersect and break the Earth surface and thus, during an earthquake, these can represent a further danger, besides that related to the earthquake shaking, for the buildings where we live and work (etc.) or for the infrastructures that we benefit of.

Because of the promising results these studies have been performed in several parts of Italy and are becoming part of the scientific course of the seismic hazard evaluation. Because of a widespread interest in this field, Pantosti was responsible or participated in several national and international projects focussing on the definition of the seismic and tsunami hazard in Itali, in the Mediterranean, in California, in central and south America and in New Zealand.

Editorial work and publications

Daniela Pantosti was associated editor for several scienific jurnals as for example Tectonophysics, Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, Journal of Earthquake Engineering, Italian Journal of Geosciences. 


She co-authored more than 100 scientific publications, among these:

 

2018) Villani, F., Pucci, S., Civico, R., De Martini,P. M., Cinti, F. R., & Pantosti, D. (2018). Surface Faulting of the 30 October 2016 Mw 6.5 Central Italy Earthquake: Detailed Analysis of a Complex Coseismic Rupture, Tectonics, doi: 10.1029/2018TC005175

(2018) Cinti, F. R., Civico, R., Blumetti, A. M.,Chiarini, E., La Posta, E., Pantosti, D., et al. (2018). Evidence for surface faulting earthquakes on the Montereale fault system (Abruzzi Apennines, central Italy). Tectonics, 37, 2758–2776. https://doi.org/10.1029/2017TC004780 .

(2017) Villani, F., L. Improta, S. Pucci, R. Civico, P.P.G. Bruno and D. Pantosti, (2017). Investigating the architecture of the Paganica Fault (2009 Mw 6.1earthquake, central Italy) by integrating high-resolution multiscale refraction tomography and detailed geological mapping, Geophys.J. Int.(2017) 208, 403–423, doi: 10.1093/gji/ggw407

 

(2016) Emergeo W.G.: Pucci S. , De Martini P.M. , Civico R. , Nappi R. , Ricci T. , Villani F. , Brunori C.A. , Caciagli M. , Sapia V. , Cinti F. R. , Moro M. , Di Naccio D. , Gori S. , Falcucci E. , Vallone R. , Mazzarini F. , Tarquini S. , Del Carlo P. , Kastelic V. , Carafa M. , De Ritis R. , Gaudiosi G. , Nave R. , Alessio G. , Burrato P. , Smedile A. , Alfonsi L. , Vannoli P. , Pignone M. , Pinzi S. , Fracassi U. , Pizzimenti L. , Mariucci M.T. , Pagliuca N. , Sciarra A. , Carluccio R. , Nicolosi I. , Chiappini M. , D’ajello Caracciolo F., Pezzo G. , Patera A. , Azzaro R. , Pantosti D., Montone P. , Saroli M. , Lo Sardo L.  , Lancia M., Coseismic effects of the 2016 Amatrice seismic sequence: first geological results (2016). Annals of Geophysics, 59, Fast Track 5, 2016; DOI: 10.4401/ag-7195

 

(2016) Pucci S. , R. Civico, F. Villani, T. Ricci, E. Delcher, A. Finizola, V. Sapia, P. M. De Martini, D. Pantosti, S. Barde-Cabusson, E. Brothelande, R. Gusset, C. Mezon, S. Orefice, A. Peltier, M. Poret, L. Torres and B. Suski (2016). Deep electrical resistivity tomography along the tectonically active Middle Aterno Valley (2009 L’Aquila earthquake area, central Italy), Geophys. J. Int. (2016) 207, 967–982, doi: 10.1093/gji/ggw308

(2015) R. Civico, C. A. Brunori, P. M. De Martini, S. Pucci, F. R. Cinti, and D. Pantosti (2015). Liquefaction susceptibility assessment in fluvial plains using airborne lidar: the case of the 2012 Emilia earthquake sequence area (Italy), Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 15, 2473–2483, 2015 www.nat-hazards-earth-syst-sci.net/15/2473/2015/ doi:10.5194/nhess-15-2473-2015

 

(2015) Civico R., S. Pucci, P.M. De Martini, D. Pantosti (2015). Morphotectonic analysis of the long-term surface expression of the 2009 L'Aquila earthquake fault (Central Italy) using airborne LiDAR data Tectonophysics 644–645 (2015) 108–121 doi: 10.1016/j.tecto.2014.12.024

 

(2015) Civico R., D. Pantosti, S. Pucci, P.M. De Martini (2014). The Contribution of Airborne LiDAR Data to the Assessment of Surface Faulting Hazard for Lifelines Crossing Active Faults: An Example from the Central Apennines, Italy, in G. Lollino et al. (eds.), Engineering Geology for Society and Territory – Volume 5, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-09048-1_193, © Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015.

 

(2014) Papadopoulos G.A., E. Gràcia, R. Urgeles, V. Sallares, P. M. De Martini, D. Pantosti, M. González, A. C. Yalciner, J. Mascle, D. Sakellariou, A. Salamon, S. Tinti, V. Karastathis, A. Fokaefs, A. Camerlenghi, T. Novikova, A. Papageorgiou (2014). Historical and pre-historical tsunamis in the Mediterranean and its connected seas: Geological signatures, generation mechanisms and coastal impacts, Marine Geology 354 (2014) 81–109, doi: 10.1016/j.margeo.2014.04.014

 

(2013) Clark KJ, Cochran UA, Berryman KR, Biasi G, Langridge R, Villamor P, Bartholomew T, Litchfield N, Pantosti D, Marco S, Van Dissen R, Turner G, Hemphill-Haley M. Deriving a long paleoseismic record from a shallow water Holocene basin next to the Alpine fault, New Zealand. Geological Society of America Bulletin, 125(5-6): 811-832. 

(2011) Cinti FR, Pantosti D, De Martini PM, Pucci S, Civico R, Pierdominici S, Cucci L, Brunori CA, Pinzi S, Patera A. Evidence for surface faulting events along the Paganica fault prior to the 6 April 2009 L'Aquila earthquake (central Italy). Journal of Geophysical Research, 116, B07308. 

(2011) Pucci S, Pantosti D, De Martini PM, Smedile A, Munzi M, Cirelli E, Pentiricci M, Musso L. Environment-man relationships in historical times: the balance between urban development and natural forces at Leptis Magna (Libya). Quaternary International, 242, 171-184. 

(2008) Pantosti D, Barbano MS, Smedile A, De Martini PM, Tigano G. Geological evidence of paleotsunamis at Torre degli Inglesi (northeast Sicily). Geophysical Research Letters, 35, L05311. 

(2008) Pantosti D, Pucci S, Palyvos N, De Martini PM, D'Addezio G, Collins PEF, Zabci C. Paleoearthquakes of the Düzce fault (North Anatolian Fault Zone): Insights for large surface faulting earthquake recurrence. Journal of Geophysical Research, 113, B01309. 

(2005) Palyvos N, Pantosti D, De Martini PM, Sorel F, Pavlopoulos K. The Aigion-Neos Erineos normal fault system (Western Corinth Gulf Rift, Greece): Geomorphological signature, recent earthquake history and induced coastal changes during the Holocene. Journal of Geophysical Research, 110, B09302. 

(2005) Heker S, Pantosti D, Schwartz D, Hamilton J, Reidy L, Powers T. The most recent large earthquake on the Rodgers Creek fault, San Francisco Bay Area. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 95, 844-860. 

(2004) Pantosti D, De Martini PM, Papanastassiou D, Lemeille F, Palyvos N, Stavrakakis G. Paleoseismological trenching across the Atalanti fault (Central Greece): evidence for the ancestors of the 1894 earthquake during Middle Age and Roman time. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 94(2), 531-549. 

(1996) Pantosti D, D'Addezio G, Cinti FR. Paleoseismicity of the Ovindoli-Pezza fault (Central Italy): a history including a large, previously unrecorded earthquake in Middle Ages (886-1300 A.D.). Journal of Geophysical Research, 5937-5959. 

(1993) Pantosti D, Schwartz DP, Valensise G. Paleoseismology along the 1980 Irpinia earthquake fault and implications for earthquake recurrence in the southern Apennines.Journal of Geophysical Research, 98, 6561-6577.

 

Awards and prizes

In 1995 she receives the ILP Edward Flinn award for "her contribution to the study of the Paleoseismology and Holocene Tectonics several parts of the World”

 

 




 

Costanza Papagno
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STEM area: Psychology and neurosciences

Competences: neuroscience

Keywords: cognitive deficits in brain glioma, deafness, language learning, memory

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Full Professor of Psychology at the University of Milano Bicocca.

Professional career

After graduating in Medicine and Surgery at the University of Milan, in 1981 she began a specialization course in Neurology at the same university which ended in 1985. From 1986 to 1989 she was engaged in a research doctorate in Psychobiology (Neuropsychology sector). Later, from 1992 to 1993, she was admitted to the first year of the Postgraduate School of Psychiatry. Since 1982 she has been an internal doctor at the Institute of Neurological Clinic of the University of Milan where she won the CIBA-Geigy scholarship for the study of "Cognitive Functions in the brain-injured" in 1984. Thanks to her studies she won a scholarship from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the Neurological Clinic of the University of Fribourg (Germany). In 1988 she was in Cambridge where she worked first with a scholarship from the European Science Foundation and then paid by the Medical Research Council until 1991. In 1991 she returned to Italy permanently and worked at the Neurological Clinic of the San Paolo Hospital in Milan. In 1998 at the University of Palermo she became associate professor of Physiological Psychology. Since 2004 she has been a full professor at the University of Milan Bicocca. Her academic experience was enhanced by the appointment as director of the psychology department at the same university from 2002 to 2008, while she was coordinator of the PhD in Experimental Psychology, Linguistics and Cognitive Neuroscience from 2007 to 2012. From 2010 to 2013 she was President of Doctoral School in Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience and secretary of the School of Specialization in Neuropsychology. Since May 2016 she has been president of the Italian Society of Neuropsychology.

 

Scientific results

The main research topics of Costanza Papagno are language disorders in patients with focal and degenerative brain injuries, with particular reference to abstract-concrete dissociation, to the development of language in children with a cochlear implant (an electronic artificial ear capable of restoring the auditory perception in people with severe deafness), the effects of transcranial electrical stimulation (tDCS) and short-term memory disorders. One of Papagno's and colleagues' recent discoveries concerns the "hooked fasciculus", a bundle of fibers that (among other things) acts as a "bridge", connecting the two areas of the brain that are used to call the proper names by connecting them to the face of a person. In the field of memory, the capabilities of the uncinate fasciculus in patients who have had a brain tumor removed were tested. Tests have shown that patients still in possession of the "hooked fasciculus" are able to perform this operation, unlike the patients to whom the file has been removed. Control tests of other brain activities (long-term memory, understanding of words and sentences and spatial cognition) have not shown differences between patients with or without the dossier.

 

 

Editorial work and publications

Costanza Papagno is part of numerous scientific committees and is the editor of several scientific journals as well as the author of numerous articles, including:

(2016) Papagno C, Casarotti A. Comi A, Pisoni A, Lucchelli F, Bizzi A, Riva M, Bello L. Long-term proper name anomia after removal of the uncinate fasciculus. Brain Function and Structure, 221, 687-694. 

(2016) Papagno C, Pisoni P, Mattavelli G, Casarotti A, Comi A, Fumagalli F, Vernice M, Fava E, Riva M, Bello L. Specific disgust processing in the left insula: New evidence from direct electrical stimulation. Neuropsychologia, 84, 29-35. 

(2016) Papagno C, Cecchetto C, Pisoni A, Bolognini N. Deaf, blind or deaf-blind: Is touch enhanced? Experimental Brain Research, 234, 627-636. 

(2014) Papagno C, Vallar G. A plastic brain for a changing environment. Cortex, 58, 248-250. 

(2014) Vallar G, Bello L, Bricolo E, Castellano A, Casarotti A, Falini A, Riva M, Fava E, Papagno C. Cerebral correlates of visuo-spatial neglect. A direct cerebral stimulation study. Human Brain Mapping, 35(4):1334-50. 

(2013) Papagno C, Vernice M, Cecchetto C. Phonology without semantics? Good enough for verbal short-term memory. Evidence from a patient with semantic dementia. Cortex, 49, 626-636. 

(2011) Papagno C, Miracapillo C, Casarotti A, Romero Lauro L, Castellano A, Falini A, Casaceli G, Bello L. What is the role of the uncinate fasciculus? Surgical removal and proper name retrieval. Brain, 134, 405-414. 

(2011) Papagno C, Gallucci M, Casarotti A, Castellano A, Falini A, Carrabba G, Giussani C, Fava E, Bello L, Caramazza A. Connectivity constraints on cortical reorganization of neural circuits involved in object naming. Neuroimage, 55, 1306-1313. 

(2011) Cattaneo Z, Pisoni A, Papagno C. Transcranial direct current stimulation over Broca's region improves phonemic and semantic fluency in healthy individuals. Neuroscience, 183, 64-70. 

(1998) Baddeley AD, Gathercole S, Papagno C. The Phonological loop as a language learning device. Psychological Review, 105, 158-173.

Annalisa Pastore
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STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: structural biology

Keywords: bioinformatics

Region: Tuscany


Position/Role

Professor at King's College of London

Professional career

Graduated in Chemistry at the University Federico II of Naples, she moved in 1982 to the United States where she worked for a year at the Department of Biochemistry of the University of Wisconsin. In 1984, thanks to an exchange project between Italy and Switzerland, she joined the research team of Nobel Prize winner Richard Robert Ernst, at the ETH in Zurich. In 1987, she obtained her PhD and moved as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Oxford. In 1988 she began working at the EMBL (European Molecular Biology Laboratory) in Heidelberg, Germany, where in 1991 she was appointed head of the first NMR laboratory at EMBL. In 1997 she became team leader at the National Institute for Medical Research of the Medical Research Council in London where she remained until 2013 when she became full professor at King's College in London. She continued to teach with a part-time assignment until 2018, spending the other half of the time as full professor at the University of Pavia. In 2018 she was appointed professor at the Normal University of Pisa, as the first and only female lecturer in the Normal Science class in 208 years of the school life. At the beginning of 2019, she resigned following bureaucratic-administrative obstacles that prevented her from maintaining her position at King's College in London where she has now returned full-time.

Scientific results

Annalisa Pastore has worked for more than 30 years on the relationship between structure and function of peptides and proteins. After starting to work on structural muscle proteins, she has been dealing with proteins involved in neurodegeneration for many years. She has two main research lines: the first concerns mitochondrial diseases with particular attention to Friedreich's ataxia, which she has been working on since the responsible gene was discovered in 1996. Of this protein she has studied the structure and binding properties and discovered that it is part of a protein complex responsible for the formation of iron sulfur clusters, essential groups that provide electrons in proteins. The second main interest concerns proteins that take part in aggregative processes such as those that take place in Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

 

Editorial work and publications

Annalisa Pastore is author of abotu 300 scientific publications including:

Yan, R., Yalinca, H., Paoletti, F., Gobbo, F., Marchetti, L, Kuzmanic, A., Lamba, D., Gervasio, F.L., Konarev, P.V., Cattaneo, A., Pastore, A. (2018) The structure of the Pro-domain of mouse proNGF in contact with the NGF domain. Structure Oct 19. doi: 10.1016/j.str.2018.09.013. [Epub ahead of print].

Alfano CSanfelice DMartin SRPastore ATemussi PA (2017) An optimized strategy to measure protein stability highlights differences between cold and hot unfolded states. Nature Commun. 8:15428. doi: 10.1038/ncomms15428.

 

Corvino, A., Severino, B., FiorinoF., Frecentese, F., MagliE., Perissutti, E., SantagadaV., Bucci, M., CirinoG., KellyG., ServilloL., PopowiczG., PastoreA.*, Caliendo, G.* (2016) Fragment-based de novo design of a cystathionine -lyase selective inhibitor blocking hydrogen sulfide production. Scientific Reports, 6, 64398.*co-corresponding authors.

 

Ruggeri, F.S., Longo, G., Faggiano, S., Lipiec, E., Pastore, A*., Dietler, G.* (2015) Infrared nanospectroscopy characterization of oligomeric and fibrillar aggregates during amyloid formation. Nature Comm., 6:7831. *co- correspondent authorship

 

Yan, R., Konarev, P.V. Iannuzzi, C., Adinolfi, A., Roche, B.., Kelly, G.,  Simon, L., Martin, S.R. Py, B., Barras, F., Svergun, D.I., Pastore, A. (2013)  Ferredoxin competes with bacterial frataxin in binding to the desulfurase IscS. JBC 288, 24777-87.

 

Prischi, F., Konarev, P.V., Iannuzzi, C., Pastore, C., Adinolfi, S., Martin, S.R., Svergun, D.I., Pastore, A. (2010) Structural bases for the interaction of frataxin with the central components of iron-sulfur cluster assembly. Nature Communications 1, 95.

 

Nicastro, G., Menon, R., Masino, L., McDonalds, N.O., Pastore, A. (2005) The solution structure of the Josephin domain of ataxin-3: Structural determinants for molecular recognition. PNAS 102, 10493-10498.

 

Atkinson, R. A., Joseph, C., Kelly, G., Muskett, F.W.,Frenkiel, T.A., Nietlispach, D.,  Pastore, A. (2001) Ca2+-independent binding of an EF-hand domain to a novel motif: an alpha-actinin/titin complex. Nature Struct. Biol. 8, 853-857.

 

Musco, G., Stier, G., Joseph, C., Castiglione Morelli, M.A., Nilges, M., Gibson, T.J., Pastore, A. (1996) Three-dimensional structure and stability of the KH domain: Molecular insights into the Fragile X syndrome. Cell 85, 237-245.

 

Pfuhl M., Winder S. and Pastore, A. (1994) Nebulin, a helical actin binding protein. EMBO J. 1782-1789.

Awards and prizes

In 2000 she was appointed EMBO Membership.

Since 2013 she is a member of the Academia Europeae.

Silvia Peppoloni
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STEM area: Natural and environmental sciences

Competences: Earth science, geoethics, natural hazard and risks

Keywords: Earth system, ethic of geosciences, geological education, geology, natural disasters, scientific communication and dissemination

Region: Lazio


Position/Role

Researcher at the INGV - Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (Italian Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology)

Professional career

After getting the degree in Geological Sciences and the PhD in Earth Sciences at the University of Rome La Sapienza, in 1999 she begins her scientific activity in the field of geological hazards and natural risks, collaborating with the National Group from Defence from Earthquakes (National Research Council), the University of Roma Tre, the University of Genoa and the Polytechnic of Milan. From 2008 to 2011 she is Professor of Geology, Applied Geology and Geotechnics at the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Rome La Sapienza and at the Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Viterbo Tuscia. Since 2012 she teaches in the PhD Course on Landscape and Environment at the University of Rome La Sapienza, and in 2016 at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland) in the online course "Disaster Risk Reduction" on the theme of resilience and geoethics. In 2012 she founds the International Association for Promoting Geoethics, a scientific network, with more than 2000 members in 124 countries, which aims to analyse and enhance the ethical, social and cultural aspects of Earth Sciences. She has been recently elected Councillor of the IUGS (International Union of Geological Sciences) for the four-year period 2018-2022. She is a member of the Executive Board of the Italian Geological Society since 2013, member of the Executive Committee of IAEG Italy (International Association for Engineering Geology and the Environment) since 2015 and coordinator of the "Geological and Geological Culture" section of the Italian Geological Society since 2012. From 2017 is a member of the Ethical Advisory Board of ICOS ERIC (Integrated Carbon Observation System), a pan-European research infrastructure dedicated to scientific data on the carbon cycle and greenhouse gases. From 2014 to 2016 she was Senior Editor of the Oxford University Press for the series "Natural Hazard Science". Since 2017 she is a member of the Editorial Board of the journal "Scienze e Ricerche".

Scientific results

Since 1999 she participates in national and international research projects on geological hazards, natural risks and seismic microzonation, with particular reference to historical centers and monumental sites. In 2007 she begins to deal with the communication and dissemination of geosciences, an activity that led her to publish two books with the publisher "Il Mulino" (Bologna). Since 2012 she has been constantly dedicated to the development of geoethics, namely the study of the ethical, social, philosophical and cultural implications of the research and practice of geosciences, of which she is among the world's leading experts. The activity on geoethics commits her in organizing scientific sessions in the major international conferences of geosciences, in publishing monographic volumes with international scientific publishers, in participating  as invited speaker to numerous scientific events. Currently within the European project ENVRI-Plus she is the leader of a work-package dedicated to the development of an ethical framework for European research infrastructures in the environmental and solid Earth sectors. She collaborates with newspapers and magazines (including Corriere della Sera) with articles on the topics of geological hazard, risk prevention, and scientific dissemination.

Editorial work and publications

Silvia Peppoloni is the author of two popular books: "Planet Earth: an unfinished story" (co-author C. Doglioni) and "Living with natural risks", both published by "Il Mulino", Bologna, respectively in 2016 and 2014.

She is also the author of numerous scientific publications. Among the most recent:

1.     [2018] Arattano M., Peppoloni S., Gatti A. (2018). “The ethical duty to divulge geosciences and the improvement of communication skills to fulfil it”. Episodes, vol. 41, n. 2. DOI: 10.18814/epiiugs/2018/018007.

2.    [2017] Peppoloni S, Di Capua G, Bobrowsky P and Cronin V (eds). Geoethics at the heart of all geoscience., Annals of Geophysics, 60, fast track 7.

3.    [2017] Bobrowsky P, Cronin V, Di Capua G, Kieffer S, Peppoloni S. The emerging field of geoethics. In: Gundersen L (ed.). Scientific Integrity and Ethics: With Applications to the Geosciences. Special Publication American Geophysical Union. New York, John Wiley, ISBN: 978-1-119-06778-8.

4.     [2016] Di Capua G, Peppoloni S, Amanti M, Cipolloni C and Conte G. Site classification map of Italy based on surface geology. In: Eggers, M J, Griffiths, J S, Parry S & Culshaw MG (eds). Developments in Engineering Geology. Geological Society, London. Engineering Geology Special Publication, 27: 147–158, http://doi.org/10.1144/EGSP27.13.

5.    [2014] Wyss M and Peppoloni S (eds). Geoethics, Ethical Challenges and Case Studies, in Earth Sciences, pp. 450, Elsevier.

Awards and prizes

In 2017 she receives the Special Jury Prize at the XX Edition of the "Parco Majella" Literary Prize for the book, written in collaboration with C. Doglioni, "Planet Earth: an unfinished story", book that in 2016 also won the third place at the National Award for Scientific Dissemination, in the category Mathematics, Physics and Natural Sciences. For the same award, she was a finalist in the 2014 edition, with the book "Living with natural risks".

 

Daniela Perani
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STEM area: Clinical sciences and nutrition science

Competences: clinical neuroscience, neurology, nuclear medicine, radiology

Keywords: brain, dementia, diagnostic imaging, neuroscience

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

MD, Neurologist and Radiologist, Full Professor of Neuroscience, University Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Milano, Italy. She is Coordinator of several National and International Research Projects in Neurology and Neuroscience

Scientific results

Her researches deal with in vivomolecular imaging studies of neurological disease, in particular neurodegenerative dementias, and with cognitive neuroscience, addressing language, memory systems and music perception with neuroimaging.

Editorial work and publications

She is author of more that 250 full papers, books and chapters, HI 90.

 

Chiara Petrioli
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STEM area: Computer science

Competences: computer technology, network protocols

Keywords: bluetooth, computer, data, internet, mobile computing, mobile radios, mobile telecommunication, networking, networks, sensor networks, wireless networks

Region: Lazio


Position/Role

Full Professor coordinator of the PhD in Computer Science at the Faculty of Information Engineering, Computer Science and Statistics of the “Sapienza” University of Rome.

Professional career

After graduating in Information Science at  the “Sapienza” University of Rome in 1993, she continued her education with a PhD in Computer Engineering from the same university in 1998. During the PhD she won a prestigious Fulbright scholarship thanks to which in 1996 she was Visiting Research Associate at the Advanced Communications Technologies laboratory of Boston University, the following year at the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science of the University of Texas, in Dallas. Also in 1998, she collaborated with the Department of Electronics and Information of the Politecnico di Milano. From the following year she was a research fellow at the Politecnico di Milano and also carried out educational activities. Since 2001 she has been a researcher in computer science at the University of Rome, where in 2006 she became an associate professor. Today at “Sapienza” she holds the position of Professor of Computer Science at the Faculty of Information Engineering, Computer Science and Statistics.

Scientific results

Chiara Petrioli's research activity concerns the development of solutions for next-generation wireless systems, sensor networks and the "Internet of things". In particular, Chiara Petrioli coordinated the European GENESI project which developed innovative static and dynamic structural monitoring systems for buildings, bridges and tunnels, tested in the construction phase of the B1 metro in Rome and the construction of the Pont de la Poya in Switzerland. The technologies developed in GENESI allow to provide real-time data for long periods of time thanks to a new communication paradigm, based on wake up radio, which allows the devices to consume energy only when they have to perform operations or communicate, and thanks the ability to power devices through energy harvesting, i.e. to collect energy from the environment through micro-wind turbines and solar cells. In a collaboration with the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities, Chiara Petrioli's team has therefore developed micro-climatic monitoring systems, shocks and vibrations whose data are helping to define "good practices and guidelines" to increase the safety of works of art in the transport phase. These systems have been used within the Safe-Art project to monitor over forty transports of important works of art (such as the Pietà Rondinini, the Narciso by Caravaggio, the Marcello of the Louvre, the Livia Orante of the Vatican Museums, the Crater of Eufronio of the Museum of Villa Giulia). Chiara Petrioli also proposed solutions to extend the “Internet of things” to marine environments. Thanks to the technologies developed by its group and by twenty international partners in the SUNRISE project, submarine sensor nodes and autonomous submarine vehicles interconnected in a network have been developed and they are able to cooperate and perform complex tasks. These technologies are laying the foundations for creating an intelligent monitoring system for the marine environment, making it possible to sustainably exploit its resources and allowing policies based on safeguarding the environment to be based on quantitative data. The SUNRISE system can be employed in various application contexts: from environmental monitoring, to the conservation and enhancement of submerged archaeological sites, to the protection of critical infrastructures and maritime borders, to the monitoring of aquaculture farms. In December 2016 it was included in NT100, i.e. the list of Nominet Trusts on the best 100 "global social tech changing our lives".

Editorial work and publications

Chiara Petrioli is or was a member of the editorial board of IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, the editorial board of the ACM / Kluwer Wireless Networks (ACM WINET) journal, the Elsevier Ad Hoc Networks Journal and the Elsevier Computer Communications journal. She is a member of the steering committee of ACM SenSys and IEEE SECON and played key roles in organizing reference conferences in the sector (such as TPC Co-Chair of IEEE INFOCOM 2016, General Chair of ACM SenSys 2013, TPC Co-Chair of IEEE SECON 2009, TPC Co-Chair of ACM MobiCom 2006).
She is also the author of numerous national and international publications, including:

2016) Ateniese G, Bianchi G, Capossele A, Petrioli C, Spenza D. Low-cost Standard Signatures for Energy-Harvesting Wireless Sensor Networks. ACM Transactions on Embedded Computing Systems.

(2015) Petrioli C, Petroccia R, Potter JR, Spaccini D. The SUNSET framework for simulation, emulation and at-sea testing of underwater wireless sensor networks. Ad Hoc Networks, 34:224-238.

(2015) Basagni S, Petrioli C, Petroccia R, Spaccini D. CARP: A Channel-aware Routing Protocol for Underwater Acoustic Wireless Networks. Ad Hoc Networks, 34:92-104.

(2015) Spenza D, Magno M, Basagni S, Benini L, Paoli M, Petrioli C. Beyond Duty Cycling: Wake-up Radio with Selective Awakenings for Long-lived Wireless Sensing Systems. IEEE INFOCOM, Hong Kong, 522-530.

(2014) Petrioli P, Spenza D, Tommasino P, Trifiletti A. A Novel Wake-Up Receiver with Addressing Capability for Wireless Sensor Nodes. Distributed Computing in Sensor Systems Conference 2014:18-25.

(2014) La Porta T, Petrioli C, Phillips C, Spenza D. Sensor-mission assignment in rechargeable wireless sensor networks. ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks (TOSN), 10(4).

(2014) Basagni S, Boloni L, Gjanci P, Petrioli C, et al. Maximizing the Value of Sensed Information in Underwater Wireless Sensor Networks via an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle. Proceedings of IEEE INFOCOM. Toronto, Canada.

(2014) Petrioli C, Nati M, Casari P, Zorzi M, Basagni S. ALBA-R: Load-Balancing Geographic Routing Around Connectivity Holes in Wireless Sensor Networks. IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, 25(3):529-539.

(2011) La Porta TF, Maselli G, Petrioli G. Anticollision Protocols for Single-Reader RFID Systems: Temporal Analysis and Optimization. IEEE Transaction on Mobile Computing, 10(2):267-279.

(2003) Petrioli C, Basagni S Chlamtac I, Configuring BlueStars: Multihop scatternet formation for Bluetooth networks. IEEE Transactions on Computers, Special Issue on Wireless Internet, 52:779-790.

 

Awards and prizes

Chiara Petrioli won a Fulbright grant in 1996. The work of her research group won the "Best poster" award at IEEE INFOCOM 2013, the "Best demo" award at ACM WINTECH 2013 and the "Best demo" award at ACM WUWNET 2014. GENESI and SUNRISE research projects coordinated by Chiara Petrioli were highlighted as successful cases on the Digital Agenda of Europe website and on the website of the Vice-President of the European Commission. The SUNRISE project was chosen as the testimonial of the campaign of the Italian representation of the European commission EuFactor.

Elisa Poggiali
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STEM area: Engineering

Competences: environment, internationalization, sustainable development

Keywords: communication, ecology, energy, energy saving, environment, marketing, territory

Region: Tuscany


Position/Role

Technician / Engineer  working for Provincial Administration of Siena.

Member of  the Management Board of A.P.E.A. (provincial Agency for Energy and Environment).

Professional career

After graduating as an Environmental and Territory Engineer from the University of Florence in 2000 and after specializing in Environmental Management and Quality Systems in 2001, I started working as an expert in Environment and Sustainable Development with the team of Coordinators of Agenda 21 (the UN Action Plan for sustainable development for the 21st century) called Terre di Siena.It is a plan a plan to carry out environmental, economic and social sustainability projects in Siena province.

I published articles for magazines and journals and I also developed long-life learning and professional training courses. I dealt with the involvement of economic stakeholders and I took responsibility for services and young people advance.

From 2002 to 2004, within the Environmental Development & Consulting Department of Monte dei Paschi Bancaverde Spa, I was a consultant on the issues of ISO 9001 / ISO 14001 and EMAS certifications for client companies and companies engaged in investments (over 1,000,0000 €) in the field of renewable energy (wind farms, photovoltaic parks, biomass power plants, waste management and recovery plants).

For several years I was a member of the Environmental Assessment and Landscape Commission of the Municipal Building Commission.

From 2005 to 2012 I worked for Toscana Promozione, the regional agency for economic and tourist promotion.

I dealt with territorial marketing and attracted foreign direct investments. I worked on issues and projects developing active and passive internationalization and research. I mapped the economic and the excellent scientific-technological regional offer (in several sectors: renewable energy, real estate, life sciences, ICT and nautical field). I handled activities concerning promotion and searching for partners or foreign investors to match them with the excellences of the regional R & D and industry.

Being responsible for this field, I took part in promotional tours or missions abroad together with CEO, managers or entrepreneurs of Tuscan companies and multinational companies and also together with research managers of Tuscan universities or research centres. In 2007 I led the Tuscan ICT selected delegation during the Italian Springevent in Tokyo.

I was also responsible for the organization of incoming trips in Tuscany of specialized international Venture Capitalists and collaborated in the preparation of related bilateral meetings with selected companies and actors of the Tuscan research system. 

Subsequently, I worked as a Key Account for companies working in the mechanical sector and in other high-tech sectors in Tuscany.

In 2008 I was appointed to the Board of Directors of APEA (Provincial Agency for Energy, Environment and Local Development), an in-house company created to carry out actions in the field of environment and energy and  whose functions subsequently expanded in order to manage economic development and to design European projects.

Since 2103 I have carried out engineering and technical-design actions within the Public Works Office of Siena Province Administration. I have worked in the field of soil protection and subsequently in the road sector, also checking activities meant to promote work health and safety as Head of the Prevention Service and Protection for the same institution.

Scientific results

I am an expert in sustainable development, territorial promotion and internationalization. 

In particular, I have implemented business management systems and public administration systems as far as environmental, quality and safety enhancement is concerned.

I have dealt with the promotion of economic development establishing international relations (both scientific and economic), creating knowledge networks in order to attract FDI (Foreign Direct Investments) and stimulating Tuscan SMEs to grow.

I am highly qualified to carry out activities concerning sustainable development and very well skilled and experienced to implement action plans and projects and to share objectives for local territories in this field.

I have supervised business development as a consultant and I have been responsible for the participation of companies active in several sectors, predominantly high technology and innovation, in specialized trade events and fairs abroad.

 

Editorial work and publications

I am the author of some publications and information materials on the relevant programme areas, strategies, policies and processes identified in AGENDA21:

Iozzi G., Fiorito L., Poggiali E., Valeriani B., Handbook AG21 of Terre di Siena, Provincial Administration of Siena, 2002;  http://www.agenda21.provincia.siena.it/page/home.asp

Iozzi G., Fiorito L., Poggiali E., Valeriani B., The voluntary environmental certification tools: public and private companies working together. Circondario Valdelsa, Provincial Administration of Siena, 2003;  http://www.agenda21.provincia.siena.it/page/home.asp

Poggiali E., Operational Handbook of Local Agenda 21, Provincial Administration of Siena, 2005; http://www.agenda21.provincia.siena.it/page/home.asp

Biserni, Bolognin, Chaussadis, Cesareo, Giovannoni, Mautone, Penna, Poggiali, Frameworks for the construction of wind  farms by Local Authorities,published by  Tuscany Region Department of Territorial and Environmental Policies, Energy Area, 2005.

From 2005 to 2012 I completed and revised documents and contents meant for promotion and for institutional and business and web content communication (www.agenda21.provincia.siena.it; www HYPERLINK "http://www.investintuscany.com/". HYPERLINK "http://www.investintuscany.com/"investintuscany.com)

 

Valeria Poli
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STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: molecular biology

Keywords: cancer, inflammation, mammary tumors, stat factors

Region: Piedmont


Position/Role

Ordinary Professor of Molecular Biology at the University of Turin


Professional career

Valeria Poli obtained her degree in Biology in 1984, and then a doctorate in human biology in 1992, at the University of Turin. From 1988 to 1990 she was a post-doctoral fellow at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, Germany, and from 1990 to 1992 at Columbia University in New York. From 1992 to 1997 she was Principal Investigator at the Research Institute of Molecular Biology P. Angeletti of Rome. From 1997 to 2001 she worked at the University of Dundee, in England, as Principal Investigator, Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow, Honorary Senior Lecturer and Head of the Transgenic Unit, which she established at the Department of Biochemistry.
In 2001 she became associate professor of molecular biology at the University of Turin, and then, since 2005, Full professor.
She is currently President of the Italian Society of Biophysics and Molecular Biology.

Scientific results

Valeria Poli has contributed to fundamental advances in the understanding of the mechanisms that mediate the activity and function at the transcriptional level of cytokines (molecules produced by various types of cells and secreted in the surrounding medium, usually in response to a stimulus capable of modifying the behavior of other cells inducing new activities such as growth, differentiation and death), in both physiological and pathological conditions. In particular, she contributed to the discovery of the transcription factor IL-6DBP-C/EBPbeta, which mediates many of the functions of Interleukin 6 (IL-6), a protein that acts as a multifunctional cytokine, both pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory; the generation and characterization of mutant mouse strains for the C/EBPbeta and IL-6 genes, mice then widely used by the scientific community to understand the physiological and pathological functions of the two factors; the generation of mouse strains genetically manipulated for the pro-oncogenic transcription factor STAT3; and finally the pathogenic role of STAT3 in mediating auto-immune myocarditis.
Currently the activities of her laboratory mainly concern the study of the biological functions of the transcription factor STAT3, the main mediator of the cytokine signaling belonging to the IL-6 family, using in vivo cellular and murine models. In particular she is focusing on the understanding of the fundamental mechanisms that mediate STAT3 protein activity as an oncogene, at the crossroads between inflammation, immune response, stem and cancer cells niche and tumor transformation, analyzing its interactions with other tumorigenic/tumor suppressor genes and trying to identify specific pro-oncogenic target genes. She is currently engaged in research on the relationship between breast cancer cells and cancer associated fibroblasts in the tumor niche, on the role of STAT3 in the regulation of energy metabolism and calcium homeostasis in the tumor as well as in normal cells, and on the role of STAT3-dependent long non coding RNAs in stemness and differentiation.


Editorial work and publications

Valeria Poli is and has been in the editorial board of prestigious scientific journals such as Cell Communication and Signaling, American Journal of Cancer Research, Cancers and Frontiers in Molecular and Cellular Oncology. She acts as regular scientific reviewer for international journals such as Nature, the Journal of Clinical Investigation, the EMBO Journal, the European Journal of Immunology, Cancer Research, the Journal of Cell Science, the Biochemical Journal, Circulation Research, Cell Death and Differentiation and PLOS ONE.

She is co-author of more than 150 publications, including those listed below.

 

[2018] Avalle L, Camporeale A, Morciano G, Caroccia N, Ghetti E, Orecchia V, Viavattene D, Giorgi C, Pinton P, Poli V. STAT3 localizes to the ER, acting as a gatekeeper for ER-mitochondrion Ca2+ fluxes and apoptotic responses. (2018) Cell Death Differ., doi: 10.1038/s41418-018-0171-y. [Epub ahead of print].

 

[2017] Avalle L, Incarnato D, Savino A, Gai M, Marino F, Pensa S, Barbieri I, Stadler MB, Provero P, Oliviero S, Poli V. MicroRNAs-143 and -145 induce epithelial to mesenchymal transition and modulate the expression of junction proteins. (2017) Cell Death Differ., 24(10):1750-1760. doi:10.1038/cdd.2017.103. doi: 10.1038/cdd.2017.103. PMID: 28644441.

 

[2014] Demaria M, Camporeale A, Poli V STAT3 and metabolism: How many ways to use a single molecule? (2014) Int J Cancer, 135, 9, 1997-2003. doi: 10.1002/ijc.28767. PMID: 24500994.

[2013] Camporeale A, Marino F, Papageorgiou A, Carai P, Fornero S, Fletcher S, Page BDG, Gunning P, Forni M, Chiarle R, Morello M, Jensen O, Levi R, Heymans S, Poli V. STAT3 activity is necessary and sufficient for the development of immune-mediated myocarditis in mice and promotes progression to dilated cardiomyopathy. EMBO Molecular Medicine, 5: 572–590, doi:10.1002/emmm.201201876.

[2012] Demaria M, Misale S, Giorgi C, Miano V, Camporeale A, Campisi J, Pinton P and Poli V. STAT3 can serve as a hit in the process of malignant transformation of primary cells, Cell Death and Differentiation, 19:1390-1397.

[2010] Barbieri I, Pensa S, Pannellini T, Quaglino E, Maritano D, Demaria M, Voster A, Turkson J, Cavallo F, Watson CJ,Provero P, Musiani P and Poli V. Constitutively active Stat3 enhances Neu-mediated migration and metastasis in mammary tumors via upregulation of Cten, Cancer Research, 70:2558-67.

[2009] Vallania F, Schiavone D, Dewilde S, Pupo E, Garbay S, Calogero R, Pontoglio M, Provero P andPoli V. Genome-Wide Discovery of Functional Transcription Factor Binding Sites by Comparative Genomics: the Case of Stat3, Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 106:5117-22.

[2004] Maritano D, Sugrue ML, Tininini S, Dewilde S, Strobl B, Fu XP, Murray-Tait V, Chiarle R and Poli V. The STAT3 isoforms, a and b, play unique and specific roles, Nature Immunology, 5:401-409.

[2001] Alonzi T, Maritano D, Gorgoni B, Rizzuto G, Libert C, Poli V. Essential role of STAT3 in the control of the acute phase response as revealed by inducible gene inactivation in the liver. Molecular and Cellular Biology, 21:1621-1632.

[1996] Screpanti I, Musiani P, Bellavia D, Cappelletti M, Aiello FB, Maroder M, Frati L, Modesti A, Gulino A and Poli V. Inactivation of the Interleukin-6 gene prevents development of Castleman's disease in C/EBPß-deficient mice, The Journal of Experimental Medicine, 184:1561-1566.

[1994] Poli V, Balena R, Fattori E, Markatos A, Yamamoto M, Tanaka H, Ciliberto G, Rodan GA and Costantini F. Interleukin-6 deficient mice are protected from bone loss caused by estrogen depletion, EMBO Journal, 13:1189-1196.

[1994] Fattori E, Cappelletti M, Costa P, Sellitto C, Cantoni L, Carelli M, Faggioni R, Fantuzzi G, Ghezzi P and Poli V. Defective inflammatory response in IL-6-deficient mice, The Journal of Experimental Medicine,180:1243-1250.

[1990] Poli V, Mancini, FP and Cortese R. IL-6DBP, a nuclear protein involved in Interleukin-6 signal transduction, defines a new family of leucine zipper proteins related to C/EBP. Cell, 63:643-653.

 

Awards and prizes

Valeria Poli was elected member of two of the most prestigious international scientific communities, the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO), and the Academia Europaea.

She was a member of the Life Science panel for the Advanced European Research Council and she is among the expert evaluators of the Horizon 2020 projects. Regular reviewer for the technical-scientific evaluation of research projects for MIUR and for various international bodies and institutions such as the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council , the American Institute for Cancer Research, the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund, the Austrian Science Fund, the Foundation for Scientific Research Belgium.

 

Gabriella Pravettoni
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STEM area: Psychology and neurosciences

Competences: decisions psychology, psycho-oncology

Keywords: cognitive processes, decision making, medical humanities, patient welfare

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Full Professor of Psychology of Decisions at the University of Milan

Professional career

After graduating in Psychology at the University of Padua in 1991, she continued her studies with a specialization in Community Psychology at the Association for the Psychological Development of the Individual and the Community (ASPIC) in Rome. In 1996 she obtained a PhD in Cognitive Sciences at the University of Pavia. From 1996 to 1997 she spent a period of training abroad at UCLA, University of California Los Angeles (USA). In 1997 she specialized in Clinical Psychology at the ASPIC in Rome. From 1997 to 2002 she was a researcher at the University of Turin. In 2002 she became an associate professor in Cognitive Psychology at the University of Milan, where three years later she became a full professor in Cognitive Psychology and Psychology of Decisions, a degree course of which she is currently president.
Since 2012 she has been director of the Division of Psycho-Oncology at the European Institute of Oncology in Milan and, since 2016, vice-director of the Department of Oncology and Hematoncology of the University of Milan. She coordinates the Folsatec doctorate (Foundations of the life sciences and their ethical consequences) at SEMM (European School of Molecular Medicine) in Milan, is responsible for Psychology at the European School of Oncology (ESO) of Switzerland, visiting Professor at King's College, London and member of the scientific board of ecancermedicalscience, United Kingdom.

Scientific results

Her research, mostly carried out both nationally and internationally at the European Institute of Oncology, focuses primarily on medical humanities, with empowerment and well-being of the patient, cognitive processes, decisions in medicine and error prevention as the main focus. This scientific activity is documented by numerous publications (scientific articles, monographs, curators) concerning the study of decision-making processes and health psychology: the two strands on which her research is mainly focused. The studies carried out in the field of decisional psychology concern in particular the analysis of how the judgments and assessments of people vary according to specific contextual factors (for example the composition of the choice set) and personality (for example, decision-making styles ). The research activity mainly covers two areas: economic decisions and medical decisions. The most recent research aims to analyze the decision-making processes in medicine with particular attention to oncology, and to identify error prevention strategies in order to improve the cognitive performance of the personnel involved and of the patient himself within the therapeutic course. As far as the field of research on health psychology is concerned, it focuses on the psychological well-being of the individual, in particular on the analysis of psychological behaviors that have health implications with particular attention to the issues of decision making in the medical field and the patient empowerment.
As part of these lines of research, the professor won several grants in important European projects, among which the most important are: 2017-2021 BOUNCE - Predicting Effective Adaptation to Breast Cancer to Help Women to BOUNCE Back, 2016-2020 IMI PREFER - Patients preferences in benefit risk assessments during the drug life cycle, 2014-2018 IMANAGE CANCER - Empowering patients and strengthening self-management in cancer diseases, 2014-2020 MIND THE RISK Ethical, social implications of provision of risk information from genetic and related technologies. A joint European research program, 2011: Personalized medicine (EU - FP7) "From data sharing and integration via VPH models to personalized medicine".

 

Editorial work and publications

She is the author of over 100 scientific publications, including:

(2017) Arnaboldi P, Riva S, Crico C, Pravettoni G. A systematic literature review exploring the prevalence of post-traumatic stress disorder and the role played by stress and traumatic stress in breast cancer diagnosis and trajectory. Breast Cancer – Target and Therapy, 9: 473-485.

(2017) Renzi C, Fioretti C, Oliveri S. (…), Jereczek-Fossa B A, Pravettoni G. A qualitative investigation on patient empowerment in prostate cancer. Frontiers in Psychology, 8: art. n. 1215.

(2016) Pravettoni G, Yoder WR, Arnaboldi P, Riva S, Mazzocco K, Galimberti V. Eliminating "ductal carcinoma in situ" and "lobular carcinoma in situ" (DCIS and LCIS) terminology in clinical breast practice: the cognitive psychology point of view. The Breast, 25: 82-85, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.breast.2015.10.011.

 (2016) Renzi C, Vadilonga V, Gandini S, Perinel G, Rotmensz N, Didier F, Rescigno M, Pravettoni G. Stress exposure in significant relationships is associated with lymph node status in breast cancer, PLOS One, 11(2): art n. e0149443, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0149443.

(2016), Arnaboldi P, Oliveri S, Pravettoni G. Interprofessional care to improve patient-centered approach in breast cancer: a case-report regarding the management of concomitant psychiatric symptomatology.Integrative Cancer Science and Therapeutics, DOI: 10.15761/ICST.1000162.

(2015) Casali P, Bruzzi P, Bogaerts J, Pravettoni G. et al., Rare Cancers Europe (RCE) methodological recommendations for clinical studies in rare cancers: A European consensus position paper. Annals of Oncology, 26 (2): 300-306:459.

(2014), Gorini A, Lucchiari C, Russell EW, Pravettoni G. Modulation of risky choices in recently abstinent dependent cocaine users: a transcranial direct-current stimulation study. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8: 661.

(2012) Cropley M, Michalianou G, Pravettoni G, Millward L. The Relation of Post-work Ruminative Thinking with Eating Behaviour. Stress And Health, 28 (1): 23-30

(2012) Lucchiari C, Pravettoni G. Cognitive balanced model: a conceptual scheme of diagnostic decision making, Journal of Evaluation In Clinical Practice, 18 (1): 82-88 

(2011), Gorini A, Pravettoni G. An overview on cognitive aspects implicated in medical decisions. European Journal Of Internal Medicine, 22 (6): 547-553 

 

 

Awards and prizes

Among the obtained awards, in 2017 she won the "Milan Ambassador Program" special thanks that the city of Milan recognizes to those who with their commitment represent and promote Milan all over the world with the aim of nominating the city to host congresses or the most prestigious and authoritative international events in their sector.
She is currently a member of the Review Commission for National Research Projects, assigned by the Italian Ministry of Health, member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Person Centered Medicine, member of the Board of Directors of the Italian Foundation for Cancer Research (FIRC ), member of the Scientific Committee of the Italian Federation of Volunteer Associations in Oncology, (AIMAC) and (FAVO), ANVUR reviewer of national projects and publications.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paola Prete
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STEM area: Materials sciences and nanotechnology

Competences: experimental physics

Keywords: crystallography, graphene, materials, nanoelectronics, nanofotonics, nanomaterials, nanostructures, nanotechnologies, optics, renewable energies, semiconductors

Region: Apulia


Position/Role

Researcher at CNR, responsible of the Epitaxial Growth Laboratory (MOVPE and MBE) of the Institute for Microelectronics and Microsystems (IMM), Lecce Unit. Scientific responsible for IMM of the research activity for the “Rete di Laboratori Pubblici di Ricerca PHASHYN”.  

Professional career

She got the BSc degree in Physics at Lecce University in July 1991 and the PhD degree in Physics at Bari University in 1996. She was a staff member in North Wales at the North East Wales Institute (NEWI), now Glyndwr University (UK), in the years 1996-97. Since March 1998, she is researcher in Physics of Matter at IMM of CNR, Unit of Lecce. Visiting Scientist at Chiba University, Chiba (Japan) in October 1998.  Teaching at foreign Academic institutions (in UK). Contract Professor at Faculty of Engineering of University of Salento (1997-2011). Teaching to PhD Courses. Tutor of several degree and PhD thesis.  

Scientific results

Her expertise includes the study of the semiconductor compound crystal growth, specially nanowires, and their optical morphological and functional properties. In particular, the study of the synthesis of semiconductor materials through epitaxial technologies (Vapour Phase Epitaxy, MOVPE and Molecular Beam Epitaxy, MBE), the study of the physical, chemical and morphological properties through optical spectroscopy techniques (luminescence and absorption) and microscopy (FE-SEM, cathodoluminescence). 
She has more than twenty five-years experience in the material science research field. She started by studying the optical and structural properties of low dimensional structures for optoelectronic applications. At present she works in the field of nanotechnology by studying and applying bottom-up approaches for the fabrication of the 1D nanostructures for application in nano- /opto- electronics, sensing and photonics.  Among her recent activities, Paola Prete is working on third generation photovoltaics for the project “Rete di Laboratori Pubblici di Ricerca PHASHYN”. This research could create a breakthrough in the area of renewable energy sources by using the nanotechnology: it focuses to the fabrication to and high efficiency III-generation solar cells made by nanowires, i.e. semiconductor nanocrystals of the dimension of a virus, i.e. of the order of few tens of millionth of a millimeter, each of them being a solar cell capable to convert in electricity an enormous amount of solar radiation. The technologies under developments at Lecce by Paola Prete will allow to pack tens of billions per square centimeter. A far-reaching technology which, in a close future, will ensure jump in cell efficiencies and low production costs opening up to unimaginable scenarios. Inside this topic, there is also the study of the van der Waals epitaxial growth of 2D layers (graphene and graphene-like materials)

Editorial work and publications

Since 2011 she is the founder and the Editor-in-Chief of the open access scientific journal “Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology”, SAGE, USA (2017 Impact Factor 1.730). Since December 2016, she is also Associate Editor of the renowned journal “Progress in Crystal Growth and Characterization of Materials”, Elsevier (2017 Impact Factor 3.147). She is editor of books and Guest Editor of several international volumes and Special Issue on peer-reviewed journals such as Progress in Crystal Growth and Characterization of Materials (Elsevier), Crystal Research and Technology (WileyVCH), Applied Physics A: Material Science and Processing (Springer).  She is author of more than 120 publications in peer reviewed journals, among which the following ones:  [2018] Wolf D, Huebner R, Niermann T, Sturm S, Prete P, Lovergine N, Buechner B, Lubk A, Three-Dimensional Composition and Electric Potential Mapping of III-V CoreMultishell Nanowires by Correlative STEM and Holographic Tomography. Nano Letters, 18 (8) 4777-4784.  
 [2017] Di Carlo V, Prete P, Dubrovskii V G, Berdnikov Y, Lovergine N, CdTe nanowires by Au-catalyzed Metalorganic Vapor Phase Epitaxy. Nano Letters, 17 (7) 4075-4082. 
 [2015] Bianco G V, Losurdo M, Giangregorio M M, Sacchetti A, Prete P, Lovergine N, Capezzuto P, and Bruno G, Direct epitaxial CVD synthesis of tungsten disulfide on epitaxial and CVD graphene. RSC Advances, 5, 98700-98708. 
 [2015] Chen G., McGuckin T, Hawley C J, Gallo E M, Prete P, Miccoli I, Lovergine N, Spanier J E, Subsurface imaging of coupled carrier transport in GaAs/AlGaAs coreshell nanowires. Nano Letters, 15 (1), 75-79.

 [2015] Miccoli I, Prete P, Lovergine N, A mass-transport limited model describing the MOVPE growth of III-V shells around dense free-standing nanowire arrays. CrystEngComm, 17 (31), 5998-6005.
 [2014] Lubk A, Wolf D, Kern F, Roeder F, Prete P, Lovergine N, Lichte H, Nanoscale three-dimensional reconstruction of elastic and inelastic mean free path lenghts by electron holographic tomography. Applied Physics Letters, 105 (17), 173101.
 [2013] Chen G, Sun G, Ding Y J, Prete P, Miccoli I, Lovergine N, Shtrikman H, Kung P, Livneh T, J. E. Spanier J E, Direct measurement of band edge discontinuity in individual core-shell nanowires by photocurrent spectroscopy, Nano Letters, 13, 4152−4157. 
 [2011] Chen G, Gallo E M, Leaffer O D, McGuckin T, Prete P, Lovergine N, Spanier J E, Tunable hot-electron transfer within a single core-shell nanowire. Physical Review Letters, 107, 156802 (1-5). 
 [2011] Gallo E M, Chen G, Currie M, McGuckin T, Prete P, Lovergine N, Nabet B, Spanier J E, Picosecond response times in GaAs/AlGaAs core/shell nanowire-based photodetectors. Applied Physics Letters 98 (24), 241113 (3pp).
 [2011] Wolf D, Lichte H, Pozzi G, Prete P, Lovergine N, Electron holographic tomography for mapping the three-dimensional distribution of electrostatic potential in III-V semiconductor nanowires. Applied Physics Letters 98 (26), 264103 (3pp).

Awards and prizes

She was winner of the Italian Association of Crystallography (AIC), Young scientists Award for the 2000 year, reserved to young scientists working in the field of crystallography who have obtained innovative results of both theoretical and applicative crystallographic interest, prize conferred with the following motivation: "for the innovative results obtained in the study of semiconductor growth and the determination of their optical and structural properties". She was the winner of the Best Oral presentation Prize at the Nanophotonics and Micro/Nano-Optics (NANOP) 2018 International Conference, Rome 30 Sep-3 Oct 2018. 
 Member of the Italian Crystal Growth Commission inside the Italian Association of Crystallography (AIC) during the 2006-2011 and 2015-2017 years. Coordinator of the Crystal Growth Section of AIC, 2012-2014. Italian Councillor of the International Organization for Crystal Growth (IOCG), 2012-2014. Chair of the European School on Crystal Growth (ESCG2015), Bologna 5-8 September 2015. Member of the Advisory and Scientific Board of several International Conference.  Project monitor in the field of research, pre-competitive development and technological transfer of the Regional Agency for Technology and Innovation (A.R.T.I.) Apulia Region, Italy. 
 

Sabrina Pricl
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STEM area: Engineering

Competences: chemical engineering, nanotechnologies

Keywords: cancer, chronic mieloid leukemia, drugs resistance, leukemia, molecular engineering, nanotechnologies, nanovectors, proteins, rna, therapy, tumor

Region: Friuli-Venezia Giulia


Position/Role

The Research Manager in "Life Science" of the MOSE (Molecular Simulation Engineering) in Trieste.

Professional career

After graduating in Chemistry at the University of Trieste, in 1986 she obtained the qualification to the profession. From 1986 to 1990 she worked as a fellow at the Area Science Park in Trieste and at the University of Trieste. From 1990 to February 2002 she was teaching assistant at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Trieste. Since 2002 she is associate professor of Chemical Engineering in the same faculty.

 

Scientific results

The main research activities are focused on the study, correlation and prediction of the structure/property relationships of complex molecular systems such as dendrimers (macromolecules with a characteristic tree structure), proteins and drug transporters. In 2014, Sabrina Prici, together with other researchers from MOSE (Molecular Simulation Engineering) in Trieste and colleagues at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, published the results of the study on Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML). The study identified the molecular dynamics responsible for resisting targeted drugs. It was proved that patients undergoing long-term therapy developed mutations of a particular protein (BCR-ABL1) that made the therapy ineffective. So, Sabrina Prici and her colleagues provided important information for the treatment of chronic myeloid leukemia, allowing not only the possibility of expressing a personalized therapy for the patient, but also investigating the possibility of creating active ingredients antagonistic to the protein mutation. Also in 2014, as part of international research, Sabrina Prici and colleagues develop a "nanovector" capable of transporting and protecting small strands of RNA that have important anti-tumor and anti-viral therapeutic capabilities. In the absence of these "nanovectors" the small strands of RNA cannot be used for therapeutic purposes because they are recognized by the immune system as "exogenous" and therefore destroyed. The discovery is of absolute importance for the development of new therapies.

 

 

 

 

Editorial work and publications

Sabrina Pricl is the author of numerous national and international scientific publications, including:

(2016) Chen C, Posocco P, Liu X, Cheng Q, Laurini E, Zhou J, Liu C, Wang Y, Tang J, Dal Col V, Yu T, Giorgio S, Fermeglia M, Qu F, Liang Z, Rossi JJ, Liu M, Rocchi P, Pricl S, Peng L. Mastering dendrimer self-assembly for efficient siRNA delivery: from conceptual design to in vivo efficient gene silencing. Small, 12:3667-3676.

(2015) Brambilla L, Genini D, Laurini E, Merulla J, Perez L, Fermeglia M, Carbone GM, Pricl S, Catapano CV. Hitting the right spot: Mechanism of action of OPB-31121, a novel and potent inhibitor of the Signal Transducer and Activator of Transcription 3 (STAT3). Molecular Oncology, 9:1194-1206.

(2015) Tuo W, Chao C, Juan L, Cheng L, Posocco P, Xiaoxuan L, Qiang C, Shuaidong H, Zicai L; Fermeglia M, Pricl S, et al. Anticancer drug nanomicelles formed by self-assembling amphiphilic dendrimer to combat cancer drug resistance. Proceedings of The National Academy of Sciences of The United States of America, 112:2978-2983.

(2014) Gibbons DL, Pricl S, Posocco P, Laurini E, Fermeglia M, Sun H, Talpaz M, Donato N. Quintás-Cardama A. Molecular dynamics reveal BCR-ABL1 polymutants as a unique mechanism of resistance to PAN-BCR-ABL1 kinase inhibitor therapy. Proceedings of The National Academy of Sciences of The United States of America, 111:3550-3555.

(2014) Liu X, Zhou J, Yu T, Chen C, Cheng Q, Sengupta K, Huang Y; Li H, Liu C, Wang Y, Posocco P, Wang M, Cui Q, Giorgio S, Fermeglia M, Qu F, Pricl S, et al. Adaptive Amphiphilic Dendrimer-Based Nanoassemblies as Robust and Versatile siRNA Delivery Systems. Angewandte Chemie. International Edition, 53, 11822-11827.

(2012) Posocco P, Gentilini C, Bidoggia S, Pace A, Franchi P, Lucarini M, Fermeglia M, Pricl S, Pasquato L. Self-organization of mixtures of fluorocarbon and hydrocarbon amphiphilic thiolates on the surface of gold nanoparticles. Acs Nano, 6:7243-7253.

(2011) Barnard A, Posocco P, Pricl S, Calderon M, Haag R, Shum WT, Pack WD, Smith DK. Degradable Self-Assembling Dendrons for Gene Delivery – Experimental and Theoretical Insights into the Barriers to Cellular Uptake. Journal Of The American Chemical Society, 133:20288-20300.

(2011) Pierotti M, Tamborini E, Negri T, Pricl S, Pilotti S. Targeted therapy in GIST: in silico modeling for prediction of resistance. Nature Reviews. Clinical Oncology, 8:161-170.

(2009) Negri T, Pavan GM, Virdis E, Greco A, Fermeglia M, Pricl S, Pierotti MA, Pilotti S, Tamborini E. T670X KIT mutations in gastrointestinal stromal tumors: making sense of missense. Journal Of The National Cancer Institute, 101: 194-204.

(2006) Tamborini E, Pricl S, Negri T, Lagonigro MS, Miselli F, Greco A, Gronchi A, Casali P, Ferrone M, Fermeglia M, Pierotti MA, Pilotti S. Functional analyses and Molecular modeling of two c-Kit mutations responsible for Imatinib secondary resistance in GIST patients. Oncogene, 25, 6140-6146.

Awards and prizes

Sabrina Pricl is a member of the following scientific societies: American Chemical Society, The Society of Rheology, Italian Society of Rheology, American Institute of Chemical Engineering, COMSEF (Computational Molecular Science & Engineering Forum), Editorial Board of Carbohydrate Polymers.

 

 

 

Silvia Giuliana Priori
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STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: cardiovascular pathophysiology, molecular cardiology, rehabilitative cardiology

Keywords: cardiology, rehabilitative cardiology, sudden death syndrome, telethon

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Scientific Director at the IRCSS Salvatore Maugeri Foundation of Pavia and Full Professor of Cardiology at the University of Pavia

 

Professional career

Silvia Giuliana Priori graduated in Medicine and Surgery in 1986 at the University of Milan, then specialized in Cardiology at the same university, obtaining a PhD in Cardiac Pathophysiology in 1995. After a period of training abroad, in the Cellular Electrophysiology laboratories of the Cardiology Department of Washington University, she returned to Italy to carry out a research internship in molecular biology at the Telethon Institute for Genetics and Medicine (TIGEM) in Milan. From 2008 to January 2016 she is Professor of Medicine and Director of the Genetics Program at the Leon H. Charney Division of Cardiology at the University of New York. She is currently Full Professor of Cardiology at the University of Pavia. In addition to the academic activity, Silvia Giuliana Priori coordinates several laboratories and departments: she is the Central Scientific Director of the Salvatore Maugeri Foundation Clinic of Labor and Rehabilitation IRCCS and Director of the Department of Rehabilitation Cardiology and of the Molecular Cardiology Service at the same Foundation. She also directs and coordinates international programs, such as the Cardiovascular Genetics Genetic Cardiovascular Program at the National Center for Investigations Cardiovasculares Carlos III (CNIC) in Madrid.

Scientific results

Since 1997 she has begun the development of an autonomous research line in the laboratories that she directs. By merging the clinical activity on arrhythmogenic diseases (cardiac diseases that cause arrhythmias) to the skills of molecular biology and cell electrophysiology, she created the first center in Italy, and one of the first in the world, of Molecular Cardiology where she studies the mechanisms of cardiac arrhythmias that cause sudden deaths in children and adolescents. She achieved important successes in research on long QT syndrome (LQTS, from the English "Long QT Syndrome"), a rare cardiac anomaly characterized by delayed repolarization of myocardial cells and associated with syncope, and Brugada syndrome, also a heart condition with disorders of the electrical activity of the heart that leads to cardiac arrest. The team she directs is involved in a wide-ranging project based on the creation of innovative animal models of genetic diseases and on the development of advanced molecular strategies to correct gene defects through the use of adeno-associated viruses (able to integrate into the cell genome host even in the absence of cell proliferation) to silence sick genes and to re-express healthy ones.

Editorial work and publications

(2016) Mosca B, Eckhardt J, Bergamelli L, Priori SG, et al. Role of the JP45-calsequestrin complex on calcium entry in slow twitch skeletal muscles. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 291(28):14555-65.

(2016) Mazzanti A, Priori SG. Brugada Syndrome. Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 68(6):624-625.

(2016) Faragli A, Underwood K, Priori SG, Mazzanti A. Is There a Role for Genetics in the Prevention of Sudden Cardiac Death?. Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology.

(2016) Mosca B, Eckhardt J, Bergamelli L, Priori SG, et al. Role of the JP45-Calsequestrin Complex on Calcium Entry in Slow Twitch Skeletal Muscles. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 291(28).

(2016) Chyou JY Fredman D, Cerrone M, Priori SG, et al. Electrocardiographic features of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy, Epilepsia.

(2016) Curcio A, Mazzanti A, Bloise R, Priori SG, et al. Clinical Presentation and Outcome of Brugada Syndrome Diagnosed With the New 2013 Criteria. Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology, 27(8):937-43.

(2016) Mazzanti A, Maragna R, Faragli A, Priori SG, et al. Gene-Specific Therapy With Mexiletine Reduces Arrhythmic Events in Patients With Long QT Syndrome Type 3. Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 67(9):1053-1058.

(2016) Imberti JF, Underwood K, Mazzanti A, Priori SG. Clinical Challenges in Catecholaminergic Polymorphic Ventricular Tachycardia. Heart, Lung and Circulation, 25(8).

(2015) Priori SG, Blomstorm-Lundqvist C, Mazzanti A, et al. 2015 ESC Guidelines for the Management of Patients With Ventricular Arrhythmias and the Prevention of Sudden Cardiac Death. Revista Española de Cardiología, 69(2):176.

(2015) Ferrantini C, Coppini R, Scellini B, Priori SG, et al. R4496C RyR2 mutation impairs atrial and ventricular contractility. The Journal of General Physiology, 147(1).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greta Radaelli
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STEM area: Materials sciences and nanotechnology

Competences: nanotechnologies, physical engineering

Keywords: bedimensional, bedimensional crystals, graphene, innovation, smart materials, startup, technological transfer

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Sole administrator of BeDimensional SRL, Genoa, and post-doc Researcher at the Italian Institute of Technology in Genoa

Professional career

After graduating in Physical Engineering, she continued her studies with a PhD in Physics at the Politecnico di Milano, during which she spent a year at the Institute of Materials Science (ICMAB-CSIC) of the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Later she moved to France for a post-doctoral degree. In 2014, back in Italy, she made the skills and experience gained abroad available to the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Genoa. In 2016 she became the Unique Administrator of BeDimensional, a start-up born from IIT laboratories. The mission of BeDimensional consists in the development and production of composite materials integrating two-dimensional crystals (in particular graphene) with the aim of making available to Italian manufacturing innovative materials that can improve the performance of everyday objects.

Scientific results

During her PhD she dealt with oxide electronics and in particular focused on the study of the phenomena that characterize the interface between ferromagnetic and ferroelectric materials. The objective of these studies is the development of new electrically controlled memory devices based on tunnel effect junctions. At the Italian Institute of Technology she initially devoted herself to the development of intelligent materials for industrial applications. Subsequently, she dedicated herelf to the technology transfer project of new two-dimensional materials, in particular graphene, born in IIT, becoming sole administrator of BeDimensional startup. Inside the Italian Institute of Technology, in the Graphene Labs, we study two-dimensional crystals, the new family of "smart" materials born in 2004 with the isolation of the first and most famous of these materials - graphene - and which possess unique characteristics from the mechanical, electrical, thermal and optical point of view. Graphene, defined as a wonder material, has a mechanical resistance about 200 times greater than steel and an extraordinary thermal conductivity. 

It is biocompatible, biodegradable, capable of sustaining a higher electric current density than copper and is an almost impermeable barrier to the vast majority of chemical elements, while maintaining the characteristics of flexibility and lightness. In IIT's Graphene Labs, a process has been developed for the production of these materials that can be scaled at the industrial level. Two-dimensional crystals (including graphene) can also be appropriately mixed in plastic matrices, in carbon / glass fibers or in metals creating composites with high performance. These opportunities open up a new industrial scenario that was unimaginable until a few years ago. The idea is therefore to revolutionize and facilitate national and international manufacturing industry.

 

Editorial work and publications

She is the author of numerous publications in national and international scientific journals, including:

 

(2016) Pesquera D, Barla A, Wojcik M, Jedryka E, Bondino F, Mangano E, Nappini S, Gutiérrez D, Radaelli G, et al. Strain-Driven Orbital and Magnetic Orders and Phase Separation in Epitaxial Half-Doped Manganite Films for Tunneling Devices. Physical Review Applied 6(3):034004.

(2016) Radaelli G, Heredia-Guerrero JA, et al. Highly Effective Antiadhesive Coatings from pH-Modified Water-Dispersed Perfluorinated Acrylic Copolymers: The Case of Vulcanizing Rubber. Advanced Materials Interfaces 3(13).

(2015) Asa M, Baldrati L, Rinaldi C, Bertoli S, Radaelli G, et al. Electric field control of magnetic properties and electron transport in BaTiO 3 -based multiferroic heterostructures. Journal of Physics Condensed Matter 27(50):504004.

(2015) Bertacco R, Radaelli G, et al. Switching magnetic order at an Fe/BaTiO3 interface on and off: Impact on hybrid magnetic-ferroelectric tunnel junctions.

(2015) Liu F, Fina I, Gutiérrez D, Radaelli G, et al. Selecting Steady and Transient Photocurrent Response in BaTiO3 Films.

(2015) Radaelli G, Gutiérrez D, et al. Large Room-Temperature Electroresistance in Dual-Modulated Ferroelectric Tunnel Barriers. Advanced Materials 27(16).

(2014) Radaelli G, Petti D, Cantoni M, et al, Absence of strain-mediated magnetoelectric coupling at fully epitaxial Fe/BaTiO3 interface (invited). Journal of Applied Physics 115(17).

(2014) Radaelli G, Cantoni M, et al. Two dimensional growth of ultrathin Fe films on BaTiO. Journal of Applied Physics 115(6):063501.

(2014) Gutiérrez D, Radaelli G, et al. Bandwidth-limited control of orbital and magnetic orders in half-doped manganites by epitaxial strain. Physical Review B 89:075107.

(2014) Radaelli G, Petti D, et al. Electric Control of Magnetism at the Fe/BaTiO3 Interface. Nature Communications 5:3404.

 

Maria Alessandra Ragusa
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STEM area: Mathematics

Competences: mathematical analysis, mathematical methods and models applied to the environment

Keywords: differential equations, environment, local minimums

Region: Sicily


Position/Role

Full Professor of Mathematical Analysis in the University of Catania, Italy

Professional career

After graduating in Mathematics, with honors, at the University of Catania in 1988, she became, in 1989, Expert in Mathematical Analysis at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Catania. In 1990 she passed the admission exam to the PhD in Mathematics at the University of Catania. In 1992 she won a competition exam for University Researcher in Mathematical Analysis at the University of Catania, in 2000 she was Associate Professor at the University of Catania. In 2012 she was awarded a PhD in Mathematics from Luleå University (Sweden).

In 2013 she obtained the national scientific qualification as Full Professor of Mathematical Analysis and from 2017 she is Full Professor of Mathematical Analysis at the University of Catania. She is Chief Researcher of the Center of Nonlinear Problems of Mathematical Physics, RUDN University, Moscow (Russia). She is a member of the Academic Board of the PhD in Mathematics at the University of Catania, and of international PhD exam commissions. She has held teaching courses for the Research Doctorate in Italy, France, Turkey and Sweden.

She is responsible for research projects of the "National Group for Mathematical Analysis, Probability and their Applications (GNAMPA) - National Institute of High Mathematics", of ERASMUS agreements between the University of Catania and foreign Universities in Sweden, Norway, Romania, Turkey and France.

She is Vice Dean of the Faculty of Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences of the University of Catania from 2009 to 2012, she was elected, in 2012, President of the Master of Science in Environmental Protection Sciences of the University of Catania, and in 2013 Director of the "University Center for the Protection and Management of Natural Environments and Agro-Ecosystems" (CUTGANA).

She is Deputy Rector of the University of Catania to the Internationalization in the scientific field.

 She is the contact person for Catania of the Unione Matematica Italiana, member of the Gioenia Academy, proponent member of the "Angelo Marcello Anile Center for Mathematics for Technology" of the University of Catania, proponent member of the "Interdepartmental research center for community engagement" (CUrE) of the University of Catania It is included in the Register of expert evaluators of the National Agency for the Evaluation of University and Research (ANVUR).

 

Scientific results

She is currently responsible for a research group that is interested in the study of partial differential, linear and quasilinear equations and climate change and their impact.

  With her team he defined an index that makes it possible to easily calculate the territorial effect of sensitivity to desertification in order to exceed the international protocol limit "Mediterranean Mediterranean Desertification And Land Use European" (MEDALUS), which does not provide an estimate of sensitivity to the desertification of a territorial area (municipal, provincial, regional, hydrographic area) through a single value. This index has significant advantages, because it produces effective rankings, with the consequent possibility of processing comparative data in relation to different time periods.

Within the scope of this research in mathematics applied to the protection of the environment, the effects of the impact of the transport of Saharan dust on particulate matter (PM10) are studied.

The results of these researches have been exhibited in international conferences in all 5 continents, of which about 20 organized by her in Europe and the USA, being part of scientific committees in which she was sometimes the only Italian member. She has held seminars in numerous Italian and foreign universities, being, by way of example only: guest of research groups, invited guest on the occasion of intensive semesters of the National Institute of High Mathematics (INDAM), guest of the "Mathematics Research Center E. De Giorgi "of the" Scuola Normale Superiore "of Pisa, of the" Newton Institute "of Cambridge, of the Department of Mathematics of the" Research Melbourne Institute of Technology "of Melbourne, of the" Tokyo University of Science "of Tokyo, of the" Florida Institute of Technology "of Miami, of the Department of Mathematics, of the" Harvard University "of Boston, of the" Mittag-Leffler "Institute of the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences in Stockholm.

 

Editorial work and publications

She is the  unique Editor in Chief of the international journal "Journal of Mathematics Research", published by the Canadian Center of Science and Education, Editor of the volume of "Journal of Inequalities and Applications" ed. Springer. 2015, member of Editorial Board of several international scientific journals  published on Scopus and Web of Science with impact factor. She is the author of more than 90 scientific publications, in single name and in collaboration with about 30 co-authors, of which one third are Italians and the other Europeans and non-Europeans. She published papers having  only her name in journals that are among the top 10 of the Journal Citation Reports and publications that, in both the Scopus and Web of Science databases, have more than 170 citations.

Just as examples, some of his scientific publications:

2019) V. Kokilashvili,  A. Meskhi,  M.A. Ragusa, “Weighted extrapolation in grand Morrey spaces and applications to partial differential equations“,   Rendiconti dei Lincei- Matematica e Applicazioni, Vol. 30    (1),  67-92.

 

(2018) V. Guliyev, M. Omarova, M.A. Ragusa, A. Scapellato, “Commutators and Generalized Local Morrey Spaces”, Journal of Mathematical Analysis and Applications, Vol.457  (2), 1388-1402  (HIGHLY CITED PAPER of the journal 2018).

 

(2017) A. Cuspilici,  P. Monforte, M.A. Ragusa; “Study of Saharan dust influence on PM10 measures in Sicily from 2013 to 2015”, Ecological Indicatiors  Vol.76,  297-303.

 

(2017) M.A. Ragusa, A. Scapellato,; “Mixed Morrey spaces and their applications to partial differential equations”, Nonlinear Analysis-Theory Methods & Applications  Vol.151, 51-65  

                                                

(2017) A. Duro, V. Piccione, M.A. Ragusa, V. Rapicavoli, V. Veneziano; “Enviromentally Sensitive Patch Index of desertification risk applied to the main habitats of Sicily”, Book Series: American Institute of Physics Vol.1863, Article Number: UNSP 510005.     

 

(2014) S. Benboenou , M.A.Ragusa, M. Terberche; “Remarks on Leray's self-similar solutions to the 3D magnetohydrodynamic equations”,  Mathematical Methods in the Applied Sciences, Vol.37 (17), 2615-2618.

 

 (2013) M.A.Ragusa, A. Tachikawa, H. Takabayashi; “Partial regularity of p(x)-harmonic maps”, Transactions of the American Mathematical Society  Vol. 365 (6), 3329-3353.

 

(2012)  L.-E. Persson, M.A. Ragusa, N. Samko, P. Wall; “ Commutators of Hardy operators in vanishing Morrey spaces”, Book Series: American Institute of Physics Vol.1863, , 859-866.

 

(2008) ) S. Polidoro, M.A. Ragusa; “Harnack inequality for hypoelliptic ultraparabolic equations with a singular lower order term”, Revista Matematica Iberoamericana Vol. 24, 1011-1046.

 

(2002) M.A. Ragusa; “Local Holder regularity for solutions of elliptic system”, Duke Mathematical Journal Vol. 113 (2), 385-397.

 

(2000)                   D. Palagachev, M.A. Ragusa, L. Softova; “Regular Oblique derivatives problem in Morrey Spaces”, El. Journal of Differential Equations (39).

 

 (1999) G. Di Fazio, D. Palagachev, M.A. Ragusa, “Global Morrey regularity of strong solutions to the Dirichlet problem for elliptic equations with discontinuous coefficients”, Journal of Functional Analysis  Vol.166 (2), 179-196.

Manuela Teresa Raimondi
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STEM area: Engineering

Competences: biomedical engineering

Keywords: biopharmaceuticals, drugs, in vitro organs, regenerative medicine, stamina cells, tissue engineering

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Full Professor of Bioengineering at Politecnico di Milano.

Professional career

After the Master Degree in Biomedical Engineering, in 2000 she receives her PhD in Bioengineering at at Politecnico di Milano, where she develops her career. In 2003 she founds a Bioengineering research unit, inside the IRRCS Galeazzi Orthopaedic Institute in Milano, which she directs until 2008. Since 2010 she founds and directs the Mechanobiology laboratory at the Dept of Chemistry, Materials and Chemical Engineering “Giulio Natta”. From 2013 to 2015 she is the coordinator of the PhD program in Bioengineering. Since 2014 she founds and directs the LuCId lab, for live cell imaging. Since 2015 she is the referent person of Politecnico di Milano for the frame agreement with IRCCS Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research in Milano.

Scientific results

Her scientific activity focuses on bioengineering, on the understanding and the consequent control of biological mechanisms through engineering devices for cell culture outside the human organism. An important result was that of succeeding in orienting the production of organoids (simplified and miniaturized versions of an organ produced in vitro), for example brain tissue or bone tumor metastasis, using miniaturized devices called "millifluidic bioreactors". Manuela Raimondi has designed such systems to produce and maintain living tissue in culture to be used for the experimentation of new drugs, such as chemotherapeutic and anti-inflammatory drugs, in a much more realistic way than conventional cell culture, reducing the use of experimental animals. In her studies she focused on "mesenchymal" cells, i.e. stem cells of bone and cartilage tissue, which provide the natural regenerative and reparative capacity to the tissues of the human body.

Editorial work and publications

She is the author of around 200 scientific publications, among which: 

[2018] Marturano-Kruik A, A.Villasante, K.Yaeger, S. Ambati, A. Chramiec, M.T. Raimondi, G. Vunjak-Novakovic. Biomechanical regulation of drug sensitivity in an engineered model of human tumor. Biomaterials. 2018 Jan;150:150-161. doi: 10.1016/j.biomaterials.2017.10.020

[2018] Marturano-Kruik A, Nava MM, Yaeger K, Chramiec A, Hao L, Robinson ST, Guo XE, Raimondi MT, Vunjak-Novakovic G. Human bone perivascular niche-on-a-chip for studyingmetastatic colonization. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2018 Feb 6;115(6):1256-1261. doi:10.1073/pnas.1714282115.

[2016] Garcia B, Rodriguez Matas JF, Raimondi MT. Modeling of the mechano-chemical behavior of the nuclear pore complex: current research and perspectives. Integrative Biology, 8(10): 1011-1021 doi: 10.1039/c6ib00153j

[2016] Nava MM, Di Maggio N, Zandrini T, Cerullo G, Osellame R, Martin I, Raimondi MT. Synthetic niche substrates engineered via two-photon laser polymerization for the expansion of human mesenchymal stromal cells. Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, doi: 10.1002/term.2187

[2016] Nava MM, Piuma A, Figliuzzi M, Cattaneo I, Bonandrini B, Zandrini T, Cerullo G, Osellame R, Remuzzi A, Raimondi MT. Two-photon polymerized "nichoid" substrates maintain function of pluripotent stem cells when expanded under feeder-free conditions. Stem Cell Research and Therapy, 7:132. doi: 10.1186/s13287-016-0387-z

Awards and prizes

Manuela Raimondi received many grants and awards, among which three ERC grants:

 

2000-2001: Young Investigator Award from Politecnico di Milano.

2005-2006 e 2006-2007: Research Award from the Cariplo Foundation.

2006 e 2007: Rocca Award from the MIT-Italy program.

2010-2011: Research Award from the Italian Ministry of University and Research.

2011-2012: Young Researcher Award from Politecnico di Milano.

2015-2020: ERC-CoG-2014 Grant award in stem cell mechanobiology, from the European Research Council. Project NICHOID.

2017-2018: ERC-PoC-2016 Grant award in stem cell bioengineering, from the European research Council. Project NICHOIDS.

2019-2020 ERC-PoC-2018 Grant award in microfluidic bioengineering, from the European Research Council. Project MOAB.

2018-202: Research Award from the Italian Ministry of University and Research.

Maria Costanza Rovida
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STEM area: Chemistry

Competences: alternatives to animal experiments, chemicals dossier, chromatography, cosmetic components, validation of new methods

Keywords: animal experiments, animal feed, animal testing, cosmetics, in vitro tests, official toxicological methods, reach regulation

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Scientific Officer at CAAT-Europe (University of Konstanz, Germany, Project Manager at TEAM Mastery)

Professional career

After her master degree in Chemistry with bio-organic specialisation at the University of Milan in 1989, she worked for 10 months in Germany as a chemist trainee at the Hewlett Packard (now Agilent Technology). The following years, she started as Chromatography Applicant specialist to investigate components in complex mixtures. For 15 years, she worked as analytical manager in national and international companies and in 2005 she joined the European Commission for a three year program at ECVAM, the European Centre for Validation of Alternative Methods where she participated in the working group RIP 3.3 (REACH Implementation Project, Technical Guidelines to Industries) and coordinated the integrated European Project Sens-it-iv, for the development of in vitro and in silico methods for the assessment of skin sensitisation. Since 2009 she has been appointed as Scientific Officer at CAAT - Europe (Centre for Alternatives to Animal Testing) at the Konstanz University in Germany, in collaboration with the John Hopkins University in Baltimora (USA). For 10 years, Costanza Rovida has been also Project Manager at TEAM Mastery, a consultancy company in the business of regulatory affairs for chemistry, with special focus on REACH Regulation, that implements safe use of chemicals in the EU to improve human and environment health

Scientific results

Costanza Rovida has been committed in the evaluation of strategies to reduce or avoid the use of animals for scientific purposes. As Project Manager at TEAM Mastery and expert in testing strategies, she is also responsible for the preparation of registration dossiers of chemical substances, or for the toxicological evaluation of food/feed ingredients or cosmetics products in compliance with EU or non-EU legislation. Costanza Rovida is educator at the Association for Environment and workers taking care of safety in compliance with the provisions of both REACH and CLP (Regulations about how to communicate and manage the risk related to the handlings of chemicals). Her main commitment still lays in the dissemination and promotion of innovative human-based methods that are not using animals, through the organisation of workshops and publication of scientific papers as well as the spread of safety culture in compliance with international guidelines or with (International Conference on Harmonisation), with FDA (Food and Drug Administration) in collaboration with ECVAM, the European Centre for Validation of Alternative Methods.

Editorial work and publications

She is the author of many peer review publication, including: 

(2018) Meigs L., Smirnova L., Rovida C., Leist M. and Hartung T. Animal Testing and its Alternatives – the Most Important Omics is Economics. ALTEX  35(3) 275-305

(2016) Luechtefeld T, Maertens A, Russo DP, Rovida C, Zhu H and Hartung T. Global analysis of publicly available safety data for 9,801 substances registered under REACH from 2008-2014. ALTEX 33(2), 95-109

(2015) Rovida C, Asakura S, Daneshian M, Hofman-Huether H, Leist M, Meunier L, Reif D, Rossi A, Schmutz M, Valentin JP, Zurlo J, Hartung T. Toxicity testing in the 21st century beyond environmental chemicals. ALTEX Alternatives to Animal Experimentation, 32(3):171-81. 

(2015) Rovida C, Alépée N, Api AM, Basketter DA, Bois FY, Caloni F, Corsini E, Daneshian M, Eskes C, Ezendam J, Fuchs H, Hayden P, Hegele-Hartung C, Hoffmann S, Hubesch B, Jacobs MN, Jaworska J, Kleensang A, Kleinstreuer N, Lalko J, Landsiedel R, Lebreux F, Luechtefeld T, Locatelli M, Mehling A, Natsch A, Pitchford JW, Prater D, Prieto P, Schepky A, Schuurmann G, Smirnova L, Toole C, van Vliet E, Weisensee D, Hartung T. Integrated Testing Strategies (ITS) for safety assessment. ALTEX Alternatives to Animal Experimentation, 32(1): 25-40. 

(2014) Rovida C, Vivier M, Garthoff B, Hescheler J. ESNATS Conference — The Use of Human Embryonic Stem Cells for Novel Toxicity Testing Approaches. ATLA Alternatives to Laboratory Animals, 42, 97-113. 

(2014) Knight J, Rovida, C. Safety Evaluations under the Proposed US Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2013: Animal Use and Cost Estimates. ALTEX Alternatives to Animal Experimentation, 31(2):177-208.

(2013) Rovida C, De Angelis I, Lorenzetti S. Alternative in vitro methods to characterize the role of Endocrine Active Substances (EASs) in hormone-targeted tissues. ALTEX Alternatives to Animal Experimentation, 30(2):253-5. 

(2011) Rovida C, Longo F, Rabbit RR. How are Reproductive Toxicity and Developmental Toxicity Addressed in REACH Dossiers? ALTEX Alternatives to Animal Experimentation, 28(3), 111-132. 

(2010) Rovida C. Food for Thought... Why No New In Vitro Tests Will Be Done for REACH by Registrants. ALTEX, Alternatives to Animal Experimentation, 27(3), 175-183. 
(2009) Hartung T, Rovida C. Opinion. Chemical regulators have overreached. Nature, 460, 1080-1.

Awards and prizes

Costanza Rovida is in the list of National Certified Toxicologists Register (RENTIC) and Accredited Stakeholder at the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) and at the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). She is in the expert group of the National Reference Centre for Alternative Methods (Istituto Zooprofilattico di Brescia), of ESTAF (ECVAM Stakeholder Forum), IPAM (Italian Platform for Alternative Methods) and secretary of ecopa (European Platform for Alternative Methods). She is also member of several scientific societies such as ESTIV (European Society of in vitro testing), SITOX (Italian Society Italiana of Toxicology) and AFI (Italian Associazione of Pharma). She is in the list of STOA consultant (European Parliament Science and Technology Options Assessment).

 

Raffaella Rumiati
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STEM area: Psychology and neurosciences

Competences: cognitive neurosciences, social neurosciences

Keywords: cognitive deficits, cognitive functions, decision making, dementia, food preferences, neuroimaging

Region: Friuli-Venezia Giulia


Position/Role

Full Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at SISSA (International School for Advanced Studies) of Trieste and Vice President of the National Agency of the University System and Research (ANVUR).

Professional career

After graduating in philosophy (psychological curriculum) at the University of Bologna in 1990, she continued her education at the same university and in 1995 she obtained the research doctorate in Psychology. For the entire duration of the doctorate Raffaella collaborated with Professor Glyn Humphreys, at the School of Psychology of Birmingham University, in Great Britain. This collaboration provided her with a specialization in Cognitive Neuropsychology. In 1995 she joined the cognitive neuroscience sector, at SISSA (International School for Advanced Studies) in Trieste, first as a research fellow, in 1999 she became a lecturer, and in 2003 an associate professor. In December 2011 she was made full professor of Cognitive Neuroscience.

Scientific results

The main research interest of Raffaella Rumiati is the study of the neural bases of human cognitive functions. For about 25 years she aimed at characterizing the relationship between the motor system and cognition. Using different neuroscientific methods (neuropsychology, TMS and fMRI), she demonstrated how the motor system is involved in not typically motor functions (e.g., imagination, recognition of actions and objects, and language understanding), but that this involvement is not automatic but it occurs only in certain circumstances. Thus the motor imagination seems to act as a "glue" between these two apparently very different areas. Afterwards, Rumiati began to develop new lines of research. The first concerns the study of economic decision making, pursued using both behavioral and neuroimaging experiments, the second the neural representation of social knowledge, mainly investigated by examining the performance on lexical-semantic tests of patients with brain lesions of different etiology. The third line of research aimed at identifying the factors that influence food recognition, food choices and preferences. These topics are explored both in neurologically intact individuals and in patients suffering from neurodegenerative diseases (such as dementia and Parkinson's disease), also using neuroimaging techniques. With the collaboration of Medialab, Raffaella Rumiati's laboratory has created FoodIE, an application that allows tracking down people’s real food preferences, and that was available to the public of CasaCorriere at the Milan Expo for several months. 

 

Editorial work and publications

Raffaella Rumiati authored several publications among which: 

(2016) Rumiati R, Foroni F, et al. Lexical-semantic deficits in processing food and non-food items. Brain and Cognition, S0278-2626(16)30197-X. 

(2016) Turella L, Rumiati R, Lingnau A. Hierarchical Organization of Action Encoding Within The Human Brain. Journal of Vision, 16(12):24. 

(2016) Aiello M, Silani V, Rumiati R. You stole my food! Eating alterations in frontotemporal dementia. Neurocase, 22(4). 

(2016) Rumiati R, Foroni F. We are what we eat: How food is represented in our mind/brain. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 23(4):1043-54. 

(2016) Turella L, Tucciarelli R, […] Rumiati R. Beta band modulations underlie action . NeuroImage, 136:197-207. 

(2016) Foroni F, Rumiati R, et al. A bait we cannot avoid: Food-induced motor distractibility. Brain and Cognition, doi:10.1016/j.bandc.2015.12.003. 

(2016) Ambron E, Rumiati R, Foroni F. Do emotions or gender drive our actions? A study of motor distractibility. Cognitive Neuroscience, 7:1-4. 

(2015) Rumiati R. Cognitive neuroscience goes social. Cortex, 70:1-4. 

(2015) Piretti L, Carnaghi A, Campanella F, Rumiati R. The neural network associated with lexical- semantic knowledge about social groups. Cortex, 70, Special issue: Neuro-cognitive mechanisms of social interaction, 155-168. 

(2015) Mengotti P, Ripamonti E, Pesavento V, Rumiati R. Anatomical and spatial matching in imitation: Evidence from left and right brain-damaged patients. Neuropsychologia, 79(Pt B):256-71. 

 

She also authored: 

R.I. Rumiati, “Donne e Uomini”, il Mulino, Bologna, 2010 pp.128

Awards and prizes

In 2003 the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung awarded her the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award. The award is given to scientists and scholars who have established themselves internationally in their field. In 2006 she received the "Women in Cognitive Science Mentorship Award" which is usually attributed to scientists who have trained and promoted female students and young researchers. In 2013 she was awarded the “Pulcheria. Women, talents, professions".

 

Sabrina Sabatini
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STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: biology

Keywords: biophysics, genetics, molecular biology, plant development biology, plant stem cells

Region: Lazio


Position/Role

Associate professor at La Sapienza University

Professional career

After graduating in Biological Sciences at the Sapienza University of Rome in 1998, she obtained a PhD in Molecular Biology at the same university. She then moved to Holland for a post doc at the University of Utrecht, in the Department of Genetics and Cell Biology from 1998 to 2003. There she worked on the molecular mechanisms of plant hormones such as auxin. These studies reveal the crucial role of this hormone in regulating fundamental processes such as the division, polarity and fate of a cell. From 2003 to 2006 she returned to Italy as a contract professor at the Faculty of Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences of Sapienza University in Rome thanks to the "Incentives for the mobility of Italian and foreign teachers working abroad" and to the assignment of the prestigious Career Development Award by the Giovanni Armenise - Harvard Foundation of Harvard University (USA). This is the first time this award has been given to a Plant Biology project. In 2008 she became a researcher at the General Department of Molecular Biology at Sapienza University and since 2010 she has been working as an associate professor in the "Charles Darwin" Department of Biology and Biotechnology. In 2010 she won a very prestigious ERC starting grant awarded by the European Reasercher Council for a value of € 1,500,000.

Scientific results

Sabrina Sabatini has established herself as an international leader in plant development biology. By studying the root of the Arabidopsis thaliana, Sabatini and her collaborators were able to understand the mechanism of action of the phytohormones, a discovery that opens up a new way to accelerate the evolutionary processes of the cultivated species. From this discovery derives, among other things, the possibility of speeding up and increasing the growth of the roots to make them sink into the ground until they reach the aquifer or, vice versa, prevent the roots from descending too deeply and avoid reaching areas with excessively high salt concentrations . Future applications of this discovery would therefore mark a turning point in the production of the much hated / loved GMOs, which could be outclassed.

Editorial work and publications

She is the author of numerous articles, including:

 

(2015) Pacifici E, Polverari L, Sabatini S. Plant hormone cross-talk: the pivot of root growth. Journal of Experimental Botany, 66(4):1113-21.

(2014) Heidstra R, Sabatini S. Plant and animal stem cells: similar yet different. Nature Reviews Molecolar Cell Biology, 15(5):301-12.

(2013) Perilli S, Perez-Perez JM, Di Mambro R, Peris CL, Díaz-Triviño S, Del Bianco M, Pierdonati E, Moubayidin L, Cruz-Ramírez A, Costantino P, Scheres B, Sabatini S. RETINOBLASTOMA-RELATED protein stimulates cell differentiation in the Arabidopsis root meristem by interacting with cytokinin signaling. Plant Cell, 25(11):4469-78.

(2013) Mattei B, Sabatini S, Schininà ME. Proteomics in deciphering the auxin commitment in the Arabidopsis thaliana root growth. Journal of Proteome Research, 12(11):4685-701.

(2013) Moubayidin L, Di Mambro R, Sozzani R, Pacifici E, Salvi E, Terpstra I, Bao D, van Dijken A, Dello Ioio R, Perilli S, Ljung K, Benfey PN, Heidstra R, Costantino P, Sabatini S. Spatial coordination between stem cell activity and cell differentiation in the root meristem. Developmental Cell, 26(4):405-15.

(2011) Perilli S., Di Mambro R., Sabatini S. Growth and development of the root apical meristem.

Current Opinion in Plant Biology, Current Opinion in Plant Biology, 15(1):17-23.

(2011) Kim K, Ryu H, Cho YH, Scacchi E, Sabatini S, Hwang I. Cytokinin-facilitated Proteolysis of ARABIDOPSIS RESPONSE REGULATOR2 Attenuates Signaling Output in Two-component Circuitry. Plant Journal, 69(6):934-45.

(2011) Aichinger E, Villar CB, Di Mambro R, Sabatini S, Köhler C. The CHD3 chromatin remodeler PICKLE and polycomb group proteins antagonistically regulate meristem activity in the Arabidopsis root. Plant Cell, 23:1047-60.

(2010) Moubayidin L., Perilli S, Dello Ioio R., Di Mambro R, Costantino P and Sabatini S. Root meristem growth is controlled by an increase in the rate of cell differentiation relative to

cell division. Journal of Biotechnology,150, Supplement 1, S110.

(2010) Moubayidin L, Perilli S, Dello Ioio R, Di Mambro R, Costantino P and Sabatini S. The rate of cell differentiation controls the Arabidopsis root meristem growth phase. Current

Biology, 20:1138–1143.

 

Awards and prizes

In 2003 she won the Career Development Award from the Giovanni Armenise-Harvard Foundation of Harvard University (USA), for the first time assigned to a Plant Biology project. In 2010 she won a prestigious ERC starting grant awarded by the European Reasercher Council.

 

 

Paola Giuseppina Sacerdote
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STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: basic pharmacology, clinical pharmacology, pharmacology

Keywords: acute pain, analgesic drugs, chronic pain, neuroinflammation, opioids, palliative care, physiopathology of pain, substances of abuse

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Full professor of Pharmacology at the Università degli Studi di Milano.  She teaches pharmacology courses for the Schools of Medicine ,Biology and Biotechnology at the University of Milan.

Professional career

After the Degree in Biology at the University of Milano in 1983 and a period of research experience in the Dept. of Pharmacology of the same University, she spends a 3 year period at the National Institute of Health (Bethesda, USA), where she gets a PhD degree in Neuropharmacology.  She returns in Italy at the Department of Pharmacology, where she continues her career and research experience, as staff researcher and then as Associate Professor of Pharmacology. From 2017 she is full Professor of Pharmacology at the Department of Pharmacological and Biomolecular Sciences where she  is the Head of the laboratory of “ Pain Therapy, neuroimmunology and drug of abuse” composed of young Italian and foreign scientists.

 

Scientific results

Paola Sacerdote since many years is involved in studies focused on the relationship between the Central Nervous System and the Immune System with particular reference to inflammation and pain.

Her research interest is the study of the mechanisms at the basis of onset, maintenance and resolution of chronic inflammatory and neuropathic pain, with the aim to identify novel more effective and safer therapeutic approaches. The group has demonstrated that at the  basis of pain there is a pathological interaction between neurons, glia, microglia and immune cells in the central and peripheral nervous system and  has identified the role of a new family of chemokines, the prokineticin, in pain and inflammation.

Recently the group has demonstrated in several animal models the efficacy of  stem cells and their secretome to modulate nociceptive pathways, due to the ability of stem cells to modulate endogenous cell activity and inflammation.  
Moreover, over the years, she has studied in deep the basic and clinical pharmacology of the analgesic drugs opioids.  In this context, her research group was the first to identify the role of the opioid peptide beta-endorphin in the modulation of immune responses. She analyzed the immune-pharmacological profiles of different analgesic drugs, in order to identify molecules devoid of immunosuppressive properties to propose in pain therapy. She collaborates with several National and International Clinical Centers for the treatment of pain to reach the best therapeutic approach for each patient.

Editorial work and publications

She authored about 197 scientific publications, and several textbook chapters. She participated in several Consensus Conference in the field of Pain Therapy.

BRINI A, AMODEO G, FERREIRA LM,  MILANI A,  NIADA S,  MOSCHETTI G, FRANCHI S,  BORSANI E,  RODELLA LF,  PANERAI AE,  SACERDOTE P Therapeutic effect of human adipose-derived stem cells and their secretome in experimental diabetic pain SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, Sci Rep. 2017 Aug 29;7(1):9904.                         

CASTELLI M, AMODEO G, NEGRI L, LATTANZI R, MAFTEI D, GOTTI C, PISTILLO F, ONNIS V, CONGU C, PANERAI AE, SACERDOTE P, FRANCHI S.Antagonism of the Prokineticin System Prevents and Reverses Allodynia and Inflammation in a Mouse Model of Diabetes. PLOS ONE. Jan 5;11(1):e0146259, 2016

FRANCHI S, VALSECCHI AE, BORSANI E, PROCACCI P, FERRARI D, ZAFFA C, SARTORI P,  RODELLA LF, VESCOVI A, MAIONE S, ROSSI F,  COLLEONI M, SACERDOTE P, PANERAI AE,  Intravenous Neural Stem Cells abolish nociceptive hypersensitivity and trigger nerve regeneration in experimental neuropathy. PAIN,         153:850-861 2012

GIANNINI E, LATTANZI R, NICOTRA A, CAMPESE AF, GRAZIOLI P, SCREPANTI I, BALBONI G, SALVADORI S, SACERDOTE P, NEGRI L.              The chemokine Bv8/prokineticin 2 is up-regulated in inflammatory granulocytes and modulates inflammatory pain.PROC NATL ACAD SCI U S A. 106:14646-51.  2009      

PERGOLIZZI j,  BÖGER RH, BUDD K,  DAHAN A, ERDINE S,  HANS G,  KRESS HG, LANGFORD R,  LIKAR R,  RAFFA RB, SACERDOTE P,Opioids and the management of chronic severe pain in the elderly: consensus statement of an international expert panel with focus on the six clinically most often used WHO step III opioids (buprenorphine, fentanyl, hydromorphone, methadone, morphine, oxycodone)   PAIN PRACTICE. 8:287-313. 2008                            

Martina Sanlorenzo
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STEM area: Clinical sciences and nutrition science

Competences: dermatology, melanoma, molecular medicine

Keywords: cancer, immunotherapy, melanoma, melanoma metastasis, molecular target drugs, molecular therapy

Region: ABROAD


Position/Role

Researcher at the Experimental Cell Therapy Laboratory of the University of Turin (Candiolo Irccs Institute)

 

Professional career

After graduating in Medicine and Surgery at the University of Turin in 2010, she continued her education with a specialization in Dermatology achieved in 2016, followed by a PhD in molecular medicine. Martina Sanlorenzo began her career as a researcher in Turin in 2011, in 2012 she was a Medical fellow at the Ayder Refferal Hospital in Mekelle, Ethiopia. The following year she was a Research fellow at the Ortiz lab, of the Dermatology Department of the University of California in San Francisco and since 2013 she has also been a Medical fellow in the Melanoma and cutaneous oncology center, at the same Californian university

Scientific results

Martina Sanlorenzo in 2016 won the "L'Oreal Italia for women and science" award in partnership with Unesco thanks to her project entitled "Interaction between molecular target drugs and immunotherapy in the treatment of metastatic melanoma: preclinical model for the evaluation of potential synergism ". She is precisely through this award that it will be possible for the researcher to conduct clinical research studies that aim to integrate two therapeutic approaches, on the one hand the therapies that target the melanoma cells (one of the most aggressive and difficult to cure tumors) and by the other is those that aim to enhance the immune system's response to cancer. Sanlorenzo is therefore involved in a study where both her knowledge in the field of dermatology and those of molecular medicine are included.

Editorial work and publications

She is the author of numerous national and international publications, including:

 

(2016) Dapavo P, Vujic I, Fierro MT, Quaglino P, Sanlorenzo M. The infliximab biosimilar in the treatment of moderate to severe plaque psoriasis. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 75(4):736-9.

(2016) Posch C, Moslehi H, Sanlorenzo M, Green G, Vujic I, Panzer-Grümayer R, Rappersberger K, Ortiz-Urda S. Pharmacological inhibitors of c-KIT block mutant c-KIT mediated migration of melanocytes and melanoma cells in vitro and in vivo. Oncotarget.

(2016) Ribero S, Balagna E, Sportoletti Baduel E, Picciotto F, Sanlorenzo M, Fierro MT, Quaglino P, Macripo G. Efficacy of electrochemotherapy for eruptive legs keratoacanthomas. Dermatology and Therapy, 29(5):345-348.

(2016) Posch C, Sanlorenzo M, Vujic I, Oses-Prieto JA, Cholewa BD, Kim ST, Ma J, Lai K, Zekhtser M, Esteve-Puig R, Green G, Chand S, Burlingame AL, Panzer-Grümayer R, Rappersberger K, Ortiz-Urda S. Phospho-proteomic analysis reveals increased CK2α kinase activity in NRAS(Q61) mutant melanoma. Journal of Investigative Dermatology, 136(10):2041-8.

(2016) Sanlorenzo M, Vujic I, Posch C, Ma J, Lin K, Lai K, Lee D, Vujic M, Oses-Prieto JA, Chand S, Rodriguez-Peralto JL, Burlingame A, Ortiz-Urda S. Oncogenic KIT mutations in different exons lead to specific changes in melanocyte phospho-proteome. Journal of Proteomics, 144:140-7.

(2016) Vujic I, Sanlorenzo M, Esteve-Puig R, Vujic M, Kwong A, Tsumura A, Murphy R, Moy A, Posch C, Monshi B, Rappersberger K, Ortiz-Urda S. Acyl protein thioesterase 1 and 2 (APT-1, APT-2) inhibitors palmostatin B, ML348 and ML349 have different effects on NRAS mutant melanoma cells. Oncotarget, 7(6):7297-306.

(2015) Sanlorenzo M, Vujic I, Ortiz-Urda S. Time-Dependent Measurement of Adverse Events-Reply. JAMA Dermatology, 151(12):1392-1393.

(2015) Sanlorenzo M, Ribero S, Osella Abate S, Mariani S, Strignano P, Salizzoni M, Savoia P, Fierro MT, Quaglino P. Genetic mutations in primary malignant melanoma of the esophagus: case report and literature review. Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia.

(2015) Posch C, Cholewa BD, Vujic I, Sanlorenzo M, Ma J, Kim ST, Kleffel S, Schatton T, Rappersberger K, Gutteridge R, Ahmad N, Ortiz-Urda S. Combined Inhibition of MEK and Plk1 has Synergistic Anti-Tumor Activity in NRAS Mutant Melanoma. Journal of Investigative Dermatology, 135(10):2475-83.

(2015) Ribero S, Gualano MR, Osella-Abate S, Scaioli G, Bert F, Sanlorenzo M, Balagna E, Fierro MT, Macripò G, Sapino A, Siliquini R, Quaglino P. Histological regression in primary melanoma with sentinel lymph node status: a systematic review and meta-analysis. JAMA Dermatology, 151(12):1301-1307.

Awards and prizes

Among the numerous awards received, in 2015 she received the Euroderm Excellence and in 2016 she won the L’Oreal-UNESCO Italy - For Women in Science 2015-2016 award.

 

 

 

Serena Sanna
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STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: epidemiological statistical analysis, genetic statistical analysis

Keywords: aging, dna, genes, genetics, longevity, sardinia

Region: ABROAD


Position/Role

Assistant Professor at the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG), the Netherlands.

Professional career

Serena Sanna holds a bachelor and master degree in mathematics from the University of Cagliari, Italy (2003). After her studies, she worked at Istituto di Ricerca Genetica e Biomedica (IRGB) of the Italian National Research Council (CNR), and on 2005 she moved at the School of Public Health, of the University of Michigan as “statistical geneticist”. At the end of 2007, she comes back to IRGB but continues her research studies in close collaboration with scientists at University of Michigan. On 2016, she obtains a doctorate degree in medical genetics at the University of Groningen, in the Netherlands, where she is at present an Assistant Professor in Genetics.

Scientific results

Serena Sanna carried out most of her research studies within the project “SardiNIA/ProgeNIA: genetic and epidemiology of aging associated conditions” on which more than 6 thousands volunteers from the east part of the Sardinia island where enrolled. Using cutting edge technologies to assess the genome of such individuals combined with novel statistical techniques, she identified hundreds of genetic factors that influence disease susceptibility (such risk for cardiovascular diseases) or that affect disease risk factors (such as cholesterol or blood pressure).

Her approach is to use statistical inferential methods to reduce at minimum the cost required to characterize the genome of an individual – in brief by only looking at a portion of his/her DNA and then look at human similarity, she is able to predict the rest of the genome. She is particularly involved in the whole-genome sequencing characterization of the entire genomes of Sardinian volunteers, with the aim to identify all existing genetic variants – including those that are Sardinian specific – that affect health and disease status.  

Editorial work and publications

(2015) Sidore C, Busonero F, Maschio A, Porcu E, Naitza S, Zoledziewska M, Mulas A, Pistis G, Steri M, Danjou F, Kwong A, Ortega del Vecchyo VD, Chiang CWK, Bragg-Gresham J, Pitzalis M, Nagaraja R, Tarrier B, Brennan C, Uzzau S, Fuchsberger C, Atzeni R, Reinier F, Berutti R, Huang J, Timpson NJ, Toniolo D, Gasparini P, Malerba G, Dedoussis G, Zeggini E, Soranzo N, Jones C, Lyons R, Angius A, Kang HM, Novembre J, Sanna S, Schlessinger D, Cucca F, Abecasis GR. Genome sequencing elucidates Sardinian genetic architecture and augments GWAS findings: the examples of lipids and blood inflammatory markers. Nature Genetics, 47:1272-1281. 

(2013) Orrù V, Steri M, Sole G, Sidore C, [....], Schlessinger D, Abecasis GR, Fiorillo E, Sanna S, Cucca F. Genetic Variants Regulating Immune Cell Levels in Health and Disease. Cell, 155(1):242-256. 

 (2011) Sanna S, Li B, Mulas A,Sidore C, Kang HM, Jackson AU, Piras MG, Usala G, Maninchedda G, Sassu A, Serra F, Palmas MA, Wood WH 3rd, Njølstad I, Laakso M, Hveem K, Tuomilehto J, Lakka TA, Rauramaa R, Boehnke M, Cucca F, Uda M, Schlessinger D, Nagaraja R, Abecasis GR. Fine mapping of five loci associated with low-density lipoprotein cholesterol detects variants that double the explained heritability. PLoS Genetics, 7(7):e1002198. 

(2008) Uda M, Galanello R, Sanna S, Lettre G, Sankaran VG, Chen W, Usala G, Busonero F, Maschio A, Albai G, Piras MG, Sestu N, Lai S, Dei M, Mulas A, Crisponi L, Naitza S, Asunis I, Deiana M, Nagaraja R, Perseu L, Satta S, Cipollina MD, Sollaino C, Moi P, Hirschhorn JN, Orkin SH, Abecasis GR, Schlessinger D, Cao A. Genome-wide association study shows BCL11A associated with persistent HbF and amelioration of the phenotype of β-thalassemia. Proceeding of the National Academy Society of the United States of America, 105(5):1620-5. 

(2008) Willer CJ, Sanna S, Jackson AU, Scuteri A, et al . Newly identified loci that influence lipid concentrations and risk of coronary artery disease. Nature Genetics, 40(2):161-9. 

Full list of publications available at:

https://scholar.google.nl/citations?hl=en&user=6hjWp7sAAAAJ&view_op=list_works&sortby=pubdate

Awards and prizes

* 2008: Best Young Scientist award given by the European Society of Human Genetics (ESHG)

* 2009 and 2010: two of her publications (Peufer et al 2009; and Sanna et al 2010) were selected among the top publications from scientists of the CNR on those years. 

* Best young CNR scientist in the biomedics – given in Rome on 2013

* 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018: she is present in the list of Highly Cited Scientists released by Thomson Reuters, NY, which includes top 1% scientists in their field.

* 2018: “Guido Dorso” award received by the Guido Dorso association and Italian Senate to the best scientist from south Italy

Paola Santini
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STEM area: Physics

Competences: astrophysics

Keywords: distant galaxies, dust, galaxy formation and evolution, gas, star formation

Region: Lazio


Position/Role

Researcher at Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma (INAF)

Professional career

After graduation in Physics from the University of Rome La Sapienza, she continues her education with a PhD in Astronomy from the same university in 2009 and with a postgraduate specialization training course in Space Science and Technology from the University of Rome Tor Vergata in 2012. She has been research assistant at the Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma since 2006, and in 2010 she is visiting scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE) in Germany. In 2012 she does an internship at Thales Alenia Space. She continues her research activity at the Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma where she is currently research staff.

Scientific results

Paola Santini decodes the faint signals emitted by ancient galaxies populating the early Universe as a sort of "stellar archeologist". Her research activity focuses on different aspects of galaxy evolution through cosmic time using multi-wavelength observations (from X-ray to millimetric data) from space and ground telescopes. She is mainly involved in the analysis of the the evolution through cosmic time of several physical properties, such as the star formation rate, the amount of dust and gas in galaxies, stellar mass functions and the stellar mass density. She is an expert in star formation rate tracers and stellar mass computation. She also dealt with comparing observations with theoretical predictions of models of galaxy formation and evolution. 

 

Editorial work and publications

She is author and co-author of almost 150 publications of peer-reviewed international journals, listing more than 9000 citations (H-index 58). A selection of publications is listed below: 

(2017) Santini P. et al. The Star Formation Main Sequence in the Hubble Space Telescope Frontier Fields. The Astrophysical Journal, 847, 76. 

(2016) Santini P. et al. Characterizing elusive, faint dusty star-forming galaxies: a lensed, optically undetected ALMA galaxy at z 3.3. Astronomy & Astrophysics, 596, A75. 

(2015) Santini P. et al. Stellar Masses from the CANDELS Survey: The GOODS-South and UDS Fields. The Astrophysical Journal, 801, 97. 
(2014) Santini P. et al. The evolution of the dust and gas content in galaxies. Astronomy & Astrophysics, 562, A30. 
(2012) Santini P. et al. Enhanced star formation rates in AGN hosts with respect to inactive galaxies from PEP-Herschel observations.Astronomy & Astrophysics, 540, A109+. 
(2012) Santini P. et al. The evolving slope of the stellar mass function at 0.6 < z < 4.5 from deep WFC3 data. Astronomy & Astrophysics, 538, A33+. 
(2010) Santini P. et al. The dust content of high-z submillimeter galaxies revealed by Herschel. Astronomy & Astrophysics, 518, L154+. 
(2009) Santini P. et al. Star formation and mass assembly in high redshift galaxies. Astronomy & Astrophysics, 504, 751-767. 

Awards and prizes

In 2015 she is awarderd the prize Italian Young Researcher from "Gruppo 2003 for scientific research".

Sandra Savaglio
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STEM area: Physics

Competences: astrophysics

Keywords: astrophysics, distant galaxies, telescopes, universe

Region: Calabria


Position/Role

Professor in astrophysics at the University of Calabria (Arcavacata di Rende, Italy)

Professional career

Sandra Savaglio is since 2013 a professor in Astrophysics at the Physics Department of the University of Calabria (Italy), After her PhD in Physics in 1995 at the same university, she is Fellow and Senior Research Scientist at the European Southern Observatory (Garching near Munich), the Johns Hopkins University and the Space Telescope Science Institute (both in Baltimore). In 2000, she got a position as Assistant Astronomer with Tenure at the Observatory of Rome. She worked for more than 8 years in Germany, at the Max-Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, the most important European cluster in the field of astrophysics. For her research, she uses the most powerful telescopes and optical satellites, infrared and ultraviolet (Very Large Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, the Spitzer Space Telescope, Herschel, ALMA). She taught astrophysics at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and at the Technical University in Munich. In the past, she was part of several international scientific committees, including the Hubble Space Telescope and European Telescopes Telescope Allocation Committees. She is regularly invited to international conferences. In Italy, she often participates in public events for science.



Scientific results

Her research focuses on the young universe: cosmic chemical evolution, distant galaxies, intergalactic and interstellar medium, and galaxies hosting the most energetic events in the universe: the gamma-ray bursts and the super luminous supernovae



Editorial work and publications

She signed over 200 publications in international journals conference proceedings, as a author or co-author. In 2018 she published her first book on popular science (the title: “Tutto l’universo per chi ha poco spazio-tempo”, publisher: Mondadori). Her book entitled “Senza Attendere” (Without waiting), written in collaboration with Mario Caligiuri (Rubbettino 2006) is about the brain drain problem in Italy.



Awards and prizes

·         International Award “Vittorio De Sica” (Rome, November 2016)

·         International Award Frescobaldi (Milan, October 2015)

·         International Award Casato Prime Donne along with the first Italian female Astronaut, Samantha Cristoforetti. (Montalcino, 14 September 2014)

·         Pythagoras Award (Croton, Italy, February 2008)



Marika Savarese
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STEM area: Chemistry

Competences: innovative computational tools, theoretical and computational chemistry

Keywords: light, photochemistry, photophysics, solar cells

Region: Liguria


Position/Role

Researcher at the D3 Compunet Department of the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Genoa.

Professional career

After graduating in Chemical Science in 2008 and a master’s degree in Chemistry in 2010 at the Federico II University in Naples, she continued with her studies with a PhD she obtained in 2014 from the same University. Meanwhile, she worked for the Italian Institute of Technology at the Center for Advanced Health Biomaterials at the CRIB (Interdepartmental Research Center on Biomaterials) in Naples. After the PhD, she worked with the CTM team of Professor Adamo at the École Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Paris (ENSCP). In the same year, 2014, she was Visiting Researcher at the Research Center for Computational Sciences of the Institute of Molecular Science of Okazaki in Japan.
Since 2015 she is a Post-doc Researcher at the IIT of Genoa.

 

Scientific results

Marika Savarese deals with theoretical modeling, supported by computational approaches based on the Density Functional Theory (DFT), of phenomena of chemical-physical interest; in particular, the development of new protocols for the description of phenomena concerning light-matter interaction. These approaches are useful in the fields of photophysics and photochemistry, and they are applicable, for example, in the interpretation of electronic spectroscopies and in the study of reaction mechanisms promoted by light. These models make it possible to carry out design and “in silico” screening steps (by using the computer) that allow the planning of new technological devices in a targeted way. Results in this sense have been achieved for the design and construction of new biosensors and new materials used for the construction of solar cells entirely made of material.

 

Editorial work and publications

She is author and co-author of numerous scientific publications including:

 

[2017] Savarese M, Raucci U, Fukuda R, Adamo C, Ehara M, Rega N, Ciofini I. Comparing the performance of TDDFT and SACCI methods in the description of excited states potential energy surfaces: An excited state proton transfer reaction as case study. Journal

of Computational Chemistry, 38:1084.

 

[2016] Savarese M, Brémond È, Rega N, Adamo C, Ciofini I. Excited State Proton Transfer and Intramolecular Charge Transfer in 1, 3 diketone Molecules: a Density Functional Theory Based investigation. ChemPhysChem, 17:1530.

 

[2016] Savarese M, Brémond È, Adamo C.Exploring the limits of recent exchange–correlation functionals in modeling lithium/benzene interaction.Theoretical Chemistry Accounts, 145:1.

 

[2016] Savarese M, Raucci U, Netti PA, Adamo C, Rega N, Ciofini I. A Qualitative Model to Identify Non Radiative Decay channels: the Spiropyran as case study

Theoretical Chemistry Accounts,135:211.

 

[2015] Savarese M, Brémond È, Antonov A, Ciofini I, Adamo C, Computational Insights into ExcitedState ProtonTransfer Reactions in Azo and Azomethine Dyes.ChemPhysChem,16:3966.

 

[2015] Bonaccorso F, Balis N, Stylianakis MM, Savarese M, Adamo C, Gemmi M, Pellegrini V, Stratakis E, Kymaki E. Functionalized Graphene as an ElectronCascade Acceptor for AirProcessed Organic Ternary Solar Cells.Advanced Functional Materials, 25:3870.

 

[2014] Savarese M, Raucci U, Adamo C, Netti PA, Ciofini I, Rega N (Editor's Choice). Modeling of charge transfer Processes to understand photophysical signatures: The case of Rhodamine 110.Chemical Physics Letters, 610:148.

 

[2014] Savarese M, Netti PA, Rega N, Adamo C, CiofiniI. Intermolecular proton shuttling in excited state proton transfer reactions: insights from theory.Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics,16:8661.

 

[2013]Savarese M, Netti PA, Adamo C, Rega N, CIofini I, Exploring the Metric of Excited State Proton Transfer Reaction.The Journal of Physical Chemistry B,117:16165.

 

[2012] Savarese M, Aliberti A, De Santo I, Battista E, Causa F, Netti PA, Rega N.Fluorescence Lifetimes and Quantum Yields of Rhodamine Derivatives: New Insights from Theory and Experiment. The Journal of Physical Chemistry A,116:7491.

 

 

 

Valeria Simoncini
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STEM area: Mathematics

Competences: numerical analysis

Keywords: linear algebra, matrices, multivariate statistics, numerical computation, optimization

Region: Emilia-Romagna


Position/Role

Full Professor of Numerical Analysis at the University of Bologna

Professional career

After graduating in Mathematics in 1989 at the University of Bologna, she continued her studies with a PhD in Computational Mathematics and Mathematical Informatics at the University of Padua, which she obtained in 1994, simultaneously with the PhD from 1991 to 1993 she was a visiting scholar at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champain in the United States. Since 1995 has been a researcher at the Institute of Environmental Geophysical Methodologies (IMGA) of the CNR section of Modena. The following year she was a researcher at the Institute of Numerical Analysis (IAN) of the CNR section of Pavia; she held that position until 2000, when she became associate professor at the University of Bologna. Since 2010 she is a full professor at the same university.

 

Scientific results

Her research field includes the study of matrices, multivariate statistics and the Spectral Perturbation Theory, with applications to partial differential equations. These equations are used in different fields of science, not only in physics with the study of aerodynamics, quantum mechanics and elasticity, but also in engineering with matrix analysis and in atmospheric analysis studies. In fact, Paola Fermo also deals with the numerical modeling of phenomena concerning natural sciences and medicine such as the modeling of systems useful for electrocardiology and the study and modeling of Gene Networks, a research field that relates genetic, environmental factors and risks of contracted illnesses.

Editorial work and publications

Author of numerous scientific publications and a monograph, including:

A Guide to Empirical Orthogonal Functions for Climate Data Analysis, Navarra Antonio, Simoncini Valeria, Springer editore. 

(2017) Powell CE, Silvester D, Simoncini V. An efficient reduced basis solver for stochastic Galerkin matrix equations. SIAM Journal Scientific Computing, 39(1), A141-A163.

(2016) Simoncini V. Computational methods for linear matrix equations (Survey article). SIAM Review, 58-3, 377-441. 

(2015) Benzi M, Simoncini V. Decay bounds for functions of Hermitian matrices with banded or Kronecker structure. SIAM Journal on Matrix Analysis and Applications, 36-3,1263-1282. 

(2015) Porcelli M, Simoncini V, Tani M. Preconditioning of active-set Newton methods for PDE-Constrained optimal control problem. SIAM Journal Scientific Computing, 37-5, S472-S502. 

(2013) Krendl W, Simoncini V, Zulehner W. Stability Estimates and Structural Spectral Properties of Saddle Point Problems. Numerische Mathematik, 124(1):183-213.

(2011) Druskin V, Simoncini V. Adaptive rational Krylov subspaces for large-scale dynamical systems. Systems & Control Letters, 60, 546-560.

 

(2007) Simoncini V, Szyld DB. Recent computational developments in Krylov Subspace Methods for linear systems. Numerical Linear Algebra with Applications, 14(1): 1-59. 

(2005) Brezzi F, Lipnikov K, Simoncini V. A family of mimetic finite difference methods on polygonal and polyhedral meshes. Mathematical Models and Methods in Applied Sciences, 15(10):1533-1552. 

(2003) Simoncini V, Szyld DB. Theory of Inexact Krylov Subspace Methods and Applications to Scientific Computing. SIAM Journal Scientific Computing, 25(2):454-477. 

(1995) Simoncini V, Gallopoulos S. An Iterative Method for Nonsymmetric Systems with Multiple Right-hand Side. SIAM Journal Scientific Computing, 15, 917-933.

 

 

Awards and prizes

She is a member of the Editorial Board of numerous scientific journals such as the Journal of Numerical Mathematics, ESAIM: Mathematical Modeling and Numerical Analysis (M2AN), the SIAM Journal of Numerical Analysis, ETNA - Electronic Transactions Numerical Analysis and the SIAM Journal Matrix Analysis and Applications. She is also a permanent member of the scientific committee of the House Symposium, a member of the SIAM International Summer School advisory board on Numerical Linear Algebra and of the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics, Philadelphia, USA. Referee for the evaluation of national and international projects and from 2011 to 2013 was a member of the panel for the Mathematics section of the University Research Quality Assessment (VQR) project.

Claudia Sorlini
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STEM area: Natural and environmental sciences

Competences: agricultural microbiology

Keywords: bioenergies, biotechnologies applied to agriculture, environment, sustainable agriculture, women and science

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Microbiology, University of Milan.

Professional career

Graduated in Biological Sciences at the University of Milan, Claudia Sorlini  developed   her career up to full professor of Agriculture, Food and Environment Microbiology.  Besides her tenure at the University of Milan, she taught at the University of Molise (1990-1993) and Politecnico di  Milano (1975-1988) . She has held several assignments in the university governance: Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture  ( 2014-2010), member of the  Equal Opportunity Committee of the University of Milan, coordinator of the session Gender & Equality in Research and Science (2006 - 2013). During her tenure as dean, she has been coordinator of the  scientific committeee founding the Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Makeni, Sierra Leone. Among the several external posts she has been member of the Steering Committee of the EU Scientific Programme for Expo(2014-15),vice-president of Italian Touring Club and president of the association Casa dell'Agricoltura that promotes the sustainable agriculture and the role of women farmers and researchers  in agriculture.

Scientific results

She is expert in  the field of microbial biotechnologies applied to the bioremediation of polluted sites,  bio-energy production (methane, hydrogen and fertilizers) and biofertilizers. Along with her team she set up a viable bacterial cells-based system to recover ancient stone statues and frescoes; an image of these investigations gained the cover of the American Society for Microbiology Journal. She got a specific experience in the xenobiotic pollutants biodegradation such as plastics, pesticides, solvents etc. and has been involved in the promotion of  women scientists by welcoming young female students in her scientific European  projects, and participating, as a scientific referent, to the projects, such as Stages (Structural Transformation to Achieve Gender Equality in Science, 2012-2013), which support equal gender opportunity in science.

Editorial work and publications

Claudia Sorlini is author and co-author of more than 300 publications on international and national journals and  books chapters. Among the more recents:

 

(2018). Vigani G., Rolli E., Dell'Orto M, Michoud G, Soussi A., Raffafu N., Borin S., Sorlini C., Zocchi G., Daffonchio D. Root bacterial endophytes confer drought resistance and enhance expression and activity of a vacuolar H+ -pumping pyrophosphatase in pepper plants.Environ. Microbiol. May 22. doi: 10.1111/1462-2920.14272. 

(2018). Sorlini C. Agricoltura e alimentazione: quale futuro? Notiziario della Banca Popolare di Sondrio 137, 14-17.

(2016).Sorlini C. Cambiamento climatico, una sfida da vincere. In: Clima - il pianeta che cambia. Touring Club Italiano Milano. ISBN 978-88-365-7032-4, pag. 7-9.

 (2015). Expo 2015 EU Scientific Steering Committee - Fischler F., Wilkinson D., Benton T., Daniel H., Darcy-Vrillon B. Hefferman P., Kok E., Saarela M., Jakubczyc E., Sorlini C., Swinnen J., von Brown J. New ways of providing knowledge to tackle food and nutrition security: what should the EU do? European Union. EUR 27562 EN, doi: 10.2788/802016, Book.

(2015). Sorlini C., Dendena B., Grassi S. The mutifaceted nature of the agrifood world. In S. Veca (ed) The many faces of sustainability,  Feltrinelli, Milano, pp. 3-29.

Awards and prizes

The 2015 she received from the President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella, the award of the Order to Merit of Italian Republic (Commendatore della Repubblica) for the  commitment  in environmental topics and dissemination of agriculture sciences also in developing countries. The same year she was awarded  from the Mayor of Milan of the civic  "Ambrogino d'oro"; and   from Pechino 20 - Making Women Congress:  the prize called  "Donne che ce l'hanno fatta" for her  commitment in art, science and society. Finally; from  Women and Technology Association:  the award "Tecnovisionarie: Women who face  the future" for the academic relevant contribution and for coordination of European and national  environmental  agriculture and bioenergy projects.    

 

Maria Pia Sormani
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STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: biostatistics, research methods

Keywords: autotransplant, biostatistics, cancer, data analysis, MRI, multiple sclerosis

Region: Liguria


Position/Role

Professor of Biostatistics  at the University of Genoa, Italy

Professional career

She received her Master in Biostatistics at the University of Milan, her Master in Biophysics at the University of Pisa and her degrees in Physics at the University of Genoa, in Italy. She collaborated for more than ten years with the Neuroimaging Research Unit at the S.Raffaele Hospital in Milan, studying the methodological issues related to the use of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) in Multiple Sclerosis. She worked for about twelve years at the National Institute for Cancer Research in Genoa in cancer clinical studies. She is now Professor of Biostatistics at the Medical School at the University of Genoa, where she teaches Biostatistics and Research Methods to students in medicine. 

She serves on the National MS Society Clinical Trials Advisory Committee. She is Visiting Professor at the Imperial College of London.

Scientific results

Her main research interest is on methods for clinical trials in Multiple Sclerosis, with a special focus on MRI outcomes.

Editorial work and publications

She is in the editorial Board of Multiple Sclerosis Journal and Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders. She published more than 350 papers on peer reviewed journals, with an IF>1800 and an h-index=75 (Scholar).

Maria Grazia Speranza
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STEM area: Mathematics

Competences: operative research

Keywords: algorithms, finance, linear programming, logistics, optimization, transport

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Full professor of operations research and deputy rector of the University of Brescia.

Professional career

After the Bachelor degree in Mathematics in 1980 at the University of Milan, she took a post-graduate program in applied mathematics. In 1983 she became assistant professor of operations research at the University of Milan. She became associate professor in 1987 at the University of Udine. Since 1994 she is full professor at the University of Brescia. She was dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business from 2002 and 2008. From 2016 she is deputy rector of the University of Brescia.

 

Scientific results

The research activity of Maria Grazia Speranza is oriented to the study of mixed integer mathematical programming models, that is optimization models where a function is minimized or maximized subject to constraints and the variables must take integer values. Such models have been applied to several problems, in particular in the area of finance, where the decision concerns the investment of a capital in securities with the objective of  minimizing the risk while guaranteeing a given average rate of return, and to the area of transportation and logistics where location or distribution decisions must be taken with the objective of minimizing the costs while guaranteeing a given service level. Most recent research concerns the value of collaboration and shared mobility.

Editorial work and publications

Maria Grazia Speranza is editor of international scientific journals such as  Transportation Science and  EURO Journal on Transportation and Logistics. She is author of more than 150 publications among which: 

(2018) Archetti C, Christiansen, M, Speranza MG. Inventory routing with pickups and deliveries,  European Journal of Operational Research,  268:314–324.

 (2018) Speranza MG. Trends in transportation and logistics,  European Journal of Operational Research, 264: 830–836.

 (2017) Guastaroba G, Savelsbergh M,  Speranza MG.Adaptive kernel search: A heuristic for solving mixed integer linear programs,   European Journal of Operational Research, 263: 789-804.

(2017) Archetti C, Boland N, Speranza MG. A matheuristic for the multi-vehicle inventory routing problem,  Informs Journal on Computing, 29:377-387.

(2016) Guastaroba G, Vigo D, Speranza MG.Intermediate facilities in freight transportation planning: a survey, Transportation Science, 50:763-789. 

Awards and prizes

In  2008-2009 she was Vice-President of IFORS (International Federation of Operation Research Societies). In  2011-2012 she was President of the EURO (Association of European Operational Research Societies). In 2014 she was President of the Transportation Science and Logistic Society of INFORMS (The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Science). From 2019 to 2021 she is President of IFORS. She is member of scientific committees of the major conferences in the area of transportation and logistics. She has been chair of the  program committee of the IFORS conference in Quebec City in  2017. She was plenary speaker at several international conferences and in particular at Optimization days 2005 in Montréal  (together with John Nash) and at the 27th European Conference on Operational Research in Glasgow in 2015.

 

Maria Grazia Spillantini
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STEM area: Psychology and neurosciences

Competences: molecular neurology

Keywords: Alzheimer, dementia, parkinson

Region: ABROAD


Position/Role

Professor of Molecular Neurology at the University of Cambridge

Professional career

After graduating in Biological Sciences at the University of Florence in 1981, she continued her education with a PhD in Molecular Biology at the University of Cambridge, obtained in 1993 working in the Molecular Biology Laboratory of the Medical Research Council. After a period as a CNR researcher in Rome she returned to Cambridge and since that moment her career developed within the same university: in 1997 she held the position of Lecturer of Neurology at the Clinical School, in 2002 she was Reader in Molecular Neurology and in 2007 Professor of Molecular Neurology in the Clinical School Department of Clinical Neuroscience.

Scientific results

Maria Grazia Spillantini's research concerns the mechanisms that lead to neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and fronto-temporal dementia. Her internationally recognized scientific contributions include the identification of a particular protein (alpha-synuclein) as the main component of the characteristic protein deposits (Lewy bodies) present in the brains of patients suffering from Parkinson's disease and dementia from Lewy bodies closely related to it. Another revolutionary discovery by Maria Grazia Spillantini concerning neurodegenerative diseases is the identification of a genetic mutation in the tau protein, which is aggregated in the brains of patients with Alzheimer's disease and other diseases now known as tauopathies, as the cause of heredity of fronto-temporal dementia. She was the favorite pupil of the Nobel Prize for Medicine, Rita Levi Montalcini.

Editorial work and publications

She is the author of book chapters and more than 290 articles in international scientific journals, including:

 

(2015) Iovino M, Agathou S, González-Rueda A, Del Castillo Velasco-Herrera M, Borroni B, Alberici A, Lynch T, O'Dowd S, Geti I, Gaffney D, Vallier L, Paulsen O, Káradóttir RT, Spillantini MG. Early maturation and distinct tau pathology in induced pluripotent stem cell-derived neurons from patients with MAPT mutations. Brain, 138:3345-59.

(2014) Yang S, Cacquevel M, Saksida LM, Bussey TJ, Schneider BL, Aebischer P, Melani R, Pizzorusso T, Fawcett JW, Spillantini MG. Perineuronal net digestion with chondroitinase restores memory in mice with tau pathology. Experimental Neurology, 265C:48-58.

(2013) Mellone M, Kestoras M, Andrews MR, Dassie E, Crowther RA, Goedert M, Tolkovsky AM, Spillantini MG. Axonal transport alterations