Istituto Superiore di Sanità
Department of Cell biology and Neurosciences
Viale Regina Elena 299
00161, Rome, Italy

Project leader

PhD, Maria Luisa Scattoni
  • Phone:+39-06-49903104
  • Fax:+39-06-4957821
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Project staff

MD/PhD, Andrea Guzzetta
  • University of Pisa - Stella Maris Scientific Institute Infant Neurology Section SMILE - Stella Maris Infant Lab for Early intervention
  • Phone:+39 050 886239
  • Fax:+39 050 886247
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PhD, Fabio Apicella
  • Department of Developmental Neuroscience Stella Maris Scientific Institute
  • Phone:+39 050886203
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Argyro Athanasiadou

Institute presentation

The Istituto Superiore di Sanità is the leading technical and scientific body of the Italian National Health Service. Its activities include research, clinical trials, control and training in public health; it also serves as a major national clearing-house for technical and scientific information on public health issues. It is involved in collaboration and consultation with other institutions responsible for public health, including the Ministry of Health, regional health authorities, local health agencies and hospitals. It cooperates with those responsible for the design and implementation of health and scientific programmes at local and national level and also plays a leading role in several major international research projects. The Institute provides scientific advice and assessments in the framework of international organizations, such as EFSA, EU, IARC, OECD, UNEP and WHO. It also plans, implements and evaluates international public health projects, ranging from collaborations on research and development projects to humanitarian assistance. The Italian Ministry of Health in agreement with the Italian Ministry for Industry, University and Research has appointed the Institute as coordinator of the national nodes of three important European Research Infrastructures (RI) in the fields of Biomedical Science and Health: European Advanced Translational Research Infrastructure in Medicine (EATRIS); European Clinical Research Infrastructures Network (ECRIN); Biobanking and Biomolecular Resources Research Infrastructure (BBMRI). ISS hosts the Italian National registry for ADHD and coordinates the ASD Baby siblings project (NIDA). This institution participates with Stella Maris Scientific Institute, the largest Italian University Hospital for child neurodevelopmental disorders. It hosts a Diagnostic Unit for children with psychiatric disorders and receives more than 400 children with ASD and ADHD each year.