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Medico pratese vince borsa in USA per la ricerca contro il cancro

Luca Pasquini, giovane medico pratese, e' stato premiato dall' ISSNAF con una borsa che gli permetterà di proseguire i suoi studi sulla plasticità neuronale nel cancro cerebrale al Memorial Sloan Ke [ ... ]


Ricercatori: troppi cervelli in fuga, Italia tredicesima nella classifica dei più citati al mondo

La nostra nazione paga il solito prezzo: molti studiosi sono assoldati da atenei stranieri. L'Università di Bologna in testa con cinque citazioni. La rete scientifica di Milano a quota dieci di CORR [ ... ]


MEET THE AUTHORS Erri De Luca & Paolo Sassone-Corsi


The Director of the Italian Cultural Institute
cordially  invites you to
  Acclaimed Italian novelist Erri De Luca will present his latest book Diavoli Custodi (Feltrinelli, 2 [ ... ]


ISSNAF Board of Trustees: new board members

ISSNAF Board of Trustees: new board members The ISSNAF Board of Trustees welcomes four new Board Members* who represent some of the most innovative fields of technology and science. Their competence, [ ... ]


Call for Applications for the AICF 2018-19 International Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship Program

The American-Italian Cancer Foundation (AICF) is a US-based nonprofit organization that funds post-doctoral research fellowships for outstanding young Italian scientists who perform groundbreaking res [ ... ]


Interview to Joe Szustakowski, head of Bristol-Myers Squibb's translational bioinformatics team, speaker at the 2017 ISSNAF Annual Event

Joe, how would you define Bioinformatics and Translational Bioinformatics, your fields of work? Bioinformatics is an interdisciplinary field that sits at the intersection of computer science, biology [ ... ]


Giuseppe Cataldo awarded the 2017 NASA Early Career Public Achievement Medal

Giuseppe Cataldo received the 2017 NASA Early Career Public Achievement Medal "for exceptional insight and tireless efforts to bring advanced mathematical methods to the correlation of thermal models  [ ... ]


Aspen Institute Italia Award – 2018

Aspen Institute Italia (www.aspeninstitute.it) established, in 2016, an annual award for 40,000 euros which honors a research contribution in the field of natural, theoretical, or applied sciences pro [ ... ]


The Bay Area Chapter is off to a great start!

The Bay Area Chapter of ISSNAF  was established on September 9, 2017 to connect and support the large number  of Italian researchers and scholars based in the Greater San Fran [ ... ]


Laura e Luca, coppia di scienza italiana in USA per amore della ricerca medica

Chi parte sa da che cosa fugge ma non sa che cosa trova? Questa volta no perché per Luca Bartolini, pediatra che lavora al National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke di Washington D.C,  [ ... ]


In The Spotlight
Medico pratese vince borsa in USA per la ricerca contro il cancro
Luca Pasquini, giovane medico pratese, e' stato premiato dall' ISSNAF con una borsa che gli permetterà di proseguire i suoi studi sulla plasticità neuronale nel cancro cerebrale al Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center di New York.

Il link all' articolo completo su STAMP Toscana.
 
Ricercatori: troppi cervelli in fuga, Italia tredicesima nella classifica dei più citati al mondo

La nostra nazione paga il solito prezzo: molti studiosi sono assoldati da atenei stranieri. L'Università di Bologna in testa con cinque citazioni. La rete scientifica di Milano a quota dieci

di CORRADO ZUNINO -La Repubblica
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ISSNAF Board of Trustees: new board members

ISSNAF Board of Trustees: new board members

The ISSNAF Board of Trustees welcomes four new Board Members* who represent some of the most innovative fields of technology and science. Their competence, experience and accomplishments mirror the high professional level reached by the scientific and technological community of Italians operating in North America and engaged to create a stable bridge across the Atlantic.

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Cinzia Zuffada joined NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Pasadena in 1992 and has been the Associate Chief Scientist for the past eleven years. As such she is a key player in the strategic planning of science and technology research and development for JPL and in managing institutional internal R&D investments.  Additionally, she oversees a number of programs supporting collaborations between JPL and the academic community. For the past twenty years, she has led the pioneering Global Navigation Satellite Systems reflectometry technology development at JPL and has played a pivotal role in demonstrating the feasibility of the technique for ocean altimetry and land hydrology remote sensing. Dr. Zuffada, ex-alumna of the Collegio Ghislieri, has a Doctorate of Engineering degree from the University of Pavia, Italy, where she was an Assistant Professor in Electromagnetic Fields Theory before moving to the US. She received the Theresian Medal from the University of Pavia in 2002 and is a member of its academic senate. She is the recipient of the 2014 JPL Magellan Award and the 2015 NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal. In 2016 she received the Knighthood of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.

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Fabrizio Renzi is the Director of Technology and Innovation of IBM Italy since 2014. Specialized in  management in multicultural environment, he uses research innovation and technology to partner with clients for transforming their business. In this role he leads all the technical structures working together with Italian companies for their digital transformation. From 2011 to 2013 he was Director of technology and innovation for Italian banks, insurances and financial institutions. In 2009-2010 he was, based in Dubai, IBM Director of Systems and Technologies for emerging markets (Russia, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa). Since 1997 he worked on leading edge technologies and transformation initiatives for IBM, covering different managerial roles in areas such as: ebusiness, ecommerce, network computing solutions, client server. He joined IBM in 1990 as System Engineer in charge of introducing in Italy new products technologies and solutions developed in R&D labs in USA, where he also spent some years of his professional life in international assignments. Master degree in Electronic Engineering from Politecnico di Milano, he also got an International Executive Program MBA from INSEAD in Paris. Keynote speaker in several scientific and technology related events, Renzi is author of several publications and he taught in several Italian universities. He is a member of Confindustria Research Committee, Fondazione Università Ca' Foscari Innovation Board and Milano Ricerca Board of the Directors.

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Maurizio Vecchione is the Executive vice president for Global Good and Research at Intellectual Ventures in charge of the Global Good Fund. In this role, he oversees IV’s collaboration with Bill Gates to invent and deploy technology specifically focused on improving life in developing countries, as well as the Intellectual Ventures Laboratory and Institute for Disease Modeling. The Global Good Fund is the world’s largest investor in inventions for the benefit of the poorest three billion people on the planet, focusing on disruptive innovation in global health and global development for the benefit of humanity. Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Asset Trust and operating in coordination with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Global Good utilizes philanthropic funds to incubate and develop market driven companies that can produce catalytic humanitarian impacts while using market forces to scale up globally and across the 75 poorest nations on Earth.  Global Good operates its own multidisciplinary research laboratory with relationships with over 4,000 research institutions globally, and the Institute for Disease Modeling to facilitate discovery and translational science in support of its investments. Major area of investment focus are diagnostic and clinical technology aimed at the top 10 global burden diseases, primary care health strengthening innovation, maternal and child health innovations, nutrition technologies, prevention including vaccines as well as agriculture and agricultural productivity technologies. 

With more than 30 years of experience in the technology and life sciences sector, Mr. Vecchione has helped build nine start-ups and launched more than 50 commercial products spanning life-sciences, health technologies, therapeutics and as well as telecommunications, information and material sciences. He most recently served as CEO of Arrogene, which is commercializing a new nanotechnology platform for cancer therapeutics and diagnostics, and as CEO of telemedicine pioneer CompuMed. As an inventor himself, Mr. Vecchione is named on multiple U.S. patents and patent applications related to imaging, image processing, nano-bio-polymer and telecommunications technologies.

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Pierluigi Zappacosta is chairman of Faro, his Italian investment fund, and general partner of Tellos, his California investment fund. In 1981 he co-founded Logitech, a manufacturer of computer peripherals, where he served until 1998 first as President and CEO and later as Vice Chairman. He helped take Logitech public in Switzerland in 1988 and on NASDAQ in 1997. Between 2003 and 2012, he was CEO of Sierra Sciences, a biotech company devoted to finding ways to extend the human health span. In 2005, Pierluigi started the Faro investment fund to support Italian entrepreneurs.  Faro has invested in Pagani (super high-end cars), Tecnomatic (electric motors for cars), Delverde (premium pasta), and Sextantio (preserving the cultural and physical landscape of historical villages in Italy). He is chairman of "Friends of Istituto Bruno Leoni" in the US and trustee of "Istituto Bruno Leoni" in Italy. He is a founder of ISSNAF and chair of the ISSNAF Bay Area Chapter. In October 2015, Pierluigi was knighted “Cavaliere del Lavoro” by the President of Italy. Pierluigi received a Laurea degree cum laude in electronic engineering from the University of Rome, Italy in 1974, and a Master degree in computer science from Stanford University in 1978.

 
MEET THE AUTHORS Erri De Luca & Paolo Sassone-Corsi


The Director of the Italian Cultural Institute

cordially  invites you to

 

Acclaimed Italian novelist Erri De Luca will present his latest book Diavoli Custodi (Feltrinelli, 2017) co-written with architect and designer Alessandro Mendini. De Luca will be in conversation with world renowned biologist Paolo Sassone Corsi (PhD, Director, Center for Epigenetics and Metabolism, UC Irvine School of Medicine ) co-author with de Luca of Ti sembra il caso? (Feltrinelli, 2013) on literature, science and life. The event is organized by the Institute and in collaboration with the Italian Scientists and Scholars in North America Foundation (ISSNAF).
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

6:30 PM

Italian Cultural Institute

1023 Hilgard Avenue - Los Angeles, CA 90024


Visit our website for more info and other upcoming events
www.iiclosangeles.esteri.it


Limited seating. RSVP mandatory.


 
Call for Applications for the AICF 2018-19 International Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship Program

The American-Italian Cancer Foundation (AICF) is a US-based nonprofit organization that funds post-doctoral research fellowships for outstanding young Italian scientists who perform groundbreaking research in the fields of cancer biology and treatment in competitive labs across the United States. To date, AICF has effectively launched the careers of 310 young scientists who have been awarded 452 fellowships since the Program’s inception in 1983.

As you know, post-doctoral research fellowships are a critical component in advancing cancer research, as they reach young scientists with innovative project ideas at a time in their careers when funding from other sources is less certain. AICF’s Program differs from most of the other US-based research fellowship programs in that it focuses on providing opportunities for Italian researchers to train and conduct research in the United States.
Click here to find out more

Please make the enclosed application form and flyer available to your students and colleagues. Applications must be received on or before February 28, 2018 at 11:59PM EST to be considered. If you have any questions, please contact me via email at fellowship@americanitaliancancer.org

Thank you for your attention.

Sincerely,

Cristina Aibino
Executive Director
American-Italian Cancer Foundation




 
Interview to Joe Szustakowski, head of Bristol-Myers Squibb's translational bioinformatics team, speaker at the 2017 ISSNAF Annual Event

Joe, how would you define Bioinformatics and Translational Bioinformatics, your fields of work?

Bioinformatics is an interdisciplinary field that sits at the intersection of computer science, biology, genetics, statistics, and engineering.  The bioinformatics scientists (bioinformaticians) in my team are responsible for managing and analyzing large scale moelcular biology data sets to help understand disease, identify targets for new drugs, and predict which patients are most likely to respond to specific drugs.

You took part to the ISSNAF Annual Event, sharing with us an interesting overview about “Big data in Biopharma”. What did you focus on?

I presented work we have done at BMS trying to identify biomarkers that help us predict which patients are most likely to respond to our Immuno-Oncology (IO) therapies.  We used new technologies to sequence the genomes of patients’ tumors.  We observed that patients whose tumors harbored more mutations were more likely to respond to one of our IO drugs.  We call this biomarker Tumor Mutation Burden, or TMB for short.  We are currently investigating the TMB across a number of our clinical development programs.

“Science & the New Industrial Revolution” was the main topic of ISSNAF event. In your experience, how is automation changing pharmaceutical industry?

New technologies like Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) allow biomedical researchers to generate tremendous amounts of data at low cost and with great speed.  The cost for sequencing a human genome is approaching $1000.  NGS and other platforms allow us to characterize genomes, their structure, and their regulation with unprecedented depth and precision.  Our experiments frequently generate Terabytes of raw data.  Generating molecular data is no longer rate limiting in many facets for biomedical research.  We now need to invest in computational scientists, collaborations, methods, and infrastructure to organize and analyze these rich data sets.

We build “bridges” in research between Italy and North America. Many talented italian young researchers work in the Usa and in Canada. What can BMS do to promote the exchange between researchers across the world?

We need to continue to reach out to international scientists through organizations like ISSNAF, industry/academic collaborations, scientific conferences, and other venues.

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ISSNAF Annual Event
ISSNAF Annual Event
"Science & the New Industrial Revolution: Industry 4.0"

was the focus of 2017 edition of the ISSNAF annual event, which took place on the 7th and 8th of November at the Italian Embassy in Washington D.C.

Exponents from the world of science, business, and federal agencies of the United States exchanged views on the impact that artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things, applied to productive processes, are having on science, on the academic world, and on our daily lives.


Young ISSNAF

Young ISSNAFYoung ISSNAF is the “network-inside-the-network” of under-40 ISSNAF affiliates, Italian investigators and scholars of all areas of scientific and academic research.

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Success Stories

Young ISSNAFOur pride is to be able to help young Italian talents follow their dreams and have opportunities.

Here is where they share them.

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Samanta Cristoforetti in conversation Samanta Cristoforetti in conversation

  The Consulate General of Italy, the Italian Cultural Institute and the Emilio Goggio Chair in Italian Studies, University of Toronto proudly present Samanta Cristoforetti, Italian astronaut, European Space Agency in conversation with Canadian astronaut Roberta Bondar FUTURA Mission - 200 ...

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La Console Natalia Quintavalle consegna l'onorificenza di Grande Ufficiale alla Dott.ssa Silvia Formenti, una luminare nel campo della radioterapia La Console Natalia Quintavalle consegna l'onorificenza di Grande Ufficiale alla Dott.ssa Silvia Formenti, una luminare nel campo della radioterapia

      La Dott.ssa Silvia Formenti, membro del Board of Trustees di ISSNAF e presidente dell'Advisory Board di Medicina e Biologia, ha ricevuto il 2 giugno 2015, durante le celebrazioni delle Festa della Repubblica, l'onorificenza di Grande Ufficiale dalla Console Generale d'Italia ...

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ISSNAF Medical Imaging Science Chapter 2015 Meeting ISSNAF Medical Imaging Science Chapter 2015 Meeting

Saturday, March 7th, 2015 from 12:00 to 14:00pm Meeting Room: 2.95 The meeting, held in English, is open to Italians, Italian-Americans, and Italian sympathizers For more information email imaging@issnaf.org or call Lorenzo Mannelli at +1 (646) 226 5924

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ISSNAF-Seattle Chapter Winter 2015 Meeting ISSNAF-Seattle Chapter Winter 2015 Meeting

Thursday , January 29th, 2015 early afternoonat the laboratories of Global Good-Intellectual Ventures the ISSNAF-Seattle Chapter Winter 2015 Meeting will take place. The meeting, held in English, is open to Italians, Italian-Americans, and Italian sympathizers For more information email seattle@iss...

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ISSNAF Medical Imaging Science Chapter Meeting ISSNAF Medical Imaging Science Chapter Meeting

Sunday, November 30th, 2014 from 12pm to 1:30pm Meeting Room: E271B The meeting, held in English, is open to Italians, Italian-Americans, and Italian sympathizers For more information email imaging@issnaf.org or call Lorenzo Mannelli at +1 (646) 226 5924

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ISSNAF - Fondazione Marche Internships 2014 ISSNAF - Fondazione Marche Internships 2014

 ISSNAF and Fondazione Marche are honored to announce the winners of the ECapital contest. The competition, aimed to encourage the creation of innovative business ideas, is a unique opportunity to transform creativity into business and is giving away for the winners 5 internship at "Mind the B...

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Meeting with Italy's Minister of Health, Beatrice Lorenzin Meeting with Italy's Minister of Health, Beatrice Lorenzin

  On Saturday, May 31th, 2014, a delegation of Italian researchers participated in a meeting with Italy's Minister of Health, Beatrice Lorenzin, and Sergio Pecorelli, Chancellor at the University of Brescia and President of the Italian Medicines Agency.

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Medical Imaging Science Chapter @ SIRM 2014 Medical Imaging Science Chapter @ SIRM 2014

On Saturday May the 25th, during the biannual meeting of the Societa' Italiana di Radiologia Medica (SIRM), the Medical Imaging Science Chapter of ISSNAF organized a round table to discuss the experiences of Italian radiologists abroad.

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Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti meets ISSNAF Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti meets ISSNAF

  Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti met with ISSNAF President Vito Campese during a meeting with the Italian community hosted by Consul General Giuseppe Perrone on May 20, 2014. Mayor Garcetti was very supportive and showed interested in ISSNAF activities. 

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ITALIAN BEAUTIFUL MINDS an Italian contribution ITALIAN BEAUTIFUL MINDS an Italian contribution

Meeting organized by the Consulate General of Italy, the Italian Cultural Institute, and ISSNAF on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 6:30pm at the IIC, 1023 Hilgard Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90024. RSVP to rsvp.iicla@esteri.it  

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Medical Imaging Science Chapter @ SIRM Medical Imaging Science Chapter @ SIRM

  The ISSNAF Medical Imaging Science Chapter will hold a roundtable during the 2014 Meeting of the Societa’ Italiana di Radiologia Medica (SIRM). The discussion will highlight different research experiences of Italian scientists in North America and promote future collaborations between medic...

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ISSNAF Seattle Chapter Summer Meeting ISSNAF Seattle Chapter Summer Meeting

The 2014 ISSNAF-Seattle Chapter (near) Summer meeting will take place on Wednesday, June 4th in the Bellevue Arts Museum (BAM, 510 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA 98004) from 5.30pm to 8.00 pm. Guest speakers: Mark Nassutti, novelist, will talk about how his Italian roots made possible to write a no...

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2014 ISSNAF Awards for the Humanities 2014 ISSNAF Awards for the Humanities

ISSNAF and LaFondazioneNY encourage all Italian researchers born after March 30, 1974 and currently primarily working in the United States or Canada to submit their full applications.

DEADLINE EXTENDED APRIL 25, 2014.

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Internship Program ISSNAF-ASI 2014 Internship Program ISSNAF-ASI 2014

Thanks to the generous support of Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (ASI) ISSNAF is offering two summer internships in primary North American research facilities.

DEADLINE EXTENDED APRIL 10, 2014.


Read the call - Get Application form - Learn more about ASI.

ISSNAF Seminar @ NY Chapter ISSNAF Seminar @ NY Chapter

The first ISSNAF Seminar of 2014, "Italy 2020: Challenges and Opportunities of Growth", was organized by the New York Chapter on February 28th at the Italian Cultural Institute in New York. Approximately 130 people gathered to listen to our amazing speakers and the event was truly a success.

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ISSNAF Seattle Chapter Spring Meeting ISSNAF Seattle Chapter Spring Meeting

The 2014 Spring meeting will take place on Thursday, April 10th in the Auditorium of the Research and Training Building (300 9th Ave, 98104, Seattle) at Harborview Medical Center. We are pleased to host four outstanding speakers: Erica Tartaglione, Research Specialist at the VA Puget Sound Hospit...

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