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ISSNAF Award for Young Investigators: deadline postponed to July 29th

ISSNAF Board of Trustees encourages all Italian early-stage researchers currently primarily working in the United States or Canada to submit their application and research abstract to compete for one  [ ... ]


In Memoriam: Computer science professor and former department chair Mario Gerla MS ’70, PhD ’73 UCLA, member of the ISSNAF Board of Trustees

A celebration of Mario’s life will be held on Saturday, March 23rd at 11:00 AM at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering (Mong Learning Center, Engineering VI – First Floor, 404 Westwood Plaza), f [ ... ]


Alessio Figalli awarded with the Fields Medal

The International Mathematical Union (IMU) awarded with the Fields Medal the Italian mathematics professor Alessio Figalli. The Fields Medal is considered the “Nobel Prize of Maths”, the most pres [ ... ]


La diaspora dei ricercatori. «Più qualità, meno clientele. Noi all’estero per passione»

A seguito di un ampio sondaggio (condiviso anche da ISSNAF sui propri canali) che ha coinvolto piu' di 750 partecipanti in diversi paesi del mondo, Federico Fubini ha raccolto la voce dei ricercatori  [ ... ]


PhD scholarships at IMT Lucca

2018/19 PhD programs at the IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca Deadline for applications – August 3rd 2018, 12 pm CEST Applications are now being accepted for the 2018/19 PhD Programs at the IM [ ... ]


ISSNAF Awards for Young Investigators - Call for Applications 2018

ISSNAF Board of Trustees encourages all Italian early-stage researchers currently primarily working in the United States or Canada to submit their application and research abstract to compete for one  [ ... ]


LAVORO L’Italia si svuota: raddoppiano i laureati in fuga all’estero di Enrico Marro

LAVORO L’Italia si svuota: raddoppiano i laureati in fuga all’estero di Enrico Marro
Clicca qui per leggere il post originale Il nostro Paese spende circa il 4% del Pil (stime Ocse) per l’int [ ... ]


IN ITALIA IL PRIMO EXPO MEETING DEDICATO ALLE INNOVAZIONI PER LA LONGEVITÁ

Dal 21 al 23 Giugno i protagonisti della Silver Economyriuniti nel nostro Paese per l’Expo-Meeting Innov-Aging Per tre giorni le Marche saranno la capitale della Silver Age ospitando Istituzi [ ... ]


Programma reclutamento giovani ricercatori "Rita Levi Montalcini"

Selezione dei beneficiari. Una commissione ministeriale procede poi a valutare le candidature. In base ai risultati della valutazione, i vincitori vengono chiamati e l’Università indicata dal vinci [ ... ]


Call for Applications 2018- Fondazione Pisana per la Scienza

RESEARCH GRANT APPLICATION The aim of this Call for Applications is to promote innovation in biomedical research by attracting talented researchers to join the Pisa scientific community. http://canad [ ... ]


An Interview by Alberto Di Mauro

EMILIO BIZZI was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the ISSNAF 2018 Annual Event in Washington DC (23 OCT 2018) in recognition of his research and scientific investigation in the field of  neuroscience, as a goal for all his life and his career

“Having  students and post-doctoral fellows  in my laboratory   was a way  to stay in  touch with  the Italian scientific life ,  but , in addition ,  it was a way  to recognize that Italy has given me a lot--  besides  a pretty good  medical education in Rome ,  I especially cherish   the exposure  to the  rich  humanistic culture of the past I received  in my pre-med  years.”

“I believe  the current way  to investigate  the brain has changed  for the better  the way we do neuroscience investigations. Now we are entering  a very different era characterized by teams  with diversified expertise; important results will follow , I am quite sure .”

Interview with Prof. Emilio Bizzi - An Interview by Alberto Di Mauro
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Professor Bizzi,  today ISSNAF celebrates the tenth anniversary of its foundation. On the occasion of this important anniversary which are your feelings in receiving the Life Achievement Award 2018?

I am very honored to be selected for this award which  recognizes , I  believe ,  not only my scientific  work but also my  commitment   to maintain  contacts  with Italian science  by  training young  investigators .From the time I was appointed  on the MIT faculty in 1969,   I maintained  contacts with Italian science by  hosting every year in my laboratory  either students or  post doctorate fellows  from Italy .  These  fellows, after a stage of a few years,  generally,  went back to Italy  and  some of them  are now  on the faculty of Italian universities .

Having  students and post-doctoral fellows  in my laboratory   was a way  to stay in  touch with  the Italian scientific life ,  but , in addition ,  it was a way  to recognize that Italy has given me a lot--  besides  a pretty good  medical education in Rome ,  I especially cherish   the exposure  to the  rich  humanistic culture of the past I received  in my pre-med  years.

While  the presence of Italian fellows  in my laboratory   was  certainly a rewarding  and happy experience , I cannot  say  that   my attempts  at returning to Italy  were   particularly happy  or successful.  I made  serious attempts  at considering    two jobs  offers, both   ended on a disappointing  note for me and my  counterparts.

You started your outstanding career in Italy  but then you moved permanently  to the States. What made you take this decision?

Becoming a neuroscientist was slow  unplanned process . As a medical student I had   an  unfocused  interest  for  medical research   which led me to the department of Pathology   which at the time was   Rome Medical School star for its  excellence in research.  I was fortunate to be accepted  as  a “ student intern “  in the group led  by  the highly regarded  professor  Antonio Ascenzi.  After  3 years of pathology internship , I knew that a career in Pathology was not for me and  therefore , at that point , a career in clinical medicine looked    a reasonable  choice .  To implement my plan   I moved to the  Tuscan town  of Siena  where  I became  a training fellow at  the Internal Medicine Department at  the local medical school.  By joining   the  department cardiovascular  laboratory  I got an exposure  and some understanding of neural control of circulation . The  exposure to  this  type  of neuroscience was for me a kind of revelation and  after a while  I decided to  abandon   my plans of a medical  career  and dedicate myself  to neuroscience  .

In retrospect I am  now  amazed  that I made  the  radical  decision  of leaving medicine on the basis of such a limited exposure to research. At  any  rate,  since I wanted to become a scientist  I decided  to study  at the Institute of Human Physiology of the University of Pisa,   which was directed   by Giuseppe Moruzzi,  a very well known scientist. Moruzzi  was international known  and his institute  was populated  by fellows  coming from different parts of the world; there was a really international environment  which   helped  to shape my career.

After training  for  three years at the Pisa Institute  , I felt  ready  to have a laboratory of my own to investigate  the questions  I  developed  during  the research I had conducted  in Pisa.  By chance  I met Rita Levi- Montalcini in Rome  who was looking to hire a  neurophysiologist  for her laboratory at Washington University.   She offered me an  position that included a fully equipped neurophysiology set up. That was a very good opportunity to complete my training.

After  a few years   of different   experiences first at Washington University and then at the NIH,  I felt it was time to take the decision of wether to stay in the States or   go back to Italy.  As a help to decide I took a vacation in Italy looking around for a job appropriate  to the scientific level I have already reached.  My search turn out  to be  fruitless   and I was happy  to  accept  the  MIT Job.

And now you are a bright example of how Italian scientists living and working abroad can give a precious contribution to the scientific development in the world. But regarding Italy what do you think about the brain  drain phenomenon? Can it evolve  and become somehow a resource for the Country?

In theory it would be ideal to welcome researchers who work abroad  in order to go back to Italy.

But for many people it is very hard to find the financial investment necessary  to set up a laboratory when they return to Italy. In addition the academic structures are old,  and careers are slow  not especially  welcoming. We see many  young people frustrated by the fact that they have to wait for a long time, to become  indipendent  investigators  .

Let’s come back to the actual situation in the field of sciences. No one can deny that we are living an exciting moment marked by amazing discoveries. What do you think we have to expect from the future?

It is quite obvious that in the last few years we have had an explosion of  achievements in  the field of  neuroscience. These achievements   are based   on  combining  techniques  from different fields.  For instance, combining the power of genetics,  with  today more powerful  neuronal  cells recordings plus new  ways to  deal  with   massive amount of data has led  to a new  ways to investigate the central  and peripheral nervous system.   Through genetic manipulation we can now insert a genes   that will  activate or inhibit  selected populations of  neurons . This  is extremely important;  before the advent these technics, it was very difficult to understand  how the different types of cells contributed to behavior . In addition, recently, computer science  has come to help with  new  powerful algorithms which allow  data clustering – an important new way  to reveal previously undetected  neural patterns.

Looking back to the development of neuroscience  it is clear that  it took quite a while  to reach  the present  novel  of progress. From the  early 70’s to circa 2005 there was  relatively modest progress. Big  questions  as   the neural basis of voluntary movement, of   memory, of perception   could not  be attacked  in a significative way . I believe  the current way  to investigate  the brain has changed  for the better  the way we do neuroscience investigations. Now we are entering  a very different era characterized by teams  with diversified expertise; important results will follow , I am quite sure .

 

 
ISSNAF 2019 Call for applications: deadline postponed to July 29th

The deadline of the call for submissions for ISSNAF Awards for Young Investigators has been put back to July 29th, 2019 (23:59PST).

The names of the finalists will be announced by September 16th, 2019

ISSNAF Board of Trustees encourages all Italian early-stage researchers currently primarily working in the United States or Canada to submit their application and research abstract to compete for one of the following awards:

  1. Mario Gerla Award for Young Investigators in Computer Science
  2. IBM-Bio4Dreams Award for Research in Medicine, Biosciences and Cognitive Science
  3. Paola Campese Award for Research on Leukemia
  4. Franco Strazzabosco Award for Young Engineers
  5. Annamaria Molteni Award for Mathematics and Physics





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ISSNAF Annual Event 2018
ISSNAF Annual Event

"Longevity: the Impact of Research, Economics, AI and Robotics to Live longer, better Lives" was the theme of the 2018 ISSNAF Annual Event, held in the Italian Embassy in Washington, DC, on October 22nd and 23rd, under the High Patronage of the President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella. In 2025, it is predicted that 1.2 billion people will be at least 60 years of age. This change has been tackled in two ways: the first panel focused on the impact of longevity on the economy and society, while the second looked at how technology (robotics, artificial intelligence, augmented reality) will contribute to providing us with healthier, longer and better lives.


ISSNAF Presentations
Claudio Pellegrini gave his presentation during the event "Fermi's Legacy: from La Sapienza to the Bay Area", organized by the Consulate General of Italy in San Francisco, the Italian Cultural Institute, and the ISSNAF Bay Area Chapter on May 5th, 2018. The event, hosted by the Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco, was organized for the first Italian Research in the World Day, a new initiative launched by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR) to recognize the important work of Italian scientists and researchers in the world.
Pellegrini is a Distinguished Professor of Physics Emeritus at UCLA – University of California, Los Angeles. In 2015, President Barack Obama presented Pellegrini the Enrico Fermi Award, a one of the government’s oldest and most prestigious awards for scientific achievement.
In his presentation he shared his experience spanning over six decades of scientific accomplishments from the Physics department at La Sapienza in Rome to the national laboratories of the Bay Area, as well as his views on the impact his field has had on society at large.


 
Lina Gualtieri gave her presentation during the event "Fermi's Legacy: from La Sapienza to the Bay Area", organized by the Consulate General of Italy in San Francisco, the Italian Cultural Institute, and the ISSNAF Bay Area Chapter on May 5th, 2018. The meeting, hosted by the Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco, was organized for the first Italian Research In the World Day, a new initiative launched by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR) to recognize the important work of Italian scientists and researchers in the world.
Galtieri headed a number of important projects at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory of the University of California, and contributed to important experiments at CERN, SLAC and Fermilab.
In her presentation she shared her experience spanning over six decades of scientific accomplishments from the Physics department at La Sapienza in Rome to the national laboratories of the Bay Area, as well as her views on the impact her field has had on society at large.

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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.


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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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