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  ISTITUTO SUPERIORE DI SANITA' (Italian NIH)



The Istituto Superiore di Sanità ("ISS")
(http://www.iss.it) is an Italian governmental agency that includes the functions of the following agencies in the USA: Center for Disease Control, National Food and Drug Administration and National Institute of Health . The ISS is strongly involved in basic and applied research in areas that represent a threat to the national health, including HIV/AIDS. It has a 2000+ strong workforce and is organized in 7 Departments and 4 National Centers:

 
DEPARTMENTS
CENTERS
Cellular biology and NeuroSciences
National AIDS Center
Environmental & Primary Prevention
Epidemiology, Surveillance & Health Promotion
Food Safety and Veterinary Public Health
Food Quality and Risk Assessment
Hematology, Oncology and Molecular Medicine
Organ Transplants
Infectious, Parasitic & Immune-Mediated Diseases
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Therapeutic Research & Medicines Evaluation
Rare Diseases National Center
Organism for Quality Evaluation and Accreditation
Immunobiologicals Research and Evaluation
 
ISS is the eye of a vast Italian biomedical research network comprising research institutions and universities, collaborates with all major European public and private healthcare entities, has significant collaborations with international scientific and healthcare organizations and a strong presence and collaborations in Africa and other Developing Countries. Research spans all areas of healthcare with specific excellence, among others, in cancer ,cancer stem cells, AIDS and other poverty related diseases, vaccines, infectious diseases, immunotherapy research, neurosciences and many other areas.
 
ISS is also a major source of scientific and helthcare information and implements and evaluates training activities in a wide variety of areas, with courses designed to address the needs of the National Health Service which provides public health care to Italians. ISS develops and tests innovative training methods, including web-based distance learning. It also organizes congresses, conferences, workshops and seminars on fundamental public health issues linked to its institutional activities and research. These events are often organized in cooperation with international organizations.
 
Finally, ISS plans, implements and evaluates international health projects, ranging from cooperative research and development projects to humanitarian assistance. It actively promotes cooperation at three different levels of involvement:
 
  • scientific partnerships with industrialized countries (USA, European partners, Japan)

  • scientific and development projects in partnership with economies in transition (including China, South Africa, the Central Asian Republics and countries in Latin America, the Balkans and the Middle East)

  • development partnerships in Africa and countries in turmoil, where humanitarian and technical assistance is provided in close collaboration with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, various UN Agencies and the World Bank, as well as the Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Several members of the Institute serve on panels of experts for the Fund, as well as on other international committees and commissions.
 
Current projects of the ISS include research into the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS and poverty-related diseases; capacity building for central health administrations; technology transfer in health management; and technical support for national public health authorities, usually within the context of health care reform.
 
 

 

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