Professor of Medical Genetics-University of Bologna (2001-2012)
Education: Degree in Medicine (University of Bologna Medical School, 1965); Internship& Residency in Paediatrics, (1965-7); Research Fellow, Genetics Division, Department of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins Medical School, Baltimore, Md. (1968-71)
He is a medical geneticist with a wide international research experience documented by his leadership role during the past 30 years in different Institutions, namely in Genova (Medical School and Istituto G. Gaslini), Lyon (International agency for Research on Cancer) and in Bologna (University of Bologna Medical School).
Major research interests: Hirschsprung disease, RET protooncogene, consanguinity studies and genetic epidemiology, mtDNA mutations in cancer. He has published more than 380 papers in peer-reviewed international journals.
He is now the Director of the European School of Genetic Medicine devoted to the advanced training in genetics and genomics of young geneticists and health professionals from Europe and elsewhere in the world, in particular graduates from the Southern rim of the Mediterranean and the Middle East. The School, started in 1988 in collaboration with the late Victor McKusick, has been attended in the past 30 years by more than 7000 students.
He was awarded the European Society of Human Genetics Educational Award in 2005 and the Arno Motulsky-Barton Child Award for Excellence in Human Genetics Education in 2011 by the American Society of Human Genetics.
He developed during the past 20 years several research and training projects in collaboration with Middle East countries, particularly in Oman, where he recently transferred some courses of the European School of Genetic Medicine.
In 1992 he became the first democratically elected President of the European Society of Human Genetics (ESHG) which celebrates this year the 50th anniversary of its foundation, as described in the accompanying paper entitled “The ESHG early years …” due to appear soon in the European Journal of Human Genetics