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THE HUMAN TECHNOPOLE: ITALY’S NEW INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR...

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Director Prof. Iain Mattaj presents

The Human Technopole

Italy’s new interdisciplinary research institute for the life sciences

October 26th 2018 –Embassy of Italy – Washington DC

Technological advances over the past decade have transformed opportunities for research in human systems as well as on models with direct relevance to human biology, thereby boosting possibilities for scientists to develop improved, more targeted strategies for promoting human health and healthy ageing. The Human Technopole, a new institute for life science research that is coming into being in Milan, Italy, has the overarching goal of developing stratified approaches to improve patient care (personalized medicine) and quality of life. Research at the Human Technopole will take a comprehensive and interdisciplinary approach to health and ageing by integrating cutting-edge technologies with basic and translational science, starting with critical areas including genomics, computational biology, structural biology and neuroscience. As HT Director Elect, in my talk I will introduce the Human Technopole project, outline future plans and how these will contribute to scientific development in Italy and Europe, and present the many opportunities the new institute offers to international scientists.

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11.00 a.m. Opening remarks

11.10 a.m. Keynote

prof. Iain Mattaj (Scientific Director of the Human Technopole)

11.40 a.m. Q&A

12.00 p.m. Light lunch

Prof. Iain W. Mattaj, FRS, FMedSci

Prof. Iain Mattaj was born in St. Andrews, Scotland. He attended Edinburgh University. After completing his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry (Honours) he attended the University of Leeds, England for his PhD studies. Following his PhD, Prof. Mattaj carried out postdoctoral research at the Friedrich Miescher Institute, Switzerland then at the Biocentre, University of Basel, Switzerland before joining EMBL Heidelberg, Germany as a Group Leader in 1985. He became Coordinator of the Gene Expression Unit at EMBL in 1990 before being promoted to the position of Scientific Director in 1999. Prof. Mattaj was appointed Director General in May 2005 and will step down at the end of 2018. From January 2019 he will commence his appointment as Director of Human Technopole in Milan.

Prof. Mattaj is a distinguished scientist whose contributions have been recognised by his election as a Fellow of the Royal Society (London), Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Member of Academia Europea, Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Science, Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences (London) and Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences (US). He is a member of the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO) and helped make The EMBO Journal a highly successful international scientific journal, acting as Executive Editor from 1990 to 2004.

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