Chairs and Speakers – C

Chairs and Speakers – C


Maria Rosaria Capobianchi
Main position/role: Scientific Advisor, Department of Infectious Tropical Diseases and Microbiology, Sacro Cuore Don Calabria Hospital I.R.C.C.S., Negrar di Valpolicella, Verona, Italy
Maria R. Capobianchi, past director of the Laboratory of Virology at the National Institute for Infectious Disease, Rome, is presently member of the Italian Health Council, and scientific advisor of Sacro Cuore Don Calabria Hospital I.R.C.C.S., Verona. With more than four decade-long expertise in basic and diagnostic virology, she is particularly skilled on emerging viral infections, and has served as an expert to public health organizations including ECDC, Italian Ministry of Health, National Transplant Center and National Blood Center. Research activity: viral pathogenesis, naturally/acquired antiviral immunity, molecular epidemiology of viruses, emerging/re-emerging viruses, design/validation of innovative diagnostic methods.

Alessandra Carattoli
Main position/role: Full Professor of Microbiology, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy  
Prof. Carattoli is dedicated to innovation in the field of bacterial genomics applied to antimicrobial resistance mechanism identification and tracking of horizontal exchanges among bacteria of clinical relevance. In 2005, she published a method for rapid identification of plasmids (PCR-Based Replicon Typing). This publication has currently 2386 citations. In 2014, she designed the PlasmidFinder database with the Center for Genomic Epidemiology of the Technical University of Denmark and she is currently curator of the database. This publication has 2398 citations. Her studies and methods impacted and changed the methodology used for bacterial typing and have been adopted worldwide. She has been awarded by Clarivate Analytics Web of Science as Highly Cited Researcher, Top 1% by citation per field and year in 2021, 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2015 years. She is Commendatore Ordine di Merito della Repubblica Italiana, honour conferred on 2017 by the Italian President of Republic Sergio Mattarella.

Antonio Carbone
Main position/role: Full Professor of Urology and Head of Urology & Robotic Surgery Unit, Sapienza University of Rome

Antonio Carbone, born in Tripoli (Lybia), 4 february 1959. Degree: Medicine and Surgery. Urology certification. Professor of Urology – Department of Medico-Surgical Sciences and Biotechnologies, Sapienza University, Rome. Member of European Association of Urology (EAU),  Italian Society of Urology (SIU). Chair of the Scientific Committee “WeURO”. President of Italian Society of Multidisciplinary Robotic and Digital Surgery (SIC.Rob.). Head of Urology & Robotic Surgery Unit at ICOT Hospital, Latina. Director of the Master “Robot assisted and laparoscopic urologic surgery”. Scientific involvement in oncologic and  functional urology, urodynamics, robotic and laparoscopic surgery. Author of 128 indexed pubblications, editor or co-editor of textbooks.

Andrea Carfi
Main position/role: Head of Research for Infectious Disease, Moderna, Cambridge, USA
Dr. Andrea Carfi holds a Master of Science in Physics for University of Canterbury in UK, Laura degree (equivalent to Master of Science in Chemistry) from Pavia University, Italy, and a PhD in Biophysics from the Université Joseph Fourier in Grenoble, France. He also trained as a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratories of Prof. Stephen Harrison and Prof. Don Wiley at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard. Dr. Carfi has more than 15 years of experience in drug discovery and vaccine development at Moderna, GSK, Novartis Vaccines and IRBM/Merck. Over the years he has covered roles of increasing responsibility with a focus on structural biology, antigen design, small molecule antivirals discovery and vaccines development. In particular, during the seven years at GSK and Novartis Vaccines, he led the US based Protein Biochemistry team and was responsible for the design, selection, characterization and early development of novel vaccine targets against infectious diseases, including HIV. Some of these vaccine candidates are now in early and late stage clinical trials. He was also heading the Novartis Vaccines Antigen Design platform across the research sites of Cambridge, US and Siena, Italy. Dr. Carfi joined Moderna in 2017 as Head of Antigen Design and Selection and Project Leader for the CMV vaccine program now in a Phase 1 clinical trial and has become the Head of Research for Infectious Disease at Moderna since January 2019. He is currently leading Research for all Moderna Infectious Disease targets.

Maria Chiara Carrozza
Main position/role: President of the National Research Council and Full Professor at the BioRobotics InstituteScuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy
Maria Chiara Carrozza, MoS degree in Physics from University of Pisa in 1990, and Ph.D. in engineering at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy, in 1994. Since 2021 she is the president of the National Research Council. She is Full Professor of Industrial Bioengineering at the BioRobotics Institute of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna from 2007 to 2013, Menber of the Italian Parliament from 2013 to 2018, and Minister of Education, University and Research of Italian Republic from 2013 to 2014. From 2018 to 2021 she was Scientific Director of Don Carlo Gnocchi Foundation in Milan, Italy, a network of Research hospitals dedicated to Rehabilitation Medicine. From 2015 to 2021 she served in the Board of Directors of the Piaggio SPA. She is Founding Partner of IUVO Srl, a Start-up active in the field of Wearable Robotics. From 2016 to 2021she was President of Italian Scientific Association of Biomedical Engineers.

Fidelia Cascini
Main position/role: Assistant Professor of Hygiene and Public Health, Università Cattolica del S. Cuore, Rome, Italy

Currently Assistant Professor at the Department of Life Sciences and Public Health at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. Digital Health expert engaged by the Directorate General for Digitalisation of the Ministry of Health, she is involved in national, European and international activities on digital health. She has been engaged as digital health expert by Agenas to work on Telemedicine investments included in the NextGeneration Italy. She has been engaged by the World Health Organization (WHO) for the Technical Consultation on Interoperable Digital Health Trust Networks for digital COVID-19 vaccination credentialsShe acts as Italian Representative at the European Observatory
on Health Care Systems and Policies (WHO) and Italian Representative at the Global Digital Health Partnership (GDHP).


Sara Cerdas
Main position/role: Member of the European Parliament

Sara Cerdas is a Portuguese medical doctor and, since 2019, a Member of the European Parliament. She is a member of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, the Committee on Transport and Tourism and is also vice-chair of the Special Committee on Beating Cancer. Dr Cerdas co-chairs the European Parliament’s Working Group on Health, which brings to discussion European health issues with stakeholders and experts.

Carlo Giovanni Cereti
Main position/role: Full Professor of Iranian Studies – Rector’s Delegate for International Cooperation, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
Carlo G. Cereti is Full Professor in Iranian Studies at Sapienza – University of Rome and Coordinator of the Class in Humanities at its Scuola Superiore di Studi Avanzati. He is Rector’s delegate for International cooperation and was 2009-2017 Cultural Counsellor at the Embassy of Italy in Tehran. He serves as Secretary of the Italian Higher Education with Africa Foundation, Member of the Board of UNIMED and Director of the Mediterranean Region – Association for the Study of Persianate Societies. In 2004-2011 he was Member of the Board of IsIAO and in 2003-2006 Italian Governor at the Asia Europe Foundation.

Juliana Crema
Main position/role: Research Associate at the CyberPeace Institute
Juliana Crema has a background in political science and international relations. She holds an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master’s Degree completed at Charles University, Prague; Jagiellonian University, Krakow; and Leiden University, Leiden. She has a range of experience across multidisciplinary areas with a primary focus on the intersection of gender, policy, and geopolitics. At the CyberPeace Institute, she is part of the advancement team, researching and analyzing how to advance the role of international law and norms in order to promote greater accountability in cyberspace.

Alessandro Chiesi
Main position/role: Chief Commercial Officer, Chiesi Group

Alessandro Chiesi began working at Chiesi Farmaceutici in 1995, initially with responsibility for M&A, and then as affiliates supervisor within the international division. In 2002 he became general manager of the newly established Chiesi Germany, and eight years later he was appointed head of Chiesi’s international division. Mr Chiesi led the Europe region from 2015 until his appointment as chief commercial officer in 2020. In 2016 he founded the “Parma, Io Ci Sto!” Association, whose members include more than 100 companies committed to work with institutions for the social and economic development of Parma.

Chang-Chuan Chan
Main position/role: Distinguised Professor, College of Public Health, National Taiwan University
Professor Chan is a Distinguished Professor at College of Public Health (CPH), National Taiwan University (NTU). Professor Chan is also a visiting professor at Chiba University, Japan and Malaysia National University, Malaysia. He is the head of Taiwan delegations for M8 Alliance, and Chair of International Advisory Board for Reform for Resilience Commission Asia-Pacific Hub. Professor Chan received his ScD from Harvard School of Public Health in 1990, and served as a faculty at NTU since then. He is an active researcher in global health and environmental health issues with over 200 SCI publications. Professor Chan is a leading public health researcher in Taiwan and a well-known public health scholar in Asia-Pacific region.

Gianluigi Condorelli
Main position/role: Full Professor of Cardiology and Head, Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Humanitas Research Hospital, Milan, Italy


Fabrizio Consorti
Main position/role: Professor of surgery Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
Professor of General Surgery both in medical and nursing curricula.His main research areas are: clinical use of tumoral markers and cytogenetics, colorectal surgery, thyroid surgery, Information Technology in healthcare, innovation in medical education. He was President of the Italian Society for Medical Education for six year (2012-18) and still member of the Ass. for Medical Education Europe (AMEE). At present he is vice-director for medical education of a Medical Curriculum of the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University Sapienza of Rome.

Giuseppe Costanzo
Main position/role: Full Professor of Orthopaedics, Sapienza University; past president, Italian Spine Society SICV&GIS

Graduated in medicine in 1975 and specialized in orthopedics and traumatology in 1978 and in Rehabilitation in 1980, in the school of Rome with Giorgio Monticelli, he dedicated himself to vertebral surgery, mainly of severe scoliosis in 1979 with internships in Lyon, with Pierre Stagnara, in Boston with Hall, in Los Angeles with Brown and in Hong Kong with Leong.  In 1982 he became secretary of the European Society of Vertebral Deformities, founded by Pierre Stagnara, Alf Nachemson, Giorgio Monticelli. Since 1987 Associate Professor of the University of L’Aquila, since 98 full Professor and Director of specialization school of orthopedics. In 2004 he returned to Sapienza, chief of service first in Latina and, since 2017, in Rome. From 2016 Vice President and from 2018 to 2021 President of the Italian Society of Vertebral Surgery, Italian Scoliosis Group SICV&GIS. In 2022 President of the Spine 20 meeting, advocacy group for the G20 in Rome.     

Floro Cubelo
Main position/role: Head of the Degree Programme in Nursing/Senior Lecturer, School of Health and Social Care, Oulu University of Applied Sciences, Finland

Floro Cubelo is the Head of the International Degree Programme in Nursing and a Senior Lecturer teaching nursing and allied health courses at the School of Health and Social Care at the Oulu University of Applied Sciences (OAMK). He is a Registered Nurse in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Iceland and the Philippines and specialised in infection prevention and control nursing with focus on infection control guidelines for international nursing students. His clinical experience is in acute care nursing in internal medicine. He has served as a human resource consultant negotiating memorandum of understandings in developing countries in Asia for internship programmes in nursing. He obtained his Master’s Degree in Public Health (MPH) and is currently doing his Doctoral in Health Sciences major in Nursing Science studies at the University of Eastern Finland. His PhD in Nursing Science dissertation will generate nursing mobility and integration programme plan for Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs) in the Nordic Region. He is also part of the Committee of the Nursing Division of the World Federation of Neurosurgial Societies-Global Neurosurgery Committee (GNC) and contributes to the nursing education aspect. He is an active peer-reviewer of the Journal of Nursing Management and Journal of Public Health Nursing.