Higher Institute of Health, National Center on Addiction and Doping, Rome, Italy

Talk Title: Building bridges between clinical and forensic toxicology laboratories

Personal information
Nationality: Italian
Date of birth:  17 January 1963


Work experience

1990-up to now

Occupation or position held

Unit Head, Analytical Pharmacotoxicology Unit, National Centre on Addiction and Doping,  National Institute of Health  of  Italian (Istituto Superiore di Sanità-ISS)

Main activities and responsibilities     

– 2. Scientific experience

–2.1 Fields of  investigation:

— Assay development and validation and drug monitoring in conventional and non conventional biological matrices.

— Pharmacokinetics and toxicokinetics of drugs, drugs of abuse and doping agents in conventional and non conventional biological matrices.

— Immunopharmacology and immunotoxicology of drugs and drugs of abuse in animal and human models.

–2.2 Scientific activities closely related to alcohol related problems:

— Italian representative at the EUFASD Alliance, the European association studies of the effects of alcohol during pregnancy from 2010

— Head of the Scientific Group SIFASD: Italian Society for the study of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.

— Monitoring  of ethanol exposure biomarkers in newborns, pediatrics, adults and pregnant women. Correlation with clinical outcomes.

— Italian National counterpart on alcohol policy at World Health Organization

–Responsible for the Italian Early warning system on new psychoactive substances

Name and address of employer             

Istituto Superiore di Sanità

Viale Regina Elena n. 299, 00161 Roma (Italia)

Type of business or sector

Biomedical Research, Governmental Institution


Membership of professional bodies    

Member of the Official Board of the Society of Hair Testing “since May 2004

Member of the Editorial Board of “Therapeutic Drug Monitoring” from April 2005

Member of Editorial Board of “Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis” from June 2007.


Award of Excellence in Forensic Toxicology”, from the TIAFT (The international Association of Forensic Toxicology). September 2010

Education and training

Dates    2003-2005

Title of qualification awarded    European PhD in Clinical Pharmacology

Dates    1982-1987

Title of qualification awarded    Doctor in Pharmacy

Dates    1982-1986

Title of qualification awarded    Doctor in Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technology

Scientific Publications

Author of over 290 articles published in international scientific journals with impact.