THE p-care TEAM


Università degli studi di Trieste

Trieste, Italy

The University of Trieste (UNITS) is a research-intensive university, counting more than 650 research and teaching tenure positions and more than 17.000 (including Bachelors, Master and MD degrees).
It has 10 Departments covering three disciplinary areas: i) Life Sciences and Health, ii) Social Sciences and Humanities and iii) Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Chemistry, Engineering and Earth Sciences.

UNITS is 5th best university in Italy (U.S. News – Best Global Universities Ranking 2017).
It is embedded in a dynamic, international and high-tech environment that comprises several local interrelated research institutions.

Two departments of UNITS are involved in p-care: the Department of Life Sciences and the Department of Medicine, Surgical and Health Sciences.

The Department of Life Sciences (DSV) counts 80 faculty and about 200 non-permanent staff members. The activities of DSV span from Biomedicine to Environmental Biology, Psychology and Cognitive Sciences. Research in the area of Biomedicine is particularly active and includes biochemistry of metabolism, pharmacology, molecular oncology, biomaterials for tissue engineering, neurodegenerative diseases and pharmacogenomics.
DSV has a strong track record in recruiting, coordinating and managing grants and in carrying out financial, administrative and managerial tasks in European research projects. DSV has participated either as coordinator or as partner in 14 projects financed and co-financed by EU in the last 4 years.

The Department of Medicine, Surgical and Health Sciences (DSM) counts 13 full professors, 41 associate professors, 38 researchers and 54 technical-administrative staff members, 47 research fellows and 46 PhD students.
DSM conducts both scientific research and educational as well as healthcare activities, spanning several areas of medicine and integrating different disciplines. DSM activities are carried out in 3 different Poles: Cattinara Hospital, Maggiore Hospital, and IRCCS Burlo Garofolo.
Research at DSM is both basic and clinical. The main research lines deal with the molecular, cell biology and genetic mechanisms underlying the physiopathology and pathogenesis of a gamut of diseases. Aiming at ultimately developing innovative targeted therapies, several research lines addresses, among others, population genetics, molecular biology, methods to culture cells, regenerative medicine, biobanking, and experimental models to study human diseases. In particular, DSM has competence and know-how in tumor molecular diagnostics based on last generation technological platforms. Under a specific institutional agreement, DSM has open access to a clinical study centre for Phase I trials on new drugs targeting solid tumors. Moreover, it has an oncological area and competent personnel to be dedicated to Phase II and III studies on solid tumors.

The DSV and DSM are recognized as Departments for Excellence by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR) and both cooperate with several institutes and scientists at the regional, national and international level.

Project core groups
Basic&Translational Research Unit
  • Schoeftner Stefan, Schillaci Odessa
  • Del Sal Giannino, Campaner Elena
Pathology Unit
  • Zanconati Fabrizio, Bottin Cristina, Pinamonti Maurizio
Surgery Unit
  • Bortul Marina
Project's collaborations
Pathology Unit
  • Bonazza Debora
Surgery Unit
  • Baratella Elisa
  • Cortale Maurizio
  • Cosola Davide
  • Cova Maria Assunta
  • De Manzini Nicolò
  • Ricci Giuseppe
  • Scomersi Serena
  • Tacconi Leonello
  • Tarchi Paola
Oncology Unit
  • Ceccherini Rita
  • Crocè Saveria Lory
  • Guglielmi Alessandra
Internal Medicine Unit
  • Bianchini Dario