ISPM Committee

ISPM Committee

coehar Director

Riccardo Polosa

Full Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Catania, he is the Founder and Director of the University Center of Excellence for the acceleration of Harm Reduction (CoEHAR), where 40 researchers with different expertise are actively involved in international clinical research. He is one of the most recognized and prolific tobacco harm reduction advocate, and designed and conducted dozens of research studies, working with smoking cessation specialists, clinical psychologists, epidemiologists, biostatisticians, chemists, toxicologists, and biologists from all over the world.

Member

Rosario Faraci

Full Professor of Economics and Business Management at the University of Catania. President of the degree course in Business Economics, Rector Delegate for Technology Transfer, Start Up and Relations with SMEs, he is President of the University Spin Off Commission. His research interests concern the themes of entrepreneurship, corporate governance and the competitiveness of family businesses. He is co-editor of the Journal of Management and Governance. He is a journalist registered in the Order of Journalists of Sicily.

Department Director

Francesco Purrello

Full Professor of Internal Medicine and Director of the Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine of the University of Catania. He is also the current President of the Italian Association of Diabetology (SID), which supports every year innovative research programs through grants and fellowships. He designed and conducted several research projects on diabetes, dyslipidemias, and chronic liver diseases. Within the CoEHAR, he is conducting a large mutinational study on smoking cessation and the reduction of cardiorespiratory risk factors in diabetic smokers.

Member

Antonio Pacino

Governing Director of the University of Catania’s spin off ECLAT srl, he is also dentist and medical director of different clinics in Italy and Ireland.  Experienced Governing Director and Member of Governing Board of other entities in the medical field, he is the Past President of the Italian Antismoking League (LIAF). He manages educational programmes on orthodontics and general dentistry, and will conduct a research project on the effects of smoking on dental health, in collaboration with the CoEHAR. He also collaborates with the UCMH (Cuba) Faculty of Dentistry.

ISPM Coordinator

Daniela Saitta

Graduated in Foreign Languages at the University of Catania, she completed her education with a Master in Project Management in the same University. She has been working at the Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine since 2013, where she acquired a great experience in the management of all the administrative, financial and communication aspects of several national and international projects on THR science. She has also experience in scientific research, especially on e-cigarettes regulation aspects. She is the coordinator of the ISPM.

Member

Aldo Missale

Coordinator of the Area for Innovation and Technology Transfer at the University of Catania, he is an expert of business development and project coordination activities. Graduated in Economis, and qualified as Chartered Accountant and Auditor, he hold several professional positions in private companies as General and Marketing Manager, and in public entities as consultant for territorial development and sustainability.
He has been also the Director of the Mediterranean Consortium for the Spin Off in High Technologies.

Speakers

Speakers

Riccardo Polosa

Full Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Catania, he is the Founder and Director of the University Center of Excellence for the acceleration of Harm Reduction (CoEHAR), where 40 researchers with different expertise are actively involved in international clinical research. He is one of the most recognized and prolific tobacco harm reduction advocate, and designed and conducted dozens of research studies, working with smoking cessation specialists, clinical psychologists, epidemiologists, biostatisticians, chemists, toxicologists, and biologists from all over the world.

Denise Stevens

PhD in Epidemiology and Public Health at Yale University’s School of Medicine, For over 20 years she has taught health program evaluation, chronic disease measurement issues and chronic disease epidemiology.  She has served as President and founder of MATRIX Population Health Strategies, a health and human service focused social enterprise that has provided guidance to governments, industry, academia, NGOs and health care systems globally.  She designed programs, conducted needs assessment and evaluation studies, as well as developed strategic plans for health departments and  consortia nationally and internationally.

Huseyin Kebapci

Intellectual property and innovation management specialist, and former director of the London-based consulting firm CX6. Following his legal studies at the University of Nottingham, he spent a major part of his career at various positions within the European Commission, where he currently serves as a legal adviser in the field of intellectual property governance, innovation ecosystems and R&D&I state aid. Over the last decade, he has contributed to numerous European Union policies and initiatives, including Horizon 2020, and led the creation of the European Commission’s Central IP Service. He will be participating in the ISPM in his personal capacity.

Teresa Caltabiano

M.A. in European Politics and Administration (Bruges) and in Innovation and Knowledge Transfer (MIP, Milan), she is the Head of the International Research Office of the University of Catania. Member of the Managing Board of the Agency for the Promotion of European Research (APRE, Rome), she is also an independent evaluator for the European Union and lecturer on European projects’ design and management. Her expertise relates also to the following fields: international research programmes, mobility of researchers, organizational models to support international research projects.

Chiara Cantarella

Doctor of Law and licensed lawyer, with a Master’s degree in Public Management, she is currently the Coordinator of the Administration and of the Research Project Unit of the Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, at the University of Catania. Experienced officer in Institutional and legal affairs, and in Institutional Communication, she has served as Documentalist and Information Specialist at the European Documentation Centre (Europe Direct) and in two University Research Centres, dealing with European Labour Law and Multimedia Technologies. 

Daniela Saitta

Graduated in Foreign Languages at the University of Catania, she completed her education with a Master in Project Management in the same University. She has been working at the Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine since 2013, where she acquired a great experience in the management of all the administrative, financial and communication aspects of several national and international projects on THR science. She has also experience in scientific research, especially on e-cigarettes regulation aspects. She is the coordinator of the ISPM.

Toti Urso

After the Master’s degree in Geophysics and a Research Fellow in Vulcanology, he started  designing and managing research projects for the volcanology research team of the University of Catania. Thanks to a decennial experience as CEO of some web companies, he developed strong IT and technological skills, becoming an expert consultant in R&I and project management.  Today he’s project manager for the University of Catania’s spin off ECLAT and consultant for different Departments of the same University. 

Staff

Staff

Communication Manager

Valeria Nicolosi

After the Master’s Degree in Communication and in Programming and Management of Public Policies at the University of Catania,  she completed her education with a Master in Management of Political, Social and Institutional Communication at the IULM University of Milan. Journalist since 2014, and expert in social communication and event organization, she is currently in charge of planning and coordinating communication campaigns against smoking for the CoEHAR.

Class Tutor

Cecilia Spampinato

Master’s degree in Geological Science and PhD in Geodynamics and Seismotectonics at University of Catania. On 2016 winner of the “Female Entrepreneurship” award for Sicily Region. On 2016 she co-founded a spin-off of the University of Catania, that she actually manages as CEO. Expert in planning and management of public and private projects; analysis of the level of innovation and technological competitiveness of a company or of a business project.

Administrative Assistant

Erika Anastasi

Graduated in Foreign Languages at the University of Catania, she has been working as administrative assistant in different companies for 15 years. Passionate about quality and social aspects of work, she is also expert in credit intermediation and recovery. She speaks 5 languages: English, French, Spanish, Maltese and Arabic.

Social Media Strategist

Chiara Vitale

Passionate about art and creativity, she started her training in visual communication and graphic design. Later she expanded her research in the field of multimedia, graduating and specializing at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan. For some years she has been investing her skills on the web and social media management which she considers the maximum expression of communication.

web designer

Claudio Saitta

Educated at the Department of Informatics of the University of Catania, he has started specializing in web designing ten years ago. He is also a WordPress specialist, an App developer and a certified Google Adwords Specialist, designing hundreds of websites and web marketing campaigns, also in the field of medical science and tobacco harm reduction. He has taught web designing to the students of Fine Arts Academy and manages a blog of specialized IT information.

Wellness Manager

Luis Carlos Vieira

Graduated in Physical Education at the higher institute Amelia Rodriguez of Salvador de Bahia (Brazil), he has twenty years of experience in teaching many fitness disciplines. Born as a dancer and percussionist of the Afro-Bahian School, later to become Maestro of Capoeira, he performed and taught in Latin America and North Europe, before moving to Italy where he currently teaches. He is in charge of coordinating wellness sessions of the ISPM.