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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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. 

  Axel Klein

Researcher, university lecturer and professional trainer, writer, activist and editor in the fields straddling international development, security and criminal justice and the culture of consumption of habit-forming substances. Social Anthropologist by training, he got into the drugs field by accident some 20 years ago. Technical Advisor for the Global Drug Policy Observatory of the University of Swansea, he has had the opportunity of working with many organizations including NGOs like ISDD, DrugScope and Hibsicus, but also international agencies like the European Commission, the EMCDDA and UNODC in various capacities. He has been Team Leader,Director of Programmes and Project Evaluator in over 30 countries including Nigeria,        Afghanistan, Cambodia, Jamaica. 

Atakan Befrits

 Economist and business manager with a solid background in PR, Management, NGO fundraising, entrepreneurship, HACCP, foodstuffs production and retail, he is a currently a THR advocate, policy researcher and Harm Reduction entrepreneur. He works for global recognition and adoption of Tobacco Harm Reduction as a vital and crucial tool for better Public Health and argues that this strategy is clearly stipulated as mandatory in the FCTC. He hopes to bring thoughts regarding cost/benefit and health economics high on the Tobacco Control agenda. He is Board Member of INNCO, the largest International Network of Nicotine Consumer Organisations.

 

Ogechi Shadamoro

Born in Nigeria, and also a United States Citizen, who lived and worked in the United States for 13 years. She currently work as a Deputy Director at the ICT/Innovation Centre and Innovation Hub of The University of Nigeria, Nsukka and Enugu Campus. She is a Project Management Expert in the IT field. Trained on SAP Business Intelligence and SAP Financial Accounting and Controlling, Ogechi managed more than 10 IT projects in the last 5 years and acted as SAP Next Generation Coordinator, a purpose driven innovation university and community which drives innovation with purpose supporting SAP’s commitment to the 17 UN Global Goals for sustainable development. 

Sebastiano Battiato

Full professor of Computer Science at the University of Catania, he is currently the Scientific Coordinator of the PhD Program in Computer Science at the University of Catania. He is involved in research and directorship of the IPLab research lab. He coordinates the lab participation on large scale projects funded by national and international funding bodies, as well as by private companies. He has participated as principal investigator in many international and national research projects on Computer Vision, Imaging technology and Multimedia Forensics. He is  also Director (and Co-Founder) of the International Computer Vision Summer School (ICVSS), Sicily, Italy. 

Lorenzo Vetrano

Lorenzo grew up mixing passion for computer technology and sport. After a Master degree in Computer Science at the University of Catania and a career as semi-professional basket player, he still educates young people to discipline and team principles. Given his mindset for team building and problem solving, no surprise that Lorenzo has become an agile coach and a project leader. He spent more than fifteen years in ICT spanning over multiple domains and companies, including a few Fortune 500 companies. Thanks to his technical background and soft skills, he covered various roles (including sales and development) before finding his place in project management being one of the major actors in the agile and DevOps transition of entire companies. Today, Lorenzo serves as Scrum Master helping development teams to achieve and communicate their goals and results.

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.