June 04, 2021 7:00 pm
Anna Teresa Palamara is the new director of the Infectious Diseases Department of the Istituto Superiore di Sanità (Iss).
The first woman to hold the post in the history of the department, at the forefront of the fight against Covid, is a native of Guardiagrele.
Doctor, graduated from the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, full professor of Microbiology and Clinical Microbiology at the Faculty of Pharmacy and Medicine of the Sapienza University of Rome, Anna Teresa Palamara was president of Section III (Prevention and Public Health), of the Superior Council of Health, from 2013 to 2019, elected president of the Italian Society of Microbiology (SIM) from 2013 to 2019 and is currently president of the College of Italian microbiologists. Palamara is married and has four children.
“I am honored to be able to carry out this role in an institution of such authority and prestige alongside the President Silvio Brusaferro and at the service of public health. My goal – Palamara said – is to help organize a department that promotes a close synergy between research and public health activities and that, by networking with other excellences in the country, can offer updated and consolidated knowledge and skills to face the “daily coexistence” with microorganisms and to be ready to manage any emergencies such as the one we have experienced. The prerequisites are all there – he concludes – as demonstrated by the quality of the service that the Institute has rendered and continues to render to the country, now it is only a question of enhancing that experience, making it grow and turning it towards the future ”.
Author of more than 160 scientific publications, Palamara has devoted much of her studies to the knowledge of the mechanisms involved in the pathogenesis of diseases caused by viruses with particular attention to respiratory viruses, to the role of microorganisms in the onset of neurodegenerative diseases and to antibiotics. resistance.