Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Italy

The Istituto Superiore di Sanità is the leading technical and scientific body of the Italian National Health Service. Its activities include research, clinical trials, control and training in public health; it also serves as a major national clearing-house for technical and scientific information on public health issues. It is involved in collaboration and consultation with other institutions responsible for public health, including the Ministry of Health, regional health authorities, local health agencies and hospitals. It cooperates with those responsible for the design and implementation of health and scientific programmes at local and national level and also plays a leading role in several major international research projects.

The Institute provides scientific advice and assessments in the framework of international organizations, such as EFSA, EU, IARC, OECD, UNEP and WHO. It also plans, implements and evaluates international public health projects, ranging from collaborations on research and development projects to humanitarian assistance.

The Italian Ministry of Health in agreement with the Italian Ministry for Industry, University and Research has appointed the Institute as coordinator of the national nodes of three important European Research Infrastructures (RI) in the fields of Biomedical Science and Health: European Advanced Translational Research Infrastructure in Medicine (EATRIS); European Clinical Research Infrastructures Network (ECRIN); Biobanking and Biomolecular Resources Research Infrastructure (BBMRI).

The Institute serves as a major source of information relating to public health and biomedicine in Italy through online connections to national and international scientific databases and data banks.

It also serves as the national reference centre for MEDLARS (MEDical Literature Analysis and

Retrieval System), a comprehensive international data bank coordinated by the US National Library of Medicine (NLM). The ISS library supports the Institute’s activities and specializes in scientific documentation in the biomedical field. The Institute produces numerous publications, including a quarterly peer-reviewed journal (Annali), a monthly newsletter describing major research activities and services (Notiziario), and different series of technical reports.


Maria Luisa Scattoni
Maria Luisa ScattoniResearcher in Behavioural Genetics. Coordinator of the Italian Network for early recognition of Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Years of experience: 15
Specific expertise: ASD animal models , early screening, infant crying analysis, home-video analysis.

Maria Luisa Scattoni

  • University “La Sapienza”, Rome, Italy. B.A. Psychobiology. 2002.
  • University “La Tuscia”, Viterbo, Italy. Professional qualification. Biology. 2003.
  • University “La Sapienza”, Rome, Italy. Ph.D. Pharmacology and Toxicology. 2005.
  • National Institute of Mental Health, NIH, Bethesda, MD, USA. Postdoctoral. Behavioral Neuroscience. 2009.
  • Istituto Superiore di Sanitá. Behavioural Pathophysiology Section. Rome, Italy. Scientific guest. 2000-2002.
  • Istituto Superiore di Sanitá. Behavioural Neuroscience Section. Rome, Italy. SResearch Associate. 2003-2004.
  • University of Cambridge. Brain Repair Centre and Neurology Unit, Department of Clinical Neurosciences. Cambridge, UK. Visiting Foreign Fellow. 2005.
  • National Institute of Mental Health/NIH. Behavioural Neuroscience Section. Bethesda, MD, USA. Visiting Scientist. 2006-2009.
  • Istituto Superiore di Sanità. Neurotoxicology and Neuroendocrinology Section, Dept. Cell Biology and Neuroscience. Rome, Italy. Researcher. 2006-