Massimo Pettoello-Mantovani  MD, PhD

Dr. Pettoello-Mantovani graduated (magna cum laude) in Medicine in 1983 from the University of Rome, Italy. He received his PhD in Pediatrics from the Universities of Naples and Turin in 1988 and conducted his post-doctoral training in Microbiology and Clinical Mycology at the Catholic University of Sacred Hearth in Rome, Italy. Since 1989, he worked continually at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (AECOM) of Yeshiva University in New York. He received his training in retrovirology at NIH, in the “Virus Biology Section” at Fort Dietrich, Maryland (Laboratory of Tumor Cell Biology, directed by Dr. Robert Gallo). His Research Projects have been supported by several grants from major research agencies, including the US National Institute of Health (NIH), Howard Hughes Medical Institute (USA), the Italian National Research Council (CNR), the Italian National Institute of Health (ISS) and the Italian Ministry of Health. In 1994 he was awarded with the US Class of "Outstanding Professor" and later received the USA Citizenship as "outstanding researcher” for his scientific achievements.

Dr. Pettoello-Mantovani's main research interests are in the fields of physiopathology of metabolism and nutrition and in Infectious Diseases. His primary research achievements are related to his studies on opportunistic infectious agents and their metabolic products (natural toxins and killer toxins). He gave a major contribution to the design of animal models (Thy/Liv SCID-hu mice) used to perform in vivo physiology and immunology studies and to test vaccines and novel drug therapies.  He has been President of the Executive Committee of the “World Health Policy Forum”, an international Swiss based Foundation dedicated to the protection and improvement of human health. Finally, he developed and directed the Italian Doctorate Research Program "Food and Nutrition Science in Pediatrics" and since 2011 he is Diplomat Member of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences (Scientific Center of Children Health), Moscow, Russia. Currently he is President of the European Pediatric Association, the Union of National European Pediatric Societies and Associations (EPA-UNEPSA), based in Berlin, Germany.

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