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Programme:Fondazione Istituto Auxologico Italiano, IRCCS
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Fondazione Istituto Auxologico Italiano, IRCCSResearch Programme


Programme type

Subtheme on ageing

Programme status


Total number of funded projects


Summary of key aims

The Italian Auxological Institute is a foundation of private right that was established upon Decree of the President of the Republic on the 6th December 1963 n. 1883, and was officially recognized by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education in 1972 as Scientific Institute for Research Hospitalization and Health Care (Istituto di Ricovero e Cura a Carattere Scientifico, I.R.C.C.S.). This recognition was further confirmed and extended in the successive quinquennials.

The scientific and clinical activities of the Italian Auxological Institute were originally addressed to growth disorders, a research area where the Institute developed a prestigious and pioneering role. Interests subsequently grew to include various aspects of developmental diseases and concentrated on ailments arising from a genetic and environmental basis, leading to some of the major and more invalidating chronic illnesses of adult age that require extensive rehabilitative interventions. In addition to auxology, the research and clinical activities of the Institute are directed to endocrine and metabolic diseases and their rehabilitation, with particular attention to obesity and diabetes, as well as to primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disorders, with particular regard to arterial hypertension and atherosclerosis, and acute and chronic manifestations of both cardiac and neurological pathologies. These, together with neurodegenerative diseases, largely require highly specialized rehabilitative interventions.

Admin contact

Fondazione Istituto Auxologico Italiano, Milano

Scientific contact

Alberto Zanchetti

Funding contact

Giovanni Zotta (Ministry of Health)
0039 06 59941
Viale della Civiltà Romana 7, 00144, Roma

Is the project externally evaluated?


Who has evaluated, or will evaluate, the programme?

Ministry of Health

What forms of international collaboration does the programme support?

  • ▪ National researchers abroad
  • ▪ Travel for national researchers

Interdisciplinary research is a strategic priority...

  • For the programme ✔
  • For the funding agency ✔
  • Nationally ✔