Fondazione Irccs Instituto Neurologico Carlo Besta

INNCB is a national and international referral point in the fields of neurology, neurosurgery and neuroscience. It carries out research on child neurology, epilepsy, neuro-oncology, neuro-rehabilitation, public health and disability research, genetic diseases, cerebrovascular diseases, neuromuscular and neurodegenerative disorders.

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The Scientific Director established the “Neurology, Public Health and Disability” Unit in 2005: the unit is engaged in the implementation of the ICF at national level as well as in the development of strategic planning and policy recommendations in the field of public health and disability for the Italian Ministry of Welfare.

Fondazione IRCCS Instituto Neurologico Carlo Besta

Since 2007 it has been a WHOCollaborating Centre Research Branch. INNCB has expertise in participation in and coordination of National and Europe-wide research initiatives on disability evaluation, development of outcome measures and policy information and development. Expertise in the development of ICF-based disability measures for use in clinical contexts and/or in population studies.

In the context of ATHLOS, INNCB will contribute to the harmonisation of datasets (WP1), to extract information on neurological outcomes that will then be used to address trajectories and determinants of healthy ageing (WP3). INNCB will contribute to the implementation of policy-level actions aimed to implement public health prevention and intervention initiatives (WP5). Finally, INNCB will participate to dissemination activities (WP6).

Matilde Leonardi (F), MD, Neurologist and Paediatrician. She worked at WHO (Geneva) and at Scientific Directorate of the INNCB since 2001. Head of Neurology, Public Health and Disability Unit. Director Italian WHO Collaborating Centre Research Branch. European Brain Council liaison with WHO. Expert for the Italian Ministries of Health and Welfare. Expert for WHO, EU in the areas of disability, ageing, public health and neurology. Coordinator of several Italian and European projects. Co-author of ICF and ICF-CY.

Professor of Neuropsychiatry, Disability and Public Health at the Catholic U. of Milan. Coordinator of the National Observatory on Disability. Vice-President Italian Federation Neurological Associations. Coordinator of the EC-funded projects MHADIE, COURAGE in Europe; Coordinator of the Italian Ministry of Health IDAGIT project. Author of 150+ publications.

Project Staff

PI Matilde Leonardi (F)

MD, Neurologist and Paediatrician. She worked at WHO (Geneva) and at Scientific Directorate of the INNCB since 2001. Head of Neurology, Public Health and Disability Unit. Director Italian WHO Collaborating Centre Research Branch. European Brain Council liaison with WHO.

Expert for the Italian Ministries of Health and Welfare. Expert for WHO, EU in the areas of disability, ageing, public health and neurology. Coordinator of several Italian and European projects. Co-author of ICF and ICF-CY. Professor of Neuropsychiatry, Disability and Public Health at the Catholic U. of Milan.

Coordinator of the National Observatory on Disability. Vice-President Italian Federation Neurological Associations. Coordinator of the EC-funded projects MHADIE, COURAGE in Europe; Coordinator of the Italian Ministry of Health IDAGIT project. Author of 150+ publications.

Alberto Raggi (M)

PsyD, post-graduate degree in Systemic-Relational Psychotherapy, PhD student at the University of Pavia (2013-16). Working at the INNCB since 2004 in Neurology, in the Public Health and Disability Unit on several projects related to ICF and related tools and on ICF applications in neurological patients, including data collection on ICF, development of ICF-based patient-reported outcome measures.

Expertise in the use of disability and quality of life measures in neurological conditions. Former member of Disability Italian Network’s directive board (years 2006-2012), teacher in more than 40 ICF training events. Member of Besta Institute’s Clinical Trial Quality Team (CTQT). Author of 80+ publications; H-index: 10 (Web of Sciences); 14 (Publish or Perish); 11 (Scopus). Member of the Editorial Board of the following journals: BioMed Research International (Rehabilitation section), since March 2013; The Scientific World Journal (Rehabilitation section), since Sept. 2013; International Journal of Rehabilitation Research, since Jan. 2014.

Chiara Scaratti (F)

PsyD and researcher working at the INNCB since 2014 at the Neurology, Public Health and Disability Union projects related to the evaluation of neurological and neurosurgical patients and impact of neurological conditions on work outcomes.

Author of two publications in the field of reminiscence and wellbeing in ageing and in the area of stress management through new technologies. Teaching assistant of “Fundamentals of psychopathology” at the Catholic University of Brescia.

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