Institute for Biomedical Research and Innovation (IRIB) of the National Research Council (CNR)

IRIB-CNR undertakes research activity, development and technology transfer in the field of medical sciences and technologies, in interaction with the fields of biotechnologies and environmental sciences and technologies, with regard to research objectives pertaining to biomedicine with a multidisciplinary approach.

The Institute acts in line with the planning mainly elaborated by the Department of Biomedical Sciences (DSB), which is connected to, also taking into account the planning elaborated by the Departments of Earth system science and environmental technologies (DTA), Biology, agriculture and food sciences (DiSBA), Engineering, ICT and technologies for energy and transportation (DIITET), Chemical sciences and materials technology (DSCTM), Physical sciences and technologies of matter (DSFTM), which collaborates with.

IRIB-CNR, the only Institute connected to DSB based in Sicily, in particular, is active in the following scientific sectors regarding the following themes: environmental and clinical epidemiology of chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases in adults and of asthma and respiratory allergic diseases in pediatric age; innovative technologies for functional diagnosis and treatment of cardio-respiratory sleep disorders; immunopathology and clinical and experimental pharmacology in respiratory diseases; molecular and cellular biotechnologies; oncobiology; neurosciences; cellular stress and environment; genetics and biochemistry of rare metabolic diseases. IRIB-CNR research group involved in BEEP Project is composed of Pulmonologists, Pediatricians, Epidemiologists, ICT experts, Statisticians and Geologists.

IRIB has been involved in many national and international epidemiological projects, in particular on health effects of outdoor and indoor air pollution in schoolchildren and adolescents, through research grants from: Regional Agency for Environment Protection – ARPA Sicilia, Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research, Italian Ministry of Health, European Commission.

IRIB-CNR has experience in multicentre national studies coordination.

IRIB-CNR has been closely collaborating with the CNR Institute of Clinical Physiology (IFC) in the last ten years, in particular with the Pulmonary Environmental Epidemiology (EPAP) Research Unit of the IFC-CNR. EPAP is active in the field of environmental epidemiology and pulmonary medicine. It is composed of Pulmonologists, Epidemiologists, Biologists and Technicians.

EPAP has long-standing collaboration with the Cardio-Thoracic and Vascular, and Human and Environmental Sciences Departments of the University of Pisa, with the University of Ferrara, with the National Institute of Health, as well as with the National Environmental Protection Agency. It has participated in special Committees to prepare reports on indoor/outdoor pollution effects. It is scientifically active at international (European Respiratory Society) and national (Italian Society of Pulmonology) levels.

EPAP has realized the two largest respiratory epidemiological longitudinal studies on general population samples in Italy (Pisa-Cascina and Po Delta area) and other epidemiological studies on work-related respiratory illnesses, community acquired pneumonia, cardio-respiratory and psychiatric co-morbidity, smoking cessation, international guidelines about respiratory diseases management and health effects of outdoor and indoor air pollution in schoolchildren, adolescents, elderly and general population through research grants from: CNR, Italian Electric Energy Authority (ENEL), Italian Medicines Agency, Italian Ministries of Labour and of Health, European Commission.

IFC-CNR has experiences in multicentre national studies coordination.


Department of Epidemiology SSR Lazio / ASL Rome 1 (DIP EPI)

The Department of Epidemiology of the Lazio Region Health Service (DIP EPI) is an institution active for more than 30 years. The main objective of DIP EPI is to conduct epidemiological studies in the fields of environmental epidemiology and outcome research. The aim is to provide decision-makers with the best scientific knowledge available to plan interventions finalized at reducing the health effects of environmental exposures and to improve the quality and effectiveness of health care.

DIP EPI has always been involved in the study of the effects of atmospheric pollution on health, through the application of time series studies and the development of new statistical methodologies. In particular, DIP EPI is involved in the implementation of a surveillance system for monitoring environmental impact on health (from air pollutants and meteorological parameters) and the production of guidelines for the interpretation of scientific research on air pollution.

In the field of climate change, DIP EPI has been engaged for more than ten years in the study of the short-term effects of heat and other extreme weather events. On these topics DIP EPI has published several studies, has coordinated European projects (PHEWE, PHASE) and the national “Clima e Salute” group. DIP EPI is the referent of the Ministry of Health for the CCM project "National prevention plan for the health effects of heat" and collaborates with the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization for the definition of guidelines.

In the field of noise pollution, DIP EPI conducted epidemiological studies on the effects of airport noise exposure on the health of the adult population residing in the municipalities of Ciampino and Marino. SERA (Study on the Effects of Airport Noise) and SAMBA (Health, Environment, Children) Studies.


INAIL, Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (INAIL-DIMEILA).

DIMELA performs and supports studies, scientific researches and experimentations on occupational medicine, occupational epidemiology, environmental and work hygiene.  The research projects carried out are mainly focused on injury prevention, workplace safety, health protection in the living and working environment, training and promotion of a safety culture. It co-operates internationally with research institutions of other nations by promoting a common system of scientific and technical reference for the implementation of European / Community policies.

INAIL is the Italian Focal Point of the European Agency for workplace safety and health, the Collaborating Centre and the Italian Focal Point for the World Health Organization (WHO) in the field of safety and health at the workplace.



ARPAE: Regional Agency for Prevention, Environment and Energy of Emilia Romagna, Environment and Health Regional Thematic Centre (CTR).

Since the first of January, 2016, ARPAE added the activity in the field of energy (the “E” in the new acronym) to the activity of environmental protection, therefore assuming the role of environmental authorization body, end-point of environmental procedures, and instrument of knowledge of the territory and its critical areas and opportunities.

ARPAE has many years of experience in the collection and processing of meteorological and environmental data. Special attention is given to monitoring and control of air quality, and to the assessment of the health effects of atmospheric pollutants; within its organization, the Environmental and Health Thematic Center (CTR-AS) has always dealt with issues related to environmental epidemiology and exposure of the population to environmental stressors.

CTR-AS is involved in several European projects on the topic of environmental epidemiology at an international level (ESCAPE, INTARESE, Med-Particles, ICSHNet Cost Action, HIA21, UHI, AWAIR, ...), coordinated the CCM Sespir project (on surveillance of populations living in proximity of municipal solid waste disposal plants) and participates in other national projects (EpiAir, EpiAmbNet, ...).

At a regional level, it has contributed to the realization of Moniter and Supersito projects, also with tasks of coordination of activities in the field of epidemiological and exposure assessment.

Together with the Regional Service for Collective Prevention and Public Health and the Epidemiology Service of the AUSL of Reggio Emilia, the CTR-AS is a reference point for environmental epidemiology of Emilia-Romagna region.


Epidemiology Service, Local Health Unit, Reggio Emilia, IRCCS (SIE Reggio Emilia)

The Reggio Emilia Epidemiology Unit gives technical and methodological support to the Public Health departments of all Emilia-Romagna Region Local Health Authorities for epidemiological studies on environmental health. In fact, the Reggio Emilia Epidemiology unit, together with the Preventive service of the Regional Health Authority and the Environment and Health CTR of the ARPAE, is one of the knots of the environmental epidemiology network of the Region. The Unit coordinates the regional asbestos related disease surveillance and the mesothelioma registry, the regional work related injuries and disease monitoring system.

The Epidemiology Unit is also part of the Reggio Emilia Cancer Research hospital (IRCCS Arcispedale S. Maria Nuova). It participates in several national and international projects on environmental health (for example: EPIAIR, SENTIERI, AsbestosProject, Moniter, Supersito).


AOU City of Health and Science of Turin, SSD Clinical and Evaluative Epidemiology CPO (CPO)

The Reference Centre for Epidemiology and Oncology Prevention in Piedmont (CPO Piedmont) is located at the Hospital-University Centre of the Health and Science City of Turin. Since 1995, the Piedmont CPO is the regional reference point for epidemiology and prevention in the field of oncology, carrying out activities of research and analysis on prevention and diffusion of cancer diseases, monitoring and promotion of quality of oncology care, assessment of carcinogenic risks related to environment, lifestyles and workplaces. In 2014, the World Health Organization identified the PCO as a Collaborating Centre for early diagnosis and cancer screening.

Regional Health Agency of Puglia, AReS – Puglia (ARES)

The Regional Health Agency of Puglia was established by the Regional Law n.24 of 13 August 2001. ARES is characterized by its public function and has tasks of demand analysis, assessment of the quality of health services and implementation of innovative management tools. ARES has therefore functions of epidemiological analysis of health services, assessment of technological innovations and pharmaceutical units, assessment of demand and supply, implementation of innovative management models.

Department of Health and Epidemiological Observatory (DASOE) – Regional Health Authority – Sicily Region

The DASOE was established with the regional law n. 19 of December 16, 2008, about the reorganization of the administrative sectors of the Regional Health Authority. To the DASOE has been assigned expertise to monitoring the health state of the population, the performance of health companies, management and coordination of the transfusion activities, as well as health promotion and vigilance. These are institutional objectives to achieve through specific research programs and innovative approaches. In the context of prevention is considered important the food supply chain control. Furthermore, the rigorous surveillance of the epidemiological conditions of the population promotes a targeted health planning, with positive results in order to the efficacy and efficiency of the measures used.

Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate (CNR-ISAC)

The Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate (CNR-ISAC) aims at an integrated scientific understanding of the atmosphere, the ocean and their processes, by means of a multidisciplinary approach which combines scientific and technological skills in meteorology, climate, atmospheric dynamics and composition, Earth observations; it develops basic research, theoretical, experimental and numerical, and modeling work together with impact evaluation.

ISAC is the largest CNR Institute on atmospheric sciences, structured in 7 Units over the country, 7 permanent observatories, including 2 Global Stations of the Global Atmosphere Watch (GAW) program of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and 2 atmospheric research Supersites.

ISAC is recognised internationally through its collaboration with a large number of European laboratories, and research centres worldwide.

Institute for Chemical and Physical Processes of the National Research Council (CNR–IPCF)

IPCF research activity is intrinsically interdisciplinary and focused on chemical and physical topics. IPCF is involved in the design and production of tailored materials, in theoretical models, in computational and analytical techniques and in the development of new experimental devices and methodologies. Some of the activities are very relevant for the society (energy, environment, health). The Institute is active, also as a coordinator, in many national and international projects (including those of the EU). IPCF Pisa unit is located within the CNR research area of ​​Pisa (the largest research area in Italy). The unit is composed of about 40 researchers, including CNR employees and collaborators, and other 9 units, including technicians and administrative staff. The research of the institute covers a wide range of skills: electromagnetic devices and techniques, environmental noise and exposure to public noise, chemical synthesis, characterization and development of materials, spectroscopic techniques, design and computational nanotechnology. Research activity is carried out in IPCF laboratories using advanced scientific instruments in collaboration with several national and international academic and private institutions.