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Giuseppe Ippolito is, since 2021, the Director General for Research and Health Innovation at the Italian Ministry of Health. For more than 20 years he was Scientific Director of the National Institute for Infectious Diseases “Lazzaro Spallanzani” in Rome. He was for 12 years Director of the WHO-CC for highly infectious diseases.

He graduated in Medicine at the University La Sapienza in Rome in 1978, and he obtained his specialty degree in infectious diseases (1981), in Dermatology 1984) and Masters Degree in Organization and Management of Health Institutions in 1997.

Giuseppe Ippolito served as member of several national and international bodies on HIV/AIDS, health care associated infections, emerging infections preparedness and response. 

In the last 10 years, he coordinated several EU-funded projects, in the field of Emerging and Reemerging infections, biosecurity, preparedness and response. He is Professor of Infectious Diseases (SSD MED/17) and International Health at the Saint Camillus International University of Health Sciences in Rome. He is involved, since 2005, as scientific coordinator, in international activities funded by the Italian Cooperation in foreign countries on emerging pathogens, HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

In 2021 was awarded the Linceo Prize for interdisciplinary research on Covid-19 from the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei and the Irti Foundation prize. In the same year the President of the Italian Republic awarded him as “Cavaliere di Gran Croce al Merito della Repubblica Italiana” for services to public health and protection from infectious disease. He has published as main author more than 685 original papers indexed in the PubMed, 28 books and 31 book chapters.