Born in Bergamo (Italy) on 12th Nov 1928. Diploma in Chemistry. Degree in
Medicine. Lecturer in Chemotherapy and Pharmacology. Assistant then Deputy
Professor at the Milan University Institute of Pharmacology until 1962.
Founder in 1963 and director of the Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological
Garattini's publications in Italian and in English in international scientific
journals, and texts on pharmacology, run into the hundreds. Founder of the
European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC).
In the last ten years professor Garattini has been chairman of the UICC
Committee on Antitumoral Chemotherapy, the European Organisation for Research
and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC), the European Society of Biochemical
Pharmacology. He served as a member of the Italian National Research Council
(CNR) Committee on Biology and Medicine, the National Health Council, the
Committee for Italian Research Policy, set up by the Presidency of the Council
of Ministers, the Commissione Unica del Farmaco (CUF), and is a consultant to
the World Health Organisation.
He is currently a member of the Committee for Proprietary Medicinal Products
(CPMP) of the European Agency for the Evaluation of Medicinal Products (EMEA),
Member of the CEPR (Committee of Experts of Research Policy) at the Ministry for
the University and Scientific and Technological Research, President of the
Angelo and Angela Valenti Foundation, President of the "Via di Natale"
Foundation, President of the V Section of the Consiglio Superiore della Sanità.
Member of the Board of Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Rome. Member Scientific
Committee of the Lega Italiana per la Lotta Contro i Tumori (2000-2005).
President, Steering Advisory Group Current Controlled Trials.
Silvio Garattini is a Fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences, the American
Association for the Advancement of Science, Honorary Fellow of the Royal College
of Physicians (Pharmaceutical Medicine), London, and a member of numerous other
Italian and international scientific societies. He has received many awards for
his work, including the French Legion d'Honneur for scientific merit, and the
Commendatore della Repubblica Italiana, and holds honorary degrees from the
universities of Bialystok in Poland, and Barcelona in Spain. Prize Ippocrate,
2003. Prize Mens Sana in Corpore Sano, Prize Nuova Spoleto, 2003.
In its 35-plus years, the Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research,
under Professor Garattini's leadership, has published more than 8500 scientific
papers and about 175 books, on topics ranging from cancer and its treatment to
tumor immunology, neuropsychopharmacology, and cardiovascular and renal
pharmacology. More than 2100 young graduates and technicians have obtained
specialist qualifications at the Institute.