Director of Neurology, Public health, Disability Department and Coma Research Centre, Carlo Besta Neurological Institute
Director, Italian WHO-Collaborating Centre Research Branch-Besta
Member, WHO Functioning and Disability Reference Group


Neurologist, paediatrician, neonatologist, and child neurologist. Specialised in Bioethics. WFNR Presidium member, WFNR Flying Faculty; One Neurology Ambassador; EAN Chair Communication Committee and Board member; and FEAN Fellow of the European Academy of Neurology. WFN Board member of Advocacy; EFRR board member; WHO expert on disability and neurology. Co-chair, WHO NeuroCovid Forum. Corresponding member, Pontificia Academia Pro Vita. Board of Directors of Bioethics Centre at Catholic University of Milan. Member of National Bioethics Committee.

Developing research projects related to burden of diseases, neurology (mainly on disorder of consciousness and headaches), NeuroCovid, neurorehabilitation, disability, ageing, WHO’s International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) and related instruments, neurorehabilitation in emergencies.

More than 280 scientific publications on related topics. Italian excellence of research 2019, between 100 national excellences.

Lecturing Itinerary
  • Date:
    1 December 2023 (Friday)
  • Consultation Visits
  • Time:
    09:30 – 16:00
  • Tour:
    Visiting 3 local ICF-based service units

  • Date:
    2 December 2023 (Saturday)
  • Plenary Lecture 2
  • Time:
    10:30 – 11:00
  • Topic:
    Functioning and disability from ICIDH to ICF: Worldwide Experience after Two Decades of Implementation
  • Plenary Discussion Forum 1
  • Time:
    16:30 – 17:15
  • Topic:
    Strategic Recommendations for the Implementation of ICF in Clinical Practice

  • Date:
    4 December 2023 (Monday)
  • Post-conference Workshop 1
  • Time:
    09:30 –11:30
  • Title:
    The use of ICF and WHO DAS 2.0 to promote interprofessional collaboration in neurorehabilitation from assessment to setting goals, programming and evaluation