Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche “Mario Negri”


The Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research is a not-for-profit biomedical research organisation. It was founded in 1961, and started work in Milan on 1 February 1963. Its main headquarter is in Milan, but there are now research centres also in Bergamo, at Ranica – near Bergamo (overall the staff is formed by around 750 workers). The Institute’s main aim is to defend human health and life. To achieve this goal, the Institute’s research programs comprehensively span from the molecular level to the whole human being. The Department of Epidemiology of Mario Negri Institute has a recognised tradition in epidemiological studies. A major area of interest within the department are studies on the associations between tobacco and other life-style factors, alcohol and diet, personal and familial medical history, and the risk of cancer, cardiovascular diseases and other major chronic conditions. In particular, an integrated series of case-control studies on a wide spectrum of cancer sites has been conducted since early 1980s, producing more than 1,500 publications on peer-reviewed journals.


Silvano Gallus

Dr Silvano Gallus is the Head of Laboratory of Lifestyle Epidemiology, Department of Environmental Health Sciences at Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche «Mario Negri». Since 1997, Dr. Gallus has been a researcher at the Department of Epidemiology of “Mario Negri” Institute and was in 2006 promoted to chief of the “Epidemiology for Clinical Research” Unit. In almost 20 years of experience in the field of epidemiology and public health, Dr. Gallus has gained wide knowledge and expertise in epidemiology, public health, biostatistics and computation, collaborating in various national and international projects. Since 2001, Dr. Gallus is responsible for the epidemiology of tobacco smoking in his Institute. He has therefore dealt with the monitoring of smoking prevalence and trends, their determinants and strategies to control tobacco in Italy and Europe. The productivity of Dr. Gallus’ research is documented by the publication of more than 240 publications, including more than 225 papers (h-index: 37 according to ISI web of knowledge) published in peer-reviewed journals.

Alessandra Lugo

Alessandra Lugo holds a degree in Biostatistics from the University of Milan-Bicocca, and a PhD in Biomedical Statistics from the University of Milan. She is researcher at the Department of Epidemiology of Mario Negri Institute since 2011. Since the beginning of her career, she was involved in the field of tobacco control in Italy and Europe. In only 5 years, she published more than 25 papers in peer-reviewed journals.

Enrico Davoli

Enrico Davoli is the head of the Laboratory of Mass Spectrometry at the Department of Environmental Health Sciences of Mario Negri Institute. He obtained a doctoral Degree in Animal Sciences (University of Milan, 1983), and he was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Nebraska (1987-1988, Lincoln, NE), and a regular fellow at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Centre (1988, Denver, CO). He is member of the Italian Mass Spectrometry Society (Vice President, 2014) and of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry (Environmental Interest Group Coordinator, 2008-2009). His main research areas include the development of methodology, instrumentation and software for environmental research. Studies of air pollution and characterisation of environmental odour annoyance. Mass spectrometry Imaging: methodologies and analysis of tissues. Author of more than 60 peer reviewed scientific publications.

Cristina Bosetti

Cristina Bosetti holds a degree in Mathematics from the University of Milan, Italy and a PhD in Epidemiology from the School for Nutrition, Toxicology and Metabolism (NUTRIM), Maastricht University, Maastricht, the Netherlands. She has been working as a research scientist at the Department of Epidemiology of the «Mario Negri» Institute since 1996 and since 2005 she is Head of the Unit of Cancer Epidemiology. Her main fields of interest include the investigation of cancer risk in relation with diet, alcohol, tobacco, occupational and environmental exposures; analyses of temporal trends and geographic patterns of mortality from cancer and other chronic conditions; conduction of quantitative reviews and meta-analyses on environmental exposures and cancer risk. She authored/coauthored over 320 publications on peer-reviewed journals cited in PubMed/MEDLINE (H-index: 51, ISI web of knowledge).

Xiaoqiu Liu

Xiaoqiu Liu, also known as Julia, has obtained Bachelor’s degree in Preventive Medicine (2009), Master’s degree in Epidemiology and Biostatistics (2012) from Harbin Medical University, China, and a PhD in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from University of Milano-Bicocca, 2017. She has published 9 papers in peer reviewed journals, mainly in hypertension and blood pressure variability. She joined Laboratory of Lifestyle Epidemiology, Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche “Mario Negri” in June 2017.

Elisa Borroni

Elisa Borroni holds a degree in Biostatistics from the University of Milan-Bicocca. She is a young researcher collaborating with the Laboratory of Lifestyle Epidemiology of Mario Negri Institute since September 2018. Her fields of interest include the association between tobacco smoking and cancer risk. She is now involved in the TackSHS project, focusing her research on the new generation products, including electronic cigarettes and heated tobacco products.