NIAF Hosts Medical Conference of The Sbarro Health Organization during Foundation’s 40th Anniversary Weekend

The Sbarro Health Research Organization Inc. (SHRO), in collaboration with the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF), Temple University’s College of Science and Technology, and the Giovan Giacomo Giordano Foundation, will organize the medical conference “Health and Research: Beyond the Eyes,” to be held in Lincoln Room 5 of the Washington Marriot Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 9:00 am. The conference will feature opening remarks  by Antonio Giordano, M.D., Ph.D., who is also Director of the Sbarro Institute for Cancer Research and Molecular Medicine and the Center for Biotechnology at Temple University in Philadelphia, Penn.

The guest speakers will include Michele Masucci, Ph.D.; Vito M. Campese, M.D.; and Paul Tapino, M.D.   Masucci will speak about “Impacts of Developing Strategic Partnerships to Foster Industry Research at Universities,”  Campese will speak about “Lifestyle and Blood Pressure in 2015,” and Tapino will present the award lecture titled “All About the Eyes.”

This year, the Giovan Giacomo Giordano NIAF Achievement Award for Ethics and Creativity in Medical Research  will be awarded to Dr. Tapino, associate professor of clinical ophthalmology and director of the Ophthalmology Residency Program at the Scheie Eye Institute, University of Pennsylvania. He is a renowned and nationally recognized Clinician-Educator in Ophthalmology.

The award is an original design sculpted by the acclaimed Neapolitan artist Lello Esposito and presented to Dr. Tapino by his colleague, Dr. Giacomina Massaro-Giordano and by Delores Del Raso.  The award  was established five years ago in honor of Dr. Antonio Giordano’s father, the late Professor Giovan Giacomo Giordano, renowned pathologist and former chair of the department of Pathology at the National Cancer Institute of Naples and professor at the Second University of Naples. Professor Giordano dedicated more than 60 years of his life to the study of cancer and the role of environmental factors in the onset of this disease.

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