NIAF Hosts the Sbarro Health Research Organization’s Medical Conference During Foundation’s 42nd Anniversary Gala Weekend


Danielle DeSimone
National Italian American Foundation

(Washington, D.C. – November 1, 2017) 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 host a medical conference on Saturday, November 4, from 9-11 a.m. This conference, sponsored by Pastificio di Martino, is titled “Mediterranean Diet, Human Health and Longevity,” and will discuss diet and nutrition. It will be held in the Roosevelt Room 2 of the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C., as part of the NIAF 42nd Anniversary Gala Weekend.

The President of SHRO, Antonio Giordano, MD, PhD, will begin by introducing SHRO’s recent research of the Mediterranean diet as it relates to cancer prevention, followed by the words of guest speakers. Giordano is also the director of the Sbarro Institute for Cancer Research and Center at Temple University in Philadelphia, Penn.

The guest speakers of the conference will include Michele Masucci, Ph.D., the vice president for Research Administration at Temple University; Immaculata DeVivo, Ph.D., a professor in medicine at Harvard Medical School, whose research has been dedicated to studying the causes of cancer; and Daniela Barone, Ph.D., who will be recognized by the scientific committee of the NIAF for her contribution to the elucidation of the biochemical effects of “corbarino” tomato extracts on cancer cells. Carmine Mariano, Esq, chief of the administration of the National Cancer Institute of Naples “Pascale” in Italy will attend the ceremony, in recognition of the important collaboration among his institution and the SHRO in the “Corbarino” San Marzano project.

The Giovan Giacomo Giordano Foundation will also present the Giovan Giacomo Giordano NIAF Lifetime Achievement Award for Ethics and Creativity in Medical Research to Enrico Bucci, Ph.D. Bucci is the director of the system biology program at SHRO and a well-known research integrity expert.

The award was established in memory of Antonio Giordano’s father, Giovan Giacomo Giordano – the late renowned pathologist and former professor of the department of anatomic pathology at the University of Naples, and chairman of the pathology department of the National Cancer Institute of Naples “Pascale”, in Italy, who dedicated much of his life to cancer research.

To learn more about the Sbarro Institute for cancer research and Molecular Medicine, and Center of Biotechnology, please visit

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