Paolo Ciana

Lecture Topic: Therapuetic strategies for breast cancer chemoprevention

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Paolo Ciana, PhD received his laurea degree with honor in Biological Sciences in 1988 at the University of Pavia, the Ph.D. in Experimental Hematology in 1995 at the University of Milano and the Specialization in Applied Genetics in 1997 at the University of Pavia. He is currently Assistant Professor at the Department of Pharmacological Sciences at the University of Milan. The research carried on in his career was focused on the characterization of the mechanism of regulation of gene transcription as an innovative pharmacological target for several pathological states, through combined biochemical, pharmacological, molecular biology and in vivo imaging approaches. Thanks to the innovative instruments created, he was able to collect novel findings on steroid receptor activity as master regulators of physiological functions; he is currently investigating on the involvement of said mechanisms in neoplastic transformation. Paolo Ciana is co-author of more then 40 publications in peer-reviewed journals, three books chapters and two patents with international extension. For his research in Biotechnology and Pharmacology he was awarded of the: Biotechnological Research Prize of the University of Milano 2002, Galeno Prize 2003, Italian Society of Pharmacology and Farmindustria Award 2004, “Emilio Marmo” Prize of the Italian Society of Pharmacology for the best scientific contribution 2005 and of the international prize Eurotox/HSI/P&G Animal Welfare and Alternative Awards 2006. His research has been continuosly supported by Italian Telethon, Italian Association for Cancer Research and Italian Ministry of University and Research. He is co-founder with Adriana Maggi of TOP s.r.l. a spin-off of the University of Milan