About the organisation
Basic details : Since its foundation in 1968, by taking the name of "Clinical Physiology", IFC anticipated the cultural and ethical view of what evidence-based medicine is, today. In fact, the Institute specialises in combining experimental research with clinics, epidemiology and cutting-edge technology, always focussing on the expectations of the patients.
A multidisciplinary team from different academic and scientific backgrounds, including medicine, biology, chemistry, bioengineering, physics, mathematics and IT, has turned the underlying idea into reality, adding the concept of measurement - previously confined to physiological research - to medical practice.
IFC's regular staff consists of over 500 "professionals", 118 of them permanent researchers and technologists, mostly based in Pisa's HQ, and some in Milan, Lecce, Rome, Siena, Massa and Reggio Calabria, along with the satellite units of Catanzaro and Messina. Boosted by its researchers' intensive cooperation with the most important institutions in the world, IFC has managed to achieve unexpected standards of excellence, as well as acting as coordinator or partner in many international projects. Its scientific projects carefully collect experimental data that are then used to build and validate interpretative models in physiopathology, always with the due technological support.
Mission : The original mission of the Institute: “To Bring advances in the diagnosis and treatment of patient derived from the scientific research to the public health system, drawing from the clinical observation the themes and objectives of the research", i.e. "Innovation For Care" is more recently translatable as "Customized Assistance", with a translational view realized through:
health promotion and quality of life;
monitoring and control of weaker patients and citizens;
optimization of therapeutic interventions, together with the reduction of hospitalization times;
modeling at various levels specific to the patient, with appropriate systems support for simulation and decision;
more attention to patients as well as to healthcare professionals;
new frontiers in multimodal imaging and the use of new biomaterials;
the careful risk/benefit evaluation of the diagnostic approach used, and its suitability, to improving diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.
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Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche Institute of Clinical Physiology