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.