The Institute of Clinical Physiology (IFC-CNR) is the largest biomedical institute for clinical research of the National Research Council (CNR).
The Department of Epidemiology and Health Service Research of IFC-CNR applies a multidisciplinary approach to epidemiological research, creating connections between its five core areas of expertise and clinical physiology: observational studies, data mining, outcome evaluation, pharmacology and toxicology, diagnosis and therapy. The main fields of research include epidemiological analysis for healthcare policy programming and social policies, individual risk factor epidemiology for personalised medicine, and design and planning of methodological frameworks to support the technological development of Decision Support Systems. The Department is responsible for the two major national surveys ESPAD®Italy (European School Survey Project on Alcohol and other Drugs, since 1995) and IPSAD® (Italian Population Survey on Alcohol and other Drugs, since 2001) which regularly monitor substance use and risk behaviours both among adolescents and in the general population.
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The association Centro Studi Statistici e Sociali (Ce3S - Center for Statistical and Social Studies) is chiefly engaged in projects related to the quantitative evaluation of interventions in the social and public health fields. It was founded in September 2016, aiming at continuing some activities of the Consiglio Italiano per le Scienze Sociali (CSS - Italian Council for Social Sciences), which played a fundamental role in the growth of social sciences in Italy in the last 30 years, thanks to international grants and the support of the Adriano Olivetti Foundation. In 2014 CSS organized in Rome the eight Annual Conference of the International Society for the Sudy of Drug Policy.
Special attention is devoted to drug laws and state interventions in Europe. Some interesting scientific contributions, related to the unintended consequences of drug law enforcement and policies, are already available on the website (http://www.ce3s.eu/).
Founded in 1998, Eclectica has become a valued partner for national and international agencies and institutions engaged in social research, training and prevention initiatives. The research group has been engaged in international and national studies that combine traditional and innovative methods. Particularly, the team has extensive experience in qualitative comparative research and e-methods. With a long list of scientific publications, Eclectica is a primary point of reference in Italy for research on alcohol, drugs, NPS and other addictive behaviours. Main research topics are consumption styles, market changes, effectiveness of control policies and prevention.
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CNCA - Coordinamento Nazionale Comunità di Accoglienza
CNCA ‐ National Coordination of Care Communities, is a federation founded in 1982 and composed by 250 Third‐Sector organisations located in Italian 19 regions which include social cooperatives, support centers, care and treatment communities.
CNCA is active in all fields of disadvantage and marginalisation, with the aim of promoting citizens’ rights and social well‐being.
The Federation’s main activities comprise:
- promote exchanges between local experiences; develop a cultural and political presence, in order to translate the daily experience with disadvantaged people into a project;
- implement research on social change and individual characteristics of disadvantaged populations;
- organise training, educational and counselling initiatives, in order to improve the effectiveness of services managed by the member organisations;
- promote labour market inclusion of disadvantaged people, through cooperation between public and private organisations, on the basis of the 276/03 Italian law;
- provide advice and support to people with any type of disability;
- define possible common actions to fulfil the aims of the Federation.
Dr Sabrina Molinaro, PhD, Epidemiologist, is Head of the Department of Epidemiology and Health Services Research at the Institute of Clinical Physiology of the Italian National Research Council (CNR-IFC). Dr Molinaro holds specific expertise in the identification and testing of innovative statistical analysis models on legal, illegal substance use, internet problematic use and gambling, and their relation to risk factors and lifestyle. Dr Molinaro is the European Coordinator of the European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ESPAD). She is also the National Expert for GPS key indicator at Italian National Focal Point for EMCDDA. She has developed and coordinates the Italian Population Survey (IPSAD®) and the Student Survey ESPAD®Italia, monitoring legal and illegal substance use and risky behaviours both in the general population and among adolescents. She also coordinates several research projects in public health, ranging from personalized medicine to the development of innovative models for the study of hidden populations.
Rossi Carla is University full professor since 1980. She is author of more than 150 scientific publications and monographs in mathematical models for life sciences and biometry and biostatistics. Prof. Rossi is Project Manager of many international projects on drug issues financed by the EC, EMCDDA and other international Foundations. Prof. Rossi has been member of the Management Board of the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction for 16 years as one of the two representatives of the European Parliament.
Currently she is:
- Coordinator of the Italian Partner of the Eranid project: Illicit drug policies and social outcomes: a cross-country analysis (IDPSO- coss country).
- Member of the Scientific Committee of the Center for Global Health Research and Studies, Katholic University, Rome, Italy.
- President of the association: Centro Studi Statistici e Sociali (Ce3S), Rome, Italy.
- Representative of Nonviolent Radical Party Transnational Transparty (NRPTT) to United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
Franca Beccaria, PhD., is a sociologist, partner in Eclectica, a research institute in Torino (Italy), contract professor at the EMDAS, European Master on Drug and Alcohol Studies, the Università del Piemonte Orientale (Novara) and at University of Torino (Italy). Her main research interests are on lifestyles, particularly on drinking cultures and the use of legal and illegal substances. She has especially worked on comparative qualitative research methods, developing also web-based research. Among the most recent projects where Beccaria has been involved as coordinator and senior researcher:
- “Consumption, abuse, addiction among women”: a qualitative web research on social networks on perception and representation of female alcohol abuse and addiction (2012-14).
- The European project “ALICE-RAP. Addictions and Lifestyles In Contemporary Europe – Reframing Addictions Project” (2011-2015): comparative studies on changes in addictions.
- The project “Alcohol & images” (2012-13) a qualitative study explored the alcohol perception among Italian and Finnish young people and adults.
Riccardo De Facci
Riccardo De Facci is the Vice President of the Coordinamento Nazionale Comunità di Accoglienza (National Coordination of Caring Communities) – CNCA, an umbrella association whose members are more than 250 NGOs, such as social co-operatives, volunteering based associations, associations for social development and promotion, present on the whole national territory and working among others with young people in the nightlife scene. With a longstanding experience as coordinator and project leader in several projects in the field of drug addiction (prevention, harm reduction and treatment), Riccardo De Facci will coordinate CNCA’s member organisations contribution to the project in the on-site and on-line recruitment of participants in the study.