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Scientific Research

Aware that innovation represents a fundamental means to modernise Italy’s economic system, a strategic factor to reinforce its competitive position and to directly and indirectly protect and increase employment, the undcordertakings accomplished by the Foundation in the field of scientific research are correlated to its substantial commitment to Health.

Even in this sector Fondazione Roma has always made its decisions by impartially recognizing the centres of excellence and the priority needs in the local area. Following the first grant programme introduced in 2008, the Foundation further stimulated scientific research by launching two Calls for Proposals focused on themes selected on the basis of precise considerations of an epidemiologic, health and socio-economic nature. The first Call for Proposals was intended for researchers in the faculties of Medicine and Surgery (and/or the departments of medicine/biology) in Rome’s universities and concerned two-year research projects that aim to understand molecular mechanisms and discover new therapeutic targets for chronic-degenerative ageing associated non-communicable diseases (NCDs). The second Call for Proposals focused on Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP), a rare disorder that gradually leads to blindness and has been considered as a disease with significant social and economic implications since 1985.

The Foundation concurrently continues to cooperate with Fondazione Bietti, which performs ophthalmic research and treats the most widespread and serious ocular diseases. A diagnostic imaging centre is expected to be built in the satellite Campus of ‘La Sapienza University of Rome’, located in Latina, where 3T MRI/PET and Force CT scanners, which are currently found in only a few European facilities, will be placed at the disposal of local universities in order to perform research of the highest level in the field of haematology-oncology.

Aware that the tumultuous transformation of society, which took place within a few years, is significantly changing the needs of local communities, the Foundation continues to renew its philanthropic mission. This innovation proved prophetic, and even became a model for other foundations, and allows the Foundation to combine its traditional attention to the local needs in the crucial field of Health, which is more markedly exposed to the effects of the reduction of public resources, with its likewise careful and determined commitment to face today’s challenges.

From the second point of view, the Foundation confirms its role as a think tank whereby it is capable of identifying and analysing socio-economic and cultural issues of global relevance and submitting ideas, considerations and medium-long term proposals to policy makers. In this regards Fondazione Roma’s undertakings continue to focus on themes concerning the welfare state, which have been achieved by supporting the ‘Wel.com.e., Welfare for Community Empowerment, research/action project, which has a high innovation ratio and aims to experiment and verify operational models, capable of combining civic engagement, subsidiarity, social inclusion and new forms of civil economy in the local area, in particular in Caste di Guido near Rome.