La presenza della "Clinica del Lavoro Luigi Devoto" nella ricerca internazionale

Translated title of the contribution: The role of the "Clinica del Lavoro Luigi Devoto" in international research

P. A. Bertazzi, Alessandra M. Forni

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During its long history, the Clinica del Lavoro Luigi Devoto has produced numerous internationally recognized scientific contributions in the specific field of occupational medicine and health, and in other broader areas as, for example, immunology, toxicology, cytogenetics. Pivotal in this activity was the figure of Enrico C. Vigliani, director of the Clinica for over 35 years. We mention here, in particular, the results of the study of "early" markers of lead intoxication; the research on the carcinogenicity of benzene and aromatic amines; the study of the pathogenesis of silicosis and byssinosis; the study of cytogenetic damage after exposure to industrial toxic chemicals; the technical research for dust abatement in mines. Such research also played a major role in the development of pulmonary medicine, toxicology and immunology in Italy, and conferred scientific dignity on the newborn "industrial hygiene" discipline thanks to the work of Nicola Zurlo. Today, the Clinica's research is maintained at international standards especially by the work of thematic Research Centers recently established within the Clinica, covering fields such as occupational and environmental toxicology, occupational oncology, ergonomics, respiratory disease and allergy, psycho-social risk factors. These Centers are also devoted to the development of innovative methods in epidemiology, toxicology, psychology, molecular biology, and ergonomic measurement for the identification and evaluation of health risks at work.

Translated title of the contributionThe role of the "Clinica del Lavoro Luigi Devoto" in international research
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)48-53
Number of pages6
JournalMedicina del Lavoro
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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