International Conference 
 Rome 17th October 2015
 International Conference 
 Rome 17th October 2015
 Williams Family Day 
 Tarquinia 18th October 2015

Bruno Dallapiccola

Professor Bruno Dallapiccola is a medical geneticist, scientific director of the Bambino Gesù Children’s Hospital (OPBG) and head of the “Genetic and Rare Disease” Research area. 
Professor Dallapiccola has held previous positions as professor of Medical Genetics at the Urbino University, Tor Vergata and Sapienza Universities in Rome; director of the School of Specialization and of PhD in Medical Genetics at the Sapienza University of Rome from 1999 to 2009. He was Director of the Unit of Medical Genetics at the Forlanini Hospital and the Umberto I Polyclinic in Rome and Scientific Director of the Health Care and Research Institution “Casa Solliveo della Sofferenza” in Foggia, from 1991 to 2009. 
He has previously chaired the Mendel medical genetics institute in Rome; been President of the Italian Medical Cytogenetics, Medical Genetics, and Human Genetics Societies; member of the Board of Directors of the European Society of Human Genetics; and the Italian Ministry of Health representative for the European Union Committee of Experts on Rare Diseases (EUCERD).
Professor Dallopiccola is a current member of the National Health Council and of the National Bioethics Committee. He is also responsible for the Orphanet project in Italy. He has a particular interest in rare diseases and has published over 790 papers in peer reviewed journals related to medical genetics, the identification of new diseases, the study of genotype-phenotype mapping and cloning of over 50 disease genes. - See more at:

Angelo Selicori

Angelo Selicorni was born in 1961 and He graduated in Medicine and Surgery 29.10.87 at the University Milan (with full marks and honour). 

He specialized in pediatrics in the academic year 1990/91 at the Postgraduate School of Paediatrics of the University of Milan, Director Prof. P. Careddu (vote 40/40 cum laude) Also he specialized in Medical Genetics in the academic year 1994/95 at the School of Specialization in Medical Genetics, University of Milan, director Prof. Lidia Larizza (vote 40/40 cum laude).

He is author of 104 scientific publications in peer reviewed journals; he is member of the Scientific Committee for the Formation of the Foundation "P e L Mariani" in Milan from January 2010; he is member of the Scientific Committee of the Foundation "Togheter to Go" in Milan from January 2012.

Scientific director of the Residential Courses Genetics Pediatric Foundation Mariani and training courses on line of Pediatric Genetics always organized by the same Foundation.
Member of the National Scientific Committee of
Parents of the following Associations:
* Italian Williams Syndrome Association
* Italian Association Syndrome Wolf-Hirshhorn
* National Association of Volunteers Cornelia de Lange Syndrome
member of the Scientific Advisory Comitee of the Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Federation since 2001, of which he served as President from 2007 to 2011
current president of the Italian Society of Pediatric Genetic Diseases and Congenital Disabilities (SIMGePeD), scientific societies affiliated with the SIP

Annette Karmiloff-Smith

Annette Karmiloff-Smith is a Professorial Research Fellow at Birkbeck’s Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development.

She has a "Doctorat en Psychologie Génétique et Expérimentale" from Geneva University, where she studied and worked with Piaget.

She is a Member of the Academia Europaea, a Fellow of the British Academy and of the Academy of Medical Sciences.

In 1995, she was awarded the BPS Book Award for Beyond Modularity (MIT Press, 1992). In 2002, she won the European Science Foundation Latsis Prize for the Cognitive Sciences, in 2004 was awarded a CBE on the Queen’s Birthday list, in 2009 the British Psychological Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2012 the Mattei Dogan International Prize for Psychological Sciences. She has honorary doctorates from the universities of Louvain, Zhejiang and Amsterdam. She is the author of 13 books and over 300 articles and chapters, as well as a series of booklets for parents on different aspects of foetal, infant and child development. Her most recent book – Neurocognitive Disorders Across the Lifetime (OUP) – focuses on Williams syndrome

Chiara Gagliardi

Chiara Gagliardi graduated in 1984 at the University of Pavia. She has specialized in developmental neuropsychiatry and psychotherapist in 1988 at the University of Pavia.
She deals with disorders of cognitive development and learning, impaired coordination, difficulty in cognitive and neuromotor disability syndromes, integrated rehabilitation projects.
She is the author of several publications in international peer reviewed journals and book chapters.

Giuseppe Merla

Giuseppe Merla was born in San Giovanni Rotondo in 1970, he has a degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Bari. After five years of research at the Telethon Institute of Genetics and Medicine (Tigem), first in Milan and then in Naples, in 2001 he moved to Switzerland, at the Department of Medical Genetics at the University of Geneva.

Since 2004 Giuseppe Merla is group-leader at the Medical Genetics Service, IRCCS Casa sollievo della Sofferenza in San Giovanni Rotondo (FG). In 2009 he specialized in Medical Genetics at the University "La Sapienza" of Rome.

Giuseppe Merla currently coordinates a research group at the Medical Genetics Service of IRCCSCasa sollievo della Sofferenza in San Giovanni Rotondo, which affects mainly the study of the molecular mechanisms of rare genetic diseases such as Williams-Beuren Syndrome and Kabuki Syndrome.


Laura Mazzanti

Laura Mazzanti was born in Bologna. She got a degree in Medicine and Surgery with honors, University of Bologna (July 1974). She has specialization in Pediatric Clinic with honors (November 1977) at the Pediatric Clinic, University of Bologna.

She is a member of the 'International Consensus Group for the Study of Turner Syndrome' since 2006. She is coordinator of the 'European Study Group on Turner Syndrome' (TSWG) of the Endocrine Society of Pediatric Endocrinology (ESPE) since September 2010. She is a member of the 'European network on Noonan syndrome and related disorders (NSEuroNet project)', the European project was born in 2010, coordinated by Marco Tartaglia, MD, with the aim of improving knowledge about RASopatie, both in terms of basic research that clinical practice.

She is a speaker at International and National Congress of Pediatric Endocrinology, Pediatrics and Genetics as shown by the above information and the many published abstracts. She has been a member of the scientific and organizational secretary of National and International Conferences.

Luís Alberto Pérez Jurado

Medical Doctor, Clinical and Molecular Genetics and Paediatric Specialist. Full Lecturer of Genetics at the Department of Experimental and Health Sciences at Pompeu Fabra University. Coordinator of the Molecular Medicine and Genetics Programme at Hospital Vall d'Hebron, Barcelona. Teaching Coordinator at the Centre for Biomedical Network Research on Rare Diseases.

Maria Cristina Digilio

Maria Cristina Digilio was born in Rome in 1961. She is degree in Medicine and Surgery at the University of Rome "La Sapienza" in 1986. She is specialized in Pediatrics at the University of Rome "La Sapienza" in 1990 and she is specialized in Medical Genetics at the Catholic University of Rome in 1995. Since 1994 she served in the OU Medical Genetics in Hospital Bambino Gesù in Rome and since December 2001 she was responsible for the High Specialization in Dysmorphology at the same hospital. She is concerned with the diagnosis and care of children with genetic syndromes and congenital malformations. She is the responsible  of the multispecialist ambulatory for Down syndrome. She is the author of about 150 publications in international journals reviewed by the Index Medicus and 20 book chapters. The topic of the publications is about the phenotypic characterization of syndromes with congenital heart disease (22q11.2 deletion syndrome, Noonan syndrome, and LEOPARD-related, Williams syndrome, Kabuki syndrome, Ellis-van Creveld syndrome) and genetic aspects of congenital heart disease. She took part as rapporteur to various national and international conferences.

Stefano Vicari

Stefano Vicari is Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychology of the Bambino Gesù Pediatric Hospital. He was born in Rome on June 5, 1959.
1984 degree in “Medicine and Surgery” from University of Rome “La Sapienza”.
1987 professional qualification for Doctorate of Research in Neuropsychology from the University of Rome “La Sapienza”.
1988 specialization in Neurology at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” with an experimental thesis entitled: “Alzheimer’s Disease and Down Syndrome: differential neuropsychological aspects”.
2000 – 2007, Chief of the Neurological and Rehabilitative Unit, IRCCS Children Hospital Bambino Gesù of Rome.
2007 – on, Chief of the Child Neuropsychiatry Unit, Department of Neuroscience, IRCCS Children Hospital Bambino Gesù of Rome
1998 – 2008, Professor of Psychology at Psychology Faculty, University "Santa Maria Assunta" of Rome.
2008 - 2009, Professor of  Developmental Psychopatology, European University of Rome.
2011- on, Professor of Child Psychiatry at Psychiatry School Medicine Faculty University of Rome “La Sapienza”
2014 Degree of Full Professor in Child Psychiatry
Principal investigator or consultant in national and international research projects; invited speaker in national and international meetings. Member of the Scientific Committee of the Italian Association of Persons with Down Syndrome and of the Italian Association on Williams Syndrome.
Also, he is the author of over 100 scientific publications, chapters of books and books.
Main subject of interest:
Child Psychiatry, Developmental neuropsychology. Memory development. Dyslexia and ADHD. Mental retardation (Down and Williams syndrome).