Precision medicine is becoming a reality in the Aosta Valley. And the region ranks by right among the most advanced areas in this field at European level.
All this thanks to the new Center for personalized, preventive and predictive medicine (summarized as CMP³VdA), located in the Espace Aosta Area, on an area of laboratories of more than 450 square meters completed during the first half of this year.
The research center was born thanks to the 5000genomi @ Vda project, led by the Iit (Italian Institute of Technology) and composed of the University of Valle d’Aosta, the Città della Salute e della Scienza university hospital, the Foundation Clément Fillietroz-Onlus, Astronomical Observatory of the Autonomous Region of Valle d’Aosta (OAVdA) and Engineering D.HUB.
From the point of view of economic resources, the project is supported by the Region with regional and structural funds of the European Union (Fesr and ESF) amounting to 10.6 million euros in 5 years, and by 9.5 million co-financing by of the consortium itself.
The project team – led by a scientific committee made up of Stefano Gustincich, Andrea Cavalli, Antonio Amoroso, Jean Marc Christille, Antonio Mastropaolo and Lucia Bonelli – is made up of over 40 people: experienced researchers in bioinformatics, genomics, machine learning and complex systems , and by laboratory technicians or IT and research support technicians. In addition to these, the project has allowed the assignment of 18 research grants for young researchers supported by the European Social Fund (ESF), under the age of 30, with various types of study backgrounds, of which 9 are of Valle d’Aosta origin. The team includes 2 researchers who returned to Italy after a long period of work abroad.