Infectious diseases

Director: Dr. Anna Teresa Palamara
phone: (+39) 06 4990 6133/6134


Department activities

The surveillance systems and registers, established with D.P.C.M. March 3, 2017 "Identification of surveillance systems and registers of mortality, tumors and other pathologies", represent the backbone of the Department of Infectious Diseases (DMI) and are intended to guarantee the systematic collection of personal, health and epidemiological data, to record and characterize all cases of risk to health, of a particular disease and its treatments and outcomes, or of a relevant health condition in a defined population. They are divided into a) a regional level, which processes data from health organizations and socio-health services operating in its territory and b) at a national level, which processes data from the regional level. The Department manages within the aforementioned D.P.C.M., 15 surveillance systems.

The Department has the following international and national reference laboratories:

  • WHO Collaborating Center for Reference and Research on Poliomyelitis
  • National Influenza Center-WHO Collaborating Center
  • WHO Collaborating Center for the Epidemiology, Detection and Control of Cystic and Alveolar Echinococcosis
  • World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) - Reference Laboratory for Trichinellosis
  • European Union Reference Laboratory for Parasites
  • WHO Collaborating Center for Measles and Rubella
  • National reference laboratory for invasive bacterial diseases
  • National reference laboratory for Arbovirus
  • National reference laboratory for Hepatitis A
  • National reference laboratory for Legionella
  • National reference laboratory for Leptospirosis
  • National reference laboratory for Enterobacteria
  • National reference laboratory for Trichinellosis

The department also:

Promotes initiatives aimed at strengthening collaboration between the various entities through technical round tables for the implementation of surveillance

Promotes refresher courses and advanced training for sector operators (annual workshops, courses, hospitality in the laboratory)

Develops recommendations and procedures on advanced diagnostics (example, use of genomic sequencing)

Studies the immune response to vaccinations, the duration of protection and efficacy. The research activities will be based on competence, differentiation and disciplinary integration and in accordance with national and international health planning

Integrates the bio-medical approach with the psycho-socio-behavioral through observational studies aimed at the general population and specific targets

InfluNet: Virological Surveillance (link to the Italian website)