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Winners of the Italy Made Me award for researchers


We are very pleased to announce the winners of the ‘Italy Made Me 2023’ award, selected by the Scientific Council of the Embassy from a pool of 30 candidates. Six prizes will be given this year thanks to the support of the sponsors: Associazione Culturale Il Circolo, David Y Mason Foundation, DottoreLondon, Pirelli, and Trenitalia UK, to whom we are grateful. We would like to thank all the candidates very much: you all have excellent curricula and research projects, and we wish you success in realizing your professional aspirations and dreams.


ERC sector SURNAME Name Project Sponsor
LS ALMADORI, Aurora Adipose stem cells-based therapies for the treatment of dermal fibrosis and scarring David Y Mason Foundation (Teresa Marafioti)
LS MALPETTI, Maura Inflammation in frontotemporal lobal degeneration – from diagnosis and prognosis to clinical trials Dottore London (Giorgia Bacco)
PE GIONFRIDA, Letizia Vision in human robotics Pirelli (Eduardo Nogueira)
PE MORSE, Sophie Efficacy and safety of short-pulse ultrasound sequences for drug delivery to the brain Trenitalia UK (Ernesto Sicilia)
SH BATTAGLIA, Fabio To GDP or not to GDP? Identifying the factors promoting and inhibiting the use and impact of well-being metrics in Scotland and Italy Il Circolo (Simona Spreafico)
SH GENTILINI, Arianna The role of patient organizations in innovation and access in the rare disease space Il Circolo (Simona Spreafico)


The award ceremony will take place on December 7th (from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, with a detailed program to be confirmed) at the Italian Embassy in London (Grosvenor Square, London). During the award ceremony, the 8 ‘Talented Young Italians 2023’ awards (managed by the TYI Association), the 2 ‘Il Circolo Science Award’ prizes, and a scholarship for a Master’s program at Cambridge University (sponsored by Prof. Simona Paravani-Mellinghoff) will also be presented. Following the ceremony, there will be a networking event (drinks and canapés, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm) hosted by the Ambassador. Sponsors and all the candidates will be invited to this event.



The Italy Made Me award

The annual Italy Made Me award for researchers in the early stages of their career, who are based in the UK and who completed part or all of their studies in Italy. The deadline for applications was 31 August 2023.

We would like to thank David Y Mason Foundation, DottoreLondon, Il Circolo, Pirelli and Trenitalia UK for sponsoring the prizes.