Research collaboration between the National Institutes of Health and the Istituto Superiore di Sanità (ISS) began with the signing of a Letter of Intent at the end of July. This institutional agreement confirms a Memorandum of Understanding for greater US-Italian cooperation in health and medical science signed on April 1. The partnership is designed to promote research areas of mutual interest, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, pulmonary disease, women's health, and neuroscience.

The project attracted the attention of key US and Italian science leaders. And as a declaration of high scientific interest, two Nobel Prize laureates, Rita Levi Montalcini (1986) and Paul Greengard (2000), witnessed the July proceedings.

THE MONEY Although the finer details remain undisclosed, the Italian Minister of Health, Girolamo Sirchia, is providing ¤10 million to ISS President Enrico Garaci, to be used for research proposals involving "cooperative activities undertaken or implemented by the ISS." Of particular note, this...

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