Professor Maurizio Pocchiari

Neurologist, National Registry of CJD, Rome, Italy

Professor M Pocchiari is a scientist who works at the Department of Neurosciences, Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Rome, Italy. He has been working in prion diseases since 1978 research interests in the biochemistry, molecular, and cellular biology of the prion protein and the prion protein gene; development of new techniques for the inactivation of prions; analysis of risk in transmitting prions from animal-to-human or from human-to-human; and clinical and molecular epidemiology, diagnosis, pathogenesis, and experimental therapy on CJD. He founded the National CJD Registry in Italy in 1993 and acted as its Director since then. He was involved in the identification of variant CJD and is member of the European and Allied Countries Surveillance System for CJD.