In the globalised environment, the interconnection and interdependence of economies enable pathogens to spread in unprecedented ways and extents. Human to human transmission (close encounters of the first kind) occur with pathogens that are well adapted to the human host, and spread between countries and continents. In a similar way, pathogens spreading between animals (close encounters of the second kind) spread not only within a farm, but also between different farms, due to trade, or live animals or vector movement, in a transboundary manner.
Born in Rome in 1966, Ilaria Capua graduated in Veterinary Medicine with honours from the University of Perugia in 1989, after which she obtained her postgraduate qualification as a specialist in Animal Health and Hygiene from Pisa University in 1991 and a PhD from the University of Padua.
Ilaria Capua is currently a member of the Italian Parliament (Camera dei Deputati), and serves as Vice President of the 7th Parliamentary
Commission "Culture, Science and Education". As a parlamentarian she is committed to promoting research policies to keep them in line with
Before joining the Italian Parliament, she was Director of the Division of Comparative Biomedical Sciences at the Istituto Zooprofilattico
Sperimentale delle Venezie, Padova, Italy and Head of the National, FAO and OIE (World Organisation for Animal Health) Reference Laboratories for Avian Influenza and Newcastle disease. She is also in charge of the OIE Collaborating Center for Diseases at the Human-Animal interface.
Ilaria Capua is the recipient of many awards and international recognitions, including the 2011 Penn Vet Animal Health Leadership Award, the most prestigious award in veterinary medicine.
C’eravamo lasciati poco più di un anno fa, con la decisione di intraprendere la strada della politica: dai banconi di laboratorio ai banchi dell’aula di Montecitorio, ecco la nuova vita di Ilaria Capua.
Ilaria Capua, la strong lady della ricerca scientifica è entrata nel mondo politico. Sarà candidata infatti in Veneto per la lista "Con Monti per l'Italia". Con l’illustre virologa discutiamo alcuni dei dieci punti sulla politica della ricerca sottoposti dal Gruppo2003 a partiti e movimenti politici che si candidano alla guida del Paese.