Ilaria Capua

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 
international standards.

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.

Close encounters of the third kind

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.

Il futuro della ricerca scientifica italiana: 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.