Who we are

Study, research, passion...

StemNet is a federation among the four main associations of stem cell researchers 


The Federation aims at encouraging:

  • A shared scientific culture aimed at enhancing research and its impact on society in the areas of competence.
  • The visibility of the impact that our societies have in the research and development of stem cells.
  • The common position on specific aspects of research and clinical applications with stem cells proposing us as an useful national reference point.
  • A critical and constructive relationship with the institutions in charge of funding to support and regulate both research and the most innovative therapeutic applications.
  • Supervision and dissemination on funding opportunities in which the added value of the aggregation between associations is visible.
  • The identification of common themes for the writing of scientific reviews among the members of the various associations, in order to disseminate, in a competent and shared way, positions debated in the scientific field. The current debate among scientists on how stem cells work in therapy is an example.
  • Creating a network among research groups and proposing common scientific events.


President: Augusto Pessina (GISM)

Vice-President: Massimo Dominici (FiRST)

Secretary: Umberto Galderisi (SCRI)

Members: Enrico Lucarelli (GISM), Lorenza Lazzari (FIRST), Ornella Parolini (IPLASS), Francesco Alviano

(IPLASS), Roberta Piva (SCRI)


Maurizio Muraca, Michela Pozzobon


Alessandra Biffi - Department of Pediatrics, Director of Pediatric Oncohematology, University of Padua

Barbara Lukomska - NeuroRepair Department, Mossakowski Medical Research Centre, Warsaw, Poland

Bernd Giebel - Institute for Transfusion Medicine, University Hospital Essen, Germany

Daniela Melchiorri - Department of Pharmacology, University of La Sapienza, Rome

Eva Rohde - Paracelsus Medical, University Salzburg, Austria

Filippo Piccinini - Istituto Scientifico Romagnolo per lo Studio e la Cura dei Tumori (IRST) IRCCS, Meldola, Italy

Francisco J. Nicolás - Laboratorio de Regeneración, Hospital Universitario Virgen de la Arrixaca, Murcia, Spain

Franco Locatelli - Director of Consiglio Superiore di Sanità, Department of Oncohematology, Cell and gene therapy Department, IRCCS Pediatric Hospital Bambino Gesù, Rome

François Boussin - Institut de biologie François Jacob DRF, Institut F. Jacob, CEA Paris-Saclay, France

Giovanni Camussi - Department of Nephrology, University of Torino

Giulia Della Chiara - IBP Unit, Istituto Nazionale di Genetica Molecolare "Romeo ed Enrica Invernizzi", Department of Medical Biotechnology and Translational Medicine, Università degli Studi di Milano

Javer Garcia Castro - Head of Cellular Biotechnology Unit, Instituto de Salud Carlos II, Spain

Krisztina Buzas - Faculty of Dentistry, University of Szeged and Biological Research Center, Szeged, Hungary

Mari Dezawa - Department of Stem Cell Biology and Histology, Tohoku University, Graduate School of Medicine, Japan

Mauro Giacca - Cardiovascular Department, Sciences in the School of Cardiovascular Medicine & Sciences, Kings College, London, UK

Nicola Elvassore - Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Padova

Rachele Ciccocioppo - Gastroenterology Unit, Department of Medicine, University of Verona

Renzo Pegoraro - Chancellor of Pontifical Academy for Life, Rome

Salvatore Simmini - Research & Development, STEMCELL Technologies, Cambridge Research Park , UK

Stefano Piccolo - Department of Molecular Medicine, University of Padua

Vera Martinella - Health Desk Manager, Corriere della Sera, Milan

Zoltan Vereb - Regenerative Medicine and Cellular Pharmacology Laboratory, Department of Dermatology and Institute of Translational Biomedicine, University of Szeged, Hungar