Name: Alberto E Tozzi
Organisation: Ospedale Pediatrico Bambino Gesù
Role: Research area coordinator
Pediatrician and epidemiologist with experience in vaccine trials and in surveillance of infectious diseases. Worked as a researcher with the Italian National Health Institute for more than 15 years. I have been part of the coordination group of a large clinical trial on acellular pertussis vaccines that involved nearly 16000 Italian children. I have been also responsible for a study on the effect of thimerosal contained in vaccines on neuropsychological development of children, funded by the US Centers for Disease Control. In 2004 I moved to the Bambino Gesù Pediatric Hospital, a large clinical and research centre where I joined the epidemiology unit. In this period I continued my work in vaccine preventable diseases with studies on the epidemiology of rotavirus, on conjugate pneumococcal vaccines and pneumococcal infections, on immunization of children with chronic diseases, on determinants of carrier state for MRSA in children, and on the immunological memory in children who received hepatitis B vaccines. I have been also a cnsultant for WHO for activities on polio eradication and for the investigation on a cluster of severe adverse events to vaccines in India. I am also a component of the Expert Vaccine Group of the European Center for Diseases Control. I am the editor of an Italian pediatric journal on allergology and immunology. I performed several KAP studies in different segments of the populations relevant to vaccine attitudes. I have also been appointed as scientific responsible for communication of the Italian Pediatric Society and have used web social platforms for communication of scientific information to the general public. I am currently running a study entirely based on an internet platform, for the promotion of preconception counselling. My research activities are currently focused on mathematical models for explaining social contacts in a community and predicting the spread of infectious diseases. I am affiliated with the American Medical Informatics Association, with the Council for Communication and Media and with the Council on Clinical Information Technology of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Since 2009 I am serving the Medical University of Tanzania as a professor in Clinical Epidemiology and preventive medicine for students in pediatrics.