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Ornella Parolini

Ornella Parolini

President
IPLASS(International Placenta Stem Cell Society)
Italy
Tel: +39-030-245-5754

Biography

Dr. Parolini obtained her Biology degree, graduating summa cum laude, from the University of Milan in 1988. In 1994 she completed her Doctorate in Cellular and Molecular Biotechnology in Biomedicine. She worked in the field of primary immunodeficiencies at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, USA (1991-1994) and at the University of Vienna, initially as visiting scientist (1995-1998), before being promoted to Lab Head (1998-2002). In 2002, Dr. Parolini was nominated Director of the E. Menni Research Center (CREM), Fondazione Poliambulanza, Brescia, Italy, where she has pioneered research on human placenta-derived stem cells. The main lines of research at CREM are centred around amniotic and chorionic membrane-derived cells and their conditioned media, with particular focus on immunomodulatory potential in vitro, as well as in vivo assessment of anti-fibrotic effects after transplantation/injection into preclinical animal models of induced fibrosis and autoimmune diseases. Dr. Parolini has been an invited speaker at over 80 international congresses and has been a scientific leader and organizer of several international events. She is the author of over 100 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals as well as several book chapters, and has had one patent issued while two are currently pending. She is a member of several scientific societies and is the President of the International Placenta Stem Cell Society (IPLASS).

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