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Corinna Porteri

Corinna Porteri

email: cporteri (at)

Corinna Porteri works as a researcher in Bioethics and as the person responsible for the Bioethics Unit at the IRCCS Saint John of God Fatebenefratelli in Brescia, Italy. The Centre is a Scientific Institute for Research and Care of national relevance (Istituto di Ricovero e Cura a Carattare Scientifico — IRCCS) whose mission involves translational research (from bench to bedside) in the rehabilitation of Alzheimer’s disease and mental disorders.

She is particularly involved in studies on the bioethical aspects related to care and research in people with psychiatric disorders and dementia. She is also the coordinator of the activities of the Ethics Committee of her institute that serves nine other hospitals and health centers in the North of Italy.

She has a degree in philosophy with a thesis in logic (University of Milan) and a PhD in Bioethics with a thesis on genetics and psychiatry (Catholic University of Rome).

She was coordinator (2007-2011) and then teacher of the course Research ethics in the Erasmus Mundus Master of Bioethics promoted by Katholieke Universiteit of Leuven, Belgium; Radbound University of Nijmegen, The Neterlands and Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy.

She was visiting researcher at the Ethox Centre – University of Oxford, UK (2008 and 2011) and at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics – Georgetown University, Washington DC (2015). She was lecture of Social ethics at St Augustine University of Tanzania, Mwanza (2012), and faculty resource person at Yenepoya University in Mangalore, India (2013).

Corinna was fellow in the program on Science, Technology and Society in 2010.

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