Nov, 2021

In Memory of Dr Scott M. Hammer


With a great sadness I learnt today that Scott passed away. The IAS obituary says everything about him as a great scientist. I just would like to remember him as a very good friend who cared about children throughout his professional life. In 2006 we chaired together the WHO working group to develop the guidelines for antiretroviral  therapy “Toward universal access”. Scott has been mentoring me in an unforgettable way ! Carlo Giaquinto on behalf of Penta ______________________________________________________________________________________ The IAS-USA is deeply saddened by the passing of Dr Scott M. […]



Nov, 2021

VERDI project launches

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Today we launch VERDI, a project that prioritizes women and children in the research on new coronavirus variants The University of Padua and Penta Foundation are leaders of VERDI, a new European research consortium on coronavirus in children and pregnant women. Carlo Giaquinto, Professor at University of Padova and President of Penta, together with Professor Ali Judd at University College London, will be the scientific coordinators of VERDI.   Padova, Italy – 15 November 2021 Children and pregnant women have taken a back seat during the COVID-19 pandemic. With children most likely to be the last to be […]



Nov, 2021

World Pneumonia Day 2021: Every breath counts

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It’s impossible to ignore the Covid-19 pandemic and how it has gripped the lives of everyone around the world, but it is equally impossible to ignore the thousands of lives that are lost daily to chest infections (pneumonia). According to UNICEF, pneumonia is the single largest cause of death in children under five and the majority of these deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries. Pneumonia needn’t be the deadly infectious disease that it is today. Through immunization, nutritional interventions, and controlling environmental risk factors the burden of child pneumonia can be […]


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