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University of Piemonte Orientale is a public Italian university. Overall, comparing graduation rates with those in national trends, UPO is ranked at the top in the Italian scientific arena for each disciplinary area. UPO is partner of more than 60 foreign universities for teaching and around 40 for research. The University’s primary objectives are to strengthen integration nationally and within Europe in the areas of scientific, cultural exchanges and didactics programming. The University has a renowned expertise in research and innovation and a good track record in EU projects, both as leader and partner.

The Research Centre In Emergency and Disaster Medicine and Informatics applied to education and medical practice (CRIMEDIM) is a body of the University with the aim of promoting and organising research and educational activities in Emergency and Disaster Medicine with special focus on application of new technologies. The Centre, founded in September 2007, is today a centre of excellence at national and international level with regard to mass casualty incidents and disasters, running research activities, training and consultancy. Professors, junior researchers and technicians of different background are actively involved in innovative scientific research projects in a wide range of topics of Emergency and Disaster Medicine with special focus on hospital resilience and response and adult educational and web technology.

CRIMEDIM’s objectives are:

CRIMEDIM is also a member of the prestigious Emergency Medicine and Disaster Management Academy (EMDM Academy) based in Geneva, together with a large number of international research centres.

ingrassiaPrincipal Investigator: Dr. Pier Luigi Ingrassia
Dr Pier Luigi Ingrassia is the Vice-Director and Researcher at CRIMEDIM. He started his career in anesthesiology and intensive care, developing his interest in emergency medicine and disaster response whilst working with WHO/EU and other UN Agencies. He worked for two years developing disaster preparedness plans for the hospital and became a lecturer in disaster medicine at university level, designing courses in emergency response and disaster relief. He is currently conducting research in the field of learning and teaching disaster medicine with the use of new technologies. He manages the coordination of research projects in his specialist field and is a lecturer in emergency and disaster medicine at medical school and European Master in Disaster Medicine. He has published several research papers which have been presented at national and international congresses.

djalaliPrincipal Investigator Dr. Ahmadreza Djalali
Ahmadreza Djalali is researcher, lecturer and planner in disaster medicine. He is a medical doctor in background, also a master in disaster medicine (EMDM). Ahmadreza graduated as a PhD from Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden in 2012, then began his work as a researcher in disaster medicine in CRIMEDIM, Universita’ Degli Studi Del Piemonte Orientale, Italy.

He has been working in the field of disaster medicine since 1999 with main focus on hospital disaster management, both in natural and man-made disasters. He has been involved in more than 25 research projects, and is currently working in another European project TIER, integrated strategy for CBRN threat identification and emergency response.

corteProfessor Francesco Della Corte,
Francesco Della Corte is Full Professor of Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine at the University A. Avogadro in Novara, Italy. He graduated in 1979 in Rome and was appointed as Secretary of the European Society for Emergency Medicine from 1999 to 2006.

He is the Founder and Course Director of the European Master in Disaster Medicine hosted by the University of Novara and Brussels. He is the Chair of the Emergency Department at Maggiore Hospital, School of Medicine in Novara and Director of the Research Centre in Emergency and Disaster Medicine (CRIMEDIM).

He is author of 122 mostly high impact papers on PubMed. His fields of research are mainly on Emergency and Critical Care Medicine, with a special interest in education and training in Disaster Medicine.

ragazzoniDr. Luca Ragazzoni
Dr. Ragazzoni is currently Ph.D. student in Clinical Medicine and Research (Disaster Medicine) at CRIMEDIM. He participated in two humanitarian missions in Sri Lanka for UNDP (United Nations Development Program) in March and June 2008. He worked at the ‘Foyer Saint Camille’ Hospital in Port au Prince and was the Head of Mission of two humanitarian missions for the Italian NGO Rainbow in December 2011 in Senegal and in September 2012 in Burkina Faso.

Since 2013 he has been the coordinator of a research project in Uganda. He is a faculty member of the European Master in Disaster Medicine (EMDM) and Director of an Italian nationwide program in Disaster Medicine for medical students called DisasterSISM. He is also the Coordinator of a new pilot project in collaboration with MSF-Italy for enhancing the professionalisation of humanitarian sector involving residents in anesthesia and critical care medicine.