Who Is Involved in the Study?

The study has been organized and will be completed and published by the Ramazzini Institute alongside other independent institutions in Europe and the United States.

Dr Fiorella Belpoggi: Director of the Study

“Whatever the outcome of the study,” Belpoggi says, “IARC, EFSA and the EPA will have solid independent results on which to base a proper risk assessment.”

Fiorella Belpoggi, PhD, FIATP, is the Director and Chief of Pathology of the Cesare Maltoni Cancer Research Centre of the Ramazzini Institute (Bentivoglio, Italy), where she has been working since 1981. She founded the RI Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) test site, to conduct regulatory studies according to EU/REACH chemical regulations, following international standard protocols, set by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

Over the past five years Dr.Belpoggi has also been invited as an expert to meetings on the evaluation and safety of chemicals at the European Parliament in Brussels, at the EU DG-Sanco in Brussels, at the World Health Organization (WHO). She has also been invited as an expert for the development and validation of endocrine disrupting chemicals testing, organized by the European Commission in Brussels.

Dr Belpoggi holds a degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Bologna, Italy (1975); she completed a three-year postgraduate training at the Institute of Human Pathological Anatomy and Histology of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Bologna, Italy (1976-1980), which qualified her to enter the Italian National Register of Doctors in Biological Sciences. As a Visiting Scientist she also completed post-doctoral studies on the classification of human lymphomas/leukemias at the Pathology Institute of Kiel, Germany (1980), and on the relation between cervical cancer and papilloma virus in women at the International Agency for Research on Cancer in Lyon, France (1987). In 1992 she was nominated as a Fellow of the Collegium Ramazzini and currently serves as a member of the Executive Council.

Dr Belpoggi has authored more than 100 publications and she served as lecturer of Industrial and Environmental Carcinogenesis at the University of Turin, Bologna and Urbino in Italy. She represented the Ramazzini Institute on the Faculty Council of Veterinary Sciences at the University of Padua, Italy and manages the Institute’s institutional relationship with the U.S. National Toxicology Program of the NIEHS, USA. Dr Belpoggi was the 2007 recipient of the Ramazzini Award, conferred each year by the Mayor of Carpi, Italy to scientists deemed by the Collegium Ramazzini to have made outstanding contributions to furthering the aims of Bernardino Ramazzini in safeguarding public health. Dr Belpoggi was selected for different honors in Italy in recognition for her work in defense of environmental and occupational health. She is a Fellow of the International Academy of Toxicologic Pathology.