Contact info: Dr. Roberta Annicchiarico, Dr. Alessia Federici
Fondazione Santa Lucia is a hospital (Rome, Italy) for the neuro-motor rehabilitation of patients. Medical research has been a fundamental part of the institutional activities, in addition to the clinical practice, since the foundation. On 7th August 1992, Santa Lucia Institute was recognized as «Istituto di Ricovero e Cura a Carattere Scientifico» (Scientific Institute for Research, Hospitalisation and Health Care) by the Italian Government. IRCCS Santa Lucia established itself within the national and international network of scientific institutes. In particular, research is carried out on neurolesions and their motor and cognitive consequences; the results of this work provides a large number of papers, published by Italian and international journals. As regards clinical practice, a new university department has been established, functionally linked to clinical research laboratories in the neurological and euro-rehabilitative area.
Clinical activities include: 320 places for in-patients used in the treatment of an average of 2000 patients/year; 500 outpatients/day treated in ambulatory setting or day-hospital. Santa Lucia organizes teaching activity, both on the level of theoretical teaching and practical and professional training. The areas involved include medical and psychological university schools and courses for nurses, rehabilitation therapists and speech therapists. Some schools carry out their entire activity within the institute. For many years Santa Lucia Institute has been establishing formal and informal agreements of cooperation with university departments, IRCCS and research institutes. From the end of 2004, a new site houses the pre-clinical research laboratories of Santa Lucia as well as the «European Brain Research Institute» (EBRI) (http://www.ebri.it/), President Professor Rita Levi Montalcini (Medicine Nobel Prize winner for discovery of Nerve Growth Factor).