IRCCS SDN – Research Institute
Prof. Marco Salvatore
The SDN Institute is a multi-specialist institute that has been operating for over 40 years in the fields of laboratory and diagnostic imaging.
The primary objective of IRCCS SDN is to satisfy, with professionalism and high-quality service, the entire diagnostic process of the patient guaranteeing constant but discreet assistance and providing a technologically advanced environment, which is constantly integrated and updated.
Besides the clinical care activities, SDN carries scientific research and dissemination activities in the field of in vivo and in vitro diagnostics, focused on the application and integration of diagnostic methods in preclinical and clinical mainly in oncological, cardiovascular, neurological and metabolic-functional diseases.
This activity was recognized by the Ministry of Health by a decree dated 11 January 2007 that, in 2014 first and in 2016 then, has confirmed to the Institute the qualification of SDN Institute for Hospitalization and Health Care (IRCCS) for ” Integrated Diagnostics for Imaging and Laboratory” discipline.
The IRCCS qualification provides that, in addition to excellence in the clinical care activity, there is a strong commitment to translational research activities in all areas of diagnostics. The aim is to provide the National Health Service data and guidelines in order to make them more effective and innovative tools and procedures for the diagnosis and follow-up.
All the facilities and related equipment are at the disposal of healthcare activities as well as those for scientific research. Their number and their quality allow for experimentation and carrying out of research projects with highly innovative content and attract the interest of public and private entities. The concentration of such technologies and expertise allow the SDN Institute to excel in the field of integrated diagnostics and to attract many patients from all over central and southern Italy.
The SDN Institute is constantly striving to enhance the quality of procedures and, therefore, voluntarily submits to external audits of its standards by national (quality management system “ISO 9001”) and international organizations (Joint Commission International, European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS) and European Board of Nuclear Medicine (EBNM)).
To supporting research activity, highly innovative core facilities are operating also partly open to external users:
- Imaging Processing Centre NAPLAB
- Laboratory of Statistics and Bioinformatics
- Nanotechnology laboratory
- Biobank, part of BBMRI (Biobanking and BioMolecular Resources Research Infrastructure) for the establishment of an Expert Center, ATMA-CE, a technological Hub as Expert Center to Accelerate Clinical Research, focussed on radiomics and validation of imaging biomarkers.
For the implementation of experimental research and clinical programs, the SDN Institute has for many years, developed formal and informal agreements with universities, IRCCS, public and private, national and international, institutions and organizations, to encourage scientific cooperation in the fields related to its research activities, for example, to exchange researchers and share research of mutual interest.
The Institute also participates actively in the following programs: European Institute for Biomedical Imaging Research, EuroBioImaging – a large-scale infrastructure project of pan-European research of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructure (ESFRI), ADNI – Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative, KIC Innostar, Italian node for “Healthy living and active aging”; EATRIS – European Advanced Translational Research Infrastructure in Medicine, BBMRI – Biobanking and BioMolecular Resources Research Infrastructure, research infrastructure involving biobanks and biological resource centers – European Expert Center (ATMA) and Network promoted by the Ministry of Health.
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