WG Sarcoma

Working Group

Every year in Italy between 3,000 and 3,500 new cases of sarcoma are diagnosed. Sarcoma is a highly aggressive form of cancer with a strong tendency to develop metastases which require invasive procedures that are likely to have a negative impact on the Patient’s quality of life.  Sarcoma accounts for approximately 2% of all cancers, a percentage that tends to increase in the child or young adult population, where it can reach 15%.

Researchers and doctors from the main Italian Institutes for Cancer Patient Care and Research (IRCCS) with specific expertise, together with the Italian Sarcoma Group, are working on the research project of the Sarcoma WG, coordinated by Katia Scotlandi from the Rizzoli Orthopedic Institute in Bologna, an ACC associated institute, to design and activate clinical trials all over Italy. The WG is working towards creating tools that will enable all hospitals throughout the Country to provide an extremely precise diagnosis and, as a consequence, an even more appropriate treatment than what is being delivered today. As regards innovative therapies, which can be identified through the genetic characterization of the pathology, a special oncochip has been used to accurately and precisely detect known and unknown gene fusion products. The use of Next Generation Sequencing (NGS), albeit complex, provides easy-to-read data that is also available for pathological anatomy for routine diagnosis.


The ACC WG provides researchers, from different institutes all over Italy, with a unique and precious opportunity to work together in a team to transfer the findings observed during research in the laboratory to the clinical setting, new knowledge that can be applied in the selection of more effective treatments with far less toxicity.


  • Secretary (of the Executive Board): Katia Scotlandi - IOR BOLOGNA
  • Head of Pre-Clinical Operations: Roberta Maestro - CRO AVIANO
  • Head of Clinical Operations: Piero Picci - ISG BOLOGNA

Pre Clinici
Roberta Maestro – CRO AVIANO | Katia Scotlandi, Massimo Serra – IOR BOLOGNA | Elena Tamborini – INT MILANO | Antonella Brunello, Maria Caterina Montesco – IOV PADOVA | Ymera Pignochino – IRCC CANDIOLO | Rita Falcioni – IRE ROMA | Maria Vincenza Carriero – PASCALE NAPOLI | Toni Ibrahim – IRST MELDOLA | Biagio De Angelis, Rossella Rota – OPBG ROMA | Marco Gessi – IRCCS GEMELLI ROMA

Piero Picci – IOR BOLOGNA | M.Gabriella Ferrandina – IRCCS GEMELLI ROMA