The Institute

The Telethon Institute of Genetics and Medicine (TIGEM) was created in 1994 by the Telethon Foundation, one of Italy’s major non-profit organizations, to promote the advancement of research aimed at the diagnosis, prevention and cure of human genetic diseases. TIGEM's mission is to understand the mechanisms of genetic diseases and to develop therapeutic and preventive strategies. Our research portfolio is developed into three strategic programmes: cell biology of genetic diseases, systems biology and functional genomics, and molecular therapy. Research approaches include molecular genetics, cell biology, protein biochemistry,  bioinformatics, functional genomics, systems biology and gene therapy.

Since its foundation, TIGEM has become an international reference centre for research on genetic diseases. The Institute currently hosts 15 independent research groups with some 200 members including graduate students, postdoctoral fellows,  technicians and administration. TIGEM laboratories are part of a science and technology research area, which also includes the CNR's Institutes of Genetics and Biophysics (IGB) and of Protein Biochemistry (IBP).

TIGEM provides a favourable and productive environment to its staff, students, and visiting scientists for the development of a critical mass for genetic research. Scientists at TIGEM are assisted by Core Facilities that provide centralized expertise and state-of the-art technologies for several activities. The Institute also offers graduate programmes in human and medical genetics, computational biology and bioinformatics, and molecular medicine in cooperation with the Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, the Seconda Università degli Studi di Napoli, and the British Open University.

TIGEM's structural and research costs are covered by funding from the Telethon Foundation and the local government "Regione Campania". Investigators are also funded by prestigious international funding agencies such as the European Union, the National Institute of Health, the European Molecular Biology Foundation (EMBO) and the Wellcome Trust, among others. Through the years, the Institute has played a leading role in EU funded research and has been part of many EU funded consortia. At the moment, TIGEM has been awarded an advanced (CLEAR) and three starting (RetGenTx, Allelehocker and IEMTx) European Research Council (ERC) grant as well as two Marie Curie Actions for the promotion and career development of young investigators (EyeTN and .BLASTED2).

TIGEM Quick Facts

TIGEM Quick Facts

A spotlight on the TIGEM community, research programmes and projects under study, major scientific achievements, funding   More…

Management

Management

The Scientific Director oversees and establishes all of the research activities at TIGEM and is responsible  More…

Scientific Office

Scientific Office

The Scientific Office (SO) provides support to TIGEM’s Director to maintain a research environment that fosters innovation, collaboration, and scientific achievement  More…

Scientific Advisory Board

Scientific Advisory Board

The Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) is composed of international experts in the field of genetic diseases  More…

Tigem USA Outpost Lab

Tigem USA Outpost Lab

Through a formal agreement between the Texas Children Hospital and the Baylor College of Medicine  More…

Location

Location

The new facility, located in Pozzuoli, a town close to Naples, is located in the former “Comprensorio Olivetti” factory  More…

Institutional Brochures

Institutional Brochures

Download the TIGEM Institutional Brochures for a general overview of the Institute's mission, research and training activities  More…

TeleThon Website

TeleThon Website

External Link to the official site of the Italian TeleThon Foundation, one of Italy's major non-profit organizations  More…

Contacts

Contacts

Telethon Institute of Genetics and Medicine (TIGEM) Via Campi Flegrei, 31 Pozzuoli (NA) 80078  More…

Research in Naples

Research in Naples

Naples hosts the largest concentration of academic and research institutes in Southern Italy. The Campania region  More…