Dr. Leonardo Emberti Gialloreti was a guest speaker at the symposium and we had the opportunity to interview him after the Symposium. He graduated in Medicine and Surgery at the Catholic University of Rome and specialized in Hygiene and Preventive Medicine at the University of Rome “Tor Vergata”. He then acquired a P.h.D. in Microbiology and Epidemiology from the University of Rome La Sapienza. Prof. Gialloreti has carried out his activity in Albania, Egypt, Mozambique, Burundi, and Guinea-Bissau, among others. In 2001 he was selected by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to carry out missions as an expert project leader. Since 1992, he has collaborated with the research and teaching activities of the Department of Public Health of the University of Rome Tor Vergata. From 2004 he is a university researcher on General and Applied Hygiene at the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery of the University of Rome Tor Vergata, Department of Biomedicine and Prevention.
Which major activities did you involve yourself in Africa?
The reason for going to Africa was to focus on cholera, because such disease emerged in countries like Mozambique, Burundi, and Guinea-Bissau. Various policies and initiatives had to be put into place in order to fight it.
It was alleged Ebola was manufactured in the laboratory. Is that true?
Ebola was not developed in the laboratory. Ebola viruses were first described after outbreaks of Ebola virus disease in southern Sudan in June 1976 and in Zaire in August 1976. The name Ebola virus is derived from the Ebola River in Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo), the location of the 1976 outbreak, and the taxonomic suffix – virus (denoting a viral genus). This genus was introduced in 1998 as the “Ebola-like viruses”. In 2002, the name was changed to Ebola virus and in 2010, the genus was emended. Ebola is infected in bats and apes.
What is your recent research?
My current research is on Iraq thus, developing a health monitoring system in the challenging environment of Iraq. Health Monitoring Systems is to provide Public Health officials with the tools that enhance their ability to safeguard the health of the communities they serve. It deals with Community Health Surveillance service; EpiCenter analyzes healthcare data in real time using a software as a service approach.
How do you see Global Governance and its future?
Global Governance provides a lot of opportunities and knowledge to its students because it’s an interdisciplinary course which focuses on different aspects and it allows students to know the contemporary world. The future of Global Governance is very bright because lots and lots of quality people will come from it.
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