The University of Palermo (UNIPA) The University of Palermo (UNIPA) was officially founded in 1806 from King Ferdinand of Borbone, and today it is an internationally acknowledged public research organization which covers almost all main fields of study fostering an interdisciplinary approach. Its internationalization strategy envisages 45 double-degree study courses and 8 courses as well as 262 study subjects delivered in English. It welcomes about 390 enrolled foreign students and 370 incoming ERASMUS students per year. It is active in 240 international cooperation agreements and has managed 1.538 student interinstitutional agreements from 2015 to 2017. The academic structures include: 16 Departments, 1 School of Medicine, 21 libraries, 3 decentralised premises (Agrigento, Trapani, Caltanissetta), the Museum System, the Language Centre, the Italian school for foreign students, the Guidance Centre.
Domenica Matranga is Associate Professor of Medical Statistics at the University of Palermo (Italy), since 2015. Nowadays, she is the Coordinator of the UNIPA Laboratory of the Centre of Healthcare Research & Pharmacoepidemiology. She is author of more than 90 publications, indexed on Scopus and ISI Web of Knowledge, and reviewer of more than 15 scientific journals. She is expert of statistical surveys, and her research interests are Bayesian modelling, efficiency and efficacy evaluation of Healthcare, socio-economic determinants of health, health inequalities and epidemiology of non-communicable diseases. She was speaker at several national and international statistical conferences and participated to National and European research projects. Currently, she also collaborates to the FORTHEM Project (Fostering Outreach within European Regions, Transnational Higher Education and Mobility, funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union) as leader of the UNIPA Laboratory for Resilience, Quality of Life and Climate Change.
Marco Enea, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Medical Statistics at the University of Palermo (UNIPA), since 2019. In the previous two years, he was Assistant Professor in Social Statistics. He is author of more than 70 publications and speaker at several national and international conferences. He has also participated to National and European research projects. He is interested in methods and models for health statistics and biostatistics with applications on liver-related diseases, covid-19 related diseases, and overcrowding at emergency departments; cost-effectiveness analysis of drugs; machine learning with applications in radiomics; bivariate models for the association between prognostic scores.
Walter Mazzucco (MD, PhD, MSc) Associate Professor of General and Applied Hygiene at the University of Palermo.
Voluntary Assistant Professor at University of Cincinnati College of Medicine (OH, USA).
MSc in Epidemiology and a PhD in Economy and Healthcare Management.
He serves as medical executive and epidemiologist at the Palermo University Hospital, both in the regional reference Laboratory for the SARS-CoV-2 surveillance and in the Palermo Province Cancer Registry.
He is member of the Technical Scientific Committee of the Italian National Health Institute. He is appointed delegate of Ministry of Health at the Italian national Committee for continuous medical education.
Paolo Li Donni
Paolo Li Donni, Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Palermo (Italy). He received his PhD in Economics from University of York and he was Honorary Research Fellow at City University (London, UK). His areas of specialization are public finance and health economics, while his research focuses on market failures and government intervention in insurance markets, and on the microeconometrics of healthcare delivery. He has contributed to several national and international research project on measuring cancer costs (funded by the Macmillan Cancer Support Project) and on perception of inequality (funded by the Charles Koch Foundation). He is authors of 25 journal articles and 1 book.
Laura Maniscalco has been a research fellow at the University of Palermo (Italy) since 2022. She holds a PhD in medical statistics and is the author of 27 publications indexed on Scopus and ISI Web of Knowledge. Her experience includes statistical surveys, additive Bayesian networks, logistic regressions with Firth’s penalty, structural equation modelling, socioeconomic health inequality, appropriateness of drugs and diagnostics exam prescriptions, and epidemiology of non-communicable diseases. Laura has spoken at several national and international statistical conferences and participated in national and European research projects. She is a member of the IRCSS “Bonino-Pulejo” Local Ethics Committee of Messina (Italy).