Matilde Leonardi is a neurologist, paediatrician, child neurologist. Head of the Neurology, Public health and Disability Unit, and Scientific Director of the Coma Research Centre. at the Carlo Besta Neurological Institute in Milan. WHO staff member in Geneva from 1991 to 1995, she has been cooperating with WHO as an expert in several areas ever since. She is a member of the WHO-FIC (Family of International Classificatios) Functioning and Disability Reference Group and EBC - WHO Liaison. With her Unit, she has been involved as coordinator or partner in several research projects at European and national level on neurological burden, ageing, disorders of consciousness and public health impact of DIS-AGE (Disability and Ageing). She has a deep interest in the translational facets of scientific research and the effects of research on health and disability. She is an expert for the European Commission (DG Research and DG Employment and Disability) on public health, disability and neurosciences and a consultant for the Italian Ministries of Health and Welfare. A member of several International Scientific Organizations in the fields of Neurology and Rehabilitation, she is the author of several papers in the fields of neurology, disability, child neurology and public health. She is a professor of Neurology, Disability and Public Health and co-chair of the Master of Science in Disability Management at the Catholic University of Milan. She is President of the National Observatory of application of UN Convention of People with Disability in Italy and Director of the Italian WHO Collaborating Centre Research Branch-Besta.
Biography Updated on 7 October 2011