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Dr. Maria Novella LUCIANI
Office 2, Director
General Directorate for Healthcare and Innovation Research
Ministry of Health
Via Ribotta 5
Rome, Italy

Dr. M. Novella Luciani got her Master Degree in Biology in 1991 at La Sapienza University of Rome, and worked as researcher in ENEA-CRE, Casaccia, Rome, studying the role of melatonin in immune response regulation. From 1992 to 1993 she worked as biologist in the Bracciano Hospital clinical laboratory.
In 1993 Dr Luciani joined the Legal Office of the Chamber of Deputies as scientific consultant for regulation on health impact assessment. In 1995 she got the degree of Training for Legal Advisors, School of Legislation, Institute for Documentation and Legal Studies “Mario D’Antonio” and in 1996 she became the coordinator of the Legal Office of the Chamber of Deputies.
Since 2001 she has been working at Ministry of Health as manager in various positions as follows:
- Scientific Secretary of the Minister of Health, Dr Girolamo Sirchia (2001-2004).
- Planning and Control Office (2004)
- Department of Prevention – General Affairs Office (2004-2008)
- Ministry of Health Cabinet (2004-2011)
- General Directorate for Healthcare and Innovation Research (2011 – present)

As Director of Office 4 in the General Directorate for Healthcare and Innovation Research (2011-2016), her major responsabilities concerned: 1) renewal of procedures for call for proposals, selection process and funding of “Ricerca Finalizzata” MoH grants, in agreement with competitive international standards; 2) organization of States General on Health Research, focused on highlighting the realities of the world of health research, debating current critical aspects, and exploring its full potential; 3) coordination of the Fast Track Procedure for Clinical Independent Research in collaboration with AIFA. Since 2016, as Director of Office 2 she has been responsible for 1) the reorganization of IRCCS (Institutes for Treatment and Health Research) network in the field of health clinical and translational research; and 2) studying a novel role for healthcare researchers in the National Healthcare System (SSN).