The Telethon Institute of Genetics and Medicine (TIGEM), a Telethon Foundation organization, was founded in 1994 as a leading Italian research center. Located in Pozzuoli, Italy, just a few kilometers away from Naples, its new facility hosts over 200 staff members, including 14 research groups dedicated to understanding the molecular mechanisms behind rare genetics diseases. These diseases, often overlooked by pharmaceutical industries, are most common in children and adolescents. TIGEM's sole purpose is to provide the scientific basis for the development of treatments.
The Institute boasts three research programs, Cell Biology, Molecular Therapy and Systems Biology, 10 core facilities and significant international support in the form of funding and collaboration opportunities. Additionally, TIGEM recognizes that the importance of scientific research lies in the hands of young scientists who strive to help others with their work. Given that patients rely on the advancement of research and the legacy that it carries, TIGEM offers two PhD programs for talented students who wish to pursue a career in research and education.