What is the DTI

The Dulbecco Telethon Institute (DTI) was founded in 1999 after Prof. Renato Dulbecco (Nobel prize Winner 1975, Honorary President of the Telethon Scientific Committee) donated his fee for participating in the San Remo Music Festival to Telethon.

It is a program of personal awards granted to independent researchers who wish to pursue topics relevant to human genetic diseases, hosted by Italian non-profit research. The program was conceived to favor the career of young talented scientists, to infuse new creative energy into the Italian scientific community and to advocate a meritocratic system of selection and control.

At present, the DTI is made up of 10 Principal Investigators (PIs) and more than 60 laboratory members. The PIs are recognized leaders in the field of developmental biology, epigenetics, structural or computational biology, mitochondrial, neurodegenerative, neuromuscular and kidney diseases and regenerative medicine applied to genetic diseases. As a result, the DTI is a multidisciplinary reservoir of original and state-of-the-art knowledge.

The DTI positions are awarded through a competitive call and a rigorous revision process by the Telethon Scientific Committee. Each DTI scientist discusses his/her project and is evaluated according to peer review criteria.

The initial 5-year award may be renewed once upon promotion to a higher career level through a peer reviewed evaluation process.