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 suitable Italian institutions. 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 includes 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 PIs funding is renewed every five years for a maximum of ten years through a competitive call and a rigorous revision process. Each DTI scientist discusses her/his projects and is evaluated according to peer review criteria. The final decision is taken during the plenary meeting, where the projects are discussed singularly and only the best ones are selected for funding.