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Filippo Drago
(born 5 December 1954 in Enna, Italy) is an Italian neurologist and psychiatrist.[2]

He is a Professor of Pharmacology at the University of Catania, Italy.[1]

Filippo Drago has several patents in the field of pharmacology and is author of more than 100 papers published in peer-reviewed journals.[3][4]

Additionally, Filippo Drago is a certified Italian freelance journalist.[5]

In June 2019, he was temporarily suspended as Professor following a judicial inquiry for rigged public competitions at the University of Catania.[6]

Career

Filippo Drago obtained his medical degree in 1978 at the University of Catania, Italy, and obtained a PhD in Pharmacology in 1982 at the University of Utrecht, in the Netherlands, working with David de Wied.[2]

Afterwards, he worked at the University of Szeged in Hungary, the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, and the Department of Psychiatry of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA.[1]

From 2004 to 2010, he was a member of the Scientific Board of the Italian public agency for drug evaluation, the “Agenzia Italiana del Farmaco” (AIFA).[2][7]. In 2012, he was also appointed as a member of the board for pricing and reimbursement of the same agency.[8]

At the University of Catania, he was, among other roles, the Director of the International PhD Program in Neuropharmacology (2002–2013) and he is the coordinator of the master’s degree in drug regulatory affairs.[9][1] He is also a Professor of Pharmacology and, since 2014, the Director of the Department of Biomedical and Biotechnological Sciences.[1]

From 2012 to 2014, Drago was President of the Federation of European Pharmacological Societies (EPHAR).[2] He is currently the President of the Italian branch of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), IT-ARVO, and the Association for Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics (AOPT), an organization that welcomes members from disciplines related to ocular pharmacology and its therapeutic applications.[10][11]

In June 2019, as part of the “Università Bandita” investigation conducted by the Catania Public Prosecutor’s Office, he – together with other eight professors and the Dean of the University of Catania – was investigated for having rigged the outcome of public competitions for the assignment of positions within the University of Catania. As a result, he has been temporarily suspended from his role as Professor, pending the outcome of the judicial proceedings.[12]

Awards[edit]

In 2014, Drago was awarded the Order for the International Merit of Blood by the International Federation of Blood Donor Organizations.[13] In the same year, he was also awarded the “ARVO Silver Fellow”, an honour conferred to ARVO members for their “for their individual accomplishments, leadership and contributions to the Association”.[14][15]

In 2014, Drago was among the recipients of the “Rodolfo Paoletti Medal”, which was established to “honour distinguished pharmacologists who have achieved merits for the discipline of pharmacology in Europe”.[16]

Personal life

Filippo Drago is married and has four children.[1]

References

  1. Jump up to:a b c d e f g h i j k “Filippo Drago” (in Italian). University of CataniaArchived from the original on 9 June 2019. Retrieved 8 August 2015.
  2. Jump up to:a b c d e “EPHAR Executive Committee”. EPHAR. Archived from the original on 8 September 2015. Retrieved 8 September2015.
  3. ^ “Filippo Drago”. Scopus. Retrieved 9 June 2019.
  4. ^ “Filippo Drago Inventions, Patents and Patent Applications”Justia PatentsArchived from the original on 9 June 2019. Retrieved 9 June 2019.
  5. ^ “Ordine dei giornalisti” (PDF). Ordine dei Giornalisti – Consiglio Nazionale. Archived (PDF) from the original on 26 May 2018. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
  6. ^ “Concorsi truccati, sospeso Rettore a Catania, 40 prof indagati. I NOMI”RagusaNews (in Italian). 28 June 2019. Archivedfrom the original on 1 July 2019. Retrieved 1 July 2019.
  7. ^ “Composizione di strutture operanti in seno all’Agenzia Italiana del Farmaco (AIFA)” (PDF)Bollettino SIFO (in Italian). 5: 276–277. 2014. doi:10.1704/83.898. Retrieved 8 September 2015.
  8. ^ “Aifa. Definiti i componenti regionali della Cts e del Cpr” (in Italian). Quotidianosanita.it. 20 April 2012. Archived from the original on 9 June 2019. Retrieved 8 August 2015.
  9. ^ “Master in Discipline Regolatorie del Farmaco” (in Italian). University of CataniaArchived from the original on 9 June 2019. Retrieved 8 September 2015.
  10. ^ “The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology- Italian Chapter Affiliate”ARVO.org. Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. Archived from the original on 10 June 2019. Retrieved 10 June 2019.
  11. ^ “Dr. Filippo Drago”AOPT.org. Association for Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics. Archived from the original on 10 June 2019. Retrieved 10 June 2019.
  12. ^ Natale, Bruno (28 June 2019). “Concorsi truccati all’Università, sospesi il rettore di Catania e 9 professori. Tra gli indagati anche l’ex procuratore D’Agata”la Repubblica (in Italian). Archivedfrom the original on 29 June 2019. Retrieved 1 July 2019.
  13. ^ “Order for International Merit of Blood” (in Italian). International Federation of Blood Donor Organizations. Archivedfrom the original on 9 June 2019. Retrieved 9 June 2019.
  14. ^ “2014 ARVO Fellows”ARVO.org (in Italian). The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. Archived from the original on 9 June 2019. Retrieved 9 June 2019.
  15. ^ “ARVO Fellows”ARVO.org (in Italian). The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. Archived from the original on 26 December 2018. Retrieved 9 June 2019.
  16. ^ “The Rodolfo Paoletti Medal”. The Federation of European Pharmacological Societies. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 9 June 2019.

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