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Franco M Buonaguro

Franco M Buonaguro

Franco M Buonaguro
Director, Department Molecular Biology and Viral Oncology
National Cancer Institute, Italy


Franco M Buonaguro born in 1952 in SantrsquoAgata dei Goti. Benevento  has been interested since his years at the Medical School on cell differentiation and transformation with several agents such as chemical physical and biological agents Since 1983 his activity has been focused on the role of viral agents in human cancers in particular on the role of DNA viruses such us Herpesvirus HCMV HHV8 EBV and Papillomavirus HPV in the etiopathogenesis of Kaposi sarcoma KS and in genital cancers respectively l Several studies have been performed also on HIV/AIDS and more recently an HIV Vaccine Program has been established. Dr. Buonaguro is Director of the Mol Biology and Viral Oncology Unit at the Natl Cancer Institute Fond Pascale NapoliItaly.  He graduated cum laude in 1977 at the Federico  Medical School in Naples Italy where achieved the specialty in Endocrinology in 1982 and the Specialty in Microbiology and Virology in 1992 After a postdoctoral fellowship at the Department of Cell Biology Argonne National Laboratory Argonne IL USA 197981 a WHO Fellowship and research associate position at the Tumor Biology Program Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Seattle WA USA 198386 he became an assistant member of the Experimental Oncology , Viral Oncology at Natl Cancer Institute in Naples.  He was promoted associate member in 1991 and became full member in 2001.  Dr. Buonaguro dedicated a lot of energy for DevelopingCountries  needs in particular he has been involved in a large International Programs on AIDS Research in Uganda one of the Countries most heavily hit by the epidemic developing and coordinating the ICSC World Lab East Africa AIDS Research Center at the Uganda Virus Research Institute UVRI Entebbe of which he has been co- Director since 1995 and Director since April 2001.  He is member of the World Federation of Scientists since 1997 has served as WHO virology consultant in 1996 and 2003 Member of WHO/ UNAIDS Network for HIV isolation and Characterization since 1996. He is a member of WHO HPV DNA International Collaborative Study Group since 2002; member of the PanEuropean HPV Immunology Group 2008. Dr. Buonaguro is Editor in chief of Infectious Agents and Cancer Managing Editor of Frontiers in Bioscience and Editorial Board Member of the Chinese Journal of Medicine. 

Research Interest

Cancer research