On February 14th, Antonio Giordano, M.D., Ph.D., founder and president of the Sbarro Health Research Organization and director of the Sbarro Institute for Cancer Research and Molecular Medicine located at Temple University,received the 2007 Saint Valentine Prize in Terni, Italy, the home of St. Valentine. The prize honors humanitarian contributions in everything from medicine to peace in the Middle East. Past winners have included Mikhail Gorbachev, Mother Teresa, and Yitzhak Rabin.
Dr. Antonio Giordano
Dr. Giordano is an internationally recognized expert on the genetics of cancer. As the discoverer of the tumor suppressor gene rb2/p130, Dr. Giordano has published over 200 papers in cancer research. As president of SHRO, he runs basic research laboratories both here and in Siena, Italy.
In the summer of 2006, he founded the Human Health Foundation (HHF), a nonprofit group based in Umbria, Italy, that will fund labs across Europe.
His efforts to promote basic medical research and to train young scientists from around the world have been profiled in Philadelphia Magazine, The Philadelphia Business Journal and The Scientist Magazine.
At age 44, Dr. Giordano is a dynamic businessman and scientist who is passionately committed to expanding basic research and biotechnology in the Philadelphia region and abroad. He frequently appears on Italian television to speak about important health issues and the vital need for better basic science communications. He lives with his wife, Dr. Mina Massaro- Giordano, an assistant professor of ophthalmology at Penn's Scheie Eye Institute, and their three children in Radnor, Pa.