Prof. Giovanni Romeo is a medical geneticist with a wide international research experience documented by his leadership role during the past 30 years in different Institutions, namely in Genova (Medical School and Istituto G. Gaslini), Lyon (International agency for Research on Cancer) and in Bologna (University of Bologna Medical School). His major reaserch interests focus on Hirschsprung disease, RET protooncogene, consanguinity studies and genetic epidemiology, mtDNA mutations in cancer. He has published 388 papers in peer-reviewed international journals.
He is the Director of the European School of Genetic Medicine devoted to the advanced training in genetics and genomics of young geneticists and health professionals from Europe and elsewhere in the world, in particular graduates from the Southern rim of the Mediterranean and the Middle East. The School, started in 1988 in collaboration with the late Victor McKusick, has been attended in the past 30 years by more than 7000 students.
In 1992 he became the first democratically elected President of the European Society of Human Genetics (ESHG). He was awarded the European Society of Human Genetics Educational Award in 2005 and the Arno Motulsky-Barton Child Award for Excellence in Human Genetics Education in 2011 by the American Society of Human Genetics.
He developed, during the last 20 years, several research and training projects in collaboration with Middle East countries where he is now transferring some courses of the European School of Genetic Medicine.