The Italian Cochrane Centre (now Cochrane Italy) was established in 1994 by Alessandro Liberati with the aim of promoting in Italy, and in southern European countries, the activities of Cochrane. Alessandro died on 1st January 2012, at the age of 57. Here how Cochrane remembers him:
Cochrane Italy, since its foundation, has operated within the Institute of Pharmacological Research Mario Negri Institute in Milan; they shared the scientific objectives and the commitment to a medicine in the service of patients and citizens. From 2012, the activities of Cochrane Italy are mainly carried out within the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia.
Cochrane Italy adheres to the general aims of Cochrane and, along with the other centers around the world, hosted in prestigious universities and international research institutes, works to promote Cochrane activities. In this context, Cochrane Italy provides methodological support to Italian researchers and healthcare professionals who work at the Cochrane international groups.
In addition to this mission, common to all Cochrane centers, Cochrane Italy is particularly interested in the training of reviewers and in the methodology that allows decision-makers in healthcare to use the best available evidence. In this sense, Cochrane activities in Italy have resulted in partnerships with local authorities and regional and national agencies, responsible for promoting innovation and the quality of care in the national health system.