Our Mission

The Ministry of Health has explicitly identified rehabilitation as the primary mission of IRCCS, with focused attention on drug treatment and medication. As for all the national IRCCSs, research activity must be addressed to those issues which might have immediate clinical effect. This institutional task goes along with the moral Catholic inspiration of Fatebenefratelli hospitals.
Patients suffering from Alzheimer are invariably affected not only by weakened cognitive state, but also physical, familial, social, and often economic poor conditions. Therefore, efforts must be directed to the whole Person and not to mere atomic aspects of the disease. Since the beginning, the centrality of the person’s disease has been the cornerstone on which the Alzheimer Centre has been building all its clinical and scientific activities. This is witnessed by a broad spectrum of scientific production, ranging from the genetics and neurobiology fields, to the more purely clinical, psychological and care-giving outputs.
When in 1991 the Alzheimer Centre was born, only a few physicians were committed to the care of people affected by Alzheimer’s and even less to the research. With increasing social awareness and public funding, a number of neurological and geriatric centres begun to deal with Alzheimer’s, often with very good results, particularly on the research side. However, what we believe still characterize the Alzheimer’s Centre is the global approach to the Sick – Person, so that the disease is not understood on the sole basis of magnetic resonance imaging of the brain, neurobiological examinations, neuropsychological tests, or other more or less sophisticated surveys, but from the integration of all this information by an sensitive, educated and careful eye.