Ivo de Carneri (Cles, TN 1927- Milano 1993)
Chair of Parasitology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Pavia.
After graduating in Chemistry from the Collegio Borromeo at the University of Pavia in 1950, Ivo de Carneri started working at the Carlo Erba Therapeutic Research Institute in Milan, where he subsequently held the position of Director of Microbiological Research. While working at Carlo Erba, he collaborated with the Tropen Institute of Hamburg and the National Institute of Medical Research at Mill Hill, UK.
His academic career began in 1954 when he was appointed Associate Professor of the Institute of Hygiene at the University of Pavia Faculty of Medicine. By 1959, he had been appointed Full Professor and by then he was teaching parasitology in the Faculties of Medicine and Science at the University of Pavia as well as in other Italian universities.
In 1960 he attended the first course in Tropical Medicine at the Instituto de Medicina Tropical de Sao Paulo, Brazil, where he also worked in the laboratory of Professor Samuel Pessoa. This experience greatly influenced his interest in the importance of field-based observations and the social impact of parasitic diseases.
Between 1960 and 1963 he worked as a consultant for the Ministry of Health in Alto Xingù (Mato Grosso, Brazil) where he studied cutaneous leishmaniasis amongst the Waurà Indians and identified certain strains in the northern parts of Mato Grosso. Throughout his prolific scientific career, Ivo de Carneri produced over 300 publications on protozoology, helminthology and chemotherapy. He is the author of the widely recognized Italian textbook Parassitologia Generale e Umana, now in its 13th edition. He also produced various prize-winning parasitology-related films that are still used for teaching parasitology in Italy.
He worked as a consultant for the World Health Organization’s program for the control of intestinal parasitic infections in children, particularly in Latin America and Africa.