IRCCS Istituto Centro San Giovanni di Dio Fatebenefratelli, Brescia
Saint John of God Clinical Research Centre - Brescia


The IRCCS (Istituto di Ricovero e Cura a Carattere Scientifico) St. John of God Clinical Research Center, Brescia, Italy, also commonly known as the Fatebenefratelli, meaning "Do-Good Brothers" in Italian, as the Brothers Hospitallers of the Order are called, is a national Centre for Research and Care for Mental Disorders. The Institute has existed for 120 years; in 1996 it was appointed as a Scientific Institute. The Center carries out extensive research activities in the field of neuroscience and has been funded by the Italian Ministry of Health. It is a leading center in the research and the care of mental and cognitive disorders, and has strong connections with leading academic centers worldwide. With 244 beds for inpatient care and an intense outpatient activity, about 4,500 persons with Alzheimer’s disease or associated disorders and 2,000 with mental disorders are treated yearly. Research is the primary function of the Institute and that is undertaken within several units that contribute to the Institute's research output.

More than 50 full-time researchers work in preclinical and clinical labs and produce a number of papers published in peer reviewed journals (on average 95 publications for year in the last five years with an impact factor of 380 per year). The Institute has a long experience in the coordination of and participation to international multi-centre research projects. Experimental work is closely linked with care and that is why, while staying at the Center, a User may be contacted and invited to participate in a scientific project, of course always subject to informed consent. Research programmes are an essential activity in the field of care because they make it possible to discover new cures and treatments in the interests of the User and, more generally speaking, of the whole community.

The Institute has an active role in teaching at the Università di Brescia and the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. As a result, research units also provide unique training opportunities for students.