Michelangelo Iannone new Extraordinary Commissioner of Arpacal


By John

Michelangelo Iannone has been appointed Extraordinary Commissioner of Arpacal, in which he held the role of scientific director. The appointment of Iannone takes over from that of Emilio Errigo, whose mandate expired last September 30th and responds to the need to implement the Agency’s tasks. The Extraordinary Commissioner will have the task of leading the agency until April 2024, until the tender procedures to identify the General Director have been completed, guaranteeing technical and administrative continuity.

Born in 1960, Iannone obtained a degree in Medicine and Surgery from the “Federico II” University of Naples in 1986. He was the holder of numerous scholarships obtained from both public and private institutions. He is a researcher at the National Research Council, where he held the role of Head of Office of the Institute of Neurological Sciences and the Institute for Research and Innovation in Biomedicine. He carried out research experience abroad at “Kings College” in London where he studied the neurotoxic effects of environmental pollutants. His university teaching activity, in the field of Toxicology, Pharmacology and Anatomy, took place first at the University of Calabria and then at the Magna Græcia University of Catanzaro, where he holds ARPACAL Regional Agency for the Protection of Environment of Calabria currently the role of Contract Professor. He was also a lecturer in the Level II Master’s Degree in “Economics of sustainable development” and in particular in the “Role of local public administrations for the environment” of the Faculty of Law of the same University. He is the author of numerous publications in the field of pharmacology, toxicology and on various environmental topics, such as the effects of antibiotics on ecosystems, neurological pathologies linked to the use of pesticides and the effect of noisy environments on the human nervous system. His scientific research activity, for which he received the commendation of the President of the National Research Council, was carried out in collaboration with Italian (CNR, Ministry of Research) and foreign (University of London, GB ; Saint Louis University, USA). He was a member of the environmental epidemiological assessment group of the Crotone area on behalf of the President of the National Research Council. In the Environmental Protection Agency of Calabria, where he currently holds the role of Scientific Director, he was a fixed-term manager in the Regional Environmental Epidemiology Centre, dealing with the epidemiological study of the effects of pollution on the population residing in various municipalities of the Calabria. Upon appointment by ISPRA he is part, as an expert, of the national working group “Correct management and disposal of antibiotics and contaminated materials”.