Francesca Sofia

 

Francesca Sofia is member elect of the European Regional Executive Committee of the International Bureau for Epilepsy (IBE) and member of the Board of Directors of the Italian Epilepsy Federation where she also holds the position of chief scientific officer.

Her background is in molecular biology with a specialization in bioethics and in economics and management of the biomedical sector. Throughout her professional life she has being working with research charities and institutions managing the process of funds assignment and research portfolio development on behalf of stakeholders, primarily patients.

In June 2011, her second child, then 20 months old, was found to be affected by epilepsy and, eventually, reluctant to medications. This life-changing event initiated her interest in collaborating with patient associations nationally and internationally and led her to became an epilepsy advocate.

 

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