novaraThe Università del Piemonte Orientale (in short, UPO) is a young and dynamic university located in Novara, Italy, at a short distance from both Milan and Torino. Established in 1998, UPO has created an extensive network that includes many top universities and world-famous research centres. In 2013, UPO has been ranked as the second best Italian University for biomedical research, and as the first among state-run Medical Schools (VIA-Academy, 2013). UPO has considerable experience in presenting and managing European research projects.

The Public Health Unit coordinated by prof. Faggiano is based at UPO's Department of Translational Medicine. The Department has extensive knowledge and expertise in the field of prevention of risky behaviours in adolescents, evaluation of prevention interventions, implementation of evidence-based interventions, research on mediating variables for risky behaviours, systematic reviews, and evaluation of clinical studies.

The group led by Professor Fabrizio Faggiano has experience working on 4 large national and international randomized controlled trials aiming to evaluate the effectiveness of 4 diverse prevention interventions. The group collaborates with internationals partners such as Karolinska Institutet, Oxford Brookes University, King's College London, UNICEF, UNODC, and the EMCDDA. The group has specific experience on training, implementation and dissemination of Unplugged, a European prevention intervention which was found effective in tackling substance use and abuse in adolescence and was disseminated in Central-Eastern Europe, and in Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, UAE, Morocco, Kuwait. Over the last few years, the group has been involved in several European projects, namely Alice Rap, Eu-Dap, SPAN, EMDAS, Smoking in movies, TEENAGE. It collaborates with the Ministry of Health and with the National Agency for Health Services for the dissemination of effective prevention practices in Italy.

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