Nicola Dimitri, University of Siena, Italy, and external research fellow, MsM

Neglected diseases are those for which no adequate medical treatment is available. Many of them are infectious and tropical diseases, affecting large parts of the population in developing countries. The main reason for such diseases to be neglected is because the affected population has no financial means to pay for the treatments. For this reason a number of initiatives have recently taken place to mobilize resources. The lecture will present an overview of this dramatic issue, discussing some of the actions taken so far to fight the problem, and then focus on the debate concerning merits and limitations of alternative incentive schemes proposed to stimulate R&D effort by pharmaceutical firms.

About the speaker
Nicola Dimitri is Professor of Economics at the University of Siena (Italy) Research Fellow at Maastricht School of Management, Visiting Professor at the Institute for Advanced Studies (IMT) Lucca (Italy) and Life Member of Clare Hall College (Cambridge-UK). He was formerly Deputy Rector of the University of Siena and Chair of the Economics Department. He is currently the Italian Delegate to the 7th EU Framework Program (Cooperation-Social Sciences and Humanities) He has been Fullbright Student, Chevening Scholar, NATO-CNR and Fernand Braudel Fellow (EUI). From 2003 until 2008 he collaborated as Economic consultant with the Research Office of Consip, the Italian Procurement Agency for the public sector. His research interests include game and decision theory, behavioral and cognitive economics, procurement, health and pharmaceutical economics, innovation and incentives. He is one of the editors and of the authors of the “Handbook of Procurement (Cambridge University Press, 2006)” as well as of other articles and reports on procurement. He published several papers in international journals, and in different areas, such as the Review of Economics Dynamics, Theory and Decision, Economics Letters, Theoretical Computer Science, The Lancet Infectious Diseases, Drug Discovery Today, Trends in Pharmacological Sciences. This seminar is offered in collaboration with the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance (MGSoG), University of Maastricht, and UNU-MERIT.

Venue: Room 225, Maastricht School of Management, Endepolsdomein 150, Maastricht,

Date: 14 February 2012

Time: 13:30 - 14:30