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Prof. Marcello Giovannini 
UniversitÓ Degli Studi di Milano 
Dipartimento Medicina, Chirurgia ed Odontoiatria 
Clinica Pediatrica 
Ospedale San Paolo - Via A. di Rudini, 8 
20142 Milano, Italy 
Tel: +39 2 8135375 
Fax: +39 2 89122090 


Dr. Marie-Franšoise Rolland-Cachera 
Institut National de la Sante et de la Recherche Medicale, 
2 rue Conte, 75003 Paris 
Tel: +33 1 40 27 28 77 
Fax: +33 1 40 27 28 26 


The Italian team are the leaders of Work Package 3 and together with the German team, are responsible for surveying consumer parental attitudes and assessing the infant's diet and lifestyle. In addition, the Italian team also works on anthropometrical assessments (WP4) with Dr. Marie-Franšoise Rolland-Cachera (Institut National de la SantÚ et de la Recherche MÚdicale, Paris France) as a subcontractor.

The group consists of four separate teams, working in four hospital centres, coordinated by Professor Marcello Giovannini (Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics - San Paolo Hospital, University of Milan, Italy) and by his co-workers, Professor Carlo Agostoni and Dr Silvia Scaglioni. Two teams work in Milan (Department of Pediatrics in San Paolo Hospital and Pediatric Unit in San Carlo Borromeo Hospital headed up by Doctor A. PodestÓ) and two teams work outside Milan (Pediatric Unit in Desio Hospital and Pediatric Unit in Melegnano Hospital headed up by Dr R Besana and Dr G Gargantini respectively). Doctor Elvira Verduci, a pediatrician working in San Paolo Hospital, collates the data from the 4 centres.

In each team a junior paediatrician and one dietician are involved in the project, recruiting and following patients and families. The dieticians (Fiammetta Vecchi, Armanda Frassinetti, Sabrina Tedeschi and Monica Giroli) work half time. They have a major task in following diets, providing milks, collecting food surveys and putting the dietary data into the nutritional program. The team also has the support of local neonatologists and paediatricians in each hospital.