The G.B. Bietti Foundation

The G. B. Bietti Foundation for Study and Research in Ophthalmology is a non-profit organization established in 1984 with the legal recognition of the President of the Republic, and named after the illustrious ophthalmologist Prof. G.B. Bietti, a world renowned scholar and physician who died in 1977.

The Foundation, represented by its President Prof. Mario Stirpe, has played a key role in solving the problem of cornea transplants, which in 1993 were still performed abroad, with enormous expenses sustained by the National Health Service.
In June 1993, during a hearing in the Chamber of Deputies requested by the Bietti Foundation, its President discussed the need for an immediate change in existing legislation, which change took place after a mere two months, resulting in the separate treatment of cornea transplants compared to other organ transplants.

This was a key step that brought about the establishment of Latium Eye Bank at the San Giovanni Addolorata Hospital, in partnership with the Foundation.

On 15 February 2005, the G.B. Bietti Foundation received legal recognition as a Research Hospital [Istituto di Ricovero e Cura a Carattere Scientifico] in the field of ophthalmology, pursuant to Legislative Decree 288/2003.

In light of the collaboration established with the San Giovanni Addolorata Hospital, a specialized hospital of national relevance, in the management of the Eye Bank, the idea came about to bring the private Bietti Foundation’s research laboratories and clinical facilities into the public San Giovanni Addolorata Hospital, in order to better fulfil the Foundation’s mission as a Research Hospital and non-profit organization: to make available clinical and scientific resources and activities for the benefit of the National Health Service.

Based on these premises, the activities of the Research Hospital of the G.B. Bietti Foundations take place in two main facilities: its legal headquarters and ophthalmology research clinic in via Livenza n. 3 (Authorization from the Municipality of Rome n. 20 of 06/03/2002 and Provisional Accreditation for research and experimental procedures, Regional Government Deliberation n. 242 of 21/04/2006) and the Presidio Ospedaliero Britannico, in via S. Stefano Rotondo n. 6 (Regional Government Deliberation of 29/03/2008, D.P.C.A .n. U0027 of 16/06/2009, Decree of 02/05/2011 published in the Official Gazette n. 120 of 25/05/2011 ), of the San Giovanni Addolorata Hospital, an authorized and accredited highly specialized public hospital of national relevance, operating locally under the RMA Local Health Authority.

The Foundation’s strategic goals in its collaboration with the San Giovanni Addolorata Hospital are as follows:

  1. Developing, in keeping with its statutory goals, traslational research activities through the management of ordinary hospital admissions, day hospital, and outpatient activities, in order to rapidly transfer the research results obtained to benefit the overall population, by ensuring high quality medical treatment and assistance and the use of latest-generation equipment and therapies;
  2. Contributing to the activities of the National Health Service by providing the San Giovanni Addolorata Hospital with human and technological research which can improve its prevention, diagnosis, and treatment services at no additional cost to the hospital itself;
  3. Building an ophthalmology centre of national and international relevance, where high-profile biomedical research can be carried out under the highest standards of excellence and integrated with health care activities.

I.R.C.C.S. Recognition
Technological endowment