CARLA FIORENTINI is presently Coordinator of a Research Group at the Italian Center for Global Health, past-Director of “Natural Substances, Traditional Medicine” Section at the Dept. of Therapeutic Research and Medicines Evaluation, Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Roma. Academic Degree in Biology and Specialty in Microbiology, University of Roma. Post-doctoral training at Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. Her current research is focused on CNF1 as potential novel therapeutics for central nervous system disorders. She is co-inventor in five different patents on CNF1 activity on the central nervous system. As co-author of numerous book chapters and articles in leading journals, she is renowned in the field of bacterial protein toxins.