Prof. Gian Battista Bietti

The G. B. Bietti Foundation for the study and research in ophthalmology, with legal office in Via Livenza n. 3, has as its object the carrying out of scientific research activities of particular social interest falling within the field of ophthalmological disciplines and, in particular, the promotion of research, study, documentation and experimentation in the field of medicine with regard to prevention, early diagnosis and rehabilitation in ophthalmology, all for the pursuit of social aims.

The Foundation was founded in 1984 by some students of Prof. Giovan Battista Bietti, a few years after his premature death, with the aim of developing and guaranteeing high levels of skills and knowledge in the field of ophthalmology and making them available to citizens and the National Health Service.

For this reason the first collaborative relationships with Italian health care facilities and universities, as well as with centers of excellence both in Europe and in the United States, were innovative. The Foundation, in the person of  President Prof. Mario Stirpe, played a key role in defining the problem of cornea transplantation, which, in 1993, was still carried out abroad, at a very high cost by the National Health Service. In June 1993, thanks to a hearing in the Chamber organized by Bietti Foundation, the President discussed the need for an immediate amendment of the law which, after only 2 months, was implemented, leading to the separation of the corneal tissue graft from the rest of organ transplants. Preparatory steps, these, for the subsequent realization of Bank of the Eye of Lazio Region at the San Giovanni Addolorata Hospital, in partnership with the Foundation.

The documented clinical-scientific activity of excellence and the recognized role in the national and international scientific community have led the Ministry of Health to recognize the G. B. Bietti Foundation, the only subject in Italy, as "Institute of Hospitalization and Care to Scientific Character" (IRCCS) for the discipline of "Ophthalmology".

Thanks to the collaboration established with the San Giovanni Addolorata Hospital Company of national importance with a high specialization in the management of Bank of the Eye, the innovative idea was born to bring within the Hospital Company the public care structure and research laboratories of the private IRCCS, in order to fulfill its mission of IRCCS, as well as ONLUS: to make available resources and clinical-scientific activities for the benefit of the National Health Service.