Enzo Ferrari: intuition for the winning motor

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That Enzo Ferrari has always had excellent intuition for the winning motor is well-known; but what is less well-known is that his intuitions extend far beyond the world of automobiles.

Indeed, in memory of his son Dino, who died at the age of 21 from Muscular Dystrophy, he founded the “Dino Ferrari Centre” (in 1981) at the University of Milan, IRCCS Ca’ Granda Foundation, Maggiore Policlinico Hospital, which conducts scientific research, diagnosis and treatment in the field of neuromuscular diseases (Muscular Dystrophy) and neurodegenerative diseases (Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson Disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Multiple Sclerosis).

The “Dino Ferrari Centre” is today an international leader in the neurological field and cooperates with the best centres for neuroscientific research in the world.  Over 150,000 patients access the outpatient, recovery and day hospitals every year where 136 doctors and researchers work.

Of significant importance is a recent study conducted on the muscular biopsies of patients suffering from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy by research groups at the “Dino Ferrari Centre”: U.O.D. Rare neuromuscular diseases, the Biochemistry and Genetics Laboratory, in collaboration with other Italian centres. The study, published in the specialist magazine “Neurology” and featured on its cover, has defined the timescale of the disease, with particular reference to the progressive degeneration of the muscular tissue.

Specifically, it has been found that between the age of 6 and 7, the muscular tissue of children affected by the disease deteriorates more quickly and is replaced with connective tissue which, being inert, does not enable motility. The importance of discovering and proving at what point in a child’s life the significant deterioration takes place opens the way for effective treatments in the future. It is, of course, critical that any type of treatment take place when there is still a significant amount of muscular tissue.

In 1985 forward-looking Enzo Ferrari also founded the Friends of the “Dino Ferrari Centre”, which has been supporting the scientific research conducted at the centre for 30 years with its various fundraising activities and solidarity initiatives. The most recent charity event was held this November at the Unicredit Pavilion in Piazza Gae Aulenti, Milan, and was attended by 250 guests who support this important cause. The guests were welcomed by the son of the Founder and Honorary President, Piero Ferrari, President Marialuisa Trussardi and Vice Presidents Manuela Consensi Dini, Camillo Olivetti and Angelo Moratti.

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