Salvatore Maria Aloj, is Professor Emeritus of Molecular Pathology, University of Naples Federico II, Naples, Italy. Has worked as a fellow at the Hadassah Medical School in Israel and at the Middlesex Hospital in London, UK. Has spent about 15 years working as a Visiting Scientist at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda MD, USA, and at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Washington DC, USA. Has published about 150 research papers on thyroid biochemistry, the structural properties of peptide hormones and the regulation of growth and differentiation in eukaryotic cells. From November 1995 through November 2003 has been Counselor for Science and Technology at the Embassy of Italy in London, UK.