Massimo Stefani was born in Pisa, on 31/7/1950 and graduated in Biological Sciences at the University of Firenze. Since 1990 he is Full Professor of Biochemistry, initially at the University of Siena and subsequently at the University of Firenze. Presently he works at the Dipartimento di Scienze Biochimiche of the University of Florence. Massimo Stefani has participated to many international congresses and meetings as invited speaker; amongst others, he organized the international meeting HFSP/EU "Protein Phosphatases", was Co-organizer and member of the Scientific Committee of the V European Symposium of the Protein Society. and Co-organizer of the EMBO Workshop and Advanced FEBS Course on "Structure of Amyloid Aggregates, Mechanisms of Formation and Dysfunction". Massimo Stefani is member of the SocietÓ Italiana di Biochimica e Biologia Molecolare and of the ASBMB. He was Executive Editor of the Italian Journal of Biochemistry and presently is member of the Editorial board of the International Journal of Biological Chemistry, the Open Biology Journal and Current Proteomics. He is Director of the "Centro Interuniversitario per lo studio delle basi molecolari delle malattie neurodegenerative" (CIMN) and member of the "Centro Interuniversitario Medicina Molecolare e Biofisica Applicata" (CIMMBA) and of the "Centre of Excellence for "Molecular and Clinical Studies on chronic, inflammatory, degenerative and tumoural diseases for the development of new therapies (DeNOTHE) of the University of Firenze. He works in strict collaboration with several national and foreign groups including those leaded by Chris Dobson and Michele Vendruscolo (University of Cambridge), Ronald Melki (CNRS, Gift-Sur-Yvette), Annalisa Relini (University of Genova), Fiorella Casamenti (University of Firenze) and Vittorio Bellotti (University of Pavia).