Giulio Cossu received his MD degree from the University of Rome. He was a Fogarty fellow at the University of Pennsylvania and then became Professor of Histology and Embryology in Rome. In 2000 he became Director of the “Stem Cell Research Institute” at San Raffaele in Milan and in 2013 moved to the University of Manchester as Professor of Regenerative Medicine. He is EMBO Member, Member of the European Academy of Science, Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and of the Accademia dei Lincei. He was Chairperson for Panel LS7 for the European Research Council and served as member of the CAT at EMA. Giulio Cossu is internationally recognized for his pioneering work on muscle development and on the cell therapy for muscular dystrophies.