Adriano Cattaneo is a retired epidemiologist who co-ordinated for several years the Unit for Health Services Research and International Health at the Institute for Maternal and Child Health “IRCCS Burlo Garofolo”, Trieste, Italy, a WHO Collaborating Centre for Maternal and Child Health. He holds an MD degree from the University of Padova and an MSc degree from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He has spent most of his professional career in developing countries, including four years as medical officer with the WHO in Geneva. He has authored more than 200 publications in scientific journals and books, more than 80 of which in peer reviewed journals. Many of these publications, and of the research and development projects from which they derived, are about infant feeding.