His main interests have been the biological characterization of acute and chronic lymphoproliferative disorders, the role of molecular biology in the diagnosis and monitoring of hematological malignancies, the role of cytokines in lymphoid malignancies, gene profiling, microarray analyses and next generation sequencing in acute and chronic leukemias, as well as the design of innovative therapeutic strategies for hematological neoplasms.
Over the years, Professor Foà has received support from many national and international sources. He is part of the European Leukemia Network and referee for national and international funding agencies. He was chairman of the Scientific Committee of the 4th EHA (European Hematology Association) Congress, Barcelona in 1999, councilor of EHA until December 2002, and a member of the Education Committee of EHA until December 2005. Has been President of EHA during the years 2009-2011. He is currently chairman of the Education Committee and of the Outreach Unit of EHA.
He has been a member of the National Committee for Health Research for the Ministry of Health (Italy) until December 2010 He is chairman of the GIMEMA Working Party for chronic lymphoproliferative disorders, and member of the board of the Working Party for acute leukemias.
Professor Foà has authored, co-authored, and edited over 550 papers, reviews, and books. He has been co-editor of Leukemia and Lymphoma, and associate editor of the British Journal of Hematology and of The Hematology Journal. He has also been editor-in-chief of The Hematology Journal up to December 2004 and of Haematologica – The Hematology Journal from January 2005 to February 2008.