Festival della Scienza Medica is staged by Fondazione Carisbo and Genus Bononiae in collaboration with the University of Bologna

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FESTIVAL DELLA SCIENZA MEDICA

Four days of meetings, workshops and events
In 2018, once again it is time for Festival della Scienza Medica, whose protagonists are internationally renowned scientists, including Nobel Prize winners and leading experts in several research and innovation fields, with the ambitious aim of bringing closer and make accessible the medical-scientific culture and its challenges to the public.
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SUBJECT 2018 - TIME TO CARE

No one can reasonably deny that developments in medical science have extended our lives. Yet many of these additional years are spent worrying about our health, receiving treatment, and at times making excessive demands on medical science, not only to give us more years but also to improve the quality of our extended life span.

A CALENDAR FULL OF EVENTS

More than 60 events for this 2018 edition that promises to be very rich in contents, novelties and prominent speakers. The Festival della Scienza Medica proves to be an important and long-awaited opportunity for scientific in-depth analysis and popularization, with nationally and internationally known guests as protagonists.

AN INCREASING SUCCESS

The previous editions of the Festival stood out for a very large number of participants.
Over 50,000 people, a large number of international speakers including 5 Nobel Prize-winners, dozens of meetings and conferences in the 12 Bolognese venues. An event that arouses curiosity and interest every year.

NOBEL PRIZE-WINNERS

The event will be attended by May-Britt Moser, neuroscientist, Nobel Prize-winner in 2014 for her studies of the human brain; Lefkowitz, Nobel Prize-winner in Chemistry in 2012 for the discoveries on membrane receptors; Rosbash, 2017 Nobel Prize-winner in Physiology and Medicine for the discovery of molecular mechanisms controlling the circadian rhythm.

THE PROGRAM

Conferences, debates, open days, exhibition and meeting with students: four days of meetings, workshops and events on medicine, science and innovation field. All events of the Festival are for free and with free entrance, unless noted otherwise.

17:00
Live Streaming Event
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Covid-19: how institutions protected citizens

Even given its catastrophic impact, the Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted our National Health Service’s (SSN) ability to meet emergencies with resilience and efficiency. In this event, we will take stock of the role played by Italy’s main institutions during the crisis, underlining the virtuous synergy between the SSN and ...
18:30
LIVE STREAMING EVENT
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COVID-19: of models and evidence

Modeling often uses theory and assumptions to make inferences about predictions and to guide decision-making in the absence of definitive evidence. Conversely, evidence-based medicine focuses more on appraising the strength of data and on informing decisions based on the best and most reliable data.
17:00
Live Streaming Event
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Epidemiology of Covid-19 in Italy

Professor Rezza will reconstruct the epidemiological evolution of Covid-19 in Italy. Having guided data collection and analysis of the virus’s circulation and of the impact of measures adopted by the Italian government to reduce infections and limit the epidemic’s spread, the perspective he offers is uniquely complete. 
17:30
Live Streaming Event
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Infectiology and clinical analysis of Covid-19

After months of uncertainty, we are now able to trace out the spectrum of disease caused by SARS-CoV-2: mild or moderate illness in about 80% of patients, severe illness in 15%, and critical illness in 5%, with an estimated global mortality rate of about 3%. We have furthermore ascertained ...
18:00
Live Streaming Event
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Prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of obstructive sleep apnoea Meeting with Emilia-Romagna regional representatives about the OSAS Diagnostic-Therapeutic-Care Procedure (PDTA)

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea Syndrome (OSAS) is the obstruction of the upper airways during sleep, characterised by repeated episodes of apnoea (in the most severe cases, dozens per hour of sleep). The syndrome is caused by an anatomical and/or functional change in the upper airways; adipose tissue deposits in overweight ...
17:00
ON DEMAND EVENT
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Switches and latches: control and growth of normal and pathological cells

The cell cycle defines the correct proliferation of cells, that is how these remain “good” and not cancerous. Many genes involved into the cell cycle progression were identified at the beginning of the 1970’s thanks to studies conducted on yeast (yes, the one we use when cooking!).
17:00
ON DEMAND EVENT
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The Unique Role of Nitric Oxide as a Widespread Signaling Molecule

The field of nitric oxide (NO) research has developed in explosive proportions since the discovery of endogenous NO in 1986. The first biologically important actions of NO were that nitroglycerin and related nitrovasodilators elicit vascular smooth muscle relaxation by liberating NO in the smooth muscle.
18:00
ON DEMAND EVENT
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Seven Transmembrane Receptors (7TMRs)

Seven transmembrane receptors (7TMRs), also known as G protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) represent by far the largest, most versatile, and most ubiquitous of the several families of plasma membrane receptors.
17:00
Live Streaming Event
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Covid-19 in the History of Pandemics

The infective agents that have caused epidemics and pandemics throughout history manifest biological traits strictly linked to their origins. For example, parasitic protozoans and chronic infection agents accompanied mankind along its evolutionary journey, when human communities were small and nomadic.
17:30
Live Streaming Event
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Rianimation and Covid-19

The main purpose of intensive care is to ensure bodily functions harmed by disease until the patient’s recovery via medical assistance and the natural progression of the disease. COVID-19 most frequently impacts breathing, generating the need to “buy time” for recovery by assisting respiration (helmets delivering high-flow oxygen) or ...
18:00
Live Streaming Event
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What we have learned about Covid-19 from the Vò Euganeo experiment

In this conference, Professor Crisanti will discuss the Vò experiment, in which the Veneto city’s population underwent isolation and periodic checks to trace the virus’s circulation. The Vò experiment has become a model for the updating of mathematical algorithms and development of recommendations to contain and eliminate infections. 
18:30
Live Streaming Event
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Feeding the future: nutrition in the time of Covid-19

During the lockdown, Italians changed their eating habits: the way in which they consume and manage food. A poll run by Waste Watcher Observatory- a Spreco Zero (Zero Waste) Campaign initiative- highlights this trend, with special attention to produce consumption.
17:00
Live Streaming Event
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Covid-19 economic policy

Covid and the resulting mobility containment and social distancing measures have generated a significant contraction in the supply side of the economy, accompanied by a simultaneous reduction in demand for goods and services. Which rights and needs have been judged worthy of priority safeguards?
18:00
Live Streaming Event
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Academic research to combat Covid-19: 4 experiences compared

LIVE STREAMING EVENT Chairperson: Nicola Maria Fioravanti Staged by Intesa Sanpaolo Four important Italian Universities share their progress on research projects to combat Covid-19: University of Milan: evaluation of comorbidities correlated with SARS-CoV-2 infection in patients. University of Padova: study of clinical-pathological correlates of lesions in deceased patients with Covid-19. ...
17:00
Live Streaming Event
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The Importance of Cultural Tightness-Looseness and Government Efficiency for Understanding COVID-19 Growth and Death Rates

The spread of COVID-19 represents a global public health crisis, yet some nations were more effective than others at limiting the spread of the virus during the early stages of the pandemic. We show that cultural variation in the strength of social norms—or tightness-looseness—along with the efficiency of governments—are ...
17:30
Live Streaming Event
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Covid-19 during pregnancy

At the moment of writing, SARS-CoV 2 infection would not appear to constitute a serious risk for pregnant women. The risk is similar to that for non-pregnant women of a fertile age and infection is asymptomatic in the majority of cases. There have been few serious cases and in ...
18:00
Live Streaming Event
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Beyond the virus: society, behaviours, pandemics and infodemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact across the globe, challenging healthcare, social, and economic systems. While the threat has fuelled an enormous number of biological, clinical, and welfare studies, psychosocial difficulties correlated with these aspects have received little attention.
17:00
On demand Event
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Universal healthcare: still an achievable goal?

A universalistic healthcare system is often considered as an ideal goal, a utopian and basically impossible dream. But the experiences of some countries, such as Rwanda, Thailand and Bangladesh, suggest a possible prospect and a less fatalistic outlook.
18:00
On demand Event
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Discovering the genes of immunity: genetics in the service of health

Our immune system is composed of two lines of defence. The first one is constituted by innate immunity, and when microorganisms overcome this line, adaptive immunity intervenes through T and B lymphocytes, that produce antibodies and killer cells able to destroy microorganisms and infected cells.
18:00
ON DEMAND EVENT
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Past, present and future of nuclear reprogramming

Experiments involving transferring the nucleus of a somatic cell into an egg cell whose nucleus has been removed (cloning) dates to the end of the 19th century and the first success dates to 1952.
17:00
Live Streaming Event
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Zoonoses and the emergence of Covid-19

Zoonotic diseases have long been a burden on human societies and will likely increase in frequency. Fortunately, new genomic technologies provide a powerful way to rapidly reveal the origins of epidemics.
17:00
Live Streaming Event
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Vaccines against Covid 19: challenges, strategies and opportunities

The conference will discuss the state of the art of vaccinology and other immunological approaches to containing the virus. Roughly 200 vaccines against COVID-19, utilising different technologies, are in various phases of experimentation.
17:30
Live Streaming Event
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The immune system and therapies, from cancer to COVID-19

Together with the central nervous system, the immune system is one of our bodies’ foremost systems. A less approximate understanding of the immunological mechanisms has blazed the way for a new frontier in the struggle against cancer.
18:00
Live Streaming Event
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Thermal spas in a time of pandemic

The pandemic has sparked many fears that risk alienating the public from beneficial health services. Thermal spas have long been used to treat chronic degenerative, cardiorespiratory, and metabolic diseases which share a series of common risk factors that can be counteracted through a combination of medicine, diet, exercise, mineral ...
17:00
Live Streaming Event
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Immunity and parasites: innate defences

Immunity in mammals is mediated largely, though not entirely, by cells of hematopoietic origin.  Lymphocytes, dendritic cells, macrophages, neutrophils, and other cells derived from the blood forming organs operate in conjuction with one another to fight infectious diseases:  sometimes successfully and sometimes not. 
17:30
Live Streaming Event
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“Unmet needs” in narcolepsy

Narcolepsy is a chronic autoimmune disorder that frequently appears in childhood. It is caused by the destruction of neurons that produce orexin, a peptide secreted by the hypothalamus. Narcolepsy is a rare condition; though characterised by easily recognised symptoms, it is unexplainably difficult to diagnose.
18:00
Live Streaming Event
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Personal and professional ethical issues raised by the pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic is in constant evolution, relatively unpredictable and of uncertain length, relative to the relatively scarce resources available when measured against need, imposes choices in the health field relating to hospital access, intensive care, the use of drugs and vaccines in a professional and health framework loaded ...

Speakers

Nobel prize-winners, international renowned scientists and leading experts in serveral research and innovation field toghether with with the ambitious aim of bringing closer and make accessible the medical-scientific culture and its challenges to the public.

Photogallery

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SPONSORS&PARTNERS

The "Festival della Scienza Medica" will take place under the auspices of local institutions and a large number of privat firms