John Gurdon, Aaron Ciechanover, Tomas Linhdal: these are the names of the three Nobel prize winners who will speak to us about their discoveries in this edition of the festival together with the methods which enabled them to achieve fundamentally important goals in the fields of medical, clinical and chemical research. A series of not-to-be-missed appointments against the magnificent backdrop of the places in which the first university in the world was founded.


The young and very young have always been the centre of the Medical Science Festival’s interest. This year will once again feature initiatives for schools students of all levels and type: a fascinating anatomy lesson at the Teatro Anatomico dell’Archiginnasio for primary school students; the discovery of the changes in the body during adolescence for middle school pupils; the struggle against antimicrobial resistance; the cross-media Geni a bordo event and the La Parola ai giurati format on a bioethics case inspired by a true story for secondary school students.


The focus of the fifth edition of the Festival of Medical Science is intelligence of health: the new scientific and technological frontiers in clinical research, cure and prevention will be analysed. Special attention will be paid to themes such as digital platforms for the gathering of clinical and health data, IoT (Internet of Things) applications and artificial intelligence in medicine via a discussion on the role of these tools and methodologies for the development of effective treatment in disease cure and health promotion.


The neurosciences have always been a central theme at the festival: via contributions from scientists from all the world’s universities, themes such as consciousness disturbances, human brain mapping, the genetic and neuro-biological bases of human intelligence and sleep disturbances will be analysed in an attempt to respond to the many questions arising in the context of the functioning of the human brain.


What techniques can be used to prevent the onset of conditions and diseases? What good practices can be made use of to look after the health of our bodies? What resources can be martialled by the institutions to appropriately disseminate medical and scientific information for health prevention? All these questions will be the focus of a series of sessions centring on themes such as cognitive psychology, correct scientific communication methods, pharmaceutical research and appropriate lifestyles to achieve and safeguard health.


One of the prerogatives of the Medical Science Festival has always been to analyse the scientific world’s contents and discoveries via a multi-disciplinary approach: once again a multiplicity of enquiry sectors will be represented on medicine’s present and future, passing through disciplines such as dentistry, urology and orthopaedics and analysing problems linked to the circulation of information in the health field.


After China, Germany and Mexico, this year the festival’s host country will be Spain: once again the initiative takes the form of an occasion with which to compare and contrast the health systems of the various countries, analysing the various management models relating to the management of health related issues.


A packed calendar of side events will be an opportunity to study themes linked to the world of medical science via a different and curious approach: the 2019 Festival will accompany us in a historic and anthropological reading of the Pizzica and a series of concerns by the greatest musical institutions of the day.