Born in Bergamo in 1962, Gianvito Martino graduated in Medicine and Surgery from University of Pavia in 1987, where he specialised in Neurology in 1991. From 1990 to 1992 he did research work abroad at the Neurology Department of Stockholm’s Karolinska Institute and at the same department of the Chicago University.
Since 2016 he has been Scientific Director of Istituto Scientifico San Raffaele in Milan. Already Honorary Professor at Queen Mary University in London, he is Full Professor of Applied Biology at the University Vita-Salute of Milan. He is Former President of the International Society of Neuroimmunology and founder and science co-ordinator at the Global Schools of Neuroimmunology.
An expert popular science speaker, he is one of the founders and exponents of the BergamoScienza Science Festival and author of various books including Identità e mutamento. La biologia in bilico (2010), winner of Cecina’s Fermi Prize in 2011 for popular science, Il cervello gioca in difesa. Storie di cellule che pensano (2013), first Associazione Italiana del Libro prize winner in the Popular Science books category, In crisi d’identità. Contro natura o contro la natura? (2014), and his latest book Usare il cervello. Ciò che la scienza può insegnare alla politica’(2018).