SPEAKERS 2015

Diego Ardigò

Diego Ardigò is MD PhD Project Leader, Corporate Drug Development, R&D at Chiesi Farmaceutici S.p.A.

Eugenio Aringhieri

Eugenio Aringhieri is the President of the Biotech Group of Farmindustria, and CEO of the Dompè Group.

Arnaldo Benini

Arnaldo Benini is Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Zurich. His latest publications include Che cosa sono io Il cervello alla ricerca di sé stesso (Garzanti 2009); La coscienza imperfetta. Le neuroscienze e il significato della vita (Garzanti 2012); with Giorgio Vallortigara Cervelli divisi Solo gli esseri umani contano da sinistra a destra? (Accademia di Architettura Mendrisio 2014). Translation of Paul Thagard’s book, Il cervello e il senso della vita (Mondadori 2014). He collaborates with the cultural Sunday supplement of the newspaper Il Sole24Ore.

Michele Baccarani

Michele Baccarani is the Coordinator of the CML Working Party of GIMEMA since 1989. His research focuses on acute leukaemia, chronical myeloid leukaemia, malignant lymphomas, cellular kinetics, chemotherapy, resistance to antineoplastic drugs, bone marrow transplant. He wrote over 600 scientific publications on international peer-reviewed magazines.

Giuseppe Battelli

Giuseppe Battelli teaches Contemporary History and History of the International Relationships at the University of Trieste, where he was Department Director and Faculty Head. His most recent works include Società, Stato e Chiesa in Italia. Dal tardo Settecento a oggi (Rome 2013), and Parole e violenza politica. Gli anni Settanta in Italia (Rome 2013). He dedicated issues to the History of Bologna, like Lercaro, Dossetti, la pace e il Vietnam: “1°gennaio 1968”, and Una «guerra fredda» nel cuore dell’Italia centrista. La Bologna del cardinale Lercaro e del PCI che governa la città (1952-1956).

Franco Bazzoli

Franco Bazzoli is Professor of Gastroenterology at the University of Bologna, and Director of the Operative Unit of Gastroenterology and Digestive Endoscopy at the general hospital S. Orsola-Malpighi of Bologna since 2010; he is also Director of the Digestive System Department of the same Institute since 2014. He is honorary member of the European Helicobacter Pylori Study Group since 2012.

Fabrizio Benedetti

Fabrizio Benedetti is Professor of Physiology at the University of Turin; he is a member of the Academy of Europe and Consultant at Harvard University. His book Placebo Effects (Oxford 2008) won the prize of the British Medical Association.

Lucia Bevilacqua

Lucia Bevilacqua is Medical Doctor, Head Physician at the Hospital Ca Granda Niguarda (Milan), where she was Director of the Struttura Complessa Qualità e Sicurezza Clinica. Now she is Health Responsible of the Start up IoCA, Innovation of Care.

Luigi Bolondi

Luigi Bolondi is Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Bologna, and President of the School of Medicine and Surgery at the same University; he is also the Director of the Operative Unit of Internal Medicine of the general hospital S. Orsola of Bologna. He published six monographs about hepatology and imagery diagnostics. He published 319 articles in international magazines reviewed by Science Citation Index.

Claudio Borghi

Claudio Borghi is Professor of Medicine at the University of Bologna since 2005, and Director of the Medicine Operative Unit of the general hospital S. Orsola-Malpighi of Bologna; he is also Director of the Specialisation School of Respiratory Apparatus Diseases, and President of the Società Medica-Chirurgica of Bologna.

Maria Luisa Brandi

Maria Luisa Brandi is Professor of Endocrinology and Metabolism Diseases at the University of Florence. She is the Responsible of the Regional Reference Centre on endocrine tumours and of the Operative Unit of Mineral and Bones Metabolism at the Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria of Careggi. She owns seven patents and she is Editor-in-Chief of the review Clinical Cases in Mineral and Bone Metabolism; she wrote over 700 publications.

Dario Bressanini

Dario Bressanini is Assistant Professor at the Department of Science and High Technology of the University of Insubria (Como). He is holder of the section “Pentole e provette” on the review Le Scienze, concerning the scientific exploration of food. He published OGM tra leggende e realtà (Zanichelli), Pane e Bugie (Chiarelettere) and Le bugie nel carrello (Chiarelettere). He is the author of the popular blog “Scienza in Cucina”. ​

Elizabeth Burns

Elizabeth Burns is creative and operative director of ‘The Burns Archive’, and director of ‘The Burns Archive Press’. She organized several exhibitions about criminology, and also the exhibitions Spirit photography and African American history. She contributed to the production of several documentaries and films, and now she is the archivist of the tv-serie HBO – Cinemax “The Knick”.

Stanley B. Burns

Stanley B. Burns is an American Ophthalmologist and Medicine Historian. He is Clinical Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry at the NYU Langone Medical Centre. In 1975 he started to collect medical pictures and two years later he inaugurated ‘The Burns Archive’. He was the author of several catalogues and curator of many exhibitions for some of the most important Museums of the world. He contributed to the production of several documentaries and films, and now he is the official historical consultant of the tv-serie HBO – Cinemax “The Knick”.

Saverio Campanini

Saverio Campanini teaches Hebrew at the University of Bologna (branch of Ravenna). His research focuses on History of Jewish mystique, its academic analysis and its reception in the Christian field, above all during the Renaissance. He is now dealing with the critical edition of some Jewish cabalistic texts.

Giorgio Cantelli Forti

Giorgio Cantelli Forti is Professor of Pharmacology at the University of Bologna and he is the President of the Società Italiana di Farmacologia (SIF). He is author of 682 publications (250 works in extenso on Italian and foreign reviews, 39 book chapters, 53 act of conventions, 16 short communications and 324 communications at national and international conventions).

Mauro Capocci

Mauro Capocci is Assistan Professor of History of Medicine at the University La Sapienza of Rome. He collaborated with the Istituto dell’Enciclopedia Italiana “G. Treccani”, “Galileo” (www.galileonet.it) and “Sapere”. He published his own researches on several international reviews and in 2014 he edited, with Gilberto Corbellini, Le cellule della speranza (Codice Edizioni). He collaborates with “Le Scienze” and the “Ciclofficina Centrale di Roma” (www.ciclonauti.org).

Achille Patrizio Caputi

Achille Patrizio Caputi is the Director of the Operative Unit of Clinical Pharmacology at the Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria “G. Martino” of Messina, and he is the Responsible of the Centro Referente per la Segnalazione Spontanea delle sospette reazioni avverse da farmaci of Sicily. Since January 2015, he is the President of the Foundation Basilicata Ricerca Biomedica (BRB).

Maurizio Castorina

Maurizio Castorina is the CEO of the pharmaceutical company Zambon; he was a chief officer at Takeda in Italy since 2002 and he was Regional Vice President (RVP) for Southern Europe and Turkey.

Elena Cattaneo

Elena Cattaneo is Professor at the University of Milan, where she is Director of the Laboratorio di Biologia delle Cellule Staminali e Farmacologia delle Malattie Neurodegenerative – Department of Biosciences. She published over 150 manuscripts on peer-reviewed scientific magazines (like Science, Nature, Nature Genetics, Nature Neuroscience, Journal of Neuroscience, JBC). She is Senator in order since 2013.

Mauro Ceruti

Mauro Ceruti is Professor of Science Philosophy and Director of the Department of classical, humanistic and geographical studies at the Libera Università di Lingue e Comunicazione – Iulm. Some of his books, translated in many languages, are La nostra Europa (Raffaello Cortina) (with Edgar Morin); Il vincolo e la possibilità (Raffaello Cortina); La sfida della complessità (Bruno Mondadori) (with Gianluca Bocchi). His last book is La fine dell’onniscienza (Studium 2015).

Marco Ciardi

Marco Ciardi is Associate Professor of History of Science at the University of Bologna. Some of his latest publications are Terra. Storia di un’idea (Laterza, 2013); Galileo e Harry Potter. La magia può aiutare la scienza? (Carocci, 2014).

Franco Citterio

Franco Citterio is Associate Professor of Surgery at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Rome, and Responsible of the Unit of liver transplantology at the Policlinico Gemelli of Rome; he is also President of the Società Italiana dei Trapianti d’Organo. He wrote over 200 publications.

Lucio Cocco

Lucio Cocco is Professor of Human Anatomy at the University of Chieti, and Professor of the same discipline at the University of Bologna since 1990. He is the Director of the Laboratorio di Trasduzione del Segnale at the Department of Biomedical sciences at the University of Bologna and he is Editor-in-Chief of the series Advances in Biological Regulation, Elsevier Publ.

Maria Conforti

Maria Conforti teaches Medicine at the University La Sapienza of Rome. Her research focuses on the Italian Medicine of Modern Age, analysed from the point of view of its communicative and practical aspects.

Fiorenzo Conti

Fiorenzo Conti is Professor of Human Physiology at the Università Politecnica of the Marche, and Director of the Centro di Neurobiologia dell’invecchiamento of the IRCCS INRCA (Ancona). His research focuses on the molecular organization of the cerebral cortex and its alterations in neuropsychiatric diseases. He is the President of the Società Italiana di Neuroscienze.

Gilberto Corbellini

Gilberto Corbellini teaches Bioethics and History of Medicine at the University La Sapienza of Rome, and he is the Director of the Museo di Storia della Medicina. He collaborates with the supplement Domenica of the Sole24Ore and he published ten books, like EBM. Medicina basata sull’evoluzione (Laterza 2007), La razionalità negata. Psichiatria e antipsichiatria in Italia (with G. Jervis, Bollati Boringhieri 2008), Perché gli scienziati non sono pericolosi (Longanesi 2009), Scienza, quindi democrazia (Einaudi 2011), Tutta colpa del cervello. Introduzione alla neuroetica (with E. Sirgiovanni, Mondadori 2013), Storia e teorie della salute e della malattia (Carocci 2014).

Giorgio Cosmacini

Giorgio Cosmacini is a doctor, graduated in Philosophy and he is also an independent teacher of Medical Radiology. He was Head Physician at the Istituto Scientifico Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico (Milan), and he teaches Theory and History of Health at the University of Milan, and History of Medicine and History of Science at the Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele of Milan. Among his latest publications, can be quoted: Medicina e Rivoluzione (Cortina, 2015), La scomparsa del dottore (Cortina, 2013).

Lorenzo d’Avack

Lorenzo d’Avack is Professor of Law Philosophy at the Faculty of Law of the University Roma Tre. He is a lawyer since 1972 and Barristers of the Supreme Court since 1972. Among his latest publications can be quoted: Il progetto filiazione nell’era tecnologica. Percorsi etici e giuridici, Giappichelli (Turin, 2014) and Verso un antidestino. Biotecnologie e scelte di vita (Giappichelli, Turin, 2004).

Yves Dauvilliers

Yves Dauvilliers is Professor of Neurology and Physiology at the University of Montpellier and he is Director of the research activity of the Laboratory of research on sleep. He is Director of Sleep Disorders Centre, Department of Neurology, Gui de Chauliac Hospital of Montpellier; he is a member of the Clinical Research Department, University Hospital of Montpellier and a member of the Editorial Board of Sleep Medicine and Sleep. He wrote over 190 works published on national and international reviews.

Emilia Grazia de Biasi

Emilia Grazia de Biasi is senator since 2013, and she is President of the Commissione Igiene e Sanità of Palazzo Madama. Her research focused on many aspects concerning health, in particular the problem of the gambler diseases and experimentation on animals.

Giovanni De Girolamo

Giovanni De Girolamo is Scientific Director of the IRCCS of Brescia, and Professor of the School of Psychiatry at the University of Pisa. He is the Responsible of several welfare structures.

Michele De Luca

Michele De Luca is Professor of Biochemistry, Director of the Centro di Medicina Rigenerativa “Stefano Ferrari” and Director of the Centro Interdipartimentale Cellule Staminali e Medicina Rigenerativa of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. He is also Scientific Director of the Società Holostem Terapie Avanzate Srl.

Roberto Defez

Roberto Defez is a Researcher of Microbial Biotechnologies at the IBBR of the CNR. He specialized at the Pasteur Institute (Paris). He has a blog about GMOs: salmone.org. He wrote Il Caso OGM (2014, Carocci Editore).

Simona Dei

Simona Dei graduated in Medicine and Surgery, and specialized in Neurological Sciences. She is General Director of the Local Health Centre of Siena. She has a wide hospital and territorial management training. She is author of over 11 publications since 2007.

Giuseppe di Pasquale

Giuseppe di Pasquale is Director of the Operative Unit of Cardiology at the Ospedale Maggiore of Bologna and Director of the Medical Department of the Bolognese Local Health Authority. He wrote over 442 scientific publications (155 on international reviews; he is the first author in 220 works) and 510 abstracts in acts of national and international conventions; he is co-editor of 4 books.

Dario Di Vico

Dario Di Vico is a journalist; he graduated in Sociology in Rome, and he works for the newspaper Corriere della Sera (where he was vice-director for five years) since 1989. His last book is Cacciavite, robot e tablet, concerning industrial politics.

Sergio Dompé

Sergio Dompé is President of the Pharmaceutic group Dompé. Since 2007 he is a member of the Council of the Fondazione IIT (Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia). Since 2014, he is a member of the Consiglio di Reggenza of the Banca d’Italia (Sede di Milano) and member of the Commissione Esperti Brevetti of CNR.

Pino Donghi

Pino Donghi is a Semiologist, and he deals with science communication and cultural organization. He was General Secretary at the Sigma Tau Foundation from 1994 to 2001, he curated 23 editions of Spoleto Scienza and he collaborated with Luca Ronconi for the set up of “Infinities” (Piccolo Teatro 2002-2003), and, as an author – with Gilberto Corbellini and Armando Massarenti – of “Bi(blio)etica” (Teatro Stabile di Torino 2006).  He was the Editor of the Festival dell’Economia di Trento from 2010 to 2014, he collaborated with Laterza-Agorà.  He is Professor on contract at the University of Bergamo, LUISS, Sapienza Università (Rome), and he is author of several essays (the last one entitled Di cosa parliamo quando parliamo di cancro (Raffaello Cortina Editore, with Gianfranco Peluso). He is part of the Advisory Board of Bologna Medicina – Festival della Scienza Medica, where he is Editor too.

Gianluca Farinelli

Gianluca Farinelli is the President of the Cineteca of Bologna.

Andrew Fire

Andrew Fire won the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 2006, for the discovery of the RAN interference. Since 2003, he teaches at the Departments of Pathology and Genetics of the Stanford University School of Medicine.

Claudio Franceschi

Claudio Franceschi was Professor of Immunology at the Universities of Padua, Modena and Bologna (1998-2003), and now he is Professore Alma Mater at the University of Bologna. He discovered the main characteristics of the immunosenescence and he studies the molecular and cellular bases of ageing and human longevity with researches on centenarians.

Flavia Franconi

Flavia Franconi is Professor of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology at the University of Pharmacy of the University of Sassari. Since 2014 she is Health Councillor and vice-President of Basilicata.

Antonio Gasbarrini

Antonio Gasbarrini is Professor if Gastroenterology at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Policlinico A.Gemelli (Rome) and Director of the Operative Unit of Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology at the Policlinico Gemelli of Rome. He has written over 1652 publications.

Sandro Giannini

Sandro Giannini is Professor of Human musculoskeletal system diseases at the University of Bologna, and he is the Director of the Specialisation Schools of Orthopaedics, Traumatology, Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine in the same Institute. He wrote over 450 publications, 20 monographs, 115 international essays and he owns four patents.

Rita Golfieri

Rita Golfieri is Director of the Operative Unit of Radiology at the Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria of Bologna, and Vice-Director of the Department of Diagnostics Medicine and Prevention of Bologna. She is Professor on contract since 1984 at many specialisation schools and she collaborates with many research projects in the field of interventionist radiology and advanced diagnostics in radiology. She is author and co-author of over 500 publications (14 monographs, 67 book chapters, 147 articles on international reviews).

Stefano Golinelli

Stefano Golinelli graduated with honour in 1970 in Electronic Engineering at the University of Bologna. He started to work for Alfa Wassermann (founded by his father in 1948) in 1975, where he had different, growing tasks. Since the beginning of the ’90s, he is a member of the Administrative Committee and CEO of this society. He is also a member of the Farmindustria Junta – pharmaceutical society’s group.

Andrea Grignolio

Andrea Grignolio deals with History of Medicine at the University of Bologna and at the University La Sapienza of Rome. He was guest of the Centre Cavaillès dell’Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris), Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for History and Philosophy of Science (Boston University) and Visiting Scholar at the Office for History of Science and Technology (University of California, Berkeley). He is author of articles appeared on national and international reviews and he is the editor (with F. De Sio) of the book Giuseppe Levi: scienza, vita e impegno civile (Medicina nei Secoli, 2012, Vol. 24, n. 2, 2013). He deals with scientific divulgation, collaborating with Radio3 and writing texts for the theatre (Marx a Roma; Il desiderio di conoscere. La storia di Barbara McClintock).

Antonio Guerci

Antonio Guerci graduated in Biological Sciences; he is Professor of Anthropology, Director of the Museo di Etnomedicina A. Scarpa and holder of the chair UNESCO UniTwin Antropologia della salute – Biosfera e sistemi di cura at the University of Genoa.

Mario Guidi

Mario Guidi is an agrarian manager; he is married and has a daughter. In 2007 he became a member of the National Executive Joint. On March 31, 2011 he was elected National President of Confagricoltura. Since March 1, 2014 he is the Coordinator of Agrinsieme (which joins Confagricoltura, Cia and Alleanza delle Cooperative agroalimentari).

Mark Hanson

Mark Hanson is Professor of Cardiovascular Science at the British Heart Foundation and Director of the Institute of Developmental Sciences (University of Southampton). His most recent publications include Mismatch – the lifestyle diseases timebomb (2006), Principles of Evolutionary Medicine (2009), Fat, Fate and Disease (2012) and Nutrition and Lifestyle for Pregnancy and Breastfeeding (2015).

John Harris

John Harris is the Director of the Institute for Science, Ethics and Innovation and of the Wellcome Strategic Programme in The Human Body, its Scope Limits and Future at Manchester University, where he is also Lord Alliance Professor of Bioethics. His new book, How to be Good, is set to be released in 2016.

Patrizia Hrelia

Patrizia Hrelia is Professor of Toxicology at the School of Pharmacy, Biotechnology and Sport Science of the University of Bologna. She has published over150 works in extenso on international magazines and book chapters, and she attended many national and international Conventions. She is an active member of many scientific societies. She is registered in the European (ERT) and Italian (RENTIC) register of Certified Toxicologists.

Silvana Hrelia

Silvana Hrelia teaches Biochemistry at the School of Pharmacy, Biotechnology and Sport Science of the University of Bologna. She wrote over 140 articles on international reviews concerning cellular biochemistry and nutrition. She is a member of the Key Thrust 1: “Improving health, well being and longevity” (European platform “Food for Life”).

Graziano Leuzzi

Graziano Leuzzi works for CISCO since 2000, where he deals with Healthcare market – in collaboration with the European team – and with the development of initiatives concerning Smart & Connected Communities. He attended as a speaker to many national Conventions. Walter Locatelli is General Director of the Local Health Unit of Milan.

Carlo Lucarelli

Carlo Lucarelli is one of the most famous writers of crime and noir novels. He worked on television for years and he anchored a program about the mysteries of the Italian History, Blu notte Misteri Italiani (Premio Flaiano, 2006). His latest works include Almost blue (1997), Un giorno dopo l’altro (2000), Storie di bande criminali, di mafie e di persone oneste (2008), Giudici (con Camilleri e De Cataldo, 2011), Il sogno di volare (2013), Albergo Italia (2014).

Donald MacGlashan Jr.

Donald MacGlashan Jr. is Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. In 1993, he entered in the Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology of the Department of Medicine. He is a member of the American Association of Immunologists and he was a member of the NIH Study Sections for Immunology, Cancer, Virology, Allergy and Immunology. He was a consultant for several Pharmaceutical and Biomedical factories and he is the author of over 170 publications, reviews and book chapters. He is the inventor of the Method and Kit for the Detection of Autoimmune Chronic Urticaria.

Lamberto Maffei

Lamberto Maffei is the President of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Professor at the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa and member of the following Academies: Accademia Europea di Scienze; American Academy of Arts and Sciences; Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei. Among his latest publications, can be quoted La libertà di essere diversi (Bologna, Il Mulino, 2011) and Elogio della lentezza (Bologna, Il Mulino, 2014).

Peter Malfertheiner

Peter Malfertheiner is Professor of Medicine and Director of the Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Infectious Diseases, Otto-v.-Guericke-University of the University of Magdeburg.

Alberto Mantovani

Alberto Mantovani graduated in Medicine and Surgery and specialized in Oncology; he is the Scientific Director of the IRCCS Istituto Clinico Humanitas and teaches at the Humanitas University. He received several national and international prices for his research activity. Since many years he is pointed out as one of the most quoted authors of the international scientific literature.

Valentina Mantua

Valentina Mantua (Rome, 1975) is a Psychiatrist and Ph.D. in Neurobiology. She follows the clinical development of drugs for the central nervous system at the Agenzia Italiana del Farmaco (AIFA) and she is a member of the Scientific Advice Working Party (SAWP) and Central Nervous System Working Party (CNS-WP) of the Agenzia Europea per i Medicinali (EMA) in London.

Maurilio Marcacci

Maurilio Marcacci is Professor of Musculoskeletal system diseases at the University of Bologna and Director of the Scuola di Specializzazione in Ortopedia e Traumatologia of the same Institute. He is author of over 315 national and international works.

Gianvito Martino

Gianvito Martino is Honorary Professor at the School of Medicine and Dentistry of the Queen Mary University of London and since 2008 he follows the Divisione di Neuroscienze of the Istituto Scientifico San Raffaele in Milan. He was President of the Associazione per la Cultura SINAPSI and he was one of the founders of BergamoScienza. He wrote over 200 scientific publications on international reviews (including original articles, books and book chapters).

Armando Massarenti

Armando Massarenti is an Italian Philosopher and Epistemologist. Since 2011, he is the responsible of the page “Scienza e filosofia” of the cultural Sunday supplement of the newspaper Il Sole24Ore, where he holds the section “Filosofia minima” and where he deals, since 1986, with History, Science Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, Politics and Applied Ethics. He is the Director, for the publishing house Mondadori, of the series “Scienza e filosofia”. He is author of several educational books, like the manual Penso dunque sono (with Emiliano Di Marco, D’Anna, 2014), Il filosofo tascabile (2009), Staminalia (2008), Perché pagare le tangenti è razionale ma non vi conviene (2012), Istruzioni per rendersi felici (2014).

Anna Meldolesi

Anna Meldolesi is a professional journalist, and she writes for the newspaper Corriere della Sera. She graduated in Biology at the University of Bologna, and she obtained the Master in Communication studies at the Sissa (Trieste). Her most important books include Ogm (Einaudi) e Mai nate (Mondadori Università).

Alberto Melloni

Alberto Melloni is Professor of History of Christianity at the University of Modena-Reggio Emilia. He is holder of the Unesco chair about peace and religious pluralism at the University of Bologna since 2003 and he is the Director of the Bolognese Foundation for religious sciences John XXIII since 2007. He wrote about the medieval canon law, about Church and Politics in the 21th century and about ecclesiastical institutions.

Claudio Mencacci

Claudio Mencacci is Professor on contract at the University of Milan and at the University Milano Bicocca, and he is the Honorary President of the Coordinamento Nazionale dei Servizi Psichiatrici di Diagnosi e Cura. He is author of over 260 scientific publications and he is editor of more than 22 published volumes.

Gaetano Miccichè

Gaetano Miccichè is the General Director of the Advisory Board of Intesa Sanpaolo and the Responsible for the Corporate Division and Investment Banking. He is the vicar Vice-President of Banca Imi. Among his various tasks in the company (since 2002), can be remembered: Financial General Manager at Rodriquez S.p.A., General Manager at Gerolimich-Unione Manifatture; General Manager at Santa Valeria S.p.A., CEO and e General Manager at Olcese S.p.A. Now he is also Advisor at Prada S.p.A., Pirelli & C. SpA and ABi and he is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Politecnico di Milano. He was elected Cavaliere del Lavoro by President Giorgio Napolitano on May 31, 2013.

Piero Mioli

Piero Mioli teaches at the Conservatory of Bologna, and he is member of Academies and editorial committees; he wrote several books, like Dizionario di musica classicaand he was the editor of others, like Sonata a tre. Verdi, Wagner e Bologna.

Sandro Modeo

Sandro Modeo is an Italian essays; he deals above all with science and football. He writes on the newspaper Corriere della Sera. He collaborated with the magazines La Rivista dei Libri, Le Scienze and Darwin.

Juri Monducci

Juri Monducci is a lawyer in Bologna and Milan, and Temporary Research Associate at the University of Bologna, in the field of health care, privacy issues and bioethics. He worked as Visiting Researcher at the Fordham Law School of New York, he has taught post-graduate courses; he wrote several articles and has participated as speaker at several national and international Conventions.

Luc Montagnier

Luc Montagnier was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 2008, for the discovery of the HIV virus. He is Professor at the Institute Pasteur of Paris and President of the World Foundation for AIDS Research and Prevention.

Michele Morgante

Michele Morgante is Professor of Genetics at the University of Udine. He was Editor in chief of Theoretical and Applied Genetics and of Tree Genetics and Genomes; he is Editor in chief of BMC Plant Biology and section editor of BMC Genetics. In 2007 he became a member of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Classe di Scienze Fisiche, Matematiche e Naturali.

Franco Moscetti

Franco Moscetti started his career in the Group Air Liquide in 1973. In 1989, after various experiences, he was appointed General Director of Vitalaire Italia (specialized in home assistance). In 1995 he was elected General Director and CEO of Air Liquide Sanité, a sub-holding which is in charge of all the activities in the field of healthcare of said group in Italy. In 1999 he also became CEO of Air Liquide Italia. In 2001 he moved to Paris, where he became Director of the Divisione Ospedaliera and Président-Directeur Général of Air Liquide Santé France. As of December 2004 he became General Director and CEO of Amplifon Group. He also so a member of the Advisory Board of the “Comitato Leonardo” and of the American Chamber of Commerce in Italy and “Amministratore indipendente” of S.p.A. and of Fideuram Investimenti SGR S.p.A. (Gruppo IntesaSanpaolo). In 2012 he was elected Cavaliere dell’Ordine “Al Merito del Lavoro” by President Giorgio Napolitano.

Kary Mullis

Kary Mullis was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1993, with Michael Smith, for the development of the Polymerase Chain Reaction. He is Distinguished Researcher at the Children’s Hospital and Research Institute of Oakland (California).

Erwin Neher

Erwin Neher was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1991, with Bert Sakmann, for the invention of the patch clamp technique for the discoveries concerning the function of single ion channels in cells. He is the Director of the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry of Göttingen and Professor at the same Institute.

Maurice Ohayon

Maurice Ohayon is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford School of Medicine, and Director of the Stanford Sleep Epidemiology Research Center (SSERC).

Antonio Panaino

Antonio Panaino is Professor of Iranian Studies at the University of Bologna. His research focuses on Linguistics and Iranian Philology, with a particular interest in the Avestan, Old-Persian and in the different Middle-Iranian languages. He also deals with the religious History of pre-Islamic Iran, with intercultural relationships between Byzantium and Iran, with the ancient and Oriental History and with pseudoscience. He wrote many monographs and over 200 academic articles.

Luca Pani

Luca Pani is General Director of the Agenzia Italiana del Farmaco (AIFA). Since 2010, he is the Italian Permanent Delegate (Alternate) of the Comitato per i Medicinali ad Uso Umano (CHMP) and Elected Member of the Gruppo di Lavoro sul Sistema Nervoso Centrale and of the Gruppo di Lavoro per la Consulenza Scientifica (SAWP) for the Agenzia Europea dei Medicinali (EMA). He is author of over a thousand scientific publications, editor and author of several volumes. Since 1994, he attended as a speaker to over 800 national and international conventions, seminaries and workshops.

Maria Grazia Pascucci

Maria Grazia Pascucci is a member of the Società Italiana di Igiene.

Carlo Patrono

Carlo Patrono is Professor of Pharmacology at the University of Pennsylvania and at the Università Cattolica del S. Cuore, and Vice-President of the Ethics Committee of the Hospital “A. Gemelli” (Milan). In 2013 he received the Grand Prix Scientifique 2013 of the Institut de France. He is a member of the Accademia dei Lincei.

Susi Pelotti

Susi Pelotti teaches Forensic Medicine at the School of Medicine and Surgery of the University of Bologna (Faculty of Law). She is a Technical Consultant and an expert of the Judiciary Authority, and since January 2015 she is the President of the Genetisti Forensi Italiani (Ge.F.I).

Stefano Aldo Pileri

Stefano Aldo Pileri is Professore Alma Mater (PAM) of Pathological Anatomy at the University of Bologna and Director of the Unità di Diagnosi Emolinfopatologica at the Istituto Europeo di Oncologia (Milan). He wrote over 1063 publications. He dedicates his own research activity to the translational issues (from the laboratory to the patient’s bed) and to the personalized therapy in the field of lymphoma and leukemia.

Giancarlo Pizza

Giancarlo Pizza is the President of the Ordine dei Medici Chirurghi e Odontoiatri of Bologna since 2006. From 1974, he acted full time in hospitals of the city of Bologna, at the general hospital S. Orsola-Malpighi, where he directed the Modulo di Immunoterapia dei tumori urologici; here, since August 2013, he works as a freelance professional for the direction of an experimental project concerning metastatic kidneys tumors.

Giuseppe Plazzi

Giuseppe Plazzi is Professor of Neurology at the University of Bologna, and he is the Director of a center for the research and the therapies of the sleep diseases at the same Institute. He is author and co-author of over 250 scientific works on international reviews, of several book chapters and of the first book published by an international publishing house about parasomnia.

Michael G. Plummer

Michael G. Plummer is Director Sais Europe, Eni Professor of International Economics. He is the President of the American Committee on Asian Economic Studies (ACAES), Editor of the Journal of Asian Economics; he is non resident senior fellow at the East-West Center, and he was team leader at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. He studied the economic community ASEAN and the development of the ASEAN regional bond market.

Massimo Popolizio

Massimo Popolizio collaborated for twenty years with Luca Ronconi, with whom he acted in about thirty shows (like Gli ultimi giorni dell’umanità of Kraus (1990), Ibsen’s Peer Gynt (1995), Quer pasticciaccio brutto de via Merulana of Gadda (1996), until Leheman, still staged at the Piccolo Teatro). He also worked with many other Italian Directors, like Cesare Lievi, Massimo Castri, Walter Pagliaro, Mauro Avogadro, Gianfranco de Bosio, Antonio Calenda, Marco Sciaccaluga and Elio De Capitani, Jean Pierre Vincent. He won the Premio Olimpico with Ritter Dene Voss of Thomas Bernhard (Director: Piero Maccarinelli, 2007). The latest productions he appeared in include Blackbird by David Harrower (Director Lluis Pasqual) and John Gabriel Borkman (directed by Piero Maccarinelli).

Eleonora Porcu

Eleonora Porcu is Associate Professor of Gynaecology and Obstetrics at the University of Bologna, and Responsible of the Struttura Semplice di Infertilità e Procreazione Medicalmente Assistita at the general hospital S. Orsola-Malpighi of Bologna. She is author of 215 international publications and 179 national publications.

Ivo Quaranta

Ivo Quaranta is Associate Professor of Population Studies, Ethnography and Anthropology at the University of Bologna. His latest publications include Malati fuori luogo. Medicina interculturale (with Mario Ricca, Milano 2012); Antropologia Medica. I testi fondamentali (Milano 2006).

Claudio Rapezzi

Claudio Rapezzi is Professor of Cardiology at the University of Bologna. His main research concerns: clinic cardiology, cardiovascular physiopathology, diagnostics, electrocardiography, cardiac insufficiency and myocardium diseases. He is author of over 500 publications on national and international reviews, books and conventions acts.

Rino Rappuoli

Rino Rappuoli is Chief Scientist at GSK Vaccines. He wrote over 400 scientific original publications, and he was author of many books; he is also part of the Scientific Committee of important reviews and he is a member of several international Committees and Organizations, like the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO).

Walter Ricciardi

Walter Ricciardi is Professor of Hygiene and Director of the School of Specialization of Hygiene and Preventive Medicine at the School of Medicine and Surgery “A. Gemelli” (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Rome), and Director of the Department of Public Health of the University General Hospital “A. Gemelli” (quadriennium 2011/12 – 2014/15). Since May 2013, he is Member of the European Panel for the efficacy of the Health investments of the European Commission – DG Sanco and since July 2014 he is Extraordinary Commissioner of the Istituto Superiore di Sanità (ISS).

Francesco Ripa di Meana

Francesco Ripa di Meana is President FIASO (Federazione Italiana Aziende Sanitarie e Ospedaliere) and General Director of the Orthopaedics Institute Rizzoli (Bologna).

Nicola Rizzo

Nicola Rizzo is Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics, and Director of the Obstetrics Clinic and Prenatal Medicine at the general hospital S. Orsola (Bologna), and he is Director of the Specialization School in Gynecology and Obstetrics and coordinator of the Ph.D. in Medical Science Research and of the Services Alma Mater Studiorum-University of Bologna.

Francesca Romana Romani

Francesca Romana Romani is an Islamist and Medicine Historian, and she teaches at the University Roma Tre. She has a Ph.D. in Human Pathology, with a thesis about Islamic bioethics. She is author of scientific works about the History of hospitals in the Islamic Middle age, and about issues of multicultural bioethics, above all concerning the relationships between body sacredness and transplant surgery.

Carlo Rosa

Carlo Rosa graduated in 1990 in Chemistry summa cum laude at the University of Turin. In 1990, he worked in the USA (Health Research Institute) in a project for the development of an innovative product for the diagnosis of Hepatitis CV. In 1992, he became a member of the Incstar Corporation, an American Society where he had different tasks in the field of Research and Development, Strategic Marketing and where he became Director of the Business Unit on infectious diseases. He came back in Italy in 1998, where he became Director of European Strategy and Marketing at DiaSorin Spa. In 2001, he ruled a management buy-out with other four managers and a group of financial resources investors for the purchase of DiaSorin from a previous owner. American Standard Inc. Later he became COO until 2006, when he became CEO. In 2014, he was elected Vice President of Alisei, a Group of Italian public and private institutions with the task of promoting biological sciences development in Italy.

Amedeo Santosuosso

Amedeo Santosuosso is a Magistrate at the courthouse of Milan, and President of the Centro di Ricerca Interdipartimentale European Centre for Law, Science and New Technologies (ECLT) of the University of Pavia; he teaches Law, Science and New Technologies at the same Institute. He attended as a speaker to several national and international Conventions.

Massimo Scaccabarozzi

Massimo Scaccabarozzi is President of Farmindustria since June 2011 (position confirmed in 2013); since 2011 he is a member of the Joint and permanent guest of the Advisory Board of Confindustria, and since 2001 he works in Janssen Italia, where he was General Director and then CEO.

Giovanni Scapagnini

Giovanni Scapagnini is Professor at the Istituto di Scienze Neurologiche (CNR Catania) and at the University of Molise, and Professor at the Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute, West Virginia University, Rockville (MD), USA; he is Professor on contract at the Institute of Human Virology, University of Maryland, Baltimore (MD), USA. He is a neuroscientist doctor, expert in the biological mechanisms of ageing (above all the brain ones).

Mario Sensini

Mario Sensini (51 years old) is a professional journalist. Reporter, correspondent from Brussels for six years, he worked at the Group 24Ore, La Stampa and since 2003 he works at the Corriere della Sera, where he deals with Economy and Public Finance. He wrote the book L’Abc dell’Europaper (Nuova Eri).

Renato Seracchioli

Renato Seracchioli is Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics at the University of Bologna, and since November 1, 2014 he is the Director of the Operative Unit of Gynecology and Reproduction Physiopathology at the general hospital S. Orsola-Malpighi of Bologna. He wrote over 160 publications, including 94 original scientific articles published on peer-reviewed magazines reviewed by MEDLINE (overall IF higher than 250).

Filippo Sgubbi

Filippo Sgubbi is Professor of Criminal Law and holder of the chair of Public Law at the Law Faculty of the University of Bologna. He is also a criminal defense lawyer since 1978.

Raffaele Stefanelli

Raffaele Stefanelli is the CEO of the Boston Scientific Italia since July 2013. He has been in Boston Scientific since 1999, where he was Finance & Administration Manager, Finance Director and President of the Board of Directors. Since 1993, he is Finance & Administration Manager at World Minerals.

Sergio Stefoni

Sergio Stefoni is Professor of Nephrology at the University of Bologna; he was the Director of the Servizio di Nefrologia, Dialisi e Trapianto of the S. Orsola general hospital (Bologna), Department Head of the Medicine Faculty and President of the Società Internazionale degli Organi Artificiali. He is author of over 500 publications.

Luigi Stortoni

Luigi Stortoni is Full Professor of criminal law at the School of Law of the University of Bologna; he was the Director of the Scuola Superiore di Studi Giuridici at the same University and Department Head of the Associazione dei penalisti “F. Bricola”. He was a member of the governmental commissions for the reform penal code Nordio and Pisapia. He is author of several criminal law studies, like the monograph about “abuso di potere” and “concorso di persone nel reato”. He is a criminal defense lawyer.

Piergiorgio Strata

Piergiorgio Strata is Professor at the University of Turin. He is a member of the Academia Europaea, and he won the Premio Feltrinelli at the Accademia dei Lincei. He was a researcher at Canberra and Chicago with the Nobel Prize winner John Eccles.

Marco Trabucchi

Marco Trabucchi is Professor of Neuropsychopharmacology at the University of Rome Tor Vergata. He is the Scientific Director of the Gruppo di Ricerca Geriatrica (GRG) of Brescia, responsible of the Sezione Politiche Sociali e Sanitarie at the Fondazione Smith Kline. He founded the IRCCS S. Giovanni di Dio of Brescia for the research on dementia. He is President of the Associazione Italiana di Psicogeriatria and used to be President of the Società Italiana di Gerontologia e Geriatria. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the L’Arco di Giano for Neurosciences.

Roberto Tuberosa

Roberto Tuberosa teaches Vegetal Biotechnologies at the University of Bologna, where he adopts genomic methods to increase the resistance of wheat and corn to drought and fungal diseases.

Stanley Ulijaszek

Stanley Ulijaszek is Director of the Biocultural Variation and Obesity, and Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Oxford. His research focuses on nutrition and ageing from an evolutionist, biocultural and anthropological point of view.

Emanuele Vendramini

Emanuele Vendramini is Associate Professor of Business Economics at the University Sacro Cuore of Milan (branch of Piacenza); since November 2007 he is Adjunct Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (USA) and since 2004 he is Faculty Harvard Business School Institute of Strategy and Competitiveness affiliate. Since 2004, he teaches at the Luigi Bocconi University (Milan).

Sergio Venturi

Sergio Venturi is Health Councillor of Regione Emilia Romagna.

Periluigi Viale

Periluigi Viale is Full Professor of Infective Diseases at the University of Bologna, and Director of the Operative Unit of Infective Diseases at the general hospital S. Orsola. He is an expert in the field of anti-microbial therapy, with reference to the hospital-acquired infections risk and to the immune-reactive patient.

Andrea Vitali

Andrea Vitali was born in 1956 in Bellano (Como), where he lives and works as a doctor. His publications include: La mamma del sole (2010), Il meccanico Landru (2010),  La leggenda  del morto contento (2011),  Zia Antonia sapeva di  menta  (2011),  Galeotto fu il collier  (2012), Regalo  di nozze  (2012). In 2008, he won the literary price Boccaccio for his opera omnia. In 2014, he published Premiata ditta sorelle Ficcadenti (Rizzoli), Quattro sberle benedette (Garzanti) Biglietto signorina (Garzanti). In 2015, he published La ruga del cretino in collaboration with Massimo Picozzi Garzanti.

Francesco Zavattaro

Francesco Zavattaro is General Director of the Local Health Center of Lanciano Vasto Chieti.

Maurizio Zompatori

Maurizio Zompatori is Professor of Radiology at the University of Bologna, and Director of the Operative Unit of Radiology at the general hospital S. Orsola-Malpighi of Bologna. He is author and co-author of over 400 publications (281 with IF) – above all on pulmonary issues -, of various monographs and of several book chapters.

Alfredo Zuppiroli

Alfredo Zuppiroli was born in Florence in 1951. He has been a hospital cardiologist since 1979, head physician from 2000 to 2012 (when he retired). He is author of several scientific publications. He was President of the Commissione di Bioetica of Tuscany from 2008 to 2011. Since 2013, he collaborates with the Tuscany Agenzia di Sanità.