CULTURAL ENDEAVORS

We support activities that promote an ongoing cultural debate capable of broadening horizons and
spreading awareness that our future depends on a more cohesive society

We support activities that promote an ongoing cultural debate capable of broadening horizons and spreading awareness that our future depends on a more cohesive society

2018

can benevolence change the world?

Some fundamental questions are at the core of our project, not only questions about how and what to donate, but above all why to donate: what are the deep motivations that push people to carry out authentic gestures of donation, acts of generosity only for the good of other individuals and of society. These questions led the Biomedical University Foundation to organize a thematic Workshop, trying to explore the theme of Philanthropy with a specific thematic focus on “Benevolence”.

We aim to make Benevolence a strength and a topic of cultural elaboration, a central pillar to support over time the growth of Campus Bio-Medico University of Rome and its University Hospital in the various components of assistance, teaching and research. It has become clear from the international context that the existence of an endowment fund is fundamental to support private institutions such as Campus Bio-Medico University in order to ensure the protection of its mission focused on innovation, cutting-edge research, and patient-centric healthcare focused on personal dignity.

We firmly believing that a discussion on benevolence needs to be stimulated because it guarantees growth in the future, the Biomedical University Foundation has gathered various intellectual and professional figures to concretely widen the promotion and management of philanthropic initiatives in a broader context.

The workshop “Can Benevolence Change the World?” originated in this context.

Held on 5 July 2018 at Palazzo Altieri, Rome, it was attended by over 60 participants from the world of finance, culture, institutions, Italian and international entrepreneurship.

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Benevolence according to Joaquín Navarro-Valls

According to Greek philosophers benevolence is essentially a practical virtue. Differentiating it from friendship, Aristotle defines benevolence as “wanting the good of the friend for himself”. By virtue of being the intimate gratuitousness that characterizes it, the benevolence considered an attribute in medieval reflection will be properly divine, to which man can strive or aspire to promote the growth of the other and of society.

Contemporary reflection emphasizes the breadth of the notion of benevolence, which becomes an object of interest on the part of sociologists, economists and psychologists. Some highlight the utilitarian root of benevolence, concluding that helping others is intimately connected with personal happiness, others underline the original gratuitousness of benevolence as a willingness to perform acts that selflessly promote the good of another.

The widespread diffusion of the gift culture has produced an increase in public and private donations, especially in the USA, with great benefit for medical and health research. In Europe, the culture of giving is growing, and is beginning to establish itself as a significant reality, especially in some countries such as the UK, Sweden, the Netherlands, Switzerland.

Donations in the field of medical and health research have led to some of the most important discoveries of the last century, including penicillin, insulin, the polio vaccine, kidney transplants and today they support much of the research against cancer.

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Benevolence according to Joaquín Navarro-Valls

According to Greek philosophers benevolence is essentially a practical virtue. Differentiating it from friendship, Aristotle defines benevolence as “wanting the good of the friend for himself”. By virtue of being the intimate gratuitousness that characterizes it, the benevolence considered an attribute in medieval reflection will be properly divine, to which man can strive or aspire to promote the growth of the other and of society.

Contemporary reflection emphasizes the breadth of the notion of benevolence, which becomes an object of interest on the part of sociologists, economists and psychologists. Some highlight the utilitarian root of benevolence, concluding that helping others is intimately connected with personal happiness, others underline the original gratuitousness of benevolence as a willingness to perform acts that selflessly promote the good of another.

The widespread diffusion of the gift culture has produced an increase in public and private donations, especially in the USA, with great benefit for medical and health research. In Europe, the culture of giving is growing, and is beginning to establish itself as a significant reality, especially in some countries such as the UK, Sweden, the Netherlands, Switzerland.

Donations in the field of medical and health research have led to some of the most important discoveries of the last century, including penicillin, insulin, the polio vaccine, kidney transplants and today they support much of the research against cancer.

2019

MODERNITY, BUSINESS, WORK

RELIGIOUS VALUES AS FOUNDATION OF A HEALTHY SOCIETY

MODERNITY,
BUSINESS,
WORK

RELIGIOUS VALUES AS FOUNDATION OF A HEALTHY SOCIETY

A cycle of conferences designed together with Confindustria that aspire to be a starting point, a commitment to deepen reflection over time through testimonies of different cultures and religions. The promotion of this cycle of conferences has above all the aim of favoring the transmission of ethical and social values through religious tradition and culture.

Guido Ottolenghi and I promoted this meeting, made possible thanks to the sensitivity to these themes by Confindustria, with the aim of exploring
aspects of Christian and Jewish culture to shed new light not only to the theme of working well, but also to social responsibility.

Paolo arullani

President Biomedical University Foundation.

In today’s conference we wanted to renew the connection between ancient ideas and modern issues, to provide possible thinking and linguistic
“anchors” in the storm of tweets and ideas often not well thought out.

guido ottolenghi

President Technical Logistics for Transport Group of Confindustria

6th November 2019 | Confindustria, viale dell’Astronomia, 30 Rom

2020

In 2020-2021 the Biomedical University Foundation inaugurated a series of Foundation Talks webinars to provide an in-depth exploration of the Covid-19 pandemic from a scientific, medical, welfare and social point of view, through the voice and involvement of experts in various disciplines.

COVID-19 AND SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH:

COVID-19 AND SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH:

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Speaker:

Massimo Ciccozzi

Molecular Epidemiologist, Head of Medical Statistics and Molecular Epidemiology Unit, UCBM, Rome

Fiorella Gurrieri

Full Professor of Medical Genetics, UCBM, Rome

Marcello D'Amelio

Full Professor of Human Physiology, Head of Molecular Neuroscience Research Unit, UCBM, Rome

Goals and Impact

The study aims to evaluate the impact of the individual genetic profile on the clinical characteristics and progression of COVID-19. This study will lead to the identification of genetic variants of susceptibility and / or protection against the disease. This will make it possible to insert these variants into an engineered cell model and to mimic COVID-19 infection in vitro. The impact of this model is not limited to a better understanding of the disease’s pathogenesis, but it will extend to the possibility of rapidly testing new drugs.

THE COVID-19 UNIT AT OUR UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL

THE COVID-19 UNIT AT OUR UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL

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Speaker:

Stefano Lucchini

Chief Institutional Affairs and External Communication Officer of Intesa Sanpaolo and Advisory Board Memebr of the Biomedical University Foundation

Paolo Sormani

University Hospital General Manager, UCBM, Rome

eugenio Guglielmelli

Vice-Rector for Research, UCBM, Rome

COVID-19

FROM EPIDEMIOLOGY TO VACCINES

covid-19

FROM EPIDEMIOLOGY TO VACCINES

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Speaker:

Massimo Ciccozzi

Molecular Epidemiologist, Head of Medical Statistics and Molecular Epidemiology Unit, UCBM, Rome

Nicola PETROSILLO

Director of Clinical and Research Unit of Infectious Diseases of the National Institute for Infectious Diseases “L. Spallanzani”, IRCCS,
Rome

Giorgio MINOTTI

Vice-Rector for Education and Full Professor of Pharmacology, UCBM, Rome

2021

COVID-19 PANDEMIC AND THE PROSPECTS OF VACCINATIONS

COVID-19 PANDEMIC AND THE PROSPECTS OF VACCINATIONS

Speaker:

Massimo Ciccozzi

Molecular Epidemiologist, Head of Medical Statistics and Molecular Epidemiology Unit, UCBM, Rome

Roberto GIACOMELLI

Full Professor of Rheumatology e Director of Immunohematology Unit, UCBM, Rome

Giancarlo CECCARELLI

Infectiology Specialist, Affiliated Professor and Consultant for the Department of Public Health and Infectious Diseases, University La Sapienza e University Hospital Umberto I, Rome

Giancarlo STURLONI

Lecturer in Risk Communication, International School of Advanced Studies (SISSA), Trieste