Twenty-third edition of Spoletoscienza, the original scientific workshop designed and organized by the Fondazione Sigma-Tau within the Festival dei Due Mondi di Spoleto.
Saturday 2 and Saturday 9 July 2011
SALA FRAU AT 11.00
Céline′s Journey to the End
Theater readings by Francesco E. Negro
with Massimo Popolizio
Why Céline? First of all, because this year marks the fiftieth anniversary of his death, which occurred in 1961.
Secondly, Céline at the XXIII Spoletoscienza organized by the Fondazione Sigma-Tau, because more than anyone he represents the dual role of medical doctor and patient. The grey area and its identification. Soul and light. It is from his activity as doctor to the poor, unable to pay him, that Céline realizes that poverty itself is a terrible disease without a cure. Continuing his practise without being paid, he himself will eventually contract that same disease.
The performance "Céline′s Journey to the End" based on a book by Francesco E. Negro, is meant to be ambiguous just like Celine is. Or rather, double, or better still- that double within each of us. Doctor and patient. Dr. Céline, the stylist who would like to cure a language which, according to him, is ill. An illness that spreads, affecting the whole of society. Can this also be cured with style? Subject and object, doctor and medicine are identified by exchanging roles or at least, one causes the other.
He goes against the world that is obsessed by progress and power. The world which has become a chronic disease. With his "stylistic medicine" he prescribes a shock therapy that is violent and literary, using speech suspended between delirium and the spoken word. The delirium is a possible substitute for a "death on the installment plan". Writing is anti-literature, it exorcizes the end. We can glimpse the hope of healing. This can be achieved only if Man manages to leave the "gang" and become an "individual" once again, capable of escaping the oblivion where society has driven him.
These theater readings with the presence of actor Massimo Popolizio on stage, are an invitation to help comprehend - perfectly in line with "Geographies of health". As usual, this means trying to understand ourselves, to look into the abyss where we can sink and lose.
Francesco Eugenio Negro (Rome, 1944), physician and journalist, author of several texts on medicine, including The Patient, the Doctor and Homeopathy (Palombi, 1989); Man between Health and Disease (Borla, 1992) with Antonio De Filippo; I visited Chopin (FrancoAngeli, 1994) Van Gogh′s Doctor The Importance of the Doctor-Patient Relationship (FrancoAngeli, 1998) Waiting for Hippocrates. Towards Total Medicine (FrancoAngeli, 2000), Céline, Physician and Patient (FrancoAngeli, 2000). He writes for newspapers and takes part in numerous television shows.
Today′s massive migration flows require physicians to be aware of the ways in which the gene pools of people from faraway lands will react to the new environment. Therefore, scientists´ efforts must go towards unraveling the complex relation amongst genes, metabolism, food and environment; towards learning how these genotypes will express disease and aging; in a word, towards accepting the challenge of truly personalized medicine, which ends up concerning all of us.
Like every year at Spoletoscienza, Fondazione Sigma-Tau´s effort will be focused on creating an original pathway of ideas, marked by conversations with some of the world′s most authoritative scientists, to refine "the tools for thinking" in this area as well.
Sunday 3 July
CHIOSTRO SAN NICOLO´
Geographies of Health
University Professor of Anthropology and Ethnomedicine, University of Genoa
Director of the supplement Tuttoscienze from La Stampa
GLOBAL HEALTH: AN EVOLUTIONARY APPROACH
Mark Hanson Professor of Cardiovascular Science, Inst. of Developmental Sciences, Univ. of Southampton, UK
EMERGENCY AND REEMERGENCE OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES: A GEOGRAPHICAL PERSPECTIVE
Fabrizio Pregliasco Department of Public Health, Microbiology and Virology, University of Milan
THE UNNATURAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH AND DISEASE
Sir Michael Marmot Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College, London
MALARIA: AN ALL-TIME SOCIAL KILLER
David Modiano Professor of Parasitology, II Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, Sapienza University of Rome
Sunday 10 July
CHIOSTRO SAN NICOLÒ
The Challenge of Personalized Medicine
Professor of History of Medicine, Sapienza University of Rome
Sunday issue of Il Sole 24Ore
THE EVOLUTIONARY ORIGINS OF HUMAN GENETIC DIVERSITY AND IDENTITY
Guido Barbujani Department of Biology and Evolution, University of Florence
METABOLOMICS AND THE COMING OF PERSONALIZED MEDICINE
Ben Van Ommen Faculty of Science, Leiden/Amsterdam Center for Drug Research, Analytical BioSciences
NUTRIGENOMICS: PERSONALIZED NUTRITION AND HEALTH
James Kaput Director, Division of Personalized Nutrition and Medicine FDA, National Center for Toxicological Research Jefferson, AR, USA
HOW TO UNRAVEL THE COMPLEXITY OF MULTIFACTORIAL DISEASES: HYPERTENSION
Giuseppe Bianchi Professor Emeritus, University Life-Health San Raffaele, Milan
from Saturday 25 June to Sunday 10 July
"The Universe at your Fingertips: Interactive Experiences to Rack your Brain"
in collaboration with the Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare - INFN
Very often nature, the world we perceive and what scientific research reveals to Man′s mind, is narrated like a work
of art. A huge, complex and astonishing work of art to display, but above all to bring to life.
It is within this frame of mind that the Museum of Palazzo Collicola in Spoleto hosts the interactive installations that the Sigma-Tau Foundation, in collaboration with the National Institute of Nuclear Physics - INFN will bring to the public′s attention. An authentic, exciting journey inside Physics and Cosmology.
During the exhibition there will be ample documentation for the purpose of illustrating the characters, the meaning and the motive for each installation, with suggestive names such as: "curved space and time", create collisions", "reveal the invisible", "the expansion of the universe", "the cosmic shower".