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07 June 2013

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Non-Governmental Organizations in health and development: an Italian excellence

 

The Embassy of Italy will host a seminar on the excellence of Italian NGOs and their activities in health and social development to highlight new approaches and their results in areas of interest to potential funders

 

June 7, 2013

Washington DC

 

Italian NGOs working in the health sector in developing countries are excellent from the point of view of both technical accomplishments and procedural and ethical integrity. The three major federations (FOCSIV, COCIS, CIPSI) and many of their associated groups have an important history and are a very important asset that merit attention in the United States and by large multilateral agencies like the World Bank.

The format is a day long event presenting the activities and experiences of Italian NGOs providing development aid in the health and social sectors. Attention will be given to new approaches and the results obtained in various areas and in sectors of interest to potential funders in the greater metropolitan areas (international agencies, development banks, U.S. federal agencies, private foundations).

There will be exhibits and multimedia presentations by the NGOs and a series of seminars dedicated to the social and health sector on topics that include diseases affecting the poor, millennium objectives for health, chronic ailments, orphan pharmaceuticals, the war on exclusion and on counterfeit drugs and medical equipment.

 

14 June 2013

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Italy’s contribution to the progress of robotic surgery in the U.S.A.

 

Workshop dedicated to Italian excellence in robotic surgery, in collaboration with the University of Illinois

 

June 14, 2013

Chicago

Italian Cultural Center

 

Italy’s leadership and cutting-edge techniques in the realms of surgery also offer an important contribution to the progress of U.S. robotic surgery.
The close cooperation which binds Italy and the US is once more underlined by the birth of the first Integrated Institute of Robotic Surgery at Chicago’s Illinois University, as well as by that of the world association of robotic surgery, the CRSA (Clinical Robotic Surgical Association). 

 

Robotic surgery is one of the greatest innovations in medicine of the last decade. Through the use of an interface which avails itself of a computer, surgeons guide a complex telemanipulator. From the console of a command, which can also be placed quite far from the actual patient, surgeons can control tiny instruments which carry out the operation through minute holes: the movements of a human hand are perfected, and computers can elaborate images so that they can convey pictures which are key in executing an even more precise operation. This innovation results in a growing number of operations which are carried out with minimally invasive techniques, thereby limiting the negative effects of a major operation. A real revolution, which opens the doors to the future of surgery, no longer tied to the surgeon’s mechanical limitations.

 

In this area, the research and professional capacity of Italians and Italian-Americans continue to be essential, especially in terms of projecting the initial prototypes of the most modern equipment.

Italian surgeons, in fact, were at the fore in using this technique: indeed, Italy has the highest number of systems in the whole of Europe – about 60 units. In addition, Italian teams and professionals guide international research in many American centers. The University of Illinois in Chicago, in fact, is home to the first Integrated Institute of Robotic Surgery which carries out research, teaching, training and development. A group of Italian surgeons - the world leaders in advanced clinical applications of robotic surgery – work here.

 

Chicago is also home to the world association of robotic surgery, the CRSA (Clinical Robotic Surgical Association, www.clinicalrobotics.com).

 

30 June 2013

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Exhibit on the botanical garden of Padua

 

The Italian Cultural Institute is organizing a symposium for the opening of an exciting exhibition entitled 'Wild Medicine: Healing Plants Around the World, Featuring the Italian Renaissance Garden' at The New York Botanical Garden

 

May 18 – September 2, 2013
May 20, 2013

New York, The New York Botanical Garden
New York, Italian Cultural Institute

 

The Institute’s presentation will go over the history and significance of the Botanical Garden of Padua, which finds itself on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The presentation will also compare the Botanical Garden of Padua to other, international gardens and will discuss its scientific and cultural contributions, as well as the environmental protection initiatives of the future.

 

Wild Medicine, on display from May 18 to September 2 at The New York Botanical Garden, will recreate, through a spectacular floral arrangement and installation, the Botanical Garden of Padua’s famous garden. The exhibition aims at underlining the Botanical Garden of Padua’s role as a trailblazer in the study of plants for medicinal use, and its history as a preeminent center for learning and research. Part of the exhibition will focus on notable herbs of ancient civilization, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and the twentieth century, and will also feature sculptures inspired by Renaissance painter, Giuseppe Arcimboldo. Activities for children will also be available.