The evocative Basilica of San Bartolomeo all'Isola hosted the international symposium to celebrate the 900 years of St Bartholomew's Hospital, London, known as Barts.
Born from an idea of prof. Paolo Pozzilli, Professor Emeritus ofUniversità Campus Bio-Medico di Roma, the event was created in collaboration with the professors Mark Caulfield and David Leslie of St Bartholomew's Hospital, the Biomedical University Foundation, the Fondazione Policlinico Universitario Campus Bio-Medico and the International Center for Diabetes Studies (CISD).
The symposium brought to the attention of an international audience the fascinating story that led to the birth of Barts Hospital, built in 1123, according to which the Anglo-Norman monk, Rahere, on his deathbed, claimed to have had a vision of St. Bartholomew, patron saint of doctors and healers, who directed him to build a hospital for the care of the poor and needy upon his return to London: St Bartholomew's Hospital.
The historical notes were followed by the professors' interventions Mauro Perretti, David Leslie, Costantino Pitzalis, Mark Caulfield, Nicholas Wald and Alberto Mantovani which dealt with chronic inflammatory diseases, with particular attention to cardiological problems linked to autoimmune diseases.
Diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, genomics in healthcare were also discussed, the impact of prevention in cardiovascular diseases and the relationship between inflammation and tumors were highlighted.
Also present was Prof. Eugenio Guglielmelli, Rector ofUniversità Campus Bio-Medico di Roma; the professor. Paolo Arullani, President of the Biomedical University Foundation; the principal authorities of St Bartholomew's Hospital, London; Don Roman Angel, Rector of the Basilica of San Bartolomeo all'Isola; Bro. Markus Walker, Rector of the Priory Church of St Bartholomew the Great in London and the British Ambassador to the Holy See, Christopher J. Trott.
The collaboration betweenUniversità Campus Bio-Medico di Roma and St Bartholomew's Hospital, begun in the s, led to numerous scientific contaminations and joint research projects, and the involvement of some Barts teachers (David Leslie, Aine McKnight, Ahuva Nissim, Fulvio D'Acquisto, Federica Marelli-Berg) in the Faculty of the Master's Degree in Medicine and Surgery of our University.
Joint research projects between the two entities are currently underway in the fields of endocrinology, diabetes, autoimmune diseases, virology, microbiology, molecular biology and the history of medicine.
Students participated actively, appreciating the interconnections between past, present and future and the importance of international relations. At the end of the symposium, participants had the opportunity to visit the temple of Aesculapius on the Tiber Island.