He teaches Medical Humanities and Bioethics at University Vita-Salute San Raffaele of Milan, and one of the most famous Italian science communicators, who collaborates on a daily basis with various radio stations, TV channels and newspapers.
His researches brought him to many different places around the world, from Paris, to Boston, to Berkeley, and he carries out research at top institutions on the theme of the history of scientific research, with a particular focus on medicine and immunology. He is a member of the CNR’s Scientific Research Secretariat for Ethics in Research and Bioethics. He is Research Associate of the Research Ethics, Research Integrity, Bioethics and Biolaw, at ITB- Rome section of National Research Council (CNR); and member of Scientific Secretariat of the Research Ethics and Bioethics Committee at the CNR
His latest book Chi ha paura dei vaccini? (Codice Edizioni, 2016; [Engl. transl.: Are They Worth a Shot? New York, Springer 2018] shortlisted for the Premio Galileo 2017 and Premio Nazionale per la Divulgazione Scientifica 2016) provides a vital contribution to the current debate, including neuro-cognitive reasons for and against, as well as reflecting on the methods of analysing sources.
His work involves science communication, by studying scientific methodology and the development of people’s capacity for critical thinking, focusing on the acquisition of tools which enable people to take advantage of information in an active rather than a passive way.
He has also written science communication pieces for the theatre (Rita Levi Montalcini, Barbara McClintock), two science books for kids (co-authored with Federico Taddia “Why do doctors ask you to say 99? And many other questions about medicine” (Editoriale Scienza); and in 2018 “Stories about Vaccines. From Past Epidemics to Web hoaxes”), and writes for La Repubblica.
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