Andrea Grignolio

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With an international education that brought him from Paris, to Boston, to Berkeley, 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 book Chi ha paura dei vaccini? (Codice Edizioni, 2016) [Are They Worth a Shot? New York, Springer 2018], which was 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 methods of analysing sources.

He is dedicated to science communication, using his study of scientific methodology and the development of people’s capacity for critical thinking, to focus on the acquisition of tools which enable people to take advantage of information in an active rather than a passive way.

He is the author of the book Ogni giorno. Tra scienza e politica [Every Day. Between Science and Politics] (Mondadori, 2016) with Elena Cattaneo and José De Falco, and with Gabriele Beccaria wrote the volume Scienza e Democrazia. Come la ricerca demolisce i nostri pregiudizi e può migliorarci la vita [Science & Democracy. How research demolishes our prejudices and can improve our lives] (40k, 2015). He has also written popular science texts for theater (Rita Levi Montalcini, Barbara McClintock).

In 2017, he published with Federico Taddia Perché si dice trentatré? E tante altre domande sulla medicina [Why do you say thirty-three? And Other Questions about Medicine] (Editoriale Scienza), and in 2018 Storie sui vaccini. Dalle epidemie del passato alle bufale in rete [Stories of vaccines. From past epidemics to online hoaxes] (Carocci). He writes in La Repubblica.


L’intervista ad Andrea Grignolio, docente di Storia della medicina, sul suo nuovo libro Perché