“Spotlight on Cell Biology”: Fondazione Pesenti e il CNR

“Spotlight on Cell Biology” is the title of the International Course in Cellular Biology organized by the Institute of Neuroscience (IN) of the CNR (National Research Council) on September 27, 2018 in Bergamo Alta (Auditorium Seminario Vescovile “Giovanni XXIII).
The Pesenti Foundation supported this initiative aimed at disseminating scientific knowledge to make science and its achievements a patrimony of society.





The event consisted of an entire day of talks/meetings open to the general public in which key international personalities from the field of biological/biomedical scientific research intervened. Scholars held a series of educational/training seminars on cell biology with a primary focus on basic and preclinical research. The participation at the event was free and open to researchers, students, and professionals throughout Italy and Europe.


The course was organized as part of the annual meeting of the CNR-Neuroscience Institute which was held from 26 to 28 September in the same place.



Confirmed Speakers:

  • Pietro De Camilli (Kavli Institute for Neuroscience, Department of Neuroscience, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, USA);
  • Maurizio Molinari (Institute for Research in Biomedicine, Bellinzona, Switzerland);
  • Sean Munro (MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK);
  • Blanche Schwappach (Department of Molecular Biology, Universitätsmedizin Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany);
  • Alan Tartakoff (Department of Pathology, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA);
  • Eelco Van Anken (Division of Genetics and Cell Biology, San Raffaele Scientific Inst., University Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Milan, Italy).



  • Stefano Bonatti (Dipartimento di Biologia Molecolare e Biotecnologie mediche, Università degli Studi Federico II, Napoli)
  • Jacopo Meldolesi (Division of Neuroscience, Unit of Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience, San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Vita-Salute San Raffaele University)



The organizing committee is composed by:

Sara Colombo (Neuroscience Institute – CNR),

Maura Francolini (Dept. BIOMETRA – Università degli Studi di Milano), Bice Chini (Neuroscience Institute – CNR),

Francesca Navone (Neuroscience Institute – CNR)

Patrizia Rosa (Neuroscience Institute – CNR).