The Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, with its three Faculties – Philosophy, Medicine, Psychology – is a leading university for teaching and quality research. This statement is supported by rankings among the most significant and well-known in the world, such as THE – Times Higher Education and QS, which annually evaluate international universities on the basis of their teaching, research, number of publications, citations in international journals and relationships with operators of the reference market. According to THE, as regards the Clinical Pre-Clinical & Health area, UniSR is ranked among the 151-175 best Universities, as well as the 23rd place (second Italian university) among the youngest Universities. QS instead ranks UniSR in 9th world place by number of citations per paper.
This section describes all the aspects related to the Research that takes place in our University: Research Centers of all three Faculties, Initiatives and activities, Advanced research laboratories; information for those wishing to start a PhD program at UniSR. Moreover, given the absolute necessity of communicating science today, the public engagement activities, which are carried out in UniSR with different levels of involvement – institutional activities, envisaged at the level of research projects, or left to the researchers’ free individual initiative.
UniSR Outreach activities
Vita-Salute San Raffaele University trains high-level students thanks to the variety of stimuli, possibilities, technology offered and its world-renown teachers. The activity that the San Raffaele researchers – students, fellows and Professors – carry on, however, is not confined to the Institute’s laboratories: our scientists have always been committed to share their activity to a broad public through science communication on a national level. The Institute truly believes that life science communication, engagement and education to a “nonexpert audience” represents a meaningful and constructive interaction that provides opportunity for mutual learning between scientists and members of the public.
This fundamental duty and social responsibility sees the University Professors, senior researchers, as well as PhD students and Postdoc fellows involved in a variety of activities designed for different publics and contexts. The University’s science outreach office often collaborates with San Raffaele Hospital and other structures of the San Donato Group to make the direct involvement of scientists in communicating their work come true.
Born in October 2016, UniScienza&Ricerca (UniScience&Research) is the Vita-Salute San Raffaele’s scientific blog, an innovative tool the University has set out to communicate the science generated at our Institute to a “lay public”. UniScienza&Ricerca is a space where you can learn new things, read many curiosities and discover the fascinating, exciting and fun side of UniSR science and research. Every month it tells, in a communicative way, the extraordinary research carried out by our researchers within their labs! Read our news on scienzaericerca.unisr.it/!
Researcher for one day
Every year, some enthusiastic University’s students, tutors and Professors take part in “Researcher for one day”. The event allows High School students to find out the bases of the Biotechnology Course and of the Researcher’s work, to then move on to the actual activity in the laboratory: a practical experience useful to enrich the scientific and cultural baggage of the students from the last years of High School who would like to approach the world of Research.
The activity is organized and promoted by Dr. Franca Codazzi, real life – together with the students – of “Researcher for one day”!
Meet Me Tonight 2017
Meet Me Tonight is the Milan version of the European Researcher’s Night, a Europe-wide public event dedicated to popular science and fun learning. Since 2005, it takes place each year on the last Friday in September. Around 30 countries and over 300 cities are involved. In Milan, Meet me tonight event lasts two days and takes place in two locations: Giardini Indro Montanelli and Museo della Scienza e Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci. Over 50.000 visitors participated in interactive workshops and organized activities in 2017, with 500 researchers involved, 44 stands, 4.000 mq of labs and 18 talks.
In 2017, Vita-Salute San Raffaele University in collaboration with San Raffaele Hospital organized a hands-on activity on the use of fluorescence in biomedical research
Meet Me Tonight 2016
Meet Me Tonight is the Milan version of the European Researcher’s Night, a Europe-wide public event dedicated to popular science and fun learning. Since 2005, it takes place each year on the last Friday in September. Around 30 countries and over 300 cities are involved. In Milan, Meet me tonight event lasts two days and takes place in two locations: Giardini Indro Montanelli and Museo della Scienza e Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci.
Vita-Salute San Raffaele University was involved for the first time in the 2016 edition: high school students discovered DNA secrets and extracted their own DNA to bring home. In the afternoon, the public was taught about cancer immunotherapy, i.e. how researchers can edit immune cells to fight against tumor, and how our mouth can predict important pathologies and speak about our health and habits.
In-school activities – “Da Grande Anch’Io”
About 50 researchers from the IRCCS San Raffaele Hospital and the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University were involved with great enthusiasm in an in-school laboratory, that reached out over 40 classes in 9 different schools, meeting more than 800 students. The project “Da Grande Anch’Io” – done in collaboration with Associazione Mercurio – lasts for about 1 hour 45’ per class; the maximum number of students per group is 25, to make the individual activities more accessible and allow a personal dialogue with the researchers. The activity opens with an introductory talk of about 30 minutes, in which some basic concepts of cell biology are discussed together and in which the researchers talk about their research in an interactive way. The students are then divided into 4 groups for practical activities: extraction of DNA from the mouth mucosa, vision of cells and tissues under a microscope, use of the electrophoresis apparatus to analyze DNA. Each group performs all activities in rotation