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Event #7

Alberto Mantovani

Immunity and the brain: a dialogue between two chief systems. From memory to vaccines.

At first glance, the immune and central nervous systems seem to lack any connection. As a matter of fact, they have a lot in common and share a few key words. The first is recognition: both systems recognize themselves and their component as such (self), distinguishing themselves from anything foreign (non-self). And, for both, the inability to differentiate between self and non-self is a cause of illness. Another key word is memory. Based on immunological memory, vaccination against the Hepatitis B virus will protect us against this strain but not, for instance, against Hepatitis A. And, if we’ve had the measles, we won’t get sick if we enter into contact with the virus again. Research into the dialogue between these two systems represents one of the new frontiers in the study of our immune defenses.

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Alberto Mantovani
Alberto Mantovani

based in Milan, is a doctor and professor of General pathology at the Humanitas University, which focuses on Medicine and Life Sciences, as well as Scientific Director of the IRCCS – Humanitas Clinical Institute. In the past he has worked in England and in the United States, and was head of the Immunology Department of the Mario Negri Institute of Milan. He has contributed to the advancement of our knowledge in the field of immunology, both by formulating new paradigms and by identifying new molecules and functions. His publications in popular science include I guardiani della vita (con M. Florianelli, Dalai, 2011) and Immunità e vaccini (Mondadori, 2016). His new book Non aver paura di sognare. Decalogo per aspiranti scienziati (La Nave di Teseo) will be released at the end of August.

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Event #1

Salvatore Veca

An idea of public space

Event #2

Jonathan Safran Foer, Ranieri Polese

That place called “home”

Event #3

Matteo Nucci, Valentina Carnelutti

The space of words: Helen and Odysseus

Event #5

Guido Tonelli

The birth of space (and time)

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Guido Tonelli

The birth of space (and time)

Event #6

Alessandro Barbero

The space of war. The First Italian War of Independence

Event #7

Alberto Mantovani

Immunity and the brain: a dialogue between two chief systems. From memory to vaccines.

Event #9

Valerio Magrelli, Andrea Gentile

Tv series: a newly emerged continent

Event #10

Ramak Fazel, Giorgio Vasta, Michele Lupi

Across the American deserts: a voyage through 20th century collective imagination

Event #11

Dominique Cardon

What do algorithms think of?

Event #13

Lamberto Maffei

The space of rebellion

Event #14

Claudio Bartocci, Chiara Valerio

Other maps, other worlds. Representations of space

Event #16

Giovanni Fabrizio Bignami

From the stars to Life: one, one hundred, one thousand Earths

Event #17

Cino Zucchi, Aldo Colonetti

Architectural space in the past, the present, the future

Event #18

Chiara Saraceno

Families confined and without borders

Event #19

Massimiano Bucchi

The best ideas of our lives. Make room for innovation (the real kind)

Event #20

Matteo Nucci, Valentina Carnelutti

The space of absence: Patroclus and Andromache

Event #21

Giuseppe Cederna

On the other side of the sea

Event #23

Alessandro Barbero

The space of war. The second Italian War of Independence

Event #24

Marco Balzano, Christian Raimo

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Event #26

Piergiorgio Odifreddi

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Event #27

Attilio Brilli

Voyages through spaces real and imagined

Event #28

Gianpiero Dalla Zuanna

Is there space for us all? The future of European migrations

Event #29

Anna Ottani Cavina

When painters left their studios to paint en plein air

Event #30

Bruno Arpaia, Alessandro Zaccuri

The memory of space. The rubble of climate and rubbish in our homes

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Alessandro Dal Lago, Serena Giordano, Ex Voto

Graffiti, tags and murals: when art extends to walls

Event #32

Marco Belpoliti

The poetry of space. Words and drawings on that place we call home

Event #34

Giacomo Rizzolatti, Antonio Gnoli

Mirror neurons: anatomy of a revolutionary discovery

Event #35

Gabriella Caramore

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Event #36

Valentina Carnelutti, Matteo Nucci

The space of dreams: Penelope e Achilles

Event #37

Marco Martinelli

The joy of the chorus

Event #38

Paolo Rumiz, Alessandro Scillitani

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Event #39

Alessandro Barbero

The space of war. The Third Italian War of Independence

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