Creation of a new charitable society called “Cattoli

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“Cattolica TJU Research” is the new charitable company resulting from the agreement signed on September 15, at Policlinico Universitario Agostino Gemelli IRCCS, by the rector of the Università Cattolica Franco Anelli and the director of operations of the Thomas Jefferson University, Kathy Gallagher. Its objective is to promote scientific research in the field of neuroscience, allowing the creation of the Brain Center “Vickie and Jack Farber Institute for Neuroscience at Policlinico Gemelli in Rome”, whose project began with the symbolic laying of the first stone of Gemelli .

The Thomas Jefferson University (TJU) delegation included Mark Tykocinski, President of TJU, Ignazio Marino, TJU Executive Vice President for Jefferson International Innovative Strategic Ventures, Robert Rosenwasser, Professor of Neurosurgery and Chairman of the “Vickie and Jack Farber Institute for Neuroscience,” Kathy Gallagher, TJU COO, Robert Di Stanislao, TJU Board Member, Drew Morrisroe, TJU Board Member, Alfred Salvato, TJU Vice President of Finance.

Ellen Farber and Bill Farber – who funded the Vickie and Jack Farber Institute for Neuroscience – also attended the event as special guests. They will donate an innovative cyber knife to the Brain Center.

A delegation from the Università Cattolica and the Fondazione Policlinico Universitario Agostino Gemelli IRCCS accompanied the guests on a tour of some of the Polyclinic’s facilities dealing with neurological disciplines. This delegation was made up of Paolo Nusiner, Director General of the Università Cattolica and President of Gemelli Isola SpA, Marco Elefanti, Director General of the Fondazione Policlinico Universitario Agostino Gemelli IRCCS, Alessandro Tuzzi, Deputy Director General of the Università Cattolica, and professors from the Università Cattolica Claudio Grassi, Alessandro Olivi and Paolo Calabresi.

The charitable society “Cattolica TJU Research”

With the signing of the statute, the Catholic University and Thomas Jefferson University created a new charitable society, named “Cattolica TJU Research”, with the aim of conducting scientific research in the field of neuroscience. The new Company will offer scientific advice on the use of new clinical equipment, particularly in the field of neuroscience, focusing on the development of new technologies based on the acquisition and processing of neurophysiological data in humans and the animal.

“Cattolica TJU Research” will collaborate with universities, organizations and national and international institutions to develop new lines of research in the field of neuroscience, ranging from the design and implementation of electrophysiological data processing software to activities research, including basic and applied studies. It will also promote and coordinate activities for the design and implementation of knowledge dissemination events.

The Brain Center “Vickie and Jack Farber Institute for Neuroscience at Policlinico Gemelli in Rome”

The new Brain Center “Vickie and Jack Farber Institute for Neuroscience at Policlinico Gemelli in Rome”, will be the “twin” of the one activated in Philadelphia. It will enable translational and clinical research on the most important neuropsychiatric diseases, as well as cutting-edge treatments for various pathologies, such as brain tumors, thanks to the donation by the Farber family of a Cyberknife, a cutting-edge instrument in the field of radiotherapy.

To achieve these results, a new six-storey building, entirely occupied by neuroscience activities, will be built opposite the main Gemelli building. Radiotherapy will occupy the first floor, research laboratories the second, while the other three floors will house day hospitals, outpatient clinics and treatment rooms for neurology and neurosurgery. In the roof there will be offices. The building should be completed within two years.


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