On 16 April 2019, the Italian Cultural Centre in Vancouver hosted the 2nd edition of the Italian Research Day in the World, a celebration that is part of the promotional programme of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation entitled "The Italian Way of Life".
ARPICO (the Association of Italian Researchers and Professionals in Western Canada), in cooperation with the Italian Embassy in Ottawa – office of the Science Attaché –, the Italian Consulate General and the Italian Cultural Centre in Vancouver, organised a lecture by Prof. Paolo Raggi, professor of Medicine at the University of Alberta in Edmonton (Alberta), and former director of the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute in Edmonton, one of the most advanced specialist facilities for the treatment of heart diseases in North America.
The lecture was introduced by the Italian Consul General, Massimiliano Iacchini, and by the Science Attaché of the Italian Embassy in Ottawa, Anna Galluccio.
Dr Raggi, a luminary in the field of cardiology and cardiovascular diseases, presented his research studies with a special focus on the connection between mental disorders and cardiovascular conditions.
The presentation was attended by around 70 people, prevalently from the medical and research sector (many of whom were Italian researchers and professionals), who carefully followed Dr Raggi’s presentation. A reception was organised at the end of the lecture to favour networking among the participants.
As the President of the Republic of Italy, Sergio Mattarella, said on the Italian Research Day in the World:
“Right now, Italy is among the leading Countries in terms of the number of scientific publications and Italian scientists are involved in major international experiments and this is also due to the solidity of our system of research, innovation and higher education.”
The Italian Research Day in the World therefore represents a great opportunity for our Country. Through initiatives such as these, it is possible to highlight the results achieved by Italian researchers abroad and promote furthering international collaborations in the area of science and technology.