Centre for the Study of Medicine and the Body in the Renaissance
The Centre for the Study of Medicine and the Body in the Renaissance (CSMBR) is an international institute of advanced studies belonging to the Institutio Santoriana – Fondazione Comel and based at the Domus Comeliana in Pisa. It is the major Italian institution devoted to the study of medical humanities, and its mission is to further the values of medical humanism and the advancement of scientific knowledge as particularly related to the historical and intellectual development of the European Medical Renaissance (1400–1700).
The CSMBR was established in January 2018 after the endowment of the Institutio Santoriana – Fondazione Comel to carry on the scientific legacy of the Italian physician, scientist, inventor and philosopher Santorio Santorio (1561-1636), who introduced the quantitative method to medicine and is reputed the father of quantitative experimental physiology, pursuant to the will of Prof. Marcello Comel (1902–1996) founder of the institution.
The CSMBR is run by a committee of scholars that works in cooperation with three formal affiliates, the Centre for Medical History (CMH), University of Exeter, the Centre for the History of Medicine of the University of Padua, and the Studio Firmano for the History of Medicine and Science. As an independent Institute of Research, the CSMBR pursues exclusively scientific and cultural goals, is open to scholars of any nationality, neither seeks nor promotes any political goals or engages in advocacy research.
Prizes and awards
The Centre encourages international cooperation by its awards and travel grants, such as the Santorio Award for Excellence in Research and the Santorio Fellowship for Medical Humanities and Science.
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