Biomedical sciences

The Department of Biomedical Sciences manages the research activity in Biology, Medicine and Public Health. It provides technologies and services to both the public and the private area, with the purpose of promoting knowledge on the fundamental mechanism governing physiological and pathological aspects in living organism, starting from basic research in life sciences to the study of human diseases and of innovative therapeutic interventions. The ultimate aim is to explore new opportunities for ameliorating the health of mankind.

The fundamental activities regard oncology, neurodegenerative diseases, cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases, immunology and infectious diseases, epidemiology and health care research, Biology and biomedical technologies. In these areas, some technologies have been developed and they have found a wider use in the different benchmark areas: proteomics, pharmacogenomics, advanced calculus in bioinformatics and system biology, robotic systems for the limbs’ rehabilitation, molecular diagnostics and imaging. 

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The brain at rest? Optimizes its future performance

Press release 25/06/221

Italian researchers hypothesize that the resting brain, in the absence of particular tasks to perform, functions as a class of computational algorithms called 'generative models' and that the spontaneous activity it generates is necessary to optimize learning and the preparation to perform future tasks. The study, which involves Cnr, University of Padua, Irccs Ospedale San Camillo Venice, Padua Neuroscience Center and Veneto Institute of Molecular Medicine, is published in Trends in Cognitive Sciences

SensApp: the European project towards a groundbreaking diagnostics for the Alzheimer's disease through a routine blood sample

News 19/05/2021

The European project SensApp, coordinated by the Institute of Applied Sciences and Intelligent Systems of te CNR, towards a groundbreaking diagnostics for the Alzheimer’s disease through a routine blood sample. EU project SensApp brings together several scientific groups from across Europe to collaborate on the development of a super-sensor, which could enable a new, more humane way for Alzheimer’s disease discovery and continuous monitoring. Currently, preclinical detection of the disease requires a painful lumbar puncture to observe unusual protein levels in the patient’s cerebrospinal fluid

Pandemics: Coronavirus and beyond

Institutional Area

A pandemic is a natural catastrophic event, a gigantic, prolonged "earthquake": unpredictable, but with the certainty that sooner or later it will happen, yielding devastating health and socio-economic effects. What we are learning from the Covid-19 "earthquake"? The website promoted by the Department of Biomedical Sciences of the National Research Council of Italy (Cnr-Dsb) is facing some big questions about the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic

Learning from meteorites to improve bone replacements

Press release 08/04/2021

Whitlockite, which has the ideal formula Ca9Mg(PO4)6[PO3(OH)], is a rare natural calcium phosphate found in granite rocks. It is retrieved also in chondritic meteorites, along with its de-hydrogenated analogue, the mineral merrillite (the most important reservoir of phosphate phosphorous in the Solar System), making it a natural phase largely studied in planetary science

Cancer: personalized predictions from a blood sample

Press release 18/03/2021

New method to monitor genomic alterations in cancer patients. An easier, faster and cheaper approach. The collaborative study from the Cnr Institute of Clinical Physiology, Ispro, the University of Pisa and Florence, and Aoup, has been published in Molecular Cancer

The Italian portal dedicated to Covid-19 goes online

Press note 15/02/2021

The Italian Covid-19 Data Portal is now online at The site gathers and displays research data produced in Italy on Sars-CoV-2 and Covid-19.The portal has been developed to support researchers and any other interested stakeholder by the Italian node of the European infrastructure for life sciences data, Elixir, coordinated by the National Research Council and participated by 22 other subjects among Universities, Research institutions - as the Italian National Institute of Health (ISS) - and technological centres as Garr.

BioMaH - Biomaterials and Novel Technologies for Healthcare, 3rd International Conference

Event from 18/10/2022 to 21/10/2022

The 3rd BioMaH (Biomaterials and Novel Technologies for Healthcare) Conference is an international interdisciplinary forum of major experts in the field of healthcare sciences, contributing in solving challenging problems in medicine