Annual PhD Conference in Biomedical Sciences

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Annual PhD Conference in Biomedical Sciences

“Meeting in Research”
20 September, 2023, 9.00 – 18.00

University of Milano-Bicocca – Aula Magna, Edificio U8 Asclepio – Via Cadore, 48 Monza


Annual PhD Conference in Biomedical Sciences – Meeting in Research aims to bring together PhD students from 3 doctorate programs at the Department of Medicine & Surgery, UNIMIB – DIMET, Neurosciences, Public Health, offering students a chance to present their research in front of their peers, supervisors and the Doctoral Board/Committee.

It is for the first time a PhD conference is being held jointly, involving students of all three Doctorate Programs, with the idea to provide an interdisciplinary platform for researchers to present and discuss their research, facilitate exchange of ideas and promote communication and interaction.


Please, click on the link to access all the posters presented throughout the day.

Call for Contributions

All 2° and 3° year PhD students are requested to contribute through submission of their research abstracts. The Selection Commission of each of the Doctorate Programs will review the abstracts and select 18 contributions for the oral presentation and rest for the poster presentation.

Abstract submission: July 15 th , 2023
Selection results: July 30 th , 2023
Submission of Poster/Oral presentation: Sept.14 th



9.00 Registration                    

9.15 Welcome address

9.15 Guido Cavaletti, Vice Rector for Research, UNIMIB

9.20 Pietro Invernizzi, Director, Department of Medicine & Surgery, UNIMIB

9.25 Maria Luce Frezzotti, President, Doctorate School UNIMIB              

9.30 Key Note Speaker 1

Angelo Corti, Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele, IRCCS Ospedale San Raffaele, Milano - Manipulation of the tumor vasculature and microenvironment with targeted cytokines

Chair: Rosa Maria Moresco, Paola Marmiroli


10.15 Coffee Break


11.00 Student Oral Presentations

PhD in Neuroscience

11.00 Elisabetta Battocchio - Investigating the role of large microglial extracellular vesicles carrying pathogenic misfolded proteins in Alzheimer’s disease and their interaction with neurons

11.15  Sara Di Girolamo - Direct and indirect air pollution effects on synaptic transmission linked to the development of neurodegenerative diseases

11.30  Michela Picardi - Neurophysiological effects of visuo-motor Paired Associative Stimulation in stroke patients with hemiparesis: preliminary findings

11.45  Alessandra Telesca - Chronic pain and mood disorders make people insensitive to interpersonal closeness

12.00  Margherita Tassan Mazzocco - Identification of prodromal imaging markers of neurodegeneration in selected animal models of Parkinson’s disease

PhD in Public Health

12.15  Diletta Fabrizi - Dyadic approaches for patient self-care and caregiver contribution to self-care assessment in type 2 diabetes mellitus

12.30  Matteo Petrosino - Results from the ORANGE study and a simulation work to evaluate the robustness of Joint Models and Time-Dependent Cox model frameworks under different missingness mechanisms

12.45  Paolo Ranieri - A proposal about hospital technological governance for healthcare and scientific research

Chair: Rosa Maria Moresco, Paola Marmiroli


13.00  Lunch


14.30  Key Note Speaker 2

Giancarlo Cesana, Professore Onorario di Igiene, Università degli studi di Milano-Bicocca - The concept of health after the pandemia

Chair: Lorenzo Mantovani, Giovanni Cazzaniga, Laura Antolini


15.30 Coffee Break


16.00 Student Oral Presentations

PhD in Public Health

16.00 Arrigo Paciello - Valutazione dell’impatto della campagna vaccinale sull’epidemia di COVID-19 nel territorio di ATS Bergamo

16.15 Christian Pozzi - “Continu-A-Mente”: a continuity project of healthcare between hospital and community for people living with dementia and their caregiver


16.30 Capelletti Martina Maria - Protective Role of Ceruloplasmin in Ferroptosis

16.45 Gervasoni Clarissa - Study of angiogenic potential and metabolism in mesenchymal stromal cells derived from Shwachman-Diamond Syndrome patients and new therapeutic strategies

17.00 Protti Giulia - Deciphering the landscape of dendritic cells in the tumour microenvironment through single-cell analysis

17.15 Vitulo Manuela - Novel therapeutic approaches in the treatment of chronic liver disorders

17.30 Timóteo Ferreira Filipa - Macrophage dysregulation drives endothelial cells towards a mesenchymal fate during skeletal muscle regeneration

17.45 Raggi Laura - Inhibition of FGF23 is a therapeutic strategy to target hematopoietic stem cell niche defects in β-thalassemia

Chair: Lorenzo Mantovani, Giovanni Cazzaniga, Laura Antolini


17.30 Closing Remarks

Lorenzo Mantovani

Keynote Speakers Bio

Speaker 1: Angelo Corti, Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele, IRCCS Ospedale San Raffaele, Milano
Professore Ordinario di Biochimica, Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Milano. Direttore della Divisione di Oncologia Sperimentale, Istituto Scientifico San Raffaele, Milano.Responsabile dell’Unità di Biologia dei Tumori e Targeting Vascolare (Capo Unità), Istituto Scientifico San Raffaele, Milan
Speaker 2: Giancarlo Cesana, Professore Onorario di Igiene, l’Università degli studi di Milano Bicocca
già direttore del Centro Studi di Sanità Pubblica.
Si è occupato prevalentemente di psicofisiologia dello stress e di epidemologia, con particolare riguardo ai rapporti tra fattori sociali e malattie.

Principal investigator in studi internazionali e nazionali, ha ricoperto molte cariche accademiche e ha al suo attivo numerose pubblicazioni scientifiche e divulgative, in campo medico, culturale e sociale.
Dal 2009 al 2015 è stato presidente della Fondazione IRCCS Ca’ Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico di Milano.