Research

My research interests are focused to understand the systems coming from old medical traditions connecting mind, body and spirit to promote the healing process in the contemporary health system. To understand this complexity I work inside an international research network that involves physicists, medical doctors, psychologists, biologist and anthropologists.

I actually works inside the Unesco Chair “Health Anthropology, Biosphere and Healing systems” – University of Genoa (IT) and with the staff of the Tuscany regional centre for phytoteraphy, Center for Integrative Medicine, Careggi Hospital, Florence CERTIF (IT)

 

These are the research lines I am following:

 

1) UNESCO CHAIR HEALTH ANTHROPOLOGY – THE BIOSPHERE AND HEALING SYSTEMS

unesco 

 

Description:

The UNESCO Chair project stems from a cultural necessity to fill and a wealth of knowledge to preserve. Health, environment and treatment strategies are considered to be strictly connected in contemporary medicine. This new, integrated approach contradicts and overcomes the traditional separation between humanities, scientific medicine and treatment.  Health and approach to treatment strategies are not uniform around the worlds; the universal baseline is quality assurance of investigation in science.

The wealth to preserve is the Scarpa Museum of Ethnomedicine at the University of Genoa. Its collection, which includes over 1500 artefacts collected worldwide over 50 years of field research, is of matchless value.in the field of Anthropology. Several researchers from different cultural backgrounds have investigated together the geographical diversity of instruments exhibited in the collection and the related armamentarium of treatment.

The Scarpa Museum is located in the Dipartimento di Scienze della Formazione (DISFOR), University of Genova

 

My Research

The research program examines the places of care in different cultural contexts.

Since ancient times, the most distant prehistoric sites of care and healing have been identified for a particular energy and the shape of the environment.

The sensitivity towards nature, plants, rocks, exposure to light or in the dark of night shelters, areas of plant growth have always been a fundamental aspect for the identification and selection of suitable locations to medical care.

The place is already a part of the therapy.

Somehow the birth of modern medicine and the indifferent localization of the sites linked to the planning of therapies for the treatment and undifferentiated urbanization, has in fact neglected, apart from a few isolated cases, this aspect of the cultures of health.

 

My research project is organized around these areas of research:

 

Ethnomedicine: documentation of practices and rituals

Ethnomedicine: analysis of the natural elements such as water and plants

Neuroscience, Physics and Chemistry: activation of neural circuits with the use of sound, electromagnetic fields and plants

Ethnobotany: Plant polycultures and languages

Geophysics: geomorphology and landscape structure

Architecture ceremonial and healing

In particular, I am been analyzing Mayantuyacu, an indigenous Ashaninka healing center that is located in the primary forest of Pucallpa, near the river Pachitea and directed by maestro Juan Flores.

As part of the research project are ongoing analysis of the following elements: water, music (icaros), herbal medicine, architecture ceremonial involved during the ceremonies of care.

 

In this historical moment in which western medicine and Ethnomedicine are looking for a common approach to medical science through the exchange of knowledge and experience, there is room to bring greater awareness to the relationship between the care, the environment, ancient knowledge and research.

 

 

Links

http://www.cattedraunesco.sdf.unige.it

etnomedicina.unige.it

http://www.mayantuyacu.com/

 

2) CERFIT Tuscany regional research centre for phytoteraphy

Logo CERFIT HQ - research section

 

Description:

The CERFIT Tuscany regional research centre for phytoteraphy, is set in the Careggi Universitary Hospital in Florence (Italy). The Center conducts intensive research, with participation in drug research, clinical and epidemiological analysis of the products within some Universitary Departments. It is a research group cross professionally, integrated and complementary, consisting of physicians, pharmacologists, pharmacists, nutritionists, herbalists, acupuncturists, chemists, biologists and epidemiologists, with the collaboration of experts in anthropology, ethnomedicine, nursing, midwifery and sanitary economy.

In the oncological field the Center for Integrative Medicine in 2013 with the Tuscany Region has participated in the European project EPAAC contributing to the realization of the volume on the treatments of symptoms related to cancer chemo and radio therapy of through Complementary Medicine published in peer review journals(http://www.epaac.eu).

 

My Research

 My research is related to study and teach ethnomedicine in the “Integrative Medicine” Master.

 

Links

www.cerfit.org

http://www.medicinaintegrativa.it/

 

 

3) LIMMIT

Schermata 2014-09-13 a 19.39.04

 

 

Description

The objectives of the lab are to establish connections between Medicine and information obtained from the mind-matter

interaction. The most favorable setting for the transfer of this knowledge would be a medical school where patients or

research participants could be followed by a multidisciplinary team. There is growing evidence that new techniques

of Altered States of Consciousness, namely Hypnosis, meditation, teaching plants, can influence and alter many

physiological processes including the immune system. The mission of this laboratory is further experimentation in this

area.

 

My Research

Recently studies in the literature have shown that the research on a single neuron is not sufficient to explain all

phenomena of the brain and provide a complete model for consciousness. Penrose and Hameroff have proposed a

theoretical model in which consciousness emerges from biophysical processes acting at the subcellular level and

involving the structures of the cytoskeleton. Consciousness is attributed to quantum and computation of cytoskeleton

proteins organized in a network of microtubules inside neurons. It has been shown that the use of certain plants typical

of different Traditional Medical Systems activates the protein network of the cytoskeleton with the achievement of

“different states” of consciousness. Psychotropic substances inside these plants interact with human neurotransmitters

activating biochemical pathways that may cause changes at different levels like cognitive, emotional, mind-body

interaction.

 

Link

http://prezi.com/zpqtk82mtdql/limmit-neurophilosophy-february2014/

Pictures

 

4) VID

vid

 Description:

VID, from the Sanskrit VEDA, ‘seeing with different eyes,’ is the Visual Institute of Developmental Arts and Sciences.

VID is dedicated to promoting the inherent connections between the Arts and Sciences through a variety of interdisciplnary research projects and public activities. At VID, the public is invited to experience these connections, with seminars and experiential workshops connecting the Humanities and Sciences through visual arts, music, interdisciplinary scientific studies, healing arts, meditation, yoga, media projects, cross-cultural explorations, and a variety of other activities.

VID provides a forum for Artists and Scientists to share their paths, forming collaborations between disciplines to explore a world of transformations.

VID is worldwide connected with The Cell Transplant Center and Diabetes Research Institute (DRI), University of Miami, FL, USA; The DRI Federation (this is involved in the worldwide development of stem cell therapies for diabetes and its associated complications); The National Institutes of Health (NIH) – National Institutes on Aging (NIA) and their Laboratory of Cardiovascular Sciences (LCS) in Baltimore, MD, USA; The Lerner Research Institute, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Cleveland Clinic, Ohio, USA. The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry; The California Nanoscience Institute (CNSI) and the Nanoart and Nanoscience Institute.

 

The scientific director is Prof. Carlo Ventura

 

My Research

Ethnomedicine, the study of the traditional or ancestral medicine of the various populations of the world, deals with a space-time vision of the preventive, hygienic and curative procedures, whether they tend towards the more magic-religious or the merely empirical. In all traditional healing systems belonging to different cultures the Sounds are part of each traditional healing systems: for example Mantra inthe Eastern word, Icaros in the Amazonian ethinc medicine, Prayers in western world.The project will connect different Sciences, like Medical Anthropology, Theology, Physics, Biology and Medicine, blurring the dividing lines and helping usher in a new dialogue that fosters a cutting edge research for human health.

 

Links

http://www.vidartscience.com

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IV5v3hjXwjI

 

4) LAGRANGE PROJECT

lagrange

Description:

This project is entitled to Lagrange, the greatest mathematician and scientist born and lived in Turin and in Piedmont, and was strongly fostered and supported by CRT Foundation with the scientific coordination of ISI Foundation; the project aims at taking and tackling the ambitious challenge of complexity.
It will represent a proactive support to the research on the organization of complex systems with all their potential applications in a variety of production sectors as well as a useful tool to try to spread a new culture of innovation.

 

MY RESEARCH

 

Low back pain is a very common disease that affects approximately 80% of people over the course of their lives. It is estimated that in 15-20% of cases this disorder tends to become chronic even in the case in which is implemented a corrective treatment of conservative or surgical.

The aim of the research is to evaluate different mind-body treatments like hypnosis and mindfulness in people with Chronic low back pain.

 

 

 

 My research interests are focused to understand the systems coming from old medical traditions connecting mind, body and spirit to promote the healing process in the contemporary health system. To understand this complexity I work inside an international research network that involves physicists, medical doctors, psychologists, biologist and anthropologists.

I actually works inside the Unesco Chair “Health Anthropology, Biosphere and Healing systems” – University of Genoa (IT) and with the staff of the Tuscany regional centre for phytoteraphy, Center for Integrative Medicine, Careggi Hospital, Florence CERTIF (IT)

 

These are the research lines I am following:

 

1) UNESCO CHAIR HEALTH ANTHROPOLOGY – THE BIOSPHERE AND HEALING SYSTEMS

unesco 

 

Description:

The UNESCO Chair project stems from a cultural necessity to fill and a wealth of knowledge to preserve. Health, environment and treatment strategies are considered to be strictly connected in contemporary medicine. This new, integrated approach contradicts and overcomes the traditional separation between humanities, scientific medicine and treatment.  Health and approach to treatment strategies are not uniform around the worlds; the universal baseline is quality assurance of investigation in science.

The wealth to preserve is the Scarpa Museum of Ethnomedicine at the University of Genoa. Its collection, which includes over 1500 artefacts collected worldwide over 50 years of field research, is of matchless value.in the field of Anthropology. Several researchers from different cultural backgrounds have investigated together the geographical diversity of instruments exhibited in the collection and the related armamentarium of treatment.

The Scarpa Museum is located in the Dipartimento di Scienze della Formazione (DISFOR), University of Genova

 

My Research

The research program examines the places of care in different cultural contexts.

Since ancient times, the most distant prehistoric sites of care and healing have been identified for a particular energy and the shape of the environment.

The sensitivity towards nature, plants, rocks, exposure to light or in the dark of night shelters, areas of plant growth have always been a fundamental aspect for the identification and selection of suitable locations to medical care.

The place is already a part of the therapy.

Somehow the birth of modern medicine and the indifferent localization of the sites linked to the planning of therapies for the treatment and undifferentiated urbanization, has in fact neglected, apart from a few isolated cases, this aspect of the cultures of health.

 

My research project is organized around these areas of research:

 

Ethnomedicine: documentation of practices and rituals

Ethnomedicine: analysis of the natural elements such as water and plants

Neuroscience, Physics and Chemistry: activation of neural circuits with the use of sound, electromagnetic fields and plants

Ethnobotany: Plant polycultures and languages

Geophysics: geomorphology and landscape structure

Architecture ceremonial and healing

In particular, I am been analyzing Mayantuyacu, an indigenous Ashaninka healing center that is located in the primary forest of Pucallpa, near the river Pachitea and directed by maestro Juan Flores.

As part of the research project are ongoing analysis of the following elements: water, music (icaros), herbal medicine, architecture ceremonial involved during the ceremonies of care.

 

In this historical moment in which western medicine and Ethnomedicine are looking for a common approach to medical science through the exchange of knowledge and experience, there is room to bring greater awareness to the relationship between the care, the environment, ancient knowledge and research.

 

 

Links

http://www.cattedraunesco.sdf.unige.it

etnomedicina.unige.it

http://www.mayantuyacu.com/

 

2) CERFIT Tuscany regional research centre for phytoteraphy

Logo CERFIT HQ - research section

 

Description:

The CERFIT Tuscany regional research centre for phytoteraphy, is set in the Careggi Universitary Hospital in Florence (Italy). The Center conducts intensive research, with participation in drug research, clinical and epidemiological analysis of the products within some Universitary Departments. It is a research group cross professionally, integrated and complementary, consisting of physicians, pharmacologists, pharmacists, nutritionists, herbalists, acupuncturists, chemists, biologists and epidemiologists, with the collaboration of experts in anthropology, ethnomedicine, nursing, midwifery and sanitary economy.

In the oncological field the Center for Integrative Medicine in 2013 with the Tuscany Region has participated in the European project EPAAC contributing to the realization of the volume on the treatments of symptoms related to cancer chemo and radio therapy of through Complementary Medicine published in peer review journals(http://www.epaac.eu).

 

My Research

 My research is related to study and teach ethnomedicine in the “Integrative Medicine” Master.

 

Links

www.cerfit.org

http://www.medicinaintegrativa.it/

 

 

3) LIMMIT

Schermata 2014-09-13 a 19.39.04

 

 

Description

The objectives of the lab are to establish connections between Medicine and information obtained from the mind-matter

interaction. The most favorable setting for the transfer of this knowledge would be a medical school where patients or

research participants could be followed by a multidisciplinary team. There is growing evidence that new techniques

of Altered States of Consciousness, namely Hypnosis, meditation, teaching plants, can influence and alter many

physiological processes including the immune system. The mission of this laboratory is further experimentation in this

area.

 

My Research

Recently studies in the literature have shown that the research on a single neuron is not sufficient to explain all

phenomena of the brain and provide a complete model for consciousness. Penrose and Hameroff have proposed a

theoretical model in which consciousness emerges from biophysical processes acting at the subcellular level and

involving the structures of the cytoskeleton. Consciousness is attributed to quantum and computation of cytoskeleton

proteins organized in a network of microtubules inside neurons. It has been shown that the use of certain plants typical

of different Traditional Medical Systems activates the protein network of the cytoskeleton with the achievement of

“different states” of consciousness. Psychotropic substances inside these plants interact with human neurotransmitters

activating biochemical pathways that may cause changes at different levels like cognitive, emotional, mind-body

interaction.

 

Link

http://prezi.com/zpqtk82mtdql/limmit-neurophilosophy-february2014/

Pictures

 

4) VID

vid

 Description:

VID, from the Sanskrit VEDA, ‘seeing with different eyes,’ is the Visual Institute of Developmental Arts and Sciences.

VID is dedicated to promoting the inherent connections between the Arts and Sciences through a variety of interdisciplnary research projects and public activities. At VID, the public is invited to experience these connections, with seminars and experiential workshops connecting the Humanities and Sciences through visual arts, music, interdisciplinary scientific studies, healing arts, meditation, yoga, media projects, cross-cultural explorations, and a variety of other activities.

VID provides a forum for Artists and Scientists to share their paths, forming collaborations between disciplines to explore a world of transformations.

VID is worldwide connected with The Cell Transplant Center and Diabetes Research Institute (DRI), University of Miami, FL, USA; The DRI Federation (this is involved in the worldwide development of stem cell therapies for diabetes and its associated complications); The National Institutes of Health (NIH) – National Institutes on Aging (NIA) and their Laboratory of Cardiovascular Sciences (LCS) in Baltimore, MD, USA; The Lerner Research Institute, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Cleveland Clinic, Ohio, USA. The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry; The California Nanoscience Institute (CNSI) and the Nanoart and Nanoscience Institute.

 

The scientific director is Prof. Carlo Ventura

 

My Research

Ethnomedicine, the study of the traditional or ancestral medicine of the various populations of the world, deals with a space-time vision of the preventive, hygienic and curative procedures, whether they tend towards the more magic-religious or the merely empirical. In all traditional healing systems belonging to different cultures the Sounds are part of each traditional healing systems: for example Mantra inthe Eastern word, Icaros in the Amazonian ethinc medicine, Prayers in western world.The project will connect different Sciences, like Medical Anthropology, Theology, Physics, Biology and Medicine, blurring the dividing lines and helping usher in a new dialogue that fosters a cutting edge research for human health.

 

Links

http://www.vidartscience.com

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IV5v3hjXwjI

 

4) LAGRANGE PROJECT

lagrange

Description:

This project is entitled to Lagrange, the greatest mathematician and scientist born and lived in Turin and in Piedmont, and was strongly fostered and supported by CRT Foundation with the scientific coordination of ISI Foundation; the project aims at taking and tackling the ambitious challenge of complexity.
It will represent a proactive support to the research on the organization of complex systems with all their potential applications in a variety of production sectors as well as a useful tool to try to spread a new culture of innovation.

 

MY RESEARCH

 

Low back pain is a very common disease that affects approximately 80% of people over the course of their lives. It is estimated that in 15-20% of cases this disorder tends to become chronic even in the case in which is implemented a corrective treatment of conservative or surgical.

The aim of the research is to evaluate different mind-body treatments like hypnosis and mindfulness in people with Chronic low back pain.