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The Institutio Santoriana – Fondazione Comel was created in 1992 in Milan by the physiology and dermatology Professor Marcello Comel, who was also a patron of the arts. He wanted to honour the memory of his wife, the Doctor Maria Cecilia Bernardo, and their child Camillo. The Foundation was recognized as a charitable trust by the Lombardy District in 1993, since December 2010 at the national level. The Institutio Santoriana – Fondazione Comel was created in 1992 in Milan by the physiology and dermatology Professor Marcello Comel, who was also a patron of the arts. He wanted to honour the memory of his wife, the Doctor Maria Cecilia Bernardo, and their child Camillo. The Foundation was recognized as a charitable trust by the Lombardy District in 1993, since December 2010 at the national level.

The Foundation is based in Milan (Italy) in Via F.lli Maggiolini 1, and in Pisa (Italy) at the intersection Via S. Ranierino 9 and Via Cardinal Maffi 44/46. As proposed the Founder, Marcello Comel, the Foundation is no-profit and its main purpose is the encouragement of the integrated Medical Humanism by reference to the Galilean physician Santorio Santorio. Furthermore, the Foundation aims to promote scientific, cultural and social initiatives inspired to the principles of the integrated Medical Humanism. Therefore, it promotes the research, the education and the scientific, artistic and literary activities in addition to the publication in the field of science and health knowledge in its modern sense, with attention to safety so that the scientific and economic progress goes together with the development and the consideration of the human being and its life standards.

To continue its statutory purpose the Foundation can also cooperate with other public and private institutions, as well as with foreign entities and institution with the same values and purposes, by preserving its autonomy. It is the competence of the Executive Board to identify the forms and ways for the more efficient achievement of the statutory purpose. It is possible in this respect to implement and promote objectives as:

  • Scientific library open to researchers;• Conferences, symposia and cultural events;
  • Seminars or courses included ECM;• Fellowships, awards;
  • Publication of researches, papers and science, culture and society articles;
  • Agreement with Universities, Institutions and other entities: individual, public and private, in Italy and abroad;
  • Researches and monographs, investigations, analysis and activities (even via expertise and service) concerning the purpose.

Without neglecting the virtue of printed paper, a particular attention is reserved to contemporary electronic means of communication useful for the faster and easier driving of information and documents even at a distance. The Foundation’s Magazine, Anthologica Medica Santoriana (AMS), founded in 1945 has been renewed along these lines and since 2010 published also in electronic format. In conformity with its ethimology, the magazine’s name is indicative of the willingness to disseminate the knowledge and research in various fields to broaden the horizons and clarify information even to non-experts.

According to the Foundator disposals and interest in a connection among art, science and “egregious readership”, a new section of Anthologica Medica Santoriana (AMS) is in progress: De Litteris et Artibus Sectio, dedicated more generally to intellectual and spiritual life. The section is preferably intended not just to specialists, but to those who appreciate readability and clearness of art experience (in the broad sense) and who love a culture free and independent from trends.