Nearly 50 million people suffer from dementia diseases. For a full update on clinical and experimental research within the scope of this pathology, the 22nd congress of SINDEM –(Independent Association member of SIN – the Italian Society of Neurology – for Dementias) –will take place at Palazzo dei Congressi from 16th to 18th March 2017 within the events for the Settimana del Cervello (Brain Week). Continue reading Focus on Dementias at the SINDEM Congress – Palazzo dei Congressi, March 16-18, 2017


Over 300 plastic and cosmetic surgeons will meet at Palazzo dei Congressi from 17th to 19th March 2017 to discuss and clarify plastic surgery achievements. The best Italian specialists will participate, along with 5 international super-guests: Daniel Baker and Steve Cohen from the U.S., Per Heden from Sweden, Bryan Mendelson from Australia and Raul Gonzalez from Brazil.

New-generation breast implants, fat-dissolving injections and techniques to make people 10 years younger without using any scalpel in a single session – some of them are real novelties, implying the use of revolutionary techniques or innovative materials, while others are alleged novelties, still requiring time to test their safety and efficiency. The plastic & cosmetic surgeons of AICPE – the Italian association of Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery – will bring some order to the jungle of cosmetic treatments during the 5th National Congress named “Cosmetic Surgery”, taking place from 17th to 19th March 2017.

“We are submerged with information on revolutionary techniques allowing to obtain fantastic results in a short time, and without any effort – says Eugenio Gandolfi, President of AICPE -. Surely, in these last years, cosmetic surgery and medicine have made giant steps ahead, making it possible to obtain achievements which would have seemed impossible until recently, with less invasive techniques and faster recovery times. But this is also a sector in which there aren’t any clearly defined rules and improvised professionals abound, merely interested in their own profits, rather than in the safety of patients and the naturalness of results.”

Established in 2011, AICPE (www.aicpe.org) groups over 300 specialists devoting themselves mainly to plastic surgery for cosmetic purposes. To access the association, you have to go through a strict selection. By contacting AICPE members, patients know they can choose among selected professional practitioners.

The annual Florence congress offers the opportunity to discuss and take stock of the situation on techniques, tools and materials which actually work, and on those who, instead, do not give satisfactory results. Over 300 participants are expected to attend this event – in addition to important Italian plastic surgeons, some of the most renowned international specialist will also take part in the discussion, among them Daniel Baker and Steve Cohen from the U.S., Per Heden from Sweden, Bryan Mendelson from Australia and Raul Gonzalez from Brazil.



Scientists and researchers from all over the world met from 7th to 11th March at the Palacongressi & Palaffari to pool their own experience and sum up the connections between smoke and health. The congress was organized by SRNT – the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco – with members in over 40 countries in the world. “We are extremely satisfied with the results achieved – explained Bruce Wheeler, Executive Director of SRNT – both from a scientific point of view for the topics discussed, and for the positive feedback of participants coming to Florence from over 25 countries – Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, United States and Canada. They were all incredibly happy to find themselves in a beautiful congress center, just a few steps away from the historical highlights of one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and assisted by a highly professional staff who, along with the quality of Tuscan cuisine, made our experience even more unique and unforgettable.”

Topics discussed included various aspects linked with tobacco consumption, ranging from the consequences on health up to relevant laws, as well as electronic cigarettes and the interaction between nicotine and other psychoactive substances.

Watch the interview with Dr. Bruce Wheeler


3,600 participants from 230 schools -a new record of entries. 500 more than the previous edition. An unstoppable phenomenon, which has grown year on year.

“It takes just a second, Sir, now that the train has whistled…”. This is the end of the famous short story “The Train Has Whistled” by Luigi Pirandello, lending its title to the 16th edition of the Colloqui Fiorentini. And this train, taking Belluca – the main character of the story – on a journey that frees him from a bitter and suffocating life, will be caught by all those participating in the Florence convention. Trains, but also coaches, planes, from Lombardy, Sardinia, Sicily, and even the earthquake-hit Abruzzo. Teachers and students will come to Florence by any means of transport and from every region of Italy to experience this three-day event devoted to school. Because Pirandello is simply irresistible and his words, his books provocatively encourage to live life. Pirandello still captures the hearts and minds of Italian sensitive teachers and students, ready to move and to burn with passion for knowledge and with the urge to find a meaning behind everything.

There is a beyond in everything. You do not wish or do not know how to see it. But the moment this something more gleams in the eyes of an idle person like myself, who has set himself to observe you, why, you become puzzled, disturbed or irritated.” Pirandello makes you feel uncomfortable, Pirandello fascinates and irritates, Pirandello breaks the mould. The youth love him for this urge to know more about the existence, and for not being satisfied with what they already know: “There is a beyond in everything …” 

For sixteen years, the Colloqui Fiorentini event has been giving the opportunity to ask this kind of questions fearlessly within the scope of Italian schools. Here, students are free to discover themselves and the world, in perfect harmony with life and culture, between a thirst of culture and the urge to know more. And for many teachers (500 for this edition) this has become an unmissable event, a real professional training and updating opportunity.

This convention is actively supported by the Ministry of Education, Universities and Research, which acknowledged its significance concerning school and educational innovation and has therefore promoted it in all Italian schools, by inserting it in the Experience List of Excellence Promotion.



The Convention named “Tossicodipendenza, psicoterapia e Processo Anevrotico Terapeutico” (Drug Dependence, Psychotherapy & Un-neurotic Therapy Procedure) will take place at the Fortezza da Basso (Sala della Scherma) on Wednesday, 1st March 2017 from 9.30 a.m. on, and will be open to the public. Students from some Florence schools will also take part into this event, among them those from the Galileo Galilei State Institute and the Buontalenti Professional Institute. Continue reading The Convention on Drug Dependence, Psychotherapy & Un-Neurotic Therapy Procedure – Fortezza da Basso, March 1, 2017