• Artificial Intelligence in Bio-medicine

    July 25 - July 31, 2021

  • Artificial Intelligence in Bio-medicine

    July 25 - July 31, 2021

  • Artificial Intelligence in Bio-medicine

    July 25 - July 31, 2021

Aim and scope:
Life sciences have seen an increase of big multimodal datasets that can provide answers to several bio-medical questions. However, their size and complexity make classic approaches not suited due to several limitations. Recently, Artificial Intelligence methodologies have been applied to automatically detect important features in big datasets enabling a deeper study of tumor pathogenesis and evolution, gene interactions, disease trajectories in large populations, and precision medicine. Our main and special lecturers will address such a scope focusing on algorithms, models, biomedical and biotechnological techniques together with clinical applications. From the enclosed bibliography, the selected themes have received much attention in the scholarly literature ranging from Nature and Science to Bioinformatics Journals.


  • Pierre Baldi
    Neural Networks and Deep Learning in Bio-Medicine
    UC Irvine, USA
  • Euan Ashley
    Big Data, Network Analysis and Precision Medicine
    Stanford, USA
  • Eytan Ruppin
    Computational Analysis of Gene Interactions
    NIH/NCI Bethesda, USA
  • Doron Betel
    Single cell analysis of Tumor Microenvironment
    Weill Cornell Medical College, USA

Special Seminars

  • Søren Brunak
    Machine-learning-based Analysis of Disease Trajectories
    Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Carlo Croce
    Non-coding RNAs in Cancer
    Ohio State University, USA
  • Napoleone Ferrara
    Angiogenesis in Cancer
    University of California, San Diego, USA
  • Alberto Mantovani
    Immunology and Immunotherapies
    Humanitas University, Italy
  • Philip Tsichlis
    Gene-centric Cancer Biology
    Ohio State University, USA
  • Costantino Pitsalis
    Autoimmune Diseases
    Queen Mary University of London, UK


Schedule available soon

The official language is English.

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Travel and accomodation

Participants will be arranged in comfortable hotels at very special rates. The conference room (located at Hotel Giardino sul Mare, Via Maddalena, Lipari) is air-conditioned and equipped with all conference materials. Special areas are reserved to students for the afternoon coursework and study. The island of Lipari can be easily reached from Milazzo, Palermo, Naples, Messina and Reggio Calabria by ferry or hydrofoil (50 minutes from Milazzo).


Two kinds of participants are welcome.

Students: Participants who are expected to do afternoon coursework and take a final exam (The grades will be given following the ECTS grading scale). The course will involve a total of 24 hours of teaching. Passing the final exam gives right to an equivalent of 6 ECTS credits in any Ph.D. program.

Auditors: participants who are not interested in taking the final exam.

Registration fees is 500 €. The fee covers the course material, bus+hydrofoil Catania airport-Lipari-Catania airport, social events and coffee breaks. Late registration is 600 €.
Early registration applications can be submitted from January 1st, 2020 up to April 30th, 2021. Late registrations will be accepted up to June 21st, 2021. Admission notification will start on January 31st, 2020, according to registration time. Applicants must include a short curriculum vitae or an updated link to an official website.  In case of cancellation after fees payments, a 25% penalty will be applied. In case of credit card payment, processing fees cannot be reimbursed. Payment must be received as soon as possible, and in any case no later than July 10th, 2021.

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Alfredo Ferro (University of Catania, Italy)
Carlo M. Croce (Ohio State University, USA)
Søren Brunak (Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research, University of Copenhagen, Denmark)

Steering Committee

Ruggero De Maria (Istituto Nazionale Tumori Regina Elena, Italy)
Francesco Di Raimondo (University of Catania, Italy)
Rosalba Giugno (University of Verona, Italy)
Lorenzo Malatino (Director of Graduate Studies in "Translational Biomedicine" University of Catania, Italy)
Gene Myers (Max Planck Institute, Dresden, Germany)
Alfredo Pulvirenti (University of Catania, Italy)
Francesco Purrello (Director "Department Clinical and Experimental Medicine" University of Catania, Italy)
Roberto Purrello (University of Catania, Italy)
Stephen Quake (Stanford University, USA)
Giorgio Stassi (University of Palermo, Italy)
Stefania Stefani (University of Catania, Italy)
Paolo Vigneri (University of Catania, Italy)


Università di Catania

Dipartimento di Medicina Clinica e Sperimentale

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Organizing Committee

Prof. Alfredo Ferro
Prof. Alfredo Pulvirenti
Prof. Rosalba Giugno
Dr. Salvatore Alaimo
Dr. Giovanni Micale