Centre for the Study of Medicine and the Body in the Renaissance - CSMBR

The Centre for the Study of Medicine and the Body in the Renaissance (CSMBR) is an international institute of advanced studies belonging to the Institutio Santoriana – Fondazione Comel and based at the Domus Comeliana in Pisa.

Its mission is to further the values of Renaissance humanism and the advancement of scientific knowledge as particularly related to the historical and intellectual development of the European Medical Renaissance (1400-1700).


History and Organisation

First established in January 2018 to carry on the scientific legacy of the Italian physician, philosopher, scientist, and inventor Santorio Santori (1561-1636), the CSMBR is currently the most important Italian institution devoted to the study of medical humanities. It is run by an international committee, whose members seat as representatives of three major partner institutions, formally affiliated to the centre: 

University of Exeter

Centre for Medical History

University of Padua

Centre for the History of Medicine

Studio Firmano 

for the History of Medicine and Science


Fundamental Principles

The centre is an independent research institute open to scholars of any nationality, without discrimination of ethnicity, gender, age, political, religious, or sexual orientation.

The CSMBR neither seeks nor promotes any political goals. Advocacy research, as well as any activity or field of studies directly related to political aims of any nature (religious, social, economic, sexual, etc.), are incompatible with its mission.