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. It is currently the major Italian institution devoted to the study medical humanities and its mission is to further the values of medical humanism and the advancement of scientific knowledge as particularly related to the historical and intellectual development of the European Medical Renaissance (1400-1700).

Run by a scientific committee of international scholars, the centre organises its events in cooperation with three partner institutions that are formally affiliated to the CSMBR:

Centre for Medical History (CMH) of the University of Exeter – UK

Centre for the History of Medicine of the University of Padua – IT

Studio Firmano for the History of Medicine and Science – IT 


Fundamental Principles

As an independent Institute of Research, the CSMBR:

  • pursues exclusively scientific and cultural goals;
  • is open to scholars of any nationality, without discrimination of ethnicity, gender, age, political, religious, or sexual orientation;
  • neither seeks nor promotes any political goals; advocacy research, as well as any activity or field of studies which is directly related to political aims of any nature (religious, social, economic, sexual, etc.), is incompatible with the very mission of the Centre.