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.

First established in January 2018 to carry on the scientific legacy of the Italian physician, philosopher, scientist, and inventor Santorio Santori (1561-1636), the centre is currently the most important Italian institution devoted to the study of medical humanities. 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 committee of international scholars, the CSMBR organises its events in cooperation with three partner institutions that are formally affiliated to the centre:

      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

The centre is an independent institute of research 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 which is directly related to political aims of any nature (religious, social, economic, sexual, etc.), are therefore incompatible with its very mission.