University of Padua

Centro Interdipartimentale di Storia della Medicina (CISM)

Few places can claim the extraordinary history of the University of Padua. Founded in 1222, Padua ranks amongst the first and most prestigious universities in Europe.

From the 14th century onwards, the University became a landmark for its philosophical naturalism and its medical studies significantly influencing the development of the Western world. The rise of modern science took place here, with Galileo Galilei (1564-1641), whilst crucial figures of modern medicine such as Andreas Vesalius (1514-1564), William Harvey (1578-1657), Santorio Santori (1561-1636), Antonio Vallisneri (1661-1730), Giovanni Battista Morgagni (1682-1771) and, many others, who either taught or

either taught are studied at the University of Padua.

In keeping with this extraordinary legacy, the Centro Interuniversitario di Storia della Medicina (CISM) devotes special attention to the history of the Paduan Medical School and the history of medicine more generally.

Because, since its origin, Padua has acted as a truly international campus, across East and West as well as across the Protestant and Catholic religious divide, the CISM is particularly committed to fostering the interactions and interdisciplinary links of medical history with special emphasis on the global history of medicine. 


Via Nicolò Giustiniani 2  – 35128 Padova
Website: CISM
Telephone: +39 049 8214393
Institute Representative: Giovanni Silvano

The University of Padua has been amongst the first institutions to support the creation of the CSMBR and to contribute actively to its activities and events. Together, we promote the history of medicine through publications, seminars and congresses, exhibitions and didactic activities.