Who we are
In the summer of 2008, Dr. Mauro Ferrari and his wife Paola, invited a close group of nanoscientist friends to Gagliato. These friends were world leaders in nanotechnology, and spontaneously engaged in four days of intense, format-free scientific discussions, interspersed with trips to the beach, local folklore, debates with the local townsfolk, and family-style banquets. The innovative thinking and collaborations born from this gathering inspired the group to continue meeting annually, inviting new experts to join in the venture each year at the end of july.
This event has become known as the NanoGagliato Conference, and grown into an annual invitation-only nanotechnology conference and evolved into a think tank focused on translational innovations. It comprises a five-day series of events to encourage discussions and collaborations among world experts, and dissemination and awareness among the lay public, on nanotechnology, and in particular on its medical applications, a field also know as nanomedicine.
In 2009, the group established the nonprofit association Accademia di Gagliato delle Nanoscienze (The Academy of Gagliato of NanoSciences) to oversee the planning of these conferences, and of all the many activities that developed from them.
L’Accademia di Gagliato delle NanoScienze is a non-profit cultural and scientific association based in Gagliato (CZ), Italy. It is headquartered in the beautiful FRANTOIO, an ancient oil mill whose new design has been artistically inspired and innovatively translated by local builders, with a grant obtained through a European Community project competition.
The Accademia has a Junior arm, NanoPiccola a.k.a. La Piccola Accademia di Gagliato, created in 2009 and devoted to informal education in nanotechnology for children ages 4-18. La Piccola Accademia di Gagliato launched the first series of educational activities for schoolchildren in the summer of 2010. This lively and very successful program became part of the NanoDays series developed by the NISE (Nanoscale Informal Science Education) Network. Approximately a hundred children from Gagliato and nearby towns attend this educational festival, which includes games, presentations, trading cards, and a Q&A session with the scientists.
Over its existence, NanoPiccola has engaged and entertained more than 1,000 children with science learning.
NanoGagliato USA is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization based in Houston, Texas, USA. It was established in 2015 to support the activities of the Accademia di Gagliato.
L'Accademia di Gagliato is financially sustained by private sponsorships and public grants.
Its Executive Board is composed by the following members: Domenico Garieri (founding member); Patrizia Doldo (founding member); Fabrizia Venuta; Barbara Bass; Paola Ferrari (founding member and current President); Mauro Ferrari (Honorary President); Giovanni Sinopoli (Executive Secretary).
Mauro Ferrari, Ph.D, is the Honorary President of the Accademia di Gagliato. He lives in Houston, Texas, where he is the President and CEO of the Houston Methodist Research Institute, and Executive Vice President of the Houston Methodist Hospital System. He is recognized as one of the founders of biomedical nano/micro technology, especially in its applications to drug delivery for cancer therapy (see latest discovery published on Nature Biotechnology on March 14, 2016). Dr. Ferrari is the author of more than 250 journal articles, 30 patents, and 6 books. He received countless honors and awards all over the world, and served in many national agencies, both in the USA and in Italy. He is a champion of ‘translational medicine’, that is, the process of bringing transformational new therapies from the laboratory to the clinic in the speediest (and safest) way.
Paola Del Zotto Ferrari founded L’Accademia di Gagliato delle NanoScienze in 2009, and acts as its current President. She is married to Mauro Ferrari and lives in Houston. They have five children. Paola has been a Fulbright Scholar at Columbia University in New York City, where she obtained a Master in International Affairs in 1994. She worked at the United Nations Secretariat as the Assistant to the UnderSecretary General for Public Information, and in the NGOs Office of the same department. She is also the founder and Honorary President of Achilles Houston International, a non profit that engages disabled athletes with able-body athletes in training and sports competitions.
Giovanni Sinopoli is the Executive Secretary of the Accademia di Gagliato.
Born and raised in Gagliato, he studied at the ITG of Soverato where he obtained his diploma in 2003. He is registered as a Surveyor, and own his own practice, located in Gagliato. He has directed several public and private construction sites, including the Photovoltaic Park north of Gagliato. He is married with one child, and a second on the way.