Prof. Fabio Rossi & Video Interview with Rita Levi-Montalcini On December 30, 2012, Italy lost one of its most prestigious minds in the scientific domain: neuro-biologist Rita Levi-Montalcini, who passed away at the age of 103. Together with colleague Stanley Cohen, Levi-Montalcini was awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their discovery of nerve growth factor. The Istituto Italiano di Cultura, in collaboration with ARPICO - the Association of Italian Researchers and Professionals of Western Canada -, presents an evening commemorating the life and achievements of this outstanding scientist, who famously had to conduct her experiments in her bedroom when the fascist regime passed racial laws barring Jews from academic and professional careers. From 2001 until her death, Rita Levi-Montalcini also served in the Italian Senate as a Senator for Life. The evening will be introduced by UBC's Prof. Fabio Rossi - a specialist in stem cells research and a member of ARPICO -, and will feature the screening of a 30-minute interview with Levi-Montalcini, realized by Ladda Productions AB for Nobel Web AB 2009.
February 26, 2013 at 7:30pm
Istituto Italiano di Cultura