World Health
Forum Veneto

March 20-23, 2024Padua
Analyzing the present to understand the future: the first edition of the World Health Forum Veneto is held in Padua. Meetings and debates to explore the evolution of medical sciences and technologies that can improve life.

Addressing some of the most pressing issues in healthcare and promoting citizens' awareness for general well-being. These are the objectives of the World Health Forum Veneto, an event open to all: citizens, healthcare professionals, patients, and experts.

The World Health Forum takes place in a region, Veneto, which has been distinguished in the healthcare sector at the national and international levels.

3:30 PM
Conference opening
3:45 PM
Opening Speech

Dr Luca Zaia, President of the Veneto Region

4:00 PM

"The role of university research in the development of artificial intelligence applied to medicine"

Prof. Daniela Mapelli, Rector Magnificus of the University of Padua, in dialogue with academics Proffs. Angelo Paolo Dei Tos, Gaudenzio Meneghesso, Mattia Veronese, Roberto Vettor

Moderator: Valeria Pini, La Repubblica

4:40 PM

"How to predict and how to deal with the next pandemic"

Prof. Giorgio Palù, Emeritus Professor of Microbiology and Virology, University of Padova - Past President European Society for Virology

Prof. Thomas Mertens, President STIKO (Permanent Vaccine Commission/Robert Koch Institute) and Emeritus Professor of Virology at the University of Ulm


Moderator: Margherita De Bac - Corriere della Sera - Corresponding editor of the scientific journal

5:10 PM
Keynote speech

"Radically transforming our health systems using digital, data and artificial intelligence"

Prof. Martin Curley, Director, Digital Health Ecosystem Innovation Value Institute, Maynooth University

5:40 PM

"The role of Chamber of Commerce entities and banking foundations in supporting the development of artificial intelligence in healthcare"

Dr. Antonio Santocono, President of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Handicrafts, and Agriculture of Padua

Prof. Gilberto Muraro, President of the Cassa di Risparmio Foundation of Padua and Rovigo

Gaia Padovan, Mediaset journalist

6:20 PM

Sergio Giordani, Mayor of Padua

18:35 PM
Conclusion of the sessions
9:00 AM - 9:40 AM
Greetings from authorities

Daniela Mapelli – Rector, University of Padova

Gaudenzio Meneghesso – General Co-Chair, Department of Information Engineering

Roberto Vettor – General Co-Chair, Department of Medicine

Angelo Paolo Dei Tos – Dean, Padova School of Medicine

Giuseppe Dal Ben – General Director, Padova Hospital


9:40 AM - 10:40 AM
Plenary Session

"Pushing Medical Frontiers: AI-Driven Breakthroughs in Medicine"
Mihaela van der Schaar
, University of Cambridge, UK

"From Hype to Ripe: Implementing AI in Health Systems"
Yael Ophir,
 Executive Director HealthIL


10:40 AM - 11:00 AM
coffee break
11:00 AM - 12:40 PM
Session 1 - The central role of data

“Crowdsourcing with Multi-institutional EHR to Improve Reliability of Real World Evidence - Opportunities and Challenges”
Tianxi Cai, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA

“Complexity in health and disease: a network perspective to personalized medicine”
Manlio De Domenico, University of Padova, Italy

“AI for Future Digital Healthcare: Towards Decentralized Care”
Björn Eskofier, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität, Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany

“From molecular elucidation of pathogenesis to personalized medicine: the opportunities of new biomedical technologies”
Rosario Rizzuto, University of Padova, Italy

12:40 PM - 2:00 PM
lunch & poster session
2:00 PM - 3:45 PM
Session 2 - AI for precision medicine

“Exposomics approach as a tool to predict and prevent the disease”
Matej Oresic, Örebro University, Sweden

“Beyond genomics - AI as an enabler for next-generation pathology”
Jens Rittscher, University of Oxford, UK

“AI in Cancer Genomics: Challenges and Future”
Fabio Vandin, University of Padova, Italy

“Statistical modeling of spatial transcriptomics data”
Davide Risso, University of Padova, Italy

“Unmet clinical need: the role of AI in clinical decision and support system”
Mario Luca Morieri, University of Padova, Italy

3:45 PM - 4:10 PM
coffee break
4:10 PM - 4:50 PM
Session 3 - Ethics, Regulations, Fairness, and Explainability

“AI and regulations”
Giusella Finocchiaro, University of Bologna, Italy

“More than an afterthought: don’t make AI fair, make fair AI”
Alessandro Fabris, Max Planck Institute for Security and Privacy, Bochum, Germany

“Risks and reliability. The European way in the ethical regulation of AI”
Fabio Grigenti, University of Padova, Italy

“AI task autonomy and the ethics of medical supervision”
Guglielmo Tamburrini, University of Naples, Italy

4:50 PM - 5:30 PM
Round table

Giusella Finocchiaro, Alessandro Fabris, Fabio Grigenti, Gugliemo Tamburrini

5:30 PM

Moderator: Julia Sandra Virsta,
Association Stampa Estera journalist

9:00 AM - 9:40 AM
Plenary Session 

“Leveraging genetics for AI-based personalized medicine of common multifactorial disorders”
Alessandro Doria, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA

9:40 AM - 11:00 PM
Session 4 - Explainable, Actionable, and Responsible AI

“Explainable AI in Medicine: towards a foundational definition”
Carlo Combi, University of Verona, Italy

“Explainable and reliable AI for healthcare”
Panagiotis Papapetrou, Stockolhm University, Sweden

“Actionable and responsible AI in medicine”
Pietro Liò, University of Cambridge, UK

11:00 AM - 11:20 AM
coffee break
11:20 AM - 12:35 PM
Session 5 - AI for preventive medicine

“The DARE initiative: a national flagship on digital prevention”
Lorenzo Chiari, University of Bologna, Italy

“Multi-scale computational modelling of oncological and neurological data”
Michele Piana, University of Genova, Italy

“Wearable devices in clinical research and prevention”
Dario Gregori, University of Padova, Italy

12:35 PM - 2:00 PM
lunch & poster session
2:00 PM - 2:35 PM
Plenary Session

“Learning across 16M patients: platforms and applications in acute care”
Sebastien Ourselin, King’s College London, United Kingdom

2:35 PM - 3:25 PM
Session 6 - AI Applications (Part I)

“AI for medical image analysis: “ExaMode and beyond”
Henning Muller, HES-SO Valais Techno-Pôle, Switzerland

“Machine Learning Development Operations (MLOps) for healthcare”
Filippo Lanubile, University of Bari, Italy

3:25 PM - 3:40 PM
coffee break
3:40 PM - 5:00 PM
Session 6 - AI Applications (Part II)

“AI in action: deploying trustworthy AI medical systems with reliable components”
Riccardo Bellazzi, University of Pavia, Italy

“The impact of AI, telemedicine and new technologies on cardiac surgery”
Gino Gerosa
University of Padova, Italy

“Bringing AI into clinical practice: A Deep Dive into the BRAINTEASER Project”
Barbara Di Camillo, University of Padova, Italy

“AI in Veterinary Medicine: a potential bridge between Human and Veterinary Healthcare”
Tommaso Banzato, University of Padova, Italy

“AI in Stroke Neuroimaging: from brain to behaviour”
Marco Zorzi, University of Padova, Italy

“AI and Machine Learning in drug discovery”
Alfonso Pozzan, Evotec

5:30 PM
9:00 AM - 9:40 AM
Greetings from authorities

Roberto Ciambetti
President of the Council of the Veneto Region

Antonio Santocono
President of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Crafts and Agriculture of Padua

Franco Conzato
Special Prosecutor Venicepromex - Agency for the Internationalization of the Veneto Chamber System

Gianluigi Masullo
Director of the Financial, Instrumental, ICT and Local Authorities Area of ​​the Veneto Region

Manuela Lanzarin
Health Councilor - Social Services - Social and health planning

10:00 AM
Session 1 - New Infrastructure for Digital Healthcare

Introduction by:
Prof. Antonio Marcomini, Vice Rector of Ca’ Foscari University of Venice

“The High-Performance Computing Network of Venetian Universities”
Prof. Andrea Zanella, University of Padova

“Il Polo Strategico Regionale (PSR) della Regione del Veneto”
Dr. Idelfo Borgo, ICT and Digital Agenda Directorate - Regione Veneto

“The new quantum networks: the experimental project of Regione Veneto”
Prof. Paolo Villoresi, University of Padova

“Development of AI-based solutions in clinical settings on distributed infrastructures in a multicentric context: challenges and opportunities”
Prof. Marco Nobile, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice

“Data as a tool for governance”
Prof. Paolo Ghezzi, Infocamere

Moderator: Luca Ubaldeschi - Director of Gruppo Nem


10:45 AM

“Cybersecurity as a strategic lever”
Prefect Bruno Frattasi, Director General of Italy's National Cybersecurity Agency

Moderator: Massimo Mamoli - Director of L'Arena

11:00 AM
Session 2 - Health is systemic and global

“The interdependence of human, environmental, animal, and social health”
Massimo Paolucci, Curator of the Planetary Health Festival

“Planetary health: the vision and actions”
Stefano Vella, Professor of Global Health, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

“Health, Prevention, and Safety in the Veneto Regional System”
Francesca Russo, Directorate of Prevention, Food Safety, and Veterinary - Regione Veneto

“Understanding and Developing Planetary Health”
Ludovico Baldessin, Administrator of Edra/Healtival


Moderator: Michela Nicolussi Moro -  Corriere del Veneto

12:00 PM
Session 3 - Space exploration for the evolution of healthcare services

“Health from space exploration? Challenges and opportunities”
Cesare Lobascio, Thales, Alenia Space

“Space Exploration to Improve Healthcare Services and Human Health”
Gabriele Mascetti, Italian Space Agency

“Human Physiology in Space”
Paola Verde, Italian Air Force


Moderator: Anil Kumar Dave - Veneto Digital Agenda Advisor

12:40 PM

“Living healthily in space”
Paolo Nespoli, Former ESA Astronaut


Moderator: Roberto Papetti - Director of Il Gazzettino

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
lunch break
2:00 PM
Session 4 - Big Data and Artificial Intelligence for data integration in Onehealth perspective

Antonia Ricci, Director General of the Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie

Stefano Merler, Bruno Kessler Foundation. Mathematician

Anna Teresa Palamara, Director of the Department of Infectious Diseases at ISS (Istituto Superiore di Sanità)

Giusi Condorelli, Medical Officer of the Ministry of Health and scientific attaché at the Embassy of Italy in Washington


Moderator: Cristina Da Rold - Il Sole 24 Ore - Le Scienze

9:00 AM
Health and innovation in wartimeHealth and innovation in wartime

Viktor Liashko, Minister of Health of Ukraine

Needs, Proposals, Solutions in Healthcare for a New Industrial Policy in Italy

Mariella Enoc, special Commissioner, Valduce Hospital

9:30 AM
Scenario Introduction - International OECD Data on Healthcare Utilization and Spending Volumes

Claudio Zanon, Scientific Director, Motore Sanità

Manuela Lanzarin, Councillor for Health and Social Affairs, Regione Veneto

Andrea Costa, Expert in implementation strategies of the PNRR-Mission 6 Health, with particular reference to territorial interventions, Ministry of Health

Yevgeniy Imas,
Rector of the Kiev University of Medicine and Sports

Francesco Saverio, Mennini
Head of the Department of Programming, Medical Devices,
of the drug and policies in favor of the National Health Service of the Ministry of Health

Mariella Mainolfi,
Public manager at the Ministry of Labor and Social Policies

Carlo Nicora,
Vice President FIASO, General Director of the IRCCS Foundation National Cancer Institute of Milan


Moderator: Luciano Flor, Former General Director of Healthcare for Regione Veneto

10:00 AM
Round Table - Needs, Proposals, Solutions of the Pharmaceutical Industry Engaged in Healthcare for a New Industrial Policy in Italy

Umberto Comberiati, Chief Executive Officer Teva Italia

Domenico Lucatelli, Market Access Director, Angelini Italia

Onofrio Mastandrea, Regional Vice President, General Manager Italy, Incyte

Federico Viganò, Member of the Board of Directors, Federchimica Assobiotec


Moderator: Rossana Boldi, Former Vice President of the XII Commission (Social Affairs), Chamber of Deputies

Moderator: Enrico Rossi, Head of Relations with the Regions Motore Sanità

11:00 AM
Round Table - Needs, proposals, solutions from the healthcare devices industry for a new industrial policy in Italy and for biosimilar and equivalent drugs as instruments for sustaining innovation

Massimiliano Bindi, Chief Executive Officer of Abbott Italia

Alessandra Gelera, Public Affairs, Health Economics & Market Access Country Head at Boston Scientific

Laura Meli, Communication Manager at Convatec Italia S.r.l.

Massimo Pulin, National President of CONFIMI Industria Sanità


Moderator: Claudio Zanon, Scientific Direction of Motore Sanità

Moderator: Luca Giuseppe Dalle Carbonare, Department of Engineering for Medical Innovation

12:00 PM
Round Table - Computer Technology and Its Impact on the Future of Healthcare in Italy

Antonio Delli Gatti, Executive Director Sanità Italia at Engineering Ingegneria Informatica Spa

Andrea Leonardo, Director of HealthCare AlmavivA

Giacomo Lorusso, CEO Jakala Civitas

Fausto Manzana, CEO GPI Group

Pietro Pacini, Presidente Assinter Italia

Mario Ronchetti, President Atena Informatica Srl

Enrico Zanella, General Director IN.VA S.p.a Valle D’Aosta


Moderator: Roberto Soj - Scientific Director at Motore Sanità

Moderator: Fabiola Bologna - Former Secretary of the XII Commission (Social Affairs) of the Chamber of Deputies

1:00 PM
Conclusions and operational proposals

Antonio Tomassini, President of the Parliamentary Initiative Association for Health and Prevention

9:15 AM - 10:00 AM
Welcome Greetings

Stefano Bellon, Vice President of the Advanced Biomedical Research Foundation


10:00 AM
Plenary Session - Hunters of Science: A Journey into Scientific Research

Francesca Pasinelli, General Director - Telethon

10:30 AM
Session 1 - Farmastartup: Adventures and Challenges of the Pioneers in the Pharmaceutical Industry

Marcello Allegretti, Head of Scientific Office - Dompé Pharmaceuticals Spa

Graziella Pellegrini, Director of Research and Development - Holostem Srl

Paolo Fundarò and Federica Draghi, CEO - Xgen Venture and Business Development Manager - Xgen Venture


Moderator: Annamaria Zaccheddu, Scientific Communicator - Telethon Foundation

11:30 AM
Session 2 - The Future Explorers: Between Organoids, Gene Editing, and Complex Diseases

Cecilia Laterza, Associate Professor - University of Padova - Veneto Institute of Molecular Medicine (VIMM), Padua

Emanuela Zuccaro, Researcher - University of Padova - Veneto Institute of Molecular Medicine (VIMM), Padua

Manuela Allegra, Researcher - Institute of Neuroscience (CNR), Padua - University of Padova - Città della Speranza

Francesco Chemello, Associate Professor - University of Bologna


Moderator: Annamaria Zaccheddu, Scientific Communicator - Telethon Foundation

12:50 PM
Plenary Session - Research Beyond National Borders: Adventures and Secrets

Mauro Giacca, Head of the School of Medicine and Cardiovascular and Metabolic Sciences - King's College London

13:15 PM

Nicola Elvassore, Scientific Director of the Veneto Institute of Molecular Medicine (VIMM) - Padua

3:00 PM
"Ars Medicina: Literature, Theater, and Faith as the Breath of Humanity"

Conference - performance curated by the Foundation of the Teatro Stabile del Veneto.


Pier Luigi Pizzi
Padre Antonio Spadaro
Giampiero Beltotto

Text from
Edipo Re of Sofocle,
Il Malato immaginario of Molière,
Morte a Venezia of Thomas Mann,
Padiglione Cancro of Aleksandr Isaevič Solženicyn

chosen and performed by
Silvia Luise and Cosimo Grilli,
actors graduated from the Carlo Goldoni Theater Academy
reader from the original text by Sophocles Tommaso Possamai

with an intervention of
Joshua Possamai of coordination
of university pastoral care - Diocese of Padua

Libertango di Astor Pizzolla, L’Esule di Giuseppe Verdi,
E luce levan le stelle from Tosca of Giacomo Puccini
interpreted by the tenor Cristian Ricci

TSV Production - National Theatre


It is Padua, a city recognized internationally for its excellence in technical-scientific fields and an important cultural and economic crossroads, that hosts the first edition of the Forum.

Discover Padua


The World Health Forum takes place in a region, Veneto, which has been distinguished in the healthcare sector at the national and international levels. The latest estimates speak of steady growth on multiple levels, starting from surgical interventions and organ transplants with the Padua Hospital confirming its national excellence.

Venetian Healthcare


The Padua Chamber of Commerce, the implementing body of the event, benefits from the strategic support of Regione del Veneto and other institutions and partners involved.

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The World Health Forum Veneto is born with a specific purpose: to analyze the present and delve into the future of medical sciences and technologies that can improve life.

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