World Health Forum, for four days Veneto "Capital" of modern medicine

The themes of the forum open to the public and promoted by the Veneto Region, City of Padua, University of Padua, Padua Chamber of Commerce, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Padova e Rovigo, Motore Sanità, VIMM, Venicepromex, and Veneto Innovazione, have been revealed.

Over 100 speakers gather in Padua to discuss the future of healthcare and new technologies, ranging from artificial intelligence and big data to the connection between medicine and space exploration, while not forgetting the deep humanistic root of the medical arts, which will be narrated through a theatrical performance. These are the protagonists of the World Health Forum Veneto, the event scheduled from Wednesday, March 20th to Saturday, March 23rd in Padua, between the Salone del Palazzo della Ragione and the spaces of the Congress Center, promoted by the Veneto Region, City of Padua, University of Padua, Padua Chamber of Commerce, Cassa di Risparmio Foundation of Padua and Rovigo, Motore Sanità, VIMM - Veneto Institute of Molecular Medicine, Venicepromex, and Veneto Innovazione.

"The region Veneto has always been a global reference for medicine but also for a broader concept of health," comments the President of Regione Veneto, Luca Zaia. "From the Serenissima - with the first 'public health system' experimented at the Arsenale and with great attention to quarantine and protection from infections in international exchanges -to the recent successes of surgery and medical research. We want to create an event that can tell all of this, but projected into the future. A fervent laboratory for discussion and ideas on the best of global medicine.”

"The World Health Forum Veneto," says the Mayor of Padua, Sergio Giordani, "confirms the centrality of Venetian healthcare and of Padua in particular, at the national and international levels. With this forum, we want to play a central role in the international debate on the future of medicine and health in a broader sense, also remembering that the event will not only be an opportunity for scientific discussion and debate but also an opportunity for the many companies operating in the biomedical field in our territory. I want to underline, lastly, the fundamental collaboration between institutions and organizations, which has made it possible to organize this international meeting.”

Cambridge University and King's College (UK), Harvard Medical School (USA), Max Planck Institute for Security and Privacy (Germany) are just some of the universities and research centers from which the numerous international guests come. Alongside them, representatives of the industry and policymakers, in an event that is not only aimed at specialists, students, and professionals but also seeks to broaden the discussion to a wide and diverse audience.



Registrations and Social Media Channels

Registrations for the four-day event, which are free, are now open on the website. The World Health Forum has also opened its new social media channels to multiply the message reaching a varied audience including the young: from Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/whfveneto) to Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/worldhealthforumveneto), from X (https://twitter.com/WHFVeneto) to Threads (https://www.threads.net/@whfveneto).

Themes

The market for artificial intelligence applied to healthcare is estimated to be worth $20.9 billion in 2024, and is expected to grow by 48% annually, reaching a value of $148.4 billion in 2029 (source: Markets and Markets, 2024). AI will be the focus of the opening day on Wednesday, March 20th at the Palazzo della Ragione.

The days of March 21st and 22nd, at the Congress Center, offer a rich program organized by the University of Padua. Topics range from the application of artificial intelligence tools in prevention and predictive medicine, to their use in genomics, and clinical practice aspects. Ethical facets of AI will also be explored during the Forum, with a current look at the highly topical theme of regulating these tools, their reliability, and transparency.

On the morning of Saturday, March 23rd, also at the Congress Center, three sessions will run in parallel. In the Regione Veneto room, there will be a focus on digital health and the big theme of cybersecurity, with insights into quantum networks resistant to hackers, which are already being experimented in the Veneto region. A "global system" where human health is interconnected with environmental, animal, and social health, as well as being considered at a planetary level, as the Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted: these are all dimensions touched upon in another panel scheduled at the Congress Center. From Earth to space: this is also in the program of the first World Health Forum Veneto because space exploration is a new field for experimenting with medical sciences, whose discoveries can then benefit the inhabitants of our planet.

Healthcare is also an industrial sector, with profound political and economic implications: leading pharmaceutical company representatives will dialogue with those in the IT sector, technicians, and political figures. This is the focus of the session organized by Motore Sanità.

In the VIMM room, there is also space for the frontiers of scientific research and pharmaceutical startups, with their "adventures" told firsthand by the protagonists.

To close the World Health Forum Veneto, on Saturday afternoon at the Congress Center, there will be a performance by the Teatro Stabile del Veneto, which will stage excerpts from the history of literature that tell about medicine and the "breath of man", accompanied by live music.



From the cradle of modern medicine to transplants: the excellences of Venetian healthcare

The World Health Forum Veneto is part of the tradition of excellence in the field of medicine that has characterized Padua and its University for centuries. A city that according to the historian of Sciences Herbert Butterfield can be considered "the seat of the scientific revolution". It is enough to remember two world records: the first urban hospital in history, that of San Francesco, and the first permanent anatomical theater, completed in 1595, at the end of a golden century for anatomical studies, when masters like Vesalio, Gabriele Falloppio, and Girolamo Fabrici d'Acquapendente taught in Padua.

In 1985, the cardiac surgeon and university professor Vincenzo Maria Gallucci performed the first heart transplant in Italy right in Padua. Today, the Padua Hospital is confirmed as a center of excellence for organ transplants, which in 2023 saw an increase compared to 2022 (+24.5%). The Padua hospital ranks first nationally for lung transplants, second for kidney and pancreas, third for heart, and fifth for liver transplants.

In a rapidly evolving context, Veneto aims to position itself as a cutting-edge territory, thanks to the excellences that characterize it in the healthcare sector. As evidence of this, estimates regarding the increase in complex outpatient services have grown by 15% compared to 2019: out of 488,976 surgical interventions performed in 2023 (+4% compared to 2022), 109,003 were complex outpatient services.

The number of healthcare professionals in the region is also growing: in the five-year period 2019-2023, there was an increase of over 4,000 units among technical healthcare staff, nursing, OSS, and management, with over 3,800 hirings completed in 2023 alone.

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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