«We live in a country in which science is not perceived as part of culture». Silvio Garattini is the best internationally known Italian pharmacologist. For more than fifty years he has been part of the most important scientific and academic circles and he tells how those involved in research are not able to establish a dialogue with the public. Today - Garattini says - scientists still live a secluded life, locked in their circles and in their languages. All this did not help our country to develop a solid scientific culture, that could at least be similar - in terms of diffusion - to the legal, philosophical and literary cultures, that play a major role in schools: «Yet it is thanks to science that we can solve many small practical problems that we experience every day».
Silvio Garattini has dedicated his life to research, to become a professor that is coveted by major Italian and American universities. In 1961 he founded the Institute of Pharmacological Research "Mario Negri". He then started following the European Organization for Research on Treatment of Cancer and is involved in hundreds of publications for international magazines. Garattini is a consultant at the World Health Organization and a member of the New York Academy of Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians.