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Salerno, located in the South of Italy, is the main city close to the "Amalfi Coast", which includes the famous towns of Amalfi, Positano, and other tourist attractions. In the 16th century, under the Sanseverino family, amongst the most powerful feudal lords in Southern Italy, the city became a great centre of learning, culture and the arts, and the family hired several of the greatest intellectuals of the time. The city is mostly known for its Schola Medica Salernitana, the first Medical school in Europe.
“Scuola Medica Salernitana” foundation (S.M.S) is a non profit organization based in Salerno. The foundation aims at protecting the scientific, cultural and historical heritage of ancient “Schola Medica Salernitana”. The foundation is committed to support medical and scientific research as well as initiatives aimed at improving community’s wellness. The project will engage psychiatric patients and their families, psychiatrists, psychologists, therapeutics, visitors to the museums and other cultural sites, as well as the whole community.
Share the story of the founder and what inspired the founder to start this project
Scuola Medica Salernitana (S.M.S) foundation has been founded on April 16, 2007. Institutional participants include the Chamber of Commerce of Salerno, Provincia di Salerno and Bastyr University, Seattle (USA).
To achieve its goals in the field of scientific research and health care, the foundation supports scientific research, train persons and promotes initiatives aimed at improving community’s life. S.M.S works closely with University of Maryland (USA) within the European Research Institute of Autoimmunity, Inflammation, and Neuroscience (ERIAIN). In the field of arts, history and culture, the foundation runs various cultural sites including “Roberto Papi” Museum, Virtual Museum of the ancient Schola Medica Salernitana, and Minerva Gardens, the first botanical garden in Europe for cultivating plants for therapeutic use.
The project has been conceived by Giulio Corrivetti, President of the Board of Directors at Scuola Medica Salernitana. Giulio has been working as a psychiatrist within the last 25 years. As a psychiatric and Health Manager within a Local Health Centre, he gained extensive experience in treating psychiatric patients and rehabilitating them. Last spring he was attending an exhibition at Minerva Gardens. When he was there, he realized that some of his patients, as long as properly trained, could easily perform basic work tasks such as distributing leaflets, giving basic information. As a result he considered organizing a training program specifically designed to help psychiatric patients to work sucessfully in the community.