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Salamander – Cells of Hope

Elena Cattaneo, Professor of Pharmacology at the Milan State University (and winner of the “Grande Ippocrate” award for the medical researcher of the year in 2008) is head of a world-renowned Centre for research on stem cells and has made a name for her research on neurodegenerative diseases

This documentary centres on an interview with the scientist and focuses on stem cells, as well as on her research and its social implications. A very human figure emerges; the relations with co-workers and family, the repeated ethical doubts, the thoughts of someone whose main reason for life is science. At the same time, life as it really happens in a laboratory is shown, without affecting the activities of the researchers.

Salamander: Cells of Hope is being shown as part of the 2012 European Science TV and New Media Festival at 16:00 on Saturday 14th July 2012, as part of the New Media Session. A full festival programme can be found here.