University of Parma


The Faculty of Medicine of University of Parma is one of the most important and recognized Faculties in Italy. Anesthesia, Intensive Care and Pain Therapy Unit, headed by Prof Guido Fanelli is in the Department of Surgical Sciences. Prof Guido Fanelli has been part of the Italian Health Ministry Commission for the law 38/2010, fist law (approved in 2010) in the world to recognize the right of each citizen to have access to Pain Therapy and Palliative Care, as also stated by WHO in 2012. In Parma University it has been organized in 2014 the first Italian Master Course in Pain Therapy and the first in Palliative Care, officially recognized by Italian University Ministry. In 2016 more than 80 physicians from all Italy are attending to these two masters. In 2015 two other important projects have been founded in order to improve the Education and the Research in the field of Pain Therapy:

  1. University without Pain, a project defined by the Dean, Prof Borghi, and Prof Fanelli. This project is unique in Italy. The Project is willing to improve the knowledge about acute and chronic pain in all students of the University of Parma (not only in Medical Courses). Several courses have been organized and will be organized in different Faculties in order to face the different aspects (philosophic, economic, social, basice science, and so on) of Pain Therapy. The idea that drives this project is to approach in a real multidisciplinary way the pain therapy in order to succeed in considering all different problems that Pain Disease can create. The project will also focus its attention in improving the knowledge in Pain Therapy of all physicians. For this reason through this project all residents will have a stage in Pain Clinic in order to learn the basics of Pain Therapy. Furthermore, in 2016 the project will deepen also the concerns, through the involvement of Veterinary Faculty about pain in animals.
  2. Bioelectronic Genomics Nanotechnology in Pain (BioGeNaP), a spin off between University of Parma and Italian Center of National Research (CNR) aiming to research and validate in laboratory and clinical practice (translational medicine) new technologies for acute and chronic pain. In Parma there is an Institute of CNR (IMEM), headed by Dr Salvatore Iannotta, especially dedicated to nanotechnology and bioelectronics. The University of Parma was collaborating with Methodist Research Institute for a project, funded by Italian Health Ministry, about the use of nanotechonology in acute postoperative pain. In 2015 these two experiences were united in the spin off BIOGENAP that is currently collaborating with some of important Companies involved in chronic pain .
    The current projects are especially dedicated to three topics:
    • Development of nanotechonology based devices for postoperative pain
    • New technologies for mini-interventional techniques integrating new nanotechnology and biolectronic technology
    • Personalized medicine through omics analysis
    BioGeNaP is a University research project willing to create new international collaborations with Private and Public Companies involved in acute and chronic pain.