The Secretariat of State of the Holy See, in the name and on behalf of the “Bambino Gesu” Paediatric Hospital, and the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation signed a Memorandum of Agreement to empower bilateral collaboration in the ambit of medical care and scientific research. The Agreement foresees the development of specific projects that will involve directly the “Bambino Gesu” Paediatric Hospital and the health facilities of the Russian Federation.
The Memorandum was signed this afternoon in Rome, at the Saint Paul headquarters of the “Bambino Ges,u” by Monsignor Paolo Borgia, Assessor for General Affairs of the Secretariat of State of the Holy See, and by Veronika Skvortsova, Minister of Health of the Russian Federation.
On the occasion, Minister of Health Skvortsova and her delegation, accompanied by the President of the “Bambino Gesu,” Mariella Enoc, visited the research laboratories. The delegation was made up of the Russian Ambassador to the Holy See, Alexander Avdeev and the Director of the Department of External Relations of the Ministry of Health, Sergey Muravyev.
The Scientific Director of the “Bambino Gesu,” Bruno Dallapiccola, together with the Director of the Department of Neurosciences, Federico Vigevano, illustrated to those present the most innovative ambit of research carried out in the over 5,000 square meters of the laboratories: from genetic research with sophisticated modern technologies to the development of cellular and gene therapies for the cure of leukemia.
The “Bambino Gesu” is already active in Russia with programs of specialist formation in the neurologic and neurosurgical ambit of the medical personnel of the Morozov Children’s Clinical Hospital of Moscow and of the Moscow Research and Clinical Center for Neuropsychiatry, and with development projects of protocols for the diagnosis and care of children affected by epilepsy.
The signing of the Memorandum for cooperation in the health realm and the visit of Minister of Health Skvortsova to the Holy See’s Paediatric Hospital are part of the activities planned on the occasion of the presence in Rome of the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, who was received in audience today by the Holy Father.