Flaminia Malvezzi

Flaminia Malvezzi Campeggi obtained the degree in Physics cum laude in 1997 from the University of Rome La Sapienza and the PhD, major Biophysics, at the University of Tor Vergata (Rome) in 2001. She performed part of her doctoral work at Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Goettingen (Germany). Her work was concentrated in analysing the proteins’ folding and unfolding through fluorescence spectroscopy and in studying the fluorescence emitted by the newly discovered red fluorescent protein DsRed. Her final report was published in Biophysical Journal and Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communication. In 2001 she moved to Verona (Italy), where she spent 5 years as postdoctoral researcher. She was involved in studying the role of Fourier Transform Infrared (FT-IR) Microspectroscopy and analysing the UV long term effects on human cells. In the meantime, she had several teaching assignments both at University and at second level. She obtained the official qualification for teaching in 2009, from the University of Venice. In 2010 she moved to Dublin as Research Officer for the RCSI. She managed the CEMP Marie Curie postdoctoral programme for researchers, for which she also organised the leadership and management development programme week (LMDP). She moved back to Verona in 2012 as teacher and science writer. She is now science writer and research support officer at the Italian Cystic Fibrosis Research Foundation FFC Onlus

Infezione e infiammazione nei malati di fibrosi cistica

Gli attori Laurence Leboeuf e Max Thierot in una scena del film "Foreverland" (2011). Il protagonista, Will Rankin, è un ragazzo malato di fibrosi cistica a cui un amico, scomparso per la stessa malattia, affida il compito di spargere le proprie ceneri in Messico. Insieme alla sorella dell’amico, Will intraprende un avventuroso viaggio lungo la Pacific Coast Highway attraverso il deserto di Baja, dove incontra una memorabile serie di personaggi. Il regista, Max McGuire, affetto a sua volta da fibrosi cistica, racconta l’esperienza di chi soffre di questa grave malattia con la volontà di dare un messaggio universale di speranza. 

Cercando in rete ci si può imbattere in un toccante film diretto da un regista canadese, affetto da fibrosi cistica (FC), di nome Max McGuire. Il film si intitola Foreverland ed è la storia di un viaggio simbolico e di un amore che nasce tra un ragazzo anch’egli affetto da fibrosi cistica e una giovane amica che ha perso il fratello per la stessa malattia.