Prof. Ernesto Carafoli
University of Padova

DATE: 30th August 2018
TIME: 09:00 – 10:00
LOCATION: Rigoni Stern Institute, Asiago

Errors and frauds in science have always occurred but have increased dramatically in recent times. The main reason for the increase is the “publish or perish” atmosphere that has pervaded science, in which publishing a high profile paper is the factor that decides whether a researcher will have a successful career or is forced out of science. A number of technical measures are now increasingly trying to ameliorate the situation, however, only the end of the unhealthy scrambling to publish at all costs, and to do so in the high profile Journals that dominate the world of science, will heal it completely and conclusively.

MD at the University of Modena (Italy). Postdoctoral Fellow, then Visiting Lecturer at the Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, USA). Professor of General Pathology at the University of Padova ( Italy), 1973, Professor of Biochemistry at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich (Switzerland), 1973-1999, Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Padova (Italy) 1999-2005. Founder, Scientific Director, and Group Leader of the Venetian Institute of Molecular Medicine (VIMM), Padova (Italy) where he is presently working. The main topic of his career has been cell signaling, with focus on calcium, its regulation in mitochondria and cells, and its control of cell functions. He has published more than 500 articles and edited a dozen books.

1) Brini, M., et al., (2013). Chapter 4. Calcium in health and disease. In: A. Sigel, H. Sigel, and R.K.O. Sigel (Eds.), Interrelations between Essential 81 Metal Ions and Human Diseases, Metal Ions in Life Sciences, 13: 81–137. DOI 10.1007/978-94-007-7500-8_4.