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  • March is Women's History Month, and our choice to celebrate is an exceptional Italian woman who had deep ties with the United States and international influence. Neurologist Rita Levi-Montalcini overcame Fascist racial laws to continue her research, including in St. Louis after WWII, and was awarded a Nobel Prize in 1986 for discovery of the nerve growth factor (NGF), seen in the rapid growth of cancer cells. Her work has also contributed to studies of senile dementia.
  • Facts & Stories
    Giulia Madron(February 05, 2014)
    Rita Levi Montalcini's niece remembers her aunt Rita, Italian neurologist and Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, during a special event at the Centro Primo Levi
  • Events: Reports
    Giulia Madron(January 31, 2014)
    On February 4th the Italian Cultural Institute and the Centro Primo Levi of New York will dedicate a full day of events to one of Italy’s greatest Jewish scientists, the Nobel Prize winner Rita Levi Montalcini. Interview with Natalia Indrimi, Director of the Centro Primo Levi and one of the coordinator of this initiative
  • Simposium. The program at the Italian Cultural Institute, 686 Park Avenue, NY, is free and open to the public. 9 am to 1 pm Exploring Nerve Growth Factor Italian Cultural Institute, 686 Park Avenue, NY, (10 am to 1 pm) Opening remarks: Riccardo Viale (ICI) Introduction: Moses Chao (NYU) Speakers: Piergiorgio Strata (National Institute of Neuroscience-Italy), Ralph Bradshaw (UC/Irvine), Ruth Angeletti (Albert Einstein), Lloyd Greene (Columbia University). Conclusions: Eric Kandel (Nobel Prize, Columbia University). 5 pm to 8 pm A Young Jewish Scientist in Fascist Italy Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York Opening remarks: Alessandro Di Rocco (NYU, CPL) Introduction: Alain Elkann (writer and scholar) Speakers: Piera Montalcini (Levi Montalcini Association), Annalisa Capristo (Center for American Studies, Rome), Antonino Cattaneo (Fondazione Ebri).
  • The Italian neurologist who won the Nobel prize for her work on cells, dies at the age of 103. Among the tributes pouring in from the world over was that of Italy's caretaker Premier Mario Monti, who called her "a charismatic woman who honored our nation." Nichi Vendola (left-wing politician and currently the President of Apulia) said that, "With her we lose one of the most crystalline and noble voices of democratic Italy."
  • Scientist Rita Levi-Montalcini turned 100. For the oldest living Nobel prize winner and Italian senator, there is no reason to stop fighting. “What I did in the past is not enough — there is only the future.”