Alessandra Petrelli, Project Leader of the Tissue & Systemic Immunity laboratory of the San Raffaele Hospital, is a research doctor, specialized in Internal Medicine at UniSR in 2013. After spending a year at Harvard Medical School in Boston (USA) and four years at the University Medical Center of Utrecht (Netherlands) to deal with biomedical research in the fields of diabetes and immunology, she has decided to return to Italy and has chosen the San Raffaele Hospital to continue her scientific studies. Alessandra loves valuing people, making them grow, watching them become independent individuals with critical thinking. Her goal is that everyone, including non-experts, understand what research is, what the scientific method consists of, and why research, by generating knowledge, lays the foundations for an optimistic vision of the future. For this reason she collaborates with a group of scientists devoted to explaining in simple terms the daily progress of scientific research and fighting fake news on COVID-19. In her actions Alessandra is inspired by the words of the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, Marie Curie, who said "Nothing in life should be feared, it should only be understood".
World Diabetes Day is celebrated annually on November 14, in memory of the birth of Canadian physiologist Frederick Banting, one of the discoverers of insulin (1921).