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Dear Participants,
On behalf of the organizing committee of Architecture & Medicine 2019, we warmly welcome you to Vicenza and this look at the modern implications of Thomas Jefferson and Andrea Palladio’s shared interest in creating a salubrious environment through design – spaces that are both socially and physically healthful and equitable. This event is inspired by the University of Virginia’s Bicentennial and builds on existing relationships between the International Renal Research Institute in Vicenza (IRRIV) and the University of Virginia School of Medicine, the University of Virginia School of Architecture’s long-running program in Vicenza, and the architectural linkages between the two regions. Our goal is to create and foster interdisciplinary conversations about aspects of the salubrious environment, deepen our understanding of healthful and equitable environments, and explore new approaches in training practitioners who shape our environments. Finally, it is our intention that this event is the first in a series of interdisciplinary events and further collaborations among partners in the Veneto region and at the University of Virginia.
We hope that you enjoy the conference, make new friendships, and work toward the goals of improving health and wellness through design.

Claudio Ronco, MD, Planning Committee Co-Chair

Mitchell Rosner, MD, Planning Committee Co-Chair


Robert Battle, MD, - University of Virginia Bicentennial Commission Co-chair; Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics in the University of Virginia School of Medicine; Director of the Adult Congenital Heart Clinic; and Team Cardiologist and Director of Sports Cardiology

Kari Evans, - Executive Director, University of Virginia Bicentennial
Dean Gianakos, MD, - Director of Medical Education, Centra Health, and Chair, Wellness Committee, Centra Medical Group
Andrew Johnston, - Director Historic Preservation Program, Associate Professor, Departments of Architectural History and Architecture, University of Virginia School of Architecture
Louis Nelson, - Vice Provost for Academic Outreach, University of Virginia
Claudio Ronco, MD, - Professor of Nephrology, DIMED, University of Padua, Director Department of Nephrology Dialysis & Transplantation, International Renal Research Institute (IRRIV)
Mitchell Rosner, MD, - Henry B. Mulholland Professor and Chair of Medicine, University of Virginia School of Medicine
Alexandra Valmarana, - Architecture and Historic Building Consultant