Clusters and Nanoparticles for Biotechnology and Biomedicine

The second Catsense Summer School: 'Clusters and Nanoparticles for Biotechnology and Biomedicine' was held from September 11th to September 15th, 2016 in Villa Cagnola a historical landmark located next to Varese in the lake district of Italy.

The aim of the School is to present the state-of-the-art and the future perspectives of metal clusters and cluster-assembled materials in biotechnology and biomedicine.

Lectures will be given by academic and industrial experts in Physics, Material Science and Biotechnology to provide a truly trans-disciplinary approach.


Covered Topics

Clusters and nanoparticles for biology: from synthesis to advanced characterization techniques; Proteomics; Advanced Imaging; Biosensing applications; Microfluidics; Nanosafety and Toxicity.

The School will be a great opportunity for master and doctoral students from around the World to meet established experts of this field in a friendly atmosphere, reaping benefit in terms of enthusiasm, knowledge and new ideas.




Registration and Accommodation

  • Registration fees with accommodation in Single room - € 520
  • Registration fees with accommodation in Double room for one person - € 564
  • Registration fees with accommodation in Double room - € 476

(All rooms are equipped with internet WI-FI connection, frigobar, tv 32”, hairdryer, bathroom amenities and safe)

  • Registration fees include:
    - hotel accommodation in Villa Cagnola
    - rich continental buffet breakfast
    - coffee breaks
    - lunches
    - excursion to Santa Caterina del Sasso (with private BUS and guide)
    - social dinner in Villa Cagnola Garden
  • Registration fees don't include :
    - dinners
    - Lunch of the last day.



Travel Information

There are 3 main airports close to Milano : Malpensa, Bergamo and Linate. From these, the closest to Gazzada-Schianno train station is Malpensa Airport.


From Malpensa airport:

If you choose to come to Malpensa airport, the easiest and cheapest way is to get a shuttle from the airport to Gallarate train station. You can take the shuttle from Terminal 1 as well from the Terminal 2. The duration of the trip is around 25 minutes and the cost of a ticket is 1.80 Euros, which can be purchased from the driver. Once you get to the Gallarate train station there are trains to Gazzada-Schianno-Morazzone (about 300 meters away from Villa Cagnola) every 30 minutes. The train tickets cost 2.20 Euros the trip lasts 20 minutes. For information regarding the train tables you can access

Also for the timetable of the bus from the airport to Gallarate train station you can access



Please keep in mind the first shuttle to Gallarate train station leaves at 5:34 in the morning and the last one leaves at 19:50. If you land after 19: 50 you will have to get a train from Terminal 1 to Gallarate train station.



From Bergamo Airport:

In case you land here, you can take a bus to Milano Statione Centrale, a 45 minutes trip at a cost of 5 Euros and the ticket can be purchased from the driver. From Milano Centrale you can take a train to Gazzada-Schianno-Morazzone but again you will have to change one more train on the way. The cost of a ticket is 5.5 Euros and the trip lasts around 1:30 hours, not including the train change. (more information on


From Linate Airport:

If you arrive at this airport you will need to get bus 73 to Forlanini FS , a trip that takes 25 minutes and it costs 1.5 Euros. From there you can take a train to Gazzada-Schianno-Morazzone for 1:30 hours at a cost of 5.50 Euros. (For more information about the train timetables check ).




A tentative programme is provided in the box below. The participant list will not be provided below.


Schedule and Participants

Time Description Presenter
00:00 - 00:00 REGISTRATION FORM Open
00:00 - 00:00 UNIMI BANK DETAILS Open
Sunday 11th September
17:00 - 17:30 Accommodation and Welcome Reception
Getting together
Lectures L1: Introduction and Overview
17:30 - 17:45 Lecture 1.1: Introductory remarks Paolo Milani (CIMAINA, University of Milano, Italy), Yosi Shacham-Diamand (Tel Aviv University, Israel)
17:45 - 19:00 Lecture 1.2: Whole Cell Bio Chips And Nano Technology: A Review Yosi Shacham-Diamand (Tel Aviv University, Israel)
Monday 12th September
Lectures L2: Devices
09:00 - 10:30 Lecture 2.1: Silicon nanowires – technology overview and applications for biosensors Annalisa Convertino (CNR-IMM, Rome, Italy)
Coffee / Tea Break
11:00 - 12:30 Lecture 2.2: Integrated Flexible Sensors Luca Maiolo (CNR-IMM, Rome, Italy)
Lectures L3: Optics
14:00 - 15:45 Lecture 3.1: Optical imaging of nanoparticles in complex biological media Marco Potenza (University of Milan, Italy)
16:15 - 17:30 Lecture 3.2: Confocal microscopy imaging with nanoparticles Simona Rodighiero (ETH, Zurich, Switzerland)
17:30 - 19:00 Poster Session
Tuesday 13th September
Lectures L4: Proteomics and Theranostics
09:00 - 10:30 Lecture 4.1: Nanostructured systems for Proteomics Gabriella Tedeschi (University of Milan, Italy)
Coffee / Tea Break
11:00 - 12:30 Lecture 4.2: Nanoparticles for Theranostics Mauro Comes Franchini (University of Bologna)
14:00 - 19:00 Catsense SB Meeting 6
20:00 - 22:00 Social dinner in Villa Cagnola Garden
Wednesday 14th September
Lectures L5: Applications
09:00 - 10:30 Lecture 5.1: Cluster-assembled devices for in vitro diagnostics Massimo Gatelli (Tethis Labs, Milan, Italy)
Coffee / Tea Break
11:00 - 12:30 Lecture 5.2: Nanocomposites for neurostimulation and smart prosthetics Luca Ravagnan (Wise, Milan, Italy)
14:00 - 19:00 Excursion to Santa Caterina del Sasso
Thursday 15th September
Lectures L6: Safety and Toxicology
09:00 - 10:00 Lecture 6.1: Current in vitro testing approaches and challenges in nanomaterials toxicity assessment Sabrina Gioria (European Commission – Joint Research Centre (JRC), Italy)
10:00 - 11:00 Lecture 6.2: Nanotechnology under the microscope: An integrated platform to assess the interaction between nanomaterials and biological matrices Paolo Bigini (Mario Negri Institute, Milan, Italy)
Coffee / Tea Break
11:30 - 12:30 Lecture 6.3: The case of silver nanoparticle toxicity Cristina Lenardi (University of Milan, Italy)
12:30 - 13:00 Closing remarks
End of Summer School ATC13
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