Organisation of the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences
The Faculty of Biomedical Sciences is progressively implementing its organisational structure, as outlined in its statutes. Transitional regulations are applied in its first phase (from its creation in 2014 to the launch of the Master of Medicine in 2020), and the Faculty contemplates the following bodies and roles:
The Dean chairs and manages the Faculty, assisted and/or represented by one of the full professors. He is a member of the University Council.
Dean of the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences
Mario Bianchetti (1949) graduated in medicine from the University of Bern in 1975, specialising later on in paediatrics and pediatric nephrology. He was Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at both St John's and St Mary's Hospitals in Bellinzona and Mendrisio (2003 – 2012), Medical Director at St John's Hospital in Bellinzona (2010-2012) and Chair of the Pediatric Department of Southern Switzerland EOC (2013-2014). After earning his Medical Doctorate (M. D.) at the University of Bern (1980), he conducted research at the same university, at the University of Geneva, at the Hôpital Necker Enfants Malades (Paris, France) and at the De Marchi Clinic (Milan, Italy). He was Assistant Professor and Professor at the University of Bern were he directed the Department of Pediatrics and Nephrology from 1997 to 2003. He is the current Dean of USI Faculty of Biomedical Sciences.
Board of Professors
The Board of Professors is currently responsible for / and advises on all matters relating to the general interests of the Faculty, in particular teaching and research activities. It is chaired by the Faculty Dean, and includes the tenured professors.
Steering Committee and external consultants
The Dean and the Board of Professors are supported by the Steering Committee and, according to needs, external consultants. The Steering Committee is a workgroup that includes Faculty and partner representatives for medical education, together with external members. It has outlined the organisational and operational foundations and accompanies the Faculty in this first period of its existence.
The responsibilities, tasks, organisation and members of the Institutes are defined by specific agreements between the Faculties and the Rectorate. These agreements set the scope and limits within which an Institute can engage in its own right with third parties. The contract has limited duration and is renewable.
The Institutes do not have a distinct legal personality and are headed by a Director appointed among professors (Full or Associate) of the Institutes, according to the terms of agreement. Specialised sub-units (centres, observatories, laboratories, groups ...) can be created inside or in cooperation between the Institutes, with the aim of carrying out specific research projects and/or handling specific aspect of the training.
The list of the Institutes supported on an organisational level by the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences is available at this page:
The Faculty includes an organisational unit dedicated to continuing education and other activities in the field of entrepreneurship and innovation, called Center of Advanced Studies on Entrepreneurship in BioMedicine - CASE BioMed.
The following entities are associated to the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences:
The association with USI of a third party institution allows a formal synergy between the University and the institution in areas of interest. The institution is not involved in the University strategic planning or general regulations. The Association is defined by the law that regulates the Università della Svizzera italiana, art. 12b.
Administration and services
Please refer to the following page: