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IT@CA 2021 | Discovering the Circular Nature of Covid-19



IT@CA 2021 | Discovering the Circular Nature of Covid-19

The Istituto Italiano di Cultura is pleased to co-present with the Italian Chamber of Commerce of Ontario CBC's Anna Maria Tremonti in conversation with internationally renowned Italian virologist, Dr. Ilaria Capua.

IT@CA 2021

Discovering the Circular Nature of Covid-19
A conversation between two women at the forefront of the world’s pandemic response

Dr. Ilaria Capua

in conversation with

Anna Maria Tremonti

Welcome Remarks by Andrea Ferrari
Ambassador of Italy to Canada

Thursday, October 21 | 6:00PM EDT

Online via ZOOM
Free Event | Registration Required


The third appointment with IT@CA will focus on the vision of Circular Health with Dr. Capua, best known for her efforts promoting open access to genetic information on emerging viruses as part of pre-pandemic preparedness efforts.

The aim of this conversation is to promote the importance of managing human health as the result of multiple drivers, which need to be included in a convergent system encompassing the health of animals, plants, and the environment.

Canada and Italy have a strong relationship and its greatest potential lies in two-way investment as well as in innovation and science-based partnerships that further contribute to these important people-to-people ties.


capua 1Throughout her career as a virologist, Ilaria Capua has dedicated the greater part of her professional life to viral infections of animals that can be transmitted to humans and causing poverty and food security issues such as the Avian influenza (bird flu).  Circular Health is a natural expansion of the One Health concept that aims to co–advance the health of humans, animals and plants by exploiting the big data environment.

Ilaria Capua is a full professor and Director of the One Health Center of Excellence at the University of Florida. Veterinarian by training and a virologist by passion, she was also a Member of the Italian Parliament for over three years (2013-2016). She is a regular columnist for the Italian mainstream press and the author of several books.

Throughout her career as a virologist, she dedicated the greater part of her professional life to viral infections of animals that can be transmitted to humans and that cause poverty and food security issues such as the Avian influenza (bird flu), Newcastle Disease and Rabies. In 2006, at the peak of the H5N1 bird flu panzootic, she provided global leadership by igniting an international debate on the transdisciplinary sharing of influenza virus genetic sequences to improve pandemic preparedness. This led to a paradigm shift in the approach to pandemic preparedness, and real-time sharing of genetic data is considered an essential component of the fight against Ebola, Zika, COVID 19 and other epidemic disease threats.

She has authored over 220 publications in peer-reviewed journals and has published scientific books on Avian Influenza and Newcastle disease and six books for the general public. She is active in the field of science communication and in promoting female leadership in the scientific arena.

In 2007 Ilaria Capua was among the awardees of the Scientific American 50 Award for leadership in science policy, and in 2008 she was included among Seed’s Revolutionary Minds series, for her leadership in promoting sharing of information at an international level. Other international awards include the most prestigious award in veterinary medicine, the Penn Vet World Leadership in Animal Health Award in 2011, and the Gordon Memorial Medal in 2012. In 2014 she was the recipient of the ESCMID Excellence Award for Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. In 2019 she received an honorary Ph.D. from her Alma Mater, the University of Perugia.

Prior to joining UF, she was elected as a member of the Chamber of Deputies of the Italian Parliament. She served for two and a half years as Vice President of the Science, Culture, and Education Commission. During her years in the legislature, she authored Parliamentary resolutions on and amendments related to infectious diseases, namely antimicrobial resistance, epidemic threats (Ebola), and emerging pathogens of plants and animals.

During parliamentary office, she was the victim of a violent fake news attack in which she was accused of being a bioterrorist, and of having committed crimes punishable with life imprisonment. This was based on a 10-year-old secret investigation that was leaked to the press. All charges against her were dismissed, with clear evidence of ‘fabrication of accusations, in a context of happenings that had never occurred”. She resigned from office after being cleared of all charges.

She developed the vision of Circular Health which is a natural expansion of the One Health concept. Circular Health aims to co–advance the health of humans, animals, plants and the environment by exploiting the big data environment.


tremonti 1For 17 years, Anna Maria Tremonti hosted CBC Radio One’s The Current. Her mix of hard-edged journalism and hard-won empathy helped build the show into Canada’s most listened-to radio program. Her recognizable voice, thoughtful questions, and her approach to finding the humanity in the people you meet, drew listeners in.

Until very recently, listeners from around the world had the privilege to listen to Anna Maria Tremonti’s compelling interviews each and every day on Canada’s most popular radio program, The Current. Tremonti has the gift of being able to gracefully tackle any topic, from current events, to the changes affecting our society, to the stories of individuals whose personal journeys and traumas affect us all. Without a doubt, every dedicated listener has been consistently moved and inspired by Anna Maria’s genuine approach to interviewing.

A masterful storyteller, Tremonti delivers talks that touch the human spirit and captivate audiences.

After 17 years at the helm, and as a two-time Gemini Award winner, Anna Maria is now taking a leap into the world of digital communication with a new way of telling stories and sharing ideas, through original podcasts that will illuminate, challenge and surprise.

Anna Maria is also a former foreign correspondent and war correspondent, having spent close to a decade in Berlin, London, Jerusalem, and Washington. Her ongoing coverage of major international events includes the breakup of the former Soviet Union, the war in Bosnia, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, politics in the Arab world, Europe and the United States. She also has extensive experience covering Canadian federal and provincial politics.



Date: Thursday, October 21, 2021

Time: At 6:00 pm

Organized by : ICCO Italian Chamber of Commerce of Ontario

In collaboration with : Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto

Entrance : Free


Online via Zoom