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The UniCredit Foundation promotes the culture of solidarity and philanthropy, both within UniCredit and externally
The Gianesini Fund is an example of this enlightened philanthropy: established in 2013 thanks to the generous contribution of a philanthropist from Verona, it is managed by the Foundation itself.
Since 2014, thanks to the Gianesini Fund, the UniCredit Foundation, in partnership with the University of Verona, has run the annual "Gianesini Fund Call" for proposals for research projects in the fields of medicine and economics, addressed to graduates, PhD students or researchers enrolled at the University of Verona.The 7th edition awarded two scholarships worth a total of €70,000 (€35,000 each) to the School of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Verona. The scholarships for graduates, PhD students, researchers or medical specialists from the School of Medicine and Surgery of the University of Verona, were awarded to:
• Francesca Magrinelli, who, thanks to the scholarship, will begin a year of training at University College London in February 2021, to develop her research project "Analisi delle basi genetiche di distonia isolata e combinata attraverso whole-exome e whole-genome sequencing" ("Analysis of the genetic basis of isolated and combined dystonia through whole-exome and whole-genome sequencing")
• Massimo Teso, who will leave for Ghent University in June 2021 to carry out the research project "Sviluppo di una soluzione tecnologica innovativa di telemedicina per la prevenzione, la diagnosi precoce, il monitoraggio e il trattamento della sarcopenia" ("Development of an innovative technological telemedicine solution for the
prevention, early diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of sarcopenia").
Our benefactor, Emma Gianesini, passed away on January 6, 2021, but her generosity has made it possible for a large group of deserving young people to further their education at prestigious foreign universities.The Gianesini Fund, now in its seventh year in 2020, has so far awarded around 30 scholarships to young students from the University of Verona, who have been able to further their studies abroad.
The 6th Edition awarded four scholarships with a total value of € 100,000: respectively two Scholarships, with a value of € 35,000 each, were awarded to the School of Medicine and Surgery and two grants, worth € 15,000 each, were awarded to the Department of Economic Sciences.
The scholarships of the 2019 Edition went to Anna Pedrinolla and Elia Sechi, for the School of Medicine and Surgery and to Giulio Caldarelli and Cherkos Meaza Gebregergis, for the Department of Economic Sciences.
The award ceremony took place on the 16 December at the Rectorate of the University of Verona and on the occasion Professor Federico Schena, delegate for Didactics, on behalf of the magnificent rector Pier Francesco Nocini said: "It is with great satisfaction that four young people from our University, who stood out for the excellence of the projects presented, are rewarded; thanks to the generosity of Ms. Gianesini and her family, and thanks to the support of the UniCredit Foundation, these young people will be able to carry out their projects, both scientifically worthy and for their social impact, thus promoting the growth of the territory".
The President of UniCredit Foundation, Maurizio Beretta, underlined: "Today, thanks to the resources made available by the Gianesini Fund, UniCredit Foundation renews its commitment to supporting European excellence in the field of research. The projects of the University of Verona that we award today, in fact, will benefit from that international perspective which we believe is a fundamental requirement for serious and high-level research".
Ms. Emma Gianesini added: "I am very satisfied to have met in the UniCredit Foundation and in the academic world the sensitivities and professionalism that have allowed to carry on a project that I care about and that has allowed many capable and deserving young people to deepen their knowledge their studies in research fields so important for scientific progress abroad".
A Declaration of the Chairman of UniCredit Foundation
The passing of Emma Gianesini has deeply saddened us all. Over the years, we had the good fortune to get to know and work alongside a very generous person, particularly focused on educational issues and solidly committed to providing the local community with the necessary resources to make Verona a center of excellence in the university and medical fields.She embodied the most authentic expression of philanthropy. Thanks to a generous bequest in her will, Emma Gianesini chose to continue this generous commitment into the future, passing on her baton to the UniCredit Foundation, which, in her name and on her behalf, will continue to support the study and research of the most promising young people.Emma Gianesini will always remain in our hearts as a shining example of social commitment. We can only offer her our deepest and most sincere gratitude.