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About Us

Welcome to our department!
The Department of Translational Medicine (DiMET) is one of the seven departments that constitute the Università del Piemonte Orientale, officially founded in 1998 but active since the early 1990s.
The department is located in Novara, and was set up in 2012, replacing the previous Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine.

DiSS and DiMET propose, in partnership with the School of Medicine, 3-year bachelor’s degrees in Biotechnology, Physiotherapy, Dental Hygiene, Nursing, Biomedical Laboratory Technologies, Medical Radiology Technologies for Diagnostic Imaging and Radiotherapy, the Single-Cycle Master’s degree in Medicine and Surgery and the Master’s degrees in Nursing and Obstetrics, as well as the English language Master’s Degree in Medical Biotechnology.

Both departments participate in the organisation of the research PhD programme in Medical Science and Biotechnology. The range of courses is rounded off with numerous School of Specialisation programmes and various Advanced Training courses of I and II level.

What is Translational Medicine?
The Department’s research activity is based on the ability to transfer (translate) new knowledge in foundational science to the biomedical field in order to generate diagnostic applications or advanced therapies, while at the same time producing new diagnostic tools.
This translational approach is recognised as the most modern and up-to-date in terms of training, both pre-degree and post-graduate, for newly-qualified doctors and biotechnologists.

For more information, see the University Strategic Plan.


Teaching and research activity are carried out in two locations (largo Donegani 2/3 and via Bovio 6), both easily reached by public transport and with ample parking in the vicinity.

The DSF is ranked among the top university departments nationwide for its teaching and research quality. This is thanks to the quality of its laboratories, well-equipped premises and excellent student/teacher ratio.

At DSF you can be be the protagonist in your own education, with the guidance of teachers and assistance of technical-administrative

Key features

Training and education is our primary goal.
We have a very favourable student/teacher ratio: this allows us to follow our students closely via a tutor system and support their activity, making the university experience more accessible and engaging.

Here you can be be the protagonist in your own education, with the guidance of teachers and assistance of technical-administrative staff. You will find a fully comprehensive range of courses: from 3-year Bachelor degrees to research doctorates, as well as numerous Schools of Specialisation, internationally-recognised Advanced Training courses and updating/refresher programmes.

You can develop your research projects, joining a team and applying for fellowships, grants or a research doctorate.


Our research is rooted in excellence.

The Department is organised in such a way as to promote and develop biological and preclinical research (both in vitro and in vivo), in the field of public health and epidemiology in a clinical environment with observational and practical studies, all in compliance with “good clinical practice”.

The main research topics include:

  • Study of cardio-neuro-vascular and metabolic diseases
  • Proliferative diseases
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Transplant medicine
  • Critical care medicine
  • Emergency and disaster medicine
  • Public health
  • Epidemiology and medical statistics


  • 2,807 enrolled students on the degree programme of the School of Medicine (2014-2015)
  • 1,016 freshers at the School of Medicine (2014-2015)
  • 8 Bachelor 3-year degrees in the School of Medicine
  • 2 Master’s degrees from the School of Medicine
  • 1 Single-cycle Master’s Degree course in the School of Medicine
  • 1 research PhD programme in partnership with DiSS
  • 54 teachers and researchers
  • 2 spin-off companies
  • 2,600 e-journal subscriptions