Francesco Maria Galassi

Francesco Maria Galassi, Dr. med.

Postdoc Assistant, Paleopathology and Mummy Studies Group

Phone: +41 44 635 05 40 (Room Y42 G86b)



  • 2015: Italian medical License
  • 16-28 March 2015: Neuroanatomy internship, Utrecht Medisch Centrum, Utrecht (NL)
  • October 2008-October 2014: M.D. (Dr. med), University of Bologna
  • 4 August-26 September 2014: 2-month Internship at the Neuropathology Unit, The Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford University, Oxford, UK
  • 5-16 August 2013: Neural Circuit Development and Plasticity and Neuroscience Methods for the Social Sciences, Utrecht University Summer School, Utrecht (NL)
  • June-July 2010 (5 weeks): Gross Anatomy Course, NYU (New York University), NYC, USA
  • 2003 – 2008: Liceo Classico “G. Cesare-Manara Valgimigli”, Rimini, Italy

Work Experience:

  • 31 March-17 May 2015: Coworker at the Department of Sugery and Cancer Imperial College London: Surgery, Medical Classics and History of Medicine
  • 2010-2013: Tutor of human anatomy (University of Bologna)
  • October 2012-August 2015: Collaborator on research projects (Luigi Cattaneo Museum of Anatomical Waxes, University of Bologna)

Research Interests

  • Paleopathology, Pathography, Human Anatomy, History of Medicine, Medical Classics

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Academic Activities

Conference Presentations:

  • Neuroanatomy of Equality: Luigi Calori’s struggle for truth and integrity in science: International Amazing Models Symposium, Bologna IT, May 2014
  • De Morboso Ortu Antiquarum Fabularum Oratio (Latin): Liceo Classico G. Cesare, Rimini IT, June 2015

The Italian Paleopathology Project


  • Galassi FM.The Bologna opoectodymus: a rediscovered case of conjoined twins. Twin Res Hum Genet. 2015 Apr;18(2):217
  • Galassi FM, Ruggeri A, Petti K. The Ercole Lelli horseshoe kidney wax model. Cover image and description. Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, CJASN (accepted for publication, April 2016. Volume 11, No. 4)
  • Galassi, Francesco M; Ruggeri, A; Petti, K; Ashrafian, H (2015). Marvels of the Bologna Anatomical Wax Museum: their theoretical and clinical importance in the training of 21st century medical students. HAPS-Educator, 19(2):4-9.
  • Galassi, Francesco M; Ashrafian, Hutan (2015). Has the diagnosis of a stroke been overlooked in the symptoms of Julius Caesar? Neurological Sciences, 36(8):1521-1522.
  • Galassi, Francesco M; Galassi, Stefano (2015). Teofilo Folengo's facial paralysis and unknown demise. Neurological Sciences, 36(10):1961-1962.
  • Galassi, Francesco M; Borghi, Claudio (2015). A brief history of uric acid: From gout to cardiovascular risk factor. European Journal of Internal Medicine, 26(5):373.
  • Ashrafian, Hutan; Galassi, Francesco M; Harling, Leanne (2015). Medusa's Head and Ancient Aristotelian Biology. JAMA Psychiatry, 72(6):625.
  • Galassi, Francesco M; Galassi, Stefano (2015). Shut Phimosis in the Priapus Fresco From Pompeii. Urology, 85(6):1521-1522.
  • Galassi, F M; Gelsi, R (2015). Methodological limitations of an etiological framing of Ariarathes' goitre: response to Tekiner et al. Journal of endocrinological investigation, 38(5):569.
  • Galassi, Francesco M (2015). The bologna opoectodymus: a rediscovered case of conjoined twins. Twin Research and Human Genetics, 18(2):217.
  • Galassi FM, Lazzarini L, Ashrafian H (2015). Herodotean Anthropology: Review of the account comparing Egyptian and Persian skulls in Antiquity. Shemu, 2015, Volume 19, Number 3 (the quarterly academic newsletter of the Egyptian Society of South Africa)
  • Galassi FM (2014). On the Face and Identity of the Great Sphinx of Giza: A Medico-Anthropological Review. Shemu (the quarterly academic newsletter of the Egyptian Society of South Africa) - Volume 18, number 3 – July 2014