Nastri: “Ingenious discoveries like this represent an immense heritage”
The ‘Parkinson detector’ arrives in the Senate, the invention of 17-year-old Tommaso Caligari, a student from Novara who developed the scanner that works with artificial intelligence and allows for early diagnosis of the disease. Guest of a press conference, organized by the police commissioner Gaetano Nastri, who also saw the president of the Social Affairs and Health Commission of Palazzo Madama, Franceco Zaffini, at the table in Sala Nassirya, the boy explains how his discovery was born: “Speaking with the doctors of the facility where my grandfather, suffering from Parkinson’s, was hospitalized, I learned that there are indicators that can identify the disease in the early stages and one of these concerned alterations in the commuting of the upper limbs, from there I decided to develop an algorithm,” he explains.
At that point he created an instrument “that was capable of detecting these alterations and could thus help the doctor in the early diagnosis of the disease simply by means of two cameras that analyze the path of the patient under examination”. “Ingenious discoveries like this represent an immense asset for our national health service which constitutes an essential safeguard of our social system and offers services of absolute quality which are in no way envious of any other country”, said Nastri, recalling how “the genius Italian, made up of inventions and dreams, deserves to be supported by an adequate level of investment in research”. “Focusing on this – underlines the Fdi senator – would also allow us to reverse the negative trend which sees more and more under 30s packing their bags to go abroad to find more open doors and better salaries”.
The Caligari scanner was awarded as best project at the European competition ‘Youth and Science 2023’ of the Directorate General for Research of the European Commission and in September it had the opportunity to be presented in Brussels at the ‘EUCYS-European Union Contest for Young Scientists’ and the possibility of participating in other international competitions and even received an invitation to the Nobel Prize ceremony in Stockholm.