The University of Florence (UNIFI) can trace its origins to the Studium Generale, which was established in 1321, and it is one of the largest organizations for research and higher education in Italy with over 50,000 students, 1,700 teaching and research staff, 1,600 technical and administrative staff and 1,600 PhD students and research fellows. Researchers at the University of Florence operate within 21 different departments and can benefit from approximately 40 research structures, including inter-departmental and inter-university centres, as well as specialized research, knowledge transfer and advanced training centres. The Department of Experimental and Clinical Medicine (DECM) has been awarded as one of the 180 Departments of Excellence of Italian Universities.
The DECM as a professional aggregation of professors and researchers with different scientific disciplinary sectors that integrate the various disciplines in favour of the overall progress of the knowledge and the translation of the same in the best preventive, diagnostic, assistance, therapeutic and rehabilitative practices. The presence of scientific disciplinary sectors within the economic sciences also makes it possible to develop research objectives with a view to sustainability, in order to make the research results transferable to the maximum number of stakeholders. In the different laboratories, beyond the technologies, skills and knowledge of excellence are identified, which place the Department among the most advanced national and international companies in the various research fields.