This is a very exciting time for medicine in general and mental health in particular. Over the last few years there has been a remarkable explosion in knowledge about the psychosocial and biological aspects of mental phenomena and psychiatric disorders.  At the same time there has also been an extreme need to adjust clinical psychiatry to  a rapidly changing society and to health systems that demands rapid transformation.  We are convinced that we are doing our best in developing better training and research programs and more efficient care delivery systems.

This is the challenge for the Clinical Psychiatry Unit, University  of Ferrara, which is part of the Department of Biomedical and Specialty Surgical Sciences.
Since our history, as the history of each of us, is profoundly linked with our cultural roots, tradition, and social context, the history of the town of  Ferrara will keep us company along this short journey.