Marta Bertolaso

“Recent scientific research shows that the environment plays a crucial role in the development and growth of all living things. Its importance is even more evident when the being in question is as complex as the human person. Care for the well-being of people at home moulds and enriches this environment. So I think it is worthwhile investing time and effort to reassess domestic work: those tasks which turn a house into a home and which are fundamental in the harmonious development of the human person at birth, in maturity and old age.”


After completing her degree in Biology, Dr Bertolaso went on to four years of research in molecular biology and genetics at the National Institutes for Cancer Research in Milan and Turin. Since then, she has also taken a course in Specialist Bioethics offered by the Catholic University of Rome and completed a PhD at the University Campus Bio-Medico of Rome. She is now continuing her research in Philosophy of Life Sciences in the same university. In 2007, she was appointed as Executive Manager of Home Renaissance Foundation and a member of the Scientific Committee. She ran one of the projects, for the area of Health and Primary Care, in conjunction with Lexington in the last three years.