ICV is pleased to support the Fourth International Vatican Conference, Global Health Care Initiative, an exclusive international event that will gather the World’s Leading Scientists and Physicians, Patients, Ethicists and Leaders of Faith, Government and Philanthropy to engage in powerful conversations about the latest scientific breakthroughs and hope for the future.


Prevent, Repair, Cure and Prepare for the Future!

Created by Vatican’s Secretariat of State, the Pontifical Council for Culture, the CURA Foundation, STOQ and the Stem For Life Foundation, the Fourth International Vatican Conference, Global Health Care Initiative will have a unique focus on advancing breakthrough technologies and disseminating knowledge that improves human health, prevents disease, protects the environment, and considers cultural, religious and societal implications.

Broadcasted around the world and moderated by renowned journalists, Fourth International Vatican Conference, Global Health Care Initiative will unite people without prejudice to stimulate an open dialogue and utilize an interdisciplinary approach to improve human health globally in an effort to Prevent, Repair and Cure! Last year, the Third International Vatican Conference drew 510 million media impressions including 146 million social media impressions and 1,300 media stories.

The 2018 event will feature Francis Collins, Valentin Fuster, George Church, Katrine Bosley, Nessan Bermingham, Kevin Fitzgerald, Andrew von Eschenbach, Petra Kaufmann, Michelle A. Williams, ScD, Valentine Fuster, Ron DePinho, MD, David Shulkin, Max Gomez, Meredith Vieira, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Ray Chambers, Denny Sanford, Deepak Chopra and David Panzirer.


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How Science, Technology and 21st Century Medicine Will Impact Culture and Society

In this critical time in history, where technology is emerging rapidly, we must understand its impact on medicine, society and culture globally.

The collaborators of the Fourth International Vatican Conference, Global Health Care Initiative will assist the Vatican, which supports scientific discovery and research while maintaining the ethical beliefs and church teachings, in its understanding the technology and its implications to gain perspective on the emerging technology.

  • Clinical applications of stem cell therapy, gene therapy, and immunotherapy
  • Regulation around medical tourism and new approaches to prevent cardio-metabolic disease
  • Taking control of our own health through diet, behavioral modification and the environment
  • Curing cancer and ways to prevent cancer by reducing smoking, HPV and obesity.
  • New tools available to enhance access to care and reduce costs and enable better outcomes through personalized medicine.
  • The impact on the brain and health of fake news and the ethical responsibilities of media which influence behavior, policy making and perception of new discoveries
  • Clinical, anthropological and ethical considerations around CRISPR and gene therapy
  • Challenges around synthetic biology including the design, construct and balance with nature
  • The culture of life and religious influence on health and appropriate limitations if any for scientific research


“Whether immunotherapies for cancer or stem cell treatments for rare diseases, there are now over 30,000 cell therapy trials in development noted on the clinicaltrials.gov website. This event will rally the world around a powerful idea ─ that the cells of our bodies hold the potential to vanquish disease, reduce global suffering and inspire hope for people around the world living with illness.”

 – Dr. Robin Smith, President of the Stem For Life Foundation

Special Events created by the Vatican will welcome conference participants and their families on private tours including the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel.



“We are called to make known throughout the world the issue of rare diseases, to invest in appropriate education, to increase funds for research, and to promote necessary legislation as well as an economic paradigm shift. In this way, the centrality of the human person will be rediscovered. Thanks to coordinated efforts at various levels and in different sectors, it is becoming possible not only to find solutions to the sufferings which afflict our sick brothers and sisters, but also to secure access to care for them.”

 – Pope Francis