Igor Branchi acts as a researcher at the Section of Behavioural Neuroscience, Department of Cell Biology and Neurosciences, Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Rome, Italy, since 2002. Branchi obtained a Ph.D. degree (avec félicitations) in neuroscience and behaviour at the University of Orléans, France, and Laurea degree (summa cum laude) in biological sciences (psychobiology) from the Sapienza University of Rome, Italy. Branchi was the 2012 Winner of Marie Curie Fellowship for Experienced Researcher (1 year), the Winner of Telethon fellowship for Genetic Disease Research (1 year), and the 1998 Winner of Italian CNR fellowships for biological research (1 year). The research interests of Branchi include the role of the early experiences in shaping adult brain function and behavior both in physiological and pathological conditions. Special attention is paid to the mechanisms by which early life events affect social competences and emotional response, moderate the onset and progression of endophenotypes of psychopathology, and to the processes underlying such effects. The latter include serotonergic system function, neurotrophin expression, and activation of the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis.
Biography Updated on 31 July 2013