Raffaele Ferri received his M.D. degree in 1981 and the specialization in neurology in 1985 from the Catholic University of Rome, Italy. He is Chief of the Sleep Research Centre and chairs the Department of Brain Aging, Neurology I.C. of the Oasi Institute for Research on Mental Retardation and Brain Aging in Troina (Italy). Dr. Ferri has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Italian Association of Sleep Medicine (AISM) and also a member of the didactic committee of the AISM, involved in the organization of the annual education course in seep medicine of this association; for the same organization, Dr. Ferri manages its internet web site. Dr. Ferri has been, for years, an active member of the Italian Society of Psychophysiology, he has been a member of its Board of Directors for more than 10 years and its representative for the Federation of the European Psychophysiology Societies. Dr. Ferri has also been the Secretary of the Federation of the European Psychophysiology Societies. Dr. Ferri has been involved in the scientific study of the neurophysiological aspects of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias and is the head of a department specifically devoted to the diagnosis and treatment of these conditions. For this reason, he has collaborated or leaded different research activities in this field. His specific areas of interest cover also the description, analysis, and understanding of various aspects of human sleep electroencephalogram, by means of computer analysis, which he has applied, in the last years, mostly to the elucidation of the neurophysiological mechanisms of the Cyclic Alternating Pattern and its relationships with diurnal neurocognitive performance. Dr. Ferri also has a special interest in the analysis of pediatric sleep, with particular attention to sleep in mentally retarded subjects, and, more recently, Dr. Ferri has been involved in the study of sleep neurophysiology of restless legs syndrome, narcolepsy, and REM sleep behavior disorder.
Biography Updated on 2 December 2010