Giangennaro Coppola works with the Clinic of Child and Adolescent Neuropsychiatry, Second University of Naples, Italy. He was born in Salerno, Italy, in 1951. He received his degree in medicine from the University of Naples, Italy. He specialized in pediatrics and in child and adolescent neuropsychiatry at the Second University of Naples, in 1978 and 1984, respectively. He was first the Head of the Pediatric Service of the Hospital of Cava dei Tirreni (Salerno) and afterwards became a Research Fellow in child neuropsychiatry at the Second University of Naples and then an Associate Professor of child and adolescent neuropsychiatry. He is currently a Professor of Child and Adolescent Neuropsychiatry at the Medical School, University of Salerno, Italy. He is now interested in drug and nondrug treatment of childhood epileptic encephalopathies and pharmacoresistant epilepsies, in the mechanisms of action and clinical efficacy of the ketogenic diet, in the genetics of epileptic syndromes, and in pediatric neurology. He is the Chair of the Epilepsy Unit of the Clinic of Child and Adolescent Neuropsychiatry. He is currently carrying out clinical trials with new antiepileptic drugs and dietary treatments for epilepsy and performing as well genetic studies of epileptic syndromes and basic research on seizure threshold and new antiepileptic drugs and on the role of microglial cells in rats fed with the ketogenic diet.
Biography Updated on 4 August 2011