I obtained my graduation cum laude in Medicine and Surgery at the University Gabriele DAnnunzio Chieti (2000) and then the specialization cum laude in Neurology at the Polytechnic University of the Marche of Ancona (2005). After working as a Visiting scientist at the Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit (CBU), Medical Research Council (MRC), Cambridge and as the Betty Behrens Research Fellowship at the Clare Hall College of the University of Cambridge (2008-2009), I recently moved (2010) to the Institute of Neurological Sciences, National Research Council, in Catanzaro where I took part in setting up the Neuroimaging Research Unit. My main research interest regards the investigation of structural and functional brain abnormalities that are responsible of cognitive and emotional symptoms in a series of neuropsychiatric disorders including Impulsive-Aggressive Behaviours, Conduct Disorder, Compulsive Overeating and Multiple Sclerosis. I have experience in using and combining a group of techniques commonly employed in experimental as well as in clinical neuroscience. These include: 1) molecular genetics analyses; 2) dietary and pharmacological manipulations (e.g. acute tryptophan depletion, dopamine challenges); 3) non-invasive structural and functional brain imaging methods (fMRI, VBM, DTI); 4) behavioral analyses. The impact of my work has been recognized by the Istituto Superiore di Sanità in Italy that awarded me with the prestigious award for Distinguished Researchers in Neurology and by the Clare Hall College of the University of Cambridge who elected me as Research Fellow and Official Member of the Governing Body.
Biography Updated on 21 May 2012