Dr. Laviola is Senior Research Scientist and Principal Investigator in Programs of Developmental Psychobiology and Psychopharmacology in the Section of Behavioural Neuroscience, Dept. of Cell Biology & Neuroscience of the Istituto Superiore Sanità (Italian National Institute of Health), Roma, Italy. He received the academic Degree in Biology from the University of Roma (Psychobiology and Psychopharmacology) and specialized training in Neuroanatomy/Psychology, European Training Programme in Brain and Behaviour Research (ESF), Zuoz, Switzerland and on "The Development of Sex Differences and Similarities in Behaviour", NATO Advanced Research School, Gers, France. He was a Fellow of Royal Society at the Dept. of Zoology, University of Edinburgh, UK and Advanced Research Fellow of CNR/NATO, Dept. of Psychology and Center for Developmental Psychobiology (with Prof LP. Spear), SUNY, USA and European Fellow for Studies and Research in Drug Abuse, Operation Group to Combact Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in Drugs (Pompidou Group), at St. George’s Hospital Medicine School, University of London, UK. Expert Advisor for the Ministry of Health on ethics and methodology in biomedical and behavioural research. Thesis and research supervisor. He has been coordinator of several national and international research projects on neurobehavioural developmental disabilities. He is author of more than 150 peer reviewed publications and book chapters. Member of the Editorial Board of Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, Psychology, The Open Neuropsychopharmacology, Current Psychopharmacology. Current research on neurobiology of animal models for ADHD, schizophrenia, autism, Rett syndrome, drug addiction, focussed on genetic and epigenetic interplay.
Biography Updated on 1 March 2012