Luca Steardo

Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

Luca Steardo graduated in medicine. He is a Full Professor of pharmacology and pharmacotherapy at the University of Rome "La Sapienza." He is the author of more than 120 publications in impacted international journals. He is an editor of a book (published in the WHO Expert Series on Neuroscience by Hogrefe and Huber, Seattle, USA). He has been a referee for many international journals. He is a Member of the Editorial Board of CNS & Neurological Disorders—Drug Targets. He has been an NIH consultant for research project on neurological disorders, including Alzheimer's disease, and a Member of the WHO World Psychiatric Association Task Force for the study of benzodiazepines. He is a member of many international scientific societies. Moreover, his experimental activity has been mainly devoted to investigate the functional role of some neuropeptides in the central nervous system and their interaction with classical neurotransmitters as well as to study the effects of psychoactive drugs on neuroendocrine systems. In the last years, his scientific interest has been addressed on the understanding of preclinical models of molecular mechanisms implicated into abuse and eating disorders in collaboration with the Committee on the Neurobiology of Addictive Disorders, Scripps Institute (La Jolla, Calif, USA) and the Department of Pharmacology, Boston University Medical School (Boston, Mass, USA). Moreover, at present, his research effort is focused on exploring neurodegenerative/neuroinflammatory processes occurring in models of Alzheimer's disease and their possible modulation operated by cannabinoids. For such last investigations, he cooperates with the Laboratory of Neurology at The Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School (Boston, Mass, USA).

Biography Updated on 28 December 2011

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