Daniela Parolaro

Università degli Studi dell'Insubria, Italy

Daniela Parolaro works as a Full Professor at the Department of Sciences BICOM, University of Insubria, Varese, Italy. She received a degree in biology at the University of Milan, and since then she has been at the Department of Pharmacology, University of Milan, working in the field of drugs of abuse with particular regards to opioids. She began working in the cannabinoid field in 1994 with a work on cannabinoid/opioid interactions at the CNS level. Her current research is focused on the long-term consequences of adolescent exposure to cannabinoids, exploring alterations in behavioral responses (emotional behavior, cognition, and psychotic symptoms) and their cellular correlates (CB1 receptor level and G protein coupling, CREB activation, markers of neuroplasticity). Recently, she focused her attention on the possible role of the (endo)cannabinoid system in the neurobiology of anxiety, depression, and schizophrenia, maintaining the peculiarity of coupling behavioral responses with their cellular correlates. She is also exploring the antiproliferative effect of the nonpsychoactive cannabidiol, demonstrating its ability to inhibit glioma cell proliferation either in vitro or in vivo. Recently the antiangiogenic activity of cannabidiol through morphological and biochemical approaches has been demonstrated. Parolaro serves as the Director of the Center of Neuroscience University of Insubria, Varese, Italy, the President of the second level degree in biology applied to the biomedical sciences, and also as the Coordinator of the Ph.D. degree in neurobiology at the same university. She held the position of the President of the International Cannabinoid Research Society in 2006 and has also been the Director of the Center for Drug Abuse Research at the University of Milan till 2000. Moreover, she is now a Member of the Scientific Committee, the Italian Society of Pharmacology, the Italian Society of Neuroscience, the International Cannabinoid Research Society , and the IACM Board. Parolaro is the author of more than 120 articles in peer-reviewed journals.

Biography Updated on 9 January 2012

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