Francesca Fusco

Fondazione Santa Lucia, Italy

Francesca Romana Fusco was born in Rome on January 8th, 1969. She graduated from the University Tor Vergata Medical School in 1993 magna cum summa laude, with a dissertation on the morphological and functional alterations in the thalamus of Huntington’s Disease patients. She graduated from the School of Specialty in Neurology in 1997. She was a visiting student in the Department of Neuropathology of Massachusetts General Hospital Harvard University Medical School, Boston, MA in 1992. In 1996 she was a visiting graduate student in the Virtanen Instutute, Kuopio Finland. Between 1996 and 1999 she was a postdoctoral research associate in Dr. Anton Reiner’s laboratory at the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology University of Tennessee Memphis. Dr Fusco is a neurologist with an expertise in experimental neuropathology. Since 1999 she has directed the Laboratory of Neuroanatomy in the Department of Experimental Neuroscience of Santa Lucia Foundation, where she mainly focuses on experimental models of Huntington’s disease. Dr. Fusco has studied the distribution of huntingtin protein the normal brain, with respect to the different neuronal subpopulations, and also the distribution of BDNF and of CREB. Moreover, the study of Huntington’s disease involves the development of therapeutic strategies, in particular by the use of phosphodiesterase inhibition. She is a member of the Society for Neuroscience, the International Basal Ganglia Association, and member of the board the Italian Society of Neuropathology (AINP Associazione Italiana di Neuropatologia). Dr Fusco authored many scientific papers published in internationally recognized journals such as PNAS, Journal of Neuroscience, Neurobiology of Disease, European Journal of Neuroscience. She is a reviewer for several journals such as Neurobiology of Disease, European Journal of Neuroscience, Brain Research, Journal of Cell Science, Experimental Biology and Medicine

Biography Updated on 19 June 2012

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