Department of Neurology
Italian National Research Council
I was born in Catania (Italy) in 1982. I am currently Consultant Neurologist and Clinical Researcher at the Department of Neurology I.C. of the “Oasi” Institute for Research on Mental Retardation and Brain Aging (I.R.C.C.S.) in Troina (Italy), which is a Collaborating Center of the World Health Organization (WHO) for Research and Training in Neuroscience. After graduation with honours in Medicine in 2007, I trained at the School of Neurology of the University of Catania, and got the international PhD in “Basic and Applied Biomedical Sciences” at the same Institution. I specialized in cerebrovascular diseases and Neurosonology at the “Stroke Unit” based on the “Sant’Andrea Civic Hospital” in La Spezia (Italy). As visiting clinical research Fellow, I further trained at the Department of Clinical Neurophysiology of the “Royal Victoria Infirmary” and at the Department of Neuroscience, Newcastle University (Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK). In 2013 I was selected for one the six Scientific Fellowship promoted by the European Federation of Neurological Societies (EFNS), with a project titled “Visual hallucinations in dementia with Lewy bodies: a combined TMS/EEG study.” From October 2015, I teach Neurology as Assistant Professor at the “Kore” University of Enna (Italy). I have co-authored more than 70 publications in international refereed Journals and Conferences and I also serve as Editorial Board member and invited Reviewer of several international Journals.
My main clinical interests are: cerebrovascular diseases, vascular-related cognitive impairments, neuropsychiatric diseases, Clinical Neurophysiology, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and, more recently, addiction, sleep disorders and gluten-related neuropathology. My current scientific activity focuses on the neurophysiological evaluation of cognitive and mood-behavioural characteristics of different neurological and psychiatric diseases.