I’m Senior Research (1° Ricercatore) at IRIB-CNR in Messina where I work translating basic neuroscience findings into real applications for physical and mental wellbeing. Until July 2021, I was Head of the IRIB-CNR Unit at Mangone (CS), in charge of the Third Mission and Communication, and Part-time lecturer of “Psychophysiology” and “Translational Neuroscience” at the University Magna Graecia of Catanzaro.
I’m a scientific writer for several popular magazines and some of my books have also been translated into other countries, such as China. Author and co-author of more than 170 publications index in MedLine [H-Index: 46]. I won international awards and a national prize for science dissemination.
I think of myself as a curious person who loves to get in touch with different realms and ways of thinking, aimed at disseminating knowledge, following neuroscience thought. My expertise is characterized by a broad background in neurobiology and neurophysiology of neurological and psychiatric disorders, with specific training in neuropsychology.
During my Ph.D., scientific interest veered strongly towards imaging genetics to understand how genes may influence human behavior and neuroanatomy. Next, my research moved towards the neural basis of cognitive neurorehabilitation in neurodegenerative diseases and acquired brain injury
I love to collaborate with engineers for developing algorithms of artificial intelligence applied to neuroscience and to evaluate the impact of robots on neural plasticity. Last but not least, my later field of interest concerns Positive Psychology, a broad neuroscientific field focused on mental well-being
Overall, I can define myself as a Translational Neuroscientist
In 2020, I was included in the list of Top Italian Scientists (http://www.topitalianscientists.org). Ranking n° 229
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