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 approximately 70 publications in international refereed Journals and Conferences and I also serve as Editorial Board member and invited Reviewer of several international Journals.
cerebrovascular diseases, vascular-related cognitive impairments, neuropsychiatric diseases, Clinical Neurophysiology, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and, more recently, sleep disorders and gluten-related neuropathology. My current scientific activity focuses on the neurophysiological evaluation of cognitive and moodbehavioural characteristics of different neurological and psychiatric diseases. In the last years, our research group has applied electrophysiological investigations and techniques of non-invasive brain stimulation in different clinical contexts, such as cerebrovascular diseases, cognitive impairment, sleep disorders and major depression. In particular, the study of cortical excitability to TMS revealed further insights into the pathophysiological mechanisms and neurochemical basis underlying these conditions. This activity is reflected in scientific publications in international peerreviewed indexed journals and by communications and poster presentations in national and international Meetings. More recently, I am carrying forward investigations based on integration of different neurophysiological methods (TMS-EEG) for the experimental study of the processes underlying neurotransmission and cortical plasticity specifically involved in the regulation of sleep and cognitive functions in both normal and pathological conditions.