Department of Neuroscience, Newcastle University, UK.
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, 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.
Cerebrovascular diseases, Cognitive decline and dementia.