Local Organizing Committee

LOCAL ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

– Management of the current edition of BraYn Conference –

Luca Angelini

«Sapienza» University of Rome (Italy) • I am a resident in Neurology at the Department of Human Neuroscience at the Sapienza University of Rome. The main area of interest of my scientific activity is movement disorders. I’m currently working on the use of neurophysiological techniques, such as kinematic analysis of movement and transcranial magnetic stimulation, in the study of various neurological disorders including mainly tremors and parkinsonisms.

Myriam Catalano

«Sapienza» University of Rome (Italy) • Myriam Catalano is Associate Professor in Physiology at Sapienza University of Rome, Italy, since 2020. She graduated in Medical Biotechnology in 2003 at Modena University, Italy. She obtained her PhD in Neurophysiology at Sapienza University of Rome, Italy in 2006, demonstrating the ability of chemokines to work as neuromodulators, in the Biophysic Lab (Head: Fabrizio Eusebi). From 2007 to 2008 she was postdoctoral fellow in the Molecular and Cellular Biology Lab (Head: Yukiko Goda) of the Medical Research Council at the University College of London where she expanded her research in the field of glutamate receptors, specifically on their expression and function at the tripartite synapse. From 2009 to 2010, as senior postdoc in the Neuroimmunology Lab (Head: Cristina Limatola) at Sapienza University in Rome she studied glioblastoma biology. From 2011 to 2020, as Researcher, at Sapienza University of Rome, Italy, she demonstrated the importance of cation channels as potential therapeutic targets for glioblastoma. In the last few years, extracellular vesicles, such as exosomes, have taken a principal role in her research, that is now focused on the understanding of the physiology of them in the context of localized or widespread neuroinflammation.

Valerio Chiurchiù

Institute of Translational Pharmacology, CNR and IRCCS Santa Lucia Foundation, Rome (Italy) • Principal Investigator and Head of the Laboratory of Resolution of Neuroinflammation. He received his PhD from the University of Rome and he pursued his postdoctoral studies in the laboratories of Dr. Luca Battistini in the field of Neuroimmunology and of Prof. Mauro Maccarrone in the field of Biochemistry. He joined as a post-doc the lab of Prof. Jacobsson at the University of Stockholm and he later received the position of Assistant Professor at Campus Bio-medico University of Rome. He is a visiting researcher in the lab of Prof. Charles Serhan in Brigham's Hospital at Harvard Medical School and is currently a Senior researcher and Group Leader at the Institute of Translational Pharmacology, CNR and IRCCS Santa Lucia Foundation in Rome. His research activity focuses on the immunomodulatory role of bioactive lipids on immune cell populations in both health and disease and on these topics he published 60 original peer-reviewed papers. Over the last years, Dr. Chiurchiù and his team focus on the novel field of "Resolution of neuroinflammation" and his studies have contributed to the discovery of the role of the newly characterized specialized pro-resolving lipid mediators in immunity and their impairment in neurodegenerative diseases. For his research he received several prestigious awards.

Giuseppina D'Alessandro

Giuseppina D'Alessandro

«Sapienza» University of Rome (Italy) - BraYn Association Vice-president • Giuseppina D’Alessandro graduated in December 2004 in Biotechnology at “Federico II” University of Naples. In 2008 she took a Specialization in Pharmacological Research at “Mario Negri” Institute in Milan focusing her attention on endogenous metabolism alterations in ALS models. In 2012 she took a PhD in Neurophysiology at “Sapienza” University of Rome studying Glioblastoma and its effect on tumor brain microenvironment and this is still her main research activity. In 2011 and 2015 she was research collaborator at Institute of Neurosciences for Hospitalization and Scientific Research (Neuromed) in Pozzilli (Isernia). Since October 2020 she has got a position as Assistant Professor in tenure track (RTD-B) in Physiology at the Sapienza University.

Francesco Di Lorenzo

Santa Lucia Foundation Scientific Institute, Rome (Italy) • Specialized in 2018 in Neurology at Tor Vergata University, my main clinical and scientific interests are in Neurodegenerative diseases (especially Alzheimer`s Disease and Fronto-Temporal Dementia) and Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation tools (such as TMS, tDCS, tACS, TMS/EEG). These novel techniques are able to investigate in vivo the mechanisms of cortical plasticity in humans and patients paving the way for future neuromodulation protocols.

Andrea Guerra

«Sapienza» University of Rome (Italy) • Andrea Guerra is Assistant Professor in Neurology at Sapienza University of Rome, Italy, and scientific consultant at the Department of Clinical Neurophysiology, IRCCS Neuromed, Pozzilli, Italy. He graduated in Medicine and Surgery (2010) and specialized in Neurology (2016) at Campus Bio-Medico University of Rome, Italy. In 2015, he joined the group of Prof. Peter Brown at the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Oxford, UK, as a clinical-research fellow in Experimental Neurology and Movement Disorders. He obtained the PhD in Clinical-Experimental Neuroscience at Sapienza University of Rome, Italy, in 2020. His research activity focuses on the study of brain excitability, connectivity and plasticity changes in patients with movement disorders and dementia using neurophysiological techniques, including transcranial magnetic stimulation and electroencephalography. Also, he uses multimodal non-invasive neuromodulation tools (magnetic, electrical and ultrasound stimulation) with the aim of improving neurophysiological and behavioural functions in healthy subjects and patients. He is author of more than 50 peer-reviewed papers on these topics and received several awards from national and international scientific societies for his research. He has been also recently awarded with the National Scientific Qualification as Associate Professor of Neurology.

Paola Infante

«Sapienza» University of Rome (Italy) • Paola Infante obtained her master’s degree in Medical, Molecular and Cellular Biotechnology in 2008 and her PhD in Molecular Medicine in 2012 at University of Rome, La Sapienza. She spent the next eight years, first as PostDoc and later as Researcher, at the Center for Life Nanoscience - Italian Institute of Technology (Rome). During this period she also worked at the Hubrecht Institute (Utrecht, NED) and the Columbia University of New York (USA). Since 2021 she works as Associate Professor at the Dept. of Molecular Medicine – University of Rome, La Sapienza. Her research activity is focused on the: i) study of molecular and cellular mechanisms involved in brain tumors, with a particular focus on medulloblastoma and glioblastoma development and progression; ii) identification and characterization of the molecular events involved in Hedgehog signaling regulation; iii) study of ubiquitylation-proteolysis processes in cerebellar development and tumorigenesis; iv) identification and design of novel biomolecules for the treatment of Hedgehog-dependent tumors.

Francesco Marrocco

«Sapienza» University of Rome (Italy) • I am a PhD student in Clinical/Experimental Neuroscience and Psychiatry in Sapienza University of Rome. I studied Biology and I got my master’s degree in Neurobiology in the 2017. I worked with animal models to study memory in normal conditions and in the presence of Alzheimer’s disease, focusing my attention on synaptic plasticity and in the default mode network. Now I study the communication between gut and brain both in physiological conditions and in the presence of glioma tumor brain, focusing my attention on the effects of the microbiota compositions (microbial communities and metabolites) to the brain and vice versa.

Alessandra Musella

Alessandra Musella

University of Rome San Raffaele (Italy) • I’m a senior researcher, working in Università Telematica San Raffaele, Rome, Italy. I graduated in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technologyat “Sapienza” University of Rome, Italy (2006). Immediately after graduation, I started working as electrophysiologist in Prof. D Centonze’s laboratory at “Tor Vergata” University and at IRCCS Fondazione Santa Lucia. In 2012, I received my PhD degree in neuroscience and, in 2014, I obtained a 3-year-grant form Italian Ministry of Health. My research interests are related to the role of synaptic transmission in the pathophysiology of Multiple Sclerosis and of its experimental model, and to the mechanisms of the neurodegenerative damage in neurological diseases. On these topics, I have published about 53 original peer-reviewed papers.

Matteo Tartaglia

«Sapienza» University of Rome (Italy) • I graduated in Medicine and Surgery in 2016 at “Sapienza” University of Rome with a neurophysiological work examining sensory-motor integration in patients affected by Parkinson’s disease. In January 2022 I graduated in Neurology at the same University. During my resident period, I focused on neurophysiological evaluation in people with Multiple Sclerosis. I am now currently enrolled as a PhD Student in Clinical-Experimental Neurosciences at “Sapienza” University of Rome. My research field includes the exploration of biomarkers in Multiple Sclerosis.

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