Laboratorio

> Brain and Behaviour SFU Lab

Coordinator:

Mattia Ferro, PhD

Internal Collaborations:

  • Sandra Sassaroli, MD
  • Gabriele Caselli, PhD
  • Giovanni Maria Ruggiero, MD
  • Annalisa Oppo, MPsych
  • Francesco Isotti, MPsych, Member of the courses of Neuroscience SFU Milan. Center for Behavioral Neuroscience and Communication (BNC), Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, Milan
  • Andrea Stefano Moro, MPsych, Member of the courses of Neuroscience SFU Milan. Center for Behavioral Neuroscience and Communication (BNC), Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, Milan

External Collaborations:

  • Antonio Malgaroli, MD, Center for Behavioral Neuroscience and Communication (BNC), Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, Milan
  • Leonor J Romero Lauro, PhD, Neurostimulation Laboratory, Psychology Department, Bicocca University, Milan
  • Jacopo Lamanna, PhD, Center for Behavioral Neuroscience and Communication (BNC), Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, Milan
  • Giandomenico Schiena, MD, Policlinico Hospital, Milan
  • Sofia Allegra Crespi, PhD

Research area and primary aims:

We know that human behaviour and that of all other mammals is driven by brain activity, electrical activation of neurons and synaptic communication. The theoretical and methodological background of the research group is strongly consolidated in the field of basic research in physiology and neuroscience on both animal and human models

These scientific objectives can be divided into two main research lines:

1. Development and application of new tools for anatomical and functional mapping of synaptic circuits in relation to animal behaviour and their implementation into animal models of psychopathology

2. Translational development of new therapeutic approaches for diseases of the nervous system. As part of this research project, potential rescue strategies are evaluated on patients suffering from certain psychopathologies such as drug-resistant depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, addiction and other types of neurological disorders such as tourette syndrome. These strategies involve the use of neurostimulation techniques (such as transcranial magnetic stimulation) for which specific clinical protocols will be designed and validated.

Running projects:

TitleSfu Staff (Head)TimelineStatus and Fund
TMS/tDCS application for the evaluation of the improvement of symptomatology in obsessive-compulsive disorder and for the evalution of a better effectiveness of
TMS/tDCS application for the evaluation of the improvement of depressive symptoms and for the evalution of a better effectiveness of psychotherapy in the same psychopatology
Ferro, M.2020-Planning project
-TMS/tDCS application for the evaluation of the improvement of addiction (Es: cocaine, alchool, gambling) symptomatology and for the evalution of a better effectiveness of psychotherapy in the same psychopatology
- TMS and delay discounting processes in addiction
Ferro, M.2020-Planning project
-TMS/tDCS application for the evaluation of the improvement of symptomatology in tourette syndrome and osessive-compulsive disorder for the evalution of a better effectiveness of psychotherapy in the same psychopatologyFerro, M.2020-Planning project
-TMS and pre-SMA modulationFerro, M.2020-Planning projects
-Development of new tools for the detection of synaptic activity
Ferro, M.2020-Plannig project
- Investigation of the response of neural circuits in animal models of psychiatric disorders
Ferro, M.2020-Plannig project

Contacts:

Mattia Ferro, PhD

e-mail: m.ferro@milano-sfu.it