Identified: the brain cell that regulates our decisions
Born in Bergamo in 1962, he graduated from the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery of the University of Pavia in 1987, where he specialized in neurology in 1991. From 1990 to 1992 he did research abroad at the Department of Neurology at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm and at the Department of Neurology at the University of Chicago.
At the Istituto Scientifico San Raffaele in Milan, he headed the Department of Neuroimmunology from 1997 to 2008 and the Department of Neurology from 2008 to 2016, and from 2016 to 2020 he held the position of Scientific Director. Already Professor Emeritus at the School of Medicine and Dentistry at Queen Mary University of London, he is Professor in Applied Biology and Vice-Chancellor for "Third Mission" Research at the Vita Salute San Raffaele University in Milan.
He was a founding member of the Italian Association of Neuroimmunology (AINI), of which he was President from 2009 to 2012, and of the European School of Neuroimmunology (ESNI) and the Global Schools of Neuroimmunology (GSNI), of which he is a member, now – scientific coordinator. From 2010 to 2012 he was Vice President and from 2012 to 2014 he was President of the International Society for Neuroimmunology (ISNI). He has been a member of the Scientific Council of a number of national and international scientific societies, including the UK Multiple Sclerosis Society, Wellcome Trust's Peer Review College, INSERM, ECTRIMS, FISM and MSIF. From 2017 to 2019, he was Chairman of the Scientific and Technical Committee of the Regional Biomedical Research Foundation (RBRF). Since 2015, he has been a member of the European Research Council (ERC), and since 2020 – NEURON-ERANET. Over the years, he has received numerous scientific awards, including the Rita Levi-Montalcini Award.
His scientific interests, which resulted in the publication of more than 250 scientific articles, range from the study of the pathogenetic mechanisms underlying immune-mediated diseases of the central nervous system to the development of gene therapy and innovative methods for the treatment of diseases of the nervous system by neural stem cells.
University of Pavia
Degree of Doctor of Medicine and Surgery — 1987
University of Pavia
Specialization in Neurology — 1991