With Academy Fellows Francesca Bartolini, Tiziano Colibazzi, Luana Fioriti, Franco Pestilli, Francesca Zanderigo
See video at bottom. The Academy devotes substantial resources to neuroscience: it offers the Alexander Bodini Research Fellowship and sponsors other Fellowships each year in this field, and presents annual public symposia with leaders in this area. To spotlight the promising younger researchers who come from Italy to Columbia, we offer this panel —moderated by Columbia neurophysiologist David Sulzer— with former Italian Academy Fellows:
Francesca Bartolini (on changes in cytoskeletal dynamics that contribute to neurodegenerative disease) Tiziano Colibazzi (on the imaging of adolescents at clinical high risk for psychosis) Luana Fioriti (on the pathological and physiological significance of protein aggregation) Franco Pestilli (on the highways to healing aging dementia), and Francesca Zanderigo (on PET quantification for brain research and clinical application).
They will also address such topics as What is my research work, and my background? What path brought me here to my present job? What’s it like to work in Columbia lab? What was my experience in the Academy’s interdisciplinary Fellowship program? What do I bring from Columbia back to Italy? What distinguishes my research from the work of others on the panel?
David Sulzer, Ph.D., is a professor of neurobiology in the Departments of Psychiatry, Neurology, and Pharmacology at Columbia University Medical Center. www.sulzerlab.org
Tiziano Colibazzi, M.D., is Assistant Professor of Clinical Neuroscience in Columbia’s Department of Psychiatry; he is also on faculty at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. He does research on the imaging of adolescents at clinical high risk for psychosis.
Luana Fioriti, Ph.D., is Associate Research Scientist in Neuroscience in Columbia’s Department of Neuroscience. She studies the pathological and physiological significance of protein aggregation.
Franco Pestilli, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Psychology, Neuroscience and Cognitive Science at Indiana University Bloomington and Member of the Indiana University Network Science Institute. Dr. Pestilli investigates human brain and behavior combining computational modeling, functional and structural brain mapping, and psychophysics.
Francesca Zanderigo, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurobiology (in Psychiatry) and Director of the Laboratory of Image Analysis within Brain Imaging in Columbia’s Department of Psychiatry, Division of Molecular Imaging & Neuropathology, at the N.Y. State Psychiatric Institute. She focuses on the extraction of accurate quantitative information from medical images, for the purposes of improving disease diagnosis and treatment.