Research areas and methodologies

The Molecular Neuroscience Unit employs experimental models and procedures to characterize molecular, biochemical and functional alterations that occur due to aging, age-related neurodegenerative diseases, neuroinflammation or brain damage.

The Unit has developed specific skills in the study of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.

The Unit makes use of microscopy, biochemistry and molecular biology techniques. The Unit also makes use of electrophysiological techniques for the study of the bioelectric properties of the membrane of neurons, of the phenomena of synaptic plasticity, and of neuro-neuronal and glia-neuronal communication. 

 Collaborations with other research centres

  • IRCCS Santa Lucia Foundation, Rome
  • Institut Universitaire de France, Paris
  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Rome "Tor Vergata"
  • Sapienza University of Rome
  • Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Rome
  • EBRI Foundation - European Brain Research Institute, Rome
  • Istituto Superiore di Sanita
  • University of Ancona
  • Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology (IBBC) – CNR, Monterotondo (RM)
  • Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology (IBBC) – CNR, Pozzuoli (NA)