Carlo Ferrarese


Current position:

  • Full professor of Neurology at the School of Medicine of University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy (since 2001)
  • Chair of the Neurological Department of S. Gerardo Hospital, University of Milano-Bicocca (since 2003)
  • Director of the Neurology Residency Program, University of Milano-Bicocca (since 1999)
  • President of the Italian Association for the Study of Dementia (SINDEM) (since 2018)
  • Scientific Director of Milan Center for Neuroscience (NeuroMI) (since 2014)

Previous appointments:

  • 2012: Elected Member of the Academic Senate, University of Milano-Bicocca
  • 1992: Associate Professor of Neurology, University of Milan
  • 1990: Visiting Scientist at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Bethesda, MD, USA
  • 1989-92: Associate in Neurology, S. Gerardo Hospital
  • 1987-89: Assistant in Neurology, S. Gerardo Hospital
  • 1985-86: Research Assistant Professor, FGIN, Georgetown University, Washington DC, USA
  • 1984-85: Visiting Associate, Laboratory of Preclinical Pharmacology, NIH,Washington DC, USA


  • 1980: MD, with honours, University of Milan
  • 1984: Residency in Neurology, with honours, University of Milan
  • 1987: PhD in Neurosciences, University of Milan

Research activity:

Prof. Ferrarese has been initially involved in basic neurochemical and neuropharmacological research at the Institute of Pharmacology of the University of Milan, subsequently at the LPP of the NIH and Georgetown University (Washington D.C.). During the sabbatical year (1989-90) as Visiting Scientist of NINDS (NIH, Bethesda), he performed studies on in vivo analysis of NMDA glutamate receptors using in-vivo binding in rodents and PET in monkeys. From 1987 he is Chief of the Laboratory of Neurobiology at the Department of Neurology of the University of Milan, from 1999 Milano-Bicocca, where Prof. Ferrarese leads neurobiological researches applied to neurodegenerative, neuroimmunologic, epileptic and cerebrovascular disorders. Particularly in the last two decades he studied the role of glutamatergic system in various neurodegenerative diseases and is presently leading translational research to investigate molecular mechanisms of neurodegenerative diseases (excitotoxicity, oxidative stress, protein misfolding and degradation) using peripheral ex vivo models from patients. He is also involved in international collaborations and networks to study genetic susceptibility to Parkinson Disease (GEO-PD, founded by the MJFF). Prof. Ferrarese has been and is presently Principal Investigator of several clinical trials and completed a training for ICH-GCP within the last two years.

Funded projects:

National multicenter study on biomarkers for identification of prodromal dementia INTERCEPTOR, sponsored by AIFA (Agenzia Italiana del Farmaco, Italian Drugs Agency) and the Italian Ministry of Health ITALPLANED: Italian Platform for Neurodegenerative Diseases for data sharing and scientific collaboration between Italian research centers (promoter) Italian collaborative project NEVERMIND: “New frontiers of engineered nanovectors to improve treatment” (Co-PI) Project of National Technologic Cluster ALISEI IVASCOMAR (Unit Chief) Strategic project on neurodegenerative diseases NEDD: Network enabled drug design Four National projects COFIN-PRIN (project coordinator) FIRB project “Genopolis” of the Ministry of Education and Research (Unit chief) 7th-FP project of the European Community coordinated by the University of Milano-Bicocca NAD: Nanoparticles for therapy and diagnosis of Alzheimer disease Several strategic projects of the Ministry of Health (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2017) (Unit chief)

Project reviews:

  • 2004: invited reviewer of the Italian COFIN Grant 2003: invited reviewer of the American Alzheimer Association Grants

Positions in Scientific Associations:

  • 2016, renewed in 2018: elected in the Board of the College of Professors of Neurology
  • 2015-2017: treasurer of the Italian Society of Neurology (SIN)
  • 2013-2015: secretary of the Italian Society of Neurology (SIN)
  • 2005: elected in the Board of the Italian Society of Neurology (SIN)
  • 2004: elected in the Board of the Association for the Study of Dementia (SINDEM)
  • 2003: elected in the Board of the Italian Society for Neuroscience (SINS)


Prof. Ferrarese is author of more than 600 scientific papers, 338 are in indexed journals, with H index Google Schoolar 52 and 9211 citations.

Most recent publications:

  1. Ferrarese C, Silani V, Priori A, et al. An Italian multicenter retrospective-prospective observational study on neurological manifestations of COVID-19 (NEUROCOVID) [published online ahead of print, 2020 May 19]. Neurol Sci. 2020;1‐5. doi:10.1007/s10072-020-04450-1
  2. Alberti P, Beretta S, Piatti M, et al. Guillain-Barré syndrome related to COVID-19 infection. Neurol Neuroimmunol Neuroinflamm. 2020;7(4):e741. Published 2020 Apr 29. doi:10.1212/NXI.0000000000000741
  3. Loffreda A, Nizzardo M, Arosio A, et al. miR-129-5p: A key factor and therapeutic target in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis [published online ahead of print, 2020 Apr 24]. Prog Neurobiol. 2020;101803. doi:10.1016/j.pneurobio.2020.101803
  4. Francioni V, Pirro F, D’Anna G, et al. DWI/FLAIR Mismatch during Hyperacute Infarction of the Percheron Artery: Time Is Thalamus!. Case Rep Neurol. 2020;12(1):127‐130. Published 2020 Mar 31. doi:10.1159/000506416
  5. Bersano A, Scelzo E, Pantoni L, et al. Discovering the Italian phenotype of cerebral amyloid angiopathy (CAA): the SENECA project [published online ahead of print, 2020 Mar 12]. Neurol Sci. 2020;10.1007/s10072-020-04306-8. doi:10.1007/s10072-020-04306-8

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