Cesare Maria Cornaggia


Dr. Cornaggia is Researcher in Psychiatry in the University of Milano-Bicocca. His main fields of research have been the psychiatric and social aspects of Epilepsy, the organization of residential services for people with Mental Illnesses, the social and psychological problems linked to Intellectual Disabilities in the adults. Particularly, in the epilepsy field, he has been the Chairman, from 1991 to 2001, of the Commission “Epilepsy, Risk, and Insurance” of the International Bureau for Epilepsy, and he has promoted an European study, involving eight European countries, under the financial support of the European Commission (project Biomed-1). From 1998 to 2005, for the International League Against Epilepsy, he has been the Chairman of the sub-commissions on “Learning disorders and epilepsy” and “Antipsychotic drugs and Epilepsy”. Since 2009 he coordinates the Study Group on the Neuropsychiatry of Epilepsies of the Italian League against Epilepsy. As a clinical psychiatrist, dr. Cornaggia worked in various hospitals of Lombardy: he was chair of the Operative Unit for the Adult Psychorganic Handicap in Bergamo, from 1997 to 2000, and then chair of the psychiatric services of the San Gerardo Hospital in Monza. Currently, he is working at the Security Psychiatric Hospital of Castiglione delle Stiviere.

Education In 1979 Dr. Cornaggia graduated in Medicine at the Univeristy of Milano and specialized in Psychiatry in 1983. In 1983 and in 1987 he worked as researcher for the Neurological Clinic of the University of Berlin and for the Epilepsy Zentrum Bethel in Bielefeld. He constantly holds training courses for operators in Psychiatry, supervisions and a college class each year on “Mental Illness and Society”.


  • Linguistic approach to the diagnosis in epilepsy and in Alzheimer diseaese
  • Psychogenic non-Epileptic Seizures
  • Psychopatology in Intellectual disabilities
  • Psychopathology in epilepsy
  • Psychopathology in post-traumatic pathologies
  • Aggression in psychiatric wards


  1. Conversation analysis in the differential diagnosis of italian patients with epileptic or psychogenic non-epileptic seizures: a blind prospective study. Cornaggia CM, Gugliotta SC, Magaudda A, Alfa R, Beghi M, Polita M. Epilepsy Behav. 2012Dec; 25(4):598-604
  2. Psychiatric disorders in patients suffering from an acute cerebrovascular accident or traumatic injury, and their effects on rehabilitation: an observational study. Meroni R, Beghi E, Beghi M, Brambilla G, Cerri C, Perin C, Peroni F, Cornaggia CM. Eur J Phys Rehabil Med. 2013 Feb;49(1):31-9.
  3. Aggression in psychiatry wards: a systematic review. Cornaggia CM, Beghi M, Pavone F, Barale F.Psychiatry Res. 2011 Aug 30;189(1):10-20.
  4. Partial seizures with affective semiology versus pavor nocturnus. Cornaggia CM, Beghi M, Giovannini S, Boni A, Gobbi G. Epileptic Disord. 2010 Mar;12(1):65-8.
  5. Epilepsy and family expressed emotion: results of a prospective study. Bressi C, Cornaggia CM, Beghi M, Porcellana M, Iandoli II, Invernizzi G. Seizure. 2007 Jul;16(5):417-23.


  • University of Rochester

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