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I.R.C.C.S. Children Hospital Bambino Gesù

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I.R.C.C.S. Children Hospital Bambino Gesù
Head Child Neuropsychiatry Unit
Department of Neuroscience
Piazza S.Onofrio, 4
00165 Rome (Italy)

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Prof. Stefano Vicari, MD

Prof. Stefano Vicari, MD

Phone: +39.06.6859.2735-4
Fax: +39.06.6859.2450
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Project staff

Dott.ssa Paola De Rose, MD

Dott.ssa Paola De Rose, MD

Phone: +39.06.6859.2734
Fax: +39.06.6859.2450
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Description of organisation

The Children Hospital Bambino Gesù (OPBG) is a leading Italian institute for medical research and clinical assistance in developmental ages. The Child and Adolescent Neuropsychiatry Unit (headed by Professor Stefano Vicari) is part of  the Department of Neuroscience and it is specialized in top-level clinical care and research in neuropsychiatric disorders such as ADHD, Conduct Disorder, Schizophrenia, Learning Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorders. As such, research into the efficacy and safety of medication treatment for psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents is on the priority list.

The Child and Adolescent Neuropsychiatry group have access to about 1000 new child and adolescent patients per year. The clinical and research teams includes a total of 8 child and adolescent psychiatrists, 12 senior psychologists, 3 post-docs and 20 trainees.

Previous experience

OPBG Child and Adolescent Neuropsychiatry Unit (Stefano Vicari) has been involved in many international collaborations, including multi-site international cognitive evaluations (e.g. Luders et al., 2007; Gérard-Desplanches et al., 2006; Carlier et al., 2006) and sponsored projects on the phenotypes of genetic syndromes characterised by learning disabilities (Genotype-phenotype correlations in Williams-Beuren Syndrome individuals through the analysis of global gene expression changes by microarray tools. A study on the Williams syndrome: Developmental cognitive and linguistic aspects, Telethon Foundation International, 2006-2008 to Stefano Vicari, P.I.; Visual Spatial Working Memory In Individuals with Down and Williams Syndrome, Fondation Jerome Lejeune - Scientific Grants, 2005-2006 to Stefano Vicari, P.I.).

Stefano Vicari has been Principle Investigator of several large-scale national research projects, such as a study on Williams and Down syndrome. OPBG also has ample expertise in the management/coordination of FP6 Integrated Projects.

Profile of staff members

Stefano Vicari (MD) is child and adolescent neuropsychiatrist, and professor of Psycho Physiology and of Developmental Pathologies, and head of the OPBG Child and Adolescent Neuropsychiatry Unit. He has been involved in clinical and scientific activities in children and adolescents with ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Learning Disabilities. He is further active in genetic, brain imaging and cognitive studies, and has published over 80 peer-reviewed papers.

Giovanni Valeri (MD, PhD) is a child and adolescent psychiatrist and professor. He is specialized in the diagnosis and treatment of children and adolescents with ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Learning Disabilities.

Deny Menghini (PhD) is a child and adolescent psychologist and professor of Psycho Physiology. Her areas of expertise include Developmental Neuropsychology and Brain Imaging Processing (Menghini et al., 2006). She completed her PhD thesis on the cerebellar activities in children with Dyslexia.

Paola De Rose (MD) is child and adolescent neuropsychiatrist. She is involved in clinical and scientific activities in children and adolescents with Learning and Language Disabilities, ADHD  and Psychiatric Disorder.

Giacomo Vivanti (PhD) is a psychologist doing his post-doctoral work at the MIND Institute under the mentorship of Prof. Sally Rogers and Prof. Peter Mundy. His areas of professional interest are developmental clinical psychology and cognitive science. His current research is focused on the cognitive processes underlying action understanding, imitation, and learning in autism and typical development.

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