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My research activities have focused on a few themes that are integral to a thorough understanding of the addictive behaviour processes and of the clinical aspects of schizophrenia. In the last three years I have produced a considerable amount of papers concerning the treatment of craving in alcohol dependent subjects, promoting new pharmacological strategies in this area, as for the use of aripiprazole and pregabalin. These compounds, proposed for the first time in my publications, are gaining great interest in the scientific arena, and have been proposed in large international multi-centre studies. Besides, my publications are related to other typologies of addiction (methadone, cocaine, stimulant synthetic drugs, gambling), with a specific interest in dual diagnosis, complications and sequelae of addiction, personality traits, drug use on the Internet, and psychometric methodologies. As to schizophrenia, I have actively participated in neuroimaging studies focusing on the neuropsychological correlates of linguistic abilities and suicidality, and on the prefrontal-thalamic-cerebellar grey matter networks. Other areas of interest are represented by bipolar disorders, in particular the pharmacological treatment with mood stabilizers, and the clinical assessment of borderline personalities. Finally, I would like to mention my peculiar attention for the use of philosophy and anthropology in psychiatry. My clinical approach is profoundly phenomenological, and I do consider the empathic relation with the person in front of the clinician as the most important stage of the therapy.
Schizophrenia, alcohol dependent subjects, pharmacological strategies, neuropsychology, bipolar disorders.
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