PhD student, senior doctor in Adult Psychiatry
Contact: valeria.parlatini [a] kcl.ac.uk
My interest in neuroscience and brain disorders has been very strong ever since I remember. I graduated in Medicine at San Raffaele University in Milan, which is the largest scientific institution in Italy and which helped me develop my passion for research in parallel with my medical studies. After completing my specialty training within Psychiatry and Medical Psychotherapy Units, I moved to the UK to develop research skills that could inform my clinical practice. Indeed, I enjoy investigating the biological basis of psychiatric disorders and their treatment using neuroimaging techniques, with a focus on the anatomy and function of brain connections.
I completed an MSc Neuroscience at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, with a project on the functional correlates of fronto-parietal connections. Currently, I am about to finish my PhD, while working as a senior doctor in Adult Psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital. During my PhD project ‘Brain Connectivity in Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)’, I used advanced structural and functional connectivity analysis to investigate biological differences between ADHD patients who responded and those who did not respond to standard stimulant treatment. Preliminary findings are promising, and in the future they will help clinicians offer more individualised treatment.
Sanefuji M, Craig M, Parlatini V,Mehta M, Murphy DG, Catani M, Cerliani L, Thiebaut de Schotten M. 2016 Double-dissociation between the mechanism leading to impulsivity and inattention in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder- A resting-state functional connectivity study.pdf Cortex