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Luca Ferraro

ORCID iD
orcid.org/0000-0003-2390-6414
Country
Italy
Keywords
Neurotransmitters; Release; Neurodegenerative diseases; Neurotensin; Cannabinoids; Microdialysis

Biography

RESEARCH AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE A. Positions Positions and Employment 2002- Associate Professor of Pharmacology, Pharmacy Faculty, University of Ferrara, Italy. 2001-02 Researcher, Department of Experimental and Clinical Medicine, Section of Pharmacology University of Ferrara, Italy. 1991-2001 Graduated Technician”, Department of Experimental and Clinical Medicine, Section of Pharmacology University of Ferrara, Italy. 1989-1991 Graduate Student, University of Ferrara, Italy. 1988-89 Glaxo Fellowship, University of Ferrara, Italy. Other Experience and Professional Membership 2011- Researcher affiliated to the Laboratory for Technology of Advanced Therapy - Biotechnology applied to medicine, “Tecnopolo” University of Ferrara, Italy. 2008-10 Member of the work group on Translational Medicine, BioPharmanet Laboratory, Regione Emilia-Romagna, Italy 1994-95 Guest Scientist at the Department of Neuroscience, Karolinska Institut, Stocholm (Director: Prof. Kjell Fuxe). 1994-2001 Contract with Clinical Pharmacology Unit, S. Anna Hospital, Ferrara, Italy. Actual Position Associate Professor of Pharmacology, University of Ferrara, Italy. Director of the Service of "Animal models in drug testing.", Laboratory for Technologies of Advanced Therapies (LTTA -- Tecnopolo), University of Ferrara. Member of the Scientific Committee of Laboratory for Technologies of Advanced Therapies (LTTA -- Tecnopolo), University of Ferrara. Animal care Coordinator at the IRET Foundation, Ozzano Emilia, Italy. Research Member, IRET Foundation, Ozzano Emilia, Italy. B. Research interests The research activity has been focused on the field of Neuropharmacology, including both basic and applied research. The research is primarily aimed at deepening the knowledge of the interactions between neurotransmitter systems, receptor heteromers and neurotropic drugs involved in neurodegenerative processes. Main technical expertise In vivo microdialysis technique in awake freely-moving animals. In vitro preparations for the measurement of neurotransmitter release (tissue slices, synaptosomes, cell cultures). Publications: Author of about 140 publications in international journals in the field of Neuropharmacology and Neuroscience (Total IF= 505,21; H-index = 31). Major International Scientific collaborations:-Prof. Kjell Fuxe, Department of Neuroscience, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden. -Dr. William Thomas O'Connor, Foundation Chair, Head of Teaching and Research in Physiology, University of Limerick, Ireland. -Dr. Malgorzata Filip, Laboratory of Drug Addiction Pharmacology, Department of Pharmacology, Institute of Pharmacology Polish Academy of Sciences, Kraków, Poland. -Dr. F. Ciruela, Unitat of Pharmacology, Facultat of Medicine, Departament of Pathology of the Experimental Therapeutics, Universitat de Barcelona, L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain. -Dr. Francis Rambert, Neuropsychopharmacologie, Centre de Recherches, Laboratoire L. Lafon, Maisons-Alfort, France. - Dr. Jacqueline Fournier, Sanofi-Aventis, Toulouse, France. -Prof. Robert Schwarcz, Department of Psychiatry, University of Maryland, Baltimore, USA. AFFILIATIONS Dept. of Life Sciences and Biotechnology, University of Ferrara, Italy. Dept. of Neuroscience, University of Ferrara, Italy; IRET Foundation, Ozzano Emilia, Bologna, Italy Laboratory for Technologies of Advanced Therapies (LTTA -- Tecnopolo), University of Ferrara.
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