Psychiatry and clinical psychobiology

Psychiatry and clinical psychobiology


Head of unit

Francesco Benedetti


Our clinical research group gathers researchers working at the interface between neuroscience and behavioral disorders, with the aim of increasing scientific knowledge and developing effective diagnosis and treatment options in the broad field of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences. We use genetics, in vivo imaging, clinical psychobiology, pharmacology, neuropsychology, neurophysiology, and clinical research instruments to face the questions of modern clinical psychiatry.

Research activity

The unit main research interests are within the field of translational and reversetranslational research in psychiatry, and include brain imaging and neural correlates of psychiatric diseases and therapeutics, psychiatric genetics, chronobiology and chronotherapeutics of mood disorders, alongside with developing new treatment techniques based on the administration of environmental stimuli to synchronize the biological clock.

Other areas of interest include clinical neuropsychology and animal models of psychiatric diseases.