Psychiatry and clinical psychobiology


Group leader

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.

This unit also includes the researchers affiliated to the clinical units at the Ospedale San Raffaele Turro - Directors: Laura Bellodi, OCD and Eating Disorders; Roberto Cavallaro, General Psychiatry and Psychotic Disorders; and Cristina Colombo, Mood Disorders.

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.