My Research

My lab studies the molecular mechanisms involved in brain function and plasticity in Health and Disease with a particular interest in Growth Factors. During my training I identified Insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF1) as a candidate treatment for neurodevelopmental disorders (Tropea e al., 2009), and in my lab I continue the exploration of IGF1 function in basic research and clinical studies (Pini et al., 2012; Pini et al., 2014; Pini et al., 2016). I was among the first to identify IGF1 as an effector of brain plasticity with therapeutic potential.