ANNABELLA DI GIORGIO, MD, PhD

Annabella Di Giorgio is the Head of the Lab of Biological Psychiatry and the Director of the Adult Liaison Psychiatry Service at IRCCS “Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza” in San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy. She is a board certified psychiatrist with extensive experience in neuroimaging and imaging genetics as well as in diagnosis and management of adult psychiatric disorders, particularly psychosis. Her previous research was mainly focused on brain correlates of schizophrenia and on the association of genetic variation with molecular, brain imaging, and behavioral phenotypes crucially linked to this disorder. In particular, using different neuroimaging techniques, she contributed to characterize the physiology and pathophysiology of specific cognitive domains, including working memory and long-term memory, and she has demonstrated how they are associated to dopamine risk genes for schizophrenia. Her more recent work has been centered around understanding the neurobiological risk factors for psychosis in the early illness stages.


She has co-authored over 40 peer-reviewed papers in leading neuroscience and psychiatric journals. She was also an invited speaker at a number of international scientific meetings and has won several fellowship awards and travel grants. In 2006, she was awarded a research grant for young researchers from the Italian Society of Neuroscience.

FUNCTIONAL IMAGING AS A TOOL TO INVESTIGATE THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN GENETIC VARIATION AND RESPONSE TO STRESS