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Tommaso Schirinzi, MD - Neurologist
University of Tor Vergata
Areas of Interest:
movement disorders, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) biomarkers, Alzheimer and Parkinson Diseases, progressive supranuclear palsy
Biography & Research:
My name is Tommaso Schirinzi. I am 33 years old and I am a neurologist clinical researcher. During the Residency in Neurology, at University of Roma Tor Vergata, I attended laboratory of both basic and clinical neurophysiology, experiencing with mechanisms of synaptic plasticity and neural transmission, especially in Movement Disorders (MD) and Neurodegenerative Diseases (ND). Later, I focused on clinical research also approaching the field of “omics”, namely being involved in studies on fluid biomarkers of ND, including Alzheimer's Disease. Currently, my research activity is based on combining different biomarkers (fluid, technology-based and neurophysiological) with clinical data of patients suffering with ND, in order to understand the pathological determinants of clinical phenomena, which is fundamental either for the prognostic clustering of patients or the personalization of treatments. Specifically, I attend two different centers: Tor Vergata University Hospital (Rome, Italy), as a PhD salaried student, and Bambino Gesù Hospital (Rome, Italy), as a clinical researcher. In both places, I had outpatients clinics and Day Hospital Service for MD and ND patients (eg.: Parkinson’s Disease, Atypical Parkinsonisms, Dementias, Ataxias, HSP); there I collect either clinical data and biological samples. My job relies on the direct collaboration with a couple of clinical biochemistry labs (University of Tor Vergata, Dr Giulia Maria Sancesario and Prof. Sergio Bernardini – Ospedale Bambino Gesù, Dr Enrico Silvio Bertini and Dr Fiorella Piemonte), a basic science lab (University of Tor Vergata/IRCCS Fondazione Santa Lucia – Chief Prof Antonio Pisani) and a Motion-Gait Analysis Lab (Ospedale Bambino Gesù, Dr Maurizo Petrarca and Dr Enrico Castelli).