Prof. Paolo Brambilla

Dr. Paolo Brambilla graduated from the University of Milan, Milan, Italy in 1997, was a research fellow at the Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research in Milan in 1998, and specialized in Psychiatry at the University of Pavia, Pavia, Italy in 2001. From 1999 to 2002 he had been a clinical research fellow first at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC), University of Pittsburgh and afterwards at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Texas at San Antonio. During his experience in the US Dr. Brambilla conducted MR studies combined to clinical neuropsychology and psychopharmacology investigations applied to the field of mood disorders. In 2002 he was research fellow at the University of Pavia and in 2003 at the University of Verona, Verona, Italy.

Between 2002 and 2004 he had been research fellow at the IRCCS Scientific Institute “San Giovanni di Dio”, Fatebenefratelli, Brescia, Italy. In 2005 he completed his Ph.D. program at the University of Genova, Genova, Italy, by defending a thesis on the effects of lithium in the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex of bipolar disorder patients and healthy controls. Since 2003 he is the scientific coordinator of the Research Unit on Brain Imaging and Neuropsychology at the Section of Psychiatry of the University of Verona (  From 2004 to February 2015 Dr. Brambilla has been Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Udine, Udine, Italy, where he founded the Inter-University Center for Behavioural Neurosciences (ICBN, a unique research consortium between the University of Udine and the University of Verona, Italy. Between 2005 and February 2015 he has been attending psychiatrist at the University Hospital of Udine and attending child psychiatrist at the Neuropsychiatric Rehabilitation Institute “La Nostra Famiglia” Association, Udine.

Since 2005 he is the coordinator of developmental psychopathology studies at the IRCCS Scientific and Clinical Institute “E. Medea”, Polo FVG, Udine. Between 2007-2009 he has been Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Department of Psychiatry, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and since 2012 he is Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Texas at Houston. Since 2015 he is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Milan, Milan, Italy, and attending psychiatrist at the Fondazione IRCCS Ca’ Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico (University Hospital) of Milan where, since 2018, he became Director of the Psychiatric Clinic.

Dr. Brambilla from 2012 to 2017 has been member of the Scientific Boards of the “Imago 7” Foundation, which manages the only MR scanner at ultra high field (7 Tesla) for human research present in Italy ( Currently, Dr. Brambilla is leading longitudinal studies in major psychoses, mood disorders and developmental psychopathology. Dr. Brambilla is Chair of the European Psychiatric Association (EPA) Neuroimaging Section, CoChair of European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP) Neuroimaging Network and member of the cultural association “Loco&motiva” dedicated to the research, study, and education of emotions.

He has supervised several MD and PhD students, has extensive experience in University teaching and is member of the Editorial Board of many scientific Journals. Since 2015 he is CoEditor-in-Chief of Journal of Affective Disorders (JAD); since 2019 he is Associate Editor of Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging and Associate Editor of Frontiers Aging in Psychiatry; since 2020 he is CoEditor-in-Chief of JAD Reports and Editor-in-Chief of Minerva Psichiatrica. Since October 2020 he is Program Director of the Bachelor Degree in Professional Educator at the University of Milan, Milan, Italy. Dr. Brambilla has been invited to speak in plenary lectures or symposia by some of the most important national (SIP, SOPSI, SINPF, SIF, SIN, SINS, SIRN, AINI, SISMEC, Italian Chapter ISMRM) and international congresses (SfN, WPA, WFSBP, SOBP, EPA, CINP, ECNP, ISBD, IRPB, SIRS, HBM, IEEE_EMBC, ISTS) in neuropsychiatry, psychopharmacology and neurosciences. Finally, he is the recipient of several international scientific honors, of national and international grants, and is author or co-author of more than 250 original papers published in International peer-reviewed Journals, being first or senior author in more than half of these papers (9921 citations). According to Web of Science, he is amongst the top 100 most cited researchers in the field of bipolar disorder and is the 35th most cited researcher in the field of ‘Neurosciences & Psychology’ of the ‘Top Italian scientists”, based on via-academy. His current lifetime h-index is 53 as calculated by Scopus, 60 by Google Scholar, 54 by ResearchGate. He also bears the Italian National habilitations for Full Professor of Psychiatry and for Full Professor in Child and Adolescent NeuroPsychiatry.