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Research Center Clinical Neurosciences ONLUS


Via Lamarmora 24, Florence


Clinical Neurosciences ONLUS is a non-profit organization registered in 2003, which is associated with the Institute of Neurosciences, and is the Institute’s center of studies, research, and training.


At Clinical Neurosciences ONLUS research is preformed which is applied to individual treatment. All the therapeutic programs of the Institute of Neurosciences are updated on the basis on the indications from the research performed. For this reason the patients are monitored periodically.


Furthermore, it is at the Clinical Neurosciences where all the training activities and scientific meetings promoted by the Institute of Neurosciences are held.


The Clinical Neurosciences ONLUS Association is apolitical and has for its primary purpose the promotion, in the field of clinical neurosciences, of education, as an instrument of the prevention of neuro-psychiatric disorders, of teaching, of clinical and experimental research (including pharmaceutical drug trials, observation studies, carrying out psychometric studies and others of clinical use), of training and of the international educational collaborations, and medical and psychological assistance to the disadvantaged by physical, psychological, social, familiar, and economic conditions. The Association has moreover as the purpose to undertake and perform every licit initiative for the direct or indirect pursuit of the primary purpose.


The legal representative and the scientific director of Clinical Neurosciences is Professor Stefano Pallanti, Psychiatrist and Neurophysiological Pathologist.


The Clinical Neurosciences ONLUS and the Institute of Neurosciences work inspired by two principles:


The first is healing the person, in their entirety and with dignity in each and every phase, even the most difficult, that of one’s own existence, in order to bring back the improvement of the quality of life.


The second is the continuation and update of research as the only possibilities to be able to offer not only a treatment, but the most appropriate treatment, scientifically validated, and thus adapted to individual cases.


In order to achieve such objectives, the integration of therapeutic resources even to the non-pharmaceutical treatment of disorders, personalized therapy and research applied to treatment are promoted.


The complexity and individuality of psychological disturbances, has, over time, rendered the idea of being able to treat with one medicine or one psychotherapy alone, inadequate.

The innovative approach to the treatment of psychological disturbances, foresees the integration of pharmaceutical therapy, selected psychotherapy based on the characteristics of the disturbance, and stimulation therapy. The integration of therapeutic resources is today the most efficient way to treat for each clinical situation of psychological unease, from the first instance of a disturbance, to the maintenance of well-being, up to cases that have thus far shown to be resistant to treatment.


Sponsored and organized Activities

  • Research for drug development






  • Research on rTMS

1. Magnetic Stimulation for Autism

2. Magnetic Stimulation for Mild Cognitive Impairment

3. Magnetic Stimulation for Parkinson’s Disease

4. Magnetic Stimulation for Blepharospasm

5. Magnetic Stimulation for Migraines

6. Deep Magnetic Stimulation (H coil) for resistant bipolar depression


Courses and International Conferences:

  • Conference “Exploring white matter pathology in psychiatry Illness: a new tool,         diffusion tensor imaging” by Dr. Mehmet Hasnezar ,X Convegno Sopsi. Rome, 25  February 2005
  • “1st Florence Summer School “Anxiety and Impulsivity” with ECM (Italian Continual Medical Education) credits granted by the World Psychiatric Association. Florence, 7- 13 August 2004
  • Symposium “Biological Correlates and treatment of Pathological Gambling” : Chairperson: Prof. S. Pallanti – Prof. E. Hollander. Participants: Dr. Marc Potenza (USA), Prof. Jon Grant (USA), Prof. E. Hollander (USA)., (WPA Conference Florence, 12 November 2004)
  • A gala evening for the celebration of the signing of the International Agreement between the University of Florence and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine of new York and the Stanford University of California (USA). (WPA Conference Florence, 13 November 2004)
  • 2nd Florence Summer School “Neuroscience of Affective Disorder Spectrum” with ECM (Italian Continual Medical Education) credits granted by the World Psychiatric Association Florence, 30 July – 1 August 2005
  • 3rd Florence Summer School “Psychological Disorders e Day Hospital” an ECM event, Florence, 14 – 15 September 2006
  • 4th Florence Summer School “Anxiety Disorders and Psychosis” an ECM event, Florence, 31 August – 3 September 2007
  • 5th Florence Summer School “Aspects of Contemporary Psychiatry” an ECM event, Florence, 4 – 6 September 2008
  • 6th Florence Summer School “A class on the Great American Studies on the Efficacies and Personalized Treatment in Psychiatry,” an ECM event, Florence, 5 – 7 September 2009
  • 7th Florence Summer School “Aspects of Contemporary Psychiatry” an ECM event, Florence, 3 – 5 September 2010
  • 8th Florence Summer School “Toward an Individualized Therapy – Evolution of Psychiatry – from “Disorder” to “Research Domain”, an ECM event, Florence, 9-10 September 2011
  • 9th Florence Summer School “Quality in Clinical Psychiatry”, an ECM event, Florence, 19-20-21 October 2012
  • 10th Florence Summer School “Clinical Staging and Pathophysiology of Brain Disease”, an ECM event, Florence 11-12 October 2013


Courses and national conferences:

  • “1st Meet The Author: Prof. Pietro Pietrini. Towards a biochemistry of the mind.” Department of Psychiatric and Neurosciences of the University of Florence, ECM accredited. Florence 27 march 2004
  • “2nd Meet The Author: Dr. Luca Pani. Dopamine e Darwinism” , Department of Psychiatric and Neurosciences of the University of Florence, ECM accredited. Florence 15 October 2004
  • Workshop “The psychotic patient from rehabilitation to work” ECM accredited. Florence, 3 – 4 December 2004
  • Interactive Workshop “Psychiatry Course: Depression and Schizophrenia”, Florence 16-18 June 2005
  • Training event targeted for Doctors and Surgeons “Depression, Neurological Disorders and the Neurosciences: 20 years of Experiences” Florence, 7 February 2009
  • Training event targeted for Doctors Surgeons and Psychologists “ Therapist Training Course” Florence, 13 – 15 March 2009



  • Apprenticeship Convention post-graduate for admission to the state license to practice exam of Psychology, University of Florence
  • Training Convention with Psychology undergraduates, Smith College in Florence



Scholarships and grants:

  • The Association awarded a Scholarship to Dr. Marco Brogi in 2004 for the monitoring of plasmatic dosages relating to atypical neuroleptic drugs.


Social Empowerment:

  • Encounters with at-risk populations




  • Low Frequency rTMS over right Dorsolateral Prefrontal Cortex in the treatment of Resistant Depression: Cognitive Improvement is Independent from Clinical Response

(Published in 30 March 2010)

  • Motor Cortex Excitability correlates with novelty seeking in social Anxiety: A Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Investigation.  J Neurol. 2010 Aug; 257(8):1362-8. Epub 2010 Mar 30. PubMed PMID: 20352252.

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