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Associazione Oasi Maria SS, Research Institute for Mental Retardation and Brain Ageing, IRCCSResearch Programme

Programme type

Subtheme on ageing

Programme status


Total number of funded projects


Summary of key aims

Since 1995, some specific research programs ("Ricerca Corrente" and "Ricerca Finalizzata") have been dedicated to the study of the immune-endocrine system in brain ageing, and specifically to vulnerability markers and therapeutic targets.

The main topic of the "Ricerca Finalizzata" research program has been the role of stress and its interactions with the immune and reproductive systems during neuronal damage process in experimental in vivo/ex vivo models. The other research program - "Ricerca Corrente" - has been focused on the biological (such as apolipoprotein-E4, MTHFR estrogen receptor, and aromatase genes, interleukin 1 and TNF polymorphisms) and psychological markers of Alzheimer's Disease.

All the research programs have been developed and implemented by the Unit of Neurology for Brain Ageing (clinical study), the Unit of Neurology and Clinical Neurophysiopathology (EEG and sleep study), the Laboratory of Cytogenetics (genetic study), the Laboratory of Neuropharmacology (in vivo, ex vivo, in vitro models of neuronal damage). Research projects have been funded by the Italian Ministry of Health.

Management contact

Luigi Orazio Ferlauto (Administrator)
+39 0935 936301
Associazione Oasi Maria SS.
Via Conte Ruggero, 73, 94018 Troina (En)

Admin contact

Associazione Oasi Maria SS, IRCCS

Scientific contact

Elio Guzzanti (Scientific Director)
+39 0935 936301
Elio Guzzanti (Scientific Director)
Associazione Oasi Maria SS.
Via Conte Ruggero, 73, 94018 Troina (En)

Funding contact

Ministry of Health
0039 06 59941
Ministry of Health
Viale della Civiltà Romana 7, 00144, Roma

Is the project externally evaluated?


Who has evaluated, or will evaluate, the programme?

Ministry of Health

What forms of international collaboration does the programme support?

  • ▪ National researchers abroad
  • ▪ Travel for national researchers

Interdisciplinary research is a strategic priority...

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