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Full Professor n.t. in Psychiatry
Chief of the Personalized Medicine Center for Anxiety and Panic Disorders at Humanitas San Pio X in Milan
Chairman, Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Villa San Benedetto Menni, Albese con Cassano (Como)
Chair, WPA section on Personalized Psychiatry
Co-Editor in Chief, Personalized Medicine in Psychiatry, Elsevier
Education and Academic Background
He has grown in a multi-ethnic and multicultural environment (Italian father, Japanese mother; nations where he lived during the first 6 years of his life: USA, Japan, Norway, Italy) showing and developing an excellent adapting abilities. He is fluent in English (native language) and Italian and he has double citizenships (USA & Italian).
During his educational career he never failed a goal: scientific high school, degree in medicine and surgery, PhD in psychiatry and relational sciences, residentship in psychiatry.
His professional growth has been fostered by several leaders in the field of psychiatry: Donald Klein (Columbia University, NY), Laura Bellodi (Vita Salute San Raffaele University, Milan-Italy), Eric Griez (Maastricht University, NL), Francesca Brambilla (Milan), Charles B. Nemeroff (University of Miami, USA), Alan Schatzberg (Stanford University, USA), Ned Kalin (University of Madison-Wisconsin, USA) and Thomas Schlaepfer (University of Friburg, Germany)
He developed his skills in teaching, serving for 6 different universities (State University of Milan, Vita-Salute San Raffaele University-Milan, State University of l’Aquila, Lumsa University in Rome, Maastricht University, University of Miami). He tutored more than 30 students to obtain degrees in Medicine and Psychology, PhDs, residentship in Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology (Milan, L’Aquila, Maastricht, Yale, Rio de Janeiro). He is currently Voluntary Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Miller School of Medicine, Miami University (USA), Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Neuropsychology, Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Maastricht University (NL), Director, International Master in Affective Neuroscience, University di Maastricht (NL) & University di Firenze (IT). In 2017 as Full Professor in Italian Universities
Scientific and Research Interests
His career as a scientific researchers led him to publish on the most quoted psychiatric/mental health journals before the age of 35 (American Journal of Psychiatry, Biological Psychiatry, etc.) with constancy in publications on peer reviewed journals that led him to publish more than 150 papers indexed on the Journal of Citation Index, with a global Impact Factor higher than 500, a mean IF for publication indexed of 4 and an H-Index of 40/33 (Google Scholar/Scopus). He participated as a co-investigator to research projects funded by the Italian Minister for Research and University (MIUR) and currently he is the Principal Investigator of a four years projects funded by Cariplo Foundation (www.anchorageteam.it). In 2018-2019 he has been ranked, based on scientific production in the last 10 years, from the US rating agency Expertscape (www.expertscape.com) as 1st in Italy and in Europe and 3rd Worldwide in the field of Panic Disorder and second in Italy in the field of Anxiety Disorders.
He has been the Scientific Director of the Non Profit International Foundation for the Support of Psychiatric Research (www.fondazioneforipsi.org) from 2013 to 2019. He is the president of the scientific committee of the Non Profit Association ALPA (Free from panic and anxiety) (www.infoalpa.it) and a member of the Executive Committee & President of the Scientific Committee of the AIAMC (Italian Association for Behavior Analysis and Modification)(www.aiamc.it)
Perna G, Cocchi S, Bertani A, Arancio C, Bellodi L: 35% CO2 challenge in healthy first degree relatives of patients with panic disorder. American Journal of Psychiatry, 152: 623-625, 1995.
Perna G, Favaron E, DiBella D, Bellodi L: Anti-Panic Efficacy of Paroxetine and Polymorphism within the promoter of the serotonin transporter gene. Neuropsychopharmacology, 30(12):2230-5, 2005
Perna G, Schruers K, Alciati A, Caldirola D. Novel investigational therapeutics for panic disorder. Expert Opinion on Investigational Drugs, 24: 491-505, 2015.
Perna G, Iannone G, Alciati A, Caldirola D. Are anxiety disorders associated with accelerated aging? A focus on neuroplasticity. Neural Plasticity, 2016, Article ID 8457612, 19 pages
Perna G, Grassi M, Caldirola D, Nemeroff CB. The revolution of personalized psychiatry: will technology make it happen sooner? Psychological Medicine, Oct 2:1-9, 2017
Academic Honors, awards and prices
Research Grant for Psychiatry Reasearch, San Raffaele Hospital, Milan, Italy, 1991
European College of Neuropsychopharmacology Fellowship Award, 1997
SOPSI Poster Award, 2003
ASIPSE Best Poster Award, 2010