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Senior research scientist at the Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies of the Italian National Research Council

Marco Pagani is a senior research scientist (Primo Ricercatore) at the Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies of the Italian National Research Council (ISTC-CNR), Rome, Italy, and senior advisor of the Neuroimaging Committee of the European Association of Nuclear Medicine (EANM).

Medical Doctor (1985), specialized in Emergency Surgery (1991), PhD in Brain Neurophysiology and Nuclear Medicine Methodology (2000) at Karolinska, Institute of Stockholm, Sweden, his work focuses on the pathophysiology of neurological and psychiatric disorders as investigated by neuroimaging methodologies.

In this field he has published in Peer Reviewed Journals more than 120 full papers (mean IF=5), 25 of which deal with PTSD and EMDR. He has presented in the field of EMDR more 30 communications at international conferences and has given more than 60 Lectures and Courses focussed on psychological trauma, PTSD and EMDR.

He has been awarded two Prizes for studies on Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and EMDR : the Karolina Award 2000 for the best research contribution of the year, and the Francine Shapiro Award 2011 for the best 2010 scientific contribution in EMDR field.



Going deeply into EMDR mechanism of action : hypotheses and experimental evidences

Neuroimaging has been shown to be a powerful tool to investigate EMDR neurobiological correlates demonstrating a clear association between normalization of brain functional changes and symptoms regression. In the recent past, a series of EEG investigations monitoring in real time the cortical activations occurring during bilateral ocular desensitization made of EMDR the first psychotherapy in which neurobiological correlates have been depicted in real time. Thanks to these powerful tools, the presentation will review various neurophysiologically-based hypotheses about EMDR mechanism of action with special focus on the role of bilateral stimulation and memory networks. New experimental evidence will be reported.


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