IRCCS Stella Maris, Scientific Institute of Child Neurology and Psychiatry
Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychopharmacology
Viale del Tirreno 331
Calambrone, Pisa, 56128

Project leader

Gabriele Masi, MD Head of Department of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology
Phone: +39 (0) 050 886 219
Fax: +39 (0) 050 886 222


Project staff

Paola Brovedani, Psychologist MSc
Phone:+39 (0) 050 886 315
Fax:+39 (0) 050 886 222


Annarita Milone, MD
Phone:+39 (0) 050 886 306
Fax:+39 (0) 050 886 222


Samuele Cortese, Clinical Assoc. Professor MD, PhD
Phone:+44 (0) 7583 613225


Chiara Pfanner MD, PhD
Phone:+39 (0) 050 886 225
Fax:+39 (0) 050 886 222


Azzurra Manfredi MD, PhD
Phone:+39 (0) 050 886 225
Fax:+39 (0) 050 886 222


Francesca Lenzi MD
Phone:+39 (0) 050 886 225
Fax:+39 (0) 050 886 222


Giulia D'Acunto MD, PhD
Phone:+39 (0) 050 886 225
Fax:+39 (0) 050 886 222


Francesca Libioni MD
Phone:+39 (0) 050 886 225
Fax:+39 (0) 050 886 222

Institute presentation

The IRCCS Fondazione Stella Maris is the largest hospital for Child Neurology and Psychiatry in Italy and a leading institute for research in Child Neurology and Psychiatry, associated with the University of Pisa and the National Health Service. The hospital cares for more than 2000 patients a year, half as inpatients and half as outpatients, and provides for more than 8000 ambulatory consultations. In the Clinical Department, both psychiatric and neurological disorders are treated in the hospital. The psychiatric branch includes two units. The first addresses specifically diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders and eating disorders. The second is focused on diagnosis and pharmacological treatment of the following disorders: mood disorders, psychotic disorders and schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder and Tourette syndrome, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, personality disorders, psychiatric disorders in intellectual disabilities. In this unit, a section is devoted to the emergency care of acute psychiatric disorders and another to the assessment and treatment of severe disruptive behaviour disorders with a manualized intervention. The neurological branch is organized in one unit for diagnosis and treatment of cerebral palsy, epilepsy, movement disorders, genetic disorders, neuromuscular diseases, traumatic head injury, speech and language disorders, neuropsychological disorders, intellectual disabilities and specific learning disabilities. The Research Department is organized in five areas Developmental neurology, neuropsychology and neuro-rehabilitation, Epilepsy, Neurophysiology, Neurogenetics Psychopathology and Psychopharmacology, Genetics in Psychiatry, Psychotherapy, and Neuroimaging. Several laboratories are servers both for clinical and research departments. Among them, the Laboratory of Magnetic Resonance Imaging ( 7 tesla) and the Neurogenetics laboratory.

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