Diego Iacono, MD, PhD

Diego Iacono, MD, PhD
Director of Neuropathology Research

Education and Training

Residency: Neuorology, University “G. D’Annunzio” School of Medicine, Chieti, Italy

PhD: Neuroscience, The Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, School of Medicine, Rome Italy

MD: The Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, School of Medicine, Rome, Italy

Postdoctoral Training: Neuropathology, Johns Hopkins University

Visiting Fellow: Neurology, Centre d’Investigation Clinique, Hospital of Pitié Salpétrière, Université de Paris VI and University of Geneve

Diego Iacono, MD, PhD
Director of Neuropathology Research

Dr. Iacono is a physician-scientist and neurologist. Dr. Iacono’s career, both clinical and research, has been centered on the study of neurodegenerative diseases, mainly dementias and movement disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease (AD), Lewy body Dementia, Fronto-Temporal Dementia, Parkinson’s disease, rarer parkinsonian disorders such as Progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), Corticobasal degeneration (CBD), and epilepsy.

Dr. Iacono has worked at several premier institutions; and served as Senior Researcher and Head of The Brain Bank at Karolinska Institutet, Sweden. He has been involved in several large-scale, longitudinal clinic-pathological investigations, such as the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging and the Nun Study. Results of this research have provided new perspectives on normal aging and dementia, including mechanisms that may lead to pathology resistance, relationships between higher cognitive function (i.e. language) and AD, and the possibility that certain personality traits may reduce the risk of AD development.

In addition to many other academic pursuits, Dr. Iacono is the Director of Neuropathology Research at MANA, performing research related to brain development antecedents and aging, genetic risk factors, and treatments for brain-injured premature babies.

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