Forthcoming Special Issue

Special Collection "Advances in neuromorphology in health and disease"

Neuroscience is constantly expanding, and experiments are performed thanks to a wide variety of techniques starting from the cellular and animal level, to the human level. All the different approaches are based on the consolidated awareness that, in the nervous system, the structural organization is entirely and intimately linked to function. This is one of the reasons why neuromorphology is a continuously developing field where new techniques are developed to better explore the cellular organization and anatomical structure of the nervous system, in the attempt to elucidate their relation with functions in health and disease.

The focus of this special issue is to illustrate the current progress on new approaches to the study of the central and peripheral nervous system and the physio-pathological correlations therein.

Contributions may range from novel microscopical and histochemical methods to the application of established techniques in neuroscience and in animal or cellular models of neurological diseases, including studies investigating the correlation of environment and plasticity of neural circuits.

The deadline for manuscript submission is May 31, 2021.


Guest Editors
Giancarlo Panzica (Ph.D. Honorary Professor, the Department of Neuroscience, University of Torino, Italy) obtained a master’s degree in biology at the University of Torino and earned his PhD degree at the Department of Anatomy, University of Salamanca (Spain). He had a long academic career at the University of Torino, starting as Researcher and then Associate Professor, and finally Full Professor in Human Anatomy. During this period, he was Director of the Department of Anatomy, Pharmacology and Forensic Medicine, and Director of the Department of Neuroscience. Prof. Panzica is the President of the Italian Group for the Study of Neuromorphology. He is currently retired from the University, but still active in research as Principal Investigator of the Neuroendocrinology laboratory at the Neuroscience Institute Cavalieri-Ottolenghi (NICO), Orbassano (Italy). Giancarlo Panzica is the author of 199 publications listed in PubMed and has an H-index of 41 (Scopus) with more than 5,900 citations.
The main focus of his research is the interaction of steroid hormones and the nervous system and its impact on physiology, behaviour, and neural diseases. In the last period, prof. Panzica has explored the permanent or transient effects of exposure to endocrine disruptors on the nervous system, particularly on those neuroendocrine circuits involved in the control of reproduction.


Fabrizio Michetti (Professor at the Università Cattolica S. Cuore - UCSC, Rome, Italy) obtained his MD degree (1970) at the UCSC, where he also specialized in Neurology (1974) and Psychiatry (1977). He has been Associate Professor and Assistant Professor of Anatomy at the UCSC, then Full Professor of Anatomy at the School of Medicine of the University of Bari (1986 to 1996), Full Professor of Histology at the School of Medicine of the UCSC (1996 to 1999), and Full Professor of Anatomy and Chairman of the Institute of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the School of Medicine of the UCSC (1999 to 2016). Since 2016, he is Contract Professor for Neuroanatomy at the UCSC and at the Università Vita/Salute San Raffaele, Milan. He is also Visiting Professor for Neuroanatomy at the Université Paris/Descartes (Master’s Program Bioengineering). Prof. Michetti has been Chairman of the Committee for Scientific Evaluation (Anatomy) of the Italian Ministry for University (2016-2018); from 2015, he is a Member of the Council of the European Society for Neurochemistry, and from 2018, General Secretary of the Italian Group for the Study of Neuromorphology. He is Associate Editor of Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience, Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy, of Neurochemical Research, of the International Journal of Molecular Sciences.
His main scientific interests focus on neuroscience, with special reference to neurodegenerative/ neuroinflammatory processes and to the role of neuroproteins (S100B protein, in particular) as biomarkers and active factors in neural injury. Prof. Michetti is the author of 171 papers in international scientific journals, with a personal Impact Factor of 709, an H index of 41 and more than 5,200 citations (Web of Science). He is the applicant of one EU/USA granted patent.

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