The European Brain Research Institute in Rome

The European Brain Research Institute (EBRI) is a non profit international research institute fully devoted to studies in Neuroscience.

The Institute was founded in 2002 by Nobel Laureate Rita Levi-Montalcini, in response to the need in Italy for a centre that would foster and promote brain research with the aim of finding new therapies for neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, and other neurological disorders.

EBRI aims to investigate and ultimately understand the biological basis of the higher functions of the vertebrate brain: the relationship between mind and brain and the mechanisms of memory. Today the techniques exist for exploring the brain at every level of its complexity and EBRI scientists will utilize approaches ranging from genetic and molecular techniques, neurophysiological recording, computational analysis, and quantitative analysis of behavior.

Objectives of the European Brain Research Institute:

To foster neurobiological and neurophysiological research with the aim of finding new therapies against Alzheimer and Parkinson's diseases and other neurological pathologies.
To promote the development of new techniques applied to neurosciences, among which genomics, proteomics, and neuroinformatics.
To avoid the dispersion in separate institutions of highly sophisticated equipment.
To encourage the repatriation of highly qualified Italian researchers working abroad and to attract qualified non-Italian researchers to Italy.
To contribute to post-graduate training by organizing courses of high quality and specialization (PhD programs, international summer schools, and exchange teaching programs with European universities).

Team Lead

Professor Antonino Cattaneo – Neurotrophic Factors and Neurodegenerative Diseases


  • Young Investigator
Dr. Corinna Giorgi – mRNA Metabolism in the Nervous System
  • Young Investigator
Dr. Silvia Marinelli – Physiopathology of Endocannabinoid System


  • Alumni
Dr Alberto Bacci – Cellular physiology of cortical microcircuits
  • Alumni
Dr Hélène Marie – Molecular mechanisms of neuronal plasticity in health and disease