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Andrea Varrone

Lecturer senior

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About me

Associate Professor (Lektor and Docent) in Nuclear Medicine

Unit Head Human PET, PET Centre at Karolinska Institutet, Centre for Psychiatry Research

RALF (Radiologisk ledningsfunktion) of NeuroPET, clinical research

Research Group leade in Molecular Imaging with PET in neurodegenerative disorders

Research description

My research includes two main levels of activity. The first is at a methodological level and is focused on methodological advancements in PET quantification using high-resolution PET technology. The second, at a more applied level, but based on the achievements accomplished at the methodological level, is focused on the development of novel imaging biomarkers for Parkinson´s disease (PD) and Huntington´s disease (HD). The overall aims are to develop suitable tools for better characterization and longitudinal follow-up of PD and HD patients. In PD, the aim of new imaging biomarkers is to examine the biochemical changes that might be associated with the progression of motor symptoms, with the development of non-motor symptoms, such as depression and cognitive impairment, and with the assessment of new therapeutic approaches. In HD, the aim of new imaging biomarkers is to identify biochemical targets that can be of relevance for the development of new treatment strategies.


1994, Medicine, University “Federico II”, Napoli, Italy 

1995, License to practice Medicine (Italy)                                                                                                      

1998, Specialist in Nuclear Medicine, University “Federico II”                           

2003, PhD, Functional Radioisotopic Imaging, “SPECT imaging of the dopamine transporter in Parkinson´s disease and multiple system atrophy”, University “La Sapienza”, Rome, Italy

2008, Approval from Socialstyrelsen of Medical License and Specialty in Nuclear Medicine

2012-03-07, Docent i Nuklearmedicin

2012-09-04, Lektor i Nuklearmedicin, Karolinska Institutet

Academic honours, awards and prizes

Associazione Leonardo di Capua                                                                                               1997

Short-term mobility Program, National Research Council             2005

EANM Eckert & Ziegler Abstract Award                                                                                    2008

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