University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Promotes Fabio Ferrarelli, MD, PhD, to Associate Professor of Psychiatry

We are delighted to announce that Fabio Ferrarelli, MD, PhD, has been promoted to Associate Professor of Psychiatry by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Dr. Ferrarelli has devoted his career to identifying disease biomarkers, focusing on the relationship of sleep electrophysiological signatures to schizophrenia. He uses state-of-the-art technology such as magnetic resonance imaging, transcranial magnetic stimulation and high-density electroencephalogram during sleep and wakefulness to better understand the neurobiological, cognitive, and social dysfunctions of schizophrenia. As principal investigator of a National Institute of Mental Health BRAINS award, Dr. Ferrarelli undertakes multiple levels of analysis—from clinical to molecular—to investigate sleep spindles in subjects who are at clinical high risk for psychotic disorders. Through this research on sleep spindles, Dr. Ferrarelli has demonstrated that spindle deficits are specific to schizophrenia and arise from disturbances in specific cortical circuits.

“Dr. Ferrarelli has made great strides in schizophrenia research, using ground-breaking methods to help us understand and better treat this disorder. He is an innovator known for deep intelligence and creative thinking,” said David Lewis, MD (Chair, Department of Psychiatry). “Dr. Ferrarelli is a superb researcher and clinician; his research has exciting potential to significantly increase our ability to improve the lives of the patients for whom he provides care.”

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Ferrarelli!