Department of Psychiatry

Dr. Marco Battaglia
Associate Professor
Child and Adolescent
Marco Battaglia
Centre for Addiction & Mental Health
80 Workman Way
Toronto, ON, M6J 1H4
Appointment Status Primary

Dr Battaglia graduated in Medicine and specialised in Psychiatry at the University of Milan, Milan, Italy. He has been a visiting Post-Doc at the Department of Psychiatry, Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis MO, studying genetic epidemiology of mental disorders and psychobiology of personality.

He has been the recipient of a NIMH-funded Junior Investigator Scholarship, and of two NARSAD (now known as the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation) Independent Investigator Awards, in 2001, and in 2006 .

Before moving to Canada in 2012, he has long served as an academician, and a Chief of outpatient Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at San Raffaele Institute and University, a major European biomedical institute and hospital located in Milan, Italy.


Research Synopsis

I study both general population and clinical samples by developmental, genetically-informative designs (e.g. twin cohorts, families). I use quantitative intermediate phenotypes (respiratory physiology indices, ERPs, fMRI, quantitative sensory testing, measures of physical activity) to map functional traits en route between genetic/environmental determinants and the corresponding behavioural phenotypes. I investigate early parental separation in man and animal via interspecific neurofunctional components relevant to gene-environment interplays, including epigenetic signatures.