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.
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.