Agata Rita Maria POLIZZI

Office: Palazzo Ingrassia Via Biblioteca, piano terra, stanza IV
Phone: +390952508053
Office Hours: Wednesday from 11:30 to 13:00 Wednesday from 11.30 to 13.00 | Friday from 11:30 to 13:00 Every Friday, from 11.30 to 13.00

Agata Polizzi is Associate Professor of Paediatrics and Child Neurology at the Department of Educational Sciences of the University of Catania. She graduated at the University of Catania (1991) and completed her postgraduate training and her PhD in paediatric neurology (1996-2000) at the Neuroscience Group, MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine - University of Oxford, UK, studying immune-mediated disorders of the nervous system and the effects of maternal antibodies on foetal neurodevelopment. She completed her postdoctoral training in rare genetic syndromes in Catania [2001-2003] and in paediatric neurodegenerative disorders in Rome (2004-2006). She has been Researcher and clinical consultant at the National Centre for Rare Diseases, National Health System in Rome and at the National Research Council in Catania (2008-2018), contributing to develop and sustain a national helpline service on rare disorders and a web-based platform to collect data on neurodegenerative disorders. She has been recipient of and advisor to national and international grants including antibody-mediated neurodevelopmental diseases, paediatric multiple sclerosis, Ataxia-Telangiectasia, undiagnosed diseases and neonatal screening. She is national delegate for multiple sclerosis in childhood at the national multiple sclerosis association [AISM] and coordinator of the Italian National Registry on Ataxia-Telangiectasia. She authored national and international books and chapters on paediatric neurology and more than 130 research papers in peer-reviewed international journals with an IF of > 400 and an h-index of 28 [Scopus/Researchgate]. She acts as reviewer in international journals of paediatrics and rare diseases. She is member of the scientific board of the national artistic, literacy and music competition “The Flight of Pegasus” dedicated to rare diseases and annually organised by the National Institute of Health in Rome. E-mail:

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