Dr Stefano Sandrone is a Senior Teaching Fellow and a neuroscientist. He is a Principal Investigator within the Computational, Cognitive and Clinical Neuroimaging Laboratory (C3NL), and has a proven track record in:
- Neuroimaging and neuroplasticity
- Educational research
- History of neurology and of (neuro)science
He was born in Canelli, Italy, in 1988, and he has been studying and doing research in Milan, Zurich and London.
In 2014 he was selected as a young scientist at the 64th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Physiology and Medicine (attended by 37 Nobel Laureates and 600 young scientists worldwide). For this, he has been included in Wired magazine’s list of ‘promising Italians under 35’.
In 2015 he co-authored a book entitled Brain Renaissance. It received a one-page review in Nature on its release and won the biennial Award for Outstanding Book in the History of the Neurosciences presented by the International Society for the History of the Neurosciences. In the same year, he also wrote an online commentary for the Neuroanatomy chapter of the 41st edition of the Gray’s Anatomy, thus becoming one of the youngest contributors ever (bona fide the youngest one).
In 2016 he was awarded the H. Richard Tyler Award for the History of Neurology presented by the American Academy of Neurology, which is the world’s largest association of neurologists, and its Archive Committee. Moreover, he was selected as member of the Young European Leadership Delegation at the European Parliament for the European Youth Event and recognised as Associated Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, the British professional institution promoting excellence in higher education.
In 2017 he has been elected as Vice Chair of the History of Neurology Section at the American Academy of Neurology for the 2017-2019 term and recognised as Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
In 2018 he was nominated as one of the eleven experts under 40 within the Comitato Tecnico Sanitario Italian Minister of Health.
In 2019 he was awarded the Lawrence C. McHenry Award from the American Academy of Neurology, thus receiving his second Academy Award in three years, and he was elected as the youngest Chair within the Academy. In the same year, he was also awarded the Julia Higgins Award from Imperial College London for ‘his significant contribution to the support of academic women at the College’ and won the Science Educator Award at the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, which is one of the largest conferences in the world (attended by more than 28000 scientists).
EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH expertise
- Active Learning
- Flipped classroom
- Strategies to mitigate neurophobia
At Imperial College, Dr Sandrone teaches on the following courses:
-MSc Translational Neuroscience
Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
Neuroinflammation, Stroke and CNS Trauma
Addiction and Neuropsychopharmacology in Psychiatry
Laboratory-based research project
-MRes Experimental Neuroscience
-MBBS/BSc Neuroscience and Mental Health
Global Postgraduate Retreat on ‘Communication and Teamwork’
How to survive and enjoy the Master lab experience
How to Prepare for a Master’s Viva
-Global Fellows programmes
Media coverage (selection)
Class (Italy), Discover Magazine Blogs (USA), EcoDiario.es (Spain), Espresso (Italy), Fanpage (Italy), Focus (Italy), Gehirn und Geist (Germany), Gemini.no (Norway), Gravita’ Zero (Italy), Investigación y Ciencia (Spain), La Stampa (Italy), La Tercera (Chile), Le Scienze (Italy), Motherboard (USA), Neue Zürcher Zeitung Folio (Switzerland), National Public Radio (USA), New Scientist (United Kingdom), Rai Uno (Italy), Rai Due (Italy), Sapere (Italy), Science News (USA), Smithsonian (USA), Spiegel Online (Germany), Wired (Italy).
Sandrone S, Schneider L, 2020, Active and distance learning in neuroscience education, Neuron, Vol:106, ISSN:0896-6273, Pages:895-898
et al., 2020, Active learning in psychiatry education: current practices and future perspectives, Frontiers in Psychiatry, Vol:11, ISSN:1664-0640
et al., 2020, Inhibition-Related Cortical Hypoconnectivity as a Candidate Vulnerability Marker for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Biological Psychiatry-cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging, Vol:5, ISSN:2451-9022, Pages:222-230
et al., 2019, Strategic Considerations for Applying the Flipped Classroom to Neurology Education, Annals of Neurology, Vol:87, ISSN:0364-5134, Pages:4-9
Hampshire A, Sandrone S, Hellyer P, 2019, A large-scale, cross-sectional investigation into the efficacy of brain training, Frontiers in Neuroscience, Vol:13, ISSN:1662-4548, Pages:1-13