Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Brain Sciences

Senior Teaching Fellow



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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).


  • Active Learning
  • Flipped classroom
  • Strategies to mitigate neurophobia


At Imperial College, Dr Sandrone teaches on the following courses:

-MSc Translational Neuroscience

    Functional Neuroanatomy

    Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

    Neurodegenerative Disorders

    Neuroinflammation, Stroke and CNS Trauma

    Brain Imaging

    Computational Neuroscience

    Addiction and Neuropsychopharmacology in Psychiatry

    Laboratory-based research project

-MRes Experimental Neuroscience

-MBBS/BSc Neuroscience and Mental Health

-Graduate School

    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), (Spain), Espresso (Italy), Fanpage (Italy), Focus (Italy), Gehirn und Geist (Germany), (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, Ntonia I, 2022, Exploring the identity development of the budding neuroscientist at postgraduate level: a mixed-method study with perspectives from alumni and academics, Bmc Medical Education, ISSN:1472-6920

Sandrone S, 2022, Roger W. Sperry (1913-1994), Journal of Neurology, Vol:269, ISSN:0340-5354, Pages:5194-5195

Sandrone S, 2022, Science Identity and Its “Identity Crisis”: On Science Identity and Strategies to Foster Self-Efficacy and Sense of Belonging in STEM, Frontiers in Education, Vol:7

Sandrone S, 2022, David H. Hubel (1926-2013), Journal of Neurology, Vol:269, ISSN:0340-5354, Pages:4578-4579

Sandrone S, Carlson CE, 2021, Future of Neurology & Technology: Virtual and Augmented Reality in Neurology and Neuroscience Education Applications and Curricular Strategies, Neurology, Vol:97, ISSN:0028-3878, Pages:740-744

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