Alexander Santillo

Alexander Santillo

affiliated with the university, MD, consultant psychiatrist, PhD, associate professor

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The goal of my research is to gain a better understanding of frontotemporal dementia and schizophrenia. Despite obvious differences between the conditions (the former is neurodegenerative, the latter neurodevelopmental), there are large similarities from a neuroanatomical standpoint. My strategy is to study two key anatomical regions (the thalamus and the insula), and through this get a better understanding of etiology, disease progress, diagnostics, etc., with the overarching goal to find better treatment options. Methodologically, I work with brain imaging (MRI), postmortem morphology, and cerebrospinal fluid biomarkers. 


I teach medical students, biomedicine students, psychologists, and speech pathologist at the medical faculty on the subjects of dementia, frontotemporal dementia in particular, and schizophrenia


  • dementia
  • frontotemporal dementia
  • schizophrenia
  • insula
  • thalamus


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