Short CV/Education and training

  • Since 2008
    Full professor, Professor of Experimental Medical Research, Lund University, Sweden

  • 2000
    Associate professor, Lund University, Sweden

  • 1994
    Licence as medical doctor and neurologist in Sweden

  • 1993
    PhD degree in Neurobiology, Lund University, Sweden

  • 1990
    Degree as Neurology Specialist summa cum laude, University of Verona, Italy

  • 1986
    Medical Degree summa cum laude, University of Verona, Italy

Selected publications

  • Alcacer C, Andreoli L, Sebastianutto I, Jakobsson J, Fieblinger T, and Cenci MA. Chemogenetic stimulation of striatal projection neurons modulates responses to Parkinson´s disease therapy. J Clin Investigation 2017; 127:720-734.

  • Francardo V, Bez F, Wieloch T, Nissbrandt H, Ruscher K, and Cenci MA. Pharmacological stimulation of sigma-1 receptors has neurorestorative effects in experimental parkinsonism. Brain 2014; 137:1998-2014.

  • Fieblinger T, Graves SM, Sebel LE, Alcacer C, Plotkin JL, Gertler TS, Chan CS, Heiman M, Greengard P, Cenci MA, Surmeier DJ. Cell type-specific plasticity of striatal projection neurons in parkinsonism and L-DOPA-induced dyskinesia. Nature Commun. 2014; 5(5316).

  • Fieblinger T, Sebastianutto I, Alcacer C, Bimpisidis Z, Maslava N, Sandberg S, Engblom D, and Cenci MA. Mechanisms of dopamine D1 receptor-mediated ERK1/2 activation in the parkinsonian striatum and their modulation by metabotropic glutamate receptor type 5. J Neurosci. 2014; 34:4728-40.

  • Ohlin KE, Francardo V, Lindgren HS, Sillivan SE, O'Sullivan SS, Luksik AS, Vassoler FM, Lees AJ, Konradi C, and Cenci MA. Vascular endothelial growth factor is upregulated by L-dopa in the parkinsonian brain: implications for the development of dyskinesia. Brain 2011;134:2339-57.

  • Rylander D, Parent M, O'Sullivan SS, Dovero S, Lees AJ, Bezard E, Descarries L, and Cenci MA. Maladaptive plasticity of serotonin axon terminals in levodopa-induced dyskinesia. Ann Neurol. 2010; 68:619-28.

  • Rylander D, Iderberg H, Li Q, Dekundy A, Zhang J, Li H, Baishen R, Danysz W, Bezard E, Cenci MA. A mGluR5 antagonist under clinical development improves L-DOPA-induced dyskinesia in parkinsonian rats and monkeys. Neurobiol Dis 2010;39(3):352-361.

  • Fasano S, Bezard E, D'Antoni A, Francardo V, Indrigo M, Qin L, Dovero S, Cerovic M, Cenci MA*, and Brambilla R* (2010) Inhibition of Ras-guanine nucleotide-releasing factor 1 (Ras-GRF1) signaling in the striatum reverts motor symptoms associated with L-dopa-induced dyskinesia. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 107:21824-9. *shared senior authorship.

  • Westin JE, Vercammen L, Strome EM, Konradi C, Cenci MA. Spatiotemporal pattern of striatal ERK1/2 phosphorylation in a rat model of L-DOPA-induced dyskinesia and the role of dopamine D1 receptors. Biol Psychiatry 2007; 62:800-810.

  • Cenci MA, Whishaw IQ, Schallert T. Animal models of neurological deficits: how relevant is the rat? Nat Rev Neurosci 2002;3(7):574-579.


Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • European Research Council (Review Panel ERC-COG-LS5)

  • International Basal Ganglia Society (IBAGS)

  • International Parkinson and Movement Disorders Society (MDS)

  • International Association for Parkinson's Disease and Related Disorders (IAPDR)

Additional qualifications

Honours and Commissions of trust (selection)

  • European Research Council, Member of ERC-COG-LS5 review panel, since 2017

  • Swedish National Microscopy Infrastructure, Steering Board, since 2016

  • BraiGain Sweden (an academic-industrial network), Founding member & board,since 2016

  • Swedish Research Council, Chair of Scientific Review (Area: Neurology & Neuroscience), since 2015

  • Swedish Brain Foundation, Scientific Committee, since 2015

  • M. J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson´s Research, Scientific Advisory Board, since 2010

  • Swedish National Network for Parkinson Research (SWEPAR-Net), Founding member, since 2009

  • World Parkinson Congress, Steering Committee, 2014 – 2017

  • International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society Awards Committee, Chair,

    2013 – 2017

  • International Brain Research Organization (IBRO), Paneuropean Committee, 2012 – 2017


Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Married, Mother of two children


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