Short CV/Education and training

  • 1994
    Degree in Medicine cum laude, Catholic University, Rome

  • 1999
    Residency in Neurology cum laude, Catholic University, Rome

  • 2003
    PhD in Neurogenetics, University College London

Selected publications

  • Romani M, Micalizzi A, Kraoua I, Dotti MT, Cavallin M, Sztriha L, Ruta R, Mancini F, Mazza T, Castellana S, Hanene B, Carluccio MA, Darra F, Máté A, Zimmermann A, Gouider-Khouja N, Valente EM. Mutations in B9D1 and MKS1 cause mild Joubert syndrome: expanding the genetic overlap with the lethal ciliopathy Meckel syndrome. Orphanet J Rare Dis 2014 May 5;9:72.

  • Valente EM, Rosti RO, Gibbs E, Gleeson JG. Primary cilia in neurodevelopmental disorders. Nat Rev Neurol 2014;10:27-36.

  • Arena G, Gelmetti V, Torosantucci L, Vignone D, Lamorte G, De Rosa P, Cilia E, Jonas EA, Valente EM. PINK1 protects against cell death induced by mitochondrial depolarization, by phosphorylating Bcl-xL and impairing its pro-apoptotic cleavage. Cell Death Differ 2013;20:920-930.

  • Romani M, Micalizzi A, Valente EM. Joubert syndrome: cerebellar congenital ataxia with the molar tooth. Lancet Neurol 2013;12:894-905.

  • Lee JH, Silhavy JL, Lee JE, Al-Gazali L, Thomas S, Davis EE, Bielas SL, Hill KJ, Gabriel SB, Brancati F, Iannicelli M, Russ C, Logan CV, Sharif SM, Bennett CP, Abe M, Hildebrandt F, Diplas BH, Attié-Bitach T, Katsanis N, Rajab A, Koul R, Sztriha L, Waters E, Ferro-Novick S, Woods GC, Johnson CA, Valente EM, Zaki MS, Gleeson JG. Evolutionarily assembled cis-regulatory module at a human ciliopathy locus. Science 2012; 335:966-9.

  • Lee JE, Silhavy JL, Zaki MS, Schroth J, Bielas SL, Marsh SE, Olvera J, Brancati F, Iannicelli M, Ikegami K, Schlossman AM, Merriman B, Attié-Bitach T, Logan CV, Glass IA, Cluckey A, Louie CM, Lee JH, Raynes HR, Rapin I, Setou M, Barbot C, Boltshauser E, Nelson SF, Hildebrandt F, Johnson CA, Doherty DA, Valente EM, Gleeson JG. CEP41 is mutated in Joubert syndrome and is required for tubulin glutamylation at the cilium. Nat Genet 2012;44:193-9.

  • Briguglio M, Pinelli L, Giordano L, Ferraris A, Germanò E, Micheletti S, Severino M, Bernardini L, Loddo S, Tortorella G, Ormitti F, Gasparotti R; CBCD Study Group, Rossi A, Valente EM. Pontine Tegmental Cap Dysplasia: developmental and cognitive outcome in three adolescent patients. Orphanet J Rare Dis 2011;6:36.

  • Valente EM, Logan CV, Mougou-Zerelli S, Lee JH, Silhavy JL, Brancati F, Iannicelli M, Travaglini L, Romani S, Illi B, Adams M, Szymanska K, Mazzotta A, Lee JE, Tolentino JC, Swistun D, Salpietro CD, Fede C, Gabriel S, Russ C, Cibulskis K, Sougnez C, Hildebrandt F, Otto EA, Held S, Diplas BH, Davis E, Mikula M, Strom CM, Ben-Ze?ev B, Lev D, Lerman Sagie T, Michelson M, Yaron Y, Krause A, Boltshauser E, Elkhartoufi N, Roume J, Shalev S, Munnich A, Saunier S, Inglehearn C, Saad A, Alkindy A, Thomas S, Vekemans M, Dallapiccola B, Katsanis N, Johnson CA, Attié-Bitach T, Gleeson JG. Mutations in TMEM216 perturb ciliogenesis and cause Joubert, Meckel and related syndromes. Nat Genet 2010;42:619-25.

  • Michiorri S, Gelmetti V, Giarda E, Lombardi F, Romano F, Marongiu R, Nerini-Molteni S, Sale P, Vago R, Arena G, Torosantucci L, Cassina L, Russo MA, Dallapiccola B, Valente EM, Casari G. The Parkinson-associated protein PINK1 interacts with Beclin1 and promotes autophagy. Cell Death Differ 2010;17:962-74.

  • Bielas S, Silhavy JL, Brancati F, Kisseleva MV, Al-Gazali L, Sztriha L, Bayoumi RA, Zaki MS, Abdel-Aleem A, Rosti O, Kayserili H, Swistun D, Scott LC, Bertini E, Boltshauser E, Fazzi E, Travaglini L, Field SJ, Gayral S, Jacoby M, Schurmans S, Dallapiccola B, Majerus PW, Valente EM, Gleeson JG. Mutations in the inositol polyphosphate-5-phosphatase E gene link phosphatidyl inositol signaling to the ciliopathies. Nat Genet 2009;41:1032-6.

  • Valente EM, Ferraris A, Dallapiccola B. Genetic testing for paediatric neurological disorders. Lancet Neurol. 2008;7:1113-26. Invited Review

  • Fiorio M, Gambarin M, Valente EM, Liberini P, Loi M, Cossu G, Moretto G, Bhatia KP, Defazio G, Aglioti SM, Fiaschi A, Tinazzi M. Defective temporal processing of sensory stimuli in DYT1 mutation carriers: a new endophenotype of dystonia? Brain 2007;130:134-42.

  • Cox JJ, Reimann F, Nicholas AK, Thornton G, Roberts E, Springell K, Karbani G, Jafri H, Mannan J, Raashid Y, Al-Gazali L, Hamamy H, Valente EM, Gorman S, Williams R, McHale DP, Wood JN, Gribble FM, Woods CG. An SCN9A channelopathy causes congenital inability to experience pain. Nature 2006;444:894-8.

  • Valente EM, Silhavy JL, Brancati F, Barrano G, Krishnaswami SR, Castori M, Lancaster MA, Boltshauser E, Boccone L, Al-Gazali L, Fazzi E, Signorini S, Louie CM, Bellacchio E, Related Disorders Study Group IJ, Bertini E, Dallapiccola B, Gleeson JG. Mutations in CEP290, which encodes a centrosomal protein, cause pleiotropic forms of Joubert syndrome. Nat Genet 2006;38:623-5.

  • Valente EM, Marsh SE, Castori M, Dixon-Salazar T, Bertini E, Al-Gazali L, Messer J, Barbot C, Woods CG, Boltshauser E, Al-Tawari AA, Salpietro CD, Kayserili H, Sztriha L, Gribaa M, Koenig M, Dallapiccola B, Gleeson JG. Distinguishing the four genetic causes of Jouberts syndrome-related disorders. Ann Neurol 2005;57:513-9.

  • Valente EM, Edwards MJ, Mir P, DiGiorgio A, Salvi S, Davis M, Russo N, Bozi M, Kim HT, Pennisi G, Quinn N, Dallapiccola B, Bhatia KP. The epsilon-sarcoglycan gene in myoclonic syndromes. Neurology 2005;64:737-9.

  • Valente EM, Salvi S, Ialongo T, Marongiu R, Elia AE, Caputo V, Romito L, Albanese A, Dallapiccola B, Bentivoglio AR. PINK1 mutations are associated with sporadic early-onset parkinsonism. Ann Neurol 2004;56:336-41.

  • Valente EM, Abou-Sleiman PM, Caputo V, Muqit MM, Harvey K, Gispert S, Ali Z, Del Turco D, Bentivoglio AR, Healy DG, Albanese A, Nussbaum R, Gonzalez-Maldonado R, Deller T, Salvi S, Cortelli P, Gilks WP, Latchman DS, Harvey RJ, Dallapiccola B, Auburger G, Wood NW. Hereditary early-onset Parkinson's disease caused by mutations in PINK1. Science 2004;304:1158-60.


Selected projects

Active funding sources:

  • Italian Ministry of Health

  • Italian Ministry of University and Research

  • Italian Telethon Foundation

  • National Institutes of Health

  • European Research Council

  • European Community – JPND

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the Editorial Board of: Movement Disorders, BMC Neurology, Pediatric Research, Current Molecular Medicine

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