The ambitious goal of our Foundation is to undertake or promote clinical and preventive research projects so as to guarantee more effective treatment.
We offer innovative prevention treatment for young adults, adolescents and children.
In 2013 we dedicated our first project to a study on patients addicted to cocaine, in view of the fact that there were no neurobiological therapies at the time providing certified efficacy.
In the same year, our team learned about a study by Antonello Bonci about successful optogenetic treatment of cocaine addiction in laboratory rats.
Our team led by Luigi Gallimberti managed to translate that study, through the use of rTMS instead of optogenetics, to the field of human cocaine addiction. And with similar results.
All of this was made possible with the generous contribution of the Novella Fronda Foundation with which we could buy the right equipment.
The 2014 data allowed us to publish "Transcranial magnetic stimulation of dorsolateral prefrontal cortex reduces cocaine use: A pilot study" in European Neuropsychopharmacology.
The acknowledgements received, show the international relevance of this discovery.
We started a prevention study program on substance use and tech addictions in children aged 10-13, a first in Europe. Worrying results emerged and were published in distinguished scientific journals.
We consolidated the ongoing activities and purchased the necessary equipment for further research, for which we engaged a full-time researcher.
We were able to recognize the main risk factors marking the onset of various adolescence issues, such as sleep deprivation and the incapacity to delay gratification.
The same year, we started the pilot project Buona Notte with the aim of studying sleep deprivation in children aged 1-5, in collaboration with the Italian Federation of Pediatricians (FIMP).
This project is now terminated, the data analysis completed and the writing of the scientific paper underway.
In the clinical field, 2017 has been dedicated especially to Compulsive Gambling and Age-related Cognitive Impairment.
In the prevention field, the data processing of the Buona Notte project is currently underway. A similar project protocol has been completed to launch the Morpheus project, aimed at further analyzing some of the aspects of the former project.
Eric Kandel invites XXI century scientists to “reinterpret the mind in biological terms”.
After accepting this invitation, on May 6, 2017 Padua hosted the first seminar where the Foundation team met up with a group of Italian psychoanalysts to discuss the modifications that take place inside the brain and mind of cocaine addicted patients after rTMS treatment.
Given the high interest, a second meeting has been scheduled in Milan, in the via Bassini 26 offices on November 11, 2017.
On April 20, 2018 in Turin, the Novella Fronda Foundation is scheduling the first international Congress on Treating Addictions with rTMS, today and future prospects. On that occasion, some of the main experts in the neurobiological and psychological field will meet.