Flora Maria Vaccarino MD

Harris Professor in the Child Study Center and Professor of Neurobiology

Biographical Info

Dr. Flora Vaccarino graduated in Medicine at Padua University in Italy and studied neuropharmacology and cell biology at NIH as a research fellow before starting her Residency in Psychiatry at Yale University. After her residency, she studied developmental biology and genetics and was appointed Assistant Professor at Yale University in 1994. She then pursued several lines of research, using genetic mouse models as well as human brain specimens, to understand the pathophysiology of neuropsychiatric disorders. Her 1999 paper in Nature Neuroscience (Vaccarino et al, 3: 246-253, 1999) showing that a single administration of Fibroblast Growth Factor 2 can induce permanent increases in cerebral cortical size, embodies the powerful role of these factors in development and plasticity.
Together with people in her lab, Dr. Vaccarino, now a full Professor at Yale University School of Medicine, studies mouse and human neural stem cells and their role in development and repair. She and a group of colleagues recently founded the Program in Neurodevelopment and Regeneration to harness the power of induced pluripotent stem cells for understanding individual variation in neurodevelopment and the pathophysiology of neuropsychiatric disorders.

Education & Training

Padua University Medical University (1979)
Yale University, School of Medicine, Psychiatry
Visiting Assistant Professor
FIDIA-Georgetown Institute for the Neurosciences
Research Fellow
NIMH-Laboratory of Preclinical Pharmacology

Honors & Recognition

  • Harris Endowed Professorship
    Child Study Center, Yale University School of Medicine (2010)
  • Lustman Award
    Yale University (1991)
  • NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Award
    NARSAD (2011)
  • Collegio dei Docenti, Dottorato di Ricerca in Neuropsicofarmacologia Clinica e Sperimentale
    University of Messina, Italy (2011)
  • Executive Councillor
    International Society for Developmental Neuroscience (2008)
  • Tourette’s Syndrome Association Award
    Tourette’s Syndrome Association (2004)
  • NARSAD Independent Investigator Award
    NARSAD (2003)
  • Rotary International Educational Award
    Rotary Foundation (1981)
  • Essel Investigator
    NARSAD (2003)
  • NARSAD Independent Investigator Award
    NARSAD (2000)
  • Tourette’s Syndrome Association Award
    Tourette’s Syndrome Association (1998)
  • Professional Opportunities for Women in Research & Education Award
    National Science Foundation (1997)
  • NARSAD Young Investigator Award
    NARSAD (1993)
  • NARSAD Young Investigator Award
    National Alliance for Research in Schizophrenia and Depression (1990)

Professional Service

  • Regular member, NIH (10/01/2005 - 10/01/2009)
  • Editorial Board Member, Executive Council Member, International Society of Developmental Neuroscience (05/01/2008)
  • (01/01/2011)
  • Editorial Board, Frontiers in Neurogenesis (01/01/2008)
  • Society for Neuroscience (01/01/1983)

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