Scientific Advisory Board

Prof. Pierre J. Magistretti, MD, PhD

Chairman of the scientific advisory board

Pierre Magistretti is Professor at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in the Brain and Mind Institute (BMI), of which he was director for a decade. He is also the Dean of Biological and Environment Science and Engineering at KAUST. Prof. Magistretti is an internationally-recognized neuroscientist who has made significant contributions in the field of brain metabolism and glial cells biology. He is the author of over 250 publications and recipient of numerous awards. Prof. Magistretti co-founded GliaPharm as a spinoff of three decades of research performed in his laboratory at EPFL with the objectives to clinically apply fundamental discoveries he has pioneered. He serves as GliaPharm's Scientific Advisor and Board Member.

Prof. Magistretti is also the president of the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO). He has been member of the Swiss National Science Foundation scientific council, President of the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (2002-2004) and elected Professor at the International Chair of the Collège de France (2007-2008).

Prof. Tamas Bartfai, PhD

Specialist in drug development

Prof. Tamas Bartfai, PhD, is an international leader and expert in the development of drugs targeting neurological diseases. Prof. Bartfai has been involved as a consultant at Astra Zeneca, Roche, Novartis and Pfizer for the past decades. As an executive or consultant, he has been involved in the development of at least eight approved drugs against different neurological diseases. Prof. Bartfai is an Adjunct Professor at Stockholm University, the University of Oxford, and the University of Pennsylvania. He has also been Professor and Chairman of Molecular and Integrative Neurosciences and Director of the Harrold Dorris Neurological Research Institute at the Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), La Jolla, California. Prof. Bartfai’s career is internationally recognized. He is the author of 400+ peer-reviewed publications, several books, and recipient of prestigious awards.

Prof. Andrea Volterra, PhD

Thought leader in glial biology

Andrea Volterra is Full Professor at the Department of Fundamental Neurosciences, University of Lausanne, Switzerland since 2001, which he directed from 2004 to 2012. He obtained a PhD in Pharmacology from Univ Milan, Italy (1985), joined the labs of Steven Siegelbaum and the Nobel Prize Eric Kandel at Columbia University, New York, as Research Scientist (1986-89) and then started his independent career as Assistant and then Associate Professor at the Dept. Pharmacology, Univ Milan (1990-2000). He is member of Academia Europea and Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences (SAMS), and of Swiss, European and American Societies of Neuroscience, and won several prices, including the Theodore Ott price 2017 from SAMS. His research field is astrocyte-neuron communication and its contribution to synaptic integration and the pathogenesis of neuropsychiatric disorders, to which he contributed some of the seminal work in the last twenty years. His most recent work, using a multidisciplinary approach and novel imaging technologies, is engaged in decoding the language of astrocytes in cognitive function and dysfunction.

Prof. Cristina M. Alberini, PhD

Specialist in memory and cognition

Prof. Cristina M. Alberini, PhD, is an internationally-recognized expert in the fields of learning, memory and their molecular underpinnings. Prof. Alberini is a Professor of Neural Sciences at University of New York (NYU). Her studies, utilizing invertebrate (Aplysia californica) and mammalian (rat and mouse) systems, have explored the mechanisms of long-term memory formation, stabilization, persistence and strengthening. The identification of the mechanisms underlying the disruption or enhancement of memories is important for understanding memory in physiological conditions but also for characterizing memory disorders. Dr. Alberini has previously held faculty positions at Brown University and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York.

Prof. Yves Agid, MD, PhD

Specialist in neurodegenerative diseases

Prof. Yves Agid, MD, PhD, is a recognized neurologist and a specialist in neurodegenerative diseases, of which he studied the causes, mechanisms, and clinical implications, while proposing new therapies. After leading the neurology department of the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris from 1993 to 2007 and having a career as a researcher at the French Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM), Yves Agid was elected in 2008 as a member of the French Academy of Sciences in the human biology and medical sciences section. Since 2009, he has been a member of the National Ethics Advisory Committee of France. He is also founder and scientific director of the Brain and Spine Institute. With 600+ publications, Prof. Agid is one of the most cited scientists of the past 20 years.