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Pantoni, L. (IT), MD, PhD

Department of Neurological and Psychiatric Sciences, University of Florence, Italy


Leonardo Pantoni is currently staff neurologist at the Department of Neurological and Psychiatric Sciences of the University of Florence where he is also Professor at the School of Neurology and the School of Child Neuropsychiatry.

Dr Pantoni studied medicine at the University of Florence and graduated in 1989. He was trained in neurology at the School of Neurology of the same University under the guidance of Domenico Inzitari and became a certified neurologist in 1993. From August 1993 to July 1995 he held a research fellowship in neuropathology at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, under the tutelage of Julio H. Garcia. In 1999 he received his PhD degree in Neuroscience. After this he received his current position as a staff neurologist at the Department of Neurological and Psychiatric Sciences of the University of Florence.

Dr Pantoni has always been interested in clinical neurology. He has focused his research work on vascular dementia and cerebral white matter changes of which he has explored definitions, radiological and pathological correlates, and therapeutic approaches. He also has a specific interest in experimental brain ischemia as it relates to the study of white matter lesions and cognitive changes.

From 1996 to 2002 he has acted as scientific secretary of the European Task Force on Age-Related White Matter Changes, a multi-national association of the most prominent European experts on the topic. Today, he is deputy coordinator of the European Union funded study LADIS (Leukoaraiosis and Disability). In July 2003, he has been elected member of the Board of Directors of the International Psychogeriatric Association. He is also member of the Scientific Committee of the European Stroke Conference. Over the last years, Dr Pantoni has served as reviewer for the following journals: the Lancet, JAMA, Stroke, Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism, Neurology, Neurobiology of Aging, and Journal of Neurology. He was also elected to the IPA Board of Directors in 2003.

Dr Pantoni’s publications include over 60 papers and abstracts on cerebrovascular disease in journals such as Stroke, Neurology, the Journal of Neurological Science, Cerebrovascular Diseases, Lancet Neurology, and Brain Research.

  • Management issues of MCI after stroke

  • Small vessel disease: a benign etiology?

  • What do we learn from the LADIS study?