Dr. Marianna Spatola MD, PhD

Fundació Clínic per la Recerca Biomèdica – IDIBAPS Research Institute,
Institit Central des Laboratoires,
Hôpital du Valais
Sion, Switzerland
Dr Marianna Spatola is an MD PhD and trained Neurologist. Her research is focused on autoimmune neurological disorders, with a particular interest in understanding the pathogenic mechanisms of antibody-mediated encephalitis, and the contribution of viral infections in triggering brain autoimmunity. She received a widely international training: she obtained her M.D. degree from the University of Turin (Italy), completed her Neurology residency in Lausanne (Switzerland), obtained her PhD in Life Science at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland) and University of Barcelona (Spain), received her Certificate in Biostatistics from Harvard University (USA), where she has been working as a research fellow for the last 4 years. She is author of 29 publications in peer-reviewed journals such as Neurology, Brain, Lancet Neurology, Nature Communications, and a book chapter of the “Neuroimmunology” textbook published by Springer Nature in 2021. She has broad experience as a speaker at 13 international congresses (in Europe, USA, India) and several national and local meetings. In recognition of the quality of her research, she has been awarded the Faculty Prize from the University of Lausanne in 2018, the Neuroscience Research Scholarship Award from the American Academy of Neurology in 2018, the Abstract of Distinction Award from the American Academy of Neurology in 2019, and the Neurovirology Lectureship Award from the International Neurovirology Society in 2021.