Pilar Ferraro and Fulvio Da Re have both recently moved from Italy to join the Penn FTD Center as visiting scholars. We are excited to welcome them!

Meet… Pilar Ferraro!

Pilar joined the Penn FTD Center in August 2016 as a visiting scholar. Pilar is a doctoral student from the Neuroimaging Research Unit at San Raffaele University Hospital in Milan, Italy.

Pilar grew up in Rome, where she loves to take long walks with her dog, Oliver. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Neuropsychology from University of Turin in 2010 and her Master’s degree in Cognitive Neuroscience from the San Raffaele University in 2012. Her research to date has used magnetic resonance imaging to study progressive neurodegeration in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and frontotemporal degeneration.

What has been Pilar’s biggest surprise since moving to the United States? Inspired by her new friends and colleagues, Pilar has taken up jogging! Pilar’s hobbies in Philadelphia also include reading, exploring new places, and eating salad from her new favorite restaurant, Sweetgreen.

Welcome, Pilar!

Meet … Fulvio Da Re!

Fulvio joined the Penn FTD Center in October 2016 as a visiting doctoral student. Fulvio was born and raised in Milan, one of the largest cities in Northern Italy. In 2011, he received his Bachelor’s Degree of Medicine from Bicocca University, and he is now completing his last year of Neurology Residency at San Gerardo Hospital in Monza, Italy. Fulvio’s research uses magnetic resonance imaging to track the progression of disease in typical and atypical forms of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Outside of the hospital, Fulvio loves playing volleyball, scuba diving, and making delicious Italian desserts. His homemade tiramisu is already a favorite among members of the FTD Center! Fulvio has been enjoying life in Philadelphia so far and loves to visit Fairmount Park, where he can enjoy the greenery.

Welcome, Fulvio!