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Fellowship posted by Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (15/04/2014 02.47)

Genotypic characterization of Parkinson’s disease patients and possible connections with the placebo effect

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The placebo effect plays a crucial role not only in pain, where it has been extensively studied, but also in the field of motor functions. Several studies have investigated the neurophysiological mechanisms underling the placebo effect in the motor system in patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease, showing that the dopaminergic reward neuronal network plays a relevant role in the placebo-induced expectation of therapeutic benefit. Moreover, it is well known that Parkinson’s disease patients show a wide phenotypic variability, possibly in relation to different genotypic profiles. The aim of this project is the genotypic characterization of patients with Parkinson’s Disease by means of MLPA and next-generation sequencing methods (ionTorrent), also to point out a possible role of genetics in the variability of the response to placebo.

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Eligibility criteria

The call (n. rep. 859), the requirements and how to apply are available at the following address:

Selection process

qualifications and interview (in Turin) - Dates and venues of the interviews are published on the website of the University of Turin at the official notice board ( by the date of the deadline

Programme Description
Number of awards per year1
Eligible destination country/ies for fellowsItaly
Eligibility of fellows: country/ies of residenceAll
Eligibility of fellows: nationality/iesAll
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Fellowship's Details
Career StageExperienced researcher or 4-10 yrs (Post-Doc)
Research ProfilesNot defined
Employment contract with full social securityyes
Total amount per fellowship per year19367
Covers salaryyes
Covers travel and subsistenceyes
Covers research costsyes
Maximum duration of fellowship12
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Universita' degli Studi di Torino

Public research
Turin - Italy