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Improving the wellbeing of Italian professionals in USA: focus on psychiatric pathology

Symptoms, seeking professional help, prevention strategies, innovative therapies, and the latest research findings: the focus of the event organized on June 22nd by the Comites of Houston and ISSNAF-WSC.




On June 22nd, the Fellini Café at Rice Village in Houston was the center of a lively intellectual debate thanks to the first in a series of thematic and educational meetings organized by the Comites of Houston and ISSNAF-WSC, aimed at the Italian community engaged in research in the United States. The evening addressed a topic of significant relevance: psychiatric pathology among research professionals working abroad, with a particular focus on those who have relocated to the United States.


The event was inaugurated by Dr. Salvatore Saieva from Comites, who illustrated the organization's commitment to promoting events and activities in support of the Italian community. The event is part of a project focused on research and university, which received extraordinary funding from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and has already seen the realization of other successful events in collaboration with ISSNAF in the past.


Subsequently, Dr. Stefano Casarin, Secretary of ISSNAF-WSC, outlined the crucial role of ISSNAF-WSC as a local chapter and partner of Comites. He emphasized the importance of collaboration for effective support to Italian researchers.


Dr. Eleonora Dondossola, co-chair of ISSNAF-WSC, moderated the panel composed of the evening's two guests. Dr. Martina Sgritta, an expert in the field of psychiatry, offered an engaging overview of career opportunities in the sector, exploring both the academic world and industry. She enriched the discussion by sharing her valuable professional experience. Dr. Luca Lavagnino, psychiatrist and assistant professor at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at UT Health, delved into the topic of psychiatric pathology from a clinical perspective. He guided the audience through a journey that touched on the manifestations of symptoms, the importance of seeking professional help, prevention strategies, innovative therapies, and the results of the latest studies.


The audience actively participated in the discussion by asking questions and sharing personal testimonies. The event concluded with a networking session, where participants had the opportunity to connect and further discuss the topics covered.

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