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Mauro Ercolani

Retired Professor

Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna

Adjunct Professor

Department of Experimental, Diagnostic and Specialty Medicine - DIMES


Keywords: IASP collection, fNMR psychological assessment somatization, psychophysiological aspects Fibromyalgic Syndrome, Chronic Pain Intestinal chronic inflammatory diseases

1) Evaluation of psychological status and psychophysiological mechanisms of somatization in chronic intestinal inflammatory disease patients with IASP collection as emotional activator, heart frequency, intestinal permeability and SNC ( amygdala ) with fRNM.
2) Medical, psychological and psychophysiological aspects of patients with benign chronic pain ( Fibromyalgic Syndrome, Urethral Syndrome, Pelvic-perineal Syndrome, IBS, VVS...)
3) Evaluation of the attitudes toward Euthanasia and Physician- Assisted Suicide and the prevention of burn-out risk in italian primary care physicians.
4) Evaluation of Attachment style, alexitymia and psychopathological features in GERD ( gastro-esophageal reflux disease) patients.
5) Physical rehabilitation and burn-out: different aspects of the syndrome and comparisons between healthcare professionals involved.

1) Our research is articulated in two levels: (A) 800 IBD patients ( Crohn Disease and Ulcerative Colitis ), will be studied with a psychological assessement ( SCL 90-R, TAS 20, PBI, PSQ, ASQ); (B) in a smaller group of patients  and controls we would evaluate the intestinal permeability and the activation of Limbic Centers ( amigdala and anterior cingulate cortex ), during an emotional activation by IASP Collection pictures. We will evaluate in plasma before and after stress citokines Il1, Il6, TNT and PCR, Cortisol and Substance P. Our data will allow a correlation of anxiety and depression with immunocite activity, intestinal parietal permeability and the activity of the flogosis.

 2) Our research is aimed to study patients affected by Fibromyalgic Syndrome and normal controls, evaluated from a psychological ( IBQ, SQ, QUID, Emotional Involvement) and a physiological point of view ( EMG, ECG ) in a baseline period and during and after laboratory stressors ( Stroop Test, Mental Arithmetic, Dichotomic Listening ). We expect a higher EMG basal activity, a greater reactivity to psychological stressors   and a longer muscular activity during the whole extinction period in patients toward controls.