Andrea Varrone

Andrea Varrone

Professor | Docent
Telephone: +46852482797
Visiting address: Akademiska Stråket 1, Bioclinicum, J4-14, 17161 Solna
Postal address: K8 Klinisk neurovetenskap, K8 CPF Varrone, 171 77 Stockholm

About me

  • I am specialist in nuclear medicine, I hold a PhD degree in Functional Radioisotopic Imaging and have a broad competence and expertise in molecular imaging at pre-clinical and clinical research levels acquired during more than 20 years of activity in nuclear medicine. In the last 13 years at Karolinska Institutet, I have conducted pre-clinical and clinical research with positron emission tomography (PET), being responsible for methodological developments in PET quantification using the high-resolution research tomograph (HRRT) system. I have contributed to the development and validation of novel PET radioligands for the study of neurodegenerative disorders with particular focus on Parkinson, Huntington and Alzheimer´s disease.

    1994, Medicine, University “Federico II”, Napoli, Italy
    1995, License to practice Medicine (Italy)
    1998, Specialist in Nuclear Medicine, University “Federico II”
    1997-2000: Post-doctoral Associate, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA
    2003, PhD, Functional Radioisotopic Imaging, “SPECT imaging of the dopamine transporter in Parkinson´s disease and multiple system atrophy”, University “La Sapienza”, Rome, Italy
    2008, Approval from Socialstyrelsen of Medical License and Specialty in Nuclear Medicine

    Academic honours, awards and prizes
    Academic Positions
    2001-2007: Researcher, National Research Council, Institute of Biostructure and Bioimaging, Italy
    2007-2011: Forskarassistent, Karolinska Institutet, Department of Clinical Neuroscience
    2011-06-01-2012-09-03: Forskare, Karolinska Institutet (Dnr 1060/10-607), Department of Clinical Neuroscience
    2012-03-07, Docent i Nuklearmedicin
    2012-09-04, Lektor i Nuklearmedicin, Karolinska Institutet

    1997: Associazione Leonardo di Capua, Yale University School of Medicine
    2005: Short-term mobility Program, National Research Council
    2008: EANM Eckert & Ziegler Abstract Award
    2014: Blue Ribbon selected abstract Movement Disorder Society Congress
    2019: Plenary Lecture, European Association of Nuclear Medicine Congress


  • Since February 2018 I am research group leader at the Centre for Psychiatry Research on molecular imaging of neurodegenerative disorders. The main research interest is the development of imaging biomarkers for alpha-synuclein, immune cell activation, neurodegeneration and synaptopathy in Parkinson´s disease and related disorders. The main goal of my research is to develop imaging markers for early diagnosis of parkinsonism and dementia, for the assessment of disease progression and for their use as biomarkers for clinical trials with disease-modifying treatments.


  • Post-graduate courses at Karolinska Institutet
    Course responsible, coordinator, lecturer and examiner at the Course for Postdoctoral students 2362 “Positron emission tomography imaging of the CNS”, one week course, 1.5 ECTS credits, during the following terms: VT10, VT11, VT12, VT13, VT15, VT17, VT19.
    Course coordinator, course planning and lecturer at the Course for Research School in Psychiatry K8F2021 “Molecular, functional and structural neuroimaging in psychiatry research”, one week course, 1.5 ECTS credits, during the term HT10.


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  • Professor, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, 2023-

Degrees and Education

  • Docent, Karolinska Institutet, 2012

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