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Luigi Mazzone completed his academic training in Medicine (marks 110/110 cum laude) in September 1998. From January 1998 to October 2003, he attended the residency program in child neurology and psychiatry at the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Catania, which he completed (marks: 70/70 cum laude) in October 2003. Subsequently, Dr. Mazzone attended the Ph.D. degree program in paediatric science at the University of Catania. After obtaining the Ph.D. degree, he completed his education with two postdoctoral programs abroad. The first one, from September 2005 until September 2006, was a postdoctoral visiting fellowship at the intramural program of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Bethesda, Md, USA. After that, in September 2006, he was awarded with the “Alexander Bodini” Fellowship at the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America at Columbia University, and this gave him the chance to perform his second postdoctoral experience, which lasted from October 2006 until September 2009, at the Paediatric Brain Imaging Laboratory at Columbia University in New York. During both periods, at NIMH and at Columbia University, the aim of Dr. Mazzone research was to gain a better understanding of the neurobiological substrates underlying psychiatric disorders such as autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, and Tourette Syndrome, and he tried to improve his knowledge in the field by using functional magnetic resonance imaging. While abroad, and particularly after going back to his home country, and to Sicily, he also continued to coordinate important collaborative projects on autism spectrum disorders, trying to move forward both clinics and research. Author of more than 150 publications in prestigious international scientific journals, he has also been involved in the board organization of important national and international meetings. He is actually working as a Clinical Researcher at the Division of Child Psychiatry at Bambino Gesù Hospital in Vatican, Rome, Italy.