International School of Ethology

Stefano Parmigiani

  • Emeritus Professor - University of Parma - Department of Chemistry, life Sciences and Environmental Sutainability - Università di Parma, Italy
  • Director of the International School of Ethology "Dànilo Mainardi" of the Ettore Majorana Foundation and Centre for Scientific Culture (EMFCSC) - Erice (Sicily)
  • Past President of the Italian Society of Ethology (SIE)
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With an academic background in zoology, biology, ethology and psychology his research interest is characterized by an interdisciplinary approach ranging from Ethology, Psychobiology, Behavioral Endocrinology and Behavioral Neuroscience in the House mouse as animal models (i.e.Causations and functions of male and female mice socialaggression; Neurochemical correlates of different forms of aggression: ethopharmacological analysis of maternal aggressioninter-male attack and infanticide; Effects of prenatal exposure to drug, man -made Endocrine Disrupting Chemichals and stress on neuro-endocrine development and socio-sexual behavior of mice) and an Evolutionary Psychobiological approach to human behaviour (i.e. Relationship between personality traits, neuroendocrine responses and competition outcome in martial arts athletes; the biological origin of rituals and their proximate and ultimate causes and the analyses of obsessive compulsive rituals in psychopathology their evolutionary implication and importance for clinical setting ).

Chairman of the Environment and Health Permanent Monitoring Panels (PMP)of the International Seminars on Planetary Emergencies of the EMFCSC and he has organized several sessions (e.g. Neurobehavioral Effects of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals: sources,amount ,ecological impact and effects on development, reproduction , brain and behavior in animals and humans “; “Epigenetic transgenerational effects of the Endocrine Disrupting Contaminants Bisphenol A; Environmental Contaminants and Children Health ; Biological and social causes of the epidemic of childhood obesity)

He has organized and directed several workshops of the International School of Ethology e.g. Ethology and Psychobiology of fear and defense (1988); Protection and Abuse of Young in Animals and Man (1990) ;); Environmental Endocrine disrupting Chemicals:neural, endocrine and behavioral effects (1995); Ethology and Biomedical Research (1998) ; Impact of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs) on Brain development and Behavior(2002) ;Individual Differences in Behavior and Physiology:Causes and Consequences (2003) Social stress: impact on Physiology and Behavior(2003) ; The obese species: Clinical and preclinical understanding of eatingand energy balance disorders( 2011) The Evolution of Morality: the Biology and Philosophy of Human Conscience (2012); What made us Humans?Biological and Cultural Evolution of Homo Sapiens (2014); Animal and Human Emotions(2016); Translational Neuroscience and Mental Disorders:bridging the gap between animal models and human condition(2016);Animal and Human Emotions(2016) ; Translational Neuroscience and Mental Disorders: bridging the gap between animal models and human condition (2016) ;Evolution and Future on Rituals, beliefs and religious minds (2018); Epigenetic in Cognition: an Evolutionary Approach (2018)); Ethology, Psychology, Psychiatry:an evolutionary approach(2019)” ;“ Sex differences, dimorphisms, divergences: impact on brain and behavior in health and disease (2019) ; Mens sana in corpore sano: psychobiological effects of physical activity (2021); Darwin in Medicine: Why evolution is relevant for research and medical practice (2022); Ethology Past Present and Future(2023); The Athletic Ape: Merging Human Evolutionary Biology with Sports Science( 2023);Beyond words: Ethology of nonverbal interactions in therapeutic setting and psychiatric disorders(2024)