Congratulations to Professor Giuseppe Di Giovanni, who has been elected to the Academia Europaea, the European Academy of Humanities, Letters, and Sciences for the section of Physiology and Neuroscience.
The Academia Europaea is a European, non-governmental association acting as an Academy. Their members are scientists and scholars who collectively aim to promote learning, education and research. Founded in 1988, the Academy has about 4500 members who are leading experts from the physical sciences and technology, biological sciences and medicine, mathematics, the letters and humanities, social and cognitive sciences, economics and the law. The Academy of Europe is located at the Royal Institution of Great Britain in London.
The objective of Academia Europaea is the advancement and propagation of excellence in scholarship in the humanities, law, the economic, social, and political sciences, mathematics, medicine, and all branches of natural and technological sciences anywhere in the world for the public benefit and for the advancement of the education of the public of all ages in the aforesaid subjects in Europe. Invitations are made after a peer group nomination, rigorous scrutiny, and confirmation as to the scholarship and eminence of the individual in their chosen field. Prof Di Giovanni is the first Maltese-based scientist in this association that includes 72 Nobel Laureates, several of whom were elected to the Academia before they received the prize.
"I am delighted for my election to the Academia Europaea, whose broad intellectual base and pan-European spirit I admire," said Professor Di Giovanni. "I am honoured to be invited to join the Academy's list of scholars which is deeply impressive."
Giuseppe Di Giovanni is a Professor at the Department of Physiology and Biochemistry at the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Malta, an Honorary Professor at Cardiff University, Editor-in-Chief of Journal Neuroscience Methods by Elsevier and President of the Mediterranean Neuroscience Society. Professor Di Giovanni is recognized for his work and expertise in neuropsychiatry biology, such as breakthroughs in neurotransmitter (i.e., serotonin, dopamine GABA and cannabinoids) alterations in the pathophysiology of absence epilepsy.