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Prof. Charles Scerri
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Prof. Charles Scerri

Prof. Charles Scerri


Associate Professor
Faculty of Medicine & Surgery
Room 135
Pharmacy Building
University of Malta
contact+356 2340 2905

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Charles Scerri is a Ph.D. graduate from the University of Dundee in Scotland and lectures neuropharmacology at the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, University of Malta. He is the co-founder and general secretary of the Malta Dementia Society, Honorary Secretary of Alzheimer Europe and member of the Mediterranean Alzheimer Alliance. He is also a member of the Alzheimer's Association International Society to Advance Alzheimer's Research and Treatment (ISTAART), the EU Joint Progamme for Neurodegenerative Diseases (JPND) Scientific Advisory Board and Early Detection and Timely Intervention in Dementia Group (INTERDEM). In 2009, he was appointed to Chair the Malta Dementia Strategy Group with the aim of devising a series of recommendations that would provide a strategic framework in order to deliver quality improvements in the management and care of dementia in the Maltese Islands. In July of 2013, he was appointed as the National Focal Point on Dementia to advise the Maltese government on measurements that need to be adopted to make dementia a national healthcare priority. Other academic involvement includes expert evaluator for FP-7 and Horizons 2020, invited talks to international conferences on dementia and journal reviewer to various peer-reviewed publications. Amongst his recent publications is the national dementia strategy document 'Empowering change: A National Strategy for Dementia in the Maltese Islands (2015-2023)' and the edited book 'Population Ageing in Malta: Multidisciplinary Perspectives'

Research Interests & Publications

Research Interests

  • Neuropharmacology
  • Neuropathology

Selected Publications

Zerafa, N. & Scerri, C. 2016, "Knowledge and pharmacological management of Alzheimer's disease by managing community pharmacists: a nationwide study", International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy, vol. 38, pp. 1416-1424.

Scerri, A., Innes, A. & Scerri, C. 2015, "Discovering what works well: exploring quality dementia care in hospital wards using an appreciative inquiry approach", Journal of Clinical Nursing, vol. 24, no. 13-14, pp. 1916-1925.

Caruana-Pulpan, O. & Scerri, C. 2014, "Practices in diagnosis, disclosure and pharmacotherapeutic management of dementia by general practitioners - a national survey", Aging & Mental Health, vol. 18, pp. 179-186.

Scerri, A. & Scerri, C. 2013, "Nursing students' knowledge and attitudes towards dementia - A questionnaire survey", Nurse Education Today, vol. 33, pp. 962-968.

Vassallo, N. & Scerri, C. 2013, "Mediterranean diet and dementia of the Alzheimer type", Current Aging Science, , pp. 150-162.

Caruana, M., Neuner, J., Hogen, T., Schmidt, F., Kamp, F., Scerri, C., Giese, A. & Vassallo, N. 2012, "Polyphenolic compounds are novel neuroprotective agents against lipid membrane damage by ?-synuclein in vitro", Biochimica et Biophysica Acta, vol. 1818, pp. 2502-2510.

Scerri, C., Stewart, C., Balfour, D.J.K. & Breen, K. 2012, "Nicotine modifies in vivo and in vitro rat hippocampal amyloid precursor protein processing in young but not old rats", Neuroscience Letters, vol. 514, pp. 22-26.

Gauci, A.J., Caruana, M., Giese, A., Scerri, C. & Vassallo, N. 2011, "Identification of polyphenolic compounds and black tea extract as potent inhibitors of lipid membrane destabilization by Abeta42 aggregates", Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, vol. 27, pp. 767-779.

Innes, A., Abela, S. & Scerri, C. 2011, "The organisation of dementia care by families in Malta: the experiences of family caregivers", Dementia, vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 165-184.

Scerri, C., Stewart, C.A., Breen, K. & Balfour, D.J.K. 2006, "The effects of chronic nicotine on spatial learning and bromodeoxyuridine incorportation into the dentate gyrus of the rat", Psychopharmacology, vol. 184, pp. 540-546.


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