The Department of Neurology and Psychiatry of Sapienza University of Rome was born after the Departments of Neurological Sciences and of Psychiatric Sciences and Psychological Medicine merged. Although the name only includes the terms ‘neurology’ and ‘psychiatry’, the new department also includes Neurosurgery, Neuroradiology and Clinical Psychology.

I personally feel that all these disciplines could easily be referred to as Neurosciences insofar as they all deal with the nervous system. However, the psychiatry hardliners insist on including the term ‘Psychiatry’ in the name. It goes without saying that the neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists and medical psychologists disagree, preferring the term ‘Department of Neurosciences’. A good alternative would be ‘Department of the Brain and Mind’, though before any procedure is initiated to change the name of the department, we need to be sure it pleases everybody involved.

Our lively department is the largest mind and brain university department in Europe in terms of both members of staff and students.

It is also deeply committed to research activities, following a long-standing tradition in the field of neurosciences. The driving factor underlying this activity is a spontaneous curiosity to understand how the brain works and the pathophysiology of its diseases. The website contains a list of every work that has been published by our Department, collected in large files each covering a two-year period, as well as the names of the researchers, their CVs and direct links to their publications.

Our teaching activity spans a wide range of subjects: we have tried to describe the numerous degree courses every member of staff is involved in. As physicians, we obviously also treat patients: you will find a summary of the various forms of clinical assistance we provide and a series of links to the numerous services and wards.