"Lino Rossi"

Research Center

for the study and prevention of the unexpected perinatal death and the sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)


The Publisher MDPI in collaboration with the “Lino Rossi” Research Center has launched two Special Issues:

  1. a Special Issue of the Journal Diagnostics (ISSN 2075-4418)
    Title: "Autopsy for Medical Diagnostics"
    Editors: Giulia Ottaviani, Anna Maria Lavezzi and Simone Gusmao Ramos
    Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2021.

  1. a Special Issue of the Journal International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601)
    Title: "Advances in the Knowledge of the Relationship between Maternal Exposures to Environmental Risk Factors and Altered Development of the Fetal Brain"
    Editors: Anna M. Lavezzi, Malarvannan Govindan
    Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2021.

The rationale for both the Special Issues and the procedures of submission are available on the respective sites. Authors are encouraged to submit original research articles, review articles as well as short communications aimed at widening the current knowledge on the listed topics.

The ASN Neuro Journal has launched a Special Collection on “Updates on the Neural Mechanisms Underlying Breathing Control

Guest Editor: Anna Maria Lavezzi

Deadline for manuscript submissions: March 31, 2021.

Goals of this special collection are twofold: 1) collect new approaches aimed at widening the current knowledge on the neurological mechanism of the eupneic breathing control and 2) investigate the neuropathology of sleep-related syndromes, such as OSAS and SIDS, which in most cases occurs in the awakening phase.

Authors are encouraged to submit original research papers, review articles and / or short contributions illustrating new findings related to one of the objectives listed above. Articles that do not properly fall within the specific objectives of this special collection will also be considered.

A Research Topic titled “Updates on the Neuropathology of Sudden Unexplained Perinatal Death and other Neurodevelopmental Disorders edited by Anna Maria Lavezzi, of the Milan University (IT), Ana Paula Abdala of the Bristol University (UK) and William Fifer of the Columbia University of New York (USA) has been launched by Frontiers. It is now live in Frontiers in Neurology - Pediatric Neurology. The rationale for this Research Topic and the procedures of submission are available here.

Expert authors are encouraged to submit Original Research Articles aimed to widen the current knowledge on the neuropathological substrates of the mentioned pathologies. Submissions of Hypotheses, Theories, Opinions and General Commentaries also will be welcome. Manuscripts indirectly related to the specific aims of the Research Topic will be considered as well.

The submission deadline for manuscripts is: 11 October 2020 (possibility of extension to 27 February 20 21) .

Toxics (ISSN 2305-6304) has published the Special Issue "Prenatal Exposure to Toxics and Risks in Infants", edited by Anna M. Lavezzi and Hui Chen.

The aim of this Special Issue was to collect original research articles aimed at widening the current knowledge on this field and in particular to highlight:

  1. which exogenous risk factors are able to alter so seriously the intrauterine environment to cause troubles in infancy;

  2. which diseases in the first years of life can be recognized as being of intrauterine origin as a consequence of prenatal exposure to toxics.

The contributions published in the Research Topic "New approaches to the pathogenesis of Sudden Intrauterine Unexplained Death and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome", edited by Anna M. Lavezzi and Conrad E. Johanson, in collaboration with Frontiers in Neurology, now appear in a special eBook available for download on Frontiers.

The articles have been subdivided in two sections: 1) Original hypotheses; 2) Guidelines.

Latest publications

  • Substantia Nigra abnormalities provide new insight on the neural mechanisms underlying the sleep-arousal phase dysfunctions in SIDS

  • Altered expression of nicotinic receptors in perinatal life related to prenatal exposure to toxics—An overview of the research carried out on this topic at the “Lino Rossi” Research Center of the Milan University.

  • Sudden intrauterine unexplained death: time to adopt uniform postmortem investigative guidelines?

  • Massive amniotic fluid aspiration in a case of sudden neonatal death with severe hypoplasia of the retrotrapezoid/parafacial respiratory group.

  • Neuropathology of early Sudden Infant Death Syndrome – Hypoplasia of the pontine Kölliker-Fuse nucleus: a possible marker of unexpected collapse during Skin-to-Skin Care.

  • Variability of the medullary arcuate nucleus in humans.

  • Toxic Effect of Cigarette Smoke on Brainstem Nicotinic Receptor Expression: Primary Cause of Sudden Unexplained Perinatal Death.

  • Pathobiological expression of the brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in cerebellar cortex of sudden fetal and infant death victims.

  • EBook: “New Approaches to the Pathogenesis of Sudden Intrauterine Unexplained Death and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome”.

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