Department of Life and Environmental Sciences

Enrico Sanna

Dept of Life and Environmental Science, Section of Neuroscience and Anthropology

University of Cagliari



Academic position

Full Professor of Pharmacology (BIO/14)


1983: Master's degree in Biological Science, summa cum laude Univ of Cagliari

1989-1994: Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Univ of Cagliari

Academic and Professional Experience


1985-1988: Visiting Fellow, Biochemical Pharmacology Section, N.H.L.B.I. (N.I.H.), Bethesda, MD, USA

1992-1994: Visiting Fellow, Dept of Pharmacology, Univ of Colorado HSC, Denver, CO, USA

1997-2000: Assistant Professor, Univ of Cagliari

2000-2004: Associate Professor of Pharmacology, Univ of Cagliari

2005: Full Professor of Pharmacology, Univ of Cagliari


Research Fundings

2002: MIUR grant: PRIN 2002053959, PI, 24 months

2004: MIUR grant: PRIN 2004050347, PI, 24 months

2006: MIUR grant: PRIN  2006053873, PI, 24 months

2008: RAS (LR7) grant: RASSR42584, PI, 24 months

2010: RAS (LR7) grant: CRP-26052, PI, 24 months

2018: RAS (LR7) grant: RASSR42584, Coinvestigator, 24 months

2018: Fondazione Banco di Sardegna, Coinvestigator, , 24 months

Prof. Sanna is Associated Editor for Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience (Cellular Neurophysiology) and has acted as reviewer for

many International Journals in the field of Neuropharmacology and Neuroscience.


Member of the Society for Neuroscience, Italian Society of Pharmacology, and Italian Society of Neuropsychopharmacology


Prof. Sanna has been actively working in the field of Neurobiology and Neuropharmacology of the central GABAergic function as a crucial neurochemical factor involved in the action of therapeutically important drugs such as anxiolytics, hypnotics, antiepileptics, and general anesthetics. More recently, he has been also interested in elucidating the role of long-term synaptic plasticity in the interaction between early-life stress and drugs of abuse such as ethanol. In his laboratory he employs mainly electrophysiological (patch-clamp) analysis of excitatory and inhibitory synaptic transmission and plasticity in different subpopulations of nerve cells.

ORCID id: 0000-0002-5725-543X

Peer-reviewed papers: 125          H index: 36         Total citations (Scopus): 4741            (Scopus, Sept 2021)

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