From 1973 to 2017, Giorgio Racagni was Full Professor of Pharmacology at the Department of Pharmacological and Biomolecular Sciences at the University of Milan. He spent three years at the National Institute of Mental Health of Washington D.C. to conduct research in the field of Neuroscience.
His research activity focused on biological activities and the mechanism of action of antidepressant, anxiolytic, antipsychotic and substance abuse drugs; on the study of the mechanisms responsible for neuronal degeneration related to pathologies of the spinal cord and to physiological and pathological brain aging processes (Alzheimer’s disease); on the identification of biological markers for early diagnosis of psychiatric and neurological diseases; on the development of new drugs with innovative action mechanism; on the development of new therapeutic techniques and pathways (guidelines) for the clinical study of psychopharmacological agents in diseases of significant social value.
From 1985 to 2014 Racagni had been the Director of the Neuropharmacology Center of the University of Milan and from 1991 to 1997 the Vice-President of the World Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry (W.F.S.B.P.), then the President of the Società Italiana di Farmacologia (SIF – 2019-2021).
Currently, he is the Vice-President of the Società Italiana di Psichiatria Biologica and he is holding several management positions as a Member for Europe of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, as a Member for Italy at the World Health Organization for studies and research in the field of Mental Health and Neuropsychopharmacology and as a Member of the Board of the Collegium Internationale Neuropsychopharmacologicum (C.I.N.P.).
In 1991 Racagni won the “Anna Monika Prize” for studies on Neurobiology of Depression and the international prize “Korsakoff” of the Soviet Academy of Sciences, for studies in Biological Psychiatry and Neuropsychopharmacology.
He is the author of 475 publications on national and international journals and of 54 books. He coordinated numerous national and international research projects, has organized congresses, workshops and training courses for doctors, pharmacists and health professionals.