PRESS RELEASE: A NEW BOOK BY WBP CO-FOUNDERS ON SEX AND GENDER DIFFERENCES IN DISEASES OF THE BRAIN AND MIND
Zurich, 29 March 2021 – Una bambina senza testa, a semi-autobiographical book written by neuroscientists Antonella Santuccione Chadha and Maria Teresa Ferretti, is dedicated to the theme of gender difference within the world of mental and neurological diseases. It has just been published by Rome-based Edizioni Mondo Nuovo in Italian.
In the book, we accompany a young doctor who tries to diagnose and treat patients in the most complex field still existing in medicine: diseases of the brain and mind. At the same time, she prepares to welcome her first child into the world.
Una bambina senza testa is an exciting dialogue between two scientist friends who combine theory and clinical experience with real life, offering the reader an original and exciting journey of knowledge: Maria Teresa Ferretti as a researcher with a prestigious career, Antonella Santuccione Chadha in the authoritative role of a medical scientist with a deep knowledge of clinical practice and psychiatry. The two scientists were among the co-founders of the Women’s Brain Project in 2017.
“We tried to explain how diseases of the brain and mind are like all other diseases, where something breaks and stops working, and which therefore deserve attention and care and not stigma or hopelessness,” the authors explain the motivation behind the book.
“Precision medicine will be achieved when the concept of ‘differences’ between patients, which to date continues to divide, will be replaced by the concept of characteristics relating to each of us, making us unique and irreplaceable,” Antonella Santuccione Chadha adds.
The foreword of the book is written by Viviana Kasam.
Antonella’s personal story as a doctor in the psychiatric hospital of the University of Zurich, one of the most famous centres in the world for the study and treatment of diseases of the brain and mind, is intertwined with nine stories freely inspired by clinical cases. The book delves into an issue still distorted by fear, mystery and shame.
“In my narrative, I give voice to those I had the privilege of meeting during my time as a doctor and researcher in psychiatry. You hear from those who, alas, often no longer have a voice. Through these stories, we try to understand together what underlies the diseases of the brain and mind.”
About the Authors:
ANTONELLA SANTUCCIONE CHADHA
Dr. Antonella Santuccione Chadha is a medical doctor with expertise in clinical pathology, neuroscience and psychiatric disorders. She is co-founder and CEO of the non-profit organization Women’s Brain Project which is addressing the influence of sex and gender on mental and brain diseases. She is head of stakeholder engagement for Alzheimer’s disease at Biogen.
MARIA TERESA FERRETTI
After graduating in Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technologies from the University of Cagliari (Italy), Dr Ferretti started a career as a researcher in the field of neurodegeneration, working in England, Switzerland and Canada, where she where she earned a PhD in Pharmacology and Therapy from McGill University of Montreal in 2011. An expert in Alzheimer’s disease and gender medicine, she has been studying the interaction between the immune system and the brain for over ten years. She is currently an external teacher at the Medical University of Vienna and the Chief Scientific Officer of the Women’s Brain Project.
(Edizioni Mondo Nuovo – pp. 160 – € 16,00 – ISBN 9788832115543 – in Italian bookstores and the major online retailers from March 2021 – https://www.edizionimondonuovo.com/prossime-uscite/una-bambina-senza-testa/