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Dr Marco Catani  MRCPsych
Senior lecturer
Consultant Psychiatrist (Maudsley Hospital)
Head of the Natbrainlab (

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United Kingdom, SE5 8AF

location Main Wing
departmentsForensic and Neurodevelopmental Science
alsoBrain Maturation


Recipient of Norman Geschwind Prize in Behavioural Neurology 2012 (American Academy of Neurology)

Human Brain Mapping Organization - Member of the Programme Committee 2011-13 (

Neuroanatomy and Tractography Workshop - Organiser (

International School of Clinical Neuroanatomy - Chair (

Erasmus/Socrates European Program - Coordinator

Cortex journal - Associate Editor and Editor of Clinical Neuroanatomy Section (

teaching activities

Neuroscience » Masters (MSc)
Psychology » BSc (Intercalated)
Neuroimaging » Masters (MSc)



Catani M and Thiebaut de Schotten M.
Atlas of Human Brain Connections, Oxford University Press, 2012.

Catani M and Dell’Acqua F. In vivo mapping of white matter pathways with diffusion based tractography: focus on neurosurgical applications.
In Brain Mapping. Editor Hugues Duffau. Springer, 2012.

Catani M. The Functional Anatomy of White Matter: From Postmortem Dissections to In Vivo Virtual Tractography.
In: Textbook of Diffusion MRI. Editor DK Jones. Oxford University Press, 2010.

Catani M, Stephanie Forkel, Thiebaut de Schotten M. Asymmetry of human brain pathways.
In: The two halves of the brain: Information processing in the cerebral hemispheres. Editor: Kenneth Hugdahl and René Westerhausen, MIT Press 2010.

Catani M. The connectional anatomy of language: recent contributions from diffusion tensor tractography
In: Diffusion MRI: From quantitative measurement to in-vivo neuroanatomy.
Editors: Heidi Johansen-Berg and Timothy Behrens, Academic Press 2009.

Catani M. (front cover image).
In Gray’s anatomy, 40th ed., Standring S. (Editor-in-Chief); Elsevier 2008

Catani M and Mesulam MM (Guest Editors)
Disconnection syndromes, Elsevier (Cortex Special Issue) 2008

Mecocci P, Catani M, Senin U.
Vascular dementia. In Dementia, Trabucchi M (Editor) (III ed.) UTET, 2002


h-index=28; total citations (2002-12): 3490; average citation per article 62.

Catani M, Bode Istvan, Dell’Acqua F. Comment on “The Geometric Structure of the Brain Fiber Pathways”. Science 2012; 337(6102):1-2 (IF=31.2)

Catani M, Dell’acqua F, Bizzi A, Forkel SJ, Williams SC, Simmons A, Murphy DG, Thiebaut de Schotten M. Beyond cortical localisation in clinico-anatomical correlation. Cortex. 2012 (in press). (IF=6.1)

Dell’acqua F, Simmons A, Williams SC, Catani M. Can spherical deconvolution provide more information than fiber orientations? Hindrance modulated orientational anisotropy, a true-tract specific index to characterize white matter diffusion. Hum Brain Mapp 2012 (in press). (IF=5.9)

Dell’acqua F, Catani M. Structural human brain networks: hot topics in diffusion tractography. Curr Opin Neurol 2012; 25(4):375-83. (IF=4.9)

Rosenzweig I, Vukadinovic Z, Perucca E, Turner AJ, Catani M. Neuroconnectivity and valproic acid: the myelin hypothesis. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews 2012; 36(8):1848-56. (IF=8.6)

Sarkar S, Craig MC, Catani M, Dell’acqua F, Fahy T, Deeley Q, Murphy DG. Frontotemporal white-matter microstructural abnormalities in adolescents with conduct disorder: a diffusion tensor imaging study. Psychol Med. 2012 (in press). (IF=5.1)

Jordan I, Robertson D, Catani M, Craig M, Murphy D. Aripiprazole in the treatment of challenging behaviour in adults with autism spectrum disorder. Psychopharmacology 2012; 223(3):357-60. (IF=4.1)

Ecker C, Suckling J, Deoni SC, Lombardo MV, Bullmore ET, Baron-Cohen S, Catani M, Jezzard P, Barnes A, Bailey AJ, Williams SC, Murphy DG; MRC AIMS Consortium. Brain anatomy and its relationship to behavior in adults with autism spectrum disorder: a multicenter magnetic resonance imaging study. Arch Gen Psychiatry, 2012; 69(2):195-209. (IF=12)

Catani M, Dell’acqua F, Vergani F, Malik F, Hodge H, Roy P, Valabregue R, Thiebaut de Schotten M. Short frontal lobe connections of the human brain. Cortex 2012; 48(2):273-91. (IF=6.1)

Anderson EJ, Jones DK, O’Gorman RL, Leemans A, Catani M, Husain M. Cortical network for gaze control in humans revealed using multimodal MRI. Cereb Cortex 2012; 22(4):765-75. (IF=6.5)

Catani M, Stuss DT. At the forefront of clinical neuroscience. Cortex. 2012; 48(1):1-6. (IF=6.1)

Thiebaut de Schotten M, Dell’Acqua F, Valabregue R, Catani M. Monkey to human comparative anatomy of the frontal lobe association tracts. Cortex 2012; 48(1):82-96. (IF=6.1)

Catani M, Craig MC, Forkel SJ, Kanaan R, Picchioni M, Toulopoulou T, Shergill S, Williams S, Murphy DG, McGuire P. Altered integrity of perisylvian language pathways in schizophrenia: relationship to auditory hallucinations. Biol Psychiatry 2011; 70(12):1143-50. (IF=8.3)

Thiebaut de Schotten M, Dell’Acqua F, Forkel S, Simmons A, Murphy DG, Catani M. A Lateralized Brain Network for Visuospatial Attention. Nat Neurosci 2011, 14: 1245-6. (IF=15.5)

Catani M. John Hughlings Jackson and the clinico-anatomical correlation method. Cortex 2011; 47: 905-7. (IF=6.1)

Blain CR, Brunton S, Williams VC, Leemans A, Turner MR, Andersen PM, Catani M, Stanton BR, Ganesalingham J, Jones DK, Williams SC, Leigh PN, Simmons A. Differential corticospinal tract degeneration in homozygous ’D90A’ SOD-1 ALS and sporadic ALS. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry 2011 (82(8):843-9). (IF=4.7)
Thiebaut de Schotten M, ffytche DH, Bizzi A, Dell’Acqua F, Allin M, Walshe M, Murray R, Williams SC, Murphy DG, Catani M. Atlasing location, asymmetry and inter-subject variability of white matter tracts in the human brain with MR diffusion tractography. Neuroimage. 2011 54:49-59. (IF=5.9)

ffytche DH, Blom JD, Catani M. Disorders of visual perception. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry 2010; 81:1280-7. (IF=4.7)

Radua J, Via E, Catani M, Mataix-Cols D.Voxel-based meta-analysis of regional white-matter volume differences in autism spectrum disorder versus healthy controls. Psychol Med. 2011; 41:1539-50. (IF=5.1)

Dell’Acqua F, Scifo P, Rizzo G, Catani M, Simmons A, Scotti G, Fazio F. A modified damped Richardson-Lucy algorithm to reduce isotropic background effects in spherical deconvolution. Neuroimage 2010; 49:1446-1458. (IF=5.9)

Catani M, ffytche D. New Section: Cortex clinical Neuroanatomy Cortex 2010; 46:1. (IF=6.1)

Kanaan RA, Borgwardt S, McGuire PK, Craig MC, Murphy DG, Picchioni M, Shergill SS, Jones DK, Catani M. Biol Psychiatry 2009; 66:1067-9. (IF=8.3)

Catani M, ffytche D. On ‘the study of the nervous system and behaviour’. Cortex 2010; 46:106-109. (IF=6.1)

Craig M, Catani M, Deeley Q, Latham R, Kanaan R, Picchioni M, McGuire P, Murphy D. Altered connections on the road to psychopathy. Mol Psychiatry 2009 Oct;14(10):946-53. (IF=13.6)

Pugliese L, Catani M, Ameis S, Dell’Acqua F, Thiebaut de Schotten M, Murphy C, Robertson D, Deeley Q, Daly E, Murphy DGM. The anatomy of extended limbic pathways in Asperger syndrome: a preliminary diffusion tensor imaging tractography study. Neuroimage 2009; 47:427-34. (IF=5.9)

Kontis D, Catani M, Cuddy M, Walshe M, Nosarti C, Jones D, Wyatt J, Murray R, Allin M. Diffusion tensor MRI of the corpus callosum and cognitive function in adults born preterm. Neuroreport 2009; 20:424-428. (IF=1.6)

Stanton B, Shinmar D, Turner MR, Williams VC, Williams SCR, Blain CRV, Giampietro VP, Catani M, Leigh PN, Andersen PM, Simmons A. Diffusion Tensor Imaging in Sporadic and Familial (D90A SOD1) Forms of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. Archives of Neurology 2009; 66:109-115. (IF=7.5)

Catani M, Jones D, Daly E, Deeley Q, Embiricos N, Pugliese L, Curran S, Robertson D, Murphy DGM. Altered cerebellar feedback projections in Asperger syndrome. Neuroimage 2008; 41:1184-91. (IF=5.9)

Lamar M, Catani M, Price CC, Heilman K, Libon D. The impact of region-specific leukoaraiosis on working memory deficits in dementia. Neuropsychologia. 2008; 46:2597-601. (IF=3.6)

Catani M, Mesulam MM. The arcuate fasciculus and the disconnection theme in language and aphasia: history and current state. Cortex 2008; 44:953-961. (IF=6.1)

Ciccarelli O, Catani M, Johansen-Berg H, Clark C, Thompson A Di?usion-based tractography in neurological disorders: concepts, applications, and future developments. Lancet Neurology 2008; 7:715-727. (IF=23.4)

Catani M, Thiebaut de Schotten M. A diffusion tensor imaging tractography atlas for in vivo dissections. Cortex 2008; 44:1105-1132. (IF=6.1)

Catani M, Mesulam MM. What is a disconnection syndrome? Cortex 2008; 44:911-913. (IF=6.1)

Urbanski M, Thiebaut De Schotten M, Rodrigo S, Catani M, Oppenheim C, Touze E, Chokron S, Meder JF, Levy R, Dubois B, Bartolomeo P. Brain networks of spatial awareness: Evidence from diffusion tensor imaging tractography. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry 2008; 79:598-601. (IF=4.7)

Catani M, Allin PGA, Husain M, Pugliese L, Mesulam MM, Murray RM, Jones DK. Symmetries in human brain pathways predict verbal recall. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 2007; 104:17163-8. (IF=9.6)
Deoni SC, Catani M. Visualization of the deep cerebellar nuclei using quantitative T(1) and rho magnetic resonance imaging at 3 Tesla. Neuroimage 2007; 37:1260-1266. (IF=5.9)

Catani M, Howells R. Risks and pitfalls for the management of re-feeding syndrome in psychiatric patients. Psych Bull 2007; 31: 209-211.

Catani M. From hodology to function. Brain 2007; 130:602-605. (IF=9.5)

Catani M. Diffusion tensor magnetic resonance imaging tractography in cognitive disorders. Curr Opin Neurol 2006; 19:599-606. (IF=4.9)

Campbell LE, Daly E, Toal F, Stevens A, Azuma R, Catani M, Ng V, van Amelsvoort T, Chitnis X, Cutter W, Murphy DG, Murphy KC. Brain and behaviour in children with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome: a volumetric and voxel-based morphometry MRI study. Brain 2006;129:1218-28. (IF=9.5)

Jones DK, Catani M, Pierpaoli C, Reeves SJC, Shergill SS, O’Sullivan M, Malley JD, MacGuire P, Horsfield MA, Simmons A, Williams SCR, Howard RJ. Age effects on diffusion tensor magnetic resonance imaging tractography measures of frontal cortex connections in schizophrenia. Hum Brain Mapp 2006;27:230-8. (IF=5.9)

Kanaan RA, Shergill SS, Barker GJ, Catani M, Ng VW, Howard R, McGuire PK, Jones DK.Tract-specific anisotropy measurements in diffusion tensor imaging. Psychiatry Res 2006;146:73-82. (IF=2.5)

Jones DK, Catani M, Pierpaoli C, Reeves SJC, Shergill SS, O’Sullivan M, Malley JD, MacGuire P, Horsfield MA, Simmons A, Williams SCR, Howard RJ. A diffusion tensor magnetic resonance imaging study of frontal cortex connections in very late-onset schizophrenia-like psychosis. Am J Geriatr Psych 2005;13:1092-9. (IF=3.6)

Pedone C, Ercolani S, Catani M, Maggio D, Ruggiero C, Quartesan R, Senin U, Mecocci P, Cherubini A. Elderly Patients With Cognitive Impairment Have a High Risk for Functional Decline During Hospitalization: The GIFA Study. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci 2005;60:1576-80. (IF=4.6)

Catani M, ffytche D. The rise and fall of disconnection syndromes. Brain 2005;128:2224-39. (IF=9.5)

ffytche DH, Catani M. Beyond localisation: from hodology to function. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci 2005;360:767-779. (IF=6.4)

Catani M, Jones DK, ffytche DH. Perisylvian language networks of the human brain. Ann Neurol 2005;57:8-16. (IF=11.1)

Catani M, Piccirilli M, Geloso MC, Cherubini A, Finali G, Pelliccioli GP, Senin U, Mecocci P. Rapidly progressive aphasic dementia with motor neuron disease: a distinctive clinical entity. Dement Geriatr Cogn Disord 2004;17:21-28. (IF=2.1)

Catani M, Jones DK, Donato R, ffytche DH. Occipito-temporal connections in the human brain. Brain 2003;126:2093-107. (IF=9.5)

Catani M, Piccirilli M, Cherubini A, Tarducci R, Sciarma T, Gobbi G, Pelliccioli G, Petrillo SM, Senin U, Mecocci P. Axonal injury within language network in primary progressive aphasia. Ann Neurol 2003;53:242-7. (IF=11.1)

Ingegni T, Nocentini G, Mariani E, Spazzafumo L, Polidori MC, Cherubini A, Catani M, Cadini D, Senin U, Mecocci P. Cathepsin D polymorphism in Italian elderly subjects with sporadic late-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Dement Geriatr Cogn Disord 2003;16:151-5. (IF=2.1)

Rinaldi P, Polidori MC, Metastasio A, Mariani E, Mattioli P, Cherubini A, Catani M, Cecchetti R, Senin U, Mecocci P. Plasma antioxidants are similarly depleted in mild cognitive impairment and in Alzheimer’s disease. Neurobiol Aging 2003;24:915-9. (IF=6.2)

Maggio D, Barabani M, Pierandrei M, Polidori MC, Catani M, Mecocci P, Senin U, Pacifici R, Cherubini A. Marked decrease in plasma antioxidants in aged osteoporotic women: results of a cross-sectional study. J Clin Endocrinol Metab 2003; 88:1523-7. (IF=5.9)

Rinaldi P, Mecocci P, Benedetti C, Ercolani S, Bregnocchi M, Menculini G, Catani M, Senin U, Cherubini A. Validation of the five-item geriatric depression scale in elderly subjects in three different settings. J Am Geriatr Soc 2003;51:694-8. (IF=1.6)

Catani M, Howard RJ, Pajevic S, Jones DK. Virtual in vivo interactive dissection of white matter fasciculi in the human brain. Neuroimage 2002;17:77-94. (IF=5.9)

Mecocci P, Polidori MC, Cherubini A, Ingegni T, Mattioli P, Catani M, Rinaldi P, Cecchetti R, Stahl W, Senin U, Beal MF. Lymphocyte oxidative DNA damage and plasma antioxidants in Alzheimer disease. Arch Neurol 2002;59:794-8. (IF=7.5)

Jones DK, Griffin LD, Alexander DC, Catani M, Horsfield MA, Howard R, Williams SC. Spatial normalization and averaging of diffusion tensor MRI data sets. Neuroimage 2002;17:592-617. (IF=5.9)

Catani M, Mecocci P, Tarducci R, Howard R, Pelliccioli GP, Mariani E, Metastasio A, Benedetti C, Senin U, Cherubini A. Proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy reveals similar white matter biochemical changes in patients with chronic hypertension and early Alzheimer’s disease. J Am Geriatr Soc 2002; 50:1707-10. (IF=3.7)

Catani M, Cherubini A, Howard R, Tarducci R, Pelliccioli GP, Piccirilli M, Gobbi G, Senin U, Mecocci P. (1)H-MR spectroscopy differentiates mild cognitive impairment from normal brain aging. Neuroreport 2001; 12:2315-7. (IF=1.6)

Catani M, Cherubini A, Tarducci R, Polidori MC, Piccirilli M, Gobbi G, Pelliccioli GP, Senin U, Mecocci P. The brain of the elderly between normality and pathology: Techniques and technologies for the evaluation. Arch Gerontol Geriatr 2001;33:77-80. (IF=1.4)

Polidori MC, Pelliccioli G, Catani M, Finali G, Senin U, Mecocci P. Superficial siderosis of the central nervous system: a 70-year-old man with ataxia, depression and visual deficits. Gerontology 2001; 47:93-5. (IF=2.7)

last updated: Monday, October 08, 2012