Francesca Bagnato, M.D., Ph.D.


Francesca BagnatoDr. Bagnato is Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology.

She is a dual European-Board and American-Board Certified Neurologist and specializes in the care of patients with neuroimmunological conditions of the central nervous system. These diseases include multiple sclerosis, neuromyelitis optica, neurosarcoidosis, Susacs sydrome, post-vaccine and post-viral inflammatory illnesses of the brain and the spinal cord, and other conditions.


The main focus of Dr. Bagnato's laboratory is on the use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques as it applies to the study and understanding of multiple sclerosis (MS) and any other autoimmune conditions of the central nervous system (CNS). Dr. Bagnato conducts in vivo and combined imaging-pathological post mortem studies using high (3.0 Tesla) and ultra-high (7.0 Tesla and above) field MRIs.

These studies aim to untangle the complex interplay between inflammation and neurodegeneration in patients with MS and to discover the patho-biological pathways responsible of disability accretion over time.
Dr. Bagnato's research is based upon several National and International collaborations and the combined work of experts in multiple scientific fields.