Dr Martino is an internationally acknowledged movement disorders neurologist and clinical researcher. His special area of interest and expertise is in phenotype characterization, endophenotyping and pathomechanisms of basal ganglia-related network disorders, primarily dystonia, tic disorders and Parkinson’s disease. He has made contributions to the definition of environmental influences in the clinical expression and prognosis of tic disorders. He has also contributed to knowledge advances on the role of immune mechanisms in the pathobiology of tic disorders.
As a clinical researcher, his studies spanned across different research modalities, involving morphological magnetic resonance imaging, cognitive psychology, non-invasive stimulation techniques and laboratory techniques related to clinical immunology. This is attested by 130 publications and 3 edited textbooks. Dr. Martino obtained his undergraduate degree in Medicine and post-graduate specialty training from the University of Bari, Italy. He obtained a PhD (Hons., 2008) in Clinical Neurosciences from the same institution. Between 2003 and 2006 he completed a Fellowship in Movement Disorders at the Sobell Department of Motor Neuroscience, Institute of Neurology, University College London.
During this period and throughout his subsequent post-doctoral appointment at the University of Bari, he made important advances to the understanding of the role of immune markers and pathomechanisms in Tourette syndrome and tic disorders, which subsequently led to his coordinating role within the first Italian multicentric (PRIN 2006) and the largest ever European (EMTICS) prospective studies of gene-environment interaction in child/adolescent tic disorders. Between 2012 and 2016 he has been Consultant Neurologist and Hon. Senior Lecturer at the Centre of Excellence for Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders in King’s College London Hospitals/King’s College London, where he has led the clinical and research activities of the centre with respect to dystonia and tic disorders.
Since December 2016 he is the Director of the Movement Disorders Program and Associate Professor at the University of Calgary. He is co-editor with J. Leckman of an influential monography on Tourette syndrome (2013) and has co-edited/co-authored other two volumes on Neuropharmacology of Tourette syndrome and a handbook of movement disorders.