Dr Valentina Leta

Clinical Research Fellow

Dr. Valentina Leta is a Clinical Research Fellow to Professor Chaudhuri at King’s College London and the National Parkinson Foundation International Centre of Excellence, King’s College, London. She is interested in both motor and non-motor aspects of movement disorders, with a focus on autonomic dysfunction in Parkinson’s disease. Her previous research was focused on biomarkers in movement disorders including the role of skin biopsy in the diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease.

She successfully graduated in Medicine at the University of Bologna (Italy) in 2013 with an awarded thesis entitled ‘Skin nerve α-synuclein deposits: a biomarker for idiopathic Parkinson disease’. She started her training as a Neurologist at the University of Milan (Italy) and she is currently completing it at King’s College. She is planning to do a PhD under the supervision of Professor Chaudhuri. Valentina is also a member of the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society (IPMDS) and one of the coordinators of the IPMDS Non-motor study group.


  • MD (Italy)
  • Resident in Neurology

Core expertise:

  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Non-motor symptoms
  • Skin biopsy
  • Movement disorders
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Trials (commercial and non-commercial)


Publication list:

Invernizzi A, Acquistapace A, Bochicchio S, Resnati C, Rusconi S, Ferrari M, Leta V, Pomati S, Klistorner A, Mccluskey P, Staurenghi G, Riva A. Correlation between inner retinal layer thickness and cognitive function in HIV: new insights from an exploratory study. AIDS. 2018 Jul 17;32(11):1485-1490.

Donadio V, Liguori R, Vandi S, Pizza F, Dauvilliers Y, Leta V, Giannoccaro MP, Baruzzi A, Plazzi G. Lower wake resting sympathetic and cardiovascular activities in narcolepsy with cataplexy. Neurology. 2014 Sep 16;83(12):1080-6.

Donadio V, Incensi A, Leta V, Giannoccaro MP, Scaglione C, Martinelli P, Capellari S, Avoni P, Baruzzi A, Liguori R. Skin nerve α-synuclein deposits: a biomarker for idiopathic Parkinson disease. Neurology. 2014 Apr 15;82(15):1362-9.

Donadio V, Liguori R, Vandi S, Giannoccaro MP, Pizza F, Leta V, Plazzi G. Sympathetic and cardiovascular changes during sleep in narcolepsy with cataplexy patients. Sleep Med. 2014 Mar;15(3):315-21.

Di Vito L, de Biase D, Pession A, Visani M, Liguori R, Zambito Marsala S, Leta V, De Carolis P, Donadio V. Brachial amyotrophic diplegia associated with the a140a superoxide dismutase 1 mutation. Neurogenetics. 2013 Nov;14(3-4):255-6.