Benedetta Milanini, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow
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Dr. Milanini received her PhD degree from the Catholic University of Rome. Prior to that, she graduated from La Sapienza University of Rome in July 2010 with a degree in Cognitive Neuroscience and Psychological Rehabilitation. Her PhD research focused on the identification of a cognitive screening test that is sensitive to the characteristics of neurocognitive impairment. Benedetta has published a manuscript on the usefulness of the MoCA screening test within the UCSF HIV Over 60 Cohort study in the Journal of AIDS. Benedetta's research continues to focus on cognition in HIV, particularly the issue of cognitive reserve.

Publications: 

Rates of amyloid PET positivity in geriatric HIV.

Alzheimer's & Dementia

Benedetta Milanini, Shireen Javandel, Madeline Hillis, Karen Chen, Joanna Hellmuth, Robert Paul, Kilian M Pohl, Victor Valcour

Mindfulness-based stress reduction for HIV-associated neurocognitive disorder: Rationale and protocol for a randomized controlled trial in older adults.

Contemporary clinical trials

Addington EL, Javandel S, De Gruttola V, Paul R, Milanini B, Ances BM, Moskowitz JT, Valcour V

Frequency and Predictors of HIV-Related Cognitive Impairment in East Africa: The Africa Cohort Study (AFRICOS).

Journal of acquired immune deficiency syndromes (1999)

Milanini B, Allen I, Paul R, Bahemana E, Kiweewa F, Nambuya A, Maswai J, Langat R, Owuoth J, Martin S, Possin K, Esber A, Polyak C, Ake JA, Valcour V

Plasma inflammatory biomarkers link to diffusion tensor imaging metrics in virally suppressed HIV-infected individuals.

AIDS (London, England)

Chang K, Premeaux TA, Cobigo Y, Milanini B, Hellmuth J, Rubin LH, Javandel S, Allen I, Ndhlovu LC, Paul R, Valcour V

Cognitive impairment and cardiovascular disease related to alexithymia in a well-controlled HIV-infected population.

Le infezioni in medicina

Ciccarelli N, Baldonero E, Milanini B, Fabbiani M, Cauda R, Di Giambenedetto S, Silveri MC

Monocyte activation, HIV, and cognitive performance in East Africa.

Journal of neurovirology

Muñoz-Nevárez LA, Imp BM, Eller MA, Kiweewa F, Maswai J, Polyak C, Olwenyi OA, Allen IE, Rono E, Milanini B, Kibuuka H, Ake JA, Eller LA, Valcour VG

Longitudinal brain atrophy patterns and neuropsychological performance in older adults with HIV-associated neurocognitive disorder compared with early Alzheimer's disease.

Neurobiology of aging

Milanini B, Samboju V, Cobigo Y, Paul R, Javandel S, Hellmuth J, Allen I, Miller B, Valcour V

Limitations of the international HIV dementia scale in the current era.

AIDS (London, England)

Milanini B, Paul R, Bahemana E, Adamu Y, Kiweewa F, Langat R, Owuoth J, Allen E, Polyak C, Ake J, Valcour V

A neuropathologic diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease in an older adult with HIV-associated neurocognitive disorder.

Neurocase

Hellmuth J, Milanini B, Masliah E, Tartaglia MC, Dunlop MB, Moore DJ, Javandel S, DeVaughn S, Valcour V

LONGITUDINAL COGNITIVE AND BRAIN VOLUMETRIC CHANGES TO DISTINGUISH ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE FROM HIV ENCEPHALOPATHY IN THOSE WITH HIV OVER AGE 60 YEARS.

Alzheimer's & Dementia

Benedetta Milanini, Vishal Samboju, Yann Cobigo, Isabel Allen, Victor Valcour

Progressive Brain Atrophy Despite Persistent Viral Suppression in HIV Patients Older Than 60 Years.

Journal of acquired immune deficiency syndromes (1999)

Clifford KM, Samboju V, Cobigo Y, Milanini B, Marx GA, Hellmuth JM, Rosen HJ, Kramer JH, Allen IE, Valcour VG

Psychiatric symptom burden in older people living with HIV with and without cognitive impairment: the UCSF HIV over 60 cohort study.

AIDS care

Milanini B, Catella S, Perkovich B, Esmaeili-Firidouni P, Wendelken L, Paul R, Greene M, Ketelle R, Valcour V

White matter hyperintensities correlate to cognition and fiber tract integrity in older adults with HIV.

Journal of neurovirology

Watson C, Busovaca E, Foley JM, Allen IE, Schwarz CG, Jahanshad N, Nir TM, Esmaeili-Firidouni P, Milanini B, Rosen H, Carmichael OT, Thompson PM, Valcour VG

ApoE e4 Is Associated With Cognition, Brain Integrity, and Atrophy in HIV Over Age 60.

Journal of acquired immune deficiency syndromes (1999)

Wendelken LA, Jahanshad N, Rosen HJ, Busovaca E, Allen I, Coppola G, Adams C, Rankin KP, Milanini B, Clifford K, Wojta K, Nir TM, Gutman BA, Thompson PM, Valcour V

Verbal list learning and memory profiles in HIV-infected adults, Alzheimer's disease, and Parkinson's disease: An evaluation of the "cortical hypothesis" of NeuroAIDS.

Applied neuropsychology. Adult

Ciccarelli N, Limiti S, Fabbiani M, Baldonero E, Milanini B, Lamonica S, Cauda R, Di Giambenedetto S, Silveri MC

Neuropsychological screening tools in Italian HIV+ patients: a comparison of Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) and Mini Mental State Examination (MMSE).

The Clinical neuropsychologist

Milanini B, Ciccarelli N, Fabbiani M, Baldonero E, Limiti S, Gagliardini R, Borghetti A, D'Avino A, Mondi A, Colafigli M, Cauda R, Di Giambenedetto S

Cognitive reserve and neuropsychological functioning in older HIV-infected people.

Journal of neurovirology

Milanini B, Ciccarelli N, Fabbiani M, Limiti S, Grima P, Rossetti B, Visconti E, Tamburrini E, Cauda R, Di Giambenedetto S

Antiretroviral neuropenetration scores better correlate with cognitive performance of HIV-infected patients after accounting for drug susceptibility.

Antiviral therapy

Fabbiani M, Grima P, Milanini B, Mondi A, Baldonero E, Ciccarelli N, Cauda R, Silveri MC, De Luca A, Di Giambenedetto S

Baseline CD4(+) T-cell count and cardiovascular risk factors predict the evolution of cognitive performance during 2-year follow-up in HIV-infected patients.

Antiviral therapy

Ciccarelli N, Grima P, Fabbiani M, Baldonero E, Borghetti A, Milanini B, Limiti S, Colafigli M, Tamburrini E, Cauda R, De Luca A, Di Giambenedetto S

Interactions between ageing and NeuroAIDS.

Current opinion in HIV and AIDS

Hellmuth J, Milanini B, Valcour V

The Montreal cognitive assessment to screen for cognitive impairment in HIV patients older than 60 years.

Journal of acquired immune deficiency syndromes (1999)

Milanini B, Wendelken LA, Esmaeili-Firidouni P, Chartier M, Crouch PC, Valcour V