Research topics and methodology

Research areas:

Stroke, neurodegenerative diseases (e.g. dementias, Parkinson’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), other movement disorders, inflammatory diseases of the central nervous system (multiple sclerosis), spinal cord disorders, epilepsy, cephalalgy, central nervous system physiology and in particular of motor system, brain plasticity mechanisms.

Research methodologies:

Neurophysiology techniques (EEG, EMG, evoked potentials, TMS-EEG)), non-invasive brain stimulation (TMS, tDCS, vagal stimulation), sonography.

Collaborations with other research centers

  • National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery, Department of Physiology and Pathophysiology of Human Motor Control - Queen Square, London, UK
  • University of Oxford, Department of Experimental Neurology - UK
  • Eberhard-Karls-University, Department of Neurology and Stroke and Hertie Institute for Clinical Brain Research - Tübingen, Germany
  • Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, Spaulding Neuromodulation Center, Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Harvard Medical School - Boston, USA

Laboratories

Laboratory of Neurobiology

Areas of interest: the role of metabolism of metals in (iron and copper in particular) and of oxidative stress in the pathogenesis of main neurodegenerative disorders (Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease).