Title: Associate Professor of Physiology (tenured)
Office: Building CU027 – Floor 0 – Room B1-10-11-12
Consulting hours: Monday from 12:00 to 13:00
Phone: (+39) 06 4991 0989
Fax: (+39) 06 4991 0917
I have carried out studies in the field of cognitive neuroscience and clinical neurophysiology using electroencephalography, magnetoencephalography, functional magnetic resonance and magnetic transcranial stimulation techniques to clarify the efficient functional organization of the brain of skilled and healthy people (athletes, musicians) and abnormalities of this functional organization in people with brain disorders. These studies have been financed both by European Community (Seventh Framework Program and H2020) and Italian Government through the Ministry of University and Research (MIUR) and the Ministry of Health. I am coauthor of more than 250 neuroscience articles published in international journals with an anonymous review, impact factor, and registration on MEDLINE (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/PubMed/). They have been developed in the framework of the following Research Lines:
- Research Line 1. Description of neurophysiological mechanisms generating EEG rhythms recorded in quiet wakefulness conditions as an expression of the fluctuation of vigilance in neurological patients with cognitive deficits, young and elderly, with particular interest in HIV and neurodegenerative dementing disorders (e.g. Alzheimer's and Lewy body diseases). The aim is to clarify the functional significance of the frequency and topography of the oscillations of human brain activity in the different neural circuits underling cognitive functions, also evaluating possible clinical applications.
- Research Line 2. Description of neurophysiological mechanisms generating EEG rhythms recorded in human subjects during sensory, cognitive, and motor processes under physiological conditions. The aim is to clarify the functional significance of the frequency and topography of oscillations of human brain activity in different brain circuits underling these processes, as a basis for further investigations in clinical and rehabilitation fields.
- Research Line 3. Description of analogies in neurophysiological mechanisms generating EEG rhythms recorded in human and animal models. The goal is to define EEG biomarkers with translational value for the discovery of new drugs for Alzheimer's disease in preclinical studies.
University Professor in Human Physiology in Courses of Medicine and Surgery and Paramedical Disciplines at Sapienza University of Rome (Italy) from 2013 to date.