Brain computer interfaces (Prof. Battaglini)

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Porf. Piero Paolo Battaglini

Phone: +39 040 558 8601



Piero Paolo Battaglini is full professor of Physiology at the University of Trieste, Department of Life Sciences, since 2000. He was born in Florence on July 14, 1951. He graduated in Medicine and Surgery in 1976 at the University of Catania, then moved to the University of Bologna, where he was assistant in charge until 1980 and then researcher until 1988. He spent a period of time in Baltimore (USA) at Johns Hopkins University. There he learned to teach monkeys to perform motor tasks (eye and arm movements) while recording the electrical activity of single neurons in the visual cortex. In Bologna, he contributed to the discovery and description of new types of neurons (real motion and real position cells), probably involved in the recognition of movement and position of objects in the visual space in spite of eye movement. He also participated in a large neuroanatomical study which contributed to the knowledge of the connections of visual regions of the cerebral cortex.

In 1988 he moved to the University of Trieste, as associate professor. Here he continued to collaborate with the group of Bologna, contributing to the knowledge of the role played by a visual region of the parietal cortex in visually guided movements, in monkeys. Then he started experiments based on electroencephalography and transcranial magnetic stimulation. Main interests lie in the study of neuronal aspects of voluntary movement as cortical correlates of its preparation and execution.

By the translational point of view, these studies aim at the development of new brain machine interfaces and neurofeedback protocols for motor disabled patients. Actually he is also involved in a project aimed at the comprehension of the modified electrical activity in ADHD (Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder syndrome) children and stroke patients and to the development of proper neurofeedback protocols for them.

Professor Battaglini has more than 80 papers published in international scientific journals.

Academic positions (last 5 years):

Full professor of Physiology. Coordinator of OPBA, the ethical committee for animal experimentation of the University of Trieste.



Last update: 05-10-2021 - 21:30