Carlo Miniussi

Direttore

Centro Interdipartimentale Mente/Cervello - CIMeC


Professore ordinario

Dipartimento di Psicologia e Scienze Cognitive

Area CUN: Scienze biologiche (05)
Settore scientifico disciplinare: FISIOLOGIA (BIO/09)

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carlo.miniussi[at]unitn [dot] it
Formazione

1999 February 19th. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Neuroscience “Dottorato di ricerca”. University of Verona, School of Medicine, Verona, Italy.
1994 July 6th. Master of Science degree (MSc) in Experimental Psychology "Laurea specialistica ora magistrale", University of Padua, School of Psychology, Padua, Italy. Bachelor degree (first degree, undergraduate degree) in Psychology University of Padua, School of Psychology, Padua, Italy.

Carriera accademica ed attività didattica

Work - Research experience - present

  • 2016 October 1stpresent. Director Center for Mind/Brain Sciences – CIMeC, University of Trento, Rovereto TN Italy. http://web.unitn.it/en/cimec/11761/the-director
  • 2016 June 1stpresent. Full Professor of Physiology: Human Neurophysiology (SSD BIO/09; 05/D). Center for Mind/Brain Sciences – CIMeC & Department of Psychology and Cognitive Sciences, University of Trento, Rovereto TN Italy. http://web.unitn.it/en/cimec
  • 2016 June 1stpresent. Head of Transcranical Brain Stimulation (TBS) lab at the CIMeC Functional Neuroimaging Laboratories, Via delle Regole 101 – 38123, Mattarello TN Italy. https://wiki.cimec.unitn.it/tiki-index.php?page=LnifTMSLab
  • 2016 September–present. Member of the PhD course in “Cognitive and Brain Sciences” Univerity of Trento, Rovereto TN Italy.
  • 2016 February–present. Visiting Professor, School of Psychology, Faculty of Science, Sydney University, Sydney, Australia.
  • 2011 July–present. Research Associate of the Neuroenhancement for Inequalities in Elder Lives NIEL Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience, Dublin, Ireland. http://www.tcd.ie/Neuroscience/niel/people/
  • 2000 February 1stpresent. Head of the Cognitive Neuroscience Section. Translational research fellowship from the Italian Health Ministry. The Saint John of God Clinical Research Centre – IRCCS Centro San Giovanni di Dio Fatebenefratelli, Via Pilastroni 4 - 25125, Brescia. http://www.cognitiveneuroscience.it

Work - Research experience - past

  • 2015 September–2017 February. Member of the Group of Experts of Evaluation (GEV) of Research Quality (VQR) for the Biological area 05 - 2011-2014; Italian National Agency for the Evaluation of Universities and Research Institutes (ANVUR), Rome Italy. http://www.anvur.org
  • 2014 November– 2016 October. Member of the PhD course in “Psychology, Linguistics and Cognitive Neuroscience” and “Neuroscience” Bicocca University, Milan Italy.
  • 2013 November – 2015 October. President of the Italian Society of Psychophysiology (President elected 2011–2013; President 2013–2015; past President 2015–2017).
  • 2013 June – 2016 May. Full Professor of Physiology: Human Neurophysiology. Neuroscience Section, Department of Clinical and Experimental Sciences, School of Medicine. University of Brescia, Brescia Italy.
  • 2012 July – 2012 November. Research Affiliate, Faculty of Science, Sydney University, Sydney Australia.
  • 2011 October – 2012 April. Visiting Professor, School of Psychology Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience, Dublin Ireland.
  • 2009 October – 2011 October. Board Member as Auditor of the Italian Society of Psychophysiology.
  • 2008 January – 2015 December. Long term collaborator Faculty Member, Sector of Cognitive Neuroscience, International School for Advanced Studies (ISAS/SISSA), Trieste Italy. http://www.sissa.it/cns/people.html.
  • 2008 January – 2013 December. Member of the National Institute of Neuroscience (INN), a consortium formed by a number of neuroscience research university centres, Italy.
  • 2007 September – 2015 December. Member of the Ethical Committee of the International School for Advanced Studies, SISSA, Trieste Italy.
  • 2005 March – 2013 May. Associate Professor of Human Physiology, Neurophysiology, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Biotechnologies, Physiology Section, School of Medicine, University of Brescia, Brescia Italy.
  • 2005 January – 2015 February. Coordinator for the “Psychologists Internship”, at The Saint John of God hospital and Clinical Research Centre – IRCCS Centro San Giovanni di Dio Fatebenefratelli, Brescia Italy.
  • 2002 January – 2005 February. Coordinator of a full research line “Neuropsycophysiology” at The Saint John of God Clinical Research Centre – IRCCS Centro San Giovanni di Dio Fatebenefratelli, Brescia Italy.
  • 2001 November – 2005 February. Aggregate Professor of Neurophysiology, School of Medicine, University of Brescia, Brescia Italy.
  • 2001 January – 2008 February. Head of the Neuropsychology laboratory, The Saint John of God Clinical Research Centre – IRCCS Centro San Giovanni di Dio Fatebenefratelli, Brescia Italy.
  • 2000 January – 2013 December. Associate Member of the Department of Neurological, Neuropsychological Morphological and Motor Sciences, Physiology Section, School of Medicine, University of Verona, Verona Italy.
  • 2000 February –present. Head of the Neuophysiology lab. The Saint John of God Clinical Research Centre – IRCCS Centro San Giovanni di Dio Fatebenefratelli, Brescia Italy.
  • 1997 November – 2000 January. Research Associate and Postdoctoral Research Associate, Brain & Cognition Laboratory, Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford, Oxford United Kingdom.
  • 1994 November – 1997 October. PhD student with fellowship, Department of Neurological Sciences and Vision, Human Physiology Section, School of Medicine, University of Verona, Verona Italy.
  • 1993 March – 1994 October. Internship, Department of Neurological Sciences and Vision, Human Physiology Section, School of Medicine, University of Verona, Verona Italy.

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Interessi di ricerca

The core of Carlo Miniussi present activity is driven by the goal to understand if cortical plasticity can be induced and manipulated by means of non-invasive brain stimulation in healthy and pathological adult brains, to understand what is the relation between induced synaptic plasticity and cognitive plasticity, and how cognitive plasticity can be sustained by the activity of a “functional neuronal network”

The objective of this line of research is to provide an updated overview of what we know about the theoretical models on neurostimulation and neuromodulation techniques (i.e., TMS, transcranial magnetic stimulation and tES, transcranial electrical stimulation), in a more accurate and unitary way. In recent years, there has been a considerable progress in the practical use of these methodologies. Nevertheless, given the complexity and the non-linearity of the effects induced by these techniques, to date, this experimental effort has not been accompanied by a substantial understanding of their mechanisms of action. This understanding will allow us to highlight the basic theoretical (neurophysiological) aspects that must be considered in future researches in this field. We systematically study how the modification of some parameters leads to a change in the outcomes, based on the theoretical “network-activity-dependent model”. The idea is that the activity of the system, the state of the network involved in the task and the stimulation parameters will produce a specific result.

The final goal of this research line is to reach a more conscious application of these techniques, both for the study of the main brain functions and for improving the outcomes of rehabilitative approaches in patients with neurodegenerative or psychiatric diseases.

Attività di ricerca

Carlo Miniussi is an expert in the study of cognitive functions and in the use of electroencephalography and non-invasive brain stimulation techniques to explore and understand the neural systems that support cognitive functions in the human brain. He has extensive experience in the development and application of behavioural and cognitive paradigms, specifically in the area of attention and memory. He has also practical working experience with multiple neuroimaging and neurophysiological methodologies (EEG, TMS, tES), as well as integrated brain functional imaging (co- registration TMS-EEG; tDCS-EEG).

Appartenenza a società e comitati scientifici

2015 November–present. Past President of Italian Society of Psychophysiology http://www.sipf.it (past President 2015-17; President 2013-15; President elected 2011-13).
Memberships ● Associazione Italiana di Psicologia Sperimentale (AIP); ● Società Italiana di Neuropsicologia (SINP); ● Società Italiana di Psicofisiologia (SIPF); ● Società Italiana di Riabilitazione Neurologica (SIRN); ● Honorary Member of the Associazione Italiana di Neuropsicologia (AINp).
Editorial Board (present)
2015 – present Editorial Board: Scientific Reports – Nature
2015 – present Editorial Board: Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience - Frontiers
2013 – present Editorial Board: Brain Topography - Springer

Premi e riconoscimenti

2013 Behavioural Neurology Highlights in the Field -selected as- Paper presented at the American Academy of Neurology.
2012 Honorary Member of the Italian Neuropsychological Association.
2011 Editor's Choice Award for the best paper published in Human Brain Mapping.
2010 June Qualification for Full Professorship of Human Physiology, by a National committee at the School of Medicine, Università degli Studi di Catanzaro, Italy.
2004 January Qualification for Associate Professorship of Human Physiology, by a National committee at the School of Medicine, Università degli Studi di Sassari, Italy.
2001 September Award best scientific contribution; 3rd Congress of the AFaR.
1997 Project award; 12 months grant to examining the neurophysiological and behavioural correlates of attention from the USL Verona.
1996 Travel award; NATO, Advanced Study Institute.
1996 Travel award; European Neuroscience Meeting.
1996 Travel grant award; Euroconference: Processing Modes in the mind/brain, at the International School for Advanced Studies Trieste.
1995 Award best scientific contribution poster; Congress of the Italian Society of Neuroscience (SIN).
1995 Award best scientific contribution from the Italian Society of Neuropsychology (SINP).
1994 Awarded a four-year Italian Post-Graduate Research Scholarship.

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