1999 February 19th. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Neuroscience “Dottorato di ricerca” 4 years course. University of Verona, School of Medicine, Verona, Italy.
Carriera accademica ed attività didattica
Work - Research experience - present
Work - Research experience - past
Interessi di ricerca
The core of Carlo Miniussi activity is driven by the goal to understand if cortical plasticity (cognitive 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. He is also interested in the understanding of how cognitive plasticity can be sustained by the activity of a “functional neuronal network” i.e., effective connectivity, and how such connectivity can predicts/underlines the subject behaviour.
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.
Areas of research
SH4 The Human Mind and its complexity. SH4_4 Cognitive and experimental psychology: perception, action, and higher cognitive processes. SH4_6 Learning, memory; ageing.
LS5 Neurosciences and neural disorders: neurophysiology, neuroimaging, systems neuroscience, neurological disorders. LS5_7 Cognition (e.g., learning, memory).
Keywords: cognitive neuroscience; cognitive plasticity; neuroplasticity; learning; memory; behaviour; connectivity; human neurophysiology; electrophysiology - EEG; non-invasive/transcranial brain stimulation – NIBS/TBS; transcranial magnetic stimulation – TMS; transcranial electrical stimulation – tES: tDCS; tACS; tRNS; coregistration TMS-EEG; multimodal imaging.
Publication areas: Neuroscience; Clinical Neurology; Neuroimaging; Behavioural Sciences; Psychology Experimental.
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
2022 September –present. Scientific Board Member Italian Society of Psychophysiology and Cognitive Neuroscience
2021 September –present. Executive Board Member Master II livello Intelligenza Artificiale, Mente, Impresa. Università di Brescia
2021 January–present. Steering Group and Kickoff Committee member of the Italian Reproducibility Network ITRN https://www.itrn.org/home-page.
2018–present. Member of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology (IFCN) Special Interest Group (SIG) on Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation (NBS)
2013–2015 President of the Italian Society of Psychophysiology http://www.sipf.it (President elected 2011–2013; President 2013–2015; past President 2015–2017)
2009–2011 Board Member as Auditor of the Italian Society of Psychophysiology
2007–2015 Member of the Ethical Committee of the International School for Advanced Studies, Trieste Italy
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).
2015 – EBook Research topic: Manipulative approaches to human brain dynamics. Edited by K. Kitajo, T. Hanakawa, R.J. Ilmoniemi, C. Miniussi. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience EPUB ISSN 1664-8714 ISBN 978-2-88919-479-7 DOI 10.3389/978-2-88919-479-7
2013 - Transcranial Brain Stimulation. Edited by Carlo Miniussi, Walter Paulus, Paolo Maria Rossini. Frontiers in Neuroscience book series. Publisher: CRC Press Taylor & Francis Group London. ISBN 9781439875704
2011 - Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation: New Prospects in Cognitive Neurorehabilitation. Edited by Carlo Miniussi and Giuseppe Vallar. Publisher: Psychology Press Taylor & Francis Group London ISBN 10: 1848727569 ISBN-13: 9781848727564
Guest Associate Editor
● Frontiers in Psychology 2017-18; ● Frontiers in Perception Science; ● European Psychologist 2015-16; ● Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 2014-15; ● Neuropsychological Rehabilitation 2011.
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, Italy.
1996 Travel award; NATO, Advanced Study Institute; to attend “The Role of the Humans Corpus Callosum in Sensory Motor Integration: Anatomy, Physiology and Behaviour; Individual Differences and Clinical Application”.
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, Italy.
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.
Convegni e conferenze
Author or co-author of more than 600 abstracts, presentations at Congresses / Symposia / Seminars / Workshops / Schools.
Scientific organization of the following Symposia/workshops
Organizer board of the III Transcranial Brain Stimulation in Cognitive Neuroscience Workshop. Rovereto, 2-3 December 2022.
Congress Symposium:. 22th Congress of Italian Society of Psychophysiology and Cognitive Neruoscience, Towards an open and reproducible science: Italian Reproducibility Network Palermo, 30 September -2 October 2021.
Organizer of the II Transcranial Brain Stimulation in Cognitive Neuroscience Workshop. on-line streaming Rovereto, 3-4 December 2020 (300 participants).
Member of the International Scientific Advisory Board 7th International Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation Conference in Baden-Baden Germany 2020.
Member of the scientific advisory board of the 20th World Congress of Psychophysiology (IOP 2020) Chengdu, China, 1-5 September, (2020 to 21).
Organizer member of the Think Open Rovereto Workshop on-line streaming Rovereto July 10-11, 2020.
Member of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM) Roma, Italy 9-13 June 2019.
Co-Organizer of the Adriatica Summer School: Body, senses and neural oscillations, an integrated approach to human perception and behaviour Pescara, 6-7 June 2019.
Organizer of the Transcranial Brain Stimulation in Cognitive Neuroscience Workshop. (130 participants) Rovereto, 6-7 December 2018.
Organizer of the Ten years of Mind/Brain Sciences at University of Trento How the past can determine our future. International Symposium (400 participants). Rovereto, 20-21 October 2017.
Congress Symposium: Global approach to brain activity: from psychophysiology to cognition 22th Congresso Nazionale AIP dellaSezione di Psicologia Sperimentale, Roma, 20-22 September 2016.
Methodological Workshop Transcranial Electric Stimulation Center for Mind/Brain Sciences - CIMeC Rovereto 7 July 2016.
Congress Symposium: Integrating advanced neuroimaging, neurostimulation and behaviour to explore brain connectivity. 23th Congress of Italian Society of Psychophysiology, Lucca, 19-21 November 2015.
Organizer of the International Symposium: Neuroplasticity and Neurorehabilitation: The motor system. University of Brescia 5 December 2014.
Congress Symposium: Horizons in neurorehabilitation. 22th Congress of Italian Society of Psychophysiology, Florence, 27-29 November 2014.
Pre-congress Workshop: New Techniques in Psychophysiology; Fondazione don Gnocchi Florence 26 November 2014.
Methodological Workshop: Transcranial Electric Stimulation IRCCS Fatebenefratelli Brescia 25-26 September 2014.
National Symposium: The new frontiers of research in cognitive neuroscience: from neuromodulation to the NIRS; IRCCS Fatebenefratelli Brescia, 26-28 June 2014.
International Symposium “Non-invasive Electrical Brain Stimulation (tDCS, tACS, tRNS): Basic and Applied Research” University of Brescia 30 September 2013.
Methodological Workshop Transcranial Electric Stimulation IRCCS Fatebenefratelli Brescia 8 July 2013.
International Symposium: Multimodal Approach in the study of cortical connectivity IRCCS Fatebenefratelli Brescia 1 July 2013.
XIX Congress of Italian Psychophysiology Society (Congress President and Organizer), Brescia, 14-16 November 2011.
Congress Symposium. Cortical plasticity: new frontiers of neurorehabilitation, and High frequency brain oscillatory activity; Congress of Italian Psychophysiology Society, Palermo, 24-26 November 2010.
National Workshop. Transcranial electrical stimulation, new prospects: from bench to the bed site; IRCCS Fatebenefratelli Brescia, 12 November 2010.
Congress Symposium. TMS-EEG co-registration and cortico-cortical connectivity; Congress of Italian Psychophysiology Society, Siena, 28-31 October 2009.
International Workshop. Physiological basis and clinical application of TMS and correlated methods; Roma, 26-27 October 2007. President ad organizer.
Congress Symposium. Cognitive psychology and Neurosciences; Congress of the Italian Experimental Psychology Society, Como, 17-19 September 2007.
International Workshop. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation in Cognitive Neurosciences; IRCCS Fatebenefratelli Brescia, 21 October 2005. President ad organizer (160 participants).
International Workshop. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation in Cognitive Neurosciences; IRCCS Fatebenefratelli Brescia, 15 October 2004. President ad organizer (160 participants).
Carlo Miniussi ha studiato a Padova, dove ha conseguito il Master in Psicologia Sperimentale nel 1994, e a Verona, dove ha conseguito il Dottorato di Ricerca in Neuroscienze nel 1999. Ha lavorato per due anni presso il Dipartimento di Psicologia Sperimentale dell'Università di Oxford. Nel 2000 si è trasferito all'IRCCS Fatebenefratelli San Giovanni di Dio a Brescia, dove è diventato responsabile del Laboratorio di Neurofisiologia. Nel 2001 anche del Laboratorio di Neuropsicologia ed è stato nominato professore aggregato di Neurofisiologia, presso l'Università di Brescia. Nel 2002 è diventato coordinatore scientifico della linea di ricerca di Neuropsicofisiologia presso l'IRCCS Fatebenefratelli. Nel 2005 (qualifica 2004) è stato nominato Professore Associato di Fisiologia Umana e ha assunto la cattedra di Fisiologia Umana presso la Facoltà di Medicina e Chirurgia dell'Università di Brescia. Contemporaneamente ha istituito la Sezione di Neuroscienze Cognitive che comprende i laboratori di Neurofisiologia, Neuropsicologia e del Sonno presso l'IRCCS Fatebenefratelli. Dal 2007 al 2016 è stato membro del Comitato Etico della Scuola Internazionale di Studi Avanzati SISSA, a Trieste, nonché collaboratore a lungo termine della Facoltà, Settore Neuroscienze Cognitive della stessa scuola. Nel 2011 diventa Presidente eletto della Società Italiana di Psicofisiologia (2013-2015) e ricercatore associato di Neuroenhancement for Inequalities in Elder Lives, presso l'Istituto di Neuroscienze del Trinity College di Dublino. Nel 2013 (abilitazione 2010) è stato nominato Professore Ordinario di Fisiologia Umana presso l'Università di Brescia, dove è stato fino a maggio 2016. Nel 2015 è stato nominato dall'Agenzia Nazionale Italiana per la Valutazione delle Università e degli Istituti di Ricerca: membro del Gruppo di Esperti per la Valutazione delle Università in ambito Biologico. Dal 2016 è Visiting Professor, presso l'Università di Sydney. Da giugno 2016 è Professore Ordinario di Neurofisiologia e PI del Laboratorio di Stimolazione Transcranica Cerebrale (TBS) presso il Centro interdipartimentale Mente/Cervello del CIMeC dell'Università di Trento. Da ottobre 2016 al 2022 è stato Direttore del CIMeC, Università di Trento, struttura che conta circa 160 membri.