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Dr. Alberto ZANI
Born in Rome on September 4th 1955, married, 2 boys.
Senior Researcher at the Institute of Molecular Bioimaging and Physiology,
Italian National Research Council (C.N.R.), c/o Milan Research Area 3 (ARM3),
20125 Milan, Voice: Office: +39-02-66173340, Lab: +39-02-66173369; Fax: +39-02-66173405.
Head of the “Electro-Functional Brain Imaging unit”, (EFBIu), of the Institute of Molecular
Bioimaging and Physiology, Italian National Research Council (C.N.R.)
- Personal WEB Page: http://erplabcnr.wordpress.com/
- LINKED in Profile: http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=136118431&trk=tab_pro Bibliometric indicators at June 9, 2015 Google Scholar citations = 2009 Google Scholar h-index = 26 Scopus h-index = 21 ISI-Web h-index = 21 Occupational History 1990-2000 Tenure Position as Researcher at the Institute of Psychology (IP) of the Italian CNR, Rome.
2000-2002 Tenure Position as Senior Researcher at the Institute of Neuroscience and Bioimaging (INB) of the Italian CNR, Milan.
2002-up Today Tenure Position as Senior Researcher at the Institute of Molecular Bioimaging and Physiology of the Italian CNR, Milan.
Main Sector: Cognitive neuroscience.
Cognitive Neurosciences: Relationships between mind and brain, Anatomical and functional bases of mind, Neural Mechanisms of visuo-cognitive functions, Visual Perception, Visual Selective Attention, Neural Mechanisms for processing and representation of written language in the mono- and multi-lingual brain, Neural Mechanisms for processing and representation of 2 emotions; ‘Mirror neurons’ and socio-relational empathy; Interindividual diurnal differences in visual information processing; Cognitive Psychophysiology, Cognitive Electrophysiology, Electrophysiological techniques, Visual event-related potentials (ERPs) and evoked potentials (EPs) of the brain. All research activities are carried out in the Cognitive Electrophysiology Lab of the IBFM-CNR. Psycho-motor skills (e.g., Musicians Vs. non-musicians, or Athletes Vs. non-Athletes), information processing strategies and performance. Diurnal biological rhythms, diurnal typology (e.g., Morning Vs. Evening Types) and performance.
Sub-sectors: Electrophysiological indexing of visuo-motor coordination.
Visuo-motor coordination in normal individuals and split-brain patients. Role of dorso-lateral prefrontal areas in the suppression of processing of, and response to, irrelevant information.
Education and Post-Graduate Specialization 1979 Graduation “Summa cum laude” in Experimental Psychology, University “La Sapienza” of Rome; Dissertation: Brain Chemical Neuro-transmitters: Metabolic, Functional and Behavioural Aspects (Promotor: Prof. Alberto Oliverio; Discussant: Prof.
1981-1982 Fellowship from the Italian National Council of Research (CNR) in the context of the Triennial Special Research Program “Early Diagnosis and Prevention of Neural Sensory Deficits” for a research Program to be carried out at the Umberto I° Hospital of Rome, Super-visor: Prof. Dr. Desiderio Passali.
1982 Fellowship (six months) from the Dutch Foreign Office for an experimental program to be carried out at the Institute of Physiology of University of Leiden, The Netherlands.
1982-84 Visiting Research Fellow at the Electrophysiology Laboratory (supervisor Dr. Gerard A. Kerkhof, PhD) of the Institute of Physiology of University of Leiden, The Netherlands.
1982-1990 Research Fellow at the Institute of Psychology of the Italian National Council of Research (CNR) Contest-Awarded Specialization in “Physiological and Pharmacological Sciences” 1990 from the Italian National Council of Research (CNR) 1991 Scholarship from James McDonnel Foundation for Cognitive Neuroscience, School of Medicine, Dartmouth College, USA.
Professional and technical updating:
1984 II° International Symposium on: “Standard and Methodology of Auditory Brain Stem Potentials". Milan, January 25-26, 1984.
International Workshop on «Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI):
1995 How to interpret it, How to do it». San Francisco, California, USA.
International Workshop on «Multimodal registration. Combining MRI, EEG, PET & 1995 MEG» organized by the Rheinisch-Westfalischen Technischen Hochschule (RWTH), 3 Neuroscan Inc, Aachen, Germania.
International Workshop on fMRI (Functional magnetic resonance of the brain), 1996 Boston, USA.
International Workshop on “Visuospatial attention in the normal and split 1996 brain”, Max-Plank Institute fur Neuropsychologische Forschung, Leipzig, Germany.
International Workshop on “Functional Microstates of the brain”, Department of 1997 Neurology, University of Zurich (Switzerland).
International Workshop on “CURRY, Multimodal neuroimaging: Accurate 1998 source localization of cerebral activity”, Neurophysiopathology Unit, Udine “Maggiore” Hospital, Italy.
RESEARCH ACTIVITIESNational Ordinary Projects
Heading of Experimental Laboratories 7 1996-2000 Laboratory of Cognitive Electrophysiology of the Institute of Psychology of CNR, Rome.
2000--2006 Electro-Functional Brain Imaging unit (EFBIu) of the Institute of Neuroscience and Bioimaging of CNR, Segrate-Milan.
2000-2006 Electro-Functional Brain Imaging unit (EFBIu) del Cognitive Neuroscience Center del San Raffaele Hospital (HSR), Segrate-Milano.
2006--2011 Electro-Functional Brain Imaging unit (EFBIu) of the Institute of Molecular Bioimaging and Physiology of CNR, Segrate-Milan.
2012-present Cognitive ElectroFunctional Imaging Lab of the Institute of Molecular Bioimaging and Physiology of CNR, Segrate-Milan.
HONORS ############################### Counseling for Scientific Activities 1990-1991 Elected President of the Italian Branch of the “International Association of Empirical Aesthetics” (IAEA).
1992-95 Elected Member of the Scientific Consulting Board of the Institute of Psychology of CNR for the 92-95 quadriennium.
1996-99 Elected Member of the Scientific Consulting Board of the Institute of Psychology of CNR for the 96-99 quadriennium.
1996-99 Elected General Secretary of the Scientific Consulting Board of the Institute of Psychology of CNR for the 96-99 quadriennium.
Member of the Organizational Board for the Workshop on “Visuo-spatial attention in 1996 split-brain and normal control”, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at the MaxPlanck Institut für Neurospychologische forschung di Lipsia.
1999 Member of Reviewers Board for the selection of Abstracts submitted to the European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP) 1999, Trieste, Italy.
2000-02 Elected Member of the Scientific Consulting Board of the Institute of Psychology of CNR for the 2000-02 triennium.
2000-02 Re-elected General Secretary of the Scientific Consulting Board of the Institute of Psychology of CNR for the 2000-02 triennium.
2007 Nominated Member of the Experts Board of Trento Autonomous Province for the evaluation of Research Projects submitted to the Contest Call for spurring Research Excellence in the Province Territory for the 20007-2008 Academic Year.
2007 Member of the Referee Board for the selection of Abstracts submitted for presentation to the Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM) 13th Annual Meeting, June 10-14, 2007, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
2009-12 Elected Member of the Scientific Consulting Board of the Institute of Bioimaging and Molecular Physiology of CNR.
2012 Member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Brain and Cognitive Sciences.
2012 Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Brain and Cognitive Sciences.
Organizational Activities for Scientific Meeting
2002 Member of the Organizational Board for the First International Meeting of Bioeducational Sciences on “Mind, Learning and Knowledge in Educational Contexts”.
2005 Organizer and Chairman of Symposium #4, “ERP studies on language and conceptual knowledge” of the 45th Annual Meeting of the “Society for Psychophysiological Research”, Lisboa, Portugal, September 21-24, 2005.
2006 Local Organizer of the International Workshop “Advanced Neuro Technologies Applications: Combining and applications of ERPs, MEG, PET, fMRI, & TMS Methods”, September 21-22, 2006, IBFM-CNR, LITA Building, Segrate, Milan, Italy.
Scientific Counseling for Scientific Journals
Scientific Journal Reviewer
International referee for the following Scientific Journals:
Perception, Electroencephalography and Clinical Neurophysiology, European Journal of Applied Physiology, International Journal of Psychophysiology, Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, Cognitive Neuropsychology, International Journal of Sport Psychology, Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, Biological Psychology, Clinical Neurophysiology, Neuropsychologia, Cognitive Brain Research, International Journal of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, ISRN Physiology, Frontiers in Emotion, British J Education, Society & Behavioural Science-Science Domain International, Journal of Applied Physiology, Books Reviewing for Scientific and Academic Publisher (SAPub), PsychoNeuroendocrinology, Psychology and Aging.
Competitive, Contest-Based Extra-Mural Award Research Grants
Scientific Awards 1991 Scholarship from the James McDonnel Foundation for the Summer Institute in Cognitive Neuroscience of the School of Medicine of the Dartmouth College, Hanover, USA. July 1 – July 12, 1991.
1995 Scholarship from the Italian Institute of Italian Philosophical Studies for the Contribution to the International Congress on “Leonardo Bianchi and Frontal Lobes”, Palazzo Serra di Cassano, Napoli. Award delivered on May 6, 1995 1996 Scholarship of NATO for the Advanced Study Institute on “The role of the Human Corpus Callosum in Sensory Motor Integration: Anatomy, Physiology and Behavior;
Individual Differences and Clinical Applications”, Il Ciocco, Castelvecchio Pascoli, Lucca, Italy, September 1-10, 1996.
National and International Praising of Scientific Publications
Heading of Extra-Mural Research Laboratories 1982-1984 Electrophysiology Laboratory, Faculties of Physiology and Psychology, University of Leiden, The Netherlands.
1984-86 Laboratory of Cognitive Psychophysiology of ISEF.
1992-95 Laboratory of Cognitive Psychophysiology of ISEF.
2000-2006 Electro-Functional Brain Imaging unit (EFBIu) of the Cognitive Neuroscience Center of Saint Raphael Hospital (HSR), Milan, Italy.
Participation in Research Programs of Extra-Mural Research Centers
1999-2000 BRAIN (Basic Research And Integrative Neuroscience) Inter-Departmental Center of University of Trieste.
1999-2000 CRANI (Regional Center for Integrated Anatomy) Inter-University Center of Italian Friuli-Venezia Giulia Region.
1999-2000 Center for Functional Neuroimaging, Cattinara Hospital, University of Trieste.
2000-2006 Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, HSR (San Raffaele Hospital), Milan.
2002-2006 Excellence Center “Cognitive and Clinical Neuroimaging Laboratory” of the University of Milan-Bicocca, Milan, Italy, directed by Prof. Ferruccio Fazio.
Invited lectures 1987 Invited lecture on “Psychophysiological Techniques in the Study of Psycho-Motor Functions of deaf people” in the “First Training Stage for Educators of the Olympic Centers on ludic and sport activities for deaf people”, Ibleo Institute for Deaf People, Ragusa, Italy, 1987.
1989 Discussant at the Workshop on “Psychology of Sport: Research, Training, and Professional Activities” of the National Congress on “Psychology of Sport and Motor Activities: Psychological Adaptation in Sport: Research and Intervention”.
Florence, Italy, 29-30 April.
1996 Lecture on “How attention modulates visual processing: An electrophysiological approach” Workshop on “Visuo-spatial attention in split-brain and normal control”, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at the Max-Planck Institut für Neurospychologische forschung, Leipzig, Germany, Tuesday, May 7 th, 1996.
1996 Discussant at the Summer Institute NATO Advanced Studies on the role of the human corpus callosum in sensory motor integration. Invited lecture “Interhemispheric transfer of 11 visuo-motor inputs in a split-brain patient: Electrophysiological and behavioral indexes”, IL CIOCCO, Castelvecchio Pascoli, Lucca, Italy, September 1-10, 1996.
2000 Invited talk on “Spatio-Temporal Mapping of Brain Attentional Mechanisms” by the Cognitive Neuroscience Group, H.S. Raffaele and Institute of Neuroscience and Bioimaging, National Research Council, Milan, Italy. Chairperson: Dr. Daniela Perani.
2002 Invited lecture on “Mind and Brain in developmental and educational processes” in the First International Meeting of Bioeducational Sciences on “Mind, Learning and Knowledge in Educational Contexts”, Naples, Italy, October 24-25, 2002.
2003 Invited Lecture on "Electrical and Magnetic Readings of Human Mind and Brain Functions” in the Workshop on “Mind and Brain in Cognitive Neuroscience” organized by the Mind and Brain Institute of The Ecole Polytechnique Federal Lausanne (EPFL) sul tema, Lausanne, Swiss, September 9th, 2003.
2005 Invited lecture on “ERP indexes of sensory and conceptual processing of living and notliving entities at distinct occipital and temporal brain regions” in the Symposium “ERP studies on language and conceptual knowledge” of the 45th Annual Meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research, September 21-24, Lisbon, Portugal.
2010 Invited lecture on ”Cerebral and Behavioural mechanisms of Visuo-Spatial Attention and Nicotinic Stimulation in Humans” for “The Pharmacology Fridays” of the Institute of Neuroscience of CNR, given on Friday, November 5 th, 2010.
2010 Invited Lecture on “Electrofunctional Imaging of Brain Activations during Endogenous and Exogenous Orienting of Spatial Attention” in the Symposium on “Attention and States of Consciousness”, XVIII SIPF (Italian Society of Psychophysiology) Congress, Palermo, Italy, November 24th-26th.