About – CV

Foto di Piergiorgio Strata1. School Training

  • He entered the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Pisa on November 1954. At the same time, he won, in a national competition, one of the two positions as a student in the “Medical College” of the “Scuola Normale Superiore” of Pisa, now called Collegio S. Anna. This position was maintained up to the MD degree.
  • MD degree on 1960 with 110/110 cum laude. The thesis has been recognized as “worth of publication”. During these 6 academic years he worked in the Institute of Human Physiology of the University directed by Prof. G. Moruzzi
  • After the MD degree he has followed a two years course of Biophysics
  • “Libera Docenza” (equivalent to PhD) in Human Physiology in 1967
  • Postdoc with Sir John Eccles in 1965-67 in Canberra and Chicago

2. Positions held after the MD degree

  • 1960-64: Honorary Assistant Professor in Human Physiology, University of Pisa
  • 1960-62: Fellowships from Ministry of Education and National Research Council (Pisa)
  • 1962-64: Research Member of the National Research Council (Pisa)
  • 1964-67: Assistant Professor in Human Physiology, University of Pisa
  • 1967-75: Associate Professor of Physiology, University of Pisa
  • 1975-95 Professor of Human Physiology, University of Turin
  • 1996-: Professor of Neurophysiology, University of Turin
  • 1965-66: Visiting Fellow, Australian National University, Department of Physiology (Canberra)
  • 1966-67: Assistant Member of the Institute for Biomedical Research of the A.M.A. (Chicago)
  • 1967-72: Honorary Associate Professor of Neurology, Northwestern University (Chicago)
  • 1978-79: Visiting Member of the Max Planck Institute für Hirnforschung (Frankfurt) (5 months)
  • 2010- Emeritus Professor University of Turin

3. Awards

  • Lepetit Prize for the MD thesis in 1960
  • Prize of the Italian Society of Electroencephalography and Clinical Neurophysiology in 1963
  • Golgi Prize 1975 assigned by “Accademia dei Lincei” to the italian physiologist, who gave the best contribution to neurophysiology between 1965-75
  • Herlitzka Prize (1994)
  • Medal of the Italian National Academy of Science called of XL (1999)
  • Garavoglia International Prize for Neurology (2001)
  • IBRO Award for the contribution to the development of the world neuroscience (2003)
  • Feltrinelli Price (2004)
  • Special Prize of The Italian Society for Psychopathology (2014)

4. Service Positions in Scientific Societies

  • Council Member of the European Neuroscience Association (1980-84)
  • Council Member of the Italian Physiological Society (1983-85)
  • Council Member of the Italian Neuroscience Society (1983-86)
  • President Elect of the Italian Neuroscience Society (1986-88)
  • President of the Italian Neuroscience Society (1988-90)
  • Council Member of the European Brain and Behaviour Society (1988-89 and 1996-98)
  • Vice President of the European Neuroscience Association (1988-92)
  • Governing Council Member of International Brain Research Organization (IBRO) (1986-92)
  • Executive Committee Member and Treasurer of IBRO (1991-2003)
  • Chairman of IBRO Publication Committee (from 2003-present)
  • Executive Committee of European Dana Alliance for Brain (from 1997-present)
  • Executive Committee of the International Network of Neuroethics (2005-10)
  • Scientific Director of the European Brain Research Institute (2008-10)
  • President of the Italian Neuroscience Institute (2008-13)

5. Grant Review and Prize Committees

  • Research Grants of the Human Frontiers Science Program (1989-91)
  • Research Grants of the targeted Project on Aging of Italian CNR (1989-94)
  • Scientific Committee and Research Grants of Italian Telethon (1990-99)
  • President of the targeted Project on Aging of the Italian CNR (1994-99)
  • Committee of the Italian National Research Council for Biology and Medicine (1994-99)
  • European Cortina-Ulisse Prize (1991)
  • Steering Committee of the Gruber Foundation Prize in Neuroscience USA (2003)

6. Organization of international scientific Meetings

  1. “The olivocerebellar system in motor control”, Satellite Symposium of the 2nd World Congress of IBRO (Turin, August 8-12, 1987)
  2. “Magnesium and excitable membranes”, invited symposium of the international Symposium of the Society of Gynecological Endocrinology” (Crans Montana, March 6-12, 1988)
  3. 12th Meeting of the European Neuroscience Association (Turin, September 3-7, 1989)
  4. 21st Meeting of the European Brain and Behaviour Society (Turin, September 6-8, 1989)
  5. “Magnesium and excitable membranes”, Satellite Symposium of the 12th Meeting of the European Neuroscience Association (Turin, September 3, 1989)
  6. “Cerebellum, from cellular activity to system function”, invited symposium of the International Union of Physiological Sciences (Helsinki, July 9-14, 1989)
  7. “Neural basis of learning and memory”. Symposium of the Human Frontier Science Program (Rome, May 25, 1990)
  8. “The Cerebellum: from structure to control”, Satellite Symposium of the European Neuroscience Association meeting (Rotterdam, August 31-September 3, 1995)
  9. “Molecular and cellular mechanisms of brain repair” (Turin, May 29-30, 1998)
  10. “Molecular mechanisms of developmental and adult plasticity in the cerebellum” (Turin, May 27-29, 1999)
  11. Molecular and cellular mechanisms of brain repair” (Turin, October 11-14, 2000)
  12. Human Frontier Science Program meeting (Turin, June 17-20, 2001)
  13. Brain plasticity and learning-based therapy (Turin July 6-8, 2003)
  14. Cerebellum: cognition and emotion, 35th Annual General Meeting of EBBS, (Barcellona, September 17-20, 2003)
  15. Cerebellum: cognition and emotion, Invited Symposium in the International meeting ‘The Human Brain II’, Rome, October 2004

7. Editorial activity

  • Co-editor of Exp. Brain Res. (1972-1978)
  • Director Symposia and Workshops Program of IBRO (1988-1995)
  • Publication Committee of the IBRO (1991-2003)
  • Associated Editor of ‘News in Physiological Sciences’
  • Chair of IBRO Publication Committee (from 2003-present)

8. Governmental service positions

  • Advisory Committee of the Minister of the University and of the Scientific Research and Technology for the “Decade of the Brain” (1991-92)
  • National Committee of the Ministry for the organization of a mobile exhibition on the scientific aspects of drug addiction (1991-92)
  • Board of Trustees of the Human Frontier Science Program (since 1993)
  • Advisory Committee of the Health Minister for the pathologies of the nervous system (1995)
  • Delegate of the Minister to the G7 Conference at the White House (Washington) to discuss the future of the Human Frontier Science Program (May 1997)
  • Delegate of the Government to the European Program COST-Neuroscience (since 1998)
  • Delegate of the Minister in the Management Committee of the Program ‘Biomedicine and Health’ at the European Community (1998-99)
  • Expert Delegate of the Minister in the Program Committe of the Fifth Frame Quality of Life Program at the European Community (1999-2002)
  • Coordinator of a Neuroscience National Committee nominated my the Minister of the University on April 2000, to elaborate a program for Neuroscience in Italy.
  • Committee of the Prime Minister for the European Network of excellence in Europe (2002).

9. Academies

  • Academia Europaea
  • Accademia delle Scienze, Turin
  • Accademia di Medicina, Turin