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Functional Neurology

International School of Brain Cells and Circuits "Camillo Golgi"

The Ettore Majorana Foundation and Centre for Scientific Culture ( has recently opened the  International school of brain cells and circuits dedicated to the Italian Nobel laureate “Camillo Golgi”. Understanding the brain is a Grand Challenge for the Humankind with social implications in the biomedical and technological fields.
Our vision is that, in order to explain brain functions, it is fundamental to integrate molecular and cellular knowledge into microcircuits and large-scale network. To this aim we are starting the school program by launching the course on “Modeling the brain: from neurons to integrated systems”.
The 2015 Course, which has been coordinated by the Center Ettore Majorana with the collaboration of IRCCS C.Mondino (Pavia) and Centro Fermi (Rome), has also the support of the Human Brain Project Education Programme. The course will be dedicated to brain modeling and theory.
Bottom-up models, descending from cellular and molecular biophysics, and top-down  models, derived from neuropsychology and non-invasive brain measurements (mostly MRI), are both needed to integrate the micro-, meso and macro-scale of brain organization.
Brain theories need to interface with new experimental measurements and cellular circuit models simulations. This approach requires merging expertise and knowledge deriving from different disciplines, from Physics and Mathematics to Biology, Psychology and Medicine.
The 2015 Course will gather scientists providing an integrated view of this enormous field with the aim of teaching the foundations of brain modeling and theory.

The Course Directors
Egidio D’Angelo
Claudia Gandini Wheeler-Kingshott
Michele Migliore

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Vol. XXX (No. 3) 3015 July/September

  1. The Ettore Majorana international science center launches the first course of its "Camillo Golgi" International School of Brain Cells and Circuits: modeling the brain
    D'Angelo E., Wheeler-Kingshott C.A.M.
    doi: 10.11138/FNeur/2015.30.3.149
  2. The possible involvement of mitochondrial dysfunctions in Lewy body dementia: a systematic review
    Spano M., Signorelli M., Vitaliani R., Aguglia E., Giometto B.
    doi: 10.11138/FNeur/2015.30.3.151
  3. Why is nitric oxide important for our brain?
    Džoljić E., Grbatinić I., Kostić V.
    doi: 10.11138/FNeur/2015.30.3.159
  4. Sensory and sympathetic disorders in chronic non-specific neck pain
    Zaproudina N., Ming Z., Närhi M.
    doi: 10.11138/FNeur/2015.30.3.165
  5. Intravenous methylprednisolone pulse therapy for children with epileptic encephalopathy
    Pera M.C., Randazzo G., Masnada S., Dontin S.D., De Giorgis V., Balottin U., Veggiotti P.
    doi: 10.11138/FNeur/2015.30.3.173
  6. A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial of the efficacy of treatment with zinc in children with intractable epilepsy
    Saad K., El-Houfey A. A., Abd El-Hamed M. A., El-Asheer O. M., Al-Atram A.A., Tawfeek M. S. K.
    doi: 10.11138/FNeur/2015.30.3.181
  7. Pathophysiology of knee jerk reflex abnormalities in L5 root injury
    Ginanneschi F., Mondelli M., Piu P., Rossi A.
    doi: 10.11138/FNeur/2015.30.3.187
  8. Functional magnetic resonance imaging in disorders of consciousness: preliminary results of an innovative analysis of brain connectivity
    de Pasquale F., Falletta Caravasso C., Péran P., Catani S., Tuovinen N., Sabatini U., Formisano R.
    doi: 10.11138/FNeur/2015.30.3.193
  9. High angular resolution diffusion imaging in a child with autism spectrum disorder and comparison with his unaffected identical twin
    Conti E., Pannek K., Calderoni S., Gaglianese A., Fiori S., Brovedani P., Scelfo D., Rose S., Tosetti M., Cioni G., Guzzetta A.
    doi: 10.11138/FNeur/2015.30.3.203

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    Swaab D.F., Garcia-Falgueras A.
  2. Venous angioplasty in multiple sclerosis: neurological outcome at two years in a cohort of relapsing-remitting patients
    Salvi F., Bartolomei I., Buccellato E., Galeotti R., Zamboni P.
  3. The effectiveness of habit reversal therapy in the treatment of Tourette syndrome and other chronic tic disorders: a systematic review
    Dutta N., Cavanna A. E.
    doi: 10.11138/FNeur/2013.28.1.007
  4. Effect of zolpidem in chronic disorders of consciousness: a prospective open-label study
    Thonnard M., Gosseries O., Demertzi A., Lugo Z., Vanhaudenhuyse A., Bruno M.A., Chatelle C., Thibaut A., Charland-Verville V., Habbal D., Schnakers C., Laureys S.
    doi: 10.11138/FNeur/2013.28.4.259
  5. New trends in visual rehabilitation with MP-1 microperimeter biofeedback: optic neural dysfunction
    Verboschi F., Domanico D., Nebbioso M., Corradetti G., Zaccaria Scalinci S., Vingolo E.M.
    doi: 10.11138/FNeur/2013.28.4.285
  6. Depression as a predictor of occupational transition in a multiple sclerosis cohort
    Patten S.B., Williams J.V.A., Lavorato D.H., Koch M., Metz L.M.
    doi: 10.11138/FNeur/2013.28.4.275
  7. Assessing and restoring cognitive functions early after stroke
    Zucchella C., Capone A., Codella V., Vecchione C., Buccino G., Sandrini G., Pierelli F., Bartolo M.
    doi: 10.11138/FNeur/2014.29.4.255
  8. Neurophotonics: non-invasive optical techniques for monitoring brain functions
    Torricelli A., Contini D., Dalla Mora A., Pifferi A., Re R., Zucchelli L., Caffini M., Farina A., Spinelli L.
    doi: 10.11138/FNeur/2014.29.4.223
  9. Diet transiently improves migraine in two twin sisters: possible role of ketogenesis?
    Di Lorenzo C., Currà A., Sirianni G., Coppola G., Bracaglia M., Cardillo A., De Nardis L., Pierelli F.
    doi: 10.11138/FNeur/2013.28.4.305
  10. Use of botulinum toxin type A in the management of patients with neurological disorders: a national survey
    Smania N., Colosimo C., Bentivoglio A.R., Sandrini G., Picelli A.
    doi: 10.11138/FNeur/2013.28.4.253

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