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Pietro Cortelli

Full Professor

Department of Biomedical and Neuromotor Sciences

Academic discipline: MED/26 Neurology

Curriculum vitae

Born in Bologna on 23rd June 1954
Member of Medical Register of Bologna n° 8325
Contact Details:
Clinica Neurologica
DIBINEM - Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna
Via Altura,3
40139 Bologna (Italy)

Total Papers (PubMED April 2023) = 609

Total Impact Factor (JCR 2021) > 2600

Scopus: H-index= 74

Time cited= 29116

70 Chapters of books with international and national editors

Over 150 oral communications as invited speaker at scientific national and international congresses and meetings.

Qualifications and Employment

1979: M.D., University of Bologna
1983: Specialization in Neurology, University of Bologna
1990: Ph.D., in Neurological Sciences, University of Verona
1985: founder and director of the Unit for the Functional Exploration of the Autonomic Nervous System at the Institute of Clinical Neurology of Bologna University.
1987-1988: period of training at St. Mary’s Hospital and at the Institute of Neurology and National Hospital for Nervous Disease London (Tutors: Prof CJ Mathias, Prof Sir Roger Bannister)
1991-1999: Technical Collaborator, University Researcher, Institute of Clinical Neurology, University of Bologna
1999 – 30th Sept. 2004 Associate Professor NEUROLOGY, Integrated Department of Neurosciences, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia
1st Oct 2004 - 15th Oct 2014, Associate Professor of Neurology, Department of Neurological Sciences and from 2012 DIBINEM, Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna
From 15 Oct 2014 Full Professor of Neurology, Department of Biomedical and NeuroMotor Sciences (DIBINEM) Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna

2012-2018 Vice Director of DIBINEM_University of Bologna (Dep of Biomedical and NeuroMotor Sciences)
2014-2016 Director of The School of Neurology
2018-2021 Director of PhD course in Biomedical and Neuromotor Sciences
2018-2021 Dean of the School of Medicine and Surgery

From June 2017 and Dicembre 2018 Scientific Director of IRCCS ISNB and then Operative Director.

Research activities and Funding

The research of Prof Pietro Cortelli is on:
• Genetic and phenotipic characterization of prion diseases (Fatal Familial Insomnia,Creutzfeldt-Jakob,Gerstmann-Straussler-Scheinker) Parkinson’s disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Familial Hemiplegic migraine.
• The role of the autonomic nervous system in health and disease with a focus on neurological control of the cardiovascular system in man. A variety of disorders including neuromediate syncope, hypertension, neurogenic orthostatic hypotension (Parkinsons’s disease, Multiple System Atrophy, Pure Autonomic Failure), sleep disorders (OSAS, Ondine syndrome, Narcolepsy), epilepsy and sweating abnormalities, are studied.
• Evaluation of autonomic circadian rhythms in relation to wake-sleep cycle in neurodegenerative disorders (Parkinson, MSA, prion diseases and sleep disorders)
• Autonomic, clinical and neurophysiological aspects of mitochondrial diseases and primary headache

Funding has been from various competitive (University of Bologna, MIUR, Department of Health) and charitable sources.

2010 Application No: GGP10184 “Clinical, neuroradiological and molecular investigation of Adult-onset Autosomal Dominant LeukoDystrophy (ADLD): dissection of Lamin B1-mediated pathophysiological mechanisms in cellular and mouse models.”

• PRIN 2003, participante 2003065571_003 “State-dependent changes of lood pressure, heart rate and body core temperature as measures of allostatic load in subjects with essential hypertension”
• PRIN 2001, participant 2001062543_002 “Effects of bilateral, high frequency deep brain stimulation of the subthalamic nucleus on the autonomic control of the cardiovascular system in Parkinon’s disease”
• PRIN 1999, participant 9906037938_007 “Autonomic circadian rhythms in multiple system atrophy”

Department of Health
• 2005_”finalizzata” healthcare research. ex art 56 anno 2005. Strategic Program: Neurodegenerative disorders. Project: Markers of phenotipic heterogenity and of progression in Parkinson’s disease.
• 2006_”finalizzata” healthcare research. Strategic Program: Knowledge on pathogenetic mechanisms and medical behaviours for improving the state of health in subjects with dementia, Parkinson’s disease and motoeneuron diseases. Project: Risk factors and predictors of neurodegenerative damage in Parkinosonian syndromes.
• 2016_Ricerca Finalizzata RF-2016-02361597. Prognostic predictive value of autonomic markers during sleep and wakefulness in multiple system atrophy: a neurophysiological and neuroimaging study.

Since 1999 reviewer of the following scientific journals:

Acta Neurologica Belgica, Autonomic Neuroscience, Brain, Cephalalgia, Chronobiology Int, Clinical Autonomic Research, Drugs, European Journal of Applied Physiology, European Journal of Neurology, Functional Neurology, Headache research and treatment, J Headache and pain, Journal of the Peripheral Nervous System, Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, Journal of Neurology, Journal watch neurology, Movement Disorders, Nature Rev Neurol, Neurological Sciences, Neurology, Neurology Research Journal, Sleep Medicine

October 2012 Member of “Comitato Tecnico scientifico” of Montecatone RI

November 2012 reviewer of VQR 2004-2010 for ANVUR

September 26, 2018 member of Comitato Tecnico Scientifico settore Ricerca Scientifica of Ministry of Health

Memberships in Scientific Committees

1988-1996 Member of Scientific Committee of Vegetative Nervous System Study Group of the Italian Neurology Society (Società Italiana di Neurologia)
1996-2003 Founding member and Member of Executive Board of the Italian Association for study of the Neurovegetative System (Associazione Italiana per lo studio del Sistema Neurovegetativo)
1998-2004 Founding member and General Secretary of the European Federation of Autonomic Societies” (reappointed in 2001 and 2004)
1999-2005 Chairman of the European Federation of Neurological Societies’ Autonomic Nervous System panel
2002 Founding member of the Italian Neurological Association for Headache Research (Associazione Neurologica Italiana per la Ricerca sulle Cefalee)
2003-2008 President of the Italian Association for study of the Neurovegetative System
2008+2012 President of the European Federation of Autonomic Societies (reappointed in 2010)
2010 Member of the Council of LIMPE (Italian League for fighting against Parkinson Disease, Extrapiramidal disorders and Dementia.
2016-2018 President of Accademia Limpe Dismov
2018-2020. President of Fondazione Accademia Limpe Dismov