Research laboratories

Action Perception Laboratory
LAP- Laboratory Action Perception PERSON IN CHARGE Paola Cesari TELEPHONE +39 0458425124 FAX +39 0458425131 E-MAIL DEPARTMENT Neurological, Neuropsychological, Morphological and Movement Sciences Activities Human sensory-motor control. Geometry , kinematics and dynamics analysis on human movement considering healthy people and patients with neuro-motor diseases. Visuo-motor imagery and recognition of actions and motor representation and performance in elite athletes and patients. Body representation. Top-down mechanism for motor performance and control. Apparatus - Force platforms (Kistler 9865 1 kHz, AMTI AMTI, BP900900-2K-CTT) - 8 Cameras Motion Capture analysis system (Vicon MX, 500 kHz) - Zerowire Telemetric 16-channel EMG (Aurion ZeroWire) - Treadmill (H/P Cosmos Saturn 300/100r) - Optojump - Photoelectric cells with stop watches - TMS Magstim Rapid Transcranial Magnetic Stimolator. - CED-AS-power e CED- SW Spike 2 and EMG for evoked potential. - Polhemus fastrak Neuronavigator. - System "Eye tracker" ASL Applied Science eye movement analysis, 240 Hz. - SW E-Prime, Psychology Software Tools Staff Prof. Paola Cesari Dr. Mirta Fiorio research assistant Dr. Niek van Ulzen post -doc Yin- Hua Chen PhD student Fabio Pizzolato PhD student Serena Recchia PhD student Alessandra Magalini PhD student Contacts Prof. Paola Cesari tel +39 (0)45 8425124 e-mail: Dr. Mirta Fiorio tel +39 (0)45 8425124 e-mail:
Anthropometry Laboratory
This laboratory is equipped with instruments suitable for anthropometric and body composition analyses, and for the kinematic and kinetic analysis of the sport motion. Details: Instruments are available for manual and digital anthropometric analyses (body scanner 3D), total body and regional DXA, echography and plicometry. The Laboratory is also provided with vibration plates and with instruments for the kinematic and kinetic analysis of the sport motion (VICON, force plates, dynamometric starting block, video analysis, radar gun)
Behaviour Laboratory
This laboratory is equipped with instruments for the behavioural and neurophysiological characterization of laboratory animals. Details: The laboratory is made of independent setups completely isolated acoustically and thermically, and is equipped for EEG telemetry plus Video synchronization and for a wide spectrum of behavioural tests on mice and rats.
Biomechanics and motor control laboratory
Cardiovascular Physiology Laboratory
Cell Proliferation Laboratory
This laboratory is equipped with laminar flow cabinets and incubators for cell and organ cultures, and with instruments for biomolecular analyses.
Cellular Neurophysiology and Neurobiology Laboratory
Chromatography Lab
In the Biological Chemistry Section one room is dedicated to host two Fast-Performance Liquid Chromatographers (FPLC), in particular one AKTA Prime and one AKTA FPLC, devoted to the purification/analysis of proteins, and of two High-Pressure Liquid Chromatographers (HPLC) for proteins and small molecules. Moreover, a lyophilizer is present, and several electrophoresis devices distributed almost in all laboratories deserve to be mentioned
Cognitive Neurosciences Laboratory
Laboratory for the Cognitive Psychology of Attention
Laboratory for the Neurophysiology of Attention
Laboratory of Clinica Chemistry, Hematology and Clinical Molecular Biology
Two sub-laboratories are available "Clinical Experimental Pathology" and "Clinical Research”), which perform in vivo and in vitro studies on pre- analytical variability, immunochemistry, cytofluorimetry, aggregometry, microscopy and molecular biology. The Section has participated and still participates in many national and international research projects, and is a reference center for the evaluation of new laboratory technologies and for the clinical validation of biomarkers used for prevention, diagnosis and therapy. The Section also participates in Phase 1, 2 and 3 clinical trials involving departments of the Verona University Hospital and other international structures. Teaching activity: The Section is involved in the lessons included within the study plan of the Degree in Medicine and Surgery, Degree Courses in Dentistry, the Degree Course in Bioinformatics and Medical Biotechnologies, in the Degree Courses of Health Professions and in Schools of specialization. Clinical activity: Rationally divided between the two structures belonging to the two Hospitals, the Operative Unit uses the latest generation of diagnostic technologies for performing routine tests (clinical chemistry, coagulation, blood count, urinalysis, therapeutic drug monitoring), specialized tests (endocrinology, oncology), second and third level analyses (for example for diagnosis of hemorrhagic diseases, cystic fibrosis, hemophilia, hemoglobinopathies, prenatal diagnosis), molecular and genetic biology testing . Recently, the acquisition of new instrumentation to perform genomics, pharmacogenomics and proteomics analysis has been completed, with a view to overcoming the classical diagnosis and treatment approach with a new patient-centered clinical vision in which, using specific analyzes, the individual profile of the subject is analyzed (personalized medicine).
Light and Electron Microscopy Laboratory
This laboratory is equipped with optical microscopes (bright field, differential interference contrast, fluorescence) and with transmission and scanning electron microscopes; all the instrumentation for preparing cyto-histological specimens and for image analysis are also available.
Neuropathology Laboratory
Physiology of muscular exercise laboratory
Laboratorio di Biologia applicata e genetica molecolare
Nei laboratori di biologia applicata e genetica molecolare sono svolte le analisi sperimentali finalizzate agli studi di regolazione dell'espressione genica in modelli cellulari
Laboratorio di Biologia molecolare
Analisi molecolari di interazioni virus-cellula
Laboratorio di Genetica umana, diagnostica molecolare e bioinformatica
Attività sperimentale basata su analisi molecolari, analisi statistiche e bioinformatiche
LAboratorio di spettroscopia-interazioni
Analisi spettroscopiche di macromolecole
Perception and Awareness (PandA) Laboratory
Our main interests relate to the study of perception and awareness in healthy subjects and neurological patients.

To achieve this goal we investigate:
·       how, when, and where in the brain the percept is generated,
·       how we can deceive perception by breaking the rules underlying vision,
·       what is the role of attention in awareness,
·       how perceptual awareness changes when the coherent representation of the outer world is lost after a brain damage.
Behavioural, electrophysiology (EEG) and direct brain stimulation (TMS and intraoperative electrocortical mapping) techniques are used. These techniques are applied on healthy subjects and brain-damaged patients with visual field defects or neglect. We measure behavioural responses to different kinds of real stimuli or artificial percepts induced by TMS.

By combining these approaches, we correlate behaviour with changes on the functional maps of the neural activity responsible for visual and spatial awareness.


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