Antonio Contestabile received a degree in biology in 1967 from the University of Bologna, Italy. He was a Research Fellow and Assistant and Associate Professor from 1968 to 1986 at the University of Bologna and a Full Professor at the University of Catania (cell biology, 1986-1990). He has been a Full Professor at the University of Bologna (physiology and neurobiology) since 1990. He is a Resident Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies and of the Academy of Sciences of the University of Bologna. He was a Visiting Fellow at The Neuroscience Institute, San Diego, Calif, USA, in 1999. Moreover, he is the Author of more than 150 papers in refereed journals in the fields of neuroscience and cell biology. Of them about 50 papers have been published in the last 10 years. He is an invited speaker at international meetings and symposia and a lecturer in several Italian and foreign universities (among them: Barcelona, Valencia, Strasbourg, Oslo, Charlottesville, Federal at Rio de Janeiro, Johns Hopkins at Baltimore). His main research interests are currently on molecular mechanisms of brain development and aging, neurodegeneration and neuroprotection, neuron-glia interactions, molecular correlates of brain plasticity and memory, and role of nitric oxide in brain physiology and pathology, including tumors of neural origin. In addition, he regularly serves as a referee for several journals in the fields of neuroscience. He serves as as a Referee for assessment of research grant applications for the National Science Foundation, USA; Medical Research Council and Wellcome Trust, UK; Medical Research Council, New Zeeland; Alzheimer’s Disease Association, USA; and Parkinson’s Disease Association, UK.
Biography Updated on 6 February 2012