Paolo Cavallari is a Full Professor of human physiology (2001) at the Medical School of the Università degli Studi di Milano (UNIMI), Milan, Italy. Cavallari acquired his M.D. degree at UNIMI, Italy, in 1982, his Diploma d’Etudes Appofondies in neurophysiology in 1984, and his Doctorat de l'Université in 1988, at the Pierre et Marie Curie University, Paris. Moreover, he reached the Ph.D. degree in neurological science at UNIMI, Italy, in 1990. He was an Associate Professor of human physiology at the Università degli Studi dell'Aquila (1992-1997) and at UNIMI (1997-2001). His research is focused on sensory-motor integration and the control of voluntary movement. In particular, he investigated the role of proprioception on motor control in the cat; he also analyzed the role of motoneurone dynamic sensitivity in the development of muscle tension and proposed a possible rehabilitation of the diaphragmatic paralysis by reinnervation with the recurrent laryngeal nerve. However, his work has been mainly devoted to human neurophysiology. His principal interests were the description and functional analysis of various spinal circuits, the description of biomechanical and neural components involved in the coordination plural body segments, and, recently, the contribution of tactile afferents during exploratory movements and the role and origin of anticipatory postural adjustments during movements of small amplitude. He has also studied the changes occurring in the spinal excitability during observation of actions performed by others. A recent research line is devoted to the bionic rehabilitation of facial paralysis. Moreover, he has been a Member of the Commission for the Scientific Research and the Technological Transfer of UNIMI (since 2004), a Member of the Field Committee 05, Biological Science (since 2004), and a Delegate of the Dean for the Public Relations of the Medical School (since 2005) and was the Head of the Istituto di Fisiologia Umana II (2007– 2009).
Biography Updated on 22 May 2012