Giacomo Rizzolatti - Curriculum Vitae#

  • Degree in Medicine, University of Padua, 1961
  • Degree in Neurology, University of Padua, 1964

Professional experience
  • Associate Professor of Human Physiology, University of Parma 1969-1975;
  • Professor of Human Physiology, University of Parma 1975-1980;
  • Visiting Professor, Dept. of Anatomy, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA, 1980-1981;
  • Professor of Human Physiology, University of Parma 1981-....

  • Award of Italian Neurophysiol. Society 1965;
  • Golgi Award for Studies in Neurophysiology, Academia Nazionale dei Lincei 1982;
  • President European Brain and Behaviour Society 1984-1986;
  • Member of Academia Europaea, 1989
  • Council Member of Academia Europaea 1990-1996
  • Laurea Honoris Causa, University Claude Bernard Lyon, France 1999
  • Prize “Feltrinelli” for Medicine, Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei 2000
  • Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences 2002
  • Member of Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei 2002
  • Foreign Member of the Académie Francaise des Sciences 2005
  • Laurea Honoris Causa, University St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, Russia 2006
  • Grawemeyer Prize for Psychology, University of Louiseville,USA 2007
  • IPSEN Foundation Neuroplasticity Prize 2007, Melbourne, July 2007
  • Laurea Honoris Causa, University of KUL Leuven , Belgium 2010

Field of research

Giacomo Rizzolatti is one of the leading figures in the field of neurosciences. His discoveries and that of mirror neurons in particular had an enormous impact on the present thinking on the brain-mind relations and on “naturalizing” cognitive functions (description of the neurophysiological mechanisms underlying actions, intentions and emotions of others).
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