UF Neurotech Dinner
Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS): is it time to Adapt?
Alberto Priori, MD, PhD
Professor of Neurology at the University of Milan, Medical School
Tuesday, November 12th, 2019
At the conclusion of this lecture, participants should be able to define and describe the principles and the technology underlying adaptive DBS (aDBS), the different theoretical approaches to aDBS, identify the clinical significance of aDBS approaches for Parkinson’s disease and to choose the proper assessment methods for the selection of patients candidate to aDBS.
Alberto Priori MD, PhD was born in Turin, Italy in 1962, he is Full professor of Neurology at the University of Milan, Medical School, Head of the Institute of Neurology at the San Paolo University Hospital, and Director of the “Aldo Ravelli” Research Center for Neurotechnology and Experimental Neurotherapeutics at the University of Milan, Italy. He obtained the MD at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” in 1987 and become Consultant Neurologist in 1991 at the same University. Alberto Priori was Clinical Research Registrar with Professor CD Marsden at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Institute of Neurology, Queen Square, London UK in the period 1989-1991 under the supervision of Professor John Rothwell. He got the PhD at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” in 1995 with a dissertation on the non-invasive study of the inhibitory mechanisms in the human cerebral cortex with the tutoring of Professor Alfredo Berardelli and Professor Mario Manfredi.
Professor Priori conducted and conducts his research in the field of clinical and experimental neurosciences with special attention to movement disorders and their pathophysiology, neuromodulation, clinical and experimental neurophysiology, and behavioral neurology. In the period 2015-2017 his group received funding for more than 2 million euros. He leads a research group made by neurologists, psychiatrists, neurosurgeons, technicians, psychologists, engineers.
Among the other innovations introduced by Professor Priori, he led the group who developed in 2004 and eventually patented the adaptive Deep Brain Stimulation technique also founding the university spin-off company Newronika. He also firstly described in 1998 the technique now known as transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and in the past years implemented it by developing the methodology for stimulating with non-invasive DC the cerebellum and the spinal cord.