1) fMRI Unit – Overview


Director: Prof. Eraldo Paulesu



The fMRI Unit operates at the IRCCS Galeazzi since 2010; it is a result of the collaboration with the Psychology Department of the University Milano-Bicocca, which involves a number of PhD students and post-doc research fellows. The main goal of the Unit is the study of the brain physiology at the level of the motor system in healthy subjects and patients affected by neurological or orthopaedic dysfunctions. To this aim, the research team takes advantage of a unique combination of cognitive, behavioural, kinematics and neuro-functional techniques primarily based on fMRI.

The Unit actively collaborates with the Orthopaedic Rehabilitation Unit (Dr Catia Pelosi), the Movement Disorders Centre (Prof. Mauro Porta and Dr Domenico Servello) and with Orthopaedic Surgery Units (Prof. Valerio Sansone, Dr Maurilio Bruno and Dr Nicola Ursino).

In 2017, we have further expanded our research interests, by building a new collaboration with Prof. Livio Luzi and the endocrinology Unit of Policlinico San Donato: we are currently studying the cognitive and neurofunctional correlates of food related behaviour in obese patients.