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PIETRINI  PIETRO


University of Pisa and Pisa University Hospital, Pisa, ITALY


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Academic Awards

Award for innovative research by the Italian Society for Laboratory Medicine, 2010
Award by the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM), Italian Chapter, 2009
Best Poster Award, XI Meeting of the Italian Society of Neuropsychopharmacology, Triste (Italy), June 10-13, 1998 (abstract # 205).
Janssen Award for Research in Psychiatry, 1997, Janssen Company.
Award for best scientific presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Italian Society on Alcoholism (abstr. # 155), 1996
Young Investigator Award, 1995, Italian Society for Neuropsychopharmacology (SINPF).
Travel Fellowship, IV International Conference on Alzheimer Disease and Related Disorders, Minneapolis, MI, 1994
Young Investigator Award, 1993, the Italian Society for Biological Psychiatry
Research Award, 1990, the Italian Psychiatric Association.


Research Field and Specialization

Research activity has focused on the application of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), positron emission tomography (PET) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) in combination with neuropsychological tasks and/or pharmacological agents to study brain function and metabolism and the brain functional response to sensory stimulation and cognitive/emotional activation and behavioral tasks in healthy subjects at different ages and in patients with neuropsychiatric disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease, Sleep apnea syndrome, frontal lobe dementia, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and Down syndrome. A main line of research is focused on the study of the functional cortical organization in relation to visual and tactile perception in humans.


List of Major Publications

Please refer to the website for a complete list: http://scholar.google.it/citations?user=Ir7NFFgAAAAJ&hl=it

1) Bernardi G, Ricciardi E, sani L, Gaglianese A, Papasogli A, Ceccarelli R, Franzoni F, Galetta F, Santoro G, Goebel R, Pietrini P. How skill expertise shapes the brain functional architecture: an fMRI study of visuo-spatial and motor processing in professional racing-car and na?ve drivers. PLoS ONE, in press.
2) Ricciardi E, Handjaras G, Bernardi G, Pietrini P, Furey ML. Cholinergic enhancement reduces functional connectivity and BOLD variability in visual extrastriate cortex during selective attention. Neuropharmacology, 2013 Jan;64:305-13.
3) Ferrari R, Mok K, Moreno JH, Cosentino S, Goldman J, Pietrini P, Mayeux R, Tierney MC, Kapogiannis D, Jicha GA, Murrell JR, Ghetti B, Wassermann EM, Grafman J, Hardy J, Huey ED, Momeni P. Screening for C9ORF72 repeat expansion in FTLD. Neurobiol Aging. 2012 Mar 26.
4) Leo A, Bernardi G, Handjaras G, Bonino D, Ricciardi E, Pietrini P. Increased BOLD Variability in the Parietal Cortex and Enhanced Parieto-occipital Connectivity during Tactile Perception in Congenitally Blind Individuals. Neural Plasticity, 2012; 2012:720278. doi: 10.1155/2012/720278. Epub 2012 Jun 20
5) Romagno D, Ricciardi E, Rota G, Pietrini P (in stampa). Where the brain appreciates the final state of an event: The neural correlates of telicity. Brain and Language, ISSN: 0093-934X
6) Ptito M, Kupers R, Lomber S, Pietrini P. Sensory deprivation and brain plasticity. Neural Plast. 2012;2012:810370. doi: 10.1155/2012/810370. Epub 2012 Oct 9.
7) Costagli M, Ueno K, Sun P, Gardner JL, Wan X, Ricciardi E, Pietrini P, Tanaka K, Cheng K. Functional Signalers of Changes in Visual Stimuli: Cortical Responses to Increments and Decrements in Motion Coherence. Cereb Cortex. 2012 Sep 25. [Epub ahead of print].
8) Renzi C, Ricciardi E, Bonino D, Handjaras G, Vecchi T, Pietrini P. The effects of visual control and distance in modulating peripersonal spatial representation. PLoS ONE, 2013;8(3):e59460. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0059460. Epub 2013 Mar 15.
9) Ricciardi E, Handjaras G, Bonino D, Vecchi T, Fadiga L, Pietrini P. Beyond Motor Scheme: A Supramodal Distributed Representation in the Action Observation Network. PLoS ONE, 2013;8(3):e58632. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0058632. Epub 2013 Mar 5.
10) Casarotto S, Ricciardi E, Romani S, Dalli D, Pietrini P. Covert brand recognition engages emotion-specific brain networks. Arch Ital Biol, 2012 Dec;150(4):259-73
11) Sizonenko SV, Babiloni C, de Bruin EA, Isaacs EB, J?nsson LS, Kennedy DO, Latulippe ME, Hasan Mohajeri M, Moreines J, Pietrini P, Walhovd KB, Winwood RJ, Sijben JW. Brain imaging and human nutrition: which measures to use in intervention studies? Br J Nutr, 2013 Aug;110 Suppl 1:S1-S30. doi: 10.1017/S0007114513001384.
12) Leo A, Handjaras G, Rampinini A, Ricciardi E, Pietrini P. Il ruolo dell'esperienza sensoriale nelle rappresentazioni semantiche: verso un approccio integrato tra neuroscienze e linguistica. In Parlare senza vedere - Rappresentazioni semantiche nei non vedenti, a cura di Marotta G, Meini L, Donati M, Edizioni ETS, Pisa, 2013, cap. 2, pp 35-50
13) Pietrini P e Rota G. Il comportamento umano tra geni e cervello: alcune considerazioni sullo stato attuale delle conoscenze neuroscientifiche. In Diritto Penale e Neuroetica, a cura di Di Giovine O., Cedam, Trento, 2013, pp. 11-26
14) Basso D, Pavan A, Ricciardi E, Fagioli S, Vecchi T, Miniussi C, Pietrini P.
Touching Motion: rTMS on the Human Middle Temporal Complex Interferes with Tactile Speed Perception. Brain Topogr. 2012 Feb 25. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 22367586 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
15) Gaglianese A, Costagli M, Bernardi G, Ricciardi E, Pietrini P. Evidence of a direct influence between the thalamus and hMT+ independent of V1 in the human brain as measured by fMRI.
Neuroimage. 2012 Apr 2;60(2):1440-7. Epub 2012 Jan 26. PMID: 22300813 [PubMed - in process]
16) Helbig HB, Ernst MO, Ricciardi E, Pietrini P, Thielscher A, Mayer KM, Schultz J, Noppeney U. The neural mechanisms of reliability weighted integration of shape information from vision and touch.
Neuroimage. 2012 Apr 2;60(2):1063-72. Epub 2011 Oct 6.
17) Bambini V, Gentili C, Ricciardi E, Bertinetto PM, Pietrini P. Decomposing metaphor processing at the cognitive and neural level through functional magnetic resonance imaging.
Brain Res Bull. 2011 Oct 10;86(3-4):203-16. Epub 2011 Jul 23
18) Kupers R, Pietrini P, Ricciardi E, Ptito M. The nature of consciousness in the visually deprived brain.
Front Psychol. 2011;2:19. Epub 2011 Feb 14.
19) Pietrini P. From molecules to mind and back….
Curr Opin Neurol. 2011 Aug;24(4):354-6. No abstract available.
20) Ricciardi E, Pietrini P. New light from the dark: what blindness can teach us about brain function. Curr Opin Neurol. 2011 Aug;24(4):357-63. Review.
21) Ricciardi E, Basso D, Sani L, Bonino D, Vecchi T, Pietrini P, Miniussi C. Functional inhibition of the human middle temporal cortex affects non-visual motion perception: a repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation study during tactile speed discrimination. Exp Biol Med (Maywood). 2011 Feb;236(2):138-44.
22) Matteau I, Kupers R, Ricciardi E, Pietrini P, Ptito M. Beyond visual, aural and haptic movement perception: hMT+ is activated by electrotactile motion stimulation of the tongue in sighted and in congenitally blind individuals. Brain Res Bull, May 11, 2010 [Epub ahead of print].
23) Sani L, Ricciardi E, Gentili C, Vanello N, Haxby JV, Pietrini P.
Effects of Visual Experience on the Human MT+ Functional Connectivity Networks: An fMRI Study of Motion Perception in Sighted and Congenitally Blind Individuals.
Front Syst Neurosci. 2010 Dec 20;4:159.
24) Danti S, Ricciardi E, Gentili C, Gobbini MI, Pietrini P, Guazzelli M. Is Social Phobia a "Mis-Communication" Disorder? Brain Functional Connectivity during Face Perception Differs between Patients with Social Phobia and Healthy Control Subjects. Front Syst Neurosci. 2010 Nov 22;4:152.
25) Rigoni D, Pellegrini S, Mariotti V, Cozza A, Mechelli A, Ferrara SD, Pietrini P, Sartori G.How neuroscience and behavioral genetics improve psychiatric assessment: report on a violent murder case. Front Behav Neurosci. 2010 Oct 13;4:160
26) Sani L, Ricciardi E, Gentili C, Vanello N, Haxby JV, Pietrini P. Effects of Visual Experience on the Human MT+ Functional Connectivity Networks: An fMRI Study of Motion Perception in Sighted and Congenitally Blind Individuals. Front Syst Neurosci. 2010 Dec 20;4:159.
27) Danti S, Ricciardi E, Gentili C, Gobbini MI, Pietrini P, Guazzelli M. Is Social Phobia a "Mis-Communication" Disorder? Brain Functional Connectivity during Face Perception Differs between Patients with Social Phobia and Healthy Control Subjects. Front Syst Neurosci. 2010 Nov 22;4:152.
28) Rigoni D, Pellegrini S, Mariotti V, Cozza A, Mechelli A, Ferrara SD, Pietrini P, Sartori G. How neuroscience and behavioral genetics improve psychiatric assessment: report on a violent murder case. Front Behav Neurosci. 2010 Oct 13;4:160.
29) Gobbini MI, Gentili C, Ricciardi E, Bellucci C, Salvini P, Laschi C, Guazzelli M, Pietrini P. Distinct Neural Systems Involved in Agency and Animacy Detection. J Cogn Neurosci. 23(8):1911-20, 2010
30) Pietrini P, Ptito M, Kupers R. Blindness and consciousness: new light from the dark. In The Neurology of Consciousness, eds. G. Tononi and S. Laureys, Elsevier, 2009, pp. 360-374
31) Pietrini P, Salmon E, Nichelli P. Dementia and consciousness: how the brain loses its self. In The Neurology of Consciousness, eds. G. Tononi and S. Laureys, Elsevier, 2009, pp. 294-316
32) Ricciardi E, Bonino D, Sani L, Vecchi T, Guazzelli M, Haxby JV, Fadiga L, Pietrini P. Do we really need vision? How blind people see the actions of others. J Neurosci, 29: 9719-24, 2009
33) Pietrini P, Bambini V. Homo Ferox: The contribution of functional brain studies to understanding the neural bases of aggressive and criminal behavior. Int J Law Psychiatry, 32:259-65, 2009
34) Ghetti B, Spina S, Murrell JR, Huey ED, Pietrini P, Sweeney B, Wassermann EM, Keohane C, Farlow MR, Grafman J. In vivo and postmortem clinicoanatomical correlations in frontotemporal dementia and parkinsonism linked to chromosome 17 Neurodegener Dis. 5:215-7. Epub 2008 Mar 6.
35) Cattaneo Z, Vecchi T, Cornoldi C, Mammarella I, Bonino D, Ricciardi E, Pietrini P. Imagery and spatial processes in blindness and visual impairment. Neurosci Biobehav Rev. 32:1346-60, 2008.
36) Bicchi A, Scilingo EP, Ricciardi E, Pietrini P. Tactile flow explains haptic counterparts of common visual illusions. Brain Res Bull. 75(6):737-41, 2008.
37) Casarotto S, Bianchi AM, Ricciardi E, Gentili C, Vanello N, Guazzelli M, Pietrini P, Chiarenza GA, Cerutti S. Spatiotemporal dynamics of single-letter reading: a combined ERP-FMRI study. Arch Ital Biol. 146(2):83-105, 2008.
38) Gentili C, Gobbini MI, Ricciardi E, Vanello N, Pietrini P, Haxby JV, Guazzelli M. Differential modulation of neural activity throughout the distributed neural system for face perception in patients with Social Phobia and healthy subjects. Brain Res Bull. 2008 Sep 1. [Epub ahead of print]
39) Furey ML, Ricciardi E, Schapiro MB, Rapoport SI, Pietrini P. Cholinergic enhancement eliminates modulation of neural activity by task difficulty in the prefrontal cortex during working memory. J Cogn Neurosci., 20(7):1342-53, 2008.
40) Furey ML, Pietrini P, Haxby JV, Drevets WC. Selective effects of cholinergic modulation on task performance during selective attention. Neuropsychopharmacology, (4):913-923, 2008.
41) Spina S, Murrell JR, Huey ED, Wassermann EM, Pietrini P, Grafman J, Ghetti B. Corticobasal syndrome associated with the A9D Progranulin mutation. J Neuropathol Exp Neurol. 66(10):892-900, 2007
42) Ricciardi E, Vanello N, Sani L, Scilingo EP, Landini L, Guazzelli M, Haxby JV, Pietrini P. The effect of visual experience on the development of functional architecture in hMT+. Cereb Cortex, 17:2933-2939, 2007.
43) Spina S, Murrell JR, Huey ED, Wassermann E, Pietrini P, Baraibar MA, Barbeito AG, Troncoso JC, Vidal R, Ghetti B, Grafman J. Clinicopathological features of frontotemporal dementia with Progranulin sequence variation. Neurology,68(11):820-7, 2007

 


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