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Riccardo Viaro

Post Doc

Former colleague

Center

CTNSC@UniFe Ferrara

Contacts

riccardo.viaro@iit.it riccardo.viaro@unife.it
+39 0532 455243

Selected Publications

Book chapters

• Fadiga L, Tia B, Viaro R (2015). Anatomy and physiology of the mirror neuron system. In: Toga AW (Ed), Brain mapping: an encyclopedic reference, vol. 2:411-416, Academic Press Elsevier.

Full papers on peer-reviewed international journals

Viaro R, Bonazzi L, Maggiolini E, Franchi G (2016). Cerebellar modulation of cortically evoked complex movements in rats. Cereb Cortex, in press, doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhw167.

• Arcuri L, Viaro R, Bido S, Longo F, Calcagno M, Fernagut PO, Zaveri NT, Calò G, Bezard E, Morari M (2016). Genetic and pharmacological evidence that endogenous nociceptin/orphanin FQ contributes to dopamine cell loss in Parkinson's disease. Neurobiol Dis 89:55-64.

• Mabrouk O, Viaro R, Volta M, Ledonne A, Mercuri N, Morari M (2014). Stimulation of delta opioid receptor and blockade of nociceptin/orphanin FQ receptor synergistically attenuate parkinsonism. J Neurosci 34:12953-12962.

Viaro R, Budri M, Parmiani P, Franchi G (2014). Adaptive changes in the motor cortex during and after long-term forelimb immobilization in adult rats. J Physiol 592:2137-2152.

• Fadiga L, Caselli L, Craighero L, Gesierich B, Olyinik A, Tia B, Viaro R (2013). Activity in ventral premotor cortex is modulated by vision of own hand in action. PeerJ 1:e88:1-23.

Viaro R, Calcagno M, Marti M, Borrelli E, Morari M (2013). Pharmacological and genetic evidence for pre- and postsynaptic D2 receptor involvement in motor responses to nociceptin/orphanin FQ receptor ligands. Neuropharmacology 72:126-138.

• Mabrouk O, Mela F, Calcagno M, Budri M, Viaro R, Dekundy A, Parsons CG, Auberson YP, Morari M (2013). GluN2A and GluN2B NMDA receptor subunits differentially modulate striatal output pathways and contribute to levodopa-induced abnormal involuntary movements in dyskinetic rats. ACS Chem Neurosci 4:808-816.

• Bonazzi L, Viaro R, Lodi E, Canto R, Bonifazzi C, Franchi G (2013). Complex movement topography and extrinsic space representation in the rat forelimb motor cortex as defined by long-duration intracortical microstimulation. J Neurosci 33:2097-2107.

Viaro R, Morari M, Franchi G (2011). Progressive motor cortex functional reorganization following 6-hydroxydopamine lesioning in rats. J Neurosci 31:4544-4554.

• Volta M, Viaro R, Trapella C, Marti M, Morari M (2011). Dopamine-nociceptin/orphanin FQ interactions in the substantia nigra reticulata of hemiparkinsonian rats: Involvement of D2/D3 receptors and impact on nigro-thalamic neurons and motor activity. Exp Neurol 228:126-137.

Viaro R, Marti M, Morari M (2010). Dual motor response to L-dopa and nociceptin/orphanin FQ receptor antagonists in 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,5,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP) treated mice: paradoxical inhibition is relieved by D2/D3 receptor blockade. Exp Neurol 223:473-484.

• *Marti M, *Viaro R, Guerrini R, Franchi G, Morari M (2009). Nociceptin/orphanin FQ modulates motor behavior and primary motor cortex output through receptors located in substantia nigra reticulate. Neuropsychopharmacol 34:341-355. *Marti M and *Viaro R equally contributed to this work.

• Maggiolini E, Viaro R, Franchi G (2008). Suppression of activity in the forelimb motor cortex temporarily enlarges forelimb representation in the homotopic cortex in adult rats. Eur J Neurosci 27:2733-2746.

Viaro R, Sanchez-Pernaute R, Marti M, Trapella C, Isacson O, Morari M(2008). Nociceptin/orphanin FQ receptor blockade attenuates MPTP-induced parkinsonism. Neurobiol Dis 30:430-438.

• Marti M, Trapella C, Viaro R, Morari M(2007). The nociceptin/orphanin FQ receptor antagonist J-113397 and L-DOPA additively attenuate experimental parkinsonism through overinhibition of the nigrothalamic pathway. J Neurosci 27:1297-1307.

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Lo staff complessivo di IIT conta circa 1440 persone. L’area scientifica è rappresentata da circa l’85% del personale. Il 45% dei ricercatori proviene dall’estero: di questi, il 29% è costituito da stranieri provenienti da oltre 50 Paesi e il 16% da italiani rientrati. Oggi il personale scientifico è composto da circa 60 principal investigators, circa 110 ricercatori e tecnologi di staff, circa 350 post doc, circa 500 studenti di dottorato e borsisti, circa 130 tecnici. Oltre 330 posti su 1400 creati su fondi esterni. Età media 34 anni. 41% donne / 59 % uomini.

Nel 2015 IIT ha ricevuto finanziamenti pubblici per circa 96 milioni di euro (80% del budget), conseguendo fondi esterni per 22 milioni di euro (20% budget) provenienti da 18 progetti europei17 finanziamenti da istituzioni nazionali e internazionali, circa 60 progetti industriali

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Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) is a public research institute that adopts the organizational model of a private law foundation. IIT is overseen by Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca and Ministero dell'Economia e delle Finanze (the Italian Ministries of Education, Economy and Finance).  The Institute was set up according to Italian law 326/2003 with the objective of promoting excellence in basic and applied research andfostering Italy’s economic development. Construction of the Laboratories started in 2006 and finished in 2009.

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