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Professor Giuseppe Luppino
~ Full Professor of Physiology ~

(director of the Department)

Academic profile  

-::- Born in Naples, Italy, March 5, 1957.

-::- Academic Position

  • Associate Professor of Physiology, University of Parma, since 1992.

-::- Education

  • School of Medicine, Parma, MD 1982;
  • Dept. of Neurology, University of Parma, Degree of Neurology, 1986;
  • Ph.D., Neurological Sciences, Rome, 1988.

-::- Professional experience

  • 1976-1982, Resident in Human Physiology, University of Parma;
  • 1982-1990, Assistant in Human Physiology, University of Parma;
  • 1990-1992, Assistant Professor of Human Physiology, University of Parma;
  • 1985, Visiting Scientist Research Associate, Dept. of Psychology, Duke University, Duhram, NC, USA, (collaboration with Profs. I.T. Diamond and D. Fitzpatrick);
  • 1992, Dept. of Physiology, Nihon University, Tokyo, Japan (collaboration with Prof. H. Sakata).

-::- Teaching

  • Human Physiology to undergraduate students of Motor Sciences, Neurophysiology to medical students.

-::- Membership

  • European Brain and Behaviour Society (EBBS)
  • Italian Physiological Society (SIF)
  • Italian Neuroscience Society (SIN).

(+39) 0521-033893

Research Interests  

Anatomical and functional organization of the agranular frontal and posterior parietal cortices of primates, using a variety of architectonical, tract-tracing and electrophysiological techniques.

More than 50 papers published in international peer-reviewed journals and edited books.

Recent Publications  

Luppino G., Rozzi S., Calzavara R., Matelli M.
Prefrontal and agranular cingulate projections to the dorsal premotor areas F2 and F7 in the macaque monkey.
Eur. J. Neurosci. 17(3): 559-78, 2003.


Rizzolatti G., Luppino G.
The cortical motor system.
Neuron 31: 889-901, 2001.


Luppino G., Calzavara R., Rozzi S., Matelli M.
Projections from the superior temporal sulcus to the agranular frontal cortex in the macaque.
Eur. J. Neurosci. 14: 1035-1040, 2001.


Matelli M., Luppino G.
Parietofrontal circuits for action and space perception in the macaque monkey.
Neuroimage 14: S27-S32, 2001.


Galletti C., Gamberini M., Kutz D.F., Fattori P., Luppino G., Matelli M.
The cortical connections of area V6: an occipito-parietal network processing visual information.
Eur. J. Neurosci., 13, 1572-1588, 2001.


Luppino G., Rizzolatti G.
The organization of the frontal motor cortex.
News Physiol. Sci. 15:219-224, 2000.


Geyer S., Matelli M., Luppino G., Zilles K.
Functional neuroanatomy of the primate isocortical motor system.
Anatomy-and-Embryology 202:443-474, 2000.


Geyer S., Zilles K., Luppino G., Matelli M.
Neurofilament protein distribution in the macaque monkey dorsolateral premotor cortex.
Eur. J. Neurosci 12:1554-66, 2000.


Murata A., Gallese V., Luppino G., Kaseda M., Sakata H.
Selectivity for the shape, size and orientation of objects for grasping in neurons of monkey parietal area AIP.
J. Neurophysiol. 83: 2580-2601, 2000.


Fogassi L., Raos V., Franchi G., Gallese V., Luppino G., Matelli M.
Visual responses in the dorsal premotor area F2 of the macaque monkey.
Exp. Brain Res., 128: 194-199, 1999.


Luppino G., Murata A., Govoni P., Matelli M.
Largely segregated parietofrontal connections linking rostral intraparietal cortex (areas AIP and VIP) and the ventral premotor cortex (areas F5 and F4).
Exp. Brain Res., 128: 181-187, 1999.


Matelli M., Govoni P., Galletti C., Kutz D.F., Luppino G.
Superior area 6 afferents from the superior parietal lobule in the macaque monkey.
J. Comp. Neurol., 402: 327-352, 1998.


Vorobiev V., Govoni P., Rizzolatti G., Matelli M., Luppino G.
Parcellation of human mesial area 6: cytoarchitectonic evidence for three separate areas.
Eur. J. of Neurosci., 10: 2199-2203, 1998.


Rizzolatti G., Luppino G., Matelli M.
The organization of the cortical motor system: new concepts.
Electroencephalography and Clinical Neurophysiology, 106: 283-296, 1998.


Geyer S., Matelli M., Luppino G., Schleicher A., Jansen Y., Palomero-Gallagher N., Zilles K.
Receptor autoradiographic mapping of the mesial motor and premotor cortex of the rhesus monkey.
J. Comp. Neurol., 397: 231-250, 1998.


Matelli M., Luppino G.
Functional anatomy of human motor cortical areas.
In: Handbook of Neuropsychology, Vol.11: F. Boller and J. Grafman (eds) Elsevier science, Amsterdam, pp. 9-26, 1998.


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