Meet Emilio Bizzi, M.D., PhD.

Emilio Bizzi, M.D., Ph.D. discussed How the Brain Orchestrates Movement on SftPublic's Contemporary Science April 09, 2013.

Dr. Emilio Bizzi, is an MIT Institute Professor and an Investigator at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research (MIT). He received his M.D. from the University of Rome in 1958 and his Ph.D. from the University of Pisa in 1968. He joined the MIT faculty in the same year. He served as director of the Whitaker College of Health Sciences and Technology from 1983 to 1989, and chaired the MIT Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences from 1986 to 1997. He was appointed Investigator at the McGovern Institute in 2001. Among many other honors, Dr. Bizzi became a member of the National Academy of Sciences in 1968 and the Institute of Medicine in 2005. He received the President of Italy's Gold Medal for Scientific Contributions in 2005 and in 2006 was elected President of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Bizzi's research examines how the brain translates mental intentions into the detailed commands needed to control muscle-contractions and limb movements. One of his key discoveries is that groups of muscles are activated synergistically by circuits of neurons in the spinal cord. He believes that these synergies represent the fundamental building blocks for assembling a repertoire of complex movements.

Dr. Bizzi also studies how motor control is affected by stroke damage and how computational analysis of motor control can be harnessed to improve rehabilitation methods for stroke patients. One of his key discoveries is that groups of muscles are activated synergistically by circuits of neurons in the spinal cord. He believes that these synergies represent the fundamental building blocks for assembling a repertoire of complex movements.

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