Meet Emilio Bizzi, M.D., Ph.D.

Emilio Bizzi, M.D., Ph.D., MIT Institute Professor, Principal Investigator at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research, and the Eugene McDermott Professor in the Brain Sciences and Human Behavior (MIT). Dr. Bizzi was 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.

Dr Bizzi is an esteemed neuroscientist, especially recognized for his work on the neural mechanisms that generate the the muscle synergies for a repertoire of complex movements. His work represents a major contribution to understanding 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.

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 appeared with Tamar Flash, Ph.D. on April 09, 2013 on Science for the Public’s Contemporary Science Issues and Innovations program. They discussed their research on the how the brain orchestrates movement –and the numerous applications of their work for medicine and robotics.

Video or April 2013 interview and more information How the Brain Orchestrates Motion