San Paolo Hospital Milan – Neurology Clinic

University of Milan Medical School – Health Science Dept

Alberto Priori


Presently is Director of III Neurology Clinic at San Paolo Hospital, Milan (August 2015) and Full Professor of Neurology (MED 26, 06/D6 sector) at the Department of Health Science, University of Milan Medical School, Italy.

In the past years Prof Priori has been the Head of the Clinical Center for Neurostimulation, Neurotechnologies and Movement Disorders – Fondazione IRCCS Cà Granda – Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico of Milano, and responsible for the university centre for deep brain stimulation and movement disorders at the Department of Neurological Sciences, University of Milan.

In the last 15 years built up and developed the laboratory of clinical neurobioengineering where clinical neurologist and neurophysiologist interact with bioengineers and psychologist dealing with research issues at different level of the nervous system from peripheral axons to higher cerebral functions.

Professor Priori has spent several years developing novel methods for the analysis of the EEG signal from the human basal ganglia through stereotactically implanted electrodes for deep brain stimulation in patients with Parkinson’s disease and torsion dystonia. This work led to the discovery of oscillatory activity in the human basal ganglia at high frequencies previously unknown. Professor Priori registered a patent (PCT/IB2006/002184. International patent application) for a system for feed-back deep brain stimulation of the subthalamic nucleus in Parkinson’s disease. The mechanism of action of polarizing currents applied to the human cerebral cortex through the scalp is a further research topic devoted to the induction of persistent changes in cortical excitability and their possible application in the management of neurological disorders with abnormal cortical function. Alberto Priori first reported in 1998 the action of weak scalp currents on human cortical function opening the way to the development of the technique of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS).