From Parma to Pisa: building a great physiological institute

A. Zanchetti


This is a remembrance of the early stages in the development of Giuseppe Moruzzi’s school at the University of Parma in the years immediately following the end of the second World War, and its subsequent move to the University of Pisa with the foundation and growth of the Pisa Institute of Physiology, and the great contributions to neurosciences with the studies on the brain stem reticular formation and sleep physiology.


Brain stem reticular formation • Cerebellum • Midpontine preparation • Sleep

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