Program Schedule


The workshop has been postponed to a new date that will be published on the website as soon as possible. For those who have already paid the contribution fee they are automatically considered registered and participants for the new date. if participation is not possible on the new date, the contribution fee will be refunded

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Friday 24, April
Arrival in Erice - After dinner reception at the marsala room (San Rocco)

Saturday 25, April
  • 09:00-09:20 - Welcome by the Director of The International School of Ethology, Stefano Parmigiani (University of Parma, IT)
  • 09:20-09:40 - Introduction to the Conference by one of the directors
Session 1 - Neurobiology, neuroplasticity and mental health
  • 09:40-10:30 - Alessandro Sale (C.N.R. Institute of Neuroscience, Pisa, Italy) : Physical exercise and visual cortex plasticity: active training for amblyopia recovery
  • 10:30-10:50 - coffee break
  • 10:50-11:40 - Daniela Caporossi (Dipartimento di Scienze Motorie Umane e della Salute, Università di Roma "Foro Italico", Italy) : Exercise in the evolution of human neurobiology
  • 11:40-12:30 - Francesca Cirulli (Center for Behavioral Sciences and Mental Health,Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Roma, Italy) : Healthy body - healthy mind? Joining physical exercise and mental health in a neurobiological perspective
  • 12:30-14:30 - Lunch break
  • 14:40-15:30 - Matteo Vandoni (Laboratory of Adapted Motor Activity, University of Pavia, Italy) : Affective responses during exercise: a way to a healthier and active lifestyle?
  • 15:30-16:20 - Valentina Bianco (Cognitive Processes Electrophysiology Lab, IRCCS Fondazione Santa Lucia, Italy) : Effects of motor experience on anticipatory brain functions
  • 16:20-16:40 - Coffee break
  • 16:40-17:30 - Martin Brüne (LWL University Hospital, Ruhr University Bochum Clinic for Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Preventive Medicine, Germany) : Somatic consequences of chronic psychological stress: the case of borderline personality disorder
  • 17:30-19:00 - Short communications

Sunday 26, April
From 8 Am till 14:00 pm Excursion
Session #2. Sport, Medicine and Physical exercise
  • 15:00-16:00 - Posters presentation
  • 16:00-16:50 - Antonio Frizziero (University-Hospital of Padova, Italy) : The role of posture in rehabilitation
  • 16:50-17:20 - Cosimo Costantino (Department of Medicine and Surgery, University of Parma, Italy) : Functional overload of the muscle tendon
  • 17:20-18:10 - Domenico Gualtieri (Universita degli Studi di Milano, Milan, Italy) : The Truth of numbers. The Journey around a world of numbers: a football experience

Monday 27, April
Session #3. Psychobiology of sports: stress, hormones and psychology
  • 09:00-09:50 - Alicia Salvador (Departamento de Psicobiología, University of Valencia, Spain) : Sex differences in competitive behavior
  • 09:50-10:40 - Ignacio Torres Aleman (Department of Functional and Systems Neuroscience, Cajal Institute, Madrid, Spain) : The multiple beneficial actions of exercise in the brain involve hormones with multiple actions in the brain
  • 10:40-11:00 - Coffee break
  • 11:00-11:25 - Davide Ponzi (University of Parma,Unit of Neuroscience, Department of Medicine and Surgery, University of Parma, Italy) : Psychobiology of sports competition
  • 11:30-11:55 - Mirko Pesce (Department of Psychological Sciences Humanities and Territory, Università degli Studi G. d'Annunzio Chieti e Pescara, Italy) : Emotions, Immunity and Sport: insights into psychobiological profile
  • 12:00-12:55 - Irene La Fratta (Department of Psychological Sciences Humanities and Territory, Università degli Studi G. d'Annunzio Chieti e Pescara, Italy) : Challenge Sport: where the stress and anger encounter the endocrine and immune systems
  • 13:00-15:00 - Lunch break
Session #4. Life span and physical activity
  • 15:00-15:50 - Georg Kuhn (Institute for Neuroscience and Physiology,University of Gothenburg, Sweden) : Epidemiology, physical fitness early in life and its effect on brain diseases later in life
  • 15:50-16:40 - Marcello Maggio (Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Università di Parma, Italy) : Physical activity and aging
  • 16:40-17:00 - Coffee break
  • 17:00-17:50 - Stefano Parmigiani (Università di Parma, Italy) : Darwinian Medicine and physical activity
  • 18:00-18:40 - Round Table.
  • 20:00 - Social Dinner

Tuesday 28, April