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Laboratory of Social Neuroscience and Comparative Development
Laboratory of Social Neuroscience and Comparative Development

Pierfrancesco Ferrari (Principal Investigator)
email: pierfrancesco.ferrari@isc.cnrs.fr
phone: (334) 37 91 12 39

Since 2016 Dr Ferrari is Directeur de Recherche (Director of Research, DR2) at the CNRS in Lyon where he directs the laboratory of Social Neuroscience and Comparative development. Dr Ferrari received his degree in Biology at the University of Parma in 1992. During his Ph.D he conducted part of the research between the University of Parma, Italy, the University of London and the University of Leeds in UK. Soon after he became post-doc fellow at the Tufts University in Boston, USA. On his return to Italy he joined the team led by Giacomo Rizzolatti in Parma investigating the role of mirror neurons in emotional communication and intention. From 2007 to 2008, he served as Adjunct Scientist at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, NIH, Bethesda, Maryland, conducting research on brain development in relation to cognitive functions and social behavior in macaque monkeys. He has also been adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland, USA and visiting Professor at the University of Reading, UK. Dr Ferrari has been Associate Professor in Neuroscience at the University of Parma, Italy, until 2016. Among his achievement he received the Willson distinguished lecturer award from the University of Georgia. He has also been president of the Italian Primatological Association, API. Together with Giacomo Rizzolatti, he is Director of the International School of Neurosciences "Sir John Eccles", at the Ettore Majorana Foundation and Centre for Scientific Culture, Italy. Dr Ferrari’s research program is supported by the National Institutes of Health current research is funded mainly by: the National Institutes of Health of the USA (P01 HD064653-01), University of Lyon 1, Fondation de France, Fédération pour la Recherche sur le Cerveau, Univerity of Lyon 1, the Italian Ministry of Health (PRIN), Centro Diagnostico Europeo Dalla Rosa Prati, Fondazione Bassignani, Giocampus.

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Gino Coudé (Phd)
email: gino.coude@isc.cnrs.fr
phone: (334) 37 91 12
G. Coudé has studied neuroscience at Université de Montréal. He has worked on the neurophysiology and neuroanatomy of motor and mirror neurons in nonhuman primates, on vocalization neurophysiology and behavior in nonhuman primates, and on grasping kinematics in human and nonhuman primates at Università di Parma and Università di FerraraMore
James Bonaiuto (Phd)
email: james.bonaiuto@isc.cnrs.fr
James Bonaiuto completed his PhD in 2010 with Michael Arbib at the University of Southern California developing computational models of reach and grasp performance and observation. He then performed postdoctoral research with Richard Andersen at the California Institute of Technology using computational modeling and reversible muscimol inactivation with nonhuman primates to develop an integrative model of effector- and value-based decision making. He then moved to University College London working with Sven Bestmann and Gareth Barnes using tDCS and EEG to study action-based and perceptual decision making, and action selection. There he helped pioneer the use of subject-specific head-casts for high precision MEG, and was the first to show, non-invasively in the human brain, the laminar- and frequency-specific correlates of action selection.More
Holly Rayson (PhD)
email: Holly.rayson@isc.cnrs.fr
Holly Rayson is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the lab of Pier Francesco Ferrari, where she is using MRI, eye tracking, and behavioural observation to investigate the relationship between early brain development and social functioning, supported by a Fondation de France Fellowship. Before this she worked with Helen Dodd at the University of Reading using EEG and eye tracking to elucidate the precursors of anxiety disorders in young children. She completed her PhD in 2017 with Lynne Murray at the University of Reading, which focused on how early mother-infant interactions influence infant neural responses to others’ facial expressions and gazeMore
Sébastien Kirchherr (PhD Student)
email: Sebastien.kirchherr@isc.cnrs.fr
Sébastien Kirchherr graduated with a MSc in Neuroscience from the University of Strasbourg in 2016. During the course of his masters degree he studied the impact of drug consumption on visual contrast sensitivity with Dr Laurence Lalanne-Tongio. He then participated in the establishment of a mouse model of protracted abstinence to morphine addiction with Dr Brigitte Kieffer at McGill University in Montreal. After returning to France, he has been involved with the Cosinus project for the evaluation of one of the two first injection facilities site for drug users in France.More
Mauro Belluardo (PhD student)
email: mauro.belluardo@isc.cnrs.fr
Mauro Belluardo is a Ph.D student in Neuroscience and a Clinical Psychologist.  He took the Bachelor degree in Experimental and Clinical Cognitive Psychology at Università di Roma of Rome in 2013 and the Master’s degree in Psychobiology and Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Parma, Italy, in 2016. In 2017 he started a Ph.D course in Neuroscience at the University of Parma under the supervision of prof. Pier Francesco Ferrari. His Ph.D. project is aimed at studying facial expressions time processing and facial cortical sensorimotor somatotopic and functional organisation in patients with congenital facial palsy, affected by Moebius Syndrome. He is also spending part of his Ph.D at the Institut des Sciences Cognitives - CNRS, Lyon, taking part in a behavioural and Magnetic Resonance Imaging research project focused on how non-humans primates social behaviours and brain development are affected by early experience.More
Alice Massera (Undergraduate student)
Alice Massera has studied Psychology at the University of Bologna and she is attending a master’s degree in Psychobiology and Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Parma. She is currently working on for the internship with the post-doctoral researcher Holly Raison. The project concerns the study of the relationship between early brain development and social functioning using MRI, eye tracking, and behavioural observation.More
Marco De Luca (Engineer-assistant)
email: marco.deluca@isc.cnrs.fr
Marco De Luca has studied biological and biomedical applications at the University of Parma. He worked in the field of cardiac electrophysiology on the electrical mapping of the epicardial ventricular surface in rats for the evaluation of the vulnerability of the cardiac tissue to the phenomenon of the re-entry ventricular arrhythmia. He took part in a research project in the field of non-human primates neurophysiology concerning scalp EEG activity recording during the simultaneous intracortical microstimulation of the premotor, motor and parietal areas in macaques, in order to investigate the role of these areas in the generation of the mu rhythm in central EEG electrodes.More
Marco Bimbi (Research Engineer)
email: marco.bimbi@isc.cnrs.fr

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