Cv Angelo Quartarone


Angelo Quartarone, M.D. Curriculum Vitae


Address (office):

University of Messina Medical Center

Via Consolare Vaeria Messina, 98125

Tel: ++ 39 (090) 2212798 Fax: ++ 39 (090) 2212789




1976-81 Liceo Scientifico Statale – Archimede, Messina, Italy

1981-87 Universita’ di Messina, Facolta’ di Medicina e Chirurgia, Messina, Italy Post-Graduate Training:

1987-88 Internal Medicine Internship, Policlinico Universitario di Messina Cliinica Medica Messina, Italy ; Chairman: Prof. Squadrito

1988-91 Neurology Residency, Clinica Neurologica II Policlinico Universitario di Messina Chairman: Prof. Corrado Messina



1994-96 Movement Disorders; National Hospital for Nervous diseases, Queen Square . London UK Supervisor Prof. Charles David Marsden.

1994-96 Movement and Balance Unit National Hospital for Nervous diseases, Queen Square . London Supervisor: Dr . John Rothwell



Academic appointments:

2010-present: Adjunct Professor City College of New York, Sophy Davis Medical School Dpt. Of Pharmacology

2011-present: Director of the School of Physiotherapy , University of Messina

2008-present: Adjunct Professor New York University, Langone Medical Center, Dpt. of Neurology

2006-present Associate Professor of Neurology: University of Messina School of Medicine, Messina, Italy

2003-2006 Assistant Professor of Neurology; University of Messina School of Medicine, Messina, Italy

1996-2003 Research Scientist, University of Messina School of Medicine, Messina, Italy


Hospital Appointments:

1996-present Attending Physician, Clinica Neurologica II, Policlinico Universitario Messina

1996-present Attending Physician, Neurophysiology Unit, Policlinico Universitario Messina

2000-present Chief Director, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation and Motor Control Lab, Clinica Neurologica , Messina



1994 National Italian Board of Neurology;

1990 National Italian Board of Medicine;



Extramural Funding:

2003-2004 Italian National Institute of Health Genetics of Dystonia

2003-2009 TMS targeted project, University of Messina

2003-2004 FISM ( Italian Foundation of Multiple Sclerosis) 2004-2006 Italian National Institute of Healthy Genetic of Dystonia

2005 Theleton Foundation: Environmental and Genetic factors in dystonia

2007-2008 Italian Ministry of Health Grant for: Genetic of Spastic Paraparesis: correlation with neurophysiological and clinical findings

2008-2009 American Blepharospasm Foundation Grant: Corneal sensitivity in patients affected by blepharospasm

2009 FISM ( Italian Foundation of Multiple Sclerosis): Study of Central Fatigue

2009 Grant Servier (Paris, France) Memantine and cortical plasticity

2012-2013 Grant Gossweiler Foundation: Mechanisms of action of premotor epidural stimulation in dystonia

2015 Grant Ministery of Health : Does intensive exercise induce plasticity-related changes in Parkinson’s Disease?


Multicenter Studies and Clinical Trials:

2005 Low frequency rTMS as therapeutic tool in intractable epilepsy Italian TMS Network

2006-2007 Treatment of Genetic Polyneuropathy (Charcot-Marie Tooth) with ascorbic acid. Italian Ministry of Health


Medical Foundations Executive Board:

2003-2007 Board Member, Italian Clinical Neurophysiological Society

2009-2010 Board Member of Italian Movement Disorder Society


International Conference – Organization Committees:

2010: First Workshop of Synaptic Plasticity: from bench to bed side, Giardini Naxos

2012: Second Workshop of Synaptic Plasticity: from bench to bed side, Taormina

2014: Third Workshop of Synaptic Plasticity: from bench to bed side,Milazzo


Academic Interests:

Clinical Neurophsiology of Movement Disorders Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Study of Neuroplasticity within sensory-motor cortex in healthy humans and in basal ganglia disorders. Pathophysiology of dystonia by means of neurophysiology and neuroimaging Pathophysiology of Parkinson’s disease by means of neurophysiology and Neuroimaging., DTI and tractography


International Invited Lecturer: –

Seminary at National Hospital, Queen Square , London, England 2003

Seminary at Dpt. of Neurology of Kiel University, Germany 2005

Movement Disorder Society Meeting New Orleans, USA 2005

Seminary at Toronto Western Hospital, Canada 2005

Annual Teaching Course of Functional Neuroimaging Brain Voyager Sorrento Italy, 2006 Workshop on Complex Pain Regional Syndrome Warsaw, Poland 2006

Movement Disorder Society Meeting Kyoto, Japan 2006

Plasticity of basal ganglia disorders, Perugia, Italy 2006

Seminary at National Hospital, Queen Square , London, England 2006

Movement Disorder Society Meeting Instanbul, Turkey 2007

Seminar Department of Neuropsychology, University of Maastricht, Holland 2007 –

Seminary at National Hospital, Queen Square , London, England 2007

Dystonia Medical Research Foundation, Washington, USA 2007

International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology, Siena, Italy 2008

Seminary at the Dpt of Neurology, Hospital del la Salpetriere Paris, France 2008

Movement Disorder Society Meeting Chicago, USA 2008

Seminary at the Dept of Neurology, Hopital del la Salpetriere Paris, France 2009

FENS Satellite Symposium on Motor Control, Nijmegen, Holland 2010

5 International Dystonia Symposium , Barcelona Spain 2011

Movement Disorder Society Meeting Toronto, Canada 2011

Sixth International Dystonia Symposium, Hannover 2012

Fifth International Conference on Non Invasive Brain Stimulation, Leipzig 2013

30th Congress of Clinical Neurophysiology, Berlin 2014

I Brain Stimulation Meeting , Singapore 2015


Selected papers


Milardi D, Gaeta M, Marino S, Arrigo A, Vaccarino G, Mormina E, Rizzo G, Milazzo C, Finocchio G, Baglieri A, Anastasi G, Quartarone A Basal ganglia network by constrained spherical deconvolution: A possible cortico-pallidal pathway? Mov Disord. 2015 Mar;30(3):342-9.


Quartarone A. Transcranial magnetic stimulation in dystonia. Handb Clin Neurol. 2013;         116:543-53


Quartarone A, Hallett M Emerging concepts in the physiological basis of dystonia. Mov Disord. 2013 Jun 15;28(7):958-67.


Terranova C, SantAngelo A, Morgante F, Rizzo V, Allegra R, Arena MG, Ricciardi L, Ghilardi MF, Girlanda P, Quartarone A. Impairment of sensory-motor plasticity in mild Alzheimer’s disease. Brain Stimul. 2013 Jan;6(1):62-6.


Quartarone A, Pisani A. Abnormal plasticity in dystonia: Disruption of synaptic homeostasis. Neurobiol Dis. 2011 May;42(2):162-70.


Morgante F, Dattola V, Crupi D, Russo M, Rizzo V, Ghilardi MF, Terranova C, Girlanda P, Quartarone A. Is central fatigue in multiple sclerosis a disorder of movement preparation? J Neurol. 2011 Feb;258(2):263-72.


Quartarone A, Rizzo V, Terranova C, Morgante F, Schneider S, Ibrahim N, Girlanda P, Bhatia KP, Rothwell JC. Abnormal sensorimotor plasticity in organic but not in psychogenic dystonia. Brain. 2009 Oct;132(Pt 10):2871-7.


Quartarone A, Siebner HR, Rothwell JC. Task-specific hand dystonia: can too much plasticity be bad for you? Trends Neurosci. 2006 Apr;29(4):192-9.