Massimo Grattarola

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Massimo Grattarola (1950–2002) was an Italian born multidisciplinary engineer & scientist who pioneered the fields of bioelectronics[1] and neurobioengineering (also referred to as neuroengineering).[2]

Founder of Bioelectronics in Italy[edit]

Massimo Grattarola thrived at the cutting edge of research. Massimo's ambition was to unite engineers and physicists into neurophysiology and neuroscience... which he christened: Neurobioengineering or Neuroengineering.[1] Mr Grattarola was the only scientist in Italy to have a chair in Bioelectronics for the Biomedical Engineering degree, pioneering the field of Bioelectronics with his textbook publication "Bioelectronics Handbook: MOSFETs, Biosensors and Neurons", edited in 1998 by Mc-Graw Hill.[3] Massimo then proposed an International Research Center on Neuroengineering in Genova.

His peers described him as a soft-spoken, personable man with an intense mind who: "... transmitted to his students not only his knowledge but also, and even more, his enthusiasm for research and his creative way of doing science."[1]

Pioneer - First Bio-Artificial Brain[edit]

In September 2001, European Commission appointed Mr Grattarola as an F.E.T. (Future and Emerging Technologies) Programme Project Leader, to study neuronal plasticity at the network level (A Bio-artificial Brain), to train cultured neuronal tissue to support behavior of an artificial body.[4]


More than 70 publications, contributions to conferences, workshops and contributor to various university course textbooks, including: Bioelectronics[3] and journals[5][6][7][8][9] among others...

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  1. ^ a b c Dr. Marco Bove, In Memoriam Website for Dr. M. Grattarola, University of Genova, Italy -
  2. ^ # Dr. Marco Bove, In Memoriam Website for Dr. M. Grattarola, University of Genova, Italy -
  3. ^ a b
  4. ^ Institute of Physics, Journal of Neural Engineering Vol 5, Issue 4.
  5. ^ Michele Giugliano, Massimo Grattarola, Gwendal Le Masson: Electrophysiological activity to cell metabolism signal transduction. Neurocomputing 38-40: 23-30 (2001)
  6. ^ Michele Giugliano, Marco Bove, Massimo Grattarola: Activity-Driven Computational Strategies of a Dynamically Regulated Integrate-and-Fire Model Neuron. Journal of Computational Neuroscience 7(3): 247-254 (1999)
  7. ^ Michele Giugliano, Marco Bove, Massimo Grattarola: Fast Calculation of Short-Term Depressing Synaptic Conductances. Neural Computation 11(6): 1413-1426 (1999)
  8. ^ Molecular Crystals and Liquid Crystals Authors: Massimo Grattarola; Sergio Martinoia; Giuseppe Massobrio; Marco Bove; Carlo Ciccarelli. doi:10.1080/10587259308055215
  9. ^ Interfacing Biological Membranes To Silicon Devices, Grattarola, M.; Martinoia, S.; Massobrio, G. Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, 1992. Vol.14. Proceedings of the Annual International, Conference of the IEEE, Volume 1, Issue , 29 Oct-1 Nov 1992 Page(s):180 - 181

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