De Gennaro Luigi

Ritratto di De Gennaro Luigi
Professore Ordinario
Settore disciplinare: 
Venerdi 15.00-18.00
Via dei Marsi 78, Roma.
0649917647 (27647)
Informazioni personali: 



- Neurophysiology: Heritability , Excitability of motor cortex, Cortico-Hippocampal networks, Corpus callosum, Sleep fragmentation, Sleep onset, Sleep inertia, Sleepiness, Oculomotor system, Placebo effect, Phasic events of REM and NREM sleep, Dream recall, Personality correlates of dreaming, Hemispheric asymmetries, Spatial learning and memory, Exposure to GSM fields. 
- Techniques:
Conventional and quantitative EEG
EMG (nerve conduction studies)
EOG (oculomotor system studies)
- Pathology:
Sleep disorders
- Current projects:
1. Heritability of sleep/sleep propensity measures
2. Cortico-Hippocampal EEG activity in humans (and relation with memory consolidation)
3. Neurophysiology of sleep disorders, Long Term Potenziation, and local sleep (a. normal adults; b. elderly; c. depressed patients)
5. Cortical excitability of motor cortex and EEG correlates of sleep propensity 
6. Cortical topography of sleep in neurodegenerative disorders [a. Mild Cognitive Impairment; b. Alzheimer diesease]
7. Local sleep changes following repeated Trascranial Magnetic Stimulation treatment of major depression.
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Bertini M., Ferrara M., De Gennaro L., Curcio G., Moroni F., Vecchio F.,De Gasperis M., Rossini MP., Babiloni C. Directional information flows between hemispheres during pre-sleep and early sleep stages. Cerebral Cortex2007;17:1970-1978 I.F.=6.544


Marzano C., Fratello F., Moroni F., Pellicciari M.C., Curcio G., Ferrara M, Ferlazzo F.,De Gennaro L.Slow eye movements and subjective estimates of sleepiness predict EEG power changes during sleep deprivation. Sleep2007; 30:610-616 I.F.= 5.051


Valentini E., Curcio G., Moroni F., Ferrara M., De Gennaro L., Bertini M. Neurophysiological effects of mobile phone electromagnetic fields on humans: a comprehensive review. Bioelectromagnetics 2007; 28: 415-32 I.F.= 1.842


De Gennaro L., Marzano C., Veniero D., Moroni F., Fratello F., Curcio G., Ferrara M., Ferlazzo F., Novelli L., Pellicciari M.C., Bertini M., Rossini P.M. Neurophysiological correlates of sleepiness: a combined TMS and EEG study. Neuroimage 2007;36: 1277-87I.F.=5.895


MoroniF., NobiliL., CurcioG., De CarliF., FratelloF., MarzanoC., De Gennaro L., LorussoG., BertiniM., Ferrara M.Sleep in the human hippocampus: a stereo-EEG study. PLoS ONE2007 2(9):e867 I.F.=4.092


Capozzi F., Casini M.P., De Gennaro L., Nicolais G.P., Solano L. Psychiatric comorbidity in learning disorder: Analysis of family variables. Child Psychiatry Hum Dev.2008; 39: 101-110. I.F.= 1.934


Tecchio F., Zappasodi F., Pasqualetti P., De Gennaro L., Pellicciari M.C., Ercolani M., Rossini P.M. Age dependence of primary motor cortex plasticity induced by Paired Associative Stimulation Clinical Neurophysiology2008; 119: 675–682 I.F.= 3.406


Romei V., De Gennaro L., Fratello F., Curcio G., Ferrara M., Pascual-Leone A., Bertini M. Interhemispheric transfer deficit in alexithymia: A transcranial magnetic stimulation study. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics2008; 77:175-181 I.F.= 6.284


Curcio G., Valentini E., Moroni F., Ferrara M., De Gennaro L., Bertini M. Psychomotor performance is not influenced by brief repeated exposures to mobile phones psychomotor performance not influenced by brief repeated exposures to mobile phones. Bioelectromagnetics2008; 29: 237-241 I.F.=1.842


Ferrara M., Iaria G., Tempesta D., Curcio G., Moroni F., Marzano C., De Gennaro L., Pacitti C. Sleep to find your way: The role of sleep in the consolidation of memory for navigation in humans. Hippocampus2008, 18: 844-851 I.F.= 5.176


De Gennaro L., Marzano C., Fratello F., Moroni F., Pellicciari M.C., Ferlazzo F., Costa S., Couyoumdjian A., Curcio G., Sforza E., Malafosse A., Finelli L., Pasqualetti P., Ferrara M., Bertini M., Rossini P.M. The electroencephalographic fingerprint of sleepisgenetically determined: A twin study. Annals of Neurology2008, 64: 455-460 I.F.= 11.089


De Gennaro L., Fratello F., Marzano C., Moroni F., Curcio G., Tempesta D., Pellicciari M.C., Pirulli C. Ferrara M., Rossini P.M. Cortical plasticity induced by transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) during wakefulness affects EEG activity during sleep. PLoS ONE2008 3(6): e2483 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0002483 I.F. = 4.092


MoroniF., NobiliL., CurcioG., De CarliF., Tempesta D., MarzanoC., De Gennaro L., Cossu M., Francione S., LorussoG., Ferrara M.The effects of declarative and procedural learning on hippocampal sleep in humans. Neuroimage200842:911-8. I.F.=5.895


De Gennaro L.Neurobiology wakes up for research on sleep disorders: An integration of basic and clinical research. Current Pharmaceutical Design 2008; 14: 3384-3385. I.F.= 3.870


Marzano C, Ferrara M, Sforza E, De Gennaro L.Quantitative EEG and sleep disorders: a new window on pathophysiological mechanisms. Current Pharmaceutical Design 2008; 14: 3446-3455.I.F.= 3.870


Siebner H.R., Bergmann T.O., Bestmann S., Massimini M., Johansen-Berg H., Mochizuki H., Bohning D.E., Boorman E.D., Groppa S., Miniussi C., Pascual-Leone A., Huber R., Taylor P.C.J., Ilmoniemi R.J., De Gennaro L., Strafella A., Kähkönen S., Klöppel S., Frisoni G.B., George M.S., Hallett M., Brandt S.A., Rushworth M.F., Ziemann U., Rothwell J.C., Ward N., Cohen L.G., Baudewig J., Paus T., Ugawa Y., Rossini P.M. Consensus paper: Combining transcranial stimulation with neuroimaging. Brain Stimulation2009; 2: 58-80.I.F.= 3.755


Bertini M., Ferrara M., De Gennaro L., Curcio G., Moroni F., Vecchio F.,Infarinato F., Rossini MP., Babiloni C. Directional information flows between brain hemispheres across waking, non-REM and REM sleep states: An EEG study. Brain Res Bull.2009; 78:270-5. I.F.= 2.818


Curcio G., Ferrara M., Limongi T., Tempesta D., Di Sante G., De Gennaro L., Quaresima V., Ferrari M.Acute mobile phones exposure affects frontal cortex hemodynamics as evidenced by functional near-infrared spectroscopy. Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow & Metabolism. 2009; 29: 903-910. I.F.= 5.008


Couyoumdjian A., Sdoia S., Tempesta D., Curcio G., Rastellini E., De Gennaro L., Ferrara M.The effects of sleep and sleep deprivation on task switching performance. Journal of Sleep Research 2010; 19: 64-70.  I.F.=3.157


Marzano C., Ferrara M.,Curcio G., De Gennaro L.The effects of sleep deprivation in humans: Topographical electroencephalographic changes in NREM versus REM sleep.Journal of Sleep Research 2010; 19: 260-268I.F.= 3.157


Pellicciari M.C., Rosato M., Miniussi C., P.M. Rossini, De Gennaro L.Physiological aging and plasticity in the somatosensory cortex. Neuroscience2009 163: 266-76 I.F.= 3.380


Pellicciari M.C., Veniero D., Marzano C., Moroni F., Pirulli C., Curcio G., Ferrara M., Miniussi C., Rossini P.M., De Gennaro L.Heritability of intracortical inhibition and facilitation. Journal of Neuroscience2009; 29: 8897-900. I.F.= 7.115


De Gennaro L., Marzano C., Moroni F., Curcio G., Ferrara M.,Cipolli C. Recovery sleep after sleep deprivation almost completely abolish dream recall. Behav Brain Res 2010; 206: 293-298 I.F.= 3.417


Tempesta D., Couyoumdjian A., Curcio G., Moroni F., Marzano C., De Gennaro L., Ferrara M. Lack of sleep affects emotion evaluation.Brain Res Bull.2010; 82: 104-108 I.F.=2.818


Valentini E., Ferrara M., Presaghi F., De Gennaro L., Curcio G. Systematic review and meta-analysis of psychomotor effects of mobile phone electromagnetic fields: human health implications? Occupational and Environmental Medicine2010;67:708-716  doi:10.1136/oem.2009.047027  I.F.=3.020


Marzano C, de Simoni E, Tempesta D, Ferrara M, De Gennaro L.Sleep deprivation suppresses the increase of rapid eye movement density across sleep cycles.J Sleep Res. 2011 2011; 20(3):386-94. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2869.2010.00886.x I.F.= 3.157


De Gennaro L.Cipolli C., Cherubini A., Assogna F., Cacciari C., Marzano C., Curcio G., Ferrara M., Caltagirone C., Spalletta G. Amygdala and hippocampus volumetry and diffusivity in relation to dreaming. Human Brain Mapping2011 32(9):1458-70. doi: 10.1002/hbm.21120. I.F.= 5.880


Marzano C, Ferrara M, Moroni F, De Gennaro L.Electroencephalographic sleep inertia of the awakening brain.Neuroscience. 2011, 176. 308-317 I.F.= 3.380


Ferrara M, De Gennaro L.Going local: Insights from EEG and stereo-EEG studies of the human sleep-wake cycle. Current Topics in Medicinal Chemistry, Invited Review, 2011; 11(19): 2423-2437. I.F.= 4.174


Marzano C, Ferrara M, Mauro F, Moroni F, Gorgoni M, Tempesta D, Cipolli C, De Gennaro L.Recalling and forgetting dreams: Theta and alpha oscillations during sleep predict subsequent dream recall. Journal of Neuroscience2011;3: 6674-83. I.F.= 7.115


Tempesta D, Mazza M, Iaria G, De Gennaro L, Ferrara M. A specific deficit in spatial memory acquisition in post-traumatic stress disorder and the role of sleep in its consolidation. Hippocampus2012;  22:1154–1163 doi: 10.1002/hipo.20961. I.F.= 5.176


Nobili L., Ferrara M., Moroni F., De Gennaro L., Lo Russo G., Campus C., Cardinale F., De Carli F.Dissociated wake-like and sleep-like electro-cortical activity during sleep. Neuroimage 2011; 58: 612-9. I.F.=5.895


Tempesta D., Couyoumdjian A., Moroni F., Marzano C., De Gennaro L., Ferrara M.The impact of one night of sleep deprivation on moral judgments. Social Neuroscience7 (3): 292-300, 2012.  DOI: 10.1080/17470919.2011.614002 I.F.= 2.738


Valentini E, Ferrara M, Presaghi F, De Gennaro L, Curcio G. Republished review: Systematic review and meta-analysis of psychomotor effects of mobile phone electromagnetic fields.Postgrad Med J2011; 87(1031): 643-51. I.F.= 1.939


De Gennaro L., Marzano C., Cipolli C., Ferrara M.HOW WE REMEMBER THE STUFF THAT DREAMS ARE MADE OF: Neurobiological approaches to the brain mechanisms of dream recall. Behav Brain Res 226 (2012) 592– 596. Doi10.1016/j.bbr.2011.10.017 I.F.= 3.417


Curcio G., Tempesta D., Scarlata S., Marzano C., Moroni F.,Rossini P-M.,Ferrara M., De Gennaro L. Validity of the Italian version of the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI). Neurological Sciences2012 Apr 13 [Epub ahead of print] DOI 10.1007/s10072-012-1085-y I.F.= 1.315


MoroniF., NobiliL., De CarliF., Massimini M.,Francione S., MarzanoC., Proserpio P., Cipolli C., De Gennaro L., Ferrara M.Slow EEG rhythms and inter-hemispheric synchronization across sleep and wakefulness in the human hippocampus. Neuroimage60 (2012) 497–504doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2011.11.093 I.F.=5.895


Nobili L., De Gennaro L., Proserpio P., Moroni F., Sarasso S., Pigorini A., De Carli F., Ferrara M.Local aspects of sleep: observations from intracerebral recordings in humans. Progress Brain Research199; 2012 I.F.=3.040 DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-444-59427-3.00013-7

Ferrara M.,Moroni F., De Gennaro L., Nobili L. Hippocampal sleep features: relations to human memory function Frontiers in Neurology2012; 3 (57) URL=


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