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Fellowship posted by Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (15/04/2014 02.47)

Characterization of the neuronal circuit involved in the placebo response in Parkinson's disease

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The placebo effect has been mainly studied in pain. However, more recently Parkinson's disease has emerged as an excellent model to understand the underlying mechanisms from a neurophysiological point of view. In particular, it is possible to study the placebo effect at the level of single neurons during the implantation of electrodes for deep brain stimulation in the Parkinsonian patient. Over the past few years our group has described the activity of single neurons during the placebo response in Parkinson's disease in different brain regions, such as the subthalamic nucleus. This project is aimed at better understnating the neuronal circuit involved, for example by recording from other regions such as the motor thalamus. In addition, we will analyze different patterns of neuronal discharge, such as low and high frequencies. This experimental approach will allow us to better characterize the neuronal network involved in the placebo response in the Parkinsonian patient.

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Eligibility criteria

The call (n. rep. 859), the requirements and how to apply are available at the following address:

Selection process

qualifications and interview (in Turin) - Dates and venues of the interviews are published on the website of the University of Turin at the official notice board ( by the date of the deadline

Programme Description
Number of awards per year1
Eligible destination country/ies for fellowsItaly
Eligibility of fellows: country/ies of residenceAll
Eligibility of fellows: nationality/iesAll
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Fellowship's Details
Career StageEarly stage researcher or 0-4 yrs (Post graduate)
Research ProfilesNot defined
Employment contract with full social securityyes
Total amount per fellowship per year20765
Covers salaryyes
Covers travel and subsistenceyes
Covers research costsyes
Maximum duration of fellowship24
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Universita' degli Studi di Torino

Public research
Turin - Italy