Center Description

The "Center for Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders" began operating in 1988 as part of the Department of Neurosciences at the University of Genoa, which comprises other specialties under the name DINOGMI (Department of Neurosciences, Rehabilitation, Ophthalmology, Genetics, and Maternal and Child Sciences). As of today, over 5,000 patients have been examined at this Center.

The Center's primary activity has always been caring for patients suffering from Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders, but over the years it has also developed along lines of clinical and experimental research, working together with other centers specialized in movement disorders in Italy and abroad.

It has been recognized by the Regional Authority of Liguria as a referral center for the diagnosis and treatment of Huntington's disease and for the certification of rare diseases (Huntington's disease, dystonias, and atypical parkinsonisms).

The Center also provides extensive training to students from various degree programs within the Department of Medicine, junior resident doctors, nurses, and other professionals.

Center Director and Staff


The center's director is Prof. Giovanni Abbruzzese, Professor of Physical and Rehabilitative Medicine at the University of Genoa, where he earned his undergraduate degree and completed his training in Neurology at the School of Medicine. His research interests center around the physiopathology of motor control and the various clinical aspects of movement disorders (Parkinson's Disease and parkinsonisms, tremors, chorea, and dystonia).

Staff Physicians

  • Prof. Giovanni Abbruzzese, MD - Neurologist
  • Dr. Roberta Marchese, MD - Neurologist
  • Dr. Laura Avanzino, PhD, MD - Neurologist
  • Dr. Francesca Di Biasio, PhD, MD - Neurologist

Support Staff

  • Dr. Carlo Trompetto, MD - Neurologist and Physiatrist (Director of the Clinical Neurophysiology Laboratory)
  • Dr. Giovanna Lagravinese, PhD - Psychologist (Director of the Neuropsychology Laboratory)
  • Dr. Elisa Pelosin, PhD - Physical Therapist (Director of Rehabilitation Programs)
  • Dr. Cecilia Cerulli - Physical Therapist
  • Dr. Andrea Ravaschio, PhD - Engineer (Director of the Movement Analysis Laboratory)
  • Sig.ra Patrizia Papeschi - Nurse
  • Sig.ra Laura Ghezzi - Nurse

Services available at the Center for Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders:

  • Clinical assessment and patient management (diagnosis, treatment, support)
  • Neuropsychological evaluation
  • Neurophysiological evaluation (nerve conduction velocity, electromyography, evoked potentials, electroencephalography)
  • Gait analysis
  • Kinematic analysis of movement
  • Physical Therapy
  • Treatment with botulinum toxin
  • Patient management for Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) operations (in cooperation with the Neurosurgery Unit - San Martino University Hospital)
  • Patient management for DuoDopa(TM) infusion by means of PEG-J insertion (in cooperation with the Gastroenterology Unit - San Martino University Hospital)
  • Genetic Consultation (in cooperation with the Clinical Genetics Unit - San Martino University Hospital)

Additional services (within the Hospital)

  • Neuroradiology and Nuclear Medicine
  • Clinical Psychology Consultation
  • Assessment and treatment of speech and swallowing function

For more information

Centro per la Malattia di Parkinson e i Disordini del Movimento
Padiglione Maragliano - Piano 3 (Ponente) c/o IRCCS Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria San Martino - IST
Largo Rosanna Benzi, 10, 16132 Genova

Tel: 010 555 3286 (hour: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.)

Website: www.ospedalesanmartino.it