For decades, the construction of a computational model of the brain has been a kind of Holy Grail in neuroscience and computing. Through this research, Giorgio Ascoli and his team of researchers want to gain a better understanding of how mind and body connect and interact. The findings have potential biomedical implications in the study and treatment of debilitating diseases such as epilepsy and Parkinson’s, as well as the mental decline that comes with aging.
Ascoli also is working on understanding how the changes of neuronal anatomy similar to those occurring in Alzheimer’s patients may cause the impaired behavior of nerve cells at the basis of memory loss and dementia. His research may shed light on the basic mechanisms underlying the neuronal malfunction that typifies Alzheimer’s and related diseases