Alessandro Tonacci was born in Massa, Italy, in 1986. He obtained his Bachelor in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Pisa in 2009 and the Master Degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Pisa in 2010. He was awarded with a PhD in Automation, Robotics and Bioengineering from the University of Pisa in 2015. From 2011 to 2019, he was Research Fellow at the Institute of Clinical Physiology, National Research Council of Italy (IFC-CNR) in Pisa, Italy where, from 2020, he is Full-Time Researcher.
From his early days at the IFC-CNR, he has studied the sense of smell as early, non-invasive biomarker for neurodegeneration and neural functioning in various populations, including elderly people with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), children and adolescents with neuropsychiatric and neurodevelopmental disorders (Autism Spectrum Disorders, Eating Disorders, ...), as well as in people professionally exposed to environmental hazards, including ionizing radiations in the clinical setting. He also studied, and currently studies, the effects caused by the olfactory stimulation on the autonomic nervous system (ANS).
Besides that, Alessandro is also the Technical Stream of the Consumer Technology Society of the IEEE for the section “Consumer Systems for Healthcare” and author of about 90 articles in scientific journals. Thanks to the studies in the field of sensory neuroscience, he is actually “Young Advocate” for the international initiative “BrainFit4Life” to promote dementia awareness throughout the World, affiliated with the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, and established in Switzerland.
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