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DocumentImpairments of visually-guided reach plans after transcranial magnetic stimulation over the human medial posterior parietal cortex2021

Reference code: PT/FB
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Location: S. Mamede do Coronado
BIAL Foundation Archive
Start date: 1994
The BIAL Foundation was created in 1994 by Laboratórios BIAL in conjunction with the Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities. BIAL’s Foundation mission is to foster the scientific study of Man from both the physical and spiritual perspectives.
Along the years the BIAL Foundation has developed an important relationship with the scientific community, first in Portugal and after worldwide. Today it is an institution of reference which aims to stimulate new researches that may help people, promote more health and contribute to new milestones to gain access to knowledge.
Among its activities the BIAL Foundation manages the BIAL Award, created in 1984, one of the most important awards in the Health field in Europe. The BIAL Award rewards both the basic and the clinical research distinguishing works of major impact in medical research.
The BIAL Foundation also assigns Scientific Research Scholarships for the study of neurophysiological and mental health in people, arousing the interest of researchers in the areas of Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
To date the BIAL Foundation has supported 461 projects, more than 1000 researchers, with research groups in twenty-seven countries, resulting, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, out of which 172 published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Since 1996 the BIAL Foundation organizes the Symposia entitled "Behind and Beyond the Brain", a Forum that gathers well renowned neurosciences speakers and the BIAL Foundation Fellows which are spread around the world.
Classified as an institution of public utility, the BIAL Foundation includes among its patrons the Portuguese President, the Portuguese Universities Rectors' Council and the Portuguese Medical Association.
Accessibility: By permission

Reference code: PT/FB/BL
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Title: BIAL Grants
Start date: 1994
In 1994 the BIAL Foundation launched a programme of science research grants with the aim of encouraging the research into Man’s physical and mental processes, namely in fields still largely unexplored but which warrant further scientific analysis, as Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
Since its launch, applications to the BIAL grants have been increasing. Up to now 461 projects have been supported, involving more than 1000 researchers from 27 countries.
The approved applications have benefited from grants in amounts comprised between €5,000 and €50, 000. The amount to be granted is fixed by the Scientific board according to the needs of each project.
The supported projects have originated, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, 172 out of which were published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Among the BIAL Foundation fellows is worth highlighting the presence of scientists from prestigious universities from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Russia, Germany, Japan, France, Canada, and many others.
The BIAL grants are promoted biannually.

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2018
Location: BF-GMS
2018 Grants
Start date: 2019-01

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2018-347
Location: BF-GMS
347 - Driving synaptic plasticity in motor-to-visual neural pathways to enhance action prediction
Duration: 2019-10 - 2023-06
Alessio Avenanti, Marco Zanon
Institution(s): Department of Psychology, Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna (Italy)
Contents: Contents:
Application form
Research Funding Agreement
Progress report
Final report
Language: eng
Avenanti, A.
Secondary author(s):
Zanon, M.
Number of reproductions:
Action observation / Prediction / Plasticity / Connectivity / Psychophysiology

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2018-347.12
Location: BF-GMS
Impairments of visually-guided reach plans after transcranial magnetic stimulation over the human medial posterior parietal cortex
Publication year: 2021
Abstract/Results: ABSTRACT:
The medial posterior parietal cortex (mPPC) is involved in the visual guidance of reaching. Although several studies investigated reaching performed towards different directions, only a few correlational studies investigated different depths. Here, we studied the causal role of mPPC (putatively, human area V6A - hV6A) in encoding depth and direction of reaching performed under visual guidance. Fifteen healthy humans performed a visually-guided reaching task which required different eye-hand configurations (foveal and peripheral reaching): Constant gaze configuration (central gaze fixation while reaching to one of 8 peripheral targets); Constant reach configuration (reaching to the central target while fixating one of 8 peripheral targets); Foveal reach configuration (coincident fixation and reaching targets). We applied single-pulse transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) over the left hV6A at 100 or 200 ms after reaction time onset, over area V1 to check for non-specific effect of TMS, and in a SHAM condition with the coil tilted 90° over the vertex. We found a site-specific and time-dependent effect: in particular, TMS delivered over hV6A 200ms after the Go signal affected the encoding of the depth of reaching by decreasing the accuracy (in depth) of movements towards targets located farther with respect to the gazed position, but only when they were far from the body (Constant gaze configuration: repeated-measure ANOVA, Stimulation Condition x Stimulation Time x Depth interaction, F(4,56) = 3.00; p = 0.03, partial ?2 = 0.17). Reach end-point precision was not affected by TMS over hV6A. The effectiveness of both retinotopic (farther with respect to the gaze) and spatial (far from the body) position is in agreement with the presence in the monkey V6A of neurons employing either retinotopic, spatial, or mixed reference frames during reach plan. This work provides the first causal evidence of the critical role of hV6A in planning visually-guided reaching movements in depth.
Accessibility: Document does not exist in file
Breveglieri, R.
Secondary author(s):
Bosco, A., Borgomaneri, S., Tessari, A., Galletti, C., Avenanti, A., Fattori, P.
Document type:
Number of reproductions:
Breveglieri, R., Bosco, A., Borgomaneri, S., Tessari, A., Galletti, C., Avenanti, A., & Fattori, P. (2021). Impairments of visually-guided reach plans after transcranial magnetic stimulation over the human medial posterior parietal cortex. Journal of Vision, 21(9), 2042.
Indexed document: No
Keywords: Reaching movements / Medial posterior parietal cortex