Cecilia Fontanesi

Cecilia Fontanesi
CUNY Graduate Center | CUNY · Program in Biology

Doctor of Philosophy

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Introduction
I am a dance and movement artist conducting neuroscience research, teaching Laban movement analysis, leading community programs, and facilitating dance/movement therapy interventions.
Additional affiliations
August 2013 - February 2015
City College of New York
Position
  • Research Assistant
Description
  • We investigate plasticity-related changes that follow training, using biochemical measures (BDNF-TrkB pathway) in parallel with electrophysiological (EEG) and behavioral data (motor learning and retention).
September 2012 - August 2013
CUNY Graduate Center
Position
  • Research Assistant
Description
  • Neuroscience training and research.
Education
September 2012 - July 2017
CUNY Graduate Center
Field of study
  • Biology Neuroscience
September 2010 - May 2011
Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, LIMS
Field of study
  • Movement Analysis
September 2006 - December 2009
University of Florence
Field of study
  • Biology of Behavior

Publications

Publications (15)
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In Parkinson's disease (PD), skill retention is poor, even when acquisition rate is generally preserved. Recent work in normal subjects suggests that 5 Hz-repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (5Hz-rTMS) may induce phenomena of long-term potentiation at the cortical level.Objective/HypothesisWe thus verified whether, in PD, 5Hz-rTMS enhances...
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Sleep disturbances are among the most common non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease (PD), greatly interfering with daily activities and diminishing life quality. Pharmacological treatments have not been satisfactory because of side effects and interactions with anti-parkinsonian drugs. While studies have shown that regular exercise improves slee...
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BACKGROUND: In a combined animal and human study, we have previously found that a 5-day treatment that enhances cortical plasticity also facilitates brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF)-tyrosine receptor kinase B (TrkB) signaling and increases activated TrkB and N-methyl-d-aspartate receptor (NMDAR) association in both the cortex and the periph...
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Background: Previous studies have investigated the effects of dance interventions on Parkinson’s motor and non-motor symptoms in an effort to develop an integrated view of dance as a therapeutic intervention. This within-subject study questions whether dance can be simply considered a form of exercise by comparing a Dance for Parkinson’s class with...
Conference Paper
This book is based on the conference on “Movement and Cognition” held in July 2018 at the Joseph B. Martin Center at Harvard Medical School in Boston, where an opportunity was provided for researchers and practitioners from various disciplines to share their knowledge and experience in an academic environment that has supported learning and social...
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The Research and Practice Committee of the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA) presents the research and thesis poster session at each annual conference. The abstracts reported in this paper were selected by the authors for the 2021 Virtual Research and Thesis Poster Session at the 56th Annual ADTA Conference. This year, the 56th Annual ADTA...
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The Research and Practice Committee of the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA) presents the research poster session at each annual conference. The abstracts reported in this paper were selected by the authors for the 2020 Virtual Research and Thesis Poster Session at the 55th Annual ADTA Conference. This year, the 55th Annual ADTA conference...
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Background Previous studies have investigated the effects of dance interventions on Parkinson’s motor and non-motor symptoms in an effort to develop an integrated view of dance as a therapeutic intervention. This within-subject study questions whether dance can be simply considered a form of exercise by comparing a Dance for Parkinson’s class with...
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The Research and Practice Committee of the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA) has sponsored the research poster session at each annual conference for the past 23 years. The studies represented in the following abstracts were presented at the 2018 Research and Thesis Poster Session of the 53rd Annual ADTA conference in Salt Lake City, Utah an...
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The Research and Practice Committee of the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA) has sponsored the research poster session at each annual conference for the past 21 years. The studies represented in the current abstracts from the 2016 Research and Thesis Poster Session of the 51st Annual ADTA conference feature a wide range of scholarly works a...
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Background Sleep disturbances are among the most common non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease (PD), greatly interfering with daily activities and diminishing life quality. Pharmacological treatments have not been satisfactory because of side effects and interactions with anti-parkinsonian drugs. While studies have shown that regular exercise im...
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Prolog / Prologue FEATURES – VIENNA FACE PROJECT (by Christina Lammer) We use our face to express ourselves. The artistic research work Features – Vienna Face Project (2010 – 2014) focuses on four children whose expressive ability was partly impaired by facial paralysis. The girls and boys who were operated on by the plastic and reconstructive surg...
Conference Paper
Saguinus oedipus is one of the most endangered species in the wild and, therefore, it is of great importance to determine the best way to preserve and manage this primate in captivity. This research program aims to study several groups characterized by different compositions as well as under dissimilar environmental enrichments and managements by t...

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