Pasquale Montagna, MD
Bologna, Italy
Member since 2003
Date of Death: December 9, 2010

Professor Pasquale Montagna passed away on December 9, 2010 at the age of 60.

Dr. Montagna was born on September 11, 1950 in Muro Leccese (Lecce) Italy. He graduated in 1974 in Medicine and Surgery at the University of Bologna cum laude. He trained in electromyography at the Clinical Neurophysiology Department under Prof. F. Buchtal’s direction at the Rigshospitalet, University of Copenhagen. He served as a specialist in neurology, University of Bologna, cum laude in 1978. From 1978-1989 he served as Consultant Neurologist at the Hospital St. Orsola-Malpighi, Bologna. In 1980 he was also appointed Senior Registrar (1st reservaelaege) at the Clinical Neurophysiology, University of Odense, Denmark. Dr. Montagna was appointed Research Fellow in Neurology at the University of Bologna, under the direction of Prof. E. Lugaresi. In 1992 he was appointed Associate Professor of Neurology and lecturer in neurology at the Medical Faculty of Bologna University. In 2001 he became Full Professor of Neurology at the same Institution. In 2004, Dr. Montagna became Professor of Neurology, Department of Neurological Sciences, and University of Bologna.

Dr. Montagna authored 454 scientific publications including 212 abstracts and Congress presentations, 43 book chapters and 207 papers most of which were published in international journals which included (Science; New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet; Annals of Neurology; Brain, Brain Pathology, Archives of Neurology, Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology; Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry; Muscle & Nerve; Cephalalgia, etc.) on research topics in neurology and neurophysiology, especially sleep movement disorders, electromyography, neuromuscular disorders and migraine headache.

Dr. Montagna held professional memberships in many international societies: Italian Society of Neurology; Italian Society for the Study of Headaches; International Medical Society of Motor Disturbances, Basel; American Association of Electromyography and Electrodiagnosis, Rochester, USA; Italian Society of EEG and Clinical Neurophysiology; European Sleep Research Society; American Academy of Neurology; and the American Neurological Association are just a few.
His areas of special scientific interest included: Eziopatologia migraine and cluster headache, Genetics of migraine and cluster headache, Prion diseases, and Motor control during sleep (parasomnias, nocturnal frontal epilepsy, Restless legs syndrome and periodic movements in sleep, etc.).

His colleagues described Prof. Montagna as both an eminent neurologist possessing an impressive knowledge and a distinguished teacher and one of the best scientists to emerge from the sleep center of Professor Elio Lugaresi, in Bologna, Italy. His contributions to new knowledge in the sleep medicine field were enormous. His publications on fundamental topics, including fatal familial insomnia, nocturnal frontal lobe epilepsy, and restless leg syndrome provide landmarks for the future. The remarkable personality of Pasquale Montagna will forever remain in the memory of his family, friends, colleagues and trainees.

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