Dr John Cirillo

B.Hlth. Sc. (Hons), Ph.D., University of Adelaide, Australia

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Research | Current

Dr. John Cirillo is currently a postdoctoral research fellow focusing on neuromodulation and neural plasticity, neurorehabilitation, neurophysiology and human brain imaging relevant to recovery of motor function after stroke. He has previously examined the neurophysiology of corticospinal function following incomplete spinal cord injury to better understand the generation of voluntary movement following neurological insult, aimed to support the development of novel and more effective therapeutic interventions after injury. He is also interested, and has been involved, in factors that influence neuroplasticity in human motor cortex, such as regular physical activity, brain hemispheres, ageing, and a common genetic polymorphism on the brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) gene, that have the ability to influence recovery from various central nervous system injuries.


2017 Aotearoa Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship

2014 Fritz Krauth Memorial Award (Paralyzed Veterans of America Postdoctoral Fellowship)

Areas of expertise

Motor Cortex Plasticity

Movement Neuroscience

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Opie, G. M., Cirillo, J., & Semmler, J. G. (2018). Age-related changes in late I-waves influence motor cortex plasticity induction in older adults. The Journal of physiology, 596 (13), 2597-2609. 10.1113/jp274641
  • Cirillo, J., Cowie, M. J., MacDonald, H. J., & Byblow, W. D. (2018). Response inhibition activates distinct motor cortical inhibitory processes. Journal of Neurophysiology, 119 (3), 877-886. 10.1152/jn.00784.2017
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/44704
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Winston Byblow
  • Cirillo, J., Finch, J. B., & Anson, J. G. (2017). The impact of physical activity on motor preparation in young adults. Neuroscience Letters, 638, 196-203. 10.1016/j.neulet.2016.12.045
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/32687
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Greg Anson
  • Cirillo, J., & Byblow, W. D. (2016). Threshold tracking primary motor cortex inhibition: The influence of current direction. European Journal of Neuroscience, 44 (8), 2614-2621. 10.1111/ejn.13369
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/32025
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Winston Byblow
  • Cirillo, J., Calabro, F. J., & Perez, M. A. (2016). Impaired Organization of Paired-Pulse TMS-Induced I-Waves After Human Spinal Cord Injury. Cerebral Cortex, 26 (5), 2167-2177. 10.1093/cercor/bhv048
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/30613
  • Cirillo, J., & Perez, M. A. (2015). Subcortical contribution to late TMS-induced I-waves in intact humans. Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience, 9 (38), 1-11. 10.3389/fnint.2015.00038
  • Cirillo, J., Hughes, J., Ridding, M., Thomas, P. Q., & Semmler, J. G. (2012). Differential modulation of motor cortex excitability in BDNF Met allele carriers following experimentally induced and use-dependent plasticity. European Journal of Neuroscience, 36 (5), 2640-2649. 10.1111/j.1460-9568.2012.08177.x
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/26013
  • Cirillo, J., Todd, G., & Semmler, J. G. (2011). Corticomotor excitability and plasticity following complex visuomotor training in young and old adults. European Journal of Neuroscience, 34 (11), 1847-1856. 10.1111/j.1460-9568.2011.07870.x
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/26011


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BUILDING 907 - Bldg 907
Level 2, Room 226
New Zealand

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