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Professor of Neurophysiology, Department of Physiology, Flinders University

Professor Marcello Costa migrated from Italy (Torino), where he got a medical degree, to Australia in 1970. Was a founder of the Australian Neuroscience Society (ANS), of which became President in the 90s. He devoted his academic life to investigate how the nervous system works and to educate generations of medical, health, psychology and science students and was given a personal chair in Neurophysiology at Flinders University. Has published over 230 scientific papers in international journals, 72 review articles and chapters and written two books. He has been funded for his research continuously since arriving in Australia from National Granting bodies including NH&MRC and ARC and from the USA based NIH. He was the founder of the South Australian Neuroscience Institute (SANI) and is involved in public education of neuroscience and its implication for modern society and is member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the ASMC. He is often involved in public events in which neuroscience is linked to arts including theatre, painting, music and dance. He was made Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 1988 and received a Centenary Medal, in 2003. His hobbies include painting, classic guitar, jazz and South American folk, long-distance windsurfing and mountaineering explorations.

Professor Costa is one of the five co-founders of the Friends of Science in Medicine, a group set up in late 2011 to foster good science in medicine. In 2012, he was made Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor at Flinders University.


  • 1986–present
    Professor of Neurophysiology, Flinders University


  • 1967 
    University of Turin, Laurea in Medicina e Chirurgia (MD)

Research Areas

  • Neurosciences (1109)
  • Physiology (0606)
  • Autonomic Nervous System (110901)
  • History And Philosophy Of Science (Incl. Non Historical Philosophy Of Science) (220206)


Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science 1988Cavaliere della Repubblica Italiana 1992Centenary Medal Australia 2003Flinders 40th anniversary medal 2006Unsung Hero of South Australian Science Communication Award 2008.

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