Leontino Battistin graduated in medicine at the University of Padova Medical School, Italy (1963) and as specialist in neurology (1967).
From 1967–70 he was Research Fellow at the Institute for Neurochemistry, Columbia University, New York, US. He became full Professor
of Neurology from 1980 and then Director of the Department of Neurosciences at the University of Padova Medical School (1989–2009).
He was the Scientific Director of the Research Hospital for Neurorehabilitation, IRCCS San Camillo, Venice, Italy from 2005–2014, and has
been Scientific Director Emeritus since 2015. He has been a member of numerous international scientific societies, committees and journal
editorial boards, notably Vice-President for Europe of the World Federation of Neurology (2001–5) and President of the European Society for
Clinical Neuropharmacology (2000–8). He has organised various international symposia on specific themes of neuroscience; he was also
the President of the 11th World Congress on Parkinson’s Disease that was held for the first time in Italy in 1994. He has published more
than 250 papers in various international and national journals and edited 10 volumes on specific arguments of neurology; his main scientific
interests have always been cerebral metabolism and function, especially in degenerative diseases of the nervous system like Parkinson’s
and Alzheimer’s disease, as well as in cerebrovascular diseases and in neurorehabilitation.