Leontino Battistin graduated in Medicine at the University of Padova Medical School in 1963; Specialist in Neurology in 1967.
During the years 1967–1970 he was Research Fellow at the Institute for Neurochemistry, Columbia University, New York, USA.
Full Professor of Neurology from 1980 and then Director of the Department of Neurosciences of the Medical School of the University of Padova from 1989 to 2009. He was the Scientific Director of the Research Hospital for Neurorehabilitation, IRCCS San Camillo, Venice, from 2005–2014, and has been Scientific Director Emeritus since 2015.
He has been member of the Executive Council of the Italian Society of Neurology and the President of the Italian Society for Parkinson’s Disease; he is member of the Executive Committees on Extrapyramidal Disorders and Dementia of the World Federation of Neurology and Chairman of the Research Group for Organization and Delivery of Neurological Services; he has been Vice-President for Europe of the World Federation of Neurology during the years 2001–2005, and he was the President of the European Society for Clinical Neuropharmacology during the years 2000–2008; he is a member of numerous international scientific societies, and Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology. He is also a member of the Editorial Board of international journals of Neuroscience and Clinical Neurology.
He has organized 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 ten 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.