About us


Neurophysiology and Movement Rehabilitation group

Our vision is to decrease the burden of disability related to neurological conditions by deploying and developing cutting-edge innovative technologies. The group's mission is to foster a multidisciplinary, dynamic research-oriented environment to bring together neurophisiological and movement analysis knowledge with the aim of using technologies to tailor personalised rehabilititative programs.

Neurologist with special interest in Neurorehabilitation

      Alessandra Del Felice

Responsible for the Clinical Analysis and Biomechanics of Movement Lab & Neurophysiology Lab



Alessandra Del Felice is an academic clinician in the area of Neurorehabilitation. Her basic training has been as a neurologist, with a special interest in neurophysiology and neurorehabilitation, and holds a Ph.D. in Neuroscience.
Her current research area allows her to draw on her experience and skills in neurophysiology to improve methodology and outcome measures in this important area of rehabilitation. She has a track record in EEG-TMS and EEG-fMRI co-registration, neuromonitoring and neurostimulation, and EEG signal analysis.
Her current research portfolio includes gait analysis in rare syndromes; validation of inertial sensors for gait in clinical practice; EEG-EMG co-registration during overground gait in healthy subjects and during exsoskleteon gait in post-stroke subjects; early biomarkers of recovery after stroke; neurostimulation to improve rehabilitation outcomes in Parkinson Disease and neuropathic pain based on tailored paradigms; neurostimulation as a memory rehabilitative tool in pediatric populations; recovery and long term prognostic markers after coma.
She has an extensive collaborative research network, with current national and international collaborations (University of Verona, Italy; University of Bologna, Italy; University of Antwerp, Belgium; King’s College, London; University of Dublin, IRL; University of Ulster, UK; University College London, UK). Techniques that she masters include gait analysis, electromyography (EMG), electroencephalography (EEG), muscular and nerve ultrasound (US), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), EEG-TMS and EEG-fMRI co-registrations, sleep scoring, neuromonitoring in the operation room, and EEG signal analysis using commercial softwares.
She has almost 50 peer reviewed articles or book chapters to her name. She has been given several awards for her work and these include the 2013 Italian Clinical Neurophysiology Society Young Investigator Award, the 2008 Italian Neuroepidemiology Association “Giulia Benassi” Prize and the 2004 “G.Pampiglione “ Prize by the Italian Neurological Society. She has attracted funding at UNIPD, with an on-going H2020 project and several national grants.
She is the responsible person of the Outpatient Clinic for Rehabilitation of Motor Disorders due to CNS lesions and of the Movement Analysis Laboratory of her Institution.
Teaching
Office: +39 049 821 1637
e-mail: alessandra.delfelice@unipd.it

Bioengineers

      Emanuela Formaggio

Assistant Professor, Neurophysiological signal analysis expert



Emanuela Formaggio received the Master’s degree in electronic engineering and the Ph.D. degree in bioengineering from the University of Padova, in 2005 and 2010, respectively. From 2006 to 2010 she was a research fellow at the Department of Neurological and Movement Sciences at the University of Verona, Italy. From 2010 she has a research fellowship with Foundation IRCCS "San Camillo" Hospital, Venezia, Italy. From 2018 she is an assistant professor in Bioengineering at the Department of Neuroscience, University of Padova, Italy. Her research interest concerns fMRI analysis, coregistration of EEG-fMRI signals, EEG-TMS coregistration and EEG/MEG source localization for clinical applications (epilepsy, stroke, disorders of consciousness, Parkinson, muscular dystrophy).
Teaching
e-mail: emanuela.formaggio@unipd.it

      Roberto Di Marco

Post-doc Researcher, Human Movement and Biomechanics expert



Roberto Di Marco  graduated at Sapienza University of Rome in Clinical Engineering (BSc, 2009) and in Biomedical Engineering (MSc, 2012), defending a thesis on the effect of magnetic field distortions on measurements gathered from wearable sensors typically used for Human Movement Analysis. He received the PhD both from Sapienza University of Rome and from The University of Sheffield (Sheffield, UK). His main research focus was the modelling of the foot-ankle complex for gait analysis purposes. Since 2018 he is responsible for the technical part of the Laboratory of Clinical Analysis and Biomechanics of Movement @ University Hospital of Padua. He has currently a post-doc position at the Department of Neuroscience @ UNIPD, where he is looking into the gait deviations of people with Dravet Syndrome and supports the management of the "PD_Pal" project, funded by the EU H2020 programme. He also serves as reviewer for several journals and conferences in biomechanics.
Office: +39 049 821 4400
Mobile: +39 328 1495476
e-mail: roberto.dimarco@unipd.it

      Maria Rubega

Post-doc Researcher, Neurophysiological signal analysis expert



Maria Rubega received a BSc Degree in Information Engineering in July 2011 and a MSc Degree in Bioengineering in October 2013, both from the University of Padova (Padova, Italy). In February 2017, she obtained her Ph.D. in Bioengineering at the Department of Information Engineering at the University of Padova. During her 2-y experience (April 2017-April 2019) at the Laboratory of Prof. C.M. Michel at the Department of Basic Neurosciences at the University of Geneva (Geneva, Switzerland), she was involved in the project Sinergia aiming in exploring brain communication pathways by combining diffusion based quantitative structural connectivity and EEG source imaging with application to physiological and epileptic networks. Her main research was related to the quantification of high-density EEG time-varying connectivity in the source space (i.e., estimation of EEG source dipole orientation for connectivity analysis; implementation of a constrained Kalman filter approach to inform dynamic functional connectivity with anatomical priors; graph methods for the analysis of functional/effective connectivity matrices). Now, she currently holds a postdoctoral position at the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Padova. Her current 3-y research project aims to develop a novel neuromuscular controller for a soft lower-limb exoskeleton to detect the loss of stability during walking or standing in the elderly and apply the proper torques to restore stability. She is involved in the acquisition of kinematic, cerebral activity and muscular signal during gait and postural adjustments and on EEG-EMG signal processing.
e-mail: maria.rubega@unipd.it

Physiatrists

      Laura Bernardi

Research Fellow



Laura Bernardi graduated at "Alma Mater Studiorum" in Bologna, Italy, in 2009. From January 2010 to July 2012 she worked at the San Camillo-Venice IRCCS (Scientific Institute of Recovery and Care, Venice-Italy) as PhD Student. In particular she dealt with patients suffering from Parkinson's disease.
She completed her Residency in "Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine" in June 2018 at the University of Padua, Italy. During her Residency (from 2012 to 2018), she dealt with rehabilitation in several areas, with particular interest in the neurological field. She actively cooperated in drafting the guidelines for brain injury management for the University Hospital of Padua. She is also taking part in several clinical studies, enrolling patients suffering from chronic pain, spasticity and Parkinson's disease.
Since February 2019 she is working as a Research Fellow at the University of Padua on the "RICAVO" project, a multicenter study investigating the early prognostic factors of functional recovery in patients with severe brain injury and spinal cord injury.
e-mail: laura.bernardi@unipd.it

Head of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Unit

      Stefano Masiero

Physical Medicine specialist



Stefano Masiero is graduated in Medicine and Surgery and Specialized in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Padua. Full Professor at the Department of Neuroscience- DNS, University of Padua, Italy. Director of the Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine postgraduate School at the University of Padua, and Chair of Rehabilitation Unit at the Padua General Hospital. Areas of prevalent scientific and clinical interest are focusing on new tools for neurorehabilitation and rehabilitation in neuro-musculoskeletal disorders. Currently teaching for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Padua (School of Medicine and Physiotherapy, Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine post-graduate School).
Teaching
Office: +39 049 821 1270
e-mail: stef.masiero@unipd.it

Students

      PhD Students

Margherita Bertuccelli, MSc

      Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Registrars

Laura Nieves, MD
Michele Tonellato, MD

Past
Giulia Bellon, MD

      Medical Students

Marianna Zampini
Maria Zebele
Past
Cristian Bortoli, MD
Lorenzo De Zen, MD
Riccardo Pieropan, MD

      Engineering Students

Past
Stefano Zambelli, BSc
Elisa Callegari, MSc
Edoardo De Gasperi, MSc
Roberta Cesaletti, BSc
Arianna Moro, BSc
Jessica Rupil, MSc

      Visiting Researchers

Past
Lore Wyers, PT, PhD Student
Movement Antwerpen – MOVANT
Multidisciplinary Motor Centre Antwerp – M²Ocean
University of Antwerp

Ann Hallemans, PhD
Movement Antwerpen – MOVANT
Multidisciplinary Motor Centre Antwerp – M²Ocean
University of Antwerp