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Martina Mancini, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor of Neurology, School of Medicine
  • Balance Disorders Laboratory


Dr. Martina Mancini studies how to improve everyday functional mobility and prevent falls with rehabilitation interventions by investigating the pathophysiology of motor impairments and objectively characterizing them with new technologies. Using a variety of body-worn sensors (e.g. EMG, inertial sensors, fNIRS) to characterize movement and brain activity, this line of research will help to determine how the central nervous system integrates sensory information in healthy individuals and those with movement disorders, with a particular focus on Parkinson's disease. These novel, objective metrics of movement, combined with neurophysiological information, allows for the determination of optimal variable(s) to integrate with biofeedback, resulting in more effective rehabilitation interventions. This approach will bring new possibilities to monitor and condition functional mobility on a daily basis directly at home.

Education and training

  • Degrees

    • B.S., 2002, University of Bologna
    • M.S., 2005, University of Bologna
    • Ph.D., 2009, University of Bologna



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