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Martina Mancini Ph.D.

Dr. 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 to characterize movement (i.e EMG, inertial sensors) and brain activity, this line of research will help in 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.


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


  • "Cortical activity during walking and balance tasks in older adults and in people with Parkinson's disease : A structured review." Maturitas  In: , Vol. 113, 01.07.2018, p. 53-72.
  • "Anticipatory postural responses prior to protective steps are not different in people with PD who do and do not freeze." Gait and Posture In: , Vol. 64, 01.07.2018, p. 126-129.
  • "Gait stability has phase-dependent dual-task costs in Parkinson's disease." Frontiers in Neurology In: , Vol. 9, No. MAY, 373, 30.05.2018.
  • "Day-to-day variability of postural sway and its association with cognitive function in older adults : A pilot study." Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience In: , Vol. 10, No. MAY, 126, 04.05.2018.
  • "An objective assessment to investigate the impact of turning angle on freezing of gait in Parkinson's disease."   2017 IEEE Biomedical Circuits and Systems Conference, BioCAS 2017 - Proceedings. Vol. 2018-January Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., 2018. p. 1-4.
  • "Dysfunctional Limbic Circuitry Underlying Freezing of Gait in Parkinson's Disease." Neuroscience In: , Vol. 374, 15.03.2018, p. 119-132.
  • "Inertial Sensor-Based Assessment of Central Sensory Integration for Balance after Mild Traumatic Brain Injury." Military Medicine In: , Vol. 183, 01.03.2018, p. 327-332.
  • "Are hypometric anticipatory postural adjustments contributing to freezing of gait in Parkinson's disease?" Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience  In: , Vol. 10, No. FEB, 36, 15.02.2018.
  • "Turn around freezing : Community-living turning behavior in people with Parkinson's disease." Frontiers in Neurology In: , Vol. 9, No. JAN, 18, 26.01.2018.
  • "Investigation of anticipatory postural adjustments during One-Leg Stance using inertial sensors : Evidence from subjects with Parkinsonism." Frontiers in Neurology In: , Vol. 8, No. JUL, 361, 25.07.2017.
  • "Anticipatory Postural Adjustment During Self-Initiated, Cued, and Compensatory Stepping in Healthy Older Adults and Patients With Parkinson Disease." Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation  In: , Vol. 98, No. 7, 01.07.2017, p. 1316-1324.e1.
  • "Dual task interference on postural sway, postural transitions and gait in people with Parkinson's disease and freezing of gait." Gait and Posture In: , Vol. 56, 01.07.2017, p. 76-81.
  • "Sensor-Based Balance Measures Outperform Modified Balance Error Scoring System in Identifying Acute Concussion." Annals of Biomedical Engineering In: , 24.05.2017, p. 1-11.
  • "Impaired perception of surface tilt in progressive supranuclear palsy." PLoS One  In: , Vol. 12, No. 3, e0173351, 01.03.2017.
  • "The clinical significance of freezing while turning in Parkinson's disease." Neuroscience In: , Vol. 343, 20.02.2017, p. 222-228.
  • "Gait initiation is impaired in subjects with Parkinson's disease in the OFF state : Evidence from the analysis of the anticipatory postural adjustments through wearable inertial sensors." Gait and Posture  In: , Vol. 51, 01.01.2017, p. 218-221.
  • "Coherence analysis of trunk and leg acceleration reveals altered postural sway strategy during standing in persons with multiple sclerosis." Human Movement Science  In: , 01.01.2017.
  • "The contribution of cochlear implants to postural stability." Laryngoscope In: , 2017.
  • "The effect of unilateral balance training on postural control of the contralateral limb." Journal of Sports Sciences  In: , 10.12.2016, p. 1-7.
  • "Quantifying effects of age on balance and gait with inertial sensors in community-dwelling healthy adults." Experimental Gerontology In: , Vol. 85, 01.12.2016, p. 48-58.
  • "Objective gait and balance impairments relate to balance confidence and perceived mobility in people with parkinson disease." Physical Therapy In: , Vol. 96, No. 11, 01.11.2016, p. 1734-1743.
  • "Alleviating freezing of gait using phase-dependent tactile biofeedback."   2016 38th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2016. Vol. 2016-October Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., 2016. p. 5841-5844 7592056.
  • "Balance and gait represent independent domains of mobility in Parkinson disease." Physical Therapy  In: , Vol. 96, No. 9, 01.09.2016, p. 1364-1371.
  • "Continuous Monitoring of Turning Mobility and Its Association to Falls and Cognitive Function : A Pilot Study." Journals of Gerontology - Series A Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences In: , Vol. 71, No. 8, 01.08.2016, p. 1102-1108.
  • "Potential of APDM mobility lab for the monitoring of the progression of Parkinson’s disease." Expert Review of Medical Devices In: , Vol. 13, No. 5, 03.05.2016, p. 455-462.
  • "Effects of Levodopa on Postural Strategies in Parkinson's disease." Gait and Posture  In: , Vol. 46, 01.05.2016, p. 26-29.
  • "Letter to the Editor : On "Advantages and disadvantages of stiffness instructions when studying postural control" by C.T. Bonnet: Comments on "Advantages and disadvantages of stiffness instructions when studying postural control"." Gait and Posture In: , Vol. 46, 01.05.2016, p. 214.
  • "Validity and reliability of an IMU-based method to detect APAs prior to gait initiation." Gait and Posture In: , Vol. 43, 01.01.2016, p. 125-131.
  • "The quality of turning in Parkinson's disease : A compensatory strategy to prevent postural instability?" Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation  In: , Vol. 13, No. 1, 39, 2016.
  • "Effect of augmenting cholinergic function on gait and balance." BMC Neurology In: , Vol. 15, No. 1, 264, 23.12.2015.

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