SCI-Research Group

28 maggio 2014
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The International Group for Research into Spinal Cord Injury (SCI-Research Group) aims to provide a way of linking the various Italian and European centres devoted to research into SCI and rehabilitation for SCI patients.

This consortium is the result of a long term experience involving research and cooperation between the NPSY.Lab-VR of the Department of Human Sciences at the University of Verona and two other institutions in the Verona area: the Spinal Unit of the Department of Rehabilitation at the “Sacro Cuore” Hospital in Negrar and GALM (the Entertainment Group for people with Spinal Cord Injury).

The SCI-Research Group promotes highly ethical scientific research aimed at a better comprehension of the functional, psychological and social changes following spinal cord injury. Particular attention is paid to neuroplasticity mechanisms and rehabilitative potentialities. Furthermore, the group is interested in social reintegration issues and more generally in rebuilding normal daily life after SCI.

To this end we use methods and instrumentation ranging from experimental psychology to neurophysiology and from social psychology to ethnography. The ultimate goal of this research is to improve our understanding of the changes caused by SC lesions and to improve methods of re-education for people with spinal cord lesions.

Some of the main areas of study are:

  • Body representation and awareness
  • The role of interoceptive perception in the absence of somatic and proprioceptive sensitivity
  • The role of the vestibular system in equilibrium
  • Modifications in action representation
  • The representation of the space around the body
  • Body, space and action representation in the designing of mechanical and electronic tools for environmental control (BCI)

The SCI-Research Group is a platform for meeting and sharing among research groups. It consists of members from Italian and other European laboratories and rehabilitative centres guaranteeing the provision of documented evidence resulting from top quality research and/or re-education.

This group is coordinated by prof. Valentina Moro and dr. Michele Scandola

To apply for membership, please contact the laboratory at this email address: npsylab.vr@gmail.com

or call (+39)0458028370 (prof. Valentina Moro) (+39)0458028407 (dr. Michele Scandola)


Members:

  • NPSY.Lab-VR, Department of Philosophy, Education and Psychology at the University of Verona (contact person: Prof. Valentina Moro and Dr. Michele Scandola)
  • Spinal Unit of the Department of Rehabilitation at the “Sacro Cuore” Hospital in Negrar (contact person: Dr Renato Avesani, MD)
  • Spinal Unit at the “San Bortolo” Hospital in Vicenza (contact person: Dr Gianettore Bertagnoni, MD)
  • Spinal Unit at the “Montecatone” Hospital in Imola (BO) (contact person: Dr Jacopo Bonavita, MD and Dr. Angela Morreale, MD)
  • Spinal Unit at the “Azienda Ospedaliera della Valtellina e della Valchiavenna” Hospital in Sondalo (contact person: Dr Massimo Brambilla, MD)
  • Spinal Unit at the “Giusti Centre”, private institution of physical and rehabilitative medicine (contact person: Dr Carlo Alberto Arcangeli, MD)
  • Spinal Unit at the I.R.C.C.S. “Fondazione Salvatore Maugeri” Scientific Institute in Pavia (contact person: Dr. Caterina Pistarini, MD)
  • AgliotiLAB (SCNL – Social and Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory), Department of Psychology, “La Sapienza” University of Rome (contact person: Prof. Salvatore M. Aglioti)
  • GALM (the Entertainment Group for people with Spinal Cord Injury), via Camacici, 4, 37057, Pozzo di San Giovanni Lupatoto (VR) (contact person: Aldo Orlandi)
  • LNCO (Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience), Brain-Mind Institute, School of Life Sciences, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne  (contact person: Prof. Olaf Blanke)
  • LINE  (Laboratory for Investigative Neurophysiology), Department of Radiology, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudios (CHUV) (contact person: Dr. Silvio Ionta)
  • PERCRO (Perceptual Robotics Laboratory), Institute of Communication, Information and Perception Technologies (TECIP) of the Scuola  Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy (contact person: Dr. Antonio Frisoli)

 

PUBICATIONS:

2019

Embodying their own wheelchair modifies extrapersonal space perception in people with spinal cord injury.
Scandola MTogni RTieri GAvesani RBrambilla MAglioti SMMoro V
Experimental Brain Research
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Anticipation of wheelchair and rollerblade actions in spinal cord injured people, rollerbladers, and physiotherapists.
Scandola MAglioti SMAvesani RBertagnoni GMarangoni AMoro V.
PLoS One
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Neurocognitive benefits of physiotherapy for spinal cord injury
Scandola MDodoni LLazzeri GArcangeli CA Avesani RMoro VIonta S.
Journal of Neurotrauma
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2017

Corporeal illusions in chronic spinal cord injuries
Scandola M, Aglioti SM, Avesani R, Bertagnoni G, Marangoni A, Moro V.
Consiousness and Cognition
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Motor imagery in spinal cord injured people is modulated by somatotopic coding, perspective taking, and post-lesional chronic pain.
Scandola M, Aglioti SM, Pozeg P, Avesani R, Moro V
Journal of neuropsychology
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2016

Spinal cord lesions shrink peripersonal space around the feet, passive mobilization of paraplegic limbs restores it.
Scandola M, Aglioti SM, Bonente C, Avesani R, Moro V.
Nature Scientific Reports
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2014

La reinvenzione del quotidiano nei tetraplegici
Moro V, Dall’Ora C, Scandola M, Piasere L.
Antropologia Medica
submitted
  
Rubber hand illusion induced by touching the face ipsilaterally to a deprived hand: evidence for plastic ‘somatotopic’ remapping in tetraplegics
Scandola MTidoni EAvesani RBrunelli GAglioti SMMoro V.
Front Hum Neurosci. 2014 Jun 10;8:404
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2012

Massive somatic deafferentation and motor deefferentation of the lower part of the body impair its visual recognition: a psychophysical study of patients with spinal cord injury.
Pernigo SMoro VAvesani RMiatello CUrgesi CAglioti SM.
Eur J Neurosci.2012 Aug 28. doi: 10.1111/j.1460-9568.2012.08266.x. [Epub ahead of print]
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Books and Monographs

Il test di coordinazione motoria di Charlop-Atwell: la standardizzazione italiana.
Colella R, Quadri G, Boscaini F, Moro V, Albaret JM, 2014

Tornare a scuola dopo una grave cerebrolesione Moro Valentina, Rodolfi Chiara, 2012

La plasticità cerebrale. Alle radici del cambiamento
Moro Valentina, Filippi Barbara, 2010

L'agire educativo nella riabilitazione neuropsicologica
Moro Valentina, 2005

Valentina Moro and Riccardo Sartori are directors for the SEID editor of the series "Strumenti in Psicologia, Educazione e Formazione" [Tools in Psychology, Education and Training].
The purpose of this series is to publish materials and tools for the intervention and evaluation in:

  • Psychology
  • Education
  • Training
  • Psychomotricity