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My general interest for science, more specifically in how the human body works and in medical technology advancements, is something that has embossed my whole personal growth during my youth. After earning a scientific high school Diploma, majoring in math and science, as well as taking part in the Italian National Plan for Computer Studies, I decided to start my Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering. Once graduated from the Politecnico di Milano, I took the decision to come to the University of Twente, in the Netherlands, given the highly interesting and stimulating courses which they offer as well as the possibility to start applying my knowledge from a practical point of view. I choose to follow the biomedical engineering path, taking the specialization in Neural&Motor System due to my strong belief that by applying the knowledge in biomedical engineering it could be possible to help people, for instance in their tedious and painful rehabilitation after neural based injuries when medicine alone does not suffice.
During my studies I developed an increasing interest in the neural network’s connections. I am personally fascinated by how neurons can communicate and throughout this communication send the necessary information to govern the body in our daily life. It is quite interesting then to understand how diseases, affecting the brain or more in general the nervous system, can be possibly counterattacked by applying different research methodologies and devices. Due to this interest I decided to “do” an internship experience at the Shirley Ryan Ability lab. Here I had the chance to participate in a research study with the main purpose of helping stroke survivors to regain their mobility in the lower extremities.
During the period spent at the Shirley Ryan Ability lab, I got the opportunity to start writing a paper, in collaboration with few other colleagues, about my main project. The subject of the mentioned study is studying the possible differences in spinal motor evoked potentials (spinal MEPs) depending on the age and on the presence of stroke. These types of data, in the past studies, were usually acquired through the use of transcranial magnetic stimulation. The paper itself is not completed yet, but the hope is to publish it in order to share this possible new way of acquiring and analysing the motor evoked potentials.