Pain and Neuroinflammation Imaging Lab

Lucia Maccioni

Visiting PhD Student

I received my Master’s degree in Bioengineering in December 2020 in the Department of Information Engineering of the University of Padova, Italy. My thesis consisted of a multimodal PET/MR study of functional alterations in Parkinson’s disease patients with cognitive impairment.

After the degree, I was awarded with a research fellowship by the Department of Neuroscience of the University of Padova and in October 2021 I started the Ph.D. in Information Engineering at the University of Padova, in collaboration with the Department of Neuroimaging, King’s College London.

My research work as a Ph.D. student focuses on the development of neuroimaging biomarkers of neuroinflammation. The identification of an individualized biomarker of neuroinflammation could have a strong impact on the treatment of the wide spectrum of inflammatory-based brain diseases, as a non-invasive tool to adopt in the diagnosis, treatment monitoring, and development of more targeted and individualized immunotherapies.

I’m enthusiastic to join the Pain and Neuroinflammation Imaging lab of Dr. Marco Loggia. This collaboration represents a big opportunity to improve my neuroimaging skills and deepen my knowledge of inflammatory processes, and also validate the methodologies I’m developing and apply them to the investigation of neuroinflammatory processes in chronic pain patients.