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Sara Finocchietti

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Sara Finocchietti was born in Genoa (Italy) in 1982. She received her master’s degree in Bioengineering from the University of Genoa in 2007. In the same year, she joined the Center of Sensory Motor Interaction (SMI) at Aalborg University (Denmark) as PhD student under the supervision of Prof. Thomas Graven-Nielsen. Her research activity mainly concerned biomechanics during musculoskeletal pain. During her doctorate period, she spent 2 months in Japan, working under the supervision of Prof. Mizumura at Nagoya University.
Sara received her Ph.D. in Clinical Science from Aalborg University in 2011.

From October 2010 to May 2014 she has been working as Postdoc at Aalborg University working with Prof. Lars Arendt-Nielsen on the development and clinical testing of technological biomarkers for assessing musculoskeletal pain. She was also the research responsible of a large proof of concept study on knee osteoarthritis patients.

Since June 2014 she has been working as a Senior Postdoc at the RBCS Department of the Italian Institute of Technology mainly in the FP7 ABBI Project (ABBI) in collaboration with Dr. Monica Gori and a multidisciplinary group (psychologists, neuroscientists, engineers). In ABBI she focuses the sensory-motor rehabilitation in children and adults with visual impairment.


Sara Finocchietti research interests cover a range of topics related to sensory-motor interaction, rehabilitation engineering and diagnosis of sensory impairments.

Sara has also an extensive international experience, having lived in Italy, Denmark, Japan, Germany, and France.

Selected Publications

S. Finocchietti, G. Cappagli, M. Gori. Audio spatial deficit in early blind humans. Front. Psychol 2015, in press.

S. Finocchietti, G. Cappagli, L.B. Porquis, G. Baud-Bovy, E. Cocchi, M. Gori. Evaluation of the Audio Bracelet for Blind Interaction for improving mobility and spatial cognition in early blind children - A pilot study. 37th IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology society (EMBS) (2015), Milan, Italy. 

G. Wilson, S. Brewster, S. Finocchietti,  G. Baud-Bovy,  M. Gori,  H. Caltenco,  C. Magnusson. Effects of Sound Type on Recreating the Trajectory of a Moving Source. Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) (2015), Seoul, South Korea.

C. Magnusson, B. Rydeman, S. Finocchietti, G. Cappagli, L.B. Porquis. Co-located games created by children with visual impairments. 17th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services (MobileHCI) (2015), Copenhagen, Denmark.

S. Finocchietti, G. Cappagli, G. Baud-Bovy, C. Magnusson, H. Caltenco, G. Wilson, S. Brewster, AK. Rogge, B. Roeder, E. Cocchi, P. Campana, C. Gilio, E. Capris and M. Gori. ABBI, a new technology for sensory-motor rehabilitation of visual impaired people. International Conference on Enabling Access for Persons with Visual Impairment (2015), Athens, Greece.

S. Finocchietti, T. Graven-Nielsen, L. Arendt-Nielsen. Dynamic mechanical assessment of muscle hyperalgesia in humans: the dynamic algometer. Pain Res Manag 2014, in press.

S. Lo Vecchio, S. Finocchietti, P. Gazerani, L.J. Petersen, L. Arendt-Nielsen, T. Graven-Nielsen. Heat-rekindling in UVB-irradiated skin above NGF-sensitized muscle: experimental models of prolonged mechanical hypersensitivity. Int J Physiol Pathophysiol Pharmacol 2014, 6(3), 143-152.

S. Lo Vecchio, L.J. Petersen, S. Finocchietti, P. Gazerani, L. Arendt-Nielsen, T. Graven-Nielsen. Hyperalgesia and allodynia to superficial and deep-tissue mechanical stimulation within and outside of the UVB irradiated area in human skin. Scan J Pain 2014, 5(4), 258-267.

S. Finocchietti, T. Graven-Nielsen, L. Arent-Nielsen. Bone hyperalgesia after mechanical impact stimulation: A human experimental pain model. Somatosen Mot Res 2014, 22:1-8.

S. Finocchietti, K. Takahashi, K. Okada, Y. Watanabe, T. Graven-Nielsen, K. Mizumura. Deformation and pressure propagation in deep-tissue during mechanical painful pressure stimulation. Med&Bio Eng& Comp 2013, 51(1-2): 113-122.

S. Finocchietti, L. Arendt-Nielsen, T. Graven-Nielsen. Tissue characteristics during temporal summation of pressure evoked pain. Exp Brain Res 2012, 129(2):255-265.

S. Finocchietti, L. Arendt-Nielsen, T. Andresen, T. Graven-Nielsen. Pressure evoked pain from periosteum – a computational and experimental human study. Eur J Pain 2012, 16(4):534–542.

S. Finocchietti, C. D. Mørch, L. Arendt-Nielsen, T. Graven-Nielsen. Effects of adipose thickness and muscle hardness on pressure pain sensitivity. Clin J Pain 2011, 27(8):735-745.

S. Finocchietti, M. Nielsen, C. D. Mørch, L. Arendt-Nielsen, T. Graven-Nielsen. Pressure-induced muscle pain and tissue biomechanics: A computational and experimental study. Eur J Pain 2011, 15(1):36-44.

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Lo staff complessivo di IIT conta circa 1440 persone. L’area scientifica è rappresentata da circa l’85% del personale. Il 45% dei ricercatori proviene dall’estero: di questi, il 29% è costituito da stranieri provenienti da oltre 50 Paesi e il 16% da italiani rientrati. Oggi il personale scientifico è composto da circa 60 principal investigators, circa 110 ricercatori e tecnologi di staff, circa 350 post doc, circa 500 studenti di dottorato e borsisti, circa 130 tecnici. Oltre 330 posti su 1400 creati su fondi esterni. Età media 34 anni. 41% donne / 59 % uomini.

Nel 2015 IIT ha ricevuto finanziamenti pubblici per circa 96 milioni di euro (80% del budget), conseguendo fondi esterni per 22 milioni di euro (20% budget) provenienti da 18 progetti europei17 finanziamenti da istituzioni nazionali e internazionali, circa 60 progetti industriali

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Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) is a public research institute that adopts the organizational model of a private law foundation. IIT is overseen by Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca and Ministero dell'Economia e delle Finanze (the Italian Ministries of Education, Economy and Finance).  The Institute was set up according to Italian law 326/2003 with the objective of promoting excellence in basic and applied research andfostering Italy’s economic development. Construction of the Laboratories started in 2006 and finished in 2009.

IIT has an overall staff of about 1,440 people. The scientific staff covers about 85% of the total. Out of 45% of researchers coming from abroad 29% are foreigners coming from more than 50 countries and 16% are returned Italians. The scientific staff currently consists of approximately 60 Principal Investigators110 researchers and technologists350 post-docs and 500 PhD students and grant holders and 130 technicians. External funding has allowed the creation of more than 330 positions . The average age is 34 and the gender balance proportion  is 41% female against 59% male.

In 2015 IIT received 96 million euros in public funding (accounting for 80% of its budget) and obtained 22 million euros in external funding (accounting for 20% of its budget). External funding comes from 18 European Projects, other 17 national and international competitive projects and approximately 60 industrial projects.

So far IIT accounts for: about 6990 publications, more than 130 European grants and 11 ERC grants, more than 350 patents or patent applications12 up start-ups and as many  which are about to be launched. The Institute’s scientific activity has been further strengthened since 2009 with the establishment of 11 research nodes throughout Italy (Torino, Milano, Trento, Parma, Roma, Pisa, Napoli, Lecce, Ferrara) and abroad (MIT and Harvard University, USA), which, along with the Genoa-based Central Lab, implement the research programs included in the 2015-2017 Strategic Plan.