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.
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.