Silvia Isabella received a Bachelor’s Degree in Physiology and Master’s Degree in Pharmacology and Toxicology from the University of Toronto (Canada). She investigated effects of deep brain stimulation compared with pharmacotherapy in a pre-clinical model.
Silvia received a PhD in Medical Science and Biomedical Engineering from the University of Toronto (Canada), under the supervision of Dr. Douglas Cheyne. Her doctoral thesis investigated neuromagnetic (using MEG) and physiological (using pupillometry) signals underlying varying requirements of cognitive and motor control.
Silvia worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Hospital for Sick Children (Canada) under the supervision of Dr. Nomazulu Dlamini studying neuromagnetic signals characterizing cognitive and motor effects of dystonia in paediatric stroke patients. Other projects include investigations into the relationship between structural (DTI) and functional (MEG) connectivity in healthy adults, and comparisons of cognitive and motor control across motor effectors such as ocular, manual, and speech movements.
Silvia has a strong background in MEG methodology, and her main asset is the ability to combine different methods (e.g. MEG, pupillometry, brain stimulation, pharmacotherapy, DTI, eye-tracking) to address pressing scientific questions in a novel manner.
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