Michela Picardi

Michela Picardi

Curriculum Vitae

I’m a physiotherapist in the Department of Neurorehabilitation Science at Casa di Cura del Policlinico in Milan. I’m also a PhD student in Clinical Neuroscience at School of Medicine and Surgery, University of Milano-Bicocca. I received my Master’s degree in Scienze Riabilitative delle professioni sanitarie from the University of Firenze in 2018 and my Bachelor’s degree in physiotherapy at Università Statale di Milano in 2013. 

My clinical and research interest includes neurorehabilitation treatment and the assessment of the motor system in patients affected by neurological disease. My PhD project is focused on non-invasive brain stimulation techniques (like TMS, i.e., paired associative stimulation protocols) in healthy subjects and patients with motor disorders. 

Project’s summary

Effects of paired associative stimulation protocols in motor recovery after brain injuries

  • curriculum: clinical neuroscience
  • tutor: prof. Nadia Bolognini

The PhD project explores the clinical efficacy of a novel visuo-motor version of the paired associative stimulation (i.e., mirror-PAS) as a possible motor rehabilitation treatment in stroke patients with upper limb motor disorders, investigating its neurophysiological and clinical effects. The innovative aspect of mirror-PAS is to act on a more extended visuo-motor network, featured by the functional properties of the MNS; this may represent a clinical advantage allowing to promote post-stroke motor recovery through the induction of a plastic reorganization in the damaged motor system by gaining its access through a potentially spared MNS.


  • Caronni, A., Picardi, M., Gilardone, G., & Corbo, M. (2021). The McNemar Change Index worked better than the Minimal Detectable Change in demonstrating the change at a single subject level. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology131, 79-88.
  • Lofrumento, M., Tropea, P., Picardi, M., Antoniotti, P., Micera, S., Corbo, M., & Monaco, V. (2021). Effects of gait rehabilitation on motor coordination in stroke survivors: an UCM-based approach. Experimental Brain Research, 1-12.
  • Picardi, M., Redaelli, V., Antoniotti, P., Pintavalle, G., Aristidou, E., Sterpi, I., … & Caronni, A. (2020). Turning and sit-to-walk measures from the instrumented Timed Up and Go test return valid and responsive measures of dynamic balance in Parkinson’s disease. Clinical Biomechanics80, 105177.
  • Lanzola, G., Bagarotti, R., Sacchi, L., Salvi, E., Alloni, A., Picardi, M., … & Quaglini, S. (2020). Bringing spatiotemporal gait analysis into clinical practice: Instrument validation and pilot study of a commercial sensorized carpet. Computer methods and programs in biomedicine188, 105292.
  • Caronni, A., Picardi, M., Pintavalle, G., Aristidou, E., Redaelli, V., Antoniotti, P., … & Corbo, M. (2019). Responsiveness to rehabilitation of balance and gait impairment in elderly with peripheral neuropathy. Journal of biomechanics94, 31-38.
  • Caronni, A., Picardi, M., Aristidou, E., Antoniotti, P., Pintavalle, G., Redaelli, V., … & Corbo, M. (2019). How do patients improve their timed up and go test? Responsiveness to rehabilitation of the TUG test in elderly neurological patients. Gait & posture70, 33-38.
  • Caronni, A., Sterpi, I., Antoniotti, P., Aristidou, E., Nicolaci, F., Picardi, M., … & Corbo, M. (2018). Criterion validity of the instrumented Timed Up and Go test: A partial least square regression study. Gait & posture61, 287-293.

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