Barbara Maria Matteo


I was born in Milan, the 5th Septembre 1987. I had Bachelor Degree in “Orthoptic and  Ophthalmologic Tecniques” in 2009 and I had Master Degree in “Reahabilitation Science for allied healthcare professions” in 2011 (University of Milan). After that, I worked as Orthoptist and I attended the Specialization Course in “Health Care through Intelligent Monitoring”. Since 2014 I attend PhD in Neuroscience (University of Milan-Bicocca). My topic is “Visual recovery after brain damage”. In 2016 my firs work was published: “Visual field ristorative rehabilitation after brain injury”.


Visual field restorative rehabilitation after brain injury

  • Track: Clinical Neuroscience
  • Tutor: Carlo Ferrarese
  • Cotutor: Cesare Cerri

About 20%–30% of patients undergoing neurological rehabilitation report visual field defects, one of the most frequent of which is homonymous hemianopsia (loss of the same half of the visual field in both eyes). The aim of the project is to study the effects of restorative rehabilitation in hemianopia, whose long-term efficacy is still being debated. The techniques are used to promote visual field recovery concentrating on two approaches: “border training,” which involves exercising vision at the edge of the damaged visual field, and “blindsight training,” which is based on exercising unconscious perceptual functions in the mild of the blind hemifield where the scotoma is deep.

Further, the project is aimed to discover how transcranial direct and alternating current stimulation enhance the effects of visual field rehabilitation.


Since November 1st, 2016 – now: Institute of Medical Psychology (IMP), Medical Faculty of Otto-von- Guericke University, Magdeburg. Supervisor: Prof. Bernhard Sabel.




  • Matteo BM, Viganò B, Cerri CG, Perin C. “Eye-movements defects in Progressive Supranuclear Palsy: an Eye-tracking approach”, The Aging Brain: Cellular Mechanism Interfacing Human Pathology, Torino 28-29/10/2015