Maria Assunta Rocca
Location: DIBIT2 A4, Floor 4
Group leader, Neuroimaging of CNS white matter Unit
Dr. Rocca is head of the Neuroimaging of CNS white matter Unit, INSPE, IRCCS Ospedale San Raffaele. Her activity is mainly focused on the application of structural and functional MR based techniques to improve the understanding of CNS function and dysfunction in healthy and diseased people, particularly patients with MS and other white matter disorders. She is conducting and coordinating several national and international projects in adult and pediatric patients. She is also applying MRI tools to assess the influence of pharmacological and rehabilitative interventions on brain reorganization. She is member of various national and international Scientific Societies and, in some of them, she covered or is covering institutional roles. She coordinates the MRI acquisition and analysis of several large-scale international trials of MS. She is author or co-author of more than 370 papers published on peer-reviewed journals.
She is reviewer of several international scientific journals and for many Governmental Organizations and private Foundations. Due to her scientific activity she participated, as a speaker and/or chairman, to more than 250 international congresses and she received several national and international Awards. In 2013, she was awarded the “Rita Levi Montalcini” Prize for her outstanding contributions to MS. She is Non-Tenured Professor at Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Milan. In 2014, she received the qualification as Associate Professor of Neurology in Italy.
1990 High school, Liceo Scientifico A. Volta, Lecco, Italy.
1996 Master Degree in Medicine and Surgery. Facoltà di Medicina e Chirurgia Università degli Studi di Milano.
1996 MD Italian Board - Università degli Studi di Milano.
2002 Registrar in Neurology, Scuola di Specializzazione in Neurologia, Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele.
2008-Present Group Leader, Neuroimaging of CNS White Matter Unit, Division of Neuroscience, IRCCS Ospedale San Raffaele, Milan, Italy.
1994-96 Fellow, IV Clinica Neurologica, IRCCS Ospedale San Raffaele, Università degli Studi of Milan (Supervisors: Prof. N. Canal, Prof. G. Comi).
1997-1998 Research fellow, Neuroimaging Research Unit and Department of Neurology, IRCCS Ospedale San Raffaele (Supervisors: Prof. Comi and Dr. Filippi).
1997-2002 Resident Student, at the University of Milan.
01/2003-12/2005 Research Assistant in Neurology, Neuroimaging Research Unit and Department of Neurology, IRCCS Ospedale San Raffaele, Milan, Italy.
01/2006-12/2008 Senior Research Assistant in Neurology, Neuroimaging Research Unit and Department of Neurology, IRCCS Ospedale San Raffaele, Milan, Italy.
1998: “Gianfranco Battaglia Grant”, University of Milan
2000: Award for the best oral presentation at the 10th Meeting of ENS, Jerusalem
2001 Young investigator award from Charcot Foundation, Venice
2002 Young investigator award at ECTRIMS, Baltimore
2008 Ricercatissimi regione Lombardia award
2010: Best abstract of the 20th ENS meeting, Berlin
2013: “Award Rita Levi Montalcini” – AISM/FISM Rome
2016: “Corrado Pedroni grant” – Varenna.
2016: “Investigator award”, 2nd congress of the European Academy of Neurology, Copenhagen.