Riccardo Manca

Third year PhD student

Research Interests

Integrating neuropsychological testing and neuroimaging techniques to study cognitive decline due to neurodegeneration and cognitive/neural effects induced by neuropsychological rehabilitation.

Current Projects

Investigating the relationship between structural/functional connectivity measures and cognitive deficits in multiple sclerosis (MS)
Assessing the impact of cognitive stimulation on cognition, quality of life, and functional brain connectivity in people with MS
Evaluating which cognitive changes occurring in people with MS after autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplant

Research Team

Translational Neuropsychology Group


De Marco, M., Manca, R., Mitolo, M., Venneri, A. 2017. White matter hyperintensity load modulates brain morphometry and brain connectivity in healthy adults: A neuroplastic mechanism? Neural Plasticity


I joined the TNG at the University of Sheffield in 2015, first as an Erasmus visiting student to undergo a research internship and later as a PhD student under the supervision of Professor Annalena Venneri and Professor Basil Sharrack.

Previous Education

2010-2013 Bsc in Psychology at the University of Milan-Bicocca, Italy
2013-2015 Msc in Cognitive neuroscience and clinical neuropsychology at the University of Padua, Italy

Teaching Interests

Demonstration in neuroanatomy dissection lab classes for MSc and 1st year medical students
Group session facilitation in the Health Challenge module for 1st year medical students