Stefania Pezzoli

Third year PhD student


Research Interests

My main research interests are in the neural and cognitive mechanisms underlying neuropsychiatric symptoms in neurodegenerative diseases. The aim of my research is to investigate the neuroanatomical and cognitive correlates of visual hallucination in Lewy body disease by integrating structural and functional MRI and neuropsychological measures.

Current Projects

  • Investigating the structural and functional brain alterations related to visual hallucinations in Lewy body disease and their relationship with cognitive deficits.
  • Exploring the cognitive deficits that predict the presence and future appearance of visual hallucinations in dementia with Lewy bodies.
  • Meta-analysis of regional grey matter volume of visual hallucinations in Lewy body disease.

Research Team

Translational Neuropsychology Group

Publications

Pezzoli, S., Emsell, L., Yip, S.W., Dima, D., Giannakopoulos, P., Zarei, M., Tognin, S., Arnone, D., James, A., Haller, S., Frangou, S., Goodwin, G.M., McDonald, C., Kempton, M.J., 2017. Meta-analysis of regional white matter volume in bipolar disorder with replication in an independent sample using coordinates, T-maps, and individual MRI data. Neurosci Biobehav Rev.

Pezzoli, S., Cagnin, A., Bandmann, O., Venneri, A., 2017. Structural and Functional Neuroimaging of Visual Hallucinations in Lewy Body Disease: A Systematic Literature Review. Brain Sci, 7(7)

Wise, T., Radua, J., Via, E., Cardoner, N., Abe, O., Adams, T.M., Amico, F., Cheng, Y., Cole, J.H., de Azevedo Marques Perico, C., Dickstein, D.P., Farrow, T.F., Frodl, T., Wagner, G., Gotlib, I.H., Gruber, O., Ham, B.J., Job, D.E., Kempton, M.J., Kim, M.J., Koolschijn, P.C., Malhi, G.S., Mataix-Cols, D., McIntosh, A.M., Nugent, A.C., O'Brien, J.T., Pezzoli, S., Phillips, M.L., Sachdev, P.S., Salvadore, G., Selvaraj, S., Stanfield, A.C., Thomas, A.J., van Tol, M.J., van der Wee, N.J., Veltman, D.J., Young, A.H., Fu, C.H., Cleare, A.J., Arnone, D., 2016. Common and distinct patterns of grey-matter volume alteration in major depression and bipolar disorder: evidence from voxel-based meta-analysis. Mol Psychiatry.

Poster and oral presentations

Pezzoli, S., Cagnin, A., Venneri, A. Visual hallucinations in Lewy body disease: neuropsychological and neuroanatomical correlates. Alzheimer's Association International Conference, AAIC 2017. London, UK. Oral presentation, July 2017.

Pezzoli, S., Cagnin, A., Venneri, A. Visual hallucinations in Lewy body disease: neuropsychological and neuroanatomical correlates. Alzheimer’s Research UK (ARUK) Yorkshire Network Meeting 2017. Sheffield, UK. Oral presentation, June 2017.

Pezzoli, S., Cagnin, A., Venneri, A. Neuroanatomical and cognitive correlates of visual hallucinations in dementia with Lewy bodies. Alzheimer’s Research UK (ARUK) Yorkshire Network Meeting 2016. York, UK. Oral presentation, October 2016.

Pezzoli S., Emsell L., Yip S.W., Dima D., Giannakopoulos P., Zarei M., Tognin S., James A., Haller S., Frangou S., Goodwin G. M., McDonald C., Kempton M. J. Meta-analysis of regional white matter volume in bipolar disorder with replication in an independent sample. Annual Conference of The International Society for Bipolar Disorders held jointly with the 8th Biennial Conference of the International Society for Affective Disorders, ISBD-ISAD 2016. Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Poster presentation, July 2016.

Biography

I joined the Translational Neuropsychology group in 2015 as a PhD student under the supervision of Professor Annalena Venneri and Professor Oliver Bandmann working on visual hallucinations in Lewy body disease.

Previous education

2013: MSc in Neuroscience and Neuropsychological Rehabilitation at the University of Padua (Italy)
2010: BSc in Psychology of Personality and Interpersonal Relationships at the University of Padua (Italy)

Previous research experience

04/2015 – 08/2015: Research internship at the University of Manchester (UK) under the supervision of Professor Penelope Lewis. Project: Targeted memory reactivation during REM sleep.
05/2014 – 10/2014: Clinical and research internship at the University of Padua (Italy) under the supervision of Professor Annachiara Cagnin. Project: Investigating the neuropsychological and structural brain abnormalities in dementia with Lewy bodies.
11/2013 – 04/2014: Research internship at the University of Oxford (UK) under the supervision of Professor Kia Nobre. Project: Investigating the effect of the APOE genotype on resting-state functional connectivity in healthy ageing.
01/2013 – 07/2013: Erasmus student at King’s College London (UK) under the supervision of Dr. Matthew Kempton. Project: Regional brain volumes in bipolar disorder: a voxel-based morphometry study and a t-map meta-analysis.

Teaching Interests

Small group teaching:

  • Lab demonstrator in the module “Neuroanatomy dissection” for 1st year medical students.
  • Facilitator in the module “Health Challenge” for 1st year medical students.