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Research interests

My main research work at Aerospace Medicine and Rehabilitation Laboratory aims at developing countermeasures to keep the human musculoskeletal system in healthy conditions during long space missions and during exposure to Mars and Moon gravity.


Further Information

In 2009, I graduated in Medicine and Surgery with a grade of 110/110 “cum laude” at the University of Siena (Italy), obtaining the qualification of Medical Doctor. From 2010 to 2015, I enrolled at the School of Specialization in Sport and Exercise Medicine, University of Florence, obtaining the qualification of Sports Physician. Since the beginning of my clinical training, I focused my learning on the assessment and the treatment of the disorders of the musculoskeletal system, on the use of the musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging and the ultrasound-guided interventions. In 2013, these skills produced an intensive collaboration with the Italian Swimming Federation aimed at developing the application of rehabilitative ultrasound imaging in sports rehabilitation and injury prevention in elite athletes. From 2014, I worked as an occupational trainee at the Center of Clinical Research Excellence in Spine Pain, University of Queensland (Australia), where I have trained to use intramuscular electromyography of the trunk muscles and kinematic evaluation of the trunk movement. In October 2015, I have been enrolled as a PhD fellow in CNAP, Aalborg University (Denmark). My research project aimed at probing the nature and the time-course of cortical neuroplastic changes provoked by muscle pain across several days and at modulating the cortical pain neuroplasticity by repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation. In parallel with my PhD project, I have contributed in developing two research projects: Parabolic flight (Inter-Agency Partial Gravity Campaign, Bordeaux, 2018) and Bed-rest study (joint ESA/NASA Artificial Gravity Study, Cologne, 2019), in collaboration with European Space Agency (Space Medicine Office) and Northumbria University (Aerospace Medicine and Rehabilitation Laboratory). These projects aimed at developing countermeasures to maintain the human spine in healthy conditions during long-space missions.


Enrico's primary research interest is in understanding the mechanisms that underlie lumbopelvic deconditioning during long-lasting immobilization and low back pain.

Enrico’s projects include assessing the effects of prolonged bed rest and space missions on paraspinal muscles parameters with a particular interest in motor control and intramuscular fatty infiltration, assessing rehabilitation techniques for improved reconditioning, and introducing innovative methodologies to improve knowledge about lumbar spine function.

Education/Academic qualification

Medicine, PhD, Aalborg University

15 Oct 201511 Mar 2019

Award Date: 11 Mar 2019

Medicine, MBChB(Hons), University of Siena

Award Date: 24 Jun 2009


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