Dr Antonio Capozio
Antonio is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Leeds. His current research focuses on novel strategies for upper limb rehabilitation in people with a cervical Spinal Cord Injury. Other scientific interests include investigating neural plasticity elicited by non-invasive brain stimulation (NIBS), and examining the reliability of measures assessing functioning of the central nervous system using NIBS. Antonio earned an MRes degree from Maastricht University and completed an internship at Trinity College Dublin studying associative plasticity in the brain. He then obtained a PhD from the University of Leeds working on the applications of NIBS in motor control.
Antonio shares his experiences from the conference.
Participating to the 61st ISCOS meeting provided me with a great opportunity to discuss ideas and help building collaboration with colleagues across the world. The instructional course on outcome measures made me reflect on how to better evaluate changes in response to interventions in my own studies. Discussing directly the practical limitations of some of the measures we routinely collect with a senior colleague guided the implementation of new outcome measures for the study I am currently completing. In addition, I could discuss technical issues related to my field of work (non-invasive stimulation) with colleagues in the United States, a discussion which I hope will lead to more frequent and fruitful collaborations. The range of topics tackled and the background of the speakers were incredibly broad, and made me reflect on how each specific field (and mine in particular) can only function if supported by the work of medical doctors, engineers, policy makers and the lived experience of people living with spinal cord injury. I found it fascinating that, despite the geographical and environmental differences, many of the issues we are faced with are shared by colleagues all around the world. As a community, we need to collectively build and learn from our shared knowledge in order to provide impactful advancements in the field of spinal cord injury rehabilitation.