Marco Romanato (PhD student)

Marco Romanato completed his Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering and got his Master’s degree in Bioengineering at University of Padua with a work titled “Model-Based estimation of musculoskeletal forces during locomotion in individuals with parkinson’s disease” in 2018. The Master’s thesis project was carried on during the Erasmus+ traineeship program in Enschede, in collaboration with University of Twente (NDL), supervised by the kind attention both of Massimo Sartori (UT) and Zimi Sawacha (UNIPD). During his Master’s study he participated the Erasmus+ study program in Reykjavik, at the Reykjavik University from January 2017 to May 2017.
He is currently a PhD student of the XXXV cycle at the PhD School on Information Engineering, curricula of Bioengineering, at the University of Padua (Parkinson’s Disease rehabilitation: an EMG-informed neuromusculoskeletal model to drive exoskeleton treatments).

His research activities mainly regard the analysis of gait alterations in people affected by Parkinson’s Disease, the instrumental evaluation of different rehabilitations techniques in this population in collaboration with the Fresco Parkinson center of Villa Margherita in Vicenza (ITA), and the modeling of the lower limb joints.

Before attending the PhD school, he had 6 months of experience in the gait and postural analysis research at the Laboratory of Movement Analysis, Dept. of Information Engineering, University of Padua.

He is member of the Italian Society of Gait Analysis in Clinic (SIAMOC). In 2019 he won the SIAMOC conference attendance grant.

He is first author and co-author of abstracts and papers published in peer-reviewed journals and international conference proceedings concerning Parkinson disease subjects’ gait and posture abnormalities.


PUBLICATIONS

  • M. Romanato, M. Sartori, G. Dourandou, D. Volpe, Z. Sawacha, «An EMG-informed modelling approach for the prediction of internal variables during locomotion in Parkinson’s Disease patients: a feasibility study», oral presentation, SIAMOC, 9-12 Oct 2019, Bologna (ITA), Gait and Posture 2019, 74:32-33.
  • A. Guiotto, F. Spolaor, M. Romanato, D. Pavan, A. Peppe, D. Volpe, Z. Sawacha, «The neurorehabilitation device Equistasi® can induce changes in Parkinson’s Disease ankle joints kinematics and kinetics», poster presentation, SIAMOC, 9-12 Oct 2019, Bologna (ITA). Gait and Posture 2019, 74:21.
  • M. Romanato, M. Sartori, G. Dourandou, D. Volpe, Z. Sawacha, «Model-based estimation of musculoskeletal forces during locomotion in individuals with Parkinson’s Disease: a pilot study», poster presentation, ESMAC, 23-28 Sept 2019, Amsterdam (NDL). Gait and Posture xxx. In Press.
  • Guiotto, F. Spolaor, M. Romanato, M. Durante, D. Pavan, A. Peppe, Z. Sawacha, D. Volpe, «Can a rehabilitation treatment with the device Equistasi® impact on motor control of Parkinson’s disease patients?», oral presentation, ESMAC, 23-28 Sept 2019, Amsterdam (NDL). Gait and Posture xxx. In Press.