Dr. Sara Mariotto MD, PhD
Department of Neuroscience
Biomedicine and Movement Sciences
University of Verona
Policlinico GB Rossi
Verona | Italy
Sara Mariotto was born in Verona on 13-03-1985. She got her high school diploma at the “Scipione Maffei Institute” (classical studies) in 2004 with a score of 100/100 cum laude and graduated in Medicine and Surgery in July 2010 at the University of Verona, with a thesis entitled “Study of the Cingolate Anterior Cortex in Frontotemporal Dementia” obtaining a score of 110/110 cum laude. In July 2016 she specialised in Neurology with a thesis entitled “Diagnostic role of serum anti-myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein antibodies in patients with suspected neuromyelitis optica seronegative for anti-aquaporin-4 antibodies” obtaining a score of 70/70 cum laude. She then completed a 3-year PhD in the Graduate School of Life and Health Sciences, Doctoral program in
Neuroscience, Psychological and Psychiatric Sciences, and Movement Sciences at the Department of Neurosciences, Biomedicine, and Movement Sciences, University Hospital of Verona, Italy, defending her doctoral thesis entitled “Neurofilament light chain levels in patients with antibodies to myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein (MOG-Abs)” in May, 2020 with a positive result. She also obtained the certificate of Doctor Europaeus.
Her research areas include neuroimmunology, neuroinfectivology, neuropathology, and peripheral nerve diseases. Her principal field of interest is the study of autoimmune/inflammatory encephalitis, encephalomyelitis, and peripheral inflammatory neuropathies. In relation to these topics, she studied antibody-mediated disorders of the CNS under the supervision of Prof. Markus Reindl, learning anti-MOG antibodies detection/IgG subclass analysis with cell-based assay, peripheral blood mononuclear cells isolation, and the detection of cytokines in serum and CSF with ELISA during her fellowship at the Clinical Department of Neurology, Medical University of Innsbruck (March-October 2017). She also spent a period (October 2017) at the Institute of Neurology, Medical University of Vienna learning new techniques for the diagnosis of autoimmune encephalitis, under the supervision of Prof. Romana Höftberger. During her residency and PhD she actively participated to the clinical and research activities and study design on central and peripheral nervous system inflammatory and autoimmune conditions. In particular, she introduced novel diagnostic and prognostic assays in the diagnostic workup of the Laboratory of Neuropathology, designed scientific collaborative studies, and she presented research results at national and international meetings on these topics. After her PhD she was awarded an 8-month scholarship (October-May 2020) on the study of diagnostic and prognostic test in antibody-mediated encephalitis and neuromyelitis optica. From December, 2020 to October 2021 she worked as a Junior Researcher at the Neurology Unit, University and AOUI of Verona, Italy. Since then, we works as a Neurologist at the AOUI Verona, Italy.
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