Dr. Sclocco received her PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Politecnico di Milano in 2014. She then moved to Boston to join the Napadow Lab at the Athinoula A. Martinos Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School. During her post-doctoral training, she gained expertise in ultra-high MRI imaging for in vivo functional brainstem applications, as well as transcutaneous vagus nerve modulation. In 2020, she joined the Faculty at Martinos Center as an Instructor. Led by her interest in the central control of the autonomic nervous system, she is currently developing imaging techniques for the noninvasive interrogation and modulation of the gut-brain axis.
Dr. Sclocco will describe novel technologies and methods that allow noninvasive study of the brainstem, vagus nerve, and gut-brain axis function. Using these techniques, she is able to directly interrogate gastric motility, and modulate it via interaction with brainstem nuclei. She will present published and unpublished data showcasing these techniques, and their application in health and disease.