Stefania Ferraro

School of Life Science and Technology, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China


No.2006, Xiyuan Ave, West Hi-Tech Zone, 611731 


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2020.04-Present, Associate Professor, Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, China

2008.04-2020.04, Researcher, Cognitive Neuroscience, IRCCS Neurological Institute Carlo Besta, Milan, Italy



2013.09-2016.12, PhD, Cognitive Neuroscience, Cimec, University of Trento, Italy      

2006.09-2008.09, M.A., Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology, University of Milan Bicocca, Milan, Italy

2002.09-2006.07, B.S., Psychology, University of Milan Bicocca, Milan, Italy



September 2015 - Winner of  ‘Ricerca Finalizzata’ Italian Ministry of Health.

‘Structural biomarkers of awareness and wakefulness in disorders of consciousness’

PE-2013-02359287 - Euro 238.508,00. PI: Stefania Ferraro.


Leone M, Ferraro S, Proietti Cecchini A; The Human  Hypothalamus - The Handbook of Clinical Neurology (volume IV.49).


Schulte L, Ferraro S*; Neuroimaging in cluster headache in Cluster Headache and other Trigeminal Autonomic Cephalalgias, Editors: May A, Leone M. Springer 2019. *Corresponding Author;



(1)Ferraro S, Nigri A, Demichelis G, Pinardi C, Chiapparini L, Giani L, Proietti Cecchini A, Leone M; Understanding cluster headache using magnetic resonance imaging; Accepted for publication – Frontiers in Neuroscience.


(2)Lutkenhoff E, Nigri A, Rossi Sebastiano D, Sattin D, Visani E, D’Incerti L, Bruzzone MGB, Franceschetti S, Leonardi M, Ferraro S*, Monti M; Electroencephalographic power spectra, subcortical pathology, and diagnosis in disorders of consciousness; Accepted for publication in Psychological Medicine ;  *Corresponding Author.


(3)Bottini R, Ferraro S, Nigri A, Cuccarini V, Bruzzone MG, Collignon O; Brain regions involved in conceptual retrieval in sighted and blind people; Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 2020. 


(4)Ferraro S, van Ackeren MJ, Mai R, Tassi L, Cardinale F, Nigri A, Bruzzone MG, D’Incerti L, Hartmann T, Weisz N, Collignon O; Stereotactic electroencephalography in humans reveals multisensory signal in early visual and auditory cortices; Cortex, 2020.


(5)Consonni M, Dalla Bella E, Nigri A, Pinardi C, Demichelis G, Gellera C, Pensato V, Porcu L, Cappa S, Bruzzone MG,  Lauria G, Ferraro S;  Cognitive syndromes and c9orf72 mutation are not related to cerebellar degeneration in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis; Frontiers in Neuroscience, 2019. 


(6)Ferraro S, Nigri A, Bruzzone MG, Demichelis G, Pinardi C, Brivio L, Giani L., Proietti A, Leone M., Chiapparini L;  Cluster headache: insights from resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging; Neurological Sciences, 2019.


(7)Sattin D, Bruzzone MG, Ferraro S, Nigri A, Leonardi M, Guido D; Development of a clinical protocol for the evaluation of olfactory discrimination in disorders of consciousness patients; European Journal of Neurology, 2019


(8)Ferraro S, Nigri A, Nava S, Rosazza C, Sattin D,  Rossi SD, Porcu L, Bruzzone MG, Marotta G, Benti R, Leonardi M, D’Incerti L. On behalf of Coma Research Center, Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Neurologico “Carlo Besta”, Milan; Degree of inter-hemispheric disconnection predicts vegetative state from minimal conscious state in disorder of consciousness patients irrespective from etiology; Journal of Neurotrauma, 2019;


  (9)Ferraro S, Nigri A, Bruzzone MG, Brivio L, Proietti Cecchini A, Verri M, Chiapparini L, Leone M; Defective functional connectivity between posterior hypothalamus and regions of the diencephalic-mesencephalic junction in chronic cluster headache. Cephalalgia, 2018;


  (10)Rossi Sebastiano D, Visani E, Panzica F, Sattin D , Bersano A,  Nigri A, Ferraro S , Parati E, Leonardi M, Franceschetti S; Sleep patterns associated with the severity of impairment in a large cohort of patients with chronic disorders of consciousness; Clinical Neurophysiology 2017;

  (11)Bedini G, Bersano A, D'Incerti L, Marotta G, Rosazza C, Rossi Sebastiano D, Sattin D, Nigri A, Ferraro S, Parati EA; Period3 gene in Disorder of Consciousness: the role of neuroimaging in understanding the relationship between genotype and sleep. A brief communication; Journal of Neurological Sciences, 2017;


(12)Rosazza C, Andronache A, Sattin D, Bruzzone MG, Marotta G, Nigri A, Ferraro S, Sebastiano DR, Porcu L, Bersano A, Benti R, Leonardi M, D'Incerti L, Minati L; Coma Research Centre (CRC) - Besta Institute; Multimodal study of default-mode network integrity in disorders of consciousness; Annals of Neurology 2016;


(13)Nigri A, Catricalà E, Ferraro S*, Bruzzone MG, D'Incerti L, Sattin D, Sebastiano DR, Franceschetti S, Marotta G, Benti R, Leonardi M, Cappa SF; CRC - Coma Research Centre members. The neural correlates of lexical processing in disorders of consciousness; Brain Imaging and Behaviour 2017; *Corresponding Author;


(14)Nigri A, Ferraro S*, Bruzzone MG, Nava S, D’Incerti L, Sattin D, Leonardi M, Lundstrom J; Central olfactory processing in disorders of consciousness patients; European journal of Neurology, 2016; *Corresponding Author;


(15)Chiapparini L, Ferraro S, Nigri A, Proietti A, Bruzzone MG, Leone M.; Resting-state fMRI in cluster headache: which role? Neurological Sciences 2015;


(16)Sattin D, Giovannetti AM, Ciaraffa F, Covelli V, Bersano A, Nigri A, Ferraro S, Minati L, Rossi D, Duran D, Parati E, Leonardi M; Assessment of patients with disorder of consciousness: do different Coma Recovery Scale scoring correlate with different settings? Journal of Neurology 2014;


(17)Leone M, Nigri A, Chiapparini L, Ferraro S; Exploring cerebral networks in cluster headache: insights and perspectives; Cephalalgia  2014;


 (18)Bertolino N, Ferraro S.*, Nigri A., Bruzzone M.G., Ghielmetti F.; A neural network approach to fMRI binocular visual rivalry task analysis; PloS one, 2014


(19)Ferraro S, Nanetti L,  Piacentini S, Mandelli ML, Bertolino N, Ghielmetti F, Epifani F, Nigri A, Bruzzone MG, Savoiardo M, Mariotti C, Grisoli M; Frontal cortex BOLD signal changes in premanifest Huntington disease: a possible fMRI biomarker; Neurology 2013;


(20)Nigri A, Ferraro S, D'Incerti L, Critchley HD, Bruzzone MG, Minati L.; Connectivity of the amygdala, piriform, and orbitofrontal cortex during olfactory stimulation: a functional MRI study;  Neuroreport. 2013;


(21)Chiapparini L., Ferraro S, Grazzi L, Bussone G; Neuroimaging in chronic migraine;  Neurological Science 2010


(22)Ferraro S, Grazzi L, Mandelli ML, Nava S, Ghielmetti F, Bertolino N, Nigri A, Visintin E, Bussone G, Bruzzone MG, Chiapparini L; In medication overuse headache fMRI shows long-lasting dysfunction in midbrain dopaminergic areas; Headache 2012;


(23)Kress IU, Minati L, Ferraro S, Critchley HD; Direct skin-to-skin versus indirect touch modulates neural responses to stroking versus tapping; Neuroreport 2011;


(24)Ferraro S, Chiapparini L, Grazzi L, Mandelli ML, Aquino D, Fiore D, Usai S, Bruzzone MG, Bussone G; Pain processing in medication overuse headache patients before and after drug withdrawal; Pain Medicine 2011;


(25)Grazzi L, Chiapparini L, Ferraro S, Usai S, Andrasik F, Mandelli ML, Bruzzone MG, Bussone ; Chronic migraine with medication overuse headache pre-post withdrawal of symptomatic medication: clinical results and fMRI correlations; Headache, 2010;


 (26)Chiapparini L, Grazzi L, Ferraro S, Mandelli ML, Usai S, Andrasik F, Bruzzone MG, Bussone G. ; Functional-MRI evaluation of pain processing in chronic migraine with medication overuse; Neurological Sciences, 2009;


(27)Bizzi A, Cerliani L, Ferre F, Ferraro S, Castelli M. ; State of art of pre-surgical language mapping with fMRI; Topics in Medicine; special Issue 2009;