Azzurra Invernizzi


Prof. Frans W. Cornelissen (

Dr. Remco Renken

Prof. Nomdo M. Jansonius (

Background & Interests

My name is Azzurra Invernizzi. I graduated in Biomedical Engineering (BSc) at the University of Pavia, Italy. Due to my strong interest on

neural signal and functional neuroimaging, I achieved my MSc in Biomedical Engineering with curriculum in NeuroEngineering at the

University of Genoa, Italy. For my Master’s project, I worked at the University of Antwerp to develop a new data-analysis methodology for

neural signals analysis and obtain an in vitro model of cortical microcirtuitry activation inspired from biophysical mathematical modelling

studies. After this, I worked as research assistant at the University of Oxford for two years, during which I developed some optimised

approaches for fMRI/MRI brain imaging.

In September 2016, I joined the Visual Neuroscience Group ( at the University of Groningen to pursue my PhD.


Aim of the project

An outstanding issue is whether glaucoma should be considered exclusively an eye disease or also a brain disease. To resolve this, I will examine the brains and visual

pathways of primary open angle glaucoma (POAG) and normal-tension (NTG) glaucoma patients using resting-state (RS) fMRI. In particular, I will be looking for the

presence of neurodegeneration of the brain beyond what can be explained on the basis of propagated retinal and optic nerve damage. If I can demonstrate this, it

implies glaucoma should also be considered a brain disease with potential repercussions for treatment. Using RS-fMRI, I will examine and compare spontaneous

activity both in and outside the lesion projection zone in visual cortex.


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