Viviana Santoro

King’s College London

Viviana is a research assistant at King’s College London at the Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute, under the supervision of Prof. Mark Richardson and Dr. Isabella Premoli.

After obtaining the MSc in neuroscience and neuropsychological rehabilitation at the University of Padua (Padua, Italy) she joined the Richardson Lab for a one-year internship. Viviana’s internship program focused on learning how to deliver the non-invasive brain stimulation technique of TMS and register responses with electromyography (TMS-EMG) and electroencephalography (TMS-EEG). Under the supervision of Doctor Isabella Premoli and Andrea Biondi, she contributed to TMS-EEG data acquisition and analysis in several experimental protocols active in our lab, testing patients with schizophrenia and healthy controls taking part in Phase I clinical trials.

During this placement, Viviana set the basis for her current position as a research assistant working with Prof. Mark Richardson and Dr. Isabella Premoli on a Phase I Clinical Trial. She also collaborates on a project aiming to investigate the patterns of excitation/inhibition (E/I) imbalance in treatment-resistant patients with schizophrenia, by using TMS-EEG as readout of cortical excitability, under the supervision of Dr. Isabella Premoli and Prof. Sukhi Shergill.


  • MSc in Neuroscience and Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, University of Padua
  • BSc in Psychological Sciences, University of Catania

Core expertise:

  • Data Analysis (SPSS, FieldTrip)
  • EEG
  • Neuropsychological/Psychological Assessment

Publications and Posters:

  • Biondi, A., Santoro, V., Rocchi, L., Rossini, P.G., Beatch, G. N., Premoli, I., & Richardson, M. P., (2020). Cortical oscillations to measure anti-epileptic drug activity in clinical trials. American Epilepsy Society’s new virtual event AES2020.
  • Carobin, A., Brashford, J., Premoli, I., Santoro, V., Large, C., Richardson, M. P., & Shaw, C., (2020) Feasibility and future role of high-density transcranial magnetic stimulation in ALS: A pilot study in healthy volunteers. 31st International Symposium on ALS/MND.