Anna Estraneo Anna, MD, is a clinical neurologist with expertise in Neurorehabilitation and Neurophysiology. She has been working at the Maugeri Clinical Scientific Institutes in Telese Terme, Italy for 25 years, where she was the coordinator of the Research Laboratory for the study of Disorders of Consciousness (DoC) and of the Neurorehabilitation Unit for severely brain–injured patients with prolonged DoC.
She currently works in Neurology Unit at SM della Pietà General Hospital in Nola (Italy) and is scientific consultant of Neurorehabilitation Unit for patients with prolonged DoC at Don Gnocchi Foundation Scientific and Rehabilitation Institute for patients with severe brain injury. She was adjunct Professor at Dept. of Neurophysiology, University Federico II of Naples (2009-2016) and she got Italian Qualification as Associate Professor in Neurology.
Scientific Society membership
- Leader of the diagnosis/prognosis subgroup of the IBIA DoC-SIG with Drs. Caroline Schnakers and Nathan Zasler serving as chairs.
- Member of Task Force on the European Academy of Neurology (EAN) Guidelines on Diagnosis of Coma and Chronic DoC and of and Italian inter-societies recommendations for management of anoxic DoC.
- Board member of the Italian Neurological Rehabilitation Society (SIRN) and chair of the Special Interest Group on acquired brain injury and DoC
- Member of the scientific committee of Italian Federation of Family Caregivers of Patients with Severe Brain Injury.
Principal research activities on patients with Disorder of Consciousness
She coordinated multicenter national and international projects on:
- Validation of clinical and neurophysiological diagnostic/assessment tools
- Identification of prognostic markers for recovery of consciousness and of factors influencing clinical outcome
- Long-term clinical evolution
- Psychological evaluation of caregiver of patients with disorders of consciousness
She is author of more than 50 papers published on international peer-reviewed scientific journals, and of book chapters on DoC, epilepsy and neurodegenerative diseases (listed on Google Scholar and Pubmed; ORCID ID: 0000-0001-6646-5626).