Dr. rer. nat. Elodie Saruco

Neuroscience of Sports
Haus 4 -1/20b
0234 302 3515
Elodie Saruco

Main research

How our personal experiences may shape our brain has always intrigued me. After a PhD in Lyon (France), where I investigated the effects of motor imagery (i.e., the internal representation of a movement) on the recovery of locomotion capacities after lower-limb amputation, I felt increasingly attracted to a more fundamental understanding of neuroplasticity processes and turned to the MRI methodology. Besides the investigation of lower-limb amputation and motor imagery effects on neuroplasticity (under investigation in Madrid, Spain), I am currently extending my area of research towards the field of food addiction in the Bergmannsheil Clinic.
I have the greater interest in contributing to the better understanding of eating disorders and to the development of reliable non-pharmacological therapeutic approaches.

Curriculum vitae

since 2018
Postdoctoral fellow, Neuroimaging research on plasticity, University clinic Bergmannsheil (Germany)

2017 - 2018
Teaching and research assistant, University of Lyon (France)

Rhône-Alpes Research Grant for Neuroimaging Research

2014 - 2017
PhD in Sport Science w/ focus on neuroscience, University of Lyon (France)
PhD scholarship by the French Ministry

2013 - 2014
University Diploma, University of Clermont-Ferrand (France)

2012 - 2013
Research Master 2, University of Lyon (France)

2011 - 2012
Research Master 1 Adapted physical activity, University of Lyon (France)

2010 - 2011
Bachelor in Sports training, University of Lyon 1 (France)


Saruco E, Guillot A, Multari L, & Saimpont A (2019). Effects of Different Ratios of Physical and Mental Practice on Postural Control Improvement. Journal of motor behavior, (1-11).

Debarnot U, Neveu R, Samaha Y, Saruco E, Macintyre T & Guillot A (2019). Acquisition and consolidation of implicit motor learning with physical and mental practice across multiple days of anodal tDCS. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, (1-32).

Schlatter S, Guillot A, Faes C, Saruco E, Collet C, Di Rienzo F, Debarnot U (2020). Acute stress affects implicit but not explicit motor imagery: A pilot study. International Journal of Psychophysiology, (62-71).

Di Rienzo F, Saruco E, Church D, Daligault S, Delpuech C, Gurret JM, Debarnot U & Guillot A (2019). Neuropsychological correlates of an energy psychology intervention on flight phobia: A MEG single-case study. PsyArXiv, (1-14). DOI: 10.31234/osf.io/s3hce

Saruco E, Di Rienzo F, Nunez-Nagy S, Rubio-Gonzalez MA, Debarnot U, Collet C, Guillot A & Saimpont A (2018). Optimal combination of anodal transcranial direct current stimulations and motor imagery interventions. Neural Plasticity, (1-7).

Saruco E, Guillot A, Saimpont A, Di Rienzo F, Durand A, Mercier C, Malouin F & Jackson P (2017). Motor imagery ability of patients with lower-limb amputation: exploring the course of rehabilitation effects. European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, (1 - 47).

Saruco E, Di Rienzo F, Nunez-Nagy S, Rubio-Gonzalez MA, Jackson P, Collet C, Saimpont A & Guillot A (2017). Anodal tDCS over the primary motor cortex improves motor imagery benefits on postural control: A pilot study. Scientific Reports, 7, article 480 (1-9).

Di Rienzo F, Debarnot U, Daligault S, Saruco E, Delpuech C, Doyon J, Collet C & Guillot A (2016). Online and Offline Performance Gains Following Motor Imagery Practice: A Comprehensive Review of Behavioral and Neuroimaging Studies. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 10, article 315 (1-15).