Elena Rodriguez Vieitez
I am a Senior Researcher at the Division of Clinical Geriatrics, where I perform research on positron emission tomography (PET) imaging in Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and other neurodegenerative dementias, towards understanding the in-vivo patterns of neuroinflammation, proteinopathies and brain function. My research has applications towards the development of early diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers in neurodegenerative diseases.
My postdoctoral work was the first to report in-vivo up-regulation of astrocytosis from presymptomatic stages of autosomal-dominant AD using a longitudinal multitracer PET design.
More recently, I have expanded my research lines towards multimodal MRI-PET imaging and novel statistical approaches to understand the associations between brain morphological and molecular changes linking neuroinflammation and other pathological features in the AD brain. My research is reflected in over 40 peer-reviewed publications.
PhD Nuclear Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, USA (2007)
MS Civil Engineering, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, USA (1998)
BS Physics, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain (1994)
Academic honours, awards and prizes
2013 Young Investigator Award, Human Amyloid Imaging Conference, Miami (USA), January 2013
2013-2014 Wenner-Gren Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship
2012-2019 Research grants from Alzheimerfonden; Åke Wiberg Stiftelsen; Stiftelsen för ålderssjukdomar, Karolinska Institutet; KI Fonder; Gun och Bertil Stohnes Stiftelsen; Ahlén Stiftelsen; Stiftelsen för gamla tjänarinnor; Demensfonden; Loo och Hans Ostermans Stiftelsen