I am an Associate Professor (Docent) and Principal Investigator at the Division of Clinical Geriatrics. I have a PhD in Biomedicine by the University of Barcelona and did my Postdoctoral training at the NVS Department of KI.
I am working with brain connectivity measures derived from structural MRI, functional MRI and diffusion tensor imaging in patients with Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease. My current projects are focused on the assessment of brain connectivity and network topology in different stages of these disorders as well as their relationship with clinical measures. I also work with analyses of spatial patterns derived from amyloid and tau positron emission tomography as well as cerebrospinal fluid and plasma biomarkers and cognitive tests.
I currently lead a team of 3 PhD students and 2 Postdocs:
Anna Canal Garcia
PhD student working on integrating different neuroimaging modalities of patients with Alzheimer's disease into a single multilayer connectome, which can be used to assess the interaction between distinct pathological processes.
Postdoc developing new measures of dynamic brain connectivity for the analysis of functional magnetic resonance images in patients with Parkinson's disease.
PhD student developing a new version of an open-access software for the analysis of brain connectivity with graph theory - BRAPH (Brain Analysis with Graph Theory), which is freely available at: http://braph.org/.
PhD student working on the implementation of deep neural networks to predict different neurodegenerative diseases.
Postdoc that will soon starting working in our group on functional brain connectivity.
I am also the official co-supervisor of 4 PhD students from Karolinska Institute, University of Gothenburg and Lithuanian University of Health Sciences:
Main supervisor: Prof. Doroga Religa, NVS Department, KI
Main supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Michael Schöll, Department of Psychiatry and Neurochemistry, University of Gothenburg
Main supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Rodrigo Moreno, KTH Royal Institute of Technology.
Main supervisor: Prof. Algidas Basevicius, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences.
My areas of teaching expertise are the field of imaging analyses of magnetic resonance and positron emission tomography scans as well as the application of imaging measures to the assessment of neurodegenerative disorders.
I have extensive experience in leading lectures, tutorials and software demonstrations as well as in the supervision of student's projects at the master and PhD level. I also have experience in course planning as well as an examiner and moderator.
I am currently involved in the teaching of the following courses:
Translational Molecular Imaging in Neurodegenerative Disorders
Organizers: Laetitia Lemoine, Elena Rodriguez-Vieitez
Biomarkers for Neurodegenerative Diseases
Organizers: Michael Schöll, Ros Patterson
Imaging in Neuroscience: With a focus on structural MRI methods
Organizers: Eric Westman, Daniel Ferreira
• 2017. Postdoctoral Fellow in Neuroimaging, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.
• 2012. PhD in Biomedicine, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain.
• 2008. Master in Neurosciences, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain.
Academic honours, awards and prizes
As Principal Investigator
- Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship (IEF)
- Swedish Research Council
- Centrum för innovativ medicin (CIMED)
- Loo och Hans Ostermans stiftelse
- Gamla Tjänarinnor
- Lindhes Advokatbyra AB
- KI Stiftelser
- Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research (SSF)
- Senior Research Faculty Position at Karolinska Institute
I am a chairman of the yearly conference "Emerging Topics in Artificial Intelligence", a highly interdisciplinary forum combining artificial intelligence with photonics, microscopy, active matter, biomedicine, and brain connectivity.
Dates: 1-5 August 2021
Location: San Diego, USA