Patricia Diaz Galvan
I have a background in Psychology with clinical and research training in neuropsychology and neuroimaging. In 2019, I received my PhD from the University of La Laguna, Spain. I have mainly worked in aging and dementia, with a special focus on Alzheimer’s disease and dementia with Lewy body. Currently I am a postdoctoral guest researcher in the imaging group led by Dr. Daniel Ferreira at the Division of Clinical Geriatrics.
I have a long-standing interest in the study of clinical phenotypes, biomarkers, and neuropathology of neurodegenerative disease, with a special focus on preclinical and prodromal stages of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and dementia with Lewy body (DLB).
My work focuses on the application of different neuroimaging techniques (MRI and PET) to understand biological underpinnings of neurodegenerative diseases and determine those factors contributing to cognitive impairment and dementia in older adults. In doing so, I integrate imaging data with clinical features and other fluid biomarkers in cross-sectional and longitudinal models.
My main projects focus on:
- Identifying different subtypes in prodromal stages of dementia based on neuroanatomical information on MRI.
- Investigating in vivo PET imaging for molecular pathological changes in patients with Lewy body disease.
- Establishing blood-based biomarkers for pathological changes that are commonly present in patients with DLB in relation with imaging markers, clinical features, and neuropathological data.
PhD - September 2019. University of La Laguna, Spain. Thesis: “Multidimensional characterization of Subjective Cognitive Decline: study of profiles and clinical progression depending on clinical, cognitive, neuroimaging and genetic factors”. Supervisors: Dr. José Barroso and Dr. Daniel Ferreira Padilla.
M.Sc. in Neuroscience – July 2015. University of La Laguna, Spain. Advisors: Dr. José Barroso and Dr. Daniel Ferreira Padilla.
B.Sc. in Psychology – July 2013. University of La Laguna, Spain.