Research interests and activity

STUDYING BRAIN FUNCTION AND CONNECTIVITY

Sequence development and testing, acquisition and analysis of resting state BOLD fMRI, ASL and CMRO2 data.

PHARMACOLOGICAL STUDIES

Development of REACT, a multimodal method that uses PET atlases to enrich resting state fMRI analysis. Application in healthy populations and clinical cohorts to tackle different limitations of drug fMRI studies.

TEACHING

I give lectures in the MSc Neuroscience programme on “Analysis of Resting state fMRI data”. I also organise workshops on resting state fMRI analysis for PhD students and post-docs.

STUDENT SUPERVISION

I'm involved in postgraduate supervision.
Please get in touch if you have a background in engineering or neuroscience and would like to discuss possible MSc and PhD projects.

Selected publications

REACT

Receptor-Enriched Analysis of functional connectivity by targets (REACT): A novel, multimodal analytical approach informed by PET to study the pharmacodynamic response of the brain under MDMA.
Dipasquale et al, NeuroImage 2019

MONOAMINE FUNCTIONAL CIRCUITS IMPAIRED IN COGNITIVE FATIGUE

Cognitive fatigue in Multiple Sclerosis is associated with alterations in the functional connectivity of monoamine circuits.
Cercignani et al, Brain Communications 2021

PAIN: DETECTING FUNCTIONAL ALTERATIONS AND PREDICTING ANALGESIC RESPONSE

A candidate neuroimaging biomarker for detection of neurotransmission-related functional alterations and prediction of pharmacological analgesic response in chronic pain.
Martins et al, bioRxiv 2021