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PhD Thesis Defense

[07 May 2021]

On the 15th April 2021, Susana Merino Caviedes defended her PhD Thesis, entitled "Contribución a técnicas de procesado de imagen relacionadas con ecuaciones en derivadas parciales para la ayuda al diagnóstico de cardiopatías mediante resonancia magnética de realce tardío". It got the qualification of "Sobresaliente Cum Laude".

Information about the Thesis here.

Springer interviews LPI

[03 May 2021]

Springer and The Journal of Headache and Pain have interviewed PhD Student Álvaro Planchuelo-Gómez and members of the Headache Unit of the Hospital Clínico Universitario de Valladolid. In this interview, the findings of the article White matter changes in chronic and episodic migraine: a diffusion tensor imaging study are summarized. Moreover, the implication of the findings and some future research lines are outlined. Link to the interview: https://thejournalofheadacheandpain.biomedcentral.com/author-question-answer

LPI in #HiloTesis competition

[29 Apr 2021]

PhD Students Elisa Moya-Sáez and Álvaro Planchuelo-Gómez took part in the I Edition of the "#HiloTesis" competition. The objective of this competition is to expose a summary of the doctoral thesis through a Twitter thread in 20 or less tweets using a clear and atractive language for the general audience. Elisa's thread is focused on the application of Artificial Intelligence to generate MRI data in order to reduce the acquisition time. Álvaro's thread is focused on the analysis of MRI data from diverse modalities to characterize the structural properties of the brain of patients with migraine. The threads in Spanish are available in the body of this article.

Welcome to a new Doctor

[24 Mar 2021]

Dr Oscar Peña passed yesterday his PhD with flying colours (despite some connection issues). The Thesis dissertation is entitled “Optimized acquisition and estimation techniques in diffusion MRI for quantitative imaging”. Thanks so much to the external examiners and welcome Oscar to the dark side of the post-PhD life.

LPI research on the effects of COVID-19 lockdown in migraine

[03 Mar 2021]

The LPI, in collaboration with the Headache Units of Hospital Universitario de la Princesa (Madrid), Hospital Clínico Universitario de Valladolid and Hospital Clínico Universitario Lozano Blesa (Zaragoza), has contributed to the assessment of the clinical course of migraine during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Approximately half of the migraine patients who participated in the study reported worsening of their usual pain during the COVID-19 lockdown. The emotional impact of the lockdown and changes in the migraine triggers worsened the clinical course of migraine.

The article is available here (Open Access): https://academic.oup.com/painmedicine/advance-article/doi/10.1093/pm/pnaa449/6154429

International Day of Women and Girls in Science

[11 Feb 2021]

The International Day of Women and Girls in Science, celebrated on 11 February, is an opportunity to promote full and equal access to science for women and girls. The challenge is getting more women working in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Diversity in research brings in fresh perspectives, talent and creativity.

This Day is a reminder that women and girls play a critical role in science and technology communities and that their participation should be strengthened.

LPI adheres to this initiative and, especially today, highlights the work of its women researchers.

 

Phenotyping of headache in COVID-19

[27 Jan 2021]

Members of the LPI, in collaboratation with the Headache Units of the Hospital Clínico Universitario de Valladolid and the Hospital Clínico San Carlos (Madrid), have characterized diverse phenotypes of headache attributed to COVID-19. A phenotype with migraine characteristics and another one with tension-type headache features were found. Moreover, a possible third "COVID-19 specific" phenotype was hypothesized, possibly related to anosmia. The full paper published in Frontiers in Neurology can be found here (Open Access): https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fneur.2020.583870/full

Multimodal analysis of MRI modalities in migraine

[12 Jan 2021]

A paper about simultaneous analysis of features from different MRI modalities entitled Multimodal fusion analysis of structural connectivity and gray matter morphology in migraine has been published in Human Brain Mapping. This article has been written by Álvaro Planchuelo-Gómez, Santiago Aja-Fernández and Rodrigo de Luis-García, in collaboration with the Headache Unit and the Department of Radiology of the Clinical Hospital of Valladolid. The methodology of this research allowed to assess the associated changes between specific features with no need of descriptor maps. Regarding migraine biomarkers, strengthened connections with pain processing regions and weakened connections within each lobe were identified in both groups of migraine patients. The article is available (Open Access) here: https://doi.org/10.1002/hbm.25267

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