patriciafigueiredoCurrent positions:

  • Principal Researcher, LaSEEB, ISR-Lisboa
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Bioengineering, IST, Universidade de Lisboa
  • Honorary Senior Lecturer, Institute of Neurology, University College London

Contact:

  • Email: patricia.figueiredo@tecnico.ulisboa.pt
  • Phone :+351-218418277 (Internal: 2277)
  • Office: 6.22 (North Tower, 6th floor)

Researcher profile:  

Research interests:

I am interested in developing non-invasive neuroimaging techniques for the study of human brain function, with an emphasis on specific clinical applications. In one line of research, I seek to obtain more quantitative measures of brain activity by evaluating cerebrovascular dynamics through the integration of multiple, complementary functional MRI (fMRI) techniques for imaging cerebral perfusion and cerebrovascular reactivity, as well as brain function. Another line of research involves the simultaneous acquisition of the electroencephalogram (EEG) with fMRI, with the aim of assessing both the spatial and temporal dynamics of functional brain networks. Overall, I expect that these developments will help elucidate the investigation of pathology in individual patients, leading to precision medicine through the identification of biomarkers for specific neurological and psychiatric conditions, particularly epilepsy, cerebrovascular diseases, dementia, and schizophrenia, as well as healthy aging.

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Bio sketch:

I graduated in Physics and Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) at the Technical University of Lisbon, completed the post-graduation in Biophysics and Biomedical Engineering at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon, and subsequently obtained the D.Phil. degree in Clinical Neurology from the University of Oxford, where I worked with Prof. Peter Jezzard at the Centre for Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Brain (FMRIB). I was then invited lecturer at Thammasat University, in Thailand, before returning to Portugal as a post-doctoral researcher at the Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Life Sciences (IBILI), of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Coimbra. I am currently a tenured Assistant Professor at the Department of Bioengineering at IST, of the University of Lisbon, and the coordinator of the Evolutionary Systems and Biomedical Engineering Lab (LaSEEB) of the Institute for Systems and Robotics, Lisboa (ISR-Lisboa). During the past ten years, I have been responsible and participated in several national and international research projects in brain imaging, neuroscience and biomedical engineering, and I have been the author of over 30 papers in international journals of high impact in these fields. My work has been distinguished with the Prize for Women in Science by L’Oréal Portugal, the 2nd best paper award by the Portuguese League against Epilepsy, and the António Xavier Prize for the best Portuguese PhD Thesis (as advisor) in NMR, EPR or MRI.


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Research grants:
  • NeuroPhysIm: Non-invasive quantitative imaging of cerebral physiology: application to normal aging and small vessel disease (FCT, 2013-2015)
  • HIFI-MRI: Analysis of functional brain connectivity using fMRI at ultra-high field (FCT, 2013-2015)
  • DynImag: Non-invasive Dynamic Neuroimaging in Epilepsy (FCT, 2011-2013)
  • NeuroImage: Neuroimaging investigation of learning mechanisms in the human brain: new methodological approaches (FCT, 2008-2011)
  • VisMem: Perceptual memory in the human visual system (BIAL, 2006-2010)
  • VisMemMCI: Perceptual memory in the human visual system: relation with other memory systems in health and mild cognitive impairment (FCT, 2005-2009)