Dr Lorna Garcia Penton

University position

Research Fellow

Dr Lorna Garcia Penton is pleased to consider applications from prospective PhD students.

Departments

MRC CBU

Institutes

MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit

Email

lorna.garcia-penton@mrc-cbu.cam.ac.uk

Home page

https://www.lornagarcia-penton.com/ (personal home page)

Research Themes

Systems and Computational Neuroscience

Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience

Interests

In my current Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship, I aim to map the interface between the semantic representational and control networks by estimating the dynamical causal networks (DCNs) underlying on-going resting-state fMRI. This also includes determining the structural (based on DW-MRI) and functional connectivity information to use them as priors to improve specificity and accuracy of DCNs discovery.

This will be instrumental in the development of imaging-based diagnostic classification and predictive models (e.g., for patients with post-stroke aphasia). Specifically, the reorganization of DCNs underpins the early stages of numerous pathological conditions, even before any observable change in behaviour emerges. Therefore, predictive models such as those assessing status after a stroke (where the last symptoms appear after months) can help improve effective early rehabilitation and intervention strategies.

Research Focus

Keywords

controlled semantic cognition

structural/functional/effective connectivity

complex networks

Clinical conditions

Aphasia

Dementia

Equipment

Behavioural analysis

Computational modelling

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)

Collaborators

Cambridge

Matt Lambon Ralph

United Kingdom

Nelson Trujillo-Barreto Web: https://www.research.manchester.ac.uk/portal/...

International

Manuel Carreiras Web: https://www.bcbl.eu/en/cono...

Yasser Iturria-Medina Web: https://www.neuropm-lab.com/

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