José Ángel has a post-doctoral position at the CINAC-Hospital Puerta del Sur (Hospitales Madrid). His area of research consists of developing multimodal techniques for describing human brain connectivity. His position at HM CINAC will allow him to combine imaging data from multiple sources (fMRI, PET and DWI) with the aim of providing novel neuroimaging markers to help in diagnosing of Parkinson’s disease.

José obtained his masters degree in Communications Engineering at the University of Sevilla, performing his final thesis at the Fraunhofer Institut for Integrated Circuits in Erlangen, Germany. There, he employed machine-learning techniques to develop non-invasive procedures to accurately measure blood pressure. He complimented this degree, with a Master in Biomedical Engineering at the Technical University of Madrid. More recently, he was awarded his PhD in Biomedical Engineering at the same university. His dissertation explored multimodal techniques to combine magnetoencephalography and tractography in order to provide a deeper understanding of mild cognitive impairment, a clinical diagnosis that precedes Alzheimer’s disease. In addition to focusing on dementia, he has used neuroimaging research to explore alcoholism, traumatic brain injury, essential tremor and Parkinson’s, in collaboration with several institutions. These have included Oxford University, Indiana University, Penn State University, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

Relevant publications

  1. JA Pineda-Pardo, R Bruña, M Woolrich, A Marcos, AC Nobre, F Maestú, D Vidaurre. Guiding functional connectivity estimation by structural connectivity in MEG: An application to discrimination of Mild Cognitive Impaired conditions (2014). Neuroimage. S1053-8119(14)00652-1. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2014.08.002
  2. JA Pineda-Pardo, K Martinez, FJ Román, R Colom. Brain efficiency within a parieto-frontal network and individual differences in cognition. NeuroImage (Under Review)
  3. D Papo, M Zanin, JA Pineda-Pardo, S Boccaletti, J Buldú Functional brain networks: great expectations, hard times, and the big leap forward (2014). Philosophical Transactions B, 369(1653) 20130525 doi: 10.1098/rstb.2013.0525
  4. JA Pineda-Pardo, P Garcés, ME López, S Aurtenetxe, P Cuesta, A Marcos, P Montejo, M Yus, JA Hernández-Tamames, F del-Pozo, JT Becker, F Maestú. White matter damage disorganizes brain functional networks in amnestic Mild Cognitive Impairment (2014). Brain Connect. 4(5):312-22. doi: 10.1089/brain.2013.0208
  5. P Garcés, JA Pineda-Pardo, L Canuet, S Aurtenetxe, ME López, A Marcos, M Yus, M Llanero-Luque, F del-Pozo, M Sancho, F Maestú. The Default Mode Network is functionally and structurally disrupted in amnestic Mild Cognitive Impairment – a bimodal MEG-DTI study. NeuroImage: Clinical, 6, 214-221. doi: 10.1016/j.nicl.2014.09.004