Appointment of Carme Junqué, Group leader
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Current research

Problem

In an ever-ageing society, it is important to understand the risk factors, protective factors and cerebral mechanisms related to preservation of the cognitive function and mental health over time.

Ageing and the neurodegenerative disorders that come with it lead to significant cognitive and behavioural alterations in the daily lives of people who are affected and their families. We need to gain an understanding of the brain networks involved in these alterations, their possible modification and responses to pharmacological and behavioural interventions.

Approach

The group studies the brain networks involved in cognitive and behavioural deficits related to ageing and neurodegenerative conditions. To achieve this objective, it uses multimodal magnetic resonance imaging and transcranial magnetic and electric stimulation techniques.

Impact

The group’s research is targeted at improving and solving problems related to what is known as 'Health, ageing and disease'. In recent years, the group has applied multimodal approaches that have enabled team members to increase their knowledge regarding changes in the structure and functional connectivity of the brain in relation with diverse phases of ageing and neurodegenerative diseases.

Maintaining the sound structure and function of the neural networks during our lifetime is essential for ageing well and depends largely on our habits and lifestyles.