Coordinating Team

University of Santiago de Compostela (USC)

The BaP (Brain and Pain) team is integrated by professionals from the University of Santiago (USC) and the Sanitary Research Institute of Santiago (IDIS), and directed by María Teresa Carrillo De La Peña:

  • Improving the protocols of evaluation of patients with chronic pain, and to determine the cerebral mechanisms that are to the base of the maintenance of the pain.
  • Identifying biomarkers that would allow to improve the diagnosis, and to establish profiles of patients with chronic pain to be able to design strategies of more individualized intervention.
  • The application of non-invasive neuromodulatory techniques to alleviate the problems of refractory pain and resistant to drugs.

BaP is part of the group Applied Cognitive Neuroscience and Aging (Neurocog-Aging), directed by Professor Fernando Díaz, and belongs to the University of Santiago (USC) and the Institute of Health Research of Santiago (IDIS).

This group is working on the following lines of research:

  • Longitudinal study on the neurocognitive correlation of the healthy and unhealthy aging process.
  • Neurophysiological and psychophysiological evaluation of patients with chronic pain, with special attention to older patients.
  • Neurostimulation interventions to improve cognitive functions in healthy people of different ages, for the recovery of functions in patients with brain damage or to alleviate chronic pain.
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These are priority lines of research at a European, national and regional level, which have received continuous public funding.
The group’s laboratories are equipped with a full range of psychological and neuropsychological tests and batteries for the evaluation of cognitive and emotional processes; with equipment for the recording and analysis of brain electrical activity (stimulators, EEG/ERPs equipment, specific software for data analysis…); with non-invasive brain neuromodulation equipment (tDCS, rTMS) and neuronavegation; and with rooms for the evaluation of patients.
Furthermore, as members of IDIS, the group has access to the use of neuroimaging techniques such as functional and structural magnetic resonance

More information about the group: Applied Cognitive Neuroscience and Aging Research Group.

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María Teresa Carrillo De La Peña

Director of Brain and Pain and lead researcher

Her research experience focuses on the field of brain activity, evaluation of cognitive and affective processes, chronic pain and non-invasive brain stimulation techniques.

  • Degree in Psychology from the University of Deusto (1988).
  • Doctor of Psychology, University of Santiago de Compostela (1993).
  • Professor of Behavioural Neuroscience at the University of Santiago de Compostela.

Manuel Arias

His main research interest is in the field of movement disorders, ataxia, dementia, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, and headache.

  • Degree in Medicine at the University of Santiago de Compostela (1979).
  • Doctor in Medicine at the University of Santiago de Compostela (1984).
  • Neurology specialist at the Hospital Complex of Santiago de Compostela since 1984 and currently head of the Neurology unit.
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Ángel Carracedo

His recent research is focused on the genetics of mendelian and complex traits, with special interest in the genetics of neurological and neurodevelopmental diseases, cancer and pharmacogenetics, where he leads different national and international consortiums. His group’s research activity is integrated into the Spanish Network of Rare Disease Centres (CIBERER).

  • Director of the National Genotyping Centre in Spain.
  • Professor at the University of Santiago de Compostela.
  • Executive director of the Galician Foundation of Genomic Medicine.

Dolores Rodríguez Salgado

Her research activity has always been in the field of Neuropsychology, particularly in the evaluation of cognitive functions with a gender perspective.

  • PhD in Psychology at the University of Santiago de Compostela (2000).
  • Professor of Neuropsychology at the University of Santiago de Compostela.
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Melchor Fernández

His research has focused on the evaluation of socio-economic policies with general equilibrium models, planning and evaluation of social and health services, economic analysis of tourism and labor economics.

  • Degree in Economics at the University of Santiago de Compostela.
  • PhD in Economics at the Autonomous University of Barcelona.
  • Professor of the Department of Economic Analysis at the University of Santiago de Compostela.
  • Coordinator of the doctorate programme in Regional Development and Economic Integration at the University of Santiago de Compostela.
  • Coordinator of the Economic Analysis and Modelling Group (GAME) at the USC, recognized by the Galician University System as a Competitive Reference Group (ED431C 2017/44).

Carmen Fernández

Her research interests focus on technology education and e-learning.

  • PhD in Pedagogy at USC (2002).
  • Professor at the University of Santiago de Compostela (Department of Pedagogy and Didactics).
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Santiago Galdo

His research activity has focused on the study of the psychophysiological and neuropsychological correlates of the processes of attention, memory, language, executive control and emotions; and on the neuropsychological and psychophysiological evaluation of clinical and risk populations.

  • PhD in Psychology at University of Santiago de Compostela (2007).
  • Professor of Psychobiology at the University of Santiago de Compostela.

Alberto González-Villar

The overall objective of his research is to characterize how chronic pain affects cognitive processing using encephalography (EEG) or other functional neuroimaging techniques.

He is also interested in evaluating whether non-invasive brain modulation procedures have an effect on brain oscillations linked to pain processing.

  • PhD in Psychology and Neuroscience, USC (2017).
  • Postdoctoral researcher at BaP laboratory.
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Marina Pidal-Miranda

Her research interests focus on the cognitive characterization of patients with chronic pain using psychophysiological and neuropsychological measures, and on the effect of neuromodulation techniques on cognitive functioning.

  • Degree in Psychology from USC (2012).
  • Master in Neuroscience from USC (2015) and currently a PhD student.
  • Technician at BaP laboratory from 2015 to present.

Noelia Samartin-Veiga

His main research interest focuses on the study of the central mechanisms of pain and the analysis of the effectiveness of neuromodulation techniques for patients with chronic pain.

  • Graduated in Psychology from USC (2015).
  • Master in Neuroscience from USC (2016) and currently a PhD student.
  • Technician at BaP laboratory from 2016 to present.
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Yolanda Triñanes

Her research interests are biomarkers and characterization of fibromyalgia, central sensitization and chronic pain, systematic literature reviews and evaluation of health services and technologies.

  • Degree in Psychology from the USC (2007).
  • Master in Neuroscience from the USC (2015) and currently a doctoral student.
  • Technician at the Scientific-Technical Advisory Unit (avalia-t) of the Axencia de Coñecemento en Saúde, attached to the Servizo Galego de Saúde, from 2008 to the present.

Inés Quintela

Her main functions include the coordination and organization of genotyping projects and full genome association studies, technological innovation, scientific and technical advice on genotyping platforms and functional genomics, participation in research projects and analysis of genomic data.

  • PhD in Molecular Medicine at the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC).
  • Responsible for the genotyping platforms at the USC node of the National Genotyping Centre.
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Raquel Cruz

As member of the Genomics medicine group and the Network of Biomedical Research in Rare Diseases (CIBERER), her work focuses on data analysis and statistical support of a multitude of projects about complex and rare diseases, analyzing their genetic basis and their phenotypic characterization by bioinformatics tools. She has also experience in several genetic studies of pathological processes in mitochondrial diseases and neurodevelopmental disorders, including the study of the relationship between genetic and neurocognitive variables.
  • PhD in Biology, University of Santiago de Compostela.

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