Anna Vilalta

Past Boards of Directors

Scientific background: Anna is a biologist with a strong background in clinical research as her PhD focused on the study of brain metabolic alterations, brain neurochemistry, pathophysiology, new monitoring techniques (i.e brain microdialysis) and treatments for traumatic brain injury patients. Her PhD was carried out in the Neurotraumatology and Neurosurgery Research Unit lead by Dr Juan Sahuquillo at the Vall d’Hebron Hospital from Barcelona. During her PhD she also gained knowledge in Stroke field when she was collaborating with the neurologist Dr Joan Montaner and learned about conducting clinical trials. In 2010 she obtained a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship for Career Development with the Professor Guy Brown, at the Department of Biochemistry from the University of Cambridge. Since then she has been investigating the role of microglial phagocytosis in ischemic/hypoxic and traumatic neuronal loss and in neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer disease, with the aim to discover potential therapeutic targets.