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    Dr Rafael Romero-Garcia

    University Position
    Research Associate

    Interests

    I?m a computer science engineer interested in how complex brain networks change across different physiological and pathological conditions. During my PhD in neuroscience at the Pablo de Olavide University (Spain) I analysed cortical network disruption during Mild Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer?s Disease. I am currently working at the Brain Mapping Unit at the University of Cambridge where my main goal is to determine how structural and functional brain connectivity evolves during adolescence. Combining different MRI modalities with cognitive performance data we hope to improve our knowledge of brain development during this critical stage.

    Key Publications

    Ten simple rules for aspiring graduate students.

    DOI: http://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pcbi.1009276
    Journal: PLoS Comput Biol
    E-pub date: 31 Aug 2021
    Authors: AI Luppi, CC Newton, L Folsom, E Galliano, R Romero-Garcia

    Conservative and disruptive modes of adolescent change in human brain functional connectivity.

    DOI: http://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1906144117
    Journal: Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A
    E-pub date: 11 Feb 2020
    Authors: F Váša, R Romero-Garcia, MG Kitzbichler, J Seidlitz, KJ Whitaker, MM Vaghi, P Kundu, AX Patel, P Fonagy, RJ Dolan, PB Jones, IM Goodyer, NSPN Consortium, PE Vértes, ET Bullmore

    Synaptic and transcriptionally downregulated genes are associated with cortical thickness differences in autism.

    DOI: http://doi.org/10.1038/s41380-018-0023-7
    Journal: Mol Psychiatry
    E-pub date: 1 Jul 2019
    Authors: R Romero-Garcia, V Warrier, ET Bullmore, S Baron-Cohen, RAI Bethlehem

    Cortical patterning of abnormal morphometric similarity in psychosis is associated with brain expression of schizophrenia-related genes.

    DOI: http://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1820754116
    Journal: Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A
    E-pub date: 7 May 2019
    Authors: SE Morgan, J Seidlitz, KJ Whitaker, R Romero-Garcia, NE Clifton, C Scarpazza, T van Amelsvoort, M Marcelis, J van Os, G Donohoe, D Mothersill, A Corvin, A Pocklington, A Raznahan, P McGuire, PE Vértes, ET Bullmore

    Publications

    Memory recovery in relation to default mode network impairment and neurite density during brain tumor treatment.

    DOI: http://doi.org/10.3171/2021.1.JNS203959
    Journal: J Neurosurg
    E-pub date: 1 Feb 2022
    Authors: R Romero-Garcia, J Suckling, M Owen, M Assem, R Sinha, P Coelho, E Woodberry, SJ Price, A Burke, T Santarius, Y Erez, MG Hart

    BOLD Coupling between Lesioned and Healthy Brain Is Associated with Glioma Patients’ Recovery.

    DOI: http://doi.org/10.3390/cancers13195008
    Journal: Cancers (Basel)
    E-pub date: 6 Oct 2021
    Authors: R Romero-Garcia, MG Hart, RAI Bethlehem, A Mandal, M Assem, B Crespo-Facorro, JM Gorriz, GAA Burke, SJ Price, T Santarius, Y Erez, J Suckling

    Grey and white matter micro-structure is associated with polygenic risk for schizophrenia

    DOI: http://doi.org/10.1101/2021.02.06.21251073
    Journal:
    E-pub date: 1 Aug 2021
    Authors: E-M Stauffer, RAI Bethlehem, V Warrier, G Murray, R Romero-Garcia, J Seidlitz, E Bullmore

    In vivo coupling of dendritic complexity with presynaptic density in primary tauopathies.

    DOI: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2021.01.016
    Journal: Neurobiol Aging
    E-pub date: 1 May 2021
    Authors: E Mak, N Holland, PS Jones, G Savulich, A Low, M Malpetti, SS Kaalund, L Passamonti, T Rittman, R Romero-Garcia, R Manavaki, GB Williams, YT Hong, TD Fryer, FI Aigbirhio, JT O'Brien, JB Rowe

    Atypical measures of diffusion at the gray-white matter boundary in autism spectrum disorder in adulthood.

    DOI: http://doi.org/10.1002/hbm.25237
    Journal: Hum Brain Mapp
    E-pub date: 1 Feb 2021
    Authors: A Bletsch, T Schäfer, C Mann, DS Andrews, E Daly, M Gudbrandsen, ANV Ruigrok, R Dallyn, R Romero-Garcia, M-C Lai, MV Lombardo, MC Craig, J Suckling, ET Bullmore, S Baron-Cohen, MRC AIMS Consortium, DGM Murphy, F Dell'Acqua, C Ecker

    Intraoperative mapping of executive function using electrocorticography for patients with low-grade gliomas

    DOI: http://doi.org/10.31219/osf.io/gy84r
    Journal:
    E-pub date: 27 Aug 2020
    Authors: Y Erez, M Assem, P Coelho, R Romero-Garcia, M Owen, A McDonald, E Woodberry, RC Morris, SJ Price, J Suckling, J Duncan, M Hart, T Santarius

    Practical Application of Networks in Neurosurgery: Combined 3-Dimensional Printing, Neuronavigation, and Preoperative Surgical Planning.

    DOI: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.wneu.2020.01.085
    Journal: World Neurosurg
    E-pub date: 1 May 2020
    Authors: R Romero-Garcia, Y Erez, G Oliver, M Owen, S Merali, A Poologaindran, RC Morris, SJ Price, T Santarius, J Suckling, MG Hart

    Practical Application of Networks in Neurosurgery: Combined 3D Printing, Neuronavigation, and Pre-Operative Surgical Planning

    DOI: http://doi.org/10.31219/osf.io/cmg7u
    Journal:
    E-pub date: 15 Nov 2019
    Authors: R Romero-Garcia, Y Erez, G Oliver, M Owen, S Merali, A Poologaindran, RC Morris, S Price, T Santarius, J Suckling, M Hart

    Disruptive and protective outcomes to memory and attention when treating diffuse glioma

    DOI: http://doi.org/10.1101/19008581
    Journal:
    E-pub date: 8 Oct 2019
    Authors: R Romero-Garcia, J Suckling, M Owen, M Assem, R Sinha, P Coelho, E Woodberry, S Price, AGA Burke, T Santarius, Y Erez, M Hart

    Global Effects of Focal Brain Tumors on Functional Complexity and Network Robustness: A Prospective Cohort Study.

    DOI: http://doi.org/10.1093/neuros/nyy378
    Journal: Neurosurgery
    E-pub date: 1 Jun 2019
    Authors: MG Hart, R Romero-Garcia, SJ Price, J Suckling

    In vivo coupling of tau pathology and cortical thinning in Alzheimer’s disease.

    DOI: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.dadm.2018.08.005
    Journal: Alzheimers Dement (Amst)
    E-pub date: 1 Aug 2018
    Authors: E Mak, RAI Bethlehem, R Romero-Garcia, S Cervenka, T Rittman, S Gabel, A Surendranathan, RW Bevan-Jones, L Passamonti, P Vázquez Rodríguez, L Su, R Arnold, GB Williams, YT Hong, TD Fryer, FI Aigbirhio, JB Rowe, JT O'Brien

    Adolescence is Associated with Genomically Patterned Consolidation of the Hubs of the Human Brain Connectome

    DOI: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.biopsych.2017.02.390
    Journal: BIOLOGICAL PSYCHIATRY
    E-pub date: 1 Aug 2017
    Authors: K Whitaker, P Vertes, R Romero-Garcia, F Vasa, M Moutoussis, G Prabhub, N Weiskopf, M Callaghan, K Wagstyl, T Rittman, R Tait, C Ooi, J Suckling, B Inkster, P Fonagy, R Dolan, P Jones, I Goodyer, E Bullmore

    Intra-cortical myelination during adolescence: linking MRI networks with gene transcription profiles

    DOI: http://doi.org/10.1016/S0924-977X(17)31087-8
    Journal: EUROPEAN NEUROPSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY
    E-pub date: 1 Aug 2017
    Authors: K Whitaker, P Vertes, R Romero-Garcia, F Vasa, M Moutoussis, G Prabhu, N Weiskopf, MF Callaghan, K Wagstyl, T Rittman, R Tait, C Ooi, J Suckling, B Inkster, P Fonagy, RJ Dolan, PB Jones, IM Goodyer, ET Bullmore

    Structural Covariance Networks in Children with Autism or ADHD.

    DOI: http://doi.org/10.1093/cercor/bhx135
    Journal: Cereb Cortex
    E-pub date: 1 Aug 2017
    Authors: RAI Bethlehem, R Romero-Garcia, E Mak, ET Bullmore, S Baron-Cohen

    Structural covariance networks in children with autism or ADHD

    DOI: http://doi.org/10.1101/110643
    Journal:
    E-pub date: 21 Feb 2017
    Authors: RAI Bethlehem, R Romero-Garcia, E Mak, ET Bullmore, S Baron-Cohen

    Gene transcription profiles associated with inter-modular hubs and connection distance in human functional magnetic resonance imaging networks.

    DOI: http://doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2015.0362
    Journal: Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci
    E-pub date: 5 Oct 2016
    Authors: PE Vértes, T Rittman, KJ Whitaker, R Romero-Garcia, F Váša, MG Kitzbichler, K Wagstyl, P Fonagy, RJ Dolan, PB Jones, IM Goodyer, NSPN Consortium, ET Bullmore

    Adolescence is associated with genomically patterned consolidation of the hubs of the human brain connectome.

    DOI: http://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1601745113
    Journal: Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A
    E-pub date: 9 Aug 2016
    Authors: KJ Whitaker, PE Vértes, R Romero-Garcia, F Váša, M Moutoussis, G Prabhu, N Weiskopf, MF Callaghan, K Wagstyl, T Rittman, R Tait, C Ooi, J Suckling, B Inkster, P Fonagy, RJ Dolan, PB Jones, IM Goodyer, NSPN Consortium, ET Bullmore

    Graph theory analysis of complex brain networks: new concepts in brain mapping applied to neurosurgery.

    DOI: http://doi.org/10.3171/2015.4.JNS142683
    Journal: J Neurosurg
    E-pub date: 1 Jun 2016
    Authors: MG Hart, RJF Ypma, R Romero-Garcia, SJ Price, J Suckling