Pablo Aguiar

Principal Investigator
PhD project at the Hospital Clínic - Universitat de Barcelona (2008) centered on the implementation of tomographic reconstruction methods for enhancing the quality and accuracy of PET images. His research career has taken place in both universities and hospitals, in Spain (IFIC-UV, Valencia), UK (Imperial College, London) and France (CNRS, Strasbourg). In 2016, he got Ramón y Cajal fellow MINECO, ranked 1st at the national call. He is co-founder of Qubiotech S.L., a spin-off company generating six full-time employees and being able to place three innovative products on the market, which are currently used by more than 20 hospitals in Spain, Portugal, UK and Germany.

Jesús Silva Rodríguez

PhD in Physics. He started his scientific career at IDIS in 2012. From his work on the project “MRI-guided quantification in brain SPECT/PET” he has the intellectual property of the software transferred to Qubiotech S. L., a FIDIS spin-off dedicated to the development and commercialization of medical imaging software. His PhD project in 2017 was entitled “Monte Carlo Simulation of clinical PET images for the validation of quantification methods”. From 2016 to 2019 he was a full-time CTO for Qubiotech, gaining experience in technology transfer, project management, and quality assessment. In 2020 he returned to IDIS as a postdoctoral researcher, taking part in coordination and activities of the medical imaging quantification work packages of the NeuroAtlantic Project.

Lara García Varela

PhD in Pharmacy. In 2016, she received a Research Voucher from the Abel Tasman Talent Program to do a short research internship in the Department of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging at UMCG and in 2017, she was accepted as a PhD candidate by the Abel Tasman Talent Program, and she started her PhD in the Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Department under the supervision of Prof. Philip Elsinga and Dr. Gert Luurtsema at the UMCG. During her PhD, she investigated the function of the P-glycoprotein (P-gp) transporter located at the Blood-Brain Barrier under different conditions and in different animal species using Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and the novel P-gp PET tracer [18F]-MC225.

Noemí Gómez Lado

PhD student
BSci in Biology. She is working in the PhD project entitled "FMISO PET studies for the localization of hypoxic regions in experimental rat models" from 2016. Her particular interest is to explore the possibilities of the tracer Fluoromisonidazole in different experimental models of diseases which could present phenomena of cellular hypoxia and to propose new applications of PET studies with FMISO in patients.

Francisco Javier López González

PhD student
BSci in Mathematics. He is working in the PhD project entitled “Development of software tools for the simulation of PET neuroimaging studies” from 2018. His particular interest is in the generation of realistic activity maps reproducing the activity distribution in actual patients for various radiotracers used in PET brain imaging, such as Fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG), amyloid markers like Florbetaben and Florbetapir and 18F-flortaucipir in order to evaluate the accurate of different quantification methods and the partial volumen effects.

José Paredes Pacheco

PhD student
BSci in Computer Science. He is working in the PhD project entitled “Development of a web platform for the evaluation of PET neuroimaging protocols” from 2017. His particular interest is in the implementation of SimPET web platform for the generation of simulated brain PET datasets for different scanner configurations and their application in different works of neuroimaging.

David Rey-Bretal

PhD student
BSci in Nursing. He is working in the PhD project entitled “Development of new preclinical brain PET protocols for the study of brain tumours” from 2017. His particular interest is in the implementation of new techniques to characterize brain tumor uptake using kinetic modelling accompanied by the standardization of the optimal glucose levels in brain and Zr-89 antiVEGF studies.

Alejandro Costoya Sánchez

PhD student
Biomedical engineering. He is working in the PhD project entitled "Development and evaluation of a novel physiopathological progression staging system of Alzheimer’s disease through advanced PET Tau quantification" from University of Santiago de Compostela. His particular interest is in the development and validation of a novel staging system of the physiopathological progression of Alzheimer's Disease using advanced PET quantification techniques, machine learning algorithms and PET topographical staging to define a severity score for every biomarker of the AT(N) framework.

Manuel Piñeiro Fiel

PhD student
BSci in Physics. He is working on the PhD project entitled “Development and standardization of novel PET imaging biomarkers”. His particular interest is in implementation of the development and validation of prognostic PET biomarkers and advanced quantification image methods.