Congratulations to our Researcher of the Month and GliMR Member nr. 200: Ricardo Loução of the University Hospital of Cologne, Germany.
Ricardo is a biomedical engineer working at the University Hospital of Cologne, as part of the “functional imaging, neuromodulation, and clinical-experimental neurophysiology” team, led by Carolin Weiß Lucas. His primary research interests are: study of structural and functional connectivity reorganisation of brain functional networks in diseased condition, and the quantitative assessment of MR diffusion properties in brain tumours. Most of his research revolves around tumours, but he also perform structural connectivity analyses on patients of functional and psychiatric disorders. Ricardo’s work has been focused on translating research protocols into the clinical setting, with the primary goal of improving clinical assessment and outcome. To this end, he employs state-of-the-art MRI techniques, based on diffusion-weighted and BOLD signals, providing the clinicians with so-called “functional tractographies”, pinpointing relevant structures either at risk or to be targeted, which are crucial for surgical planning.