Silvina Catuara Solarz, PhD
I am a Translational Neuroscientist with expertise in neuroplasticity processes in neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders.
After completing my B.Sc. in Biological and Health Psychology at the Autonomous University of Madrid and gaining experience in Clinical Neuropsychology and Cognitive Psychophysiology research techniques, I got my M.Sc. in Neuroscience at the School of Medicine at the Autonomous University of Madrid and the Cajal Institute. As part of my training, I performed my M.Sc. thesis under the supervision of Dr. Marta Nieto at the National Center for Biotechnology, investigating the role of histone demethylases in the epigenetic control during cortical neurodevelopment.
By that time, I developed a keen interest in understanding the neurobiological basis of cognition and behavior, and pursued my Ph.D. in Translational Neuroscience under the direction of Dr. Mara Dierssen at the Centre for Genomic Regulation and the Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute. Throughout my studies I specialized in the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying cognitive deficits and neurodegenerative processes affecting people with Down syndrome. My experimental and clinical research efforts were targeted on the development of multimodal therapeutic interventions for intellectual disabilities.
My current interests are focused on bridging Neuroscience and Technology to develop more efficient and personalized diagnostic and therapeutic tools for neurological disorders. I believe that to achieve a more precise understanding of brain disorders and to develop better medical interventions, a key step is to perform strong research programs focusing on gender differences. Therefore, I support and advocate for the mission of the Women’s Brain Project.