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Raffaele Cacciaglia BBRC

Raffaele Cacciaglia


Alzheimer's Prevention Program

Neuroimaging Research Group 

I am a psychologist with background in neuroimaging and neurobiology. My research interests are diverse and range from the neuroplasticity of learning and memory to the interplay between stress and cognition. I started my research activity studying how the human brain reacts to psychological or physical trauma, and how such traumatic experiences precipitate psychiatry disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or depression.

To this respect, I have investigated the interactions between susceptibility genetic risk variants and environmental factors in determining to what extent the human brain is vulnerable or resilient to psychopathology. Since 2016, I am committed to research in Alzheimer’s disease (AD), an irreversible neurologic disorder which disrupts memory and executive functions of the affected patients. My mission is to provide a better understanding for the mechanisms involved in the preclinical AD using cognitive and imaging data, along with biomarkers and genetic information. 

Professional activity

  • I am appointed as assistant professor at the Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychobiology of the University of Barcelona, where I teach in undergraduate as well as in Master programs.
  • I am former member of the Society for Neuroscience, Cognitive Neuroscience Society, Society for Psychophysiological Research, European Brain and Behavior Society.
  • Currently, I am member of the Alzheimer's Association International Society to Advance Alzheimer's Research and Treatment (ISTAART).

Academic background

  • Assistant professor (University of Barcelona)
  • Post-doctoral researcher (University of Barcelona)
  • PhD student (University of Heidelberg)