Cohort 
2019

Neus Falgàs, MD, PhD

Neurologist

We must address quality of life and develop accurate tools for an early diagnosis and tailored treatments.

Current Work

Neus is a neurologist and researcher specialized in the diagnostic assessment of cognitive disorders and their clinical management. The overarching goal of her research is to improve the diagnostic framework of Alzheimer's disease.

Personal Hero

Dr. Lea Grinberg, Dr. Raquel Sánchez-Valle

Words of Strength

Teamworking

Vision

To reduce the impact of dementia we need to take care of all the aspects directly affecting the patients' quality of life, as well as to develop accurate tools for an early diagnosis and tailored treatments.

Strategy

Neus is working to better understand the underlying mechanisms of sleep-wake alterations in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. This can help to promote novel diagnostic biomarkers and identify novel targets for drug development.

Motivation

Sleep disturbances are underdiagnosed and mistreated in dementia patients, and they have a very negative impact on patients and their families. There is a need to improve diagnostic tools and promote tailored treatments to provide better care to our patients.

Education & Experience

Neus Falgàs completed the neurology residency at the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona where she was awarded as the best training resident (2016, 2017). In 2016, she was granted by the hospital to complete her training as a behavioral neurologist (predoc fellowship) at the Alzheimer's Unit while developing a three-year research project. This project, which was awarded by the Spanish Society of Neurology (2016), allowed her to complete the Ph.D. thesis centered on the performance of diagnostic biomarkers in early-onset Alzheimer's disease (Universitat de Barcelona, 2019). After the inspiring experience as an Atlantic Fellow at GBHI-UCSF, Neus is currently working at UCSF into the research sleep-wake alterations and related biomarkers, in collaboration with the Alzheimer Unit (lead by Dr. Raquel Sánchez-Valle) and Sleep Unit (lead by Dr. Alex Iranzo) at Hospital Clínic.

Universitat de Barcelona
Usefulness of biochemical and neuroimaging biomarkers in early-onset Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis
2019
PhD (Cum Laude)

Awards & Honors

Spanish Society of Neurology
Diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers in early-onset Alzheimer's disease: diagnostic efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and new biomarkers
2018
Special Award for the Best Alzheimer’s disease research project
MSD-Hospital Clínic de Barcelona
Best training residents at the Hospital Clínic considering health care, research, ethical conduct, and teamwork skills
2017
Clínic-MSD Award
Mutual Médica- Hospital Clínic de Barcelona
Best training residents at the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona
2016
Mutual Médica Award

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