Cohort 
2021

Silvina Catuara Solarz PhD

Neuroscientist

To reduce the scale and impact of dementia, we need to use the power of technology and biomedicine to develop early diagnosis tools and effective personalized treatments.

Current Work

Silvina is a Data Science Manager at the Accenture Barcelona Innovation Center, where she supports organizations from both the public and private sector in the implementation of technologies and analytics for Health and Life Sciences. She is a Project Evaluator and a Mentor of Digital Health and Medtech start-ups at the European Institute of Innovation and Technology Health (EIT Health). In addition, she is an active member of the Women’s Brain Project, a non for profit organization focused on sex and gender differences in health and disease and she is a selected member of the World Health Organization Digital Health Roster of Experts.

Personal Hero

My parents and brother

Words of Strength

Connecting different disciplines to solve problems

Vision

To reduce the scale and impact of dementia, we need to use the power of technology and biomedicine to develop early diagnosis tools and effective personalized treatments.

Strategy

Silvina is mentoring companies that develop technology solutions for early diagnosis and digital therapeutics for brain disorders. She is also involved with projects aimed at identifying sex and gender bias in technologies and Artificial Intelligence (AI) for health.

Impact

As an Atlantic Fellow, Silvina aims to establish long lasting collaborative relationships with the GBHI community that will lead to the creation of evidence based technology solutions for brain health that are scalable and address diverse populations.

Motivation

In Spain the prevalence of dementia has increased over the last decades affecting more women than men. Silvina is interested in using technologies to examine diverse cohorts of patients to understand the underlying multifactorial complexity of Alzheimer's.

Education & Experience

Silvina is a translational neuroscientist by training with expertise in neurodevelopmental, neurodegenerative and psychiatric disorders. For the last several years she has been working on the development and implementation of technologies and Artificial Intelligence for health. With a background in Psychology and Neuroscience (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) Silvina's scientific curiosity was sparked by her initial research experience at a Psychophysiology lab and at a Molecular Biology lab. After earning a Ph.D. in Biomedicine by the Pompeu Fabra University that she developed at the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG), the Hospital del Mar Research Institute (IMIM) (Barcelona, Spain) and the University of California Irvine (Irvine, United States), she worked on target identification for drug development at Janssen Pharmaceutica (Beerse, Belgium).

Driven by her interests in merging Technology and Health, she then joined the Health Moonshot at Telefonica Innovation Alpha (Barcelona, Spain) as Strategy Manager where she was involved with the development of evidence-based digital mental health solutions and their efficacy assessment. Given her conviction in the importance of accounting for sex and gender for the progress of precision medicine, Silvina became an active member of the Women’s Brain Project to participate in projects tackling biases in AI for health.