City: Sant Boi de Llobregat (Barcelona)

Hospital Address: C/Doctor Antoni Pujades, 38, 08830 Sant Boi (Barcelona)

Hospital Website: FIDMAG

FIDMAG Sisters Hospitallers Research Foundation has an extensive experience in the field of psychosis, mainly in the area of ‚Äč‚Äčneuroimaging. An intrinsic feature of FIDMAG is the close collaboration with psychiatrists, clinical psychologists and health professionals of the centers of the Sisters Hospitallers. Moreover, we maintain strong partnerships with other institutions and universities, both nationally and internationally.

FIDMAG’s main objective is to work in the understanding, the prevention and the treatment of diseases, especially those related to mental health, such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.

The main research areas focus on the use of neuroimaging techniques, both structural and functional, in major psychiatric illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. We also have an important line of research focused on the study of genetic factors in these disorders. We also carry out clinical trials, both pharmacological and other therapeutic strategies in major psychiatric illnesses.

– Structural and functional neuroimaging
To understand the biological bases of schizophrenia and affective disorders: Use of advanced structural neuroimaging methods and development of innovative functional paradigms to discover their origins and how they give rise to their symptoms.

– Applied neuroimaging
Within the field of personalized medicine, we have several projects on the usefulness of machine learning machines for diagnosis using MRI images.

– Methodological development
Creation and implementation of new MRI analysis methods of analysis. Development of statistical methods to characterize the functional connectivity of the brain. Biophysical models are formulated to quantify the microstructure of the brain tissue using diffusion MRI and Multi-Eco T2 data.

– Genetics
Analysis of the implication of genetic factors in the etiology of psychiatric disorders, as well as the relationship of molecular variability with neurobiological, cognitive and clinical phenotypes. We work on the development of association studies based on candidate genes as well as approximations at the complete genome level.

– Clinical trials
Evaluation of the efficacy of new pharmacological treatments and other therapies. Examples are the use of stimulation or psychosocial interactions in the health and family environment.

– Development and / or validation of scales and instruments
Work is carried out to have better instruments that allow a better evaluation of the symptoms of mental illness and to characterize and study them in the most appropriate way.

Continuous training is one of our goals in order to achieve an improvement in the care of the sick people, their families and the community in general. The most remarcable trainings that FIDMAG offers are on Statistics and Neuroimage.

Length of Programme: Minimum duration 6 weeks. Ideally more than 16 weeks.

Periods available: September to June

Language requirements:
A medium level of English is a must.
Knowledge of Spanish is valuable.

Other requirements:
CV, with complete contact details, research experience and publications + letter of interest

VISA Needed:
Not needed for most European countries, please check individually.

Travel and health insurance needed:
It is advisable. Emergency treatment is always given to any citizens worldwide. Nevertheless, European citizens should ask for the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).

Accommodation:
Please ask the local coordinator for further information.

Useful Websites:
www.fidmag.org

Local coordinator: Joan Soler Vidal