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Researchers from the BITRECS programme are working in individual research projects aiming to improve health and life quality for society. Find more inofrmation about them and their projects in Fellows section.

They have generated various publications since the beginning of their work on their projects. Those documents are evidences of the scientific progress they have achieved since 2019, year in which they all joined the programme.

Below you will find a list of the available publications sorted by fellow:

Helena Ariño

Helena Ariño, Ester Coutinho, Thomas A. Pollak, Robert Stewart. Real-world experience of assessing antibodies against the N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR-IgG) in psychiatric patients. A retrospective single-centre study. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, Volume 98, 2021, Pages 330-336, ISSN 0889-1591. doi: 10.1016/j.bbi.2021.08.233 

Ariño H, Heartshorne R, Michael BD, Nicholson TR, Vincent A, Pollak TA, Vogrig A. Neuroimmune disorders in COVID-19. J Neurol. 2022 Jun;269(6):2827-2839. doi: 10.1007/s00415-022-11050-w. Epub 2022 Mar 30. PMID: 35353232; PMCID: PMC9120100.

Ariño H, Bae SK, Chaturvedi J, Wang T and Roberts A (2023) Identifying encephalopathy in patients admitted to an intensive care unit: Going beyond structured information using natural language processing. Front. Digit. Health 5:1085602. doi: 10.3389/fdgth.2023.1085602

Lorna Leal

Ben Gombe,Claire Streatfield,Lorna Leal,Solomon Opio,Sarah Joseph,Jonathan Weber,Jonathan Hare,Pontiano Kaleebu,Jennifer Serwanga. Optimization and validation of an ELISA assay for the determination of antibody responses to CN54gp140 and AIDSVAX BE for use in the Phase IIb PrEPVacc vaccine trial. PLOS ONE 17(11): e0275927.


Usero L, Miralles L, Esteban I, Pastor-Quiñones C, Maleno MJ, Leal L, García F, Plana M. Feasibility of using monocyte-derived dendritic cells obtained from cryopreserved cells for DC-based vaccines. J Immunol Methods. 2021 Sep 2;498:113133. doi: 10.1016/j.jim.2021.113133 Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34480950.


Gómez, C.E.; Perdiguero, B.; Usero, L.; Marcos-Villar, L.; Miralles, L.; Leal, L.; Sorzano, C.Ó.S.; Sánchez-Corzo, C.; Plana, M.; García, F.; et al. Enhancement of the HIV-1-Specific Immune Response Induced by an mRNA Vaccine through Boosting with a Poxvirus MVA Vector Expressing the Same Antigen Vaccines 2021, 9, 959. https://doi.org/10.3390/ vaccines9090959


Esteban I, Pastor-Quiñones C, Usero L, Plana M, García F, Leal L. In the Era of mRNA Vaccines, Is There Any Hope for HIV Functional Cure? Viruses. 2021 Mar 18;13(3):501. doi: 10.3390/v13030501.


Leal L, Fehér C, Richart V, Torres B, García F. Antiretroviral Therapy Interruption (ATI) in HIV-1 Infected Patients Participating in Therapeutic Vaccine Trials: Surrogate Markers of Virological Response. Vaccines (Basel). 2020 Aug 5;8(3):442. doi: 10.3390/vaccines8030442.

Gianluigi Li Bassi

Denise Battaglini, Lavienraj Premraj, Nicole White, Anna-Liisa Sutt, Chiara Robba, Sung-Min Cho, Ida Di Giacinto, Filippo Bressan, Massimiliano Sorbello, Brian H. Cuthbertson, Gianluigi Li Bassi, Jacky Suen, John F. Fraser, and Paolo Pelosi. Tracheostomy outcomes in critically ill patients with COVID-19: a systematic review, meta-analysis, and meta-regression. British Journal of Anaesthesia, Volume 129, Issue 5, 2022, Pages 679-692, ISSN 0007-0912. doi: 10.1016/j.bja.2022.07.032

Luis Gerardo Rodríguez Lobato

García-Guerrero E, Rodríguez-Lobato LG, Sierro-Martínez B, Danhof S, Bates S, Frenz S, Haertle L, Götz R, Sauer M, Rasche L, Kortüm KM, Pérez-Simón JA, Einsele H, Hudecek M, Prommersberger SR. All-trans retinoic acid works synergistically with the γ-secretase inhibitor crenigacestat to augment BCMA on multiple myeloma and the efficacy of BCMA-CAR T cells. Haematologica. 2023 Feb 1;108(2):568-580. doi: 10.3324/haematol.2022.281339. PMID: 36722406; PMCID: PMC9890012.


García-Guerrero E, Rodríguez-Lobato LG, Sierro-Martínez B, Danhof S, Bates S, Frenz S, Härtle L, Götz R, Sauer M, Rasche L, Kortüm KM, Pérez-Simón JA, Einsele H, Hudecek M, Prommersberger SR. ATRA works synergistically with the γ-secretase inhibitor crenigacestat to augment BCMA on multiple myeloma and the efficacy of BCMA-CAR T-cells. Haematologica; https://doi.org/10.3324/haematol.2022.281339 [Early view].


Bruno B, Wäsch R, Engelhardt M, Gay F, Giaccone L, D'Agostino M, Rodríguez-Lobato LG, Danhof S, Gagelmann N, Kröger N, Popat R, Van de Donk NWCJ, Terpos E, Dimopoulos MA, Sonneveld P, Einsele H, Boccadoro M. European Myeloma Network perspective on CAR T-Cell therapies for multiple myeloma. Haematologica. 2021 Apr 1. doi: 10.3324/haematol.2020.276402. Epub ahead of print.


Uribe-Herranz M, Klein-González N, Rodríguez-Lobato LG, Juan M, de Larrea CF.Gut Microbiota Influence in Hematological Malignancies: From Genesis to Cure. Int J Mol Sci. 2021 Jan 20;22(3):1026. doi: 10.3390/ijms22031026.


Rodríguez-Lobato, L.G.; Oliver-Caldés, A.; Moreno, D.F.; Fernández de Larrea, C.; Bladé, J. Why Immunotherapy Fails in Multiple Myeloma. Hemato 2021, 2, 1-42. https://doi.org/10.3390/hemato2010001


Rodríguez-Lobato LG, Ganzetti M, Fernández de Larrea C, Hudecek M, Einsele H, Danhof S. CAR T-Cells in Multiple Myeloma: State of the Art and Future Directions. Front Oncol. 2020 Jul 28;10:1243. doi: 10.3389/fonc.2020.01243


Oliver-Caldes A, Jiménez R, Español-Rego M, Rodríguez-Lobato LG et al. First report of CART treatment in AL amyloidosis and relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma. Journal for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer 2021;9:e003783. doi: 10.1136/jitc-2021-003783

Isabel Valli

Valli I, Gonzalez Segura A, Verdolini N, Garcia-Rizo C, Berge D, Baeza I, Cuesta MJ, Gonzalez-Pinto A, Lobo A, Martinez-Aran A, Mezquida G, Pina-Camacho L, Roldan Bejarano A, Mas S, McGuire P, Bernardo M, Vieta E; PEPs group. Obstetric complications and genetic risk for schizophrenia: Differential role of antenatal and perinatal events in first episode psychosis. Acta Psychiatr Scand. 2023 Mar 13. doi: 10.1111/acps.13546. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 36912272.


Tavares V, Vassos E, Marquand A, Stone J, Valli I, Barker GJ, Ferreira H and Prata D (2023) Prediction of transition to psychosis from an at-risk mental state using structural neuroimaging, genetic, and environmental data. Front. Psychiatry 13:1086038. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2022.1086038


Valli I, Serna E, Borràs R, Ilzarbe D, Baeza I, Picouto MD, Baltasar I, Moreno D, Bernardo M, Young AH, Vieta E, Sugranyes G, Castro-Fornieles J. Cognitive heterogeneity in the offspring of patients with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder: a cluster analysis across family risk. J Affect Disord. 2021 Mar 1;282:757-765. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2020.12.090

Norma Verdolini

Maria, Serra-Navarro; Silvia, Amoretti; Norma, Verdolini; María Florencia, Forte; Ana M, Sánchez-Torres; Eduard, Vieta; Derek, Clougher; Antonio, Lobo; Ana, González-Pinto; Rocío, Panadero; Alexandra, Roldán; André F, Carvalho; Elena, de la Serna; Alba, Toll; J A, Ramos-Quiroga; Carla, Torrent; Manuel J, Cuesta; Miguel, Bernardo; Vicent, Balanzá-Martinez. Influence of clinical and neurocognitive factors in psychosocial functioning after a first episode non-affective psychosis : Differences between males and females. Front. Psychiatry, 20 October 2022. Sec. Schizophrenia. Volume 13 - 2022 | https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyt.2022.982583


Raymond Salvador; Raymond Salvador; Norma Verdolini; Norma Verdolini; Beatriz Garcia-Ruiz; Beatriz Garcia-Ruiz; Esther Jiménez; Esther Jiménez; Salvador Sarró; Salvador Sarró; Elisabet Vilella; Elisabet Vilella; Eduard Vieta; Eduard Vieta; Erick Jorge Canales-Rodríguez; Erick Jorge Canales-Rodríguez; Edith Pomarol-Clotet; Edith Pomarol-Clotet; Aristotle N. Voineskos; Aristotle N. Voineskos. Multivariate Brain Functional Connectivity Through Regularized Estimators. Frontiers in Neuroscience, Vol 14 (2020). doi: 10.3389/fnins.2020.569540


Fortea L, Albajes-Eizagirre A, Yao Y-W, Soler E, Verdolini N, Hauson AO, Fortea A, Madero S, Solanes A, Wollman SC, Serra-Blasco M, Wise T, Lukito S, Picó-Pérez M, Carlisi C, Zhang J, Pan P, Farré-Colomés Á, Arnone D, Kempton MJ, Soriano-Mas C, Rubia K, Norman L, Fusar-Poli P, Mataix-Cols D, Valentí M, Via E, Cardoner N, Solmi M, Shin JI, Vieta E and Radua J (2022) Focusing on Comorbidity—A Novel Meta-Analytic Approach and Protocol to Disentangle the Specific Neuroanatomy of Co-occurring Mental DisordersFront. Psychiatry 12:807839. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2021.807839


Verdolini N, Amoretti S, Mezquida G, Cuesta MJ, Pina-Camacho L, García-Rizo C, Lobo A, González-Pinto A, Merchán-Naranjo J, Corripio I, Salagre E, Baeza I, Bergé D, Garriga M, Bioque M, Vallespir C, Serra M, Vieta E, Bernardo M. The effect of family environment and psychiatric family history on psychosocial functioning in first-episode psychosis at baseline and after 2 years. Eur Neuropsychopharmacol. 2021 Apr 12;49:54-68. doi: 10.1016/j.euroneuro.2021.03.015.


Verdolini N, Amoretti S, Montejo L, García-Rizo C, Hogg B, Mezquida G, Rabelo-da-Ponte FD, Vallespir C, Radua J, Martinez-Aran A, Pacchiarotti I, Rosa AR, Bernardo M, Vieta E, Torrent C, Solé B. Resilience and mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. J Affect Disord. 2021 Mar 15;283:156-164. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2021.01.055.


Solé B, Verdolini N, Amoretti S, Montejo L, Rosa AR, Hogg B, Garcia-Rizo C, Mezquida G, Bernardo M, Martinez-Aran A, Vieta E, Torrent C. Effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown in Spain: comparison between community controls and patients with a psychiatric disorder. Preliminary results from the BRIS-MHC STUDY. J Affect Disord. 2021 Feb 15;281:13-23. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2020.11.099.


Salagre E, Grande I, Jiménez E, Mezquida G, Cuesta MJ, Llorente C, Amoretti S, Lobo A, González-Pinto A, Carballo JJ, Corripio I, Verdolini N, Castro-Fornieles J, Legido T, Carvalho AF, Vieta E, Bernardo M; PEPs Group. Trajectories of suicidal ideation after first-episode psychosis: a growth mixture modeling approach Acta Psychiatr Scand. 2021 May;143(5):418-433. doi: 10.1111/acps.13279.


Verdolini N, Amoretti S, Montejo L, García-Rizo C, Hogg B, Mezquida G, Rabelo-da-Ponte FD, Vallespir C, Radua J, Martinez-Aran A, Pacchiarotti I, Rosa AR, Bernardo M, Vieta E, Torrent C, Solé B. Resilience, prevention and positive psychiatry. J Affect Disord. 2021 Mar 15;283:156-164. Epub 2021 Jan 29.PMID: 33556749 Free PMC article. 10.1111/acps.13288


Amoretti S, Verdolini N, Mezquida G, Rabelo-da-Ponte FD, Cuesta MJ, Pina-Camacho L, Gomez-Ramiro M, De-la-Cámara C, González-Pinto A, Díaz-Caneja CM, Corripio I, Vieta E, de la Serna E, Mané A, Solé B, Carvalho AF, Serra M, Bernardo M. Identifying clinical clusters with distinct trajectories in first-episode psychosis through an unsupervised machine learning technique. Eur Neuropsychopharmacol. 2021 Jun;47:112-129. doi: 10.1016/j.euroneuro.2021.01.095.


Verdolini N, Hidalgo-Mazzei D, Del Matto L, Muscas M, Pacchiarotti I, Murru A, Samalin L, Aedo A, Tohen M, Grunze H, Young AH, Carvalho AF, Vieta E. Long-term treatment of bipolar disorder type I: A systematic and critical review of clinical guidelines with derived practice algorithms. Bipolar Disord. 2020 Dec 22. doi: 10.1111/bdi.13040. Epub ahead of print.


Salagre E, Grande I, Solé B, Mezquida G, Cuesta MJ, Díaz-Caneja CM, Amoretti S, Lobo A, González-Pinto A, Moreno C, Pina-Camacho L, Corripio I, Baeza I, Bergé D, Verdolini N, Carvalho AF, Vieta E, Bernardo M, PEPs Group. Exploring Risk and Resilient Profiles for Functional Impairment and Baseline Predictors in a 2-Year Follow-Up First-Episode Psychosis Cohort Using Latent Class Growth AnalysisJ Clin Med. 2020 Dec 28;10(1):73. doi: 10.3390/jcm10010073.


Pacchiarotti I, Anmella G, Fico G, Verdolini N, Vieta E. A psychiatrist's perspective from a COVID-19 epicentre: a personal account. BJPsych Open. 2020 Sep 9;6(5):e108. doi: 10.1192/bjo.2020.83.


Anmella G, Fico G, Roca A, Gómez-Ramiro M, Vázquez M, Murru A, Pacchiarotti I, Verdolini N, Vieta E. Unravelling potential severe psychiatric repercussions on healthcare professionals during the COVID-19 crisis. J Affect Disord. 2020 Aug 1;273:422-424. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2020.05.061


Pacchiarotti I, Kotzalidis GD, Murru A, Mazzarini L, Rapinesi C, Valentí M, Anmella G, Gomes-da-Costa S, Gimenez A, Llach C, Perugi G, Vieta E, Verdolini N. Mixed Features in Depression: The Unmet Needs of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Fifth Edition. Psychiatr Clin North Am. 2020 Mar;43(1):59-68. doi: 10.1016/j.psc.2019.10.006. 

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