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Alex Rovira Cañellas

I am a full time diagnostic neuroradiologist, who gained his MD in 1983 at the Autonomos University of Barcelona. After formal training in Radiology at Vall d’Hebron University Hospital (Barcelona), I undertook a visiting fellowship at Shands Hospital (Gainesville, University of Florida) in 1989. In 1990, I became staff neuroradiologist at the Section of Neuroradiology at Vall d’Hebron Hospital. At present I am Director of the Section of Neuroradiology at University Hospital Vall d’Hebron, Barcelona (Spain).

Institutions of which they are part

Head of group
Neuroradiology
Vall Hebron Institut de Recerca
Radiodiagnòstic (IDI)
General Hospital
Cap de Secció
Radiodiagnòstic (IDI)
Cross-departmental services

Alex Rovira Cañellas

Institutions of which they are part

Head of group
Neuroradiology
Vall Hebron Institut de Recerca
Radiodiagnòstic (IDI)
General Hospital
Cap de Secció
Radiodiagnòstic (IDI)
Cross-departmental services

I am a full time diagnostic neuroradiologist, who gained his MD in 1983 at the Autonomos University of Barcelona. After formal training in Radiology at Vall d’Hebron University Hospital (Barcelona), I undertook a visiting fellowship at Shands Hospital (Gainesville, University of Florida) in 1989. In 1990, I became staff neuroradiologist at the Section of Neuroradiology at Vall d’Hebron Hospital. At present I am Director of the Section of Neuroradiology at University Hospital Vall d’Hebron, Barcelona (Spain).

I am specialized in diagnostic neuroradiology, and head and neck radiology, with a particular interest in demyelinating diseases, stroke, neuro-oncology, and neurodegenerative disorders.
I am currently steering committee member of MAGNIMS (European Multicenter Collaborative Research Network on MRI in MS).
I am on the editorial boards of the Neurology and Neuroradiology, and served as President of the European Society of Neuroradiology (2016-2018), as President of the Spanish Society of Neuroradiology (2009-2015), on the Lucien Appel Prize Award Jury of the European Society of Neuroradiology (2006-2012), as Editor of Neuroradiology in the Spanish Journal of Radiology, as Director of the 10th and 11th Cycles of the Pierre Lasjaunias European Course of Neuroradiology (2008-2012), and as Chairman of MAGNIMS (2012-2018). I am an author/co-author of 520 articles (Scopus; total citations 14,818; h-index: 83), 30 book chapters or monographs, and more than 400 invited conference presentations. I am also the editor of three books: “Essential Radiology” (Panamericana 2019), “Clinical Neuroradiology” (Springer 2019), and “Controversies in Radiology” (Aran 2020). I have been invited as Visiting Professor at University of Toronto, at McGill University (Montreal), at Lysholm Department of Neuroradiology (UCL, London), at Ottawa University, and at the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill). I am an honorary member of the Paulista Society of Radiology and the Polish Society of Radiology.

Research lines

Application of MR techniques in the assessment of psychiatric disorders

The purpose is to investigate the effects of psychiatric disorders on brain structure, integrity and function.

IP: Alex Rovira Cañellas

Synthetic Imaging: Assessing its value in healthcare practice

The aim of the line is to evaluate synthetic MR images compared to conventional images to consider its use in healthcare protocols.

IP: Fco. Javier Aymerich Martínez, Juli Alonso Farre, Alex Rovira Cañellas

Application of MRI in autoimmune disorders: NMOSD and MOGAD

The objective of this research line is to evaluate the value of MRI in the diagnosis of autoimmune (NMOSD and MOGAD) diseases and as a marker of progression and treatment response.

IP: Cristina Auger Acosta, Alex Rovira Cañellas

Advanced quantitative techniques of MR Imaging in the assessment of neurological and neurooncological diseases

The objective of the line is to evaluate the added value of the information provided by quantitative MR techniques, mainly T1 and T2 relaxometry, as well as chemical exchange saturation transfer imaging (CEST) to the study of neurological and neuro-oncological diseases.

IP: Fco. Javier Aymerich Martínez, Alex Rovira Cañellas, Cristina Auger Acosta

Projects

TACTIC: Explorando soluciones a los retos de salud mediante ciencia disruptiva, terapias avanzadas y medicina de sistemas

IP: Begoña Benito Villabriga
Collaborators: Carmen Escudero Iriarte, Ventura i Expósito, Laia, Susana Otero Romero, Ibane Abasolo Olaortua, Ignacio Ferreira González, José Antonio Barrabés Riu, Carlos Nos Llopis, Pablo Velasco Puyó, Jose Fernando Rodríguez Palomares, María Rosario Pérez- Torres Lobato, Sunny Malhotra Sareen, Perez Dueñas, Belen, Jaume Sastre Garriga, Joan López Hellin, Antonia Sambola Ayala, Jordi Rio Izquierdo, Nuria Rivas Gandara, Jordi Perez Rodon, Aroa Soriano Fernández, Manuel Comabella Lopez, Antonio Rodríguez Sinovas, Gisela Teixido Tura, Antonia Pijuan Domenech, Roser Ferrer Costa, Joaquin Seras Franzoso, Carmen Tur Gomez, Maria Cristina Díaz de Heredia Rubio, Laia Yañez Bisbe, Julia German Cortes, Maria Jose Pérez García, Miguel Segura Ginard, Diego Baranda Martínez-Abasca, Cristina Auger Acosta, Neus Bellera Gotarda, Herena Eixarch Ahufinger, M Mar Mañu Pereira, Deborah Pareto Onghena, Lorena Valero Arrese, Aitor Uribarri Gonzalez, Jordi Bañeras Rius, Alex Rovira Cañellas, Mar Tintore Subirana, Bruno García del Blanco, Maria Teresa Salcedo Allende, Marisol Ruiz Meana, Ana Belén Méndez Fernández, Xavier Montalban Gairín, Simon Schwartz Navarro, Anna Llort Sales, Carmen Espejo Ruiz, Raquel Hladun Alvaro, Angels Alcina Mila, Sandra Mancilla Zamora, Zamira Vanessa Diaz Riascos, Ana Zabalza de Torres, Ariadna Boloix Amenós, Marc Miquel Moltó Abad, Javier Inserte Igual, Luciana Midaglia Fernandez, Elizabeth Pando Rau, Gabriela Guillén Burrieza, Cazurro Gutierrez, Ana Laura, Gómez Andrés, David, Alvaro Cobo Calvo, Alvaro Calabuig Goena, Joaquin Castillo Justribo, Lydia Dux-Santoy Hurtado, Lucas Moreno Martín-Retortillo, Andres Miguez Gonzalez, Josep Roma Castanyer, Laura Dos Subirá, Nicolás Miguel Fissolo, Maria Nazarena Pizzi, Tian Tian, Bou Teen, Diana, Fernanda Raquel Da Silva Andrade, Diana Fernandes de Rafael, Andrea Guala
Funding agency: Instituto de Salud Carlos III
Funding: 2494527.53
Reference: FORT23/00034
Duration: 01/01/2024 - 31/12/2027

Caracterización estructural y funcional de la vía visual anterior en pacientes con esclerosis múltiple temprana (VISIONEM).

IP: Angela Vidal Jordana
Collaborators: Dulce María Moncho Rodríguez, Alex Rovira Cañellas, Manel Alberich Jordà, Neus Mongay Ochoa, Joaquin Castillo Justribo, Sergio Cabello
Funding agency: Instituto de Salud Carlos III
Funding: 48400
Reference: PI22/01589
Duration: 01/01/2023 - 31/12/2025

TRAtamiento y recuperación VISual en neuritis óptica - Estudio TRAVIS

IP: Jaume Sastre Garriga
Collaborators: Dulce María Moncho Rodríguez, Sergio Cabello, Cristina Auger Acosta, Alex Rovira Cañellas, Ana Zabalza de Torres, Joaquin Castillo Justribo
Funding agency: Instituto de Salud Carlos III
Funding: 96800
Reference: PI19/00950
Duration: 01/01/2020 - 30/06/2024

Iron rims around multiple sclerosis lesions. A new MRI marker of disease activity and progression?

IP: Alex Rovira Cañellas
Collaborators: Margareta Anna Clarke, Miriam Izquierdo Sans
Funding agency: ECTRIMS
Funding: 55000
Reference: ECTRIMS-MAGNIMS/2018/CLARKE
Duration: 01/10/2018 - 30/09/2019

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