Current position:

  • PhD student in the Doctoral Programme in Biomedical Engineering (IST),  supervised by Prof. Patrícia Figueiredo (IST, Lisboa), Prof. Rita G. Nunes (IST, Lisboa) and Dra. Raquel Gil-Gouveia (Hospital da Luz, Lisboa)

 

Contacts:

  • Email: anafouto@tecnico.ulisboa.pt
  • Office: 6.14 (North Tower, 6th floor)

My Inspiration References for Research:
In my early college years, I was asked to do an oral presentation about the unforgettable
TEDTalk of Jill Bolte Taylor (https://www.ted.com/talks/jill_bolte_taylor). She is an American
neuroscientist who suffered a stroke and learned about this pathology from firsthand
experience. Her testimony was not only a large source of inspiration and motivation for me to
pursue my desire to study the complexity of the human brain years later but also made me
aware that the complex machine that we all hold above our shoulders gives us the power to
choose “moment by moment” what good we want to bring to the world.

While reading Rosling, Hans. Factfulness. Flammarion, 2019 (https://www.gapminder.org/),
which is a unique source of inspiration to keep us believing the world is improving in a good
way, I came across this sentence: “People who devote their working lives to understanding
their chosen slice of the world”. I felt connected with this sentence immediately. Studying
the human brain turns to be my chosen slice of the world.

Favourite Research Ingredient:
Creativity


Research Interests:

My research focus has been the identification of neuroimaging biomarkers for specific cerebrovascular diseases (i.e. small vessel disease) and neurological disorders (i.e. migraine, https://www.ihs-headache.org/). In particular, my current work is entitled “Multimodal neuroimaging biomarkers through the migraine cycle” which aims to study a group of episodic migraine patients throughout the 4 phases of the migraine cycle using a combination of MRI modalities (e.g. BOLD-fMRI, DWI and ASL perfusion imaging).


Education

PhD in Biomedical Engineering
2019-present Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa and Hospital da Luz
MSc in Biomedical Engineering
2015-2017 Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, NOVA University of Lisbon
BSc in Biomedical Engineering
2012-2015 i, NOVA University of Lisbon


Previous Research and Teaching Experience:

* Teaching Assistant
2018, Neuroimaging – MSc in Biomedical Engineering, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa
2017, Transversal Skills for Science and Technology – MSc in Biomedical Engineering, Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, NOVA University of Lisbon

* Research Assistant
2018-2019, Project: NeuroPhysIm (PTDC/BBB-IMG/2137/2012). Supervisors: Prof. Patrícia Figueiredo and Prof. Rita G. Nunes (IST).

2017, MSc Thesis – “Diffusion-Weighted Imaging (DWI) analysis in cerebral small vessel disease (SVD)”. Supervisors: Prof. Patrícia Figueiredo and Prof. Rita G. Nunes (IST).