Rosalia Dacosta-Aguayo, PhD

National Multiple Sclerosis Society Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Neuropsychology and Neuroscience Research

Research and Training
Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
Center for Neuropsychology and Neuroscience Research
Cognitive Functioning and Cognitive Rehabilitation Laboratory

Focused on the modulation of brain plastic changes to avoid maladaptive plasticity changes and to improve cognitive recovery in patients with cognitive impairment. 

Stroke (MRI biomarkers of cognitive recovery)
Parkinson’s disease (CSF biomarkers of cognition and with obsessive compulsive disorders
Cognitive rehabilitation in Parkinson’s disease
Healthy Controls in relation to the effects of Physical Exercise in cognition using MRI, growth factors and epigenetics
PhD - Biomedicine, University of Barcelona
Research Interests

Brain plasticity changes and cognitive rehabilitation strategies to improve quality of life of people with cognitive deficits and caregivers.


See all of Dr. Rosalia Dacosta-Aguayo publications on PubMed.

Delgado-Alvarado M, Gago B, Gorostidi A, Jiménez-Urbieta H, Dacosta-Aguayo R,  Navalpotro-Gómez I, Ruiz-Martínez J, Bergareche A, Martí-Massó JF, Martínez-Lage P, Izagirre A, Rodríguez-Oroz MC. (2017) Tau/α-synuclein ratio and inflammatory proteins in parkinson's disease: An exploratory study. Mov Disord. 2017 Jul;32(7):1066-1073. doi: 10.1002/mds.27001. PubMed PMID: 28548309.

Dacosta-Aguayo R, Graña M, Iturria-Medina Y, Fernández-Andújar M, López-Cancio E, Cáceres C, Bargalló N, Barrios M, Clemente I, Toran P, Forés R, Dávalos A, Auer T, Mataró M. (2014) impairment of functional integration of the default mode network correlates with cognitive outcome at three months after stroke. Hum Brain Mapp. 2015 Feb;36(2):577-90. doi: 10.1002/hbm.22648. PubMed PMID: 25324040; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4312977.

López-Olóriz J, López-Cancio E, Arenillas JF, Hernández M, Dorado L, Dacosta-Aguayo R, Barrios M, Soriano-Raya JJ, Miralbell J, Bargalló N, Cáceres C, Torán P, Alzamora M, Dávalos A, Mataró M. (2014) Diffusion Tensor Imaging, intracranial  vascular resistance and cognition in middle-aged asymptomatic subjects. Cerebrovasc Dis. 2014;38(1):24-30. doi: 10.1159/000363620. PubMed PMID: 25196863.

Mataró M, Soriano-Raya JJ, López-Olóriz J, Miralbell J, Dacosta-Aguayo R. (2014) Cerebrovascular markers in lowered cognitive function. J Alzheimers Dis. 42  Suppl 4:S383-91. doi: 10.3233/JAD-141443. Review. PubMed PMID: 25190627.

Fernández-Andújar M, Doornink F, Dacosta-Aguayo R, Soriano-Raya JJ, Miralbell  J, Bargalló N, López-Cancio E, Pérez de la Ossa N, Gomis M, Millán M, Barrios M,  Cáceres C, Pera G, Forés R, Clemente I, Dávalos A, Mataró M. Remote (2014) thalamic microstructural abnormalities related to cognitive function in ischemic stroke patients. Neuropsychology. doi: 10.1037/neu0000087. PubMed PMID: 24885449.

Three book chapters with the Kessler Foundation:

Rosalía Dacosta-Aguayo, Helen Genova, Nancy Chiaravalloti, John DeLuca (2019). Neuroimaging and Rehabilitation in Multiple Sclerosis.

Rosalía Dacosta-Aguayo, Tibor Auer. Cognitive Rehabilitation and Neuroimaging in Stroke (2019)..

Rosalia Dacosta-Aguayo, John DeLuca (2019). Managing Fatigue in Rehabilitation.

Helen Genova, Rosalia Dacosta-Aguayo, Ekaterina Dobryakova, Nancy Chiaravalloti, John DeLuca, Glenn Wylie. Manuscript about task-fMRI and Fatigue.

Collaborating Studies

Aquatic Exercise and Cognition in MS. The role of the Insula in MS. Real-time neurofeedback and Processing Speed in MS.