– Past Members / Alumnis –

Valentin Ourry

I joined the team in 2016 as a research assistant, I worked on lifestyle and neuroimaging. I also took part in data acquisition. In 2018, I started a PhD under the supervision of Géraldine Rauchs (Inserm U1077 NIMH) and I work on sleep, lifestyle and multimodal neuroimaging in the context of aging.

Elizabeth Kuhn

Since 2017, I am a PhD student under the supervision of Dr Gaël Chételat and the co-supervision of Pr Vincent de La Sayette. My research interest focuses on the evolution of awareness of one’s own cognitive abilities during Alzheimer’s clinical syndrome. I am interest in the brain substrates of self-awareness, its links to cognitive decline and the impact of 18-month non-pharmacological interventions based on cognitive training or meditation training on self-awareness.

Victor Ferment

My name is Victor, I’m from Le Havre and I have a Master’s degree in cellular biology. At Cyceron, I’m a research assistant in clinical research on Gaël Chételat’s team and I work on the Age-Well project. I am mainly in charge of data acquisition and data entry.

Sophie Dautricourt

I am a neurologist with a special interest in cognitive disorders and neurodegenerative diseases and am currently a PhD student in Gaël Chételat’s lab, working on the Silver Santé Study. My research lies in understanding how brain network connectivity is affected in Alzheimer’s disease. I’m studying the changes in anterior temporal and posterior medial hippocampal network connectivity in Alzheimer’s disease patients. I’m also investigating if specific brain network connectivity patterns are associated with an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease in ageing people and how they are influenced by lifestyle and psycho-affective factors. Finally, I aim to investigate how mental training based on stress and emotion regulation, through meditation practice, could influence cerebral connectivity patterns and potentially reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

Caitlin Ware

I work as a research engineer for Age-Well. My main role is to plan, organize, and help facilitate the English learning intervention for Silver Santé Study. I am also currently writing my PhD on the subject of bilingualism and Alzheimer’s disease at the University of Paris VII Diderot.

I conduct research on the psychological and cognitive effects of foreign language learning in older adults. My interests are psychoanalysis, cognitive reserve, and the psychological factors involved in learning a second language.

Léo Paly

I have been part of the team for several years as a neuropsychologist. I take part in the passing of neuropsychological tests in the framework of research project: Silver Santé Study, a European study on aging well and sometimes on the IMAP Project (Longitudinal Study in Multimodal Imaging of Alzheimer’s Disease at an Early Stage)

Matthieu Vanhoutte

Matthieu have a background in physics and biomedical engineering. He first worked as an embedded critical software architect and designer, which allowed him to complete software & system skills needed on any high complexity project. As a research engineer in neuroimaging, he improved his knowledge of PET/MRI imaging and his skills in developing imaging analysis methods in the context of neurodegenerative diseases. Eager to acquire further expertise in these fields, he did a PhD on early onset Alzheimer’s disease neuroimaging, that he obtained in December 2018, and started a Postdoctoral fellowship in Gaël Chételat’s team in February 2019. As a postdoc, he worked on the optimization of early-phase Florbetapir PET imaging as a marker of neurodegeneration.

Inès Moulinet

Hi, her name is Inès Moulinet. She was PhD student and her project aimed at better understanding psycho-affective factors, in normal and pathological ageing (Alzheimer’s disease), using IMAP multimodal data.

She also helped with the data acquisition for the Medit-Ageing project.

Stéphane Rehel

Stéphane was a PhD student supervised by Géraldine Rauchs (Inserm U1077 NIMH) and Gaël Chételat.

In the Age-Well project, he was exploring the relationships between sleep, ageing and Alzheimer’s disease biomarkers, focusing more precisely on how these relationships are modulated by cognitive reserve and psycho-affective factors such as anxiety and depression.

Claire André

Claire was a PhD student under the supervision of Géraldine Rauchs (Inserm U1077 unit) and Gaël from 2015 to 2019. Her project aims to better understand the relationships between sleep quality, the risk of cognitive decline, and Alzheimer’s disease biomarkers in multimodal neuroimaging. She also took part in data acquisition and the everyday life of the protocole, and put electrodes on a lot of heads ! Sleep well, age well !​

Siya Sherif

Siya was a Research Engineer at Gaël’s Team. He obtained Five year integrated Master’s in Physics from the University of Mysore (India) and carried out his doctoral studies at the IMDEA ( Madrid Institute of Advanced Studies) and Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain). Before joining Cyceron, he was a Research Scientist at the Neuroimaging department of the National Brain Research Centre (India). At present, he was working on the multimodal neuroimaging analysis of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Alexandre Bejanin

Alex joined Chételat’s Lab in 2016. His research focused on the similarities and differences in pathophysiological processes between Alzheimer’s disease and frontotemporal dementia through multimodal neuroimaging. His academic background includes a PhD at the University of Caen Normandy, under Dr. Béatrice Desgranges’s supervision, on social cognition in semantic dementia. In 2015-2016, he worked with Dr. Gil Rabinovici as a postdoctoral researcher, at University of California San Francisco (UCSF), on Tau imaging in distinct neurodegenerative disorders and longitudinal metabolic in frontotemporal dementia

Clémence Tomadesso

Clémence has been in the lab since 2012 and obtained her doctorate degree in 2018. Her project assessed the links between brain alterations and cognition in patients with Mild Cognitive Impairment. She helped in many aspect of the 2 projects of the team :volunteer’s recruitment, data acquisition, quality check, statistical analyses and educational support for students.

Eider Arenaza Urquijo

Eider is interested in the neural underpinnings of normal cognition in the setting of Alzheimer’s disease. Her research notably focused on how lifestyle factors (e.g., cognitive, physical and social engagement) influence brain structure and function, relate to Alzheimer’s disease pathological processes and interact with genectic risk.

Justine Mutlu

Justine Mutlu joined the IMAP team in 2012 to obtain her PhD. Her research work focused on better understanding the links between resting state functional connectivity and atrophy, hypometabolism and amyloid burdern in Alzheimer’s disease. The rest is not silence!

Renaud La Joie

Renaud initially joined the lab in 2008 for a 6-month internship, however, found himself staying involved in the lab for several years to complete both a Master’s degree and a PhD.

Renaud worked extensively with high-resolution MRI data to assess hippocampal subfields, helped implement Glorbetapir-PET in the lab to measure amyloid deposition, and played with multimodal imaging to study neurodegenerative processes and their relationships to cognitive deficits. After his defence, Renaud moved to the Bay Area, where he’s been a post-doctoral fellow with Bill Jagust at UC Berkeley, and with Gil Rabinovici at UC San Francisco. In spite of the distance and time difference, Renaud has kept collaborating with Chételat’s lab on a regular basis.

Audrey Perrotin

Audrey was working as an Engineer in the Gaël’s team from 2009 to 2015 – before having to leave for others places…She was especially involved in the IMAP project by managing and coordinating activities between the IMAP members and with associated teams.She has kept on some scientific collaborations with the team. She is particularly interested in studying subjective cognition in AD and how it changes in the course of the pathology, from the subjective cognitive decline (SCD, for more details see the SCD section of the project) at early stages, to anosognosia at later stages (MCI and AD dementia). Neuropsychology and multimodal neuroimaging from the IMAP program offer great means to address these research questions. A pretty long story with subjective memory since it was also the research topic of my PhD (University of Tours, France) and postdoc (University of California, Berkeley, US).