Pain and Neuroinflammation Imaging Lab

Ludovica Brusaferri, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, MGH/HST Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging

I received my PhD in Medical Imaging from University College London, UK, in March 2020 with a thesis entitled “Improving quantification in non-TOF 3D PET/MR by incorporating photo energy information.” The objective of the research was to develop a new algorithm for attenuation estimation in PET/MRI, improving on current methods, so that it can be used to study the diseased lung with a reliable, quantitative accuracy. The potential for such a method has wide appeal in PET/MR imaging, given the need to overcome quantitative errors from conventional PET/MR attenuation correction algorithms.

I am really enthusiastic to join the Loggia Lab to build new skills in neuroimaging! I also look forward to gaining a deeper understanding of the chemical and biological mechanisms underlying pain in chronic patients. The project I will be a part of will investigate the correlation between neuroinflammation and glial activation using PET/MR imaging paired with a radioligand that tracks activated glial cells.

Outside of science, I love to pursue my hobbies, which include reading novels and poems. I actively do sports, ranging from tennis and running to weightlifting. I also have a great passion for backpacking – in fact, one of my goals is to visit 30 countries by the time I turn 30!