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Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Self-funded Ph.D. students are welcome.

Personal profile


I am a clinical neurophysiologist and cognitive scientist interested in the following topics: 1- Healthy ageing, mobility disorders, and its relationship to cognitive decline, 2-Electrophysiological markers of brain dysfunction, 3- Surrogate markers of cerebral small vessel disease.

Research Projects/Collaborations

Current Research Projects

- Brain Dynamics in the sensorimotor integration and cognitive-motor control in older individuals.

- Parsing acute brain dysfunction through the assessment of EEG dynamics.


 External Collaborators

- Prof Daysi Garcia Agustin - Cuban Centre for Longevity, Ageing and Health Studies, Cuba

- Dr Tonny Veenith - Neurocritical Care Unit, Birmingham Queen Elizabeth Hospital

- Dr Rebekka Heitmar - Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences, University of Huddersfield 

- Dr Maria Valdes-Hernandez - Centre for Clinal Brain Sciences, University of Edinburgh

PhD Supervision

Dr Ahmed Gilani (co-supervision with Dr T Venith) - Birmingham Queen Elizabeth Hospital, University of Birmingham


Self-funded Ph.D. students interested in any of the following topics are welcome:

1- Brain dynamics, sensorimotor integration and cognitive-motor control

2- Neural basis of central auditory disorders in older adults

3- Electrophysiological markers of degenerative and mental diseases

4- Ageing, cognitive frailty, neurovascular ageing


Teaching Activity

Undergraduate teaching

BSc in Audiology

  • Introductory Science II (HS1IS2)

 Postgraduate teaching

MSc in Clinical Sciences and PgCert/MSc in Clinical Neurophysiology 

  • Neurophysiology Practice (NS3NP1)
  • EEG in Practice (NS2EE1)
  • Dissertation II: Research Project (NS2RP1_T1T2_A)
  • Dissertation III: Research Project (NS3RP2_T1T2_A)
  • Quality Improvement (CHMSI1)


Program Director - Clinical Neurophysiology

Funding Applications and Awards

2019            GCRF (Aston Internal call). Holder: Valia Rodriguez. Promoting healthy ageing in an adverse socioeconomic context: a pilot study to investigate the dynamics of sensorimotor integration and cognitive processing in the elderly. 9 468 GBP.

2015-2017   CITMA. Holder: Vivian Martin. Update of Neuronic Neurophysiological applications. 1 260 000 CUP. Role: Co-investigator. 

2015-2017   CITMA. Holder: Pedro Valdes-Sosa. Biomarkers of sub-clinical cerebral disease due to a metabolic syndrome. 718 300 CUP. Role: Co-investigator. 

2014-2015   CITMA. Holder: Valia Rodriguez. Continuous EEG monitor for Intensive Care Units. 136 876 CUP.

2008- 2011  CITMA. Holder: Valia Rodriguez. Neural Basis of Attention and its Disorders. 70 829 CUP.

2007            Royal Society. Holder: Valia Rodriguez.Study of attentional disorders with fMRI and MEG. 4240 GBP. 

2005-2006   British Council. Holders: John Duncan (MRC Cognition and Brain Science Unit) & Mitchell Valdes­ Sosa (Cuban Neuroscience  Center). Neural Basis of Attention and its Disorders. 7500 GBP. Role: co-investigator.

2002-2003   TWAS. Holder: Valia Rodriguez. Role of the spiral ganglion cell survival on the preservation of auditory system function after a sensorineural hearing loss. 30 000 USD. 

Clinical Experience

2010-2017, Consultant in Intensive Care Clinical Neurophysiology, Clinical-Surgical Hospital 'Hnos Ameijeiras', Havana Cuba

1993 - 2017, Consultant in Clinical Neurophysiology, Cuban Center for Neurosciences, Cuba

Membership of Professional Bodies

British Clinical Neurophysiology Society

ILAE - British Chapter

British Neuroscience Association

Cuban Society for Neuroscience

 Cuban Society for Clinical Neurophysiology;

Professional/editorial offices

Editor Board - Clinical Neurophysiology Practice


Fellow - Higher Education Academy

Mental Health First Aider 

Contact Details

Room: VS115
Tel: +44 (0) 121 204 4422
Email: v.rodriguez@aston.ac.uk

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Neural basis of object-based visual attention, Cuban Neuroscience Center


Award Date: 3 Dec 2003

MD, Certification of Completion of Training (CCT) in Clinical Neurophysiology, University of Medical Sciences of Havana


Award Date: 3 May 1993

MBBS, Medical Doctor (MD) - Suma Cum Laude, University of Medical Sciences of Havana


Award Date: 15 Aug 1989

External positions

Honorary Professor, Cuban Neuroscience Center

2017 → …

Consultor in Critical Care Clinical Neurophysiology, Intensive Care - Clinical-Surgical Hospital 'Hnos Ameijeiras'

2017 → …


  • QP Physiology
  • ageing studies
  • brain dysfunction
  • cognitive science
  • RZ Other systems of medicine
  • Clinical Neurophysiology


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