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Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Ph.D. students interested in any of the following topics are welcome: 1- Dynamics of sensorimotor integration and cognitive processing in the elderly. 2- Neural basis of auditory disorders in older adults 3- Cerebral small vessel disease and retinal vasculature.

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Research Interests

I am a clinical neurophysiologist and cognitive neuroscientist. My main research interests are related to:

- Healthy ageing, frailty and its relationship to cognitive decline

- Electrophysiological markers of brain dysfunction

- Surrogate markers of cerebral small vessel disease

Research Projects/Collaborations

Current Research Projects

- Dynamics of sensorimotor integration and cognitive processing in the elderly.

- EEG changes associated with delirium after cardiac bypass.

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

- Cerebral small vessel disease and retinal vasculature.

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

1- Dynamics of sensorimotor integration and cognitive processing in the elderly.
2- Neural basis of auditory disorders in older adults
3- Cerebral small vessel disease and retinal vasculature.

Internal Collaborators

- Dr Amanda Hall - Psychology Dep, LHS

- Dr Rebekka Heitmar - Optometry & Vision Science Dept, LHS

- Dr Antonio Fratini - Biomedical Engineering Dept, LHS

- Dr Manousos Klados -  Biomedical Engineering Dept, LHS

 External Collaborators

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

- Dr Yisel Rodriguez Aldana - Center for Neuroscience, Signal and Image Processing. University of Oriente, Cuba

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

PhD Supervision

Ahmed Gilani - Birmingham Queen Elizabeth Hospital, University of Birmingham

Teaching Activity

Undergraduate teaching

BSc in Audiology

  • Introductory Science II (HS1IS2)

 Postgraduate teaching

MSc in Clinical Sciences and 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)


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. 

1996-1998   Human Frontier Science Program. Holders: Multiple holders, Mitchell Valdes-Sosa led the Cuban team. Oscillatory Event-Related Brain Dynamics. Total: 750 000 USD (Cuban team received 180 000 USD). Role: Co-investigator. 

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

Contact Details

Room: VS119
Tel: +44 (0) 121 204 4422

Education/Academic qualification







External positions



Consultant in Clinical Neurophysiology


Head of Perception & Cognition Group


Senior Researcher


Head of Experimental Neuroscience Group


Junior Researcher


Consultant in Clinical Neurophysiology


Medical Resident in Clinical Neurophysiology


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Research Output 1998 2019

Autonomic impairment of patients in coma with different Glasgow coma score assessed with heart rate variability

Estévez-báez, M., Machado, C., García-sánchez, B., Rodríguez, V., Alvarez-santana, R., Leisman, G., Carrera, J. M. E., Schiavi, A., Montes-brown, J. & Arrufat-pié, E., 21 Mar 2019, In : Brain Injury. 33, 4, p. 496-516 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Heart Rate
Regression Analysis
Autonomic Nervous System

Nonconvulsive Epileptic Seizure Detection in Scalp EEG Using Multiway Data Analysis

Aldana, Y. R., Hunyadi, B., Reyes, E. J. M., Rodríguez, V. R. & Van Huffel, S., 1 Mar 2019, In : IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics. 23, 2, p. 660-671 12 p., 8351633.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Nonconvulsive epileptic seizure monitoring with incremental learning

Rodríguez Aldana, Y., Marañón Reyes, E. J., Macias, F. S., Rodríguez, V. R., Chacón, L. M., Van Huffel, S. & Hunyadi, B., 1 Nov 2019, In : Computers in Biology and Medicine. 114, 103434.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Support vector machines

T07. Resting-state EEG functional connectivity and outcome following mesial temporal lobe epilepsy surgery

Rodriguez-Rodriguez, V. & Morales-Chacon, L., 10 May 2018, In : Clinical Neurophysiology . 129, Suppl 1, p. e3-e4

Research output: Contribution to journalMeeting abstract

The Ictal–Interictal Continuum

LaRoche, S. M. & Rodríguez, V., 1 Mar 2018, Handbook of ICU EEG Monitoring. Laroche, S. M. & Haider, H. (eds.). 2nd ed. New York: Springer, p. 186-199 21

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)