Dr Valia Rodriguez

Lecturer in Neurophysiology

School of Life & Health Sciences
Aston University
B4 7ET, United Kingdom

Room: VS119
Tel: +44 (0) 121 204 4422
Email: v.rodriguez@aston.ac.uk

I joined Aston Health and Science School in April 2017, having spent the previous 24 years as a senior research scientist and professor at the Cuban Neuroscience Centre in Havana. Before joining Aston I was also a consultant in intensive care clinical neurophysiology at Clinical-Surgical Hospital Hnos Ameijeiras in Havana.

  • MD, University of Medical Sciences of Havana, 1989
  • Certificate of specialist training in Clinical Neurophysiology, University of Medical Sciences of Havana, 1993
  • PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience, National Center for Scientific Research, Havana, 2003
  • 2017- Lecturer in Neurophysiology, Aston University.
  • 2003-2017 Professor and Senior Research Scientist, Cuban Neuroscience Center
  • 2010-2017 Consultant clinical neurophysiologist in intensive care Unit, Clinical-Surgical Hospital 'Hnos Ameijeiras'.
  • 1993-2003 Researcher Scientist / Clinical neurophysiologist. Cuban Neuroscience Center.
  • 1989-1993 Resident in Clinical Neurophysiology. University of Medical Sciences of Havana

At Aston I teach modules related to clinical neurophysiology at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
I am also committed to the continuing education of Latin American medical professionals on continuous EEG monitoring in intensive care for which I organize and teach focused courses on this topic in the region.

My main research interests are related to:

  • Value of continuous EEG monitoring in critical care as diagnostic and and prognostic tool
  • Assessment of preserved cognitive processing in critically ill patients with disorders of consciousness
  • Use and value of EEG and ERP to assess cognitive disorders in neurological diseases
  • Functional connectivity in epilepsy and in disorders of consciousness
  • Surrogate makers of cerebral small vessel disease
Cuban Society of Neuroscience – board member

Cuban Clinical Neurophysiology Society – board member

V Rodriguez, M Rodhen, S Laroche (2016). Ictal-Interictal Continuum: a proposed treatment algorithm.  Clinical Neurophysiology, 127(4):2056-64.

V Rodriguez, R Thompson, M Stokes, M Brett, I Alvarez, M Valdes-Sosa, J Duncan (2012). Absence of face-specific cortical activity in the complete absence of awareness: Converging evidence from functional magnetic resonance imaging and event-related potentials.  J Cog Neurosci, Vol. 24, No. 2, Pages 396-415.

A Wanning, V Rodriguez, W Freiwald (2007). Attention to Surfaces Modulates Motion-Processing in Extrastriate Area MT.  Neuron, May 24;54(4):639-51.

V Rodriguez, M Valdes-Sosa (2006). Sensory suppression during shifts of attention between surfaces in transparent motion. Brain Research, 2006, Feb 9;1072(1):110-8.

López M, Rodrı́guez V, Valdés-Sosa M (2004).Two-object attentional interference depends on attentional set.  Int J Psychophysiol, 53(2):127-134.

Valdes-Sosa M, Bobes MA, Rodriguez V, Acosta,
Y, Perez P, Iglesias J, Borrego M (2003).The influence of scene organization on attention: Psychophysics and electrophysiology. V In: J Duncan & N Kanwisher (Eds). Attention and Performance XX, pp:321-344, 2003. Oxford University Press.

VF Lamme, V Rodriguez, H Spekreijse (1999). Separate processing dynamics for texture elements, boundaries and surfaces in primary visual cortex of the macaque monkey.  Cerebral Cortex, Jun 9 (4) pp:406-413.

M Valdes-Sosa, MA Bobes, V Rodriguez, T Pinilla (1998) Switching attention without shifting the spotlight. J Cog Neurosci 10(1) pp:137-151.