Veronica Guadagni

Postdoctoral Fellow

BRAIN CREATE



Biography

About me

Originally from Italy, I obtained a Master in Neuroscience from the University of L’Aquila in 2010. I moved to Calgary in 2011, drawn by both the academic opportunities and the closeness to the beautiful Rocky Mountains. In 2012, I started a PhD in Brain and Cognitive Sciences in the Department of Psychology, which I completed in 2017. In June 2017, I joined the Laboratory of Human Cerebrovascular Physiology as a Postdoctoral Fellow.
 

My research

The central theme of my research focuses on investigating the effects of sleep, sleep-deprivation, and sleep disturbances on cognitive functioning and brain structure and function. During my PhD, I have investigated how sleep (and the lack thereof) affects the human ability to empathize with others and the way individuals process emotional stimuli, as well as the ability to orient in the environment. As a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Laboratory of Human Cerebrovascular Physiology, I am investigating how a six-month aerobic exercise intervention can improve older individuals' cognitive ability and brain health, and the role of sleep quality as a mediator in this relationship.
 

BRAIN CREATE program aspirations

There are several aspects that make the BRAIN CREATE an exciting program. As a third year Postdoctoral Fellow, establishing connections with industry partners is probably the most appealing aspect to me. Industry connections will open new job opportunities outside of traditional academia paths. Secondarily, the possibility to conduct field studies and expeditions perfectly complements my passion for adventure travels.
 

Commercialization

My research will focus on developing new tools and indexes to assess and characterize sleep in different populations.