Neuroimmunology Program - IDIBAPS

Who we are

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Dr. Albert Saiz

Biomarkers and Neuroimaging in Multiple Sclerosis and Neuromyelitis Optica

Current Positions

  • Senior Consultant at Hospital Clínic in Barcelona
  • Member of the Spanish Network of Excellence in Multiple Sclerosis (REEM), Spanish Ministry of Science, Instituto de Salud Carlos III
  • Member of the Committee for the Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis in Catalonia, Department of Health, Generalitat of Catalonia
  • Member of Spanish Society of Neurology, Catalan Society of Neurology and European Neurological Society

Academic Qualifications

  • Degree in Pharmacy from the University of Barcelona, 1979
  • Degree in Medicine and Surgery from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, 1991
  • Doctorate of Medicine and Surgery from the University of Barcelona, 1998

Areas of Research

  • Development of novel treatments for multiple sclerosis and related disorders
  • Identification of new markers for disease activity in multiple sclerosis
  • Study of immune responses in patients with demyelinating disorders

Honors and Awards

  • Awarded for his presentation in the First Meeting of the Catalan Society of Neurology
  • Awarded for his paper in the Seventh Meeting of the European Neurological Society
  • August Pi I Sunyer Award 2010 for his excellent scientific career

Grants for Medical Research

  • Fund for Health Research (FIS), Spain
  • TV3 Marathon Foundation, TV3, Catalonia, Spain

Recent Selected Publications

  • Fauser S, Uttner I, Ariño H, Scherbaum WA, Saiz A, Lewerenz J. Long latency between GAD-antibody detection and development of limbic encephalitis - a case report. BMC Neurol. 2015 Sep 30;15(1):177. doi: 10.1186/s12883-015-0435-9. PubMed PMID: 26420440; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4589124.
  • Sepúlveda M, Ros C, Martínez-Lapiscina EH, Solà-Valls N, Hervàs M, Llufriu S,  La Puma D, Casals E, Blanco Y, Villoslada P, Graus F, Castelo-Branco C, Saiz A. Pituitary-ovary axis and ovarian reserve in fertile women with multiple sclerosis: A pilot study. Mult Scler. 2015 Sep 11.
  • Sola-Valls N, Blanco Y, Sepúlveda M, Llufriu S, Martínez-Lapiscina EH, La Puma D, Graus F, Villoslada P, Saiz A. Walking function in clinical monitoring of multiple sclerosis by telemedicine. J Neurol. 2015 Jul;262(7):1706-13. doi: 10.1007/s00415-015-7764-x. Epub 2015 May 10. PubMed PMID: 25957639.
  • La Puma D, Llufriu S, Sepúlveda M, Blanco Y, Ribalta T, Graus F, Saiz A. Long-term follow-up of immunotherapy-unresponsive recurrent tumefactive demyelination. J Neurol Sci. 2015 May 15;352(1-2):127-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jns.2015.03.038. Epub 2015 Mar 31. PubMed PMID: 25863778.
  • Kim HJ, Paul F, Lana-Peixoto MA, Tenembaum S, Asgari N, Palace J, Klawiter EC, Sato DK, de Seze J, Wuerfel J, Banwell BL, Villoslada P, Saiz A, Fujihara K, Kim SH; Guthy-Jackson Charitable Foundation NMO International Clinical Consortium & Biorepository. MRI characteristics of neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder: an international update. Neurology. 2015 Mar 17;84(11):1165-73. doi: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000001367. Epub 2015 Feb 18. Review. PubMed PMID: 25695963; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4371410.
  • Llufriu S, Sepúlveda M, Blanco Y, Marín P, Moreno B, Berenguer J, Gabilondo I, Martínez-Heras E, Sola-Valls N, Arnaiz JA, Andreu EJ, Fernández B, Bullich S, Sánchez-Dalmau B, Graus F, Villoslada P, Saiz A. Randomized placebo-controlled phase II trial of autologous mesenchymal stem cells in multiple sclerosis. PLoS One. 2014 Dec 1;9(12):e113936. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0113936. eCollection 2014. PubMed PMID: 25436769; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4250058.
  • Sepúlveda M, Llufriu S, Blanco Y, Solà-Valls N, La Puma D, Berenguer J, Villoslada P, Saiz A. Intense immunosuppression for the treatment of an immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome-like exacerbation after natalizumab withdrawal: a case report. J Neurol. 2015 Jan;262(1):219-21. doi: 10.1007/s00415-014-7574-6. Epub 2014 Nov 20. PubMed PMID: 25408366.
  • Martínez-Heras E, Varriano F, Prčkovska V, Laredo C, Andorrà M, Martínez-Lapiscina EH, Calvo A, Lampert E, Villoslada P, Saiz A, Prats-Galino A,  Llufriu S. Improved Framework for Tractography Reconstruction of the Optic Radiation. PLoS One. 2015 Sep 16;10(9):e0137064. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0137064. eCollection 2015. PubMed PMID: 26376179; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4573981.

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