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Dr Maria Valdés Hernández graduated with merits as Electronic Engineer and MSc in Electronics from the Central University of Las Villas, Cuba, and PhD in Electronics and Informatics from Gunma University, Japan. With expertise in software development, image and signal processing and analysis, Dr Valdés Hernández work is focused on developing software tools and pipelines to process and analyse the images for various clinical studies, and works in the discovery of imaging biomarkers of small vessel disease, ageing and neurodegeneration. Maria is currently a Scientific Committee Board Member and the Lecturer in Image Processing and Analysis of The Row Fogo Centre for Research into Ageing and The Brain and Lead academic of the Image Analysis and Image Processing Techniques courses offered by the MSc online Programmes of the Edinburgh Imaging Academy.


Key publications

Automatic Spatial Estimation of White Matter Hyperintensities Evolution in Brain MRI using Disease Evolution Predictor Deep Neural Networks

Rachmadi, M.F., Valdes Hernandez, M.C., Makin, S., Wardlaw, J., Komura, T. (2020) 

Publication link: www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/738641v3


Analysis of Spatial Spectral Features of Dynamic Contrast-Enhanced Brain Magnetic Resonance Images for Studying Small Vessel Disease. Medical Image Understanding and Analysis. MIUA 2019.

Authors: Bernal Moyano, J., Valdes Hernandez, M., Escudero, J., Armitage, P., Makin, S., Touyz, R. M. & Wardlaw, J. (2020), 

Publication link: www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/738641v3


The striatum, the hippocampus, and short-term memory binding: Volumetric analysis of the subcortical grey matter’s role in mild cognitive impairment

Authors: Valdes Hernandez, M., Clark, R., Wang, S-H., Guazzo, F., Calia, C., Pattan, V., Della Sala, S. & Parra, M. A. (2020)

Publication link: www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2213158219305042?via%3Dihub#ack0001


Recent datasets

Systematic review & meta-analysis on the impact of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons exposure in cognitive function & neurodegeneration in humans, 1979-2021 [dataset].

Authors: Jessica Humphreys, Dr Maria del C. Valdés Hernández

Dataset on Edinburgh Datashare (external link)


Human brain atlases across the lifespan – Anatomical Segmentations, 1990-2016 [dataset].

Author: Dr Maria del C. Valdés Hernández

Dataset on Edinburgh Datashare (external link)


Related links

Dr Maria Valdes-Hernandez - profile at The University of Edinburgh website

List of publications (Edinburgh Research Explorer)

List of projects - Row Fogo Centre for Research into Ageing and the Brain website

Row Fogo Centre for Research into Ageing and the Brain website

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