Cluster 1: Clinical Disorders

Work Package 3 | Clinical Harmonisation

Aki Rintala
KU Leuven

Aki is a PhD student in the Center for Contextual Psychiatry at KU Leuven. He is part of coordinating clinical harmonisation across clinical sites in the RADAR-CNS project. His special interest is an electronic diary called the experience sampling method (ESM), which is used to assess daily life experiences such as mood, activity, stress, social interactions, quality of sleep, cognition, and momentary quality of life.

Aki is a physiotherapist specialised in the neurological rehabilitation (multiple sclerosis, stroke, and traumatic brain injuries). In the RADAR-CNS project and in the Center for Contextual Psychiatry at KU Leuven, he will further develop his skills on the methodology of ESM. In previous projects, he has collaborated in a national project in Finland aimed at investigating technology-based distance physical rehabilitation in different study populations.

Work Package 4 | Epilepsy

Elisa Bruno
King’s College London

Elisa is a Clinical Research Fellow and a Clinical Neuroscience PhD student in the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King’s College London.
She coordinates the clinical study in epilepsy, which focuses on the identification of RMT-measured biosignatures to identify and monitoring seizures and disease state changes in people with a diagnosis of epilepsy.
Elisa is a Neurologist and has developed a special interest in Epilepsy and EEG. She also has a Master of Science Degree in Neuroepidemiology and Tropical Parasitology from the University of Limoges. She has collaborated in international projects aimed at improving acceptability, treatment, services and prevention of epilepsy around the world, and at reducing the epilepsy treatment gap, including a Community-based epilepsy treatment program in rural Bolivia under the aegis of the International League Against Epilepsy, Global Campaign Against Epilepsy and the COHEMI project (coordinating resources to assess and improve health status of migrants from Latin America), coordinated by the Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research in Milan.

Biondi Andrea
King’s College London

Andrea is a research assistant at The Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute, King’s College London, under the supervision of Professor Mark Richardson and Dr Elisa Bruno. Andrea collects clinical information and closely supervises the collection of data from wearable devices (ECG, GSR, EMG, ACC) and EEGs in the hospital EEG monitoring unit.Andrea is a neuropsychologist with a strong interest for the psychophysiology, neuroscience and psychopathology. He obtained a Master Degree in Neuroscience and Neuropsychological Rehabilitation from University of Padova in 2015. He spent one year at the Lex-Mea Lab (Padua University) and in the Department of Neuroscience and Psychiatry on Padua Hospital collecting behavioural and electrophysiological data using neuropsychological questionnaire, computer tasks and EEG. During his one-year apprenticeship he worked for six months at the Besta Hospital in Milan during the while he improved his neuropsychological skills and six months at King’s College London using TMS and EEG to the recorder of TMS-evoked-potential and he learnt how to use different softwares for the analysis of this data.

Sebastian Böttcher
University of Freiburg – Medical Center

Sebastian is a PhD student at the Freiburg Epilepsy Center, part of the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Freiburg – Medical Center. He coordinates the technical and clinical aspects of the RADAR-CNS epilepsy study in Freiburg, manages recruitment of epilepsy patients and maintains the passive RMT devices employed during the study.

He also works, as part of Work Package 8, towards the analysis of the data collected during the study.Sebastian is an engineer specialised in embedded systems. He has a MSc degree in Embedded Systems Engineering from the University of Freiburg and has previously worked in humanoid robotics, and human activity recognition via wearables. He has experience in software and hardware development for various embedded platforms, and machine learning techniques specialised in human activity recognition. In addition to his current field of work in the RADAR-CNS project, he has a continued interest in robotics, all kinds of wearable technologies and their applications, and new embedded technologies in various fields.

Work Package 5 | Multiple Sclerosis

Gloria Dalla Costa
San Raffaele Hospital

Gloria Dalla Costa is a neurologist and researcher at San Raffaele Hospital, Milan, Italy. She coordinates the clinical study in multiple sclerosis (MS), which focuses on the identification of RMT-measured biosignatures to identify and monitoring depression, relapses, disability progression and fatigue in people with MS. 

Dr Dalla Costa received her medical degree from San Raffaele University and completed her residency in neurology there. She has extensive training in treating MS patients and she has collaborated in more than 20 national and international multicentre clinical trials to assess the safety and efficacy of new disease modifying therapies in MS and Neuromyelitis Optica. Dr. Dalla Costa is currently pursuing a M.Sc in Biostatistics at Bicocca University, Milan, Italy. Her main focus of research is on environmental risk factors of MS and biomarkers and prognostic factors in patients with clinically isolated syndromes and early MS, among which she is focusing on neurofilaments.

Work Package 6 | Major Depressive Disorder

Faith Matcham
King’s College London

Faith is a post-doctoral research associate in the department of psychological medicine at King’s College London. She coordinates the clinical study in major depressive disorder, examining the use of remote measurement technologies to predict outcomes in people with a history of depression. She also is a member of the management team, supporting the overall management and conduct of RADAR-CNS.
Faith has a PhD in psychological medicine, and is a chartered psychologist specialising in health psychology. Her previous work has focused on the relationship between mental and physical health, with her PhD examining the association between depression and disease outcomes in people with rheumatoid arthritis. She has also worked in the field of service development, using web-based screening systems to improve the measurement and management of depression and anxiety within the context of general hospital outpatient services.

Katie White
King’s College London

Katie is a research assistant in the department of psychological medicine at King’s College London. She is one of two research assistants who conducts and manages participant recruitment for the major depressive disorder branch of the RADAR study in London. This involves providing enrolment sessions and day-to-day support in relation to the study’s smartphone apps.
Katie has a first-class undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Bath. Before joining the RADAR team, she completed a placement year at King’s College London, where she project-managed a study into predictors of response to psychological therapy for anxiety and depression. Within the RADAR study, Katie is interested in the barriers and facilitators for participant engagement in digital technologies for mental health. More widely, she aims to understand how findings in the field of e-mental health can be translated into clinical practice and public policy.

Alina Ivan
King’s College London

Alina works in the Department of Psychological Medicine in at King’s College London. She is one of the two research assistants working on the RADAR-CNS major depression disorder study to facilitate recruitment and participant support, as well as to monitor data coming from study devices. Alina obtained her MSc in Psychological Research Methods (distinction) at the University of Exeter in 2017, where she also completed her BSc in Psychology.
Within RADAR-CNS, she is interested in the discovery of biomarkers of depression, and more generally in prevention and treatment. Prior to joining the RADAR-CNS team, she has worked in psychopharmacology, testing the effectiveness of a new compound for smoking cessation, and also in areas of cognitive psychology including memory and cognitive control. Within these fields, she has used methods such as EEG, MRI and eye-tracking. Beyond her interest in mental health and cognitive/ biological psychology, Alina is also interested in applications of psychology to science communication, public engagement and policy-making.