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Akila Sasantha Weerasekera, Ph.D.


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  1. Rodríguez-Nieto G, Levin O, Hermans L, Weerasekera A, Sava AC, Haghebaert A, Huybrechts A, Cuypers K, Mantini D, Himmelreich U, Swinnen SP. Organization of neurochemical interactions in young and older brains as revealed with a network approach: Evidence from proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy (1H-MRS). Neuroimage. 2023 Feb 01; 266:119830. PMID: 36566925.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  2. Weerasekera A, Ion-Margineanu A, Green C, Mody M, Nolan GP. Predictive models demonstrate age-dependent association of subcortical volumes and cognitive measures. Hum Brain Mapp. 2023 Feb 01; 44(2):801-812. PMID: 36222055; PMCID: PMC9842902.
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  3. Weerasekera A, Ion-Margineanu A, Nolan G, Mody M. Subcortical Brain Morphometry Differences between Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Schizophrenia. Brain Sci. 2022 Mar 25; 12(4). PMID: 35447970; PMCID: PMC9031550.
  4. Brusaferri L, Alshelh Z, Martins D, Kim M, Weerasekera A, Housman H, Morrissey EJ, Knight PC, Castro-Blanco KA, Albrecht DS, Tseng CE, Zürcher NR, Ratai EM, Akeju O, Makary MM, Catana C, Mercaldo ND, Hadjikhani N, Veronese M, Turkheimer F, Rosen BR, Hooker JM, Loggia ML. The pandemic brain: Neuroinflammation in non-infected individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic. Brain Behav Immun. 2022 05; 102:89-97. PMID: 35181440; PMCID: PMC8847082.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansCellsPHPublic Health
  5. El-Abtah ME, Wenke MR, Talati P, Fu M, Kim D, Weerasekera A, He J, Vaynrub A, Vangel M, Rapalino O, Andronesi O, Arrillaga-Romany I, Forst DA, Yen YF, Rosen B, Batchelor TT, Gonzalez RG, Dietrich J, Gerstner ER, Ratai EM. Myo-Inositol Levels Measured with MR Spectroscopy Can Help Predict Failure of Antiangiogenic Treatment in Recurrent Glioblastoma. Radiology. 2022 02; 302(2):410-418. PMID: 34751617; PMCID: PMC8805659.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  6. Weerasekera A, Morrissey E, Kim M, Saha A, Lin Y, Alshelh Z, Torrado-Carvajal A, Albrecht D, Akeju O, Kwon YM, Bedair H, Chen AF, Napadow V, Schreiber K, Ratai EM, Edwards RR, Loggia ML. Thalamic neurometabolite alterations in patients with knee osteoarthritis before and after total knee replacement. Pain. 2021 07 01; 162(7):2014-2023. PMID: 33470749; PMCID: PMC8205967.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  7. Rowe OE, Rangaprakash D, Weerasekera A, Godbole N, Haxton E, James PF, Stephen CD, Barry RL, Eichler FS, Ratai EM. Magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy in late-onset GM2-gangliosidosis. Mol Genet Metab. 2021 08; 133(4):386-396. PMID: 34226107; PMCID: PMC8289742.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  8. Lee J, Andronesi OC, Torrado-Carvajal A, Ratai EM, Loggia ML, Weerasekera A, Berry MP, Ellingsen DM, Isaro L, Lazaridou A, Paschali M, Grahl A, Wasan AD, Edwards RR, Napadow V. 3D magnetic resonance spectroscopic imaging reveals links between brain metabolites and multidimensional pain features in fibromyalgia. Eur J Pain. 2021 10; 25(9):2050-2064. PMID: 34102707; PMCID: PMC9176690.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  9. Skubalova Z, Rex S, Sukupova M, Zahalka M, Skladal P, Pribyl J, Michalkova H, Weerasekera A, Adam V, Heger Z. Passive Diffusion vs Active pH-Dependent Encapsulation of Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitors Vandetanib and Lenvatinib into Folate-Targeted Ferritin Delivery System. Int J Nanomedicine. 2021; 16:1-14. PMID: 33442247; PMCID: PMC7797358.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
  10. Vanherp L, Poelmans J, Weerasekera A, Hillen A, Croitor-Sava AR, Sorrell TC, Lagrou K, Vande Velde G, Himmelreich U. Trehalose as quantitative biomarker for in vivo diagnosis and treatment follow-up in cryptococcomas. Transl Res. 2021 04; 230:111-122. PMID: 33166695.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
  11. Weerasekera A, Levin O, Clauwaert A, Heise KF, Hermans L, Peeters R, Mantini D, Cuypers K, Leunissen I, Himmelreich U, Swinnen SP. Neurometabolic Correlates of Reactive and Proactive Motor Inhibition in Young and Older Adults: Evidence from Multiple Regional 1H-MR Spectroscopy. Cereb Cortex Commun. 2020; 1(1):tgaa028. PMID: 34296102.
  12. Weerasekera A, Crabbé M, Tomé SO, Gsell W, Sima D, Casteels C, Dresselaers T, Deroose C, Van Huffel S, Rudolf Thal D, Van Damme P, Himmelreich U. Non-invasive characterization of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in a hTDP-43A315T mouse model: A PET-MR study. Neuroimage Clin. 2020; 27:102327. PMID: 32653817; PMCID: PMC7352080.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Animals
  13. Riva M, Wouters R, Weerasekera A, Belderbos S, Nittner D, Thal DR, Baert T, Giovannoni R, Gsell W, Himmelreich U, Van Ranst M, Coosemans A. CT-2A neurospheres-derived high-grade glioma in mice: a new model to address tumor stem cells and immunosuppression. Biol Open. 2019 Sep 12; 8(9). PMID: 31511246; PMCID: PMC6777368.
    Citations: 5     Fields:    
  14. Levin O, Weerasekera A, King BR, Heise KF, Sima DM, Chalavi S, Maes C, Peeters R, Sunaert S, Cuypers K, Van Huffel S, Mantini D, Himmelreich U, Swinnen SP. Sensorimotor cortex neurometabolite levels as correlate of motor performance in normal aging: evidence from a 1H-MRS study. Neuroimage. 2019 11 15; 202:116050. PMID: 31349070.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  15. de Laat B, Weerasekera A, Leurquin-Sterk G, Gsell W, Bormans G, Himmelreich U, Casteels C, Van Laere K. Effects of alcohol exposure on the glutamatergic system: a combined longitudinal 18 F-FPEB and 1 H-MRS study in rats. Addict Biol. 2019 07; 24(4):696-706. PMID: 29790622.
    Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:Animals
  16. de Laat B, Weerasekera A, Leurquin-Sterk G, Bormans G, Himmelreich U, Casteels C, Van Laere K. Glutamatergic Biomarkers for Cocaine Addiction: A Longitudinal Study Using MR Spectroscopy and mGluR5 PET in Self-Administering Rats. J Nucl Med. 2018 06; 59(6):952-959. PMID: 29496988.
    Citations: 10     Fields:    Translation:Animals
  17. Salas IH, Weerasekera A, Ahmed T, Callaerts-Vegh Z, Himmelreich U, D'Hooge R, Balschun D, Saido TC, De Strooper B, Dotti CG. High fat diet treatment impairs hippocampal long-term potentiation without alterations of the core neuropathological features of Alzheimer disease. Neurobiol Dis. 2018 05; 113:82-96. PMID: 29427755.
    Citations: 15     Fields:    Translation:Animals
  18. Crabbé M, Van der Perren A, Weerasekera A, Himmelreich U, Baekelandt V, Van Laere K, Casteels C. Altered mGluR5 binding potential and glutamine concentration in the 6-OHDA rat model of acute Parkinson's disease and levodopa-induced dyskinesia. Neurobiol Aging. 2018 01; 61:82-92. PMID: 29055799.
    Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:Animals
  19. Leurquin-Sterk G, Ceccarini J, Crunelle CL, Weerasekera A, de Laat B, Himmelreich U, Bormans G, Van Laere K. Cerebral dopaminergic and glutamatergic transmission relate to different subjective responses of acute alcohol intake: an in vivo multimodal imaging study. Addict Biol. 2018 05; 23(3):931-944. PMID: 28884874.
    Citations: 14     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
  20. Chu W, Weerasekera A, Kim CH. On the conformational stability of the smallest RNA kissing complexes maintained through two G·C base pairs. Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2017 01 29; 483(1):39-44. PMID: 28063925; PMCID: PMC5268073.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
  21. Leurquin-Sterk G, Van den Stock J, Crunelle CL, de Laat B, Weerasekera A, Himmelreich U, Bormans G, Van Laere K. Positive Association Between Limbic Metabotropic Glutamate Receptor 5 Availability and Novelty-Seeking Temperament in Humans: An 18F-FPEB PET Study. J Nucl Med. 2016 Nov; 57(11):1746-1752. PMID: 27283933.
    Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:Humans
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