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Miguel Alonso Alonso, M.D.

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University of Barcelona, Barcelona, SpainPhD2016Medicine, Psychiatry and Clinical Psychobiology
University of Santiago de Compostela, Santiago de Compostela, SpainMD1998Medicine and Surgery
University College London, London, UKMSc2000Clinical Neuroscience
Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technologies, Boston, MAMMSc2008Clinical Investigator Training Program (CITP)
Ministry of Health, Spain, Spain2005Neurology

I am an neurologist-scientist with a broad background, training and expertise in neuroscience. Over the past 10+ years, I have received training in multiple aspects of basic and applied neuroscience, encompassing cognitive, motor and clinical research approaches and methodologies. I have expertise in several neuroscience methodologies, including neuroimaging (functional and structural magnetic resonance imaging), noninvasive brain stimulation and computerized cognitive asessments.

My research focuses on the neurocognitive basis of human eating behavior and obesity, using an integrative approach that bridges across the disciplines of neurology, neuropsychology, cognitive neuroscience and ingestive behavior. I am interested in the development of innovative methodologies and therapeutic interventions derived from this work, in particular neurotechnologies.

I am involved in the development of new brain- and cognition-based interventions to enhance eating control in pathological situations, such as obesity, and I am currently running proof-of-concept clinical trials related to the use of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) in obesity.

I direct the Laboratory of Bariatric and Nutritional Neuroscience at the Center for the Study of Nutrition Medicine, Department of Surgery, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

I am also Co-Investigator of the Look AHEAD Extension trial, responsible for the BIDMC site.

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  1. Magerowski G, Giacona G, Patriarca L, Papadopoulos K, Garza-Naveda P, Radziejowska J, Alonso-Alonso M. Neurocognitive effects of umami: association with eating behavior and food choice. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2018 09; 43(10):2009-2016. PMID: 29599485.
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  2. Heinitz S, Reinhardt M, Piaggi P, Weise CM, Diaz E, Stinson EJ, Venti C, Votruba SB, Wassermann EM, Alonso-Alonso M, Krakoff J, Gluck ME. Neuromodulation directed at the prefrontal cortex of subjects with obesity reduces snack food intake and hunger in a randomized trial. Am J Clin Nutr. 2017 Dec; 106(6):1347-1357. PMID: 29046305.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  3. Bikson M, Paneri B, Mourdoukoutas A, Esmaeilpour Z, Badran BW, Azzam R, Adair D, Datta A, Fang XH, Wingeier B, Chao D, Alonso-Alonso M, Lee K, Knotkova H, Woods AJ, Hagedorn D, Jeffery D, Giordano J, Tyler WJ. Limited output transcranial electrical stimulation (LOTES-2017): Engineering principles, regulatory statutes, and industry standards for wellness, over-the-counter, or prescription devices with low risk. Brain Stimul. 2018 Jan - Feb; 11(1):134-157. PMID: 29122535.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  4. Amo C, De Santiago L, Zarza Luciáñez D, León Alonso-Cortés JM, Alonso-Alonso M, Barea R, Boquete L. Induced gamma band activity from EEG as a possible index of training-related brain plasticity in motor tasks. PLoS One. 2017; 12(10):e0186008. PMID: 28982173.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  5. Patriarca L, Magerowski G, Alonso-Alonso M. Functional neuroimaging in obesity. Curr Opin Endocrinol Diabetes Obes. 2017 Jun; 24(3):260-265. PMID: 28277342.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  6. Bashir S, Vernet M, Najib U, Perez J, Alonso-Alonso M, Knobel M, Yoo WK, Edwards D, Pascual-Leone A. Enhanced motor function and its neurophysiological correlates after navigated low-frequency repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation over the contralesional motor cortex in stroke. Restor Neurol Neurosci. 2016 08 11; 34(4):677-89. PMID: 27567763.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  7. Manton S, Magerowski G, Patriarca L, Alonso-Alonso M. The "Smart Dining Table": Automatic Behavioral Tracking of a Meal with a Multi-Touch-Computer. Front Psychol. 2016; 7:142. PMID: 26903934.
    Citations: 1     
  8. Gluck ME, Alonso-Alonso M, Piaggi P, Weise CM, Jumpertz-von Schwartzenberg R, Reinhardt M, Wassermann EM, Venti CA, Votruba SB, Krakoff J. Neuromodulation targeted to the prefrontal cortex induces changes in energy intake and weight loss in obesity. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2015 Nov; 23(11):2149-56. PMID: 26530931.
    Citations: 13     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  9. Ziauddeen H, Alonso-Alonso M, Hill JO, Kelley M, Khan NA. Obesity and the neurocognitive basis of food reward and the control of intake. Adv Nutr. 2015 Jul; 6(4):474-86. PMID: 26178031.
    Citations: 14     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  10. Alonso-Alonso M, Woods SC, Pelchat M, Grigson PS, Stice E, Farooqi S, Khoo CS, Mattes RD, Beauchamp GK. Food reward system: current perspectives and future research needs. Nutr Rev. 2015 May; 73(5):296-307. PMID: 26011903.
    Citations: 16     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
  11. Val-Laillet D, Aarts E, Weber B, Ferrari M, Quaresima V, Stoeckel LE, Alonso-Alonso M, Audette M, Malbert CH, Stice E. Neuroimaging and neuromodulation approaches to study eating behavior and prevent and treat eating disorders and obesity. Neuroimage Clin. 2015; 8:1-31. PMID: 26110109.
    Citations: 48     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  12. Alonso-Alonso M. Cocoa flavanols and cognition: regaining chocolate in old age? Am J Clin Nutr. 2015 Mar; 101(3):423-4. PMID: 25733624.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
  13. Demirtas-Tatlidede A, Alonso-Alonso M, Shetty RP, Ronen I, Pascual-Leone A, Fregni F. Long-term effects of contralesional rTMS in severe stroke: safety, cortical excitability, and relationship with transcallosal motor fibers. NeuroRehabilitation. 2015; 36(1):51-9. PMID: 25547768.
    Citations: 10     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
  14. Muñoz García D, Midaglia L, Martinez Vilela J, Marín Sánchez M, López González FJ, Arias Gómez M, Dapena Bolaño D, Iglesias Castañón A, Alonso Alonso M, Romero López J. Associated Inosine to interferon: results of a clinical trial in multiple sclerosis. Acta Neurol Scand. 2015 Jun; 131(6):405-10. PMID: 25313094.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  15. Hill JO, Berridge B, Avena NM, Ziauddeen H, Alonso-Alonso M, Allison DB, Khan NA, Kelley M . Neurocognition: The Food–Brain Connection. Adv Nutr. 2014; 5:544-6.
  16. Bashir S, Perez JM, Horvath JC, Pena-Gomez C, Vernet M, Capia A, Alonso-Alonso M, Pascual-Leone A. Differential effects of motor cortical excitability and plasticity in young and old individuals: a Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) study. Front Aging Neurosci. 2014; 6:111. PMID: 24959141.
    Citations: 6     
  17. Alonso-Alonso M. Brain, reward, and eating disorders: a matter of taste? Am J Psychiatry. 2013 Oct; 170(10):1082-5. PMID: 24084809.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  18. Alonso-Alonso M. Translating tDCS into the field of obesity: mechanism-driven approaches. Front Hum Neurosci. 2013; 7:512. PMID: 23986687.
    Citations: 5     
  19. Truong DQ, Magerowski G, Blackburn GL, Bikson M, Alonso-Alonso M. Computational modeling of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) in obesity: Impact of head fat and dose guidelines. Neuroimage Clin. 2013; 2:759-66. PMID: 24159560.
    Citations: 28     Fields:    
  20. Pagoto S, Curtin C, Appelhans BM, Alonso-Alonso M. Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and the Clinical Management of Obesity. Curr Obes Rep. 2012; 1(2):80-86.
  21. Truong DQ, Magerowski G, Pascual-Leone A, Alonso-Alonso M, Bikson M. Finite Element study of skin and fat delineation in an obese subject for transcranial Direct Current Stimulation. Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2012; 2012:6587-90. PMID: 23367439.
    Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  22. Joseph RJ, Alonso-Alonso M, Bond DS, Pascual-Leone A, Blackburn GL. The neurocognitive connection between physical activity and eating behaviour. Obes Rev. 2011 Oct; 12(10):800-12. PMID: 21676151.
    Citations: 17     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  23. Alonso-Alonso M, Chang B, Press DZ, Rotenberg A, Pascual-Leone A. Commentary on Kratz et Al "seizure in a nonpredisposed individual induced by single-pulse transcranial magnetic stimulation". J ECT. 2011 Jun; 27(2):176-7. PMID: 21602643.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  24. Alonso-Alonso M, Ziemke F, Magkos F, Barrios FA, Brinkoetter M, Boyd I, Rifkin-Graboi A, Yannakoulia M, Rojas R, Pascual-Leone A, Mantzoros CS. Brain responses to food images during the early and late follicular phase of the menstrual cycle in healthy young women: relation to fasting and feeding. Am J Clin Nutr. 2011 Aug; 94(2):377-84. PMID: 21593494.
    Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:HumansCTClinical Trials
  25. Alonso-Alonso M. Quantifying reward with transcranial magnetic stimulation (commentary on Gupta and Aron). Eur J Neurosci. 2011 Jan; 33(1):182. PMID: 21198975.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  26. Naeser MA, Martin PI, Lundgren K, Klein R, Kaplan J, Treglia E, Ho M, Nicholas M, Alonso M, Pascual-Leone A. Improved language in a chronic nonfluent aphasia patient after treatment with CPAP and TMS. Cogn Behav Neurol. 2010 Mar; 23(1):29-38. PMID: 20299861.
    Citations: 16     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  27. Martin PI, Naeser MA, Ho M, Doron KW, Kurland J, Kaplan J, Wang Y, Nicholas M, Baker EH, Alonso M, Fregni F, Pascual-Leone A. Overt naming fMRI pre- and post-TMS: Two nonfluent aphasia patients, with and without improved naming post-TMS. Brain Lang. 2009 Oct; 111(1):20-35. PMID: 19695692.
    Citations: 43     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  28. Yozbatiran N, Alonso-Alonso M, See J, Demirtas-Tatlidede A, Luu D, Motiwala RR, Pascual-Leone A, Cramer SC. Safety and behavioral effects of high-frequency repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation in stroke. Stroke. 2009 Jan; 40(1):309-12. PMID: 18845801.
    Citations: 32     Fields:    Translation:HumansCTClinical Trials
  29. Alonso-Alonso M, Fregni F, Pascual-Leone A. Brain stimulation in poststroke rehabilitation. Cerebrovasc Dis. 2007; 24 Suppl 1:157-66. PMID: 17971652.
    Citations: 21     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  30. Bae EH, Schrader LM, Machii K, Alonso-Alonso M, Riviello JJ, Pascual-Leone A, Rotenberg A. Safety and tolerability of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation in patients with epilepsy: a review of the literature. Epilepsy Behav. 2007 Jun; 10(4):521-8. PMID: 17493877.
    Citations: 28     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  31. Alonso-Alonso M, Pascual-Leone A. The right brain hypothesis for obesity. JAMA. 2007 Apr 25; 297(16):1819-22. PMID: 17456824.
    Citations: 43     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  32. Boggio PS, Alonso-Alonso M, Mansur CG, Rigonatti SP, Schlaug G, Pascual-Leone A, Fregni F. Hand function improvement with low-frequency repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation of the unaffected hemisphere in a severe case of stroke. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2006 Nov; 85(11):927-30. PMID: 17079967.
    Citations: 27     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  33. Camprodon JA, Martínez-Raga J, Alonso-Alonso M, Shih MC, Pascual-Leone A. One session of high frequency repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) to the right prefrontal cortex transiently reduces cocaine craving. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2007 Jan 05; 86(1):91-4. PMID: 16971058.
    Citations: 40     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  34. Alonso-Alonso M, Rodríguez Prada JI, Gómez-Alonso J. [Pancreatitis coincident with valproate and olanzapine use]. Neurologia. 2006 Jan-Feb; 21(1):47-8. PMID: 16525929.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  35. Alonso-Alonso M, Sánchez-Herrero J, Lázaro-Quintela M, Gómez-Alonso J. [Whole-body positron emission tomography: should official regulations be urgently changed?]. Rev Neurol. 2005 Nov 16-30; 41(10):639-40. PMID: 16288431.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  36. Rivas E, Sanchez-Herrero J, Alonso M, Alvarez MJ, Teijeira S, Ballestín C, Tardio A, Navarro C. Miliary brain metastases presenting as rapidly progressive dementia. Neuropathology. 2005 Jun; 25(2):153-8. PMID: 15875909.
    Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
  37. Kilner JM, Alonso-Alonso M, Fisher R, Lemon RN. Modulation of synchrony between single motor units during precision grip tasks in humans. J Physiol. 2002 Jun 15; 541(Pt 3):937-48. PMID: 12068052.
    Citations: 26     Fields:    Translation:HumansCellsCTClinical Trials
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Funded by the NIH/NCATS Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) program, grant number UL1TR001102, and through institutional support from Harvard University, Harvard Medical School, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Children's Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.