Perfil de Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Alethia_De_la_Fuente
Main research interests
cognitive development, social cognition, adolescence, vulnerability, drug use.
Lic. Laura Alethia de la Fuente works in adolescence and vulnerability. Currently, she is working as Doctoral Fellow at the Laboratory of Experimental Psychology and Neuroscience, under the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience and Translational (Argentina). Advisor Dr. Agustin Ibañez and Co-Advisors Dr. Eduardo Canepa (Director of Neuroepigenétics laboratory, UBA) and Dr. Rodolfo Ferrando (Associate Professor, Center of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging. Faculty of Medicine, UdelaR, Uruguay). De la Fuente coordinates and is responsible for project ¨Effects of Coca paste (Paco) Consumption in Epigenetics, Brain connectivity, the frontal lobes function and Social Cognition¨ where implemented diverse techniques as biological samples analysis for epigenetic (DNA methylation and miRNAs profile), neuropsychological and psychiatric evaluations, electroencephalography, functional and structural magnetic resonance imaging.
De la Fuente received her Bachelor degree in Biochemistry at the Faculty of Science, UdelaR in 2012. He worked on the project entitled ¨Implementation of machine learning tools and complex networks analysis over rest functional brain imaging¨, developed in the department of Biophysics, under the guidance of Dr. Juan Valle-Lisbon. Between 2012 and 2014, he served as Consultant in Research and Development at the Uruguay Molecular Imaging Center (CUDIM, Uruguay). In this institution she is currently working on her master (in draft stage) in the graduate program of Faculty of Medicine, UdelaR (Pro.In.Bio). The project is titled ¨dynamic functional imaging in the diagnosis of dementias¨ under the mentorship of Dr . Prof. Henry Engler and Mg. Anna Ringheim. She worked on the development of dynamic models for glucose consumption, oxygen consumption, rate of oxygen extraction, brain volume and blood flow and PIB dialing in different clinical demented populations. She also worked in alternative dynamic analysis over PET-PIB, PET-FDG and PET-DED. This expertise and project were awarded by the Commission of the Pro.In.Bio Masters in 2014.
She has presented her work at scientists and academics at national and international events. As a teacher, she has taught undergraduate and graduate courses for Neuroscience School and School of Medicine, School of Nursing in Uruguay. Currently she has focused her work on the impact of vulnerability factors over the brain development. Particularly, the impact of coca paste (paco) consumption during adolescence.