Abel Torres Espin, PhD

Title(s)Assistant Professor, Neurological Surgery
SchoolSchool of Medicine
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    Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, SpainBSc2007Biology
    Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, SpainPhD2013Neuroscience, spinal cord injury
    University of Alberta, Edmonton, CanadaPostdoctoral2018Neuroscience, spinal cord injury
    University of California San Francisco, San FranciscoPostdoctoral2021Neuroinformatics
    Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, BarcelonaMSc2022Bioinformatics and Biostatistics

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    1. Chondroitin sulfate proteoglycans prevent immune cell phenotypic conversion and inflammation resolution via TLR4 in rodent models of spinal cord injury. Nat Commun. 2022 05 25; 13(1):2933. Francos-Quijorna I, Sánchez-Petidier M, Burnside ER, Badea SR, Torres-Espin A, Marshall L, de Winter F, Verhaagen J, Moreno-Manzano V, Bradbury EJ. PMID: 35614038; PMCID: PMC9133109.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 21     Fields:    Translation:Animals
    2. Unsupervised Machine Learning on Motion Capture Data Uncovers Movement Strategies in Low Back Pain. Front Bioeng Biotechnol. 2022; 10:868684. Keller AV, Torres-Espin A, Peterson TA, Booker J, O'Neill C, Lotz JC, Bailey JF, Ferguson AR, Matthew RP. PMID: 35497350; PMCID: PMC9047543.
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    3. Expert-augmented automated machine learning optimizes hemodynamic predictors of spinal cord injury outcome. PLoS One. 2022; 17(4):e0265254. Chou A, Torres-Espin A, Kyritsis N, Huie JR, Khatry S, Funk J, Hay J, Lofgreen A, Shah R, McCann C, Pascual LU, Amorim E, Weinstein PR, Manley GT, Dhall SS, Pan JZ, Bresnahan JC, Beattie MS, Whetstone WD, Ferguson AR, TRACK-SCI Investigators. PMID: 35390006; PMCID: PMC8989303.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    4. Empowering Data Sharing and Analytics through the Open Data Commons for Traumatic Brain Injury Research. Neurotrauma Rep. 2022; 3(1):139-157. Chou A, Torres-Espín A, Huie JR, Krukowski K, Lee S, Nolan A, Guglielmetti C, Hawkins BE, Chaumeil MM, Manley GT, Beattie MS, Bresnahan JC, Martone ME, Grethe JS, Rosi S, Ferguson AR. PMID: 35403104; PMCID: PMC8985540.
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    5. Decision tree-based machine learning analysis of intraoperative vasopressor use to optimize neurological improvement in acute spinal cord injury. Neurosurg Focus. 2022 04; 52(4):E9. Agarwal N, Aabedi AA, Torres-Espin A, Chou A, Wozny TA, Mummaneni PV, Burke JF, Ferguson AR, Kyritsis N, Dhall SS, Weinstein PR, Duong-Fernandez X, Pan J, Singh V, Hemmerle DD, Talbott JF, Whetstone WD, Bresnahan JC, Manley GT, Beattie MS, DiGiorgio AM. PMID: 35364586.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    6. Appendicular Fracture and Polytrauma Correlate with Outcome of Spinal Cord Injury: A Transforming Research and Clinical Knowledge in Spinal Cord Injury Study. J Neurotrauma. 2022 08; 39(15-16):1030-1038. Miclau TA, Torres-Espin A, Morshed S, Morioka K, Huie JR, El Naga AN, Chou A, Pascual L, Duong-Fernandez X, Kuo YH, Weinstein P, Dhall SS, Bresnahan JC, Beattie MS, Digiorgio A, Ferguson AR, Transforming Research and Clinical Knowledge in Spinal Cord Injury (TRACK-SCI) Investigators. PMID: 35255740; PMCID: PMC9536347.
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    7. Using hierarchical unsupervised learning to integrate and reduce multi-level and multi-paraspinal muscle MRI data in relation to low back pain. Eur Spine J. 2022 08; 31(8):2046-2056. Torres-Espin A, Keller A, Johnson GTA, Fields AJ, Krug R, Ferguson AR, Hargens AR, O'Neill CW, Lotz JC, Bailey JF. PMID: 35333958; PMCID: PMC9338899.
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    8. Mixture Model Framework for Traumatic Brain Injury Prognosis Using Heterogeneous Clinical and Outcome Data. IEEE J Biomed Health Inform. 2022 03; 26(3):1285-1296. Kaplan AD, Cheng Q, Mohan KA, Nelson LD, Jain S, Levin H, Torres-Espin A, Chou A, Huie JR, Ferguson AR, McCrea M, Giacino J, Sundaram S, Markowitz AJ, Manley GT. PMID: 34310331; PMCID: PMC8789941.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    9. Topological network analysis of patient similarity for precision management of acute blood pressure in spinal cord injury. Elife. 2021 11 16; 10. Torres-Espín A, Haefeli J, Ehsanian R, Torres D, Almeida CA, Huie JR, Chou A, Morozov D, Sanderson N, Dirlikov B, Suen CG, Nielson JL, Kyritsis N, Hemmerle DD, Talbott JF, Manley GT, Dhall SS, Whetstone WD, Bresnahan JC, Beattie MS, McKenna SL, Pan JZ, Ferguson AR, TRACK-SCI Investigators. PMID: 34783309; PMCID: PMC8639149.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 12     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    10. FAIR Data Reuse in Traumatic Brain Injury: Exploring Inflammation and Age as Moderators of Recovery in the TRACK-TBI Pilot. Front Neurol. 2021; 12:768735. Huie JR, Chou A, Torres-Espin A, Nielson JL, Yuh EL, Gardner RC, Diaz-Arrastia R, Manley GT, Ferguson AR, TRACK-TBI Investigators. PMID: 34803899; PMCID: PMC8595404.
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    11. Quantifying the kinematic features of dexterous finger movements in nonhuman primates with markerless tracking. Annu Int Conf IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2021 11; 2021:6110-6115. North R, Wurr R, Macon R, Mannion C, Hyde J, Torres-Espin A, Rosenzweig ES, Ferguson AR, Tuszynski MH, Beattie MS, Bresnahan JC, Joiner WM. PMID: 34892511.
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    12. Promoting FAIR Data Through Community-driven Agile Design: the Open Data Commons for Spinal Cord Injury (odc-sci.org). Neuroinformatics. 2022 01; 20(1):203-219. Torres-Espín A, Almeida CA, Chou A, Huie JR, Chiu M, Vavrek R, Sacramento J, Orr MB, Gensel JC, Grethe JS, Martone ME, Fouad K, Ferguson AR, STREET-FAIR Workshop Participants. PMID: 34347243; PMCID: PMC9537193.
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    13. Beyond the lesion site: minocycline augments inflammation and anxiety-like behavior following SCI in rats through action on the gut microbiota. J Neuroinflammation. 2021 Jun 26; 18(1):144. Schmidt EKA, Raposo PJF, Torres-Espin A, Fenrich KK, Fouad K. PMID: 34174901; PMCID: PMC8234629.
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    14. Excavating FAIR Data: the Case of the Multicenter Animal Spinal Cord Injury Study (MASCIS), Blood Pressure, and Neuro-Recovery. Neuroinformatics. 2022 01; 20(1):39-52. Almeida CA, Torres-Espin A, Huie JR, Sun D, Noble-Haeusslein LJ, Young W, Beattie MS, Bresnahan JC, Nielson JL, Ferguson AR. PMID: 33651310; PMCID: PMC9015816.
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    15. Diagnostic blood RNA profiles for human acute spinal cord injury. J Exp Med. 2021 03 01; 218(3). Kyritsis N, Torres-Espín A, Schupp PG, Huie JR, Chou A, Duong-Fernandez X, Thomas LH, Tsolinas RE, Hemmerle DD, Pascual LU, Singh V, Pan JZ, Talbott JF, Whetstone WD, Burke JF, DiGiorgio AM, Weinstein PR, Manley GT, Dhall SS, Ferguson AR, Oldham MC, Bresnahan JC, Beattie MS. PMID: 33512429; PMCID: PMC7852457.
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    16. Automation of training and testing motor and related tasks in pre-clinical behavioural and rehabilitative neuroscience. Exp Neurol. 2021 06; 340:113647. Mah KM, Torres-Espín A, Hallworth BW, Bixby JL, Lemmon VP, Fouad K, Fenrich KK. PMID: 33600814; PMCID: PMC10443427.
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    17. Cisplatin-induced peripheral neuropathy is associated with neuronal senescence-like response. Neuro Oncol. 2021 01 30; 23(1):88-99. Calls A, Torres-Espin A, Navarro X, Yuste VJ, Udina E, Bruna J. PMID: 32597980; PMCID: PMC7850121.
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    18. Reproducible analysis of disease space via principal components using the novel R package syndRomics. Elife. 2021 01 14; 10. Torres-Espín A, Chou A, Huie JR, Kyritsis N, Upadhyayula PS, Ferguson AR. PMID: 33443012; PMCID: PMC7857733.
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    19. Self-directed rehabilitation training intensity thresholds for efficient recovery of skilled forelimb function in rats with cervical spinal cord injury. Exp Neurol. 2021 05; 339:113543. Fenrich KK, Hallworth BW, Vavrek R, Raposo PJF, Misiaszek JE, Bennett DJ, Fouad K, Torres-Espin A. PMID: 33290776.
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    20. Injury volume extracted from MRI predicts neurologic outcome in acute spinal cord injury: A prospective TRACK-SCI pilot study. J Clin Neurosci. 2020 Dec; 82(Pt B):231-236. Mummaneni N, Burke JF, DiGiorgio AM, Thomas LH, Duong-Fernandez X, Harris M, Pascual LU, Ferguson AR, Russell Huie J, Pan JZ, Hemmerle DD, Singh V, Torres-Espin A, Omondi C, Kyritsis N, Weinstein PR, Whetstone WD, Manley GT, Bresnahan JC, Beattie MS, Cohen-Adad J, Dhall SS, Talbott JF. PMID: 33248950.
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    21. Transforming Research and Clinical Knowledge in Spinal Cord Injury (TRACK-SCI): an overview of initial enrollment and demographics. Neurosurg Focus. 2020 05 01; 48(5):E6. Tsolinas RE, Burke JF, DiGiorgio AM, Thomas LH, Duong-Fernandez X, Harris MH, Yue JK, Winkler EA, Suen CG, Pascual LU, Ferguson AR, Huie JR, Pan JZ, Hemmerle DD, Singh V, Torres-Espin A, Omondi C, Kyritsis N, Haefeli J, Weinstein PR, de Almeida Neto CA, Kuo YH, Taggard D, Talbott JF, Whetstone WD, Manley GT, Bresnahan JC, Beattie MS, Dhall SS. PMID: 32357323.
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    22. Fecal transplant prevents gut dysbiosis and anxiety-like behaviour after spinal cord injury in rats. PLoS One. 2020; 15(1):e0226128. Schmidt EKA, Torres-Espin A, Raposo PJF, Madsen KL, Kigerl KA, Popovich PG, Fenrich KK, Fouad K. PMID: 31940312; PMCID: PMC6961833.
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    23. FAIR SCI Ahead: The Evolution of the Open Data Commons for Pre-Clinical Spinal Cord Injury Research. J Neurotrauma. 2020 03 15; 37(6):831-838. Fouad K, Bixby JL, Callahan A, Grethe JS, Jakeman LB, Lemmon VP, Magnuson DSK, Martone ME, Nielson JL, Schwab JM, Taylor-Burds C, Tetzlaff W, Torres-Espin A, Ferguson AR, FAIR-SCI Ahead Workshop Participants. PMID: 31608767; PMCID: PMC7071068.
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    24. Single-session cortical electrical stimulation enhances the efficacy of rehabilitative motor training after spinal cord injury in rats. Exp Neurol. 2020 02; 324:113136. Batty NJ, Torres-Espín A, Vavrek R, Raposo P, Fouad K. PMID: 31786212.
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    25. Disorders of the Nervous System, Motor Systems. Mechanisms of Behavioral Changes After Spinal Cord Injury. 2019. View Publication.
    26. Rehabilitative Training in Animal Models of Spinal Cord Injury. J Neurotrauma. 2018 08 15; 35(16):1970-1985. Torres-Espín A, Beaudry E, Fenrich K, Fouad K. PMID: 30074874.
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    27. Eliciting inflammation enables successful rehabilitative training in chronic spinal cord injury. Brain. 2018 07 01; 141(7):1946-1962. Torres-Espín A, Forero J, Fenrich KK, Lucas-Osma AM, Krajacic A, Schmidt E, Vavrek R, Raposo P, Bennett DJ, Popovich PG, Fouad K. PMID: 29860396; PMCID: PMC6022560.
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    28. Following Spinal Cord Injury Transected Reticulospinal Tract Axons Develop New Collateral Inputs to Spinal Interneurons in Parallel with Locomotor Recovery. Neural Plast. 2017; 2017:1932875. May Z, Fenrich KK, Dahlby J, Batty NJ, Torres-Espín A, Fouad K. PMID: 29138697; PMCID: PMC5613456.
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    29. A motorized pellet dispenser to deliver high intensity training of the single pellet reaching and grasping task in rats. Behav Brain Res. 2018 01 15; 336:67-76. Torres-Espín A, Forero J, Schmidt EKA, Fouad K, Fenrich KK. PMID: 28847445.
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    30. Cyclosporine-immunosuppression does not affect survival of transplanted skin-derived precursor Schwann cells in the injured rat spinal cord. Neurosci Lett. 2017 Sep 29; 658:67-72. May Z, Torres-Espín A, Lucas-Osma AM, Batty NJ, Raposo P, Fenrich KK, Stykel MG, Führmann T, Shoichet M, Biernaskie J, Fouad K. PMID: 28843345.
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    31. Effects of the Post-Spinal Cord Injury Microenvironment on the Differentiation Capacity of Human Neural Stem Cells Derived from Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells. Cell Transplant. 2016 10; 25(10):1833-1852. López-Serrano C, Torres-Espín A, Hernández J, Alvarez-Palomo AB, Requena J, Gasull X, Edel MJ, Navarro X. PMID: 27075820.
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    32. Beneficial effects of IL-37 after spinal cord injury in mice. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2016 Feb 02; 113(5):1411-6. Coll-Miró M, Francos-Quijorna I, Santos-Nogueira E, Torres-Espin A, Bufler P, Dinarello CA, López-Vales R. PMID: 26787859; PMCID: PMC4747716.
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    33. Single pellet grasping following cervical spinal cord injury in adult rat using an automated full-time training robot. Behav Brain Res. 2016 Feb 15; 299:59-71. Fenrich KK, May Z, Torres-Espín A, Forero J, Bennett DJ, Fouad K. PMID: 26611563; PMCID: PMC5155446.
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    34. Increased migration of olfactory ensheathing cells secreting the Nogo receptor ectodomain over inhibitory substrates and lesioned spinal cord. Cell Mol Life Sci. 2015 Jul; 72(14):2719-37. Reginensi D, Carulla P, Nocentini S, Seira O, Serra-Picamal X, Torres-Espín A, Matamoros-Angles A, Gavín R, Moreno-Flores MT, Wandosell F, Samitier J, Trepat X, Navarro X, del Río JA. PMID: 25708702.
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    35. Immunosuppression of allogenic mesenchymal stem cells transplantation after spinal cord injury improves graft survival and beneficial outcomes. J Neurotrauma. 2015 Mar 15; 32(6):367-80. Torres-Espín A, Redondo-Castro E, Hernandez J, Navarro X. PMID: 25203134; PMCID: PMC4361361.
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    36. Activity dependent therapies modulate the spinal changes that motoneurons suffer after a peripheral nerve injury. Exp Neurol. 2015 Jan; 263:293-305. Arbat-Plana A, Torres-Espín A, Navarro X, Udina E. PMID: 25448160.
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    37. Dithiocarb (N,N-diethyldithiocarbamate, DEDTC) decreases levels of biogenic monoamines in the adult mouse brain. Neuropathol Appl Neurobiol. 2014 Oct; 40(6):747-58. Redondo-Castro E, Romero R, Torres-Espín A, Utrera J, Duque D, Junyent F, Auladell C. PMID: 24033405.
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    38. Neurite-J: an image-J plug-in for axonal growth analysis in organotypic cultures. J Neurosci Methods. 2014 Oct 30; 236:26-39. Torres-Espín A, Santos D, González-Pérez F, del Valle J, Navarro X. PMID: 25124852.
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    39. Bone marrow mesenchymal stromal cells and olfactory ensheathing cells transplantation after spinal cord injury--a morphological and functional comparison in rats. Eur J Neurosci. 2014 May; 39(10):1704-17. Torres-Espín A, Redondo-Castro E, Hernández J, Navarro X. PMID: 24635194.
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    40. Gene expression changes in the injured spinal cord following transplantation of mesenchymal stem cells or olfactory ensheathing cells. PLoS One. 2013; 8(10):e76141. Torres-Espín A, Hernández J, Navarro X. PMID: 24146830; PMCID: PMC3795752.
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    41. Neuroprotection and axonal regeneration after lumbar ventral root avulsion by re-implantation and mesenchymal stem cells transplant combined therapy. Neurotherapeutics. 2013 Apr; 10(2):354-68. Torres-Espín A, Corona-Quintanilla DL, Forés J, Allodi I, González F, Udina E, Navarro X. PMID: 23440700; PMCID: PMC3625381.
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    42. Quantitative assessment of locomotion and interlimb coordination in rats after different spinal cord injuries. J Neurosci Methods. 2013 Mar 15; 213(2):165-78. Redondo-Castro E, Torres-Espín A, García-Alías G, Navarro X. PMID: 23291085.
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    43. Adult stem cell transplants for spinal cord injury repair: current state in preclinical research. Curr Stem Cell Res Ther. 2011 Sep; 6(3):273-87. Hernández J, Torres-Espín A, Navarro X. PMID: 21476980.
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    44. Functional involvement of the lumbar spinal cord after contusion to T8 spinal segment of the rat. Restor Neurol Neurosci. 2010; 28(6):781-92. García-Alías G, Torres-Espín A, Vallejo C, Navarro X. PMID: 21209493.
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