Lorenzo Pasquini, PhD

Title(s)Assistant Professor, Neurology
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    Title(s)UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences


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    Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona, SpainVisiting scholar2022Computational neuroscience
    Memory and Aging Center, University of California, San Francisco, San FranciscoPostdoc2022Neuroimaging of dementia
    Technische Universität München, MunichPhD09/2016Neuroimaging of dementia
    Brain Institute, Natal (Brazil)Visiting scholar03/2016Neuroimaging
    King's College London, LondonVisiting scholar06/2015Epidemiology
    Ludwig Maximilians Universität, MunichMS09/2015Public Health
    Université Paris Sud, ParisErasmus student09/2008Neuroscience
    Ludwig Maximilians Universität, MunichDiploma09/2011Biology
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    NEW-B2022  - 2022NEW-B travel award to SfN
    NIH-NIA2022  - nowR00 Pathway to Independence Award
    Humboldt Foundation2022  - 2025Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship
    NIH-NIA2020  - 2022K99 Pathway to Independence Award
    Big Data Neuroscience 20172017  - 2017Travel Fellowsip
    Society of Neuroscience2017  - 2017Minisymposium
    AAIC2016  - 2016Travel Fellowship
    German Academic Foundation2014  - 2016PhD Fellowship

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    I joined the Memory and Aging center in 2016 as a postdoctoral fellow, were I used fMRI and autonomic physiology to study the neural basis of social-emotional functions in older adults and patients with frontotemporal dementia. I joined Neuroscape as a faculty in 2022, where I explore the neural basis of emotional well-being in older adults using multimodal, simultaneous fMRI and autonomic physiology recordings. A primary aim of my research is to develop tailored interventions, either behavioral (e.g. closed-loop meditation) or pharmacological (e.g. psilocybin), to target those brain systems that support emotions and social behavior in older adults. In my work, I combine sophisticated data analysis techniques, such as dynamic connectivity and brain connectivity gradients to to better understand how the brain and the body interact to support emotional well-being in older adults.
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    1. Improvements in well-being following naturalistic psychedelic use and underlying mechanisms of change in older adults: A prospective cohort study. Res Sq. 2024 Mar 08. Kettner H, Roseman L, Gazzaley A, Carhart-Harris R, Pasquini L. PMID: 38496492; PMCID: PMC10942571.
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    2. Brain substates induced by DMT relate to sympathetic output and meaningfulness of the experience. bioRxiv. 2024 Feb 19. Pasquini L, Simon AJ, Gallen CL, Kettner H, Roseman L, Gazzaley A, Carhart-Harris RL, Timmermann C. PMID: 38464275; PMCID: PMC10925211.
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    3. Functional network collapse in neurodegenerative disease. bioRxiv. 2023 Dec 06. Brown JA, Lee AJ, Fernhoff K, Pistone T, Pasquini L, Wise AB, Staffaroni AM, Luisa Mandelli M, Lee SE, Boxer AL, Rankin KP, Rabinovici GD, Luisa Gorno Tempini M, Rosen HJ, Kramer JH, Miller BL, Seeley WW, Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI). PMID: 38106054; PMCID: PMC10723363.
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    4. FTLD targets brain regions expressing recently evolved genes. medRxiv. 2023 Oct 28. Pasquini L, Pereira FL, Seddighi S, Zeng Y, Wei Y, Illán-Gala I, Vatsavayai SC, Friedberg A, Lee AJ, Brown JA, Spina S, Grinberg LT, Sirkis DW, Bonham LW, Yokoyama JS, Boxer AL, Kramer JH, Rosen HJ, Humphrey J, Gitler AD, Miller BL, Pollard KS, Ward ME, Seeley WW. PMID: 37961381; PMCID: PMC10635220.
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    5. Network Connectivity Alterations across the MAPT Mutation Clinical Spectrum. Ann Neurol. 2023 10; 94(4):632-646. Zhang L, Flagan TM, Häkkinen S, Chu SA, Brown JA, Lee AJ, Pasquini L, Mandelli ML, Gorno-Tempini ML, Sturm VE, Yokoyama JS, Appleby BS, Cobigo Y, Dickerson BC, Domoto-Reilly K, Geschwind DH, Ghoshal N, Graff-Radford NR, Grossman M, Hsiung GR, Huey ED, Kantarci K, Lario Lago A, Litvan I, Mackenzie IR, Mendez MF, Onyike CU, Ramos EM, Roberson ED, Tartaglia MC, Toga AW, Weintraub S, Wszolek ZK, Forsberg LK, Heuer HW, Boeve BF, Boxer AL, Rosen HJ, Miller BL, Seeley WW, Lee SE, ARTFL/LEFFTDS/ALLFTD Consortia. PMID: 37431188; PMCID: PMC10727479.
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    6. Prevalence, Timing, and Network Localization of Emergent Visual Creativity in Frontotemporal Dementia. JAMA Neurol. 2023 04 01; 80(4):377-387. Friedberg A, Pasquini L, Diggs R, Glaubitz EA, Lopez L, Illán-Gala I, Iaccarino L, La Joie R, Mundada N, Knudtson M, Neylan K, Brown J, Allen IE, Rankin KP, Bonham LW, Yokoyama JS, Ramos EM, Geschwind DH, Spina S, Grinberg LT, Miller ZA, Kramer JH, Rosen H, Gorno-Tempini ML, Rabinovici G, Seeley WW, Miller BL. PMID: 36848111; PMCID: PMC9972248.
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    7. Dynamic autonomic nervous system states arise during emotions and manifest in basal physiology. Psychophysiology. 2023 04; 60(4):e14218. Pasquini L, Noohi F, Veziris CR, Kosik EL, Holley SR, Lee A, Brown JA, Roy ARK, Chow TE, Allen I, Rosen HJ, Kramer JH, Miller BL, Saggar M, Seeley WW, Sturm VE. PMID: 36371680; PMCID: PMC10038867.
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    8. Dysfunctional Cortical Gradient Topography in Treatment-Resistant Major Depressive Disorder. Biol Psychiatry Cogn Neurosci Neuroimaging. 2023 09; 8(9):928-939. Pasquini L, Fryer SL, Eisendrath SJ, Segal ZV, Lee AJ, Brown JA, Saggar M, Mathalon DH. PMID: 36754677; PMCID: PMC10150583.
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    9. A dynamic gradient architecture generates brain activity states. Neuroimage. 2022 11 01; 261:119526. Brown JA, Lee AJ, Pasquini L, Seeley WW. PMID: 35914669; PMCID: PMC9585924.
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    10. Convergent regional brain abnormalities in behavioral variant frontotemporal dementia: A neuroimaging meta-analysis of 73 studies. Alzheimers Dement (Amst). 2022; 14(1):e12318. Kamalian A, Khodadadifar T, Saberi A, Masoudi M, Camilleri JA, Eickhoff CR, Zarei M, Pasquini L, Laird AR, Fox PT, Eickhoff SB, Tahmasian M. PMID: 35664889; PMCID: PMC9148620.
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    11. Local neurodegeneration and global connectivity adaptation across the FTD-AD spectrum. Alzheimer's & Dementia. 2021 Dec 31; 17(S6). Brown BJ, Lee LA, Pasquini PL, Friedberg FA, Rabinovici RG, Kramer KJ, Tempini TM, Rosen RH, Miller MB, Seeley SW. .
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    12. A novel temporal-predominant neuro-astroglial tauopathy associated with TMEM106B gene polymorphism in FTLD/ALS-TDP. Brain Pathol. 2021 03; 31(2):267-282. Llibre-Guerra JJ, Lee SE, Suemoto CK, Ehrenberg AJ, Kovacs GG, Karydas A, Staffaroni A, Franca Resende EP, Kim EJ, Hwang JH, Ramos EM, Wojta KJ, Pasquini L, Pang SY, Spina S, Allen IE, Kramer J, Miller BL, Seeley WW, Grinberg LT. PMID: 33314436; PMCID: PMC7946775.
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    13. Salience Network Atrophy Links Neuron Type-Specific Pathobiology to Loss of Empathy in Frontotemporal Dementia. Cereb Cortex. 2020 09 03; 30(10):5387-5399. Pasquini L, Nana AL, Toller G, Brown JA, Deng J, Staffaroni A, Kim EJ, Hwang JL, Li L, Park Y, Gaus SE, Allen I, Sturm VE, Spina S, Grinberg LT, Rankin KP, Kramer JH, Rosen HJ, Miller BL, Seeley WW. PMID: 32500143; PMCID: PMC7566683.
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    14. Subacute effects of the psychedelic ayahuasca on the salience and default mode networks. J Psychopharmacol. 2020 06; 34(6):623-635. Pasquini L, Palhano-Fontes F, Araujo DB. PMID: 32255395.
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    15. Questions and controversies in the study of time-varying functional connectivity in resting fMRI. Netw Neurosci. 2020; 4(1):30-69. Lurie DJ, Kessler D, Bassett DS, Betzel RF, Breakspear M, Kheilholz S, Kucyi A, Liégeois R, Lindquist MA, McIntosh AR, Poldrack RA, Shine JM, Thompson WH, Bielczyk NZ, Douw L, Kraft D, Miller RL, Muthuraman M, Pasquini L, Razi A, Vidaurre D, Xie H, Calhoun VD. PMID: 32043043; PMCID: PMC7006871.
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    16. State and trait characteristics of anterior insula time-varying functional connectivity. Neuroimage. 2020 03; 208:116425. Pasquini L, Toller G, Staffaroni A, Brown JA, Deng J, Lee A, Kurcyus K, Shdo SM, Allen I, Sturm VE, Cobigo Y, Borghesani V, Battistella G, Gorno-Tempini ML, Rankin KP, Kramer J, Rosen HH, Miller BL, Seeley WW. PMID: 31805382; PMCID: PMC7225015.
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    17. Human subsystems of medial temporal lobes extend locally to amygdala nuclei and globally to an allostatic-interoceptive system. Neuroimage. 2020 02 15; 207:116404. Ruiz-Rizzo AL, Beissner F, Finke K, Müller HJ, Zimmer C, Pasquini L, Sorg C. PMID: 31783114.
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    18. Progress update from the hippocampal subfields group. Alzheimers Dement (Amst). 2019 Dec; 11:439-449. Olsen RK, Carr VA, Daugherty AM, La Joie R, Amaral RSC, Amunts K, Augustinack JC, Bakker A, Bender AR, Berron D, Boccardi M, Bocchetta M, Burggren AC, Chakravarty MM, Chételat G, de Flores R, DeKraker J, Ding SL, Geerlings MI, Huang Y, Insausti R, Johnson EG, Kanel P, Kedo O, Kennedy KM, Keresztes A, Lee JK, Lindenberger U, Mueller SG, Mulligan EM, Ofen N, Palombo DJ, Pasquini L, Pluta J, Raz N, Rodrigue KM, Schlichting ML, Lee Shing Y, Stark CEL, Steve TA, Suthana NA, Wang L, Werkle-Bergner M, Yushkevich PA, Yu Q, Wisse LEM, Hippocampal Subfields Group. PMID: 31245529; PMCID: PMC6581847.
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    19. Medial Temporal Lobe Disconnection and Hyperexcitability Across Alzheimer's Disease Stages. J Alzheimers Dis Rep. 2019 May 15; 3(1):103-112. Pasquini L, Rahmani F, Maleki-Balajoo S, La Joie R, Zarei M, Sorg C, Drzezga A, Tahmasian M. PMID: 31259307; PMCID: PMC6597961.
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    20. Dopamine receptor D4 (DRD4) polymorphisms with reduced functional potency intensify atrophy in syndrome-specific sites of frontotemporal dementia. Neuroimage Clin. 2019; 23:101822. Butler PM, Chiong W, Perry DC, Miller ZA, Gennatas ED, Brown JA, Pasquini L, Karydas A, Dokuru D, Coppola G, Sturm VE, Boxer AL, Gorno-Tempini ML, Rosen HJ, Kramer JH, Miller BL, Seeley WW. PMID: 31003069; PMCID: PMC6475809.
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    21. Effective connectivity in the default mode network is distinctively disrupted in Alzheimer's disease-A simultaneous resting-state FDG-PET/fMRI study. Hum Brain Mapp. 2021 09; 42(13):4134-4143. Scherr M, Utz L, Tahmasian M, Pasquini L, Grothe MJ, Rauschecker JP, Grimmer T, Drzezga A, Sorg C, Riedl V. PMID: 30697878; PMCID: PMC8357005.
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    22. Neurons selectively targeted in frontotemporal dementia reveal early stage TDP-43 pathobiology. Acta Neuropathol. 2019 01; 137(1):27-46. Nana AL, Sidhu M, Gaus SE, Hwang JL, Li L, Park Y, Kim EJ, Pasquini L, Allen IE, Rankin KP, Toller G, Kramer JH, Geschwind DH, Coppola G, Huang EJ, Grinberg LT, Miller BL, Seeley WW. PMID: 30511086; PMCID: PMC6339592.
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    23. Neurological signs as early determinants of dementia and predictors of mortality among older adults in Latin America: a 10/66 study using the NEUROEX assessment. BMC Neurol. 2018 Oct 03; 18(1):163. Pasquini L, Llibre Guerra J, Prince M, Chua KC, Prina AM. PMID: 30285663; PMCID: PMC6168999.
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    24. Reduced blood oxygenation level dependent connectivity is related to hypoperfusion in Alzheimer's disease. J Cereb Blood Flow Metab. 2019 07; 39(7):1314-1325. Göttler J, Preibisch C, Riederer I, Pasquini L, Alexopoulos P, Bohn KP, Yakushev I, Beller E, Kaczmarz S, Zimmer C, Grimmer T, Drzezga A, Sorg C. PMID: 29431005; PMCID: PMC6668525.
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    25. Decoupling of Local Metabolic Activity and Functional Connectivity Links to Amyloid in Alzheimer's Disease. J Alzheimers Dis. 2018; 64(2):405-415. Scherr M, Pasquini L, Benson G, Nuttall R, Gruber M, Neitzel J, Brandl F, Sorg C, Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative. PMID: 29843243.
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    26. Individual Correspondence of Amyloid-β and Intrinsic Connectivity in the Posterior Default Mode Network Across Stages of Alzheimer's Disease. J Alzheimers Dis. 2017; 58(3):763-773. Pasquini L, Benson G, Grothe MJ, Utz L, Myers NE, Yakushev I, Grimmer T, Scherr M, Sorg C, Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative. PMID: 28482640.
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    27. Degradation in intrinsic connectivity networks across the Alzheimer's disease spectrum. Alzheimers Dement (Amst). 2016; 5:35-42. Nuttall R, Pasquini L, Scherr M, Sorg C. PMID: 28054026; PMCID: PMC5198881.
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    28. Progressively Disrupted Intrinsic Functional Connectivity of Basolateral Amygdala in Very Early Alzheimer's Disease. Front Neurol. 2016; 7:132. Ortner M, Pasquini L, Barat M, Alexopoulos P, Grimmer T, Förster S, Diehl-Schmid J, Kurz A, Förstl H, Zimmer C, Wohlschläger A, Sorg C, Peters H. PMID: 27698649; PMCID: PMC5027206.
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    29. AMYLOID PATHOLOGY DECOUPLES LOCAL MEAN SYNAPTIC ACTIVITY FROM ITS INTER-REGIONAL FUNCTIONAL CONNECTIVITY. Alzheimer's & Dementia. 2016 Jul 1; 12(7):p275. Sorg SC, Pasquini PL, Yakushev YI, Grimmer GT, Scherr SM. .
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    30. GLOBAL AND LOCAL INTERACTIONS BETWEEN AMYLOID-B PATHOLOGY AND INTRINSIC CONNECTIVITY ALONG THE SPECTRUM OF ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE. Alzheimer's & Dementia. 2016 Jul 1; 12(7):p306. Pasquini PL, Benson BG, Scherr SM, Yakushev YI, Grimmer GT, Myers MN, Grothe GM, Sorg SC, Initiative IA. .
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    31. Increased Intrinsic Activity of Medial-Temporal Lobe Subregions is Associated with Decreased Cortical Thickness of Medial-Parietal Areas in Patients with Alzheimer's Disease Dementia. J Alzheimers Dis. 2016; 51(1):313-26. Pasquini L, Scherr M, Tahmasian M, Myers NE, Ortner M, Kurz A, Förstl H, Zimmer C, Grimmer T, Akhrif A, Wohlschläger AM, Riedl V, Sorg C. PMID: 26836175.
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    32. The lower hippocampus global connectivity, the higher its local metabolism in Alzheimer disease. Neurology. 2015 May 12; 84(19):1956-63. Tahmasian M, Pasquini L, Scherr M, Meng C, Förster S, Mulej Bratec S, Shi K, Yakushev I, Schwaiger M, Grimmer T, Diehl-Schmid J, Riedl V, Sorg C, Drzezga A. PMID: 25878180.
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    33. Link between hippocampus' raised local and eased global intrinsic connectivity in AD. Alzheimers Dement. 2015 May; 11(5):475-84. Pasquini L, Scherr M, Tahmasian M, Meng C, Myers NE, Ortner M, Mühlau M, Kurz A, Förstl H, Zimmer C, Grimmer T, Wohlschläger AM, Riedl V, Sorg C. PMID: 25043909.
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    34. Disrupted Intrinsic Networks Link Amyloid-β Pathology and Impaired Cognition in Prodromal Alzheimer's Disease. Cereb Cortex. 2015 Dec; 25(12):4678-88. Koch K, Myers NE, Göttler J, Pasquini L, Grimmer T, Förster S, Manoliu A, Neitzel J, Kurz A, Förstl H, Riedl V, Wohlschläger AM, Drzezga A, Sorg C. PMID: 24996404; PMCID: PMC4635914.
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    35. WITHIN-PATIENT CORRESPONDENCE OF AMYLOID-B AND INTRINSIC NETWORK CONNECTIVITY IN ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE. Alzheimer's & Dementia. 2014 Jul 1; 10(4):p158-p159. Sorg SC, Wohlschläger WA, Drzezga DA, Kurz KA, Förstl FH, Pasquini PL, Myers MN, Grimmer GT, Riedl RV. .
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    36. Intrinsic brain activity of cognitively normal older persons resembles more that of patients both with and at risk for Alzheimer's disease than that of healthy younger persons. Brain Connect. 2014 Jun; 4(5):323-36. Pasquini L, Tonch A, Plant C, Zherdin A, Ortner M, Kurz A, Förstl H, Zimmer C, Grimmer T, Wohlschäger A, Riedl V, Sorg C. PMID: 24689864; PMCID: PMC4064725.
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    37. Within-patient correspondence of amyloid-β and intrinsic network connectivity in Alzheimer's disease. Brain. 2014 Jul; 137(Pt 7):2052-64. Myers N, Pasquini L, Göttler J, Grimmer T, Koch K, Ortner M, Neitzel J, Mühlau M, Förster S, Kurz A, Förstl H, Zimmer C, Wohlschläger AM, Riedl V, Drzezga A, Sorg C. PMID: 24771519; PMCID: PMC4065018.
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