Miguel Alonso-Alonso

Miguel Alonso-Alonso, MD MPhil
Instructor in Neurology

Education History: Miguel is a physician-scientist working at this Center since October 2005. Originally from Galicia, on the North West coast of Spain, he is board-certified in Neurology in the European Union. Additionally, he holds Master degrees in Clinical Neuroscience (University College London), Neuroscience (University of Vigo), and Clinical Investigation-CITP Program (Harvard/MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technologies). Miguel has expertise in different methodologies in basic and clinical neuroscience, including functional and structural neuroimaging, computer-based neuropsychological testing and noninvasive brain stimulation techniques. Aside from his position at the Center, he is also a collaborator at the Center for the Study of Nutrition Medicine (Dr. George L. Blackburn), and the Division of Endocrinology (Dr. Christos S. Mantzoros) of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He is also a member of the Boston Nutrition and Obesity Research Center, and often collaborates with the Division of Nutrition at Harvard Medical School. You can contact him at malonso@bidmc.harvard.edu

Personal interests/Hobbies: Traveling, hiking, running, swimming, playing the piano and exploring new restaurants.

Personal Goals: Miguel's research focuses on the neurocognitive basis of eating behavior, using an interdisciplinary approach that combines elements of cognitive neuroscience, psychology, nutrition and ingestive behavior. He is interested in understanding how executive functions shape human eating behavior and food choice in our daily lives, and also how they interact with sensory signals and hormones related to appetite and food intake. He has a special interest for the neurocognitive basis of interindividual differences in this area, and the development of new brain- and cognition-based therapies to enhance eating control in pathological situations, such as obesity. He is also interested in applying this research to various disciplines, even if unrelated, and enjoy innovation, creativity, and technological developments. From a broader angle, Miguel is also interested in the consequences of this research both for the individual and the society.

Selected Publications

  1. Kilner JM, Alonso-Alonso M, Fisher R, Lemon RN. Modulation of synchrony between single motor units during precision grip tasks in humans. Journal of Physiology 2002;541(3):937-948. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12068052
  2. Rivas E, Sánchez-Herrero J, Alonso M, Alvarez MJ, Teijeira S, Ballestin C, Tardio A, Navarro C. Miliary brain metastases presenting as rapidly progressive dementia. Neuropathology 2005;25(2):153-8.http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15875909
  3. Alonso-Alonso M, Sánchez-Herrero J, Lázaro-Quintela M, Gómez-Alonso J. Whole-body positron emission tomography: should official regulations be urgently changed? Revista de Neurología 2005;41(10):639-40. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16288431>
  4. Alonso-Alonso M, Rodríguez Prada JI, Gómez-Alonso J. Pancreatitis coincident with valproate and olanzapine use. Neurologia. 2006 Jan-Feb;21(1):47-8. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16525929
  5. Boggio PS, Alonso-Alonso M, Mansur CG, Rigonatti SP, Pascual-Leone A, Fregni F. Hand Function Improvement with Low-Frequency rTMS of the Unaffected Hemisphere in a Severe Case of Stroke. The American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2006;85:927-30.http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17079967
  6. Alonso-Alonso M, Pascual-Leone A. The right brain hypothesis for obesity. Journal of the American Medical Association 2007;297(16)1819-1822. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17456824
  7. Camprodon JA, Martínez-Raga J, Alonso-Alonso M, Pascual-Leone A. One session of high frequency repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) to the right prefrontal cortex transiently reduces cocaine craving. Drug and alcohol dependence 2007;86:91-4. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16971058
  8. Bae EH, Schrader LM, Machii K, Alonso-Alonso M, Riviello JJ, Pascual-Leone A, Rotenberg A. Safety and tolerability of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) in patients with epilepsy: a review of literature. Epilepsy and Behavior 2007;10(4):521-8. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17493877
  9. Alonso-Alonso M, Fregni F, Pascual-Leone A. Brain stimulation in post-stroke rehabilitation. Cerebrovascular Diseases 2007;24 Suppl 1:157-66.
  10. 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;40:309-12. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18845801
  11. Martin PI, Naeser MA, Ho M, Doron KW, Kurland J, Kaplan J, Wang Y, Nicholas M, Baker EH, Alonso M, Fregni F, Pascual-Leone. Overt Naming fMRI Pre- and Post-TMS: Two Nonfluent Aphasia Patients, with and without Improved Naming Post-TMS. Brain and Language 2009;111:20-35. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19695692
  12. Naeser MA, Martin P, 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 following treatment with CPAP and TMS. Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology 2010;23:29-38. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20299861
  13. 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". Journal of ECT 2011;27(2):176-7. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21602643
  14. Alonso-Alonso M. Quantifying reward with transcranial magnetic stimulation (commentary on Gupta and Aron). European Journal of Neuroscience 2011;33(1):182. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21198975
  15. 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;94(2):377-84. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21593494
  16. Joseph RJ, Alonso-Alonso M, Bond DS, Pascual-Leone A, Blackburn GL. The neurocognitive connection between physical activity and eating behaviour. Obes Rev. 2011;12(10):800-12. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21676151