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Andrei Rodionov, PhD

Andrei Rodionov, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Education History:
Ph.D., Neurology, University of Helsinki, Finland

Andrei Rodionov is a brain researcher studying plasticity of neural networks with transcranial magnetic stimulation, neuroimaging and electrophysiology in healthy people and clinical populations. He holds a PhD degree in Medicine from the University of Helsinki with specialization in neurology, a MSc degree in cognitive neuroscience (psychophysiology) and a specialist’s degree in human physiology. His doctoral research was performed in the BioMag Laboratory Helsinki University Hospital and focused on development of long-term paired associative stimulation (PAS) - a novel approach for rehabilitation after chronic spinal cord injury (SCI). Results showed possibility to restore normal strength and range of movement of individual hand muscles with PAS and significantly improve walking after SCI. He is an author of numerous scientific publications and recipient of several scientific grants and awards. He has been developing and delivering TMS learning activities for several universities and hospitals. At the Berenson-Allen Center Andrei’s primary focus is determination of predictors for risk of post-surgery delirium in aging populations. He explores how stress-induced aberrant neuroplasticity and connectivity affect the brain’s compensatory abilities. He uses various TMS protocols and TMS-EEG for probing frontoparietal control and default mode network activity in patients undergoing elective surgery.

Selected Publications:

  1. A. Rodionov, S. Savolainen, E. Kirveskari, J. P. Mäkelä, and A. Shulga, “Effects of Long-Term Paired Associative Stimulation on Strength of Leg Muscles and Walking in Chronic Tetraplegia: A Proof-of-Concept Pilot Study,” Front. Neurol., vol. 11, p. 397, 2020. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7251052/
  2. A. Rodionov, S. Savolainen, E. Kirveskari, J. P. Mäkelä, and A. Shulga, “Restoration of hand function with long-term paired associative stimulation after chronic incomplete tetraplegia: a case study,” Spinal Cord Ser. Cases, vol. 5, no. 81, 2019. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6786383/
  3. A. Rodionov, A. Tolmacheva, E. Kirveskari, J. P. Mäkelä, and A. Shulga, “The use of electronic coil location control for focal magnetic stimulation at the cervical level,” J. Neurosci. Methods, vol. 328, p. 108444, 2019. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31574289/