Research Investigator Profile

Portrait of Lucia M. Vaina

Lucia M. Vaina, MD, PhD

  • Lecturer on Neurology,
    Harvard Medical School
  • Associate in Neurology,
    Massachusetts General Hospital




Research Description

The adult brain constantly adapts to changes in stimuli, and this plasticity is manifest not only as learning and memory but also as dynamic changes in information transmission and processing. The goal of research in the  Neurology of Vision Research Laboratory is to understand the mechanisms mediating human visual perception in healthy and damaged human brain, long-term plasticity and short-term dynamics in networks of the adult normal and damaged (from stroke) cortex by using interactively multimodal imaging (fMRI, MEG, DTI), psychophysics, and biologically constraint computational modeling. An additional facet of our research is translational, conducted hand in hand with several neurologists and physiatrists clinicians, investigates multisensory processing for facilitating behavior and recovery in stroke patients. Visit the Neurology of Vision Laboratory for more information.

Research interests Neurology, multimodal neuroimaging and the human connectome
Research techniques fMRI, MEG, psychophysics, brain networks, computational modeling
Diseases studied Stroke
Selected publications
  1. Vaina, L. M., & Dumoulin, S. O. (2011). Neuropsychological evidence for three distinct motion mechanisms. Neurosci Lett, 495(2), 102-106. PubMed
  2. Vaina, LM, Calabro, F, Lin, FH, Hamalainen, M. (2010) “Long-range coupling of prefrontal cortex and visual (MT) or polysensory (STP) cortical areas in motion perception”, Biomeg_2010, 197-201, Springer Verlag
  3. Vaina, LM, Sikoglu, EM, Sloviev S, LeMay, M, Squatrito, S, Cowey, A . “Functional and anatomical profile of visual motion impairments in stroke patients correlated with fMRI in normal subjects.” Journal of Neuropsychology (2010) 4, 121-145 PubMed
  4. Vaina LM, Soloviev S (2004). The Functional Neuroanatomy of Heading Perception in Humans. In: Vaina LM, Beardsley SA, and Rushton S (Eds.), Optic Flow and Beyond, Chapter 5. Synthese Library, Kluwer Academic Press, 109-138. 
  5. Vaina LM, Soloviev S (2003). First-order and Second-order motion: neurological evidence from neuroanatomically distinct systems. In: Heywood CC and Milner D (Eds.) The Roots of visual awareness-Progress in Brain Research, Vol 44, Chapter 14, 197-212. PubMed
NCBI PubMed link NCBI PubMed publications
Collaborators Ferdinando S. Buonanno, MD, Black-Schaffer, Randie, MDLee, Yong-Tae, MDPetrone, Paul
E-mail address
Lab mailing address
Wang Ambulatory Care Center
Lucia M. Vaina, Floor 7, Suite 720
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA 02114
Lab website Neurology of Vision Laboratory
Clinical interests Stroke and stroke recovery
Clinical address
Massachusetts General Hospital
Neurology, Suite 835
Wang Ambulatory Care Center
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114 USA
Clinical website address Stroke Service at Massachusetts General Hospital


Updated 06/21/2011

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