Total Body PET 2021 conference [rescheduled] Sep 22, 2021 - Sep 24, 2021 — Virtual Meeting (online)
PET is Wonderful Annual Meeting 2021 Oct 26, 2021 12:00 AM — Virtual Meeting (online)
NRS Mental Health Network Annual Scientific Meeting 2021 Nov 02, 2021 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM — Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh (and online)


SINAPSE experts from around Scotland have developed ten online modules designed to explain medical imaging. They are freely available and are intended for non-specialists.

Edinburgh Imaging Academy at the University of Edinburgh offers the following online programmes through a virtual learning environment:

Neuroimaging for Research MSc/Dip/Cert

Imaging MSc/Dip/Cert

PET-MR Principles & Applications Cert

Applied Medical Image Analysis Cert

Online Short Courses

Dr Cassandra Sampaio Baptista

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Position: Lecturer


My research focuses on functional and structural plasticity with learning and rehabilitation in both humans and rodents.

I use behavioural training interventions and test how factors such as performance level or amount of practice influence brain changes at a functional, structural and neurochemical level in humans (fMRI, rs-fMRI, DTI and MR spectroscopy).

Additionally, I use real-time neurofeedback fMRI to test if endogenous brain activity modulation can lead to functional brain changes and behavioural improvements in healthy participants and chronic stroke survivors.

My preclinical work focuses on the underlying cellular mechanisms of brain plasticity, with a focus on white matter and myelination.

Institute: Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology, University of Glasgow

Department: MVLS

Key Publications
  1. Sampaio-Baptista C*, Valles A*, Martens G, De Weerd P and Johansen-Berg H. Experience-related alterations in white matter structure and gene expression in adult rats. Progress in Neurobiology, 101770. * Shared first author 

  2. Sampaio-Baptista C, Sanders ZB, Johansen-Berg H. (2018). Structural Plasticity in Adulthood with Motor Learning and Stroke Rehabilitation. Annual Review of Neuroscience. neuro-080317-062015.

  3. Sampaio-Baptista C and Johansen-Berg H. (2017). White Matter Plasticity In The Adult Brain. Neuron 96 (6), 1239-1251

  4. Sampaio-Baptista C, Fillipini N, Stagg CJ, Near J , Scholz J and Johansen-Berg H. (2015). Changes in functional connectivity and GABA concentration with long-term motor learning. Neuroimage. 106, 15-20.

  5. Sampaio-Baptista C , Scholz J, Jenkinson M, Thomas AG , Smit, Nicola Filippini, Gwenalle Douaud and Johansen-Berg H. (2014). Grey Matter Volume Is Associated With Rate Of Subsequent Skill Learning After A Long Term Training Intervention. Neuroimage. 96, 158-166.

  6. Sampaio-Baptista C, Schlagheck T, Khrapichev A, Foxley S, Scholz J, Jbabdi S, De Luca G, Miller K, Taylor A, Thomas N, Kleim J, Sibson N, Bannerman D and Johansen-Berg H. (2013). Motor skill learning induces changes in white matter microstructure and myelination. The Journal of Neuroscience. 33, 19499-19503.