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Silvia Alemany Sierra

Postdoctoral Fellow

Silvia Alemany joined ISGlobal (former CREAL) in 2014 as a postdoctoral researcher (Sara Borrell Contract from Instituto de Salud Carlos III). Her background is in psychology and human biology. Her PhD focused on the interplay between genetic and environmental factors such as childhood trauma in the development of psychiatric symptoms in general population. Currently, she investigates gene-environment interaction effects in the association between air pollution and neurodevelopment in children.

Lines of Research

Genetic basis, environmental risk factors and gene-environment interaction effects on cognitive functions, behavioral traits and psychiatric disorders.

Main Publications

  • Alemany S, Vilor-Tejedor N, Bustamante M, Alvárez M, Forns J, Júlvez J, Sunyer J. Genome-Wide Association study of attention function in children from the general population. (2016) PLoS One, 11(9):e0163048.
  • Alemany S, Ribasés M, Vilor-Tejedor N, Bustamante M, Sánchez-Mora C, Bosch R, Richarte V, Cormand B, Casas M, Ramos-Quiroga JA, Sunyer J. (2015) New suggestive genetic loci and biological pathways for attention function in adult Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. American Journal of Medical Genetics Part B: Neuropsychiatric Genetics, 168B: 459-470.
  • Alemany S, Arias B, Fatjó-Vilas M, Aguilera M, Villa H, Moya J, Ibáñez MI, Ortet G, Fañanás L (2014). Psychosis-inducing effects of cannabis are related to both childhood abuse and COMT genotypes. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 129 (1): 54-62.
  • Alemany S, Rijsdijk FV, Haworth CMA, Fañanás L, Plomin R (2013). Genetic origin of the relationship between parental negativity and behavior problems from early childhood to adolescence: a longitudinal genetically informative design. Development and Psychopathology. 25: 487-500.
  • Alemany S, Arias B, Aguilera M, Villa H, Moya J, Ibáñez MI, Vossen H, Gastó C, Ortet G, Fañanás L (2011). Childhood abuse and the BDNF-Val66Met polymorphism: Evidence for gene-environment interaction in the development of adult psychosis-like experiences. The British Journal of Psychiatry. 199: 38-42.