MUDr. Alena Damborská, Ph.D.

Office: bud. A35/1S058
Kamenice 753/5
625 00 Brno

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Phone: +420 549 49 7454

Curriculum Vitae

Person Identification
  • Alena Damborská, MD, Ph.D.
Employment Positions
  • • Researcher
    Multimodal and Functional Neuroimaging Research Group, Central European Institute of Technology, Masaryk University
    Electrophysiology Research Group, Department of Psychiatry, Masaryk University

    • Assistant Professor
    Department of Psychiatry, Masaryk University

    • Psychiatrist, physician
    Department of Psychiatry, University Hospital Brno
Research Focus
  • Dr. Damborská is an expert in mapping human brain using both intracranial and high density scalp electroencephalography (EEG) in studies of electrophysiological correlates of cognitive functions. Recently, Dr. Damborská has joined two studies of large-scale brain neuronal networks. Her research is aimed at cortico-subcortical functional coupling in Parkinson's disease in one and at electrophysiology of impulsivity in neuropsychiatric disorders in the other project.
    Some of the specific areas of current interest include also study of neurobiological, psychological, and genetic markers of stress response and resilience in holocaust survivors and their offspring with special focus on investigation of the transmission of the trauma.
Academic Appointments
  • 2015 – present: Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Masaryk University
    2012 –2015: Assistant Professor, Department of Physiology, Masaryk University
    2007 – 2012: Assistant, Department of Physiology, Masaryk University
    1999 –2002: Assistant, Department of Physiology, Masaryk University
Research Projects
  • • 2016 – 2019: Modulation of functional connectivity of the large scale cortical networks by deep brain stimulation of subthalamic nucleus
    Sponsor: Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic
    Scalp high-density electroencephalography (EEG) under on and off conditions and advanced analytical methods are used to clarify the impact of deep brain stimulation of subthalamic nucleus (STN) on motor and cognitive cortical networks in Parkinson's disease patients. The project is intended to identify changes in cortical functional connectivity produced by stimulation of STN in order to optimize the treatment, and to find a possible predictive marker of cognitive impairment linked to this therapeutic approach. Moreover, in a subgroup of patients, we investigate cortico-subcortical functional coupling using intracerebral EEG recordings of the subthalamic nucleus simultaneously combined with high-density EEG scalp recording.

    • 2015 – 2018: Impulsivity phenotypes and their clinical impact in neuropsychiatric disorders
    Sponsor: Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic
    The project aims at the development of novel treatment of impulsivity in neuropsychiatric disorders. The project is composed of interrelated tasks that start from description of impulsivity in major neuropsychiatric disorders with prominent impulsivity – Parkinson’s disease, Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Borderline personality – followed by outlining clinical consequences of impulsive features, fMRI and high-density EEG analysis of functional neuroanatomy and neurophysiology that will guide transcranial magnetic stimulation treatment trials.

    • 1999 – 2002: Plasticity of Regulatory Mechanisms of the Central Nervous Systems
    Sponsor: Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic
    In this project we investigated the neurobiological and neurophysiological mechanisms of the control of the motor and mental functions, abnormalities of these functions with possible therapeutic intervention or prevention. The project was based on an integration of the pre-clinical research in neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, pharmacology, and of the clinical research in neurology, neurosurgery, plastic surgery and psychiatry.
  • • 09/2014 - 11/2014 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Geneva University Hospital, Functional Brain Mapping laboratory, Prof. Christoph M. Michel - Head of the Lab, Geneva, Switzerland
    • 04/2001 - 06/2001 Doctoral Research Fellow, Hospital Geral de Santo António, Department of Neurophysiology, Prof. António Martins da Silva - Head of the Department, Oporto, Portugal
Advisory Boards
  • 2015 – present: Advisory committee for organization of Masaryk University Life Sciences Seminar sponsored by CEITEC and ICRC (Member)
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Major Publications
  • DROBISZ, Dominik a Alena DAMBORSKÁ. Deep brain stimulation targets for treating depression. BEHAVIOURAL BRAIN RESEARCH, Amsterdam: Elsevier Science, 2019, roč. 359, Feb 2019, s. 266-273. ISSN 0166-4328. doi:10.1016/j.bbr.2018.11.004. info
  • KUKLETA, Miloslav, Alena DAMBORSKÁ, Baris TURAK a Jacques LOUVEL. Evoked potentials in final epoch of self-initiated hand movement: A study in patients with depth electrodes. International Journal of Psychophysiology, AMSTERDAM: Elsevier Science, 2017, roč. 117, July, s. 119-125. ISSN 0167-8760. doi:10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2017.05.004. info
  • DAMBORSKÁ, Alena, Robert ROMAN, Milan BRÁZDIL, Ivan REKTOR a Miloslav KUKLETA. Post-movement processing in visual oddball task - Evidence from intracerebral recording. Clinical Neurophysiology, Clare: Elsevier Ireland, 2016, roč. 127, č. 2, s. 1297-1306. ISSN 1388-2457. doi:10.1016/j.clinph.2015.08.014. URL info
  • KUKLETA, Miloslav, Alena DAMBORSKÁ, Robert ROMAN, Ivan REKTOR a Milan BRÁZDIL. The primary motor cortex is involved in the control of a non-motor cognitive action. Clinical Neurophysiology, Clare: Elsevier Ireland, 2016, roč. 127, č. 2, s. 1547-1550. ISSN 1388-2457. doi:10.1016/j.clinph.2015.11.049. URL info
  • ROMAN, Robert, Milan BRÁZDIL, Jan CHLÁDEK, Ivan REKTOR, Pavel JURÁK, Miroslav SVĚTLÁK, Alena DAMBORSKÁ, Daniel Joel SHAW a Miloslav KUKLETA. Hippocampal negative event-related potential recorded in humans during a simple sensorimotor task occurs independently of motor execution. Hippocampus, Hoboken, USA: WILEY-BLACKWELL, 2013, roč. 23, č. 12, s. 1337-1344. ISSN 1050-9631. doi:10.1002/hipo.22173. URL info
  • SVĚTLÁK, Miroslav, Petr BOB, Robert ROMAN, Stanislav JEŽEK, Alena DAMBORSKÁ, Jan CHLÁDEK, Daniel Joel SHAW a Miloslav KUKLETA. Stress-Induced Alterations of Left-Right Electrodermal Activity Coupling Indexed by Pointwise Transinformation. Physiological Research, Prague: Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Institute of Physiology, 2013, roč. 62, č. 6, s. 711-719. ISSN 0862-8408. URL info
  • DAMBORSKÁ, Alena, Milan BRÁZDIL, Ivan REKTOR, Eva JANOUŠOVÁ, Jan CHLÁDEK a Miloslav KUKLETA. Late divergence of target and nontarget ERPs in a visual oddball task. Physiological Research, Praha: Akademie věd ČR, 2012, roč. 61, č. 3, s. 307-318. ISSN 0862-8408. info