Ruben Nechifor – Research

Research Interests:

  • Various fMRI and Clinical MRI studies for different psychopathologies and clinical pathologies
  • Develop and implement new pulse sequences and new protocols for improving the existing/standard techniques and protocols of fMRI and Clinical MRI in order to obtain a better and earlier image signature of tissue microstructure.
  • Perfusion and Diffusion MRI studies on cancer tumours with specific mutation status and their correlation with tissue histopathology and with different associate psychological profiles.
  • Assess the differences between relapses and pseudo-relapses tumours on the brain in correlation with the tissues histopathology and the associate psychological profile using various MRI techniques.
  • Explore various prognostics related with progression-free survival and overall survival of various tumour types in comparison with their histopathology and the observed psychological profiles.
  • Various fMRI and Clinical MRI studies for appraising the psychological and clinical features, their correlation with tissues histopathology and various psychological profiles and for assessing the outcome responses to various/new psychotherapies and clinical therapies.

Projects & Grants:

  • Technical Expert Clinical MRI Equipment within the project POC/448/1/1/127725 – High Field Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy and Imaging Infrastructure – INSPIRE, 2022 – 2023
  • COST Action CA18206, Glioma MR Imaging 2.0, 2019 – 2023,

Principal Investigator in the following grants:

  • Assessing the neural correlates of highly religious christian, moderate religious christian and nonreligious belief through fMRI and structural MRI analysis, The Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion, University of OXFORD, John Templeton Foundation, 2021 – 2023
  • The importance of imaging analysis in tumour pathology in the Oro – Maxillo – Facial territory, Babeș – Bolyai University in partnership with Iuliu Hațieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Cluj – Napoca, România, 2021 – 2022
  • Developing novel biomarkers starting from default diffusion MRI data, Babeș – Bolyai University Grant, GTC 35277/18.11.2020, 2020 – 2022
  • Advanced MRI and fMRI at STAR – UBB, Advanced Fellowship Inter UBB, Oct – Nov. 2020.
  • The neurobiological effects in terms of brain activity and network connectivity of rational versus irrational belief explored through fMRI, Babeș – Bolyai University Grant, 2019 – 2021  
  • Social jetlag, sleep deprivation and their correlates in relation with brain structure and brain activity assessed through resting – state fMRI, Babeș – Bolyai University in partnership with Iuliu Hațieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Cluj – Napoca, România, 2019 – 2021