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David Bartres Faz

ICREA Academia 2019

Universitat de Barcelona · Social & Behavioural Sciences

David Bartres Faz

Full Professor, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Barcelona. Former recipient of a ‘Ramon y Cajal’ excellence research fellowship. Two year postdoctoral stage at the Institute National de la Santé et de la Récherche Médicale (INSERM), France, and two stages at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School. Appointed as Honorary Professor, University College London, Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology Department (2022-2027) and Principal Investigator of 7 consecutive National Competitive Research. PI for the Barcelona center of a FP7 and a H2020 projects. PI of the Barcelona Brain Health Initiative ( and coordinator of the Barcelona Brain Stimulation Lab ( Current Chair of the ‘Reserve, Resilience & Protective Factors’ Professional International Area of the Alzheimer’s International Association. He has published over 185 scientific articles and supervised 12 PhD thesis.

Research interests

My research interests are focused on the study of cognitive and neuroimaging changes occurring in ageing and in particular, how lifestyles and psychological factors can influence brain health during lifespan. At a more experimental level, I also investigate how non-invasive brain stimulation can modulate brain networks, reflecting mechanisms of plasticity in advancing age and potentially providing new strategies to potentiate cognitive function in this segment of people. My group has a strong focus on the use of neuroimaging  techniques, in particular  magnetic resonance imaging, combined with transcranial magnetic and/or electrical stimulation protocols. We are currently engaged in interventional studies aimed to investigate the impact of optimizing and personalizing healthy lifestiles on brain and mental health measures.


Brain health, brain resilience, aging, cognitive and brain function, non-invasive brain stimulation

ICREA Memoir 2023