• United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Self-funded Ph.D. students are welcome.

Personal profile


I am a clinical neurophysiologist and cognitive scientist interested in the following topics: 1- Healthy ageing, mobility disorders, and its relationship to cognitive decline, 2-Electrophysiological markers of brain dysfunction, 3- Surrogate markers of cerebral small vessel disease.

Research Projects/Collaborations

Current Research Projects

- Brain Dynamics in the sensorimotor integration and cognitive-motor control in older individuals.

- Parsing acute brain dysfunction through the assessment of EEG dynamics.


 External Collaborators

- Prof Daysi Garcia Agustin - Cuban Centre for Longevity, Ageing and Health Studies, Cuba

- Dr Tonny Veenith - Neurocritical Care Unit, Birmingham Queen Elizabeth Hospital

- Dr Rebekka Heitmar - Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences, University of Huddersfield 

- Dr Maria Valdes-Hernandez - Centre for Clinal Brain Sciences, University of Edinburgh

PhD Supervision

Dr Ahmed Gilani (co-supervision with Dr T Venith) - Birmingham Queen Elizabeth Hospital, University of Birmingham


Self-funded Ph.D. students interested in any of the following topics are welcome:

1- Brain dynamics, sensorimotor integration and cognitive-motor control

2- Neural basis of central auditory disorders in older adults

3- Electrophysiological markers of degenerative and mental diseases

4- Ageing, cognitive frailty, neurovascular ageing


Teaching Activity

Undergraduate teaching

BSc in Audiology

  • Introductory Science II (HS1IS2)

 Postgraduate teaching

MSc in Clinical Sciences and PgCert/MSc in Clinical Neurophysiology 

  • Neurophysiology Practice (NS3NP1)
  • EEG in Practice (NS2EE1)
  • Dissertation II: Research Project (NS2RP1_T1T2_A)
  • Dissertation III: Research Project (NS3RP2_T1T2_A)
  • Quality Improvement (CHMSI1)


Program Director - Clinical Neurophysiology

Funding Applications and Awards

2019            GCRF (Aston Internal call). Holder: Valia Rodriguez. Promoting healthy ageing in an adverse socioeconomic context: a pilot study to investigate the dynamics of sensorimotor integration and cognitive processing in the elderly. 9 468 GBP.

2015-2017   CITMA. Holder: Vivian Martin. Update of Neuronic Neurophysiological applications. 1 260 000 CUP. Role: Co-investigator. 

2015-2017   CITMA. Holder: Pedro Valdes-Sosa. Biomarkers of sub-clinical cerebral disease due to a metabolic syndrome. 718 300 CUP. Role: Co-investigator. 

2014-2015   CITMA. Holder: Valia Rodriguez. Continuous EEG monitor for Intensive Care Units. 136 876 CUP.

2008- 2011  CITMA. Holder: Valia Rodriguez. Neural Basis of Attention and its Disorders. 70 829 CUP.

2007            Royal Society. Holder: Valia Rodriguez.Study of attentional disorders with fMRI and MEG. 4240 GBP. 

2005-2006   British Council. Holders: John Duncan (MRC Cognition and Brain Science Unit) & Mitchell Valdes­ Sosa (Cuban Neuroscience  Center). Neural Basis of Attention and its Disorders. 7500 GBP. Role: co-investigator.

2002-2003   TWAS. Holder: Valia Rodriguez. Role of the spiral ganglion cell survival on the preservation of auditory system function after a sensorineural hearing loss. 30 000 USD. 

Clinical Experience

2010-2017, Consultant in Intensive Care Clinical Neurophysiology, Clinical-Surgical Hospital 'Hnos Ameijeiras', Havana Cuba

1993 - 2017, Consultant in Clinical Neurophysiology, Cuban Center for Neurosciences, Cuba

Membership of Professional Bodies

British Clinical Neurophysiology Society

ILAE - British Chapter

British Neuroscience Association

Cuban Society for Neuroscience

 Cuban Society for Clinical Neurophysiology;

Professional/editorial offices

Editor Board - Clinical Neurophysiology Practice


Fellow - Higher Education Academy

Mental Health First Aider 

Contact Details

Room: VS115
Tel: +44 (0) 121 204 4422
Email: v.rodriguez@aston.ac.uk

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Neural basis of object-based visual attention, Cuban Neuroscience Center


Award Date: 3 Dec 2003

MD, Certification of Completion of Training (CCT) in Clinical Neurophysiology, University of Medical Sciences of Havana


Award Date: 3 May 1993

MBBS, Medical Doctor (MD) - Suma Cum Laude, University of Medical Sciences of Havana


Award Date: 15 Aug 1989

External positions

Honorary Professor, Cuban Neuroscience Center

2017 → …

Consultor in Critical Care Clinical Neurophysiology, Intensive Care - Clinical-Surgical Hospital 'Hnos Ameijeiras'

2017 → …


  • QP Physiology
  • ageing studies
  • brain dysfunction
  • cognitive science
  • RZ Other systems of medicine
  • Clinical Neurophysiology


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