Researcher: Asst. Prof. Sevdalina Kandilarova, MD, PhD

д-р Севдалина Кандиларова, дм

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Department of Psychiatry and Medical Psychology, MU Plovdiv; Research Complex for Translational Neuroscience, MU Plovdiv

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Dr. Kandilarova is a medically trained psychiatrist, currently engaged with both teaching and research. She has been involved in the establishment of the Research Complex for Translational Neuroscience and since it's official launch in 2015, she has been the leading on-site researcher developing and testing the paradigms for functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).

She has been trained in Basel and Bergen to perform neuroimaging studies and to analyze structural and functional neuroimaging data.

Dr. Kandilarova has performed her own research project on depression leading to a PhD degree in 2017 and she is continuing with her postdoctoral training. She has been involved in several long-lasting collaborations with fMRI research groups at the University of Bergen and the University of Basel.

Her main research interests are in the application of structural, resting state, and task-related fMRI, as well as magnetic resonance spectroscopy for the differential diagnosis of major psychiatric disorders.

Projects in which Asst. Prof. Sevdalina Kandilarova, MD, PhD participates:

Selected Publications:

1. Kandilarova, S., Stoyanov, D., Sirakov, N., Maes, M., & Specht, K. (2019). Reduced grey matter volume in frontal and temporal areas in depression: contributions from voxel-based morphometry study. Acta Neuropsychiatr, 31(5), 252-257. doi:10.1017/neu.2019.20

2. Kandilarova S, Stoyanov D, Kostianev S, Specht K. Altered Resting State Effective Connectivity of Anterior Insula in Depression. Front Psychiatry. 2018 Mar 15; 9:83 doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2018.00083

3. Stoyanov, D., Kandilarova, S., Paunova, R., Barranco Garcia, J., Latypova, A., & Kherif, F. (2019). Cross-Validation of Functional MRI and Paranoid-Depressive Scale: Results From Multivariate Analysis. Front Psychiatry, 10, 869. doi:10.3389/fpsyt.2019.00869

4. Kandilarova S, Stoyanov D, Popivanov ID, Kostianev S. Application of functional magnetic resonance imaging in psychiatric clinical evaluation: Controversies and avenues. J Eval Clin Pract. 2018 Aug;24(4):807-814. doi: 10.1111/jep.12906. Epub 2018 Mar 13.

5. Stoyanov, D., Kandilarova, S., Arabadzhiev, Z., Paunova, R., Schmidt, A., & Borgwardt, S. (2019). Cross-Validation of Paranoid-Depressive Scale and Functional MRI: New Paradigm for Neuroscience Informed Clinical Psychopathology. Front Psychiatry, 10, 711. doi:10.3389/fpsyt.2019.00711