Gaia Olivo

Gaia Olivo

Affiliated to Research
Visiting address: Tomtebodavägen 18 A, 17165 Solna
Postal address: H1 Neurobiologi, vårdvetenskap och samhälle, H1 ARC Psykologi Laukka, 171 77 Stockholm

About me

  • Postdoctoral researcher in Martin Lövdén’s team at the Aging Research
    My interest lies in brain imaging research, applied to cognitive neuroscience
    and brain plasticity. I am investigating the effect of acute physical
    exercise on cognitive performance, cerebral blood flow, and brain structure
    and functional networks in the elderly, as part of the REBOOT project.
    *Ph.D., Doctor in Philosophy*. I was awarded the PhD in Medical Sciences at
    the Department of Neuroscience, Uppsala University (Sweden) in 2019.* *
    *M.D., Doctor in Medicine*. I graduated in Medicine and Surgery at the
    Schools of Medicine and Surgery of “Federico II” University (Naples,
    Italy) in 2015.
    Pisanu C, Williams MJ, Ciuculete DM, *Olivo G*, Del Zompo M, Squassina A,
    Schiöth HB. “Evidence that genes involved in serine/threonine kinase
    activity are associated with both bipolar disorder and high BMI.”
    /(Translational Psychiatry 2019
  • 9: 315
  • doi:10.1038/s41398-019-0652-x/)
    *Olivo G*, Zhukovsky C, Salonen-Ros H, Larsson EM, Brooks SJ, Schiöth HB.
    “Functional connectivity underlying food caloric content discrimination in
    female adolescents with atypical AN: The role of somatosensory and salience
    networks.” /(Transl Psychiatry. 2019
  • 9: 276
  • doi:
    *Olivo G, *Gaudio S, Schiöth HB. “Brain and cognitive development in
    adolescents with anorexia nervosa: a systematic review of fMRI studies.”
    (/Nutrients 2019, 11(8), 1907
  • doi: 10.3390/nu11081907/)
    Gaudio S, Carducci F, Piervincenzi C, *Olivo G*, Schiöth HC. “Altered
    thalamo-cortical and occipital-parietal-temporo-frontal white matter
    connections in eating disorders: A systematic review of diffusion tensor
    imaging studies.” /(J Psychiatry Neurosci. 2019 Apr 17
  • 44(3):1-16. Doi:
    *Olivo G*, Swenne I, Zhukovsky, C, Tuunainen AK, Saaid A, Salonen-Ros H,
    Larsson EM, Brooks SJ, Schiöth HC. “Preserved white matter microstructure
    in adolescent patients with atypical anorexia nervosa.” /(Int J Eat Disord.
    2019 Jan 24. doi: 10.1002/eat.23012)/
    *Olivo G*, Swenne I, Christina Zhukovsky C, Tuunainen AK, Salonen-Ros H,
    Larsson EM, Gaudio S, Brooks SJ, Schiöth HC. “Reduced resting-state
    connectivity in areas involved in processing of face-related social cues in
    adolescents with atypical anorexia nervosa.” (/Transl Psychiatry. 2018 Dec
  • 8(1):275. doi: 10.1038/s41398-018-0333-1./)
    *Olivo G, *Gour S, Schiöth HB. “Low neuroticism and cognitive performance
    are differently associated to overweight and obesity: A cross-sectional and
    longitudinal UK Biobank study.” (/Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2018 Nov
  • 101:167-174. doi: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2018.11.014)/
    Gaudio S, *Olivo G*, Beomonte Zobel B, Schiöth HB. “Altered
    cerebellar-insular-parietal-cingular subnetwork in the earliest stages of
    anorexia nervosa restrictive type: a network based statistic analysis.”
    /(Translational Psychiatry (2018) 8:127 DOI: 10.1038/s41398-018-0173-z)/
    *Olivo G, *Latini F, Wiemerslage L, Larsson EM, Schiöth HB. “Disruption of
    accumbens and thalamic white matter connectivity revealed by diffusion tensor
    tractography in young men with genetic risk for obesity.” /Front Hum
    Neurosci. 2018 Feb 22
  • 12:75. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2018.00075/
    Melillo P, Prinster A, Di Iorio V, *Olivo G*, D’Alterio FM, Cocozza S,
    Orrico A, Quarantelli M, Testa F, Brunetti A, Simonelli F. “Visual cortex
    activation in patients with Stargardt disease.” /Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci.
    2018 Mar 1
  • 59(3):1503-1511. doi: 10.1167/iovs.17-22900./
    Cocozza S, Pontillo G, Quarantelli M, Sacca’ F, Riccio E, Costabile T,
    *Olivo G*, Brescia Morra V, Pisani A, Brunetti A, Tedeschi E. “Default mode
    network modifications in fabry disease: A resting-state fmri study with
    structural correlations.” /Hum Brain Mapp. 2018 Jan 9. doi:
    *Olivo G*, Solstrand Dahlberg L, Wiemerslage L, Swenne I, Zhukovsky C,
    Salonen-Ros H, Larsson EM, Gaudio S, Brooks SJ, Schiöth HB. “Atypical
    anorexia nervosa is not related to brain structural changes in
    newly-diagnosed adolescent patients.” /Int J Eat Disord. 2018
  • 51(1):39-45. doi: 10.1002/eat.22805/
    Cocozza S, Russo C, Pisani A, *Olivo G*, Riccio E, Cervo A, Pontillo G,
    Feriozzi S, Veroux M, Battaglia Y, Concolino D, Pieruzzi F, Mignani R,
    Borrelli P, Imbriaco M, Brunetti A, Tedeschi E Palma G. "Redefining the
    pulvinar sign in fabry's disease." /AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2017
  • 38(12):2264-2269. doi: 10.3174/ajnr.A5420/
    *Olivo G*, Zhou W, Sundbom M, Zhukovsky C, Hogenkamp P, Nikontovic L, Stark
    J, Wiemerslage L, Larsson EM, Benedict C, Schioth HB. “Resting-state brain
    connectivity changes in obese women after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery: A
    longitudinal study.” /Scientific Reports 2017 Jul
  • doi:
    10.1038/s41598-017-06663-5 /
    Cocozza S, *Olivo G*, Riccio E, Russo R, Pontillo G, Ugga L, Migliaccio S, de
    Rosa D, Feriozzi S, Veroux M, Battaglia Y, Concolino D, Pieruzzi F,
    Tuttolomondo A, Caronia A, Russo CV, Lanzillo R, Brescia Morra V, Imbriaco M,
    Brunetti A, Tedeschi E, Pisani A. "Corpus callosum involvement: a useful
    clue for differentiating fabry disease from multiple sclerosis."
    /Neuroradiology. 2017 Jun
  • 59(6):563-570. doi: 10.1007/s00234-017-1829-8/
    *Olivo G*, Wiemerslage L, Swenne I, Zhukowsky C, Salonen-Ros H, Larsson EM,
    Gaudio S, Brooks SJ, Schiöth HB. “Limbic-thalamo-cortical projections and
    reward-related circuitry integrity affects eating behavior: a longitudinal
    DTI study in adolescents with restrictive eating disorders.” /PLoS ONE
    2017, 12(3). Doi:/ /10.1371/journal.pone.0172129/
    Wiemerslage L, Islam R, van der Kamp C, Cao H, *Olivo G*, Ence-Eriksson F,
    Castillo S, Larsen A, Bandstein M, Solstrand Dahlberg L, Perland E,
    Gustavsson V, Nilsson J, Vogel H, Schuermann A, Larsson EM, Rask-Andersen M,
    Benedict C, Schiöth HB. "A DNA methylation site within the KLF13 gene is
    associated with orexigenic processes based on neural responses and ghrelin
    levels." /Int J Obes (Lond). 2017 Feb 14. doi: 10.1038/ijo.2017.43/
    Cocozza S, Pisani A, *Olivo G*, Saccà F, Ugga L, Riccio E, Migliaccio S,
    Brescia Morra V, Brunetti A, Quarantelli M, Tedeschi E. “Alterations of
    functional connectivity of the motor cortex in fabry's disease: an rs-fmri
    study.” /Neurology. 2017 May 9
  • 88(19):1822-1829. doi:
    Wiemerslage L, Zhou W, *Olivo G*, Stark J, Hogenkamp PS, Larsson E, Sundbom
    M, Schiöth HB. “A resting-state fMRI study of obese females between pre-
    and postprandial states before and after bariatric surgery.” /Eur J
    Neurosci. 2016 Oct 8. doi: 10.1111/ejn.13428/
    Longarzo M, Quarantelli M, Aiello M, Romano M, Del Prete A, Cimminiello C,
    Cocozza S, *Olivo G*, Loguercio C, Trojano L, Grossi D. “The influence of
    interoceptive awareness on functional connectivity in patients with Irritable
    Bowel Syndrome.” /Brain Imaging Behav 2016 DOI: 10.1007/s11682-016-9595-5/
    Pleunie Hogenkamp, Wei Zhou, Linda Dahlberg, Julia Stark, Anna Larsen, *Gaia
    Olivo*, Lyle Wiemerslage, Elna-Marie Larsson, Magnus Sundbom, Christian
    Benedict, and Helgi Schiöth. “Higher resting-state activity in
    reward-related brain circuits in obese versus normal-weight females
    independent of food intake.”/ Int J Obes (Lond). 2016 Jun 28. doi:
    *Olivo G*, Wiemerslage L, Nilsson EK, Solstrand Dahlberg L, Larsen AL, Olaya
    Búcaro M, Gustafsson VP, Titova OE, Bandstein M, Larsson EM, Benedict C,
    Brooks SJ, Schiöth HB. “Resting-State Brain and the FTO Obesity Risk
    Allele: Default Mode, Sensorimotor, and Salience Network Connectivity
    Underlying Different Somatosensory Integration and Reward Processing between
    Genotypes.” /Front Hum Neurosci/ 2016 10:52. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2016.00052
    Wiemerslage L, Nilsson EK, Solstrand Dahlberg L, Ence-Eriksson E, Castillo S,
    Larsen AL, Bylund SB, Hogenkamp PS, *Olivo G*, Bandstein M, Titova OE,
    Larsson EM, Benedict C, Brooks SJ, Schiöth HB. “An obesity-associated risk
    allele within the FTO gene affects brain activity for areas important for
    emotion, impulse control, and reward in response to food images.” /Eur J
    Neurosci/ 2016 Jan 21. do: 10.1111/ejn.13177.
    *Olivo G*, Melillo P, Sirio C, D’Alterio FM, Prinster A, Testa F, Brunetti
    A, Simonelli F, Quarantelli M. “Cerebral Involvement in Stargardt’s
    Disease: A VBM and TBSS Study.” /Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci /2015 Nov

  • 56(12):7388-97. doi: 10.1167/iovs.15-16899.


  • Teacher assistant in the /Medical Program, Term 4/*/, / *for the course
    "Clinical Medicine" at Uppsala University, 2018-2019.
    Teacher assistant and tutor for clinical cases in the /Medical Program,
    Term 3, /for the course in "Neurobiology, Homeostasis and Intervention" at
    Uppsala University, 2017-2019.
    Teacher assistant in the /Master's Program in Biomedicine/, for the course in
    "Preparation for Research with Focus on New Drug Targets" at Uppsala
    University, 2017-2019.
    Supervisor for thesis projects for students in the Master's Program in
    Psychology (2), Master's Program in Biomedicine (6), Master's Program in
    Global Health (2) at Uppsala University, 2017-2019.
    Supervisor for 10-weeks research projects for students in the Bachelor's
    program in Medicine (4), Master's program in Biomedicin (7), guest
    students (6) at Uppsala University, 2017-2019.


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