Justinas Narbutas

Title: Post doc

Sector: Medicine

portrait Justinas Narbutas
Photo: Maria Yohuang.

Justinas Narbutas was initially trained as a health psychologist in Lithuania (Vytautas Magnus University, 2012). Thereafter, he moved to Belgium where he pursued training both in behavioral and cognitive neuroscience, leading to PhD Thesis “Risk and protective factors for cognitive performance in late midlife” (University of Liège, 2020).

Justinas’ main research interests concern factors associated with cognitive performance in normal aging such as lifestyle, cardiovascular health, sleep quality, structural MRI-based brain connectivity, PET-based neurotransmission biomarkers and genetic predisposition.

Justinas’ current posdoctoral research project at ARC focuses on structural brain imaging data acquired within the longitudinal population studies of older adults included in the NEAR database. The main goal is to develop and evaluate a metric that captures global brain integrity which could be used regardless of the specific scanner hardware or scanning sequence. Justinas‘s supervisors at ARC are assisstant professor Debora Rizzutto and professor Alireza Salami, together with professor Lars Nyberg at Umeå Center for Functional Brain Imaging (UFBI).

Selected publications

Narbutas, J.*, Van Egroo, M.*, Chylinski, D.*, Villar González, P. , Garcia Jimenez, C., Besson, G., Ghaemmaghami Tabrizi, P., Hammad, G., Muto, V., Schmidt, C., Luxen, A., Salmon, E., Maquet, P., Bastin, C. , Vandewalle, G., Collette, F. (2019). Cognitive efficiency in late midlife is linked to lifestyle characteristics and allostatic load, Aging (Albany NY), 11(17), 7169-7186, doi: 10.18632/aging.102243 *Equal contribution

Narbutas, J., Chylinski, D., Van Egroo, M., Bahri, M.A., Koshmanova, E., M., Besson, G., Muto, V., Schmidt, C., Luxen, A., Balteau, E., Phillips, C., Maquet, P., Salmon, E., Vandewalle, G., Bastin, C., Collette, F. (2021). Positive effect of Cognitive Reserve on Episodic Memory, Executive and Attentional Functions taking into account Amyloid-beta, Tau and Apolipoprotein E status, Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 13(666181), 1-15, doi: 10.3389/fnagi.2021.666181

Narbutas, J., Van Egroo, M., Chylinski, D., Bahri, M.A., Koshmanova, E., M., Talwar, P., Besson, G., Muto, V., Schmidt, C., Luxen, A., Balteau, E., Phillips, C., Maquet, P., Salmon, E., Bastin, C., Vandewalle, G., Collette, F. (2021). Associations Between Cognitive Complaints, Memory Performance, Mood, and Amyloid-β Accumulation in Healthy Amyloid Negative Late-Midlife Individuals, Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 2021 July 10 (Online ahead of print), 1-15, doi: 10.3233/JAD-210332

Van Egroo, M.*, Narbutas, J.*, Chylinski, D.*, Villar González, P. , Ghaemmaghami Tabrizi, P., Muto, V., Schmidt, C., Gaggioni, G., Besson, G., Pepin, X., Tezel, E., Marzoli, D., Le Goff, C., Cavalier, E., Luxen, A., Salmon, E., Maquet, P., Bahri, M.A., Phillips, C., Bastin, C., Collette, F., Vandewalle, G., (2019). Preserved wake-dependent cortical excitability dynamics predict cognitive fitness beyond age-related brain alterations, Communications Biology, 2, 449, doi: 10.1038/s42003-019-0693-y *Equal contribution

Rizzolo L., Narbutas, J., Van Egroo, M., Chylinski, D., Besson, G., Baillet, M., Bahri, M.A., Salmon, E., Maquet, P., Vandewalle, G., Bastin, C., Collette, F. (2021). Relationship between brain AD biomarkers and episodic memory performance in healthy aging. Brain and Cognition, 148, 105680, doi: 10.1016/j.bandc.2020.105680

Van Egroo, M., Chylinski, D., Narbutas, J., Besson, G., Muto, V., Schmidt, C., Cardone, P., Villar González, P., Marzoli, D., Vandeleene, N., Grignard, M., Luxen, A., Salmon, E., Lambert, C., Bastin, C., Collette, F., Phillips, C., Maquet, P., Bahri, M.A., Balteau, E., Vandewalle, G., (2020). Early brainstem [18F]THK5351 uptake is linked to cortical hyper-excitability in healthy aging, JCI Insight, 6(2), e142514, doi: 10.1172/jci.insight.142514