CFAH RAQUEL PÉREZ-LÓPEZ – VHIO – Vall d'Hebron Institute of Oncology

RAQUEL PÉREZ-LÓPEZ


Current positions


Academic Qualifications

  • 2017: PhD in Medicine at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Barcelona (Spain).
  • 2013-2017: Clinical Research Fellowship at the Royal Marsden NHS Trust and the Institute of Cancer Research, London (United Kingdom).
  • 2010-2011: Master in Clinical Research at University of Barcelona, Barcelona (Spain).
  • 2007-2011: Specialist training in Radiology at Bellvitge University Hospital, Barcelona (Spain).
  • 2000-2006: Medicine degree at University of Barcelona Medical School, Barcelona (Spain).

Areas of Research

  • Identification, validation and clinical qualification of predictive and response imaging biomarkers for anti-cancer targeted therapies and immunotherapy.
  • Evaluation of differential response to targeted-therapies with imaging biomarkers towards tumour evolution and mechanisms of resistance studies.
  • Development and optimization of functional MRI sequences.
  • Integration of engineering and software development for image analysis and extraction of quantifiable imaging biomarkers.

Prizes and Scholarships

  • 2014 Prostate Cancer UK Movember Translations Research Grant PG14-016-TR2 (co- investigator; PI Dr. Koh).
  • 2011 European School Of Radiologist (ESOR) Scholarship Grant.
  • Personalized REsponse Imaging biomarker for Cancer immunotherapy. CRIS Research Talent Program from the CRIS Cancer Foundation. PI: Raquel Perez-Lopez. 
  • PrecIMet: precision imaging for bone metastases. Fundació La Marató de TV3. PI: Raquel Perez-Lopez. 
  • Detection of genetic abnormalities using persistent homology in radiomics. Horizon 2020-Attract Project. Co-PI: Raquel Perez-Lopez.

Projects

  • PREdICT: Personalized REsponse Imaging biomarker for Cancer immunotherapy.
    CRIS Cancer Research Talent Program from the CRIS Foundation, AstraZeneca PoC Award.
  • PrecIMet: precision imaging for bone metastases.
    Fundació La Marató de TV3.
  • TOPiomics: Detection of genetic abnormalities using persistent homology in radiomics.
    Horizon 2020-Attract Project.
  • Immune-Image: Specific Imaging of Immune Cell Dynamics Using Novel Tracer Strategies.
    Horizon 2020-Innovative Medicine Initiatives (IMI2-Call4; 831514).
  • Validaciónclínica de la resonancia de cuerpo completo con difusión en pacientes con cáncer de próstata resistente a la castración y metástasis óseas.
    Instituto de Salud Carlos III-Investigación en Salud (PI18/01395).
  • A two-stage study to clinically qualify whole-body diffusion-weighted MRI in patients with metastatic castration resistant prostate carcinoma with bone metastases.
    Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF)-Young Investigator Award.
  • BevaThings: Moving liquid biopsy beyond current applications: study of prognostic and predictive values of circulating tumour DNA in metastatic colorectal cancer.
    Spanish Association Against Cancer (AECC).
  • Clinical Qualification of DNA Repair Defects as Biomarkers in Metastatic Prostate Cancer Using Integrated Genomics and Tissue-Based Functional Assays.
    Department of Defense (DoD) from the USA Impact Award.

Most relevant scientific publications

  • Deroose CM, Gheysens O, Perez-Lopez R. PET or MRI to improve evaluation of response in clinical trials? Lancet Oncol. 2019 Aug;20(8):1060-1062.
  • Perez-Lopez R, Tunariu N, Padhani A, Oyen W, Fanti S, Vargas HA, Omlin A, Morris MJ, De Bono J, Koh DM. Imaging diagnosis and follow-up of advanced prostate cancer: Clinical perspectives and state-of-the-art. Radiology. 2019 Aug;292(2):273-286.
  • Mateo J, Seed G, Bertan C, Rescigno P, Dolling D, Figueiredo I, Miranda S, Nava Rodrigues D, Gurel B, Clarke M, Atkin M, Chandler R, Messina C, Sumanasuriya S, Bianchini D, Barrero M, Petremolo A, Zafeiriou Z, Fontes MS, Perez-Lopez R, Tunariu N, Fulton BA, Jones R, McGovern UB, Ralph C, Varughese M, Parikh O, Jain S, Elliott T, Sandhu S, Porta N, Hall E, Yuan W, Carreira S, de Bono JS. Genomics of lethal prostate cancer at diagnosis and castration-resistance. J Clin Invest. 2019 Dec 24. pii: 132031.
  • Matos I, Martin-Liberal J, Garcia-Ruiz A, Hierro C, Ochoa de Olza M, Viaplana C, Azaro A, Vieito M, Brana I, Mur G, Ros J, Mateos J, Villacampa G, Berché R, Oliveira M, Alsina M, Élez E, Oaknin A, Muñoz-Couselo E, Carles J, Felip E, Rodon J, Tabernero J, Dienstmann R, Perez-Lopez R, Garralda E. Capturing Hyperprogressive disease with immune checkpoint inhibitors using RECIST 1.1 criteria. Clin Cancer Res. 2019 Nov 22. pii: clincanres.2226.2019.
  • Perez-Lopez R, Roda D, Jimenez B, Brown J, Mateo J, Carreira S, Lopez J, Banerji U, Molife R, Koh DM, Kaye S, de Bono J, Tunariu N and Yap T. High Frequency of Radiological Differential Responses with Poly (ADP-ribose) Polymerase Inhibitor Therapy. Oncotarget. In press, October 2017.
  • Perez-Lopez R, Nava Rodrigues D, Figueiredo I, Mateo J, Collins D, Koh DM, de Bono J, Tunariu Multi-Parametric Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Prostate Cancer Bone Disease: Correlation with Bone Biopsy Histological and Molecular Features. Invest Radiol. 2017 Sep 12. doi: 10.1097/RLI.0000000000000415.
  • Perez-Lopez R, Mateo J, Mossop H, Blackledge MD, Collins DJ, Rata M, Morgan VA, Macdonald A, Sandhu S, Lorente D, Rescigno P, Zafeiriou Z, Bianchini D, Porta N, Hall E, Leach MO, de Bono JS, Koh DM, Tunariu N. Diffusion-weighted Imaging as a Treatment Response Biomarker Evaluating Bone Metastases in Prostate Cancer: A Pilot Study. Radiology. 2017 Apr; 283(1):168-177. doi: 10.1148/radiol.2016160646. Epub 2016 Nov 22.
  • Perez-Lopez R, Lorente D, Blackledge MD, Collins DJ, Mateo J, Bianchini D, Omlin A, Zivi A, Leach MO, de Bono JS, Koh DM, Tunariu N. Volume of Bone Metastasis Assessed with Whole-Body Diffusion- weighted Imaging Is Associated with Overall Survival in Metastatic Castration-resistant Prostate Cancer. Radiology. 2016 Jul; 280(1):151-60. doi: 10.1148/radiol.2015150799. Epub 2016 Jan 25.
  • Mateo J, Carreira S, Sandhu S, Miranda S, Mossop H, Perez-Lopez R, Nava Rodrigues D, Robinson D, Omlin A, Tunariu N, Boysen G, Porta N, Flohr P, Gillman A, Figueiredo I, Paulding C, Seed G, Jain S, Ralph C, Protheroe A, Hussain S, Jones R, Elliott T, McGovern U, Bianchini D, Goodall J, Zafeiriou Z, Williamson CT, Ferraldeschi R, Riisnaes R, Ebbs B, Fowler G, Roda D, Yuan W, Wu YM, Cao X, Brough R, Pemberton H, A’Hern R, Swain A, Kunju LP, Eeles R, Attard G, Lord CJ, Ashworth A, Rubin MA, Knudsen KE, Feng FY, Chinnaiyan AM, Hall E, de Bono JS. DNA-Repair Defects and Olaparib in Metastatic Prostate Cancer. N Engl J Med. 2015 Oct 29;373(18):1697-708. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa1506859.
  • Robinson D, Van Allen EM, Wu YM, Schultz N, Lonigro RJ, Mosquera JM, Montgomery B, Taplin ME, Pritchard CC, Attard G, Beltran H, Abida W, Bradley RK, Vinson J, Cao X, Vats P, Kunju LP, Hussain M, Feng FY, Tomlins SA, Cooney KA, Smith DC, Brennan C, Siddiqui J, Mehra R, Chen Y, Rathkopf DE, Morris MJ, Solomon SB, Durack JC, Reuter VE, Gopalan A, Gao J, Loda M, Lis RT, Bowden M, Balk SP, Gaviola G, Sougnez C, Gupta M, Yu EY, Mostaghel EA, Cheng HH, Mulcahy H, True LD, Plymate SR, Dvinge H, Ferraldeschi R, Flohr P, Miranda S, Zafeiriou Z, Tunariu N, Mateo J, Perez-Lopez R, Demichelis F, Robinson BD, Schiffman M, Nanus DM, Tagawa ST, Sigaras A, Eng KW, Elemento O, Sboner A, Heath EI, Scher HI, Pienta KJ, Kantoff P, de Bono JS, Rubin MA, Nelson PS, Garraway LA, Sawyers CL, Chinnaiyan AM.Integrative clinical genomics of advanced prostate cancer. Cell. 2015 May 21;161(5):1215-28. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2015.05.001.
  • Goodall J, Mateo J, Yuan W, Mossop H, Porta N, Miranda S, Perez-Lopez R, Dolling D, Robinson DR, Sandhu S, Fowler G, Ebbs B, Flohr P, Seed G, Rodrigues DN, Boysen G, Bertan C, Atkin M, Clarke M, Crespo M, Figueiredo I, Riisnaes R, Sumanasuriya S, Rescigno P, Zafeiriou Z, Sharp A, Tunariu N, Bianchini D, Gillman A, Lord CJ, Hall E, Chinnaiyan AM, Carreira S, de Bono JS; TOPARP-A investigators. Circulating Free DNA to Guide Prostate Cancer Treatment with PARP Inhibition. Cancer Discov. 2017 Apr 27. pii: CD-17-0261. doi: 10.1158/2159-8290.CD-17-0261.
  • Frenel JS, Carreira S, Goodall J, Roda D, Perez-Lopez R, Tunariu N, Riisnaes R, Miranda S, Figueiredo I, Nava-Rodrigues D, Smith A, Leux C, Garcia-Murillas I, Ferraldeschi R, Lorente D, Mateo J, Ong M, Yap TA, Banerji U, Gasi Tandefelt D, Turner N, Attard G, de Bono JS. Serial Next-Generation Sequencing of Circulating Cell-Free DNA Evaluating Tumor Clone Response To Molecularly Targeted Drug Administration. Clin Cancer Res. 2015 Oct 15;21(20):4586-96. doi: 10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-15-0584.

All publications

  • Perez-Lopez, D. Roda , B. Jimenez , J. Brown, J. Mateo, S. Carreira, Lopez J, Banerji U, Molife R, Koh DM, Kaye S, de Bono J, Tunariu N and Yap T. et al. High Frequency of Radiological Differential Responses with Poly (ADP-ribose) Polymerase Inhibitor Therapy. Oncotarget. In press, October 2017.
  • Perez-Lopez R, Nava Rodrigues D, Figueiredo I, Mateo J, Collins D, Koh DM, de Bono J, Tunariu Multi-Parametric Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Prostate Cancer Bone Disease: Correlation with Bone Biopsy Histological and Molecular Features. Invest Radiol. 2017 Sep 12. doi: 10.1097/RLI.0000000000000415.
  • Goodall J, Mateo J, Yuan W, Mossop H, Porta N, Miranda S, Perez-Lopez R, Dolling D, Robinson DR, Sandhu S, Fowler G, Ebbs B, Flohr P, Seed G, Rodrigues DN, Boysen G, Bertan C, Atkin M, Clarke M, Crespo M, Figueiredo I, Riisnaes R, Sumanasuriya S, Rescigno P, Zafeiriou Z, Sharp A, Tunariu N, Bianchini D, Gillman A, Lord CJ, Hall E, Chinnaiyan AM, Carreira S, de Bono JS; TOPARP-A investigators. Circulating Free DNA to Guide Prostate Cancer Treatment with PARP Inhibition. Cancer Discov. 2017 Apr 27. pii: CD-17-0261. doi: 10.1158/2159-8290.CD-17-0261.
  • Bianchini D, Lorente D, Rescigno P, Zafeiriou Z, Psychopaida E, O’Sullivan H, Alaras M, Kolinsky M, Sumanasuriya S, Sousa Fontes M, Mateo J, Perez Lopez R, Tunariu N, Fotiadis N, Kumar P, Tree A, Van As N, Khoo V, Parker C, Eeles R, Thompson A, Dearnaley D, de Bono JS. Effect on Overall Survival of Locoregional Treatment in a Cohort of De Novo Metastatic Prostate Cancer Patients: A Single Institution Retrospective Analysis From the Royal Marsden Hospital. Clin Genitourin Cancer. 2017 Apr 26. pii: S1558-7673(17)30097-6. doi: 10.1016/j.clgc.2017.04.013.
  • Perez-Lopez R, Mateo J, Mossop H, Blackledge MD, Collins DJ, Rata M, Morgan VA, Macdonald A, Sandhu S, Lorente D, Rescigno P, Zafeiriou Z, Bianchini D, Porta N, Hall E, Leach MO, de Bono JS, Koh DM, Tunariu N. Diffusion-weighted Imaging as a Treatment Response Biomarker Evaluating Bone Metastases in Prostate Cancer: A Pilot Study. Radiology. 2017 Apr; 283(1):168-177. doi: 10.1148/radiol.2016160646. Epub 2016 Nov 22.
  • Lorente D, Omlin A, Zafeiriou Z, Nava-Rodrigues D, Pérez-López R, Pezaro C, Mehra N, Sheridan E, Figueiredo I, Riisnaes R, Miranda S, Crespo M, Flohr P, Mateo J, Altavilla A, Ferraldeschi R, Bianchini D, Attard G, Tunariu N, de Bono J. Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer Tissue Acquisition From Bone Metastases for Molecular Analyses. Clin Genitourin Cancer. 2016 May. doi: 10.1016/j.clgc.2016.04.016.
  • Rescigno P, Lorente D, Bianchini D, Ferraldeschi R, Kolinsky MP, Sideris S, Zafeiriou Z, Sumanasuriya S, Smith AD, Mehra N, Jayaram A, Perez-Lopez R, Mateo J, Parker C, Dearnaley DP, Tunariu N, Reid A, Attard G, de Bono JS. Prostate-specific Antigen Decline After 4 Weeks of Treatment with Abiraterone Acetate and Overall Survival in Patients with Metastatic Castration-resistant Prostate Cancer. Eur Urol. 2016 Nov; 70(5):724-731. doi: 10.1016/j.eururo.2016.02.055. Epub 2016 Mar 7.
  • Perez-Lopez R, Lorente D, Blackledge MD, Collins DJ, Mateo J, Bianchini D, Omlin A, Zivi A, Leach MO, de Bono JS, Koh DM, Tunariu N. Volume of Bone Metastasis Assessed with Whole-Body Diffusion- weighted Imaging Is Associated with Overall Survival in Metastatic Castration-resistant Prostate Cancer. Radiology. 2016 Jul; 280(1):151-60. doi: 10.1148/radiol.2015150799. Epub 2016 Jan 25.
  • Mateo J, Carreira S, Sandhu S, Miranda S, Mossop H, Perez-Lopez R, Nava Rodrigues D, Robinson D, Omlin A, Tunariu N, Boysen G, Porta N, Flohr P, Gillman A, Figueiredo I, Paulding C, Seed G, Jain S, Ralph C, Protheroe A, Hussain S, Jones R, Elliott T, McGovern U, Bianchini D, Goodall J, Zafeiriou Z, Williamson CT, Ferraldeschi R, Riisnaes R, Ebbs B, Fowler G, Roda D, Yuan W, Wu YM, Cao X, Brough R, Pemberton H, A’Hern R, Swain A, Kunju LP, Eeles R, Attard G, Lord CJ, Ashworth A, Rubin MA, Knudsen KE, Feng FY, Chinnaiyan AM, Hall E, de Bono JS. DNA-Repair Defects and Olaparib in Metastatic Prostate Cancer. N Engl J Med. 2015 Oct 29;373(18):1697-708. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa1506859.
  • Frenel JS, Carreira S, Goodall J, Roda D, Perez-Lopez R, Tunariu N, Riisnaes R, Miranda S, Figueiredo I, Nava-Rodrigues D, Smith A, Leux C, Garcia-Murillas I, Ferraldeschi R, Lorente D, Mateo J, Ong M, Yap TA, Banerji U, Gasi Tandefelt D, Turner N, Attard G, de Bono JS. Serial Next-Generation Sequencing of Circulating Cell-Free DNA Evaluating Tumor Clone Response To Molecularly Targeted Drug Administration. Clin Cancer Res. 2015 Oct 15;21(20):4586-96. doi: 10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-15-0584.
  • Lorente D, Mateo J, Perez-Lopez R, de Bono JS, Attard G. Sequencing of agents in castration-resistant prostate cancer. Lancet Oncol. 2015 Jun;16(6):e279-92. doi: 10.1016/S1470-2045(15)70033-1.
  • Robinson D, Van Allen EM, Wu YM, Schultz N, Lonigro RJ, Mosquera JM, Montgomery B, Taplin ME, Pritchard CC, Attard G, Beltran H, Abida W, Bradley RK, Vinson J, Cao X, Vats P, Kunju LP, Hussain M, Feng FY, Tomlins SA, Cooney KA, Smith DC, Brennan C, Siddiqui J, Mehra R, Chen Y, Rathkopf DE, Morris MJ, Solomon SB, Durack JC, Reuter VE, Gopalan A, Gao J, Loda M, Lis RT, Bowden M, Balk SP, Gaviola G, Sougnez C, Gupta M, Yu EY, Mostaghel EA, Cheng HH, Mulcahy H, True LD, Plymate SR, Dvinge H, Ferraldeschi R, Flohr P, Miranda S, Zafeiriou Z, Tunariu N, Mateo J, Perez-Lopez R, Demichelis F, Robinson BD, Schiffman M, Nanus DM, Tagawa ST, Sigaras A, Eng KW, Elemento O, Sboner A, Heath EI, Scher HI, Pienta KJ, Kantoff P, de Bono JS, Rubin MA, Nelson PS, Garraway LA, Sawyers CL, Chinnaiyan AM.Integrative clinical genomics of advanced prostate cancer. Cell. 2015 May 21;161(5):1215-28. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2015.05.001.
  • Pezaro C, Omlin A, Perez-Lopez R, Mukherji D, Attard G, Bianchini D, Lorente D, Parker C, Dearnaley D, de Bono JS, Sohaib A, Tunariu N. Progressive computed tomography (CT) appearances preceding malignant spinal cord compression (MSCC) in men with castration- resistant prostate cancer. Clin Radiol. 2015 Apr;70(4):359-65. doi: 10.1016/j.crad.2014.05.104.
  • Lorente D, Omlin A, Ferraldeschi R, Pezaro C, Perez R, Mateo J, Altavilla A, Zafeirou Z, Tunariu N, Parker C, Dearnaley D, Gillessen S, de Bono J, Attard G. Tumour responses following a steroid switch from prednisone to dexamethasone in castration-resistant prostate cancer patients progressing on abiraterone. Br J Cancer. 2014 Dec 9;111(12):2248-53. doi: 10.1038/bjc.2014.531.
  • Ferraldeschi R, Nava Rodrigues D, Riisnaes R, Miranda S, Figueiredo I, Rescigno P, Ravi P, Pezaro C, Omlin A, Lorente D, Zafeiriou Z, Mateo J, Altavilla A, Sideris S, Bianchini D, Grist E, Thway K, Perez Lopez R, Tunariu N, Parker C, Dearnaley D, Reid A, Attard G, de Bono J. PTEN Protein Loss and Clinical Outcome from Castration-resistant Prostate Cancer Treated with Abiraterone Acetate. Eur Urol. 2015 Apr;67(4):795-802. doi: 10.1016/j.eururo.2014.10.027. Published on line: European Urology, 4 November 2014.