Mr Abdelmalek Benattayallah
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Mr Abdelmalek Benattayallah

Honorary University Fellow

School of Psychology (Faculty of Health)

Biography

Biography

Dr Benattayallah has over 20 years of experience in Medical physics. He graduated with an MSc in Medical Physics from Surrey University in 1998 and a PhD in Medical Physics from the University of Nottingham, in 2002. After two years at the Philips Hospital, Marburg Germany, he joined Exeter University, UK in 2004 where he applied MRI and other techniques to biomedical and clinical problems.

He engaged with a variety of projects which focus on a diverse range of questions. The main current focus of his research is functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) where a variety of fMRI methods have been employed, including block-design and event-related studies with carefully controlled visual stimuli.

In 2020, He start working at the University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust and he is currently involved with research activities at Brain Research & Imaging Centre (BRIC), Plymouth University.He has published over 25 research papers in several leading academic peer-reviewed journals, including Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Psychopharmacology, Brain and Cognition, Clinical Neurophysiology, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, among others. He has also presented numerous papers at professional conferences worldwide.

Qualifications

1998-2002: PhD, Lung Imaging using Hyperpolarised Gas, University of Nottingham.
1997-1998: MSc, Medical Physics, University of Surrey.

Professional membership

  • Member of The International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM).
  • Member of the Institution of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM).
  • Chartered Scientist (CSci MIPEM)[PEM/108/227495].
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).
  • Teaching

    Teaching

    Teaching interests

    PSYC778: The physics of neuroimaging 

    RAD512: Medical Imaging Science 3

    RAD413: Medical Imaging Science 2

    RAD412: Medical Imaging Science 1

    Research

    Research

    Research interests

  • MRI, fMRI & DTI
  • Image analysis (SPM, Analyse)
  • RF Coil Design
  • Eye-tracking
  • MR intravascular imaging
  • Hyperpolarized Gas MRI
  • MRI sequence development/optimization
  • Publications

    Publications

    Journals

    •  Jones J, Adlam R, Benattayallah A, Milton F. The Neural Correlates of Working Memory Training in Typically Developing Children. Journal of Child Development, December 2021.
    • Inkster A, Milton F, Edmunds C, Benattayallah A, Wills A. Neural correlates of the inverse base rate effect. Human Brain Mapping, November 2021.
    • Thienkarochanakul K, Javadi AA, Akrami M, Robert Charnley JR, Benattayallah A. Stress Distribution of the Tibiofemoral Joint in a Healthy Versus Osteoarthritis Knee Model Using Image-Based Three-Dimensional Finite Element Analysis. Journal of Medical and Biological Engineering, April 2020.
    • Parris B A, Wadsley M G, Hasshim N, Benattayallah A, Augustinova M, Ferrand L. An fMRI Study of Response and Semantic Conflict in the Stroop Task. Frontiers in Psychology, 10 2426, October 2019
    • Khenien A, Benattayallah A, Tabor G. CFD Simulation of an Industrial Spiral Refrigeration System. Energies, 12 (17): August 2019.
    • Lawn W, Mithchener L, Freeman T P, Benattayallah A, Bisby J A, Wall M B, Dodds C M, Curran H V, Morgan C J A. Valuebased decisionmaking of cigarette and nondrug rewards in dependent and occasional cigarette smokers: An FMRI study. In Addiction Biology, May 2019.
    • Akrami M, Craig K, Dibaj M, Javadi A, Benattayallah A. A Three-dimensional finite element analysis of the human hip. The Journal of Medical Engineering and Technology. 42 (7): 546-552, March 2019.
    • Milton FN, Bealing P, Carpenter KL, Benattayallah A, Wills AJ. The neural correlates of similarity- and rule-based generalization. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 29 (1): 150-166, January 2017.
    • Carpenter KL, Wills AJ, Benattayallah A, Milton FN. A comparison of the neural correlates that underlie rule-based and information-integration category learning. Human Brain Mapping, 37 (10): 3557-3574, October 2016.
    • Hodgson TL, Parris BA, Benattayallah A, Summers IR. Evidence for multi-modal representation of effector modality in frontal cortex during stimulus-response rule switching. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 9 (486): 2015.
    • Norman L, Lawrenceh N, Iles A, Benattayallah A, Karl A. Attachment security priming attenuates amygdala activation to social and linguistic threat. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 10 (6): 832-839, 2015.
    • Smith LJ, Anand P, Benattayallah A, Hodgson TL. An fMRI investigation of moral cognition in healthcare decision making. Journal of Neuroscience, Psychology, and Economics, 8 (2): 116-133, 2015
    • Hodgson JC, Benattayallah A, Hodgson TL. The Role of the Dominant Versus the Non-Dominant Hemisphere: An fMRI Study of Aphasia Recovery Following Stroke. Aphasiology, (1): July 2014.
    • Milton F, Butler CR, Benattayallah A, Zeman A. The neural basis of autobiographical memory deficits in transient epileptic amnesia. Neuropsychologia, 50 (14): 3528-3541, December 2012.
    • Flanagan DE, Fulford J, Krishnan B, Benattayallah A, Watt A, Summers IR. Functional MRI of the hypothalamic response to an oral glucose load. Diabetologia, 55 (7): 2080-2082, July 2012. 
    • Milton F, Butler CR, Benattayallah A, Zeman A. MP 2 An fMRI study of autobiographical memory deficits in transient epileptic amnesia. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, 83 (10): July 2012.
    • Roser M.E, Corballis M.C, Jansari A, Fulford J, Benattayallah A, Adams W.M. Bilateral redundancy gain and callosal integrity in a man with callosal lipoma: a diffusion-tensor imaging study. Neurocase, 18 (3): 185-198, 2012.
    • Van.Rensburg K.J, Taylor A, Benattayallah A, Hodgson T. The effects of exercise on cigarette cravings and brain activation in response to smoking-related images. Psychopharmacology, 221 (4): 659-666, 2012.
    • Milton F, Muhlert N, Butler C, Smith A, Benattayallah A, Zeman A. An fMRI study of long-term everyday memory using SenseCam. Memory, 19 (7): 733-744, October 2011.
    • Milton F, Muhlert N, Butler C, Smith A, Benattayallah A, Zeman A. The neural correlates of everyday recognition memory. Brain and Cognition, 76 (3): 369-381, 2011.
    • Lavric A, Bregadze N, Benattayallah A. Detection of experimental ERP effects in combined EEG-fMRI: evaluating the benefits of interleaved acquisition and Independent Component Analysis. Clinical Neurophysiology, 122 (2): 267-277, February 2011.
    • Peacock O.J, Stokes K.A, Thompson D, Benattayallah A, Fulford and J. Cortical responses to a carbohydrate-electrolyte drink and water: effects of an exercise-dehydration model. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 42 (10): 98-99, October 2010.
    • Van Rensburg K.J, Taylor A, Hodgson T, Benattayallah A. Acute exercise modulates cigarette cravings and brain activation in response to smoking-related images: an fMRI study. Psychopharmacology, 203 (3): 589-598, April 2009.
    • Parris B.A, Kuhn G, Mizon G, Benattayallah A, Hodgson T.L. Imaging the impossible: An fMRI study of impossible causal relationships in magic tricks. NeuroImage, 45 (3): 1033-1039, April 2009. 
    • Parris B.A, Thai N.J, Benattayallah A, Summers I.R, Hodgson T.L. The role of the lateral prefrontal cortex and anterior cingulate in stimulus-response association reversals. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 19 (1): 13-24, January 2007.
    • Tabor G, G.P Young, Beresford West T, Benattayallah A. Mesh construction from Medical Imaging for Multiphysics simulation: Heat Transfer and Fluid Flow in Complex Geometries. Engineering Applications of Computational Fluid Mechanics, 1 (2): 126 - 136, 2007.
    • Owers-Bradley J.R, Fichele S, Benattayallah A, McGloin C.J, Bowtell R.W, Morgan P, Moody A.R. MR tagging of human lungs using hyperpolarized He-3 gas. Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, 17 (1): 142-146, April 2003.



    Conference Papers

  • Kim Craig, Mohammad Akrami, Akbar Javadi, Abdelmalek Benattayallah, Christina Doyle, Andrew John Timperley. Investigating Human Hip Dislocation Using a Three-Dimensional Finite Element Human Hip Model. In 8th World Congress of Biomechanics, Dublin, Ireland, July 2018.
     
  • Joe Charnley, Kim Craig, Mohammad Akrami, Akbar Javadi, Abdelmalek Benattayallah. Towards investigating the implications of joint incongruity on the elbow joint using a 3D image-based finite element modelling. In 8th World Congress of Biomechanics, Dublin, Ireland, July 2018.
     
  • Mohammad Akrami, Thomas Wall, Kimberley Zoe Flethcher-Bott, Akbar Javadi, Mahdieh Dibaj, Abdelmalek Benattayallah, Reza Zamani, Vikram Devaraj. Image-driven Subject-specific Three-dimensional Model of the Human Hand and Wrist. In 8th World Congress of Biomechanics, Dublin, Ireland, July 2018.
     
  • Will Lawn, Tom Freeman, Abdelmalek Benattayallah, James Bisby, Ludovico Mitchener, Val Curran, Chris Dodds, Celia Morgan. Value-Based Decision-Making of Cigarettes and Non-Drug Rewards in Dependent and Occasional Smokers: An fMRI Study. In 31st World Congress of The International College of Neuropsychopharmacology (CINP), Vienna/Austria, June 2018.
     
  • Will Lawn, Tom Freeman, Abdelmalek Benattayallah, James Bisby, Ludovico Mitchener, Val Curran, Chris Dodds, Celia Morgan. Value-Based Decision-Making of Cigarettes and Non-Drug Rewards in Dependent and Occasional Smokers: An fMRI Study. In Biological Psychiatry, pp. S234-S234, May 2018.
  • Jonathan Jones, Anna Adlam, Andy Wills, Abdelmalek Benattayallah, Fraser Milton. Working Memory Training Increases Recruitment of the Middle Frontal Gyrus in Children. In Experimental Psychology Society, Reading/UK, July 2017.
     
  • Luke Norman, Andrew Iles, Natalia Lawrence, Abdelmalek Benattayallah, Anke Karl. Neural Correlates of Habitual Expressive-Suppression in Trauma-Exposed Individuals. In 31st Joint Annual Meeting of the ISMRM and ESMRMB, Milan/Italy, May 2014.
     
  • Kathryn Carpenter, Andy Wills, Abdelmalek Benattayallah, Fraser Milton. An examination of the neurobiological predictions of the COVIS model of category learning. In 11th Experimental Psychology Society Symposium, Kent/UK, April 2014.
     
  • Alhussain A.Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, Benattayallah A, Fulford J, Summers I. Discrimination of tactile trajectories on the fingertip: an fMRI study. In 29th Annual Scientific Meeting of the ESMRMB, Lisbon/PT, October 2012.
     
  • M,Roser, McKenzie B, Bach P, Goodwin A, Zahra D, Fulford J, Benattayallah A. Relational Integration in Autism and Asperger Syndrome: A functional MRI / diffusion-tensor imaging experiment. In Cognition Institute, Plymouth, UK, February 2012.
     
  • Milton F, CR, Butler, Benattayallah A, Zeman A. An fMRI study of autobiographical memory deficits in transient epileptic amnesia. In 25th Annual Meeting of the BNPA, London, UK, February 2012.
     
  • Van.Rensburg K.J, Taylor A, Hodgson T, Drobes D, Benattayallah A. Can Exercise Attenuate Cue-Reactivity to Smoking Images: an fMRI Study. In Conference of Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT), Toronto, Ontario, Canada, February 2011.
     
  • Benattayallah A, N Bregadze, A Lavric. Effect of EEG Electrodes (32 and 64 Channels) on the fMRI Signal. In 18th Annual Scientific Meeting of the ISMRM, Stockholm, Sweden, 2010.
     
  • Benattayallah A, F Milton, N Muhlert, A Zeman. The neural correlates of everyday recognition memory. In 18th Annual Scientific Meeting of the ISMRM, Stockholm, Sweden, 2010.
     
  • Knapp K.M, Seymour R, Fulford J, Benattayallah A, Summers IR, Welsman JR. Incidental findings in low resolution visceral adipose tissue magnetic resonance imaging scans. In Annual Meeting of the ESMRMB, Belek/Antalya, Turkey, October 2009.
     
  • Van.Rensburg K.J, Taylor A, Benattayallah A, Hodgson T. Exercise Attenuates Smoking Cue-Elicited Regional Brain Activation And Self-Report Cravings. In 14th Annual Congress of the EUROPEAN COLLEG OF SPORT SCIENCE, Oslo, Norway, June 2009.
     
  • Van.Rensburg K.J, Taylor A, Hodgson T, Benattayallah A. Acute exercise modulates cigarette craving and brain activation in response to smoking-related images: an fMRI study. In Conference of Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT), Dublin, Ireland, April 2009.
     
  • Roser M.E, Fulford J, Benattayallah A. Interhemispheric interaction in simple response time: a combined functional- and diffusion-tensor imaging study. In 16th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society (CNS), San Francisco, March 2009.
     
  • Hodgson T, Parris B, Benattayallah A, Summers I. Multimodal and unimodal areas for rule based behavioural control. In 16th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society (CNS), San Francisco, March 2009.
     
  • Benattayallah A, Van Rensburg KJ, Hodgson T, Fulford J, Taylor A. The Effects of Exercise on Regional Brain Activation in Response to Smoking Cues During Temporary Abstinence from Smoking. In 16th Annual Scientific Meeting of the ISMRM, Toronto, Canada, May 2008. Abstract  Poster (PowerPoint) 
     
  • Benattayallah A, Flanagan D, Krishnan B, Ball C, Fulford J, Macleod K, Summers I.R, Shore A. Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI)-A Useful Tool for the Assessment of Hypothalamus Function?. In 15th Annual Scientific Meeting of the ISMRM, Berlin, Germany, May 2007. Abstract  Poster (PowerPoint) 
     
  • Krishnan B, Benattayallah A, Fulford J, Summers I.R, Flanagan D.E. Hypothalamic Activation following an Oral Glucose Load- Studies using Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI). In 67th Scientific Meeting and Exhibition of the American Diabetes Association, Chicago, Illinois, USA, April 2007.
     
  • Syed M.K, Benattayallah A, Fulford J, Summers I.R. Cortical Activation Associated with Tactile Movement in Attentive Subjects. In 14th Annual Scientific Meeting of the ISMRM, Seattle, Washington, USA, May 2006. Abstract  Poster  
     
  • Xuan V.Bui, Benattayallah A, Tabor G.R, Young P.G, West T.B. From Reality To Model In Minutes Or On The Aerodynamics Of A Thanksgiving Turkey. In 29th Annual Meeting of the International Society of Biomechanics (ISB), Cleveland, Ohio, USA, May 2005. Abstract  
     
  • Kiel B, Benattayallah A, Alfke H. Development of a receive-only coil for mouse knee using clinical magnetic resonance scanner.. In Annual Meeting of Experimental Radiology (ERT), Kiel, Germany, [in German]., May 2005.
     
  • Benattayallah A, Heverhagen T, Matschl V, Alfke J.H, Klose K.J, Wagner H.J. Multi-Loop Coil for Intravascular MRI. In 21st Annual Scientific Meeting of the ESMRMB, Copenhagen, Denmark, September 2004. Abstract  
     
  • Benattayallah A, Owers-Bradley J.R, Bowtell R.W. RF-receiver coil for lung imaging at 0.15 Tesla. In 20th Annual Scientific Meeting of the ESMRMB, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, September 2003. Abstract  
     
  • Benattayallah A, Heverhagen T, Matschl V, Alfke J.H, Klose K.J, Wagner H.J. Comparative Study of Intravascular RF Coil Designs. In 20th Annual Scientific Meeting of the ESMRMB, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, September 2003. Abstract  
     
  • Benattayallah A, Owers-Bradley J.R, Fichele S, McGloin C.J, Bowtell R.W, Morgan P, Moody A.R. Diffusion and Tagging of Hyperpolarized 3He in the Lungs. In 19th Annual Scientific Meeting of the ESMRMB, Cannes, France, MGMA, volume 15, no. 1, August 2002.
     
  • Owers-Bradley J.R, Benattayallah A, Fichele S, McGloin C.J, Bowtell R.W, Morgan P, Moody A.R. Diffusion and Tagging of Hyperpolarized 3He in the Lungs. In Annual Meeting of the BCISMRB, Sheffield, UK, May 2002.
     
  • Fichele S, Owers-Bradley J.R, Bowtell R.W, McGloin C, Benattayallah A, Morgan P, Moody A.R. Hyperpolarized He-3 Production and Low Field Imaging (0.15T). In 10th Annual Scientific Meeting of the ISMRM, Hawaii, USA, May 2002. Abstract  Poster  
     
  • Owers-Bradley J.R, Benattayallah A, Fichele S, McGloin C.J, Bowtell R.W, Morgan P, Moody A.R. Diffusion and Tagging of Hyperpolarized 3He in the Lungs. In 14th Annual Scientific Meeting of the ISMRM, Hawaii, USA, May 2002. Poster  
     
  • Fichele S, McGloin C, Benattayallah A, Manfraix S, Owers-Bradley J, Bowtell R.W, Moody A, Morgan P.S. In-Vivo Hyperpolarized 3He Lung Imaging in a 0.15T Permanent Transverse Field MRI Scanner. In 11th NMR Symposium, Nottingham, UK, April 2001.
     
  • McGloin C, Benattayallah A, Bowtell R.W, Fichele S, Moody A, Morgan P.S, Owers-Bradley J.R. Low Field Lung Imaging Using Hyperpolarized 3He. In 10th Annual Scientific Meeting of the ISMRM, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, April 2001. Abstract  
     
  • Fichele S, McGloin C, Benattayallah A, Manfraix S, Owers-Bradley J, Bowtell R.W, Moody A, Morgan P.S. In-Vivo Hyperpolarized 3He Lung Imaging, without Compression, in 1.5T Permanent Transverse Field MRI Scanner. In 19th Annual Scientific Meeting of the ESMRMB, Paris, France, September 2000.
     
  • Fichele S, McGloin C, Benattayallah A, Manfraix S, Owers-Bradley J, Bowtell R.W, Moody A, Morgan P.S. In-Vivo Hyperpolarized 3He Lung Imaging in a 0.15T Permanent Transverse Field MRI Scanner. In Annual Meeting of the BCISMRB, Liverpool, UK, May 1999.
  • Personal

    Personal

    Reports & invited lectures

  • MRI Experience, School of Physics, Exeter University, Exeter, UK, Jan 2005.
  • Diffusion and Perfusion MRI, Philipps University Hospital, Marburg, DE, Mar 2004.
  • Fast MRI and its Applications, Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Philipps University Hospital, Marburg, Germany, Mar 2004.
  • Introduction to MRI, Department of Physics, University of Ouargla, Algeria, Jan 2004.
  • Rat and mice RF Coils, Central Lab of Electronic (ZEL), Centre of Science, Jülich, Germany, July 2003.
  • Intravascular RF Coils, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Philipps University Hospital, Marburg, Germany, May 2003.
  • Lung Imaging using He-3 Hyperpolarised Gas, Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Philipps University Hospital, Marburg, Germany, Nov 2002.