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Cecilia Algarín

Adjunct Faculty, UC San Diego
Professor of Neurophysiology, Institute of Nutrition and Food Technology, University of Chile

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Clinical, Research, Teaching Interests

Dr. Algarín’s main research interest involves understanding the development of cognitive abilities, especially executive functions (EF) from childhood through adolescence. She also examines the association between EF state and ADHD, academic performance, and habits that contribute to conditions such as obesity and addiction. Additionally, she focuses on the relationship between sleep and cognition.


1976 - 1982

Javeriana University, Bogotá, Colombia, Doctor of Medicine

1983 - 1987

Hospital Universitario Militar Central, Bogotá, Colombia, Child Neurology Specialty

1995 - 1996

Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, Child Neuroradiology (Fellowship)

Honors and Awards


Foundation member, Colombian Society for Study of Pain, Bogotá, Colombia


Foundation member, Colombian Association of Child Neurologists, Bogotá, Colombia


President, Child Neurologists Association of Colombia.

Most Recent Publications

  • Peirano P, Algarín C. Sleep in brain development. Biol Res. (in press).
  • Peirano P, Algarín C, Lozoff B. Interaction sommeil-fer durant le développement neurofonctionnel. Médecine du Sommeil; (in press).
  • Eliza L. Congdon, BS, Alissa Westerlund, BA, Cecilia R. Algarin, MD, Patricio D. Peirano, MD, PhD , Matthew Gregas, PhD, Betsy Lozoff, MD and Charles A. Nelson, PhD. Iron deficiency in infancy is associated with altered neural correlates of recognition memory at 10 years. J of Pediatrics (send)
  • Peirano PD, Algarín CR, Chamorro R, Reyes S, Garrido MI, Duran S, Lozoff B. Sleep and neurofunctions throughout child development: lasting effects of early iron deficiency. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2009;48(Suppl 1):S8-15. Review.
  • Rocca Rivarola M, Lahorgue Nunes M, Jenik A, Follett F, Borghini M, Mazzola ME, Silveira Pinho AP, Algarin C, Peirano P, Olivera JE, Camarasa Piquer F, Matturri L, Piumelli R, Martinez DRM, Martínez MA, Rodríguez RS, Rodríguez A, Scavone C, Rubio I, Kanopa V: Consenso para o manejo e seguimento de pacientes com episódios de possível ameaça a vida (ALTE) e abordagem do diagnóstico diferencial de ALTE com primeira crise convulsiva. J Epilepsy Clin Neurophysiol. 2007; 13:51-57.
  • Peirano P, Algarín C, Garrido M, Lozoff B. Iron deficiency anemia (IDA) in infancy is associated with altered sleep states organization in childhood. Pediatr Res. 2007; 62:1-5.
  • Peirano P, Algarín C, Garrido M, Algarín D, Lozoff B. Iron-deficiency anemia is associated with altered characteristics of sleep spindles in NREM sleep in infancy. Neurochem Res. 2007; 32:1665-1672.
  • Held CM, Heiss JE, Estévez PA, Perez CA, Garrido M, Algarín C, Peirano P. Extracting fuzzy rules from polysomnographic recordings for infant sleep classification. IEEE Trans Biomed Eng. 2006; 53:1954-62.
  • Algarín C, Peirano P, Garrido M, Pizarro F, Lozoff B. Iron deficiency anemia in infancy: long-lasting effects on auditory and visual system functioning. Pediatr Res. 2003; 53: 217-223.