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Catherine Lopez, MS

Lead, Clinical Research Program Coordinator

Catherine Lopez, MS, Lead, Clinical Research Program Coordinator, joined the Developing Brain Institute in 2018. During this time, Catherine has been instrumental in developing strong relationships with our fetal cardiology team and the cardiac intensive care unit. She has taken the lead on our fetal cardiac research studies and has successfully trained new study coordinators and nurses on our fetal heart-brain initiatives. More recently, Catherine has supported our community outreach efforts and has helped forge new relationships with a number of obstetrical partners, including George Washington OB in Bethesda, Washington Hospital Center in D.C., and Holy Cross MFM providers. Over the past year, Catherine expanded the scope of her work to include very active involvement in perinatal mental health focus groups for both African American pregnant women and for pregnant women carrying fetuses diagnosed with CHD. Working alongside Jessica Quistorff, Catherine has been critical to the success of the Project RESCUE protocol and played a major role in establishing the postnatal arm of Project RESCUE to include recruitment of newborns at Washington Hospital Center who had been exposed to COVID-19 infection before birth. Having previously worked in transplant clinical trials, Catherine joined the team with a keen understanding of research activities for their ongoing fetal studies. Over time, her interests in health education and literacy have grown and the Institute has helped to foster these interests as well as apply them to her current work in maternal and infant health. A native of the greater District of Columbia region, she hopes to bring research to women and children in this area, especially those who may be more marginalized or have less access.


Address: 111 Michigan Ave NW, Washington, DC 20010
Email: fetalbrain@childrensnational.org
Department: MRI Lab

Recent Publications & Presentations



2022 | April
Wu Y, Espinosa KM, Barnett SD, Kapse A, Quistorff JL, Lopez C, Andescavage N, Pradhan S, Lu YC, Kapse K, Henderson D, Vezina G, Wessel D, du Plessis AJ, Limperopoulos C.
Association of elevated maternal psychological distress, altered fetal brain, and offspring cognitive and social-emotional outcomes at 18 months. JAMA Netw Open. 2022 Apr 1;5(4):e229244. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2022.9244. PMID: 35486403; PMCID: PMC9055453. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35486403/
2022
Basu SK, Pradhan S, Barnett SD, Mikkelsen M, Kapse KJ, Murnick J, Quistorff JL, Lopez CA, du Plessis AJ, Limperopoulos C
Regional differences in gamma-aminobutyric acid and glutamate concentrations in the healthy newborn brain AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2022 Jan;43(1):125-131. doi: 10.3174/ajnr.A7336. Epub 2021 Nov 11. PMID: 34764083 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34764083/
2021
Schlatterer SD, Govindan RB, Murnick J, Barnett SD, Lopez C, Donofrio MT, Mulkey SB, Limperopoulos C, du Plessis AJ
In infants with congenital heart disease autonomic dysfunction is associated with pre-operative brain injury Pediatr Res. 2021 Dec 28. doi: 10.1038/s41390-021-01931-7. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34963700 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34963700/
2021
Wu Y, Lu YC, Kapse K, Jacobs M, Andescavage N, Donofrio MT, Lopez C, Quistorff JL, Vezina G, Krishnan A, du Plessis AJ, Limperopoulos C
In utero MRI identifies impaired second trimester subplate growth in fetuses with congenital heart disease
Cereb Cortex. 2021 Oct 28:bhab386. doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhab386. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34882775 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34882775/
2021
Espinosa KM, Julian M, Wu Y, Lopez C, Donofrio MT, Krishnan A, Goudar S, Bowers S, Douglas-Barnett S, Limperopoulos C, Le HN
"The Mental Health Piece is Huge": perspectives on developing a prenatal maternal psychological intervention for congenital heart disease
Cardiol Young. 2021 Sep 30:1-8. doi: 10.1017/S1047951121004030. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34588092. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34588092/
2021
Wu Y, Andescavage N, Lopez C, Quistorff JL, Donofrio MT, du Plessis AJ, Limperopoulos C.
Maternal mental distress and cortisol levels in pregnancies with congenital heart disease. Cardiol Young. 2021 Aug 31:1-5. doi: 10.1017/S1047951121003504. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34462025. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34462025/
2021
Andescavage N, Kapse K, Lu YC, Barnett SD, Jacobs M, Gimovsky AC, Ahmadzia H, Quistorff J, Lopez C, Andersen NR, Bulas D, Limperopoulos C
Normative placental structure in pregnancy using quantitative Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Placenta. 2021 Jul 31;112:172-179. doi: 10.1016/j.placenta.2021.07.296. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34365206. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34365206/
2021
De Asis-Cruz J, Andersen N, Kapse K, Khrisnamurthy D, Quistorff J, Lopez C, Vezina G, Limperopoulos C
Global Network Organization of the Fetal Functional Connectome.
Cereb Cortex. 2021 May 10;31(6):3034-3046. doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhaa410. PMID: 33558873; PMCID: PMC8107792. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33558873/
2021
Gold S, Kapse K, Lopez C, Quistorff J, Downs S, Iqbal S, Limperopoulos C, Andescavage N. In vivo placental function in pregnancies complicated by maternal diabetes mellitus. Poster presentation. Pediatric Academic Societies 2021 Virtual Meeting, May 4, 2021.
2021
Andescavage N, Kushal K, Lu Y-C, Barnett S, Saeed H, Quistorff J, Lopez C, Limperopoulos C In-vivo changes of placental development during the COVID19 pandemic. Platform presentation. Pediatric Academic Societies 2021 Virtual Meeting, May 4, 2021.
2021
De Asis-Cruz J, Lopez C, Kapse K, Quistorff J, Vezina G, Donofrio M, Limperopoulos C In-utero MRI identifies altered resting state networks in fetuses with complex congenital heart disease. Platform presentation. Pediatric Academic Societies 2021 Virtual Meeting, May 4, 2021.
2021
Lu Y-C, Andescavage N, Saeed H, Quistorff J, Lopez C, Henderson D, Kapse K, Vezina G, du Plessis AJ, Limperopoulos C Structural changes of the human fetal brain during the COVID-19 pandemic. Society for Pediatric Research (SPR) Plenary Series: Best of SPR Featured Abstracts. Pediatric Academic Societies 2021 Virtual Meeting, May 4, 2021.
2021
Ahmadzia HK, Lu Y-C, Barak S, Quistorff J, Lopez C, Kapse K, Limperopoulos C, Andescavage N Optimizing abnormal placentation detection prenatally using quantitative MRI. Platform presentation. Pediatric Academic Societies 2021 Virtual Meeting, May 4, 2021.
2021
Cook KM, De Asis-Cruz J, Lopez C, Quistorff J, Kapse K, Andresen N, Vezina G, Limperopoulos C In utero MRI differentiates male and female human fetal brain functional connectivity. Platform presentation. Pediatric Academic Societies 2021 Virtual Meeting, May 3, 2021.
2021
Andescavage N, Bullen T, Liggett M, Barnett S, Espinosa K, Kapse A, Kapse K, Ahmadzia H, Quistorff J, Lopez C, Limperopoulos C Relating fetal brain development and neonatal neurobehavior in pregnancies complicated by fetal growth restriction. Platform presentation. Pediatric Academic Societies 2021 Virtual Meeting, May 3, 2021.
2021
Lu Y-C, Andescavage N, Saeed H, Kapse K, Andersen N, Lopez C, Henderson D, Bulas D, du Plessis AJ, Limperopoulos C Influence of the COVID-19 pandemic on human placental morphology and texture. Platform presentation. Pediatric Academic Societies 2021 Virtual Meeting, May 3, 2021.
2021
Pradhan S, Niforatos-Andescavage N, Saeed H, Barnett S, Kapse K, Andersen N, Quistorff J, Lopez C, Vezina G, Limperopoulos C Impaired fetal brain metabolism in pregnancies complicated by elevated maternal stress during the COVID-19 pandemic. Poster presentation. Pediatric Academic Societies 2021 Virtual Meeting, May 2, 2021.
2021
Lu Y-C, Andescavage N, Kapse K, Andersen N, Lopez C, Quistorff J, Henderson D, Bulas D, Krishnan A, Donofrio MT, du Plessis AJ, Limperopoulos C Maternal anxiety alters in vivo placental morphology and texture in pregnancies complicated by fetal congenital heart disease. Platform presentation. Pediatric Academic Societies 2021 Virtual Meeting, May 1, 2021.
2021
Schlatterer SD, Govindan RB, Murnick J, Barnett SD, Lopez C, Al-Shargabi T, Donofrio MT, Mulkey SB, Limperopoulos C, du Plessis AJ. Early heart rate variability correlates with pre-operative brain injury score in infants with congenital heart disease. Poster presentation. Pediatric Academic Societies 2021 Virtual Meeting, April 30, 2021.
2021
Pradhan S, Kapse K, Niforatos-Andescavage N, Quistorff J, Lopez C, Limperopoulos C. Increased brain lactate in fetuses of pregnant women with diabetes. Poster presentation. Pediatric Academic Societies 2021 Virtual Meeting, April 30, 2021.
2021
Andescavage N, Liggett M, Barnett S, Espinosa K, Kapse A, Kapse K, Ahmadzia H, Quistorff J, Lopez C, Limperopoulos C. Impaired prenatal cerebellar growth predicts neurodevelopmental outcomes in growth restricted fetuses. Poster presentation. Pediatric Academic Societies 2021 Virtual Meeting, April 30, 2021.
2021 | May
Lu Y-C, Andescavage N, Kapse K, Andersen N, Lopez C, Quistorff J, Henderson D, Bulas D, Krishnan A, Donofrio MT, du Plessis AJ, Limperopoulos C. Maternal anxiety alters in vivo placental morphology and texture in pregnancies complicated by fetal congenital heart disease. Platform presentation. Pediatric Academic Societies 2021 Virtual Meeting, May 1, 2021.
2021 | Apr
Schlatterer SD, Govindan RB, Murnick J, Barnett SD, Lopez C, Al-Shargabi T, Donofrio MT, Mulkey SB, Limperopoulos C, du Plessis AJ Early heart rate variability correlates with pre-operative brain injury score in infants with congenital heart disease. Poster presentation. Pediatric Academic Societies 2021 Virtual Meeting, April 30, 2021.
2021 | Apr
Pradhan S, Kapse K, Niforatos-Andescavage N, Quistorff J, Lopez C, Limperopoulos C Increased brain lactate in fetuses of pregnant women with diabetes. Poster presentation. Pediatric Academic Societies 2021 Virtual Meeting, April 30, 2021.
2021 | Apr
Pradhan S, Kapse K, Niforatos-Andescavage N, Quistorff J, Lopez C, Limperopoulos C Increased brain lactate in fetuses of pregnant women with diabetes. Poster presentation. Pediatric Academic Societies 2021 Virtual Meeting, April 30, 2021.
2021 | Apr
Andescavage N, Liggett M, Barnett S, Espinosa K, Kapse A, Kapse K, Ahmadzia H, Quistorff J, Lopez C, Limperopoulos C Impaired prenatal cerebellar growth predicts neurodevelopmental outcomes in growth restricted fetuses. Poster presentation. Pediatric Academic Societies 2021 Virtual Meeting, April 30, 2021.
2021 | Apr
Lopez, C, Quistorff J, Saeed H, Barnett S, Henderson D, Andescavage N, Limperopoulos C. Changes in psychological distress profiles in Hispanic and African American women before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. Poster presentation. Pediatric Academic Societies 2021 Virtual Meeting, April 30, 2021.
2021
Axel Largent PhD, Kushal Kapse MS, Scott D. Barnett PhD, Josepheen De Asis‐Cruz MD, PhD, Matthew Whitehead MD, Jonathan Murnick MD, PhD, Li Zhao PhD, Nicole Andersen BA, Jessica Quistorff MPH, Catherine Lopez MS, Catherine Limperopoulos PhD
Image Quality Assessment of Fetal Brain MRI Using Multi‐Instance Deep Learning Methods
[published online ahead of print, 2021 Apr 23]. J Magn Reson Imaging 2021 Apr 23. doi: 10.1002/jmri.27649. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com
2021
Lu YC, Kapse K, Andersen N, Quistorff J, Lopez C, Fry A, Cheng J, Andescavage N, Wu Y, Espinosa K, Vezina G, du Plessis A, Limperopoulos C.
Association between socioeconomic status and in utero fetal brain development. JAMA Network Open. Published 2021, Mar 1;4(3):e213526. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.3526. PMID: 33779746. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33779746/
2020
De Asis-Cruz J, Krishnamurthy D, Zhao L, Kapse K, Vezina G, Andescavage N, Quistorff J, Lopez C, Limperopoulos C.
Association of prenatal maternal anxiety with fetal regional brain connectivity JAMA Network Open. Published 2020, Dec. 7;3(12):e2022349. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.22349 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33284334/