Dr Mario Parra Rodriguez

Lecturer

Psychology

Personal statement

Research interests: Mechanisms underlying normal and abnormal cognitive ageing. Cognitive and behavioural changes in neurodegenerative diseases, with emphasis on Alzheimer’s Disease. The investigation of functional brain changes (fMRI, EEG, ERP, Brain Connectivity) in the course of dementing illnesses and other brain disorders. Development of cognitive tests for the early detection of dementia with emphasis on Alzheimer’s disease. Development of technology-based intervention procedures to enhance functions of everyday life in older people who are experiencing cognitive decline. I also have an interest in the biopsychosocial mechanisms of abnormal behaviours (e.g., violence) in the context of social conflicts.  

Biography: I graduated as a Medical Doctor in 1993 and as a Clinical Neurophysiologist in 1997. I worked at the Cuban Neuroscience Centre and at different University Hospitals in Cuba and in Colombia. During my clinical work I focused on neuropsychological and neurophysiological aspects of dementia syndromes and other neurological disorders. I taught neuroscience related subjects in the field of medicine and psychology. My motivation for teaching and research led me to a major career change into academia. This started with my PhD in 2005 at the University of Edinburgh and continued with three Postdoctoral Fellowships and a position as a Clinical Studies Officer within the NHS Scotland. I was as an Assistant Professor in Psychology at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh from 2015 until 2018. I am currently a Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.

Publications

Profiles of cognitive impairment in the continuum from normal cognition to Alzheimer's clinical syndrome : contributions of the short-term memory binding tests
Cecchini MA, Foss MP, Tumas V, Patrocinio FAP, Correia RDC, Novaretti N, Brozinga TR, Bahia VS, de Souza LC, Guimarães HC, Caramelli P, Lima-Silva TB, Cassimiro L, Brucki SMD, Nitrini R, Della Sala S, Parra MA, Yassuda MS
International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry (2020)
https://doi.org/10.1002/gps.5370
Role of executive functions in the conversion from mild cognitive impairment to dementia
Junquera Fernández Almudena, García-Zamora Estefania, Olazarán-Rodriguez Javier, Parra Rodriguez Mario A, Fernández Guinea Sara
Journal of Alzheimer's Disease (2020)
Neurocognitive mechanisms underlying working memory encoding and retrieval in Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Ortega Rodrigo, López Vladimir, Carrasco Ximena, Escobar María Josefina, García Adolfo M, Parra Mario A, Aboitiz Francisco
Scientific Reports Vol 10 (2020)
https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-64678-x
Neurocognitive reorganization of emotional processing following a socio-cognitive intervention in Colombian ex-combatants
Valencia S, Trujillo N, Trujillo S, Acosta A, Rodríguez M, Ugarriza JE, López JD, García AM, Parra MA
Social Neuroscience (2020)
https://doi.org/10.1080/17470919.2020.1735511
The striatum, the hippocampus, and short-term memory binding : volumetric analysis of the subcortical grey matter's role in mild cognitive impairment
Valdés Hernández Maria C, Clark Rupert, Wang Szu-Han, Guazzo Federica, Calia Clara, Pattan Vivek, Starr John, Sala Sergio Della, Parra Mario Alfredo
NeuroImage: Clinical Vol 25 (2020)
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nicl.2019.102158
Tackling dementia globally : the Global Dementia Prevention Program (GloDePP) collaboration
Chan Kit Yee, Adeloye Davies, Asante Kwaku Poku, Calia Clara, Campbell Harry, Danso Samuel O, Juvekar Sanjay, Luz Saturnino, Mohan Devi, Muniz-Terrera Graciela, Nitrini Ricardo, Noroozian Maryam, Nulkar Amit, Nyame Solomon, Paralikar Vasudeo, Parra Rodriguez Mario A, Poon Adrienne N, Reidpath Daniel D, Rudan Igor, Stephan Blossom CM, Su TinTin, Wang Huali, Watermeyer Tam, Wilkinson Heather, Yassuda Monica Sanches, Yu Xin, Ritchie Craig,
J Glob Health Vol 9, pp. 1-5 (2019)
https://doi.org/10.7189/jogh.09.020103

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Professional activities

Glasgow University Psychology Society Conference
Participant
1/2/2020
Technologies for mental health: recent developments at Strathclyde
Recipient
20/12/2019
Computational, Cognitive and Clinical Neuroimaging Laboratory (C3NL)
Participant
7/11/2019
Detecting Alzheimer's and Enhancing Memory: towards novel assessments and technology-driven interventions
Invited speaker
6/8/2019
First HASS Extravaganza showcase
Speaker
3/5/2019
The Age-Friendly Academy at Strathclyde
Invited speaker
1/5/2019

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Projects

Evaluation of in-home monitoring using the BrainWaveBank platform for people with Mild Cognitive Impairment
Parra Rodriguez, Mario (Principal Investigator)
30-Jan-2019 - 03-Jan-2020
Combining movement and cognition towards unbiased biomarkers of Alzheimer's disease
Parra Rodriguez, Mario (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 01-Jan-2019

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