Dr Mario Parra Rodriguez

Senior Lecturer


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.

Prizes and awards

Nuffield Council on Bioethics, New in-depth inquiry: the future of ageing
International Neuropsychological Society Arthur Benton Mid-Career Research Award
Assessor Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) Healthy Ageing Challange
Coordinator of the Latin American and Caribbean Consortium on Dementia (LAC-CD).
Scientific Board Director
Honorary Fellow, School of Psychology, Philosophy and Language Science, Edinburgh University

More prizes and awards


Tracing brain amyloid-β in asymptomatic older adults relying on a memory marker for Alzheimer's disease
Parra Mario A, Gazes Yunglin, Habeck Christian, Stern Yaakov
Short-term memory conjunctive binding in Alzheimer's disease : a systematic review and meta-analysis
Cecchini Mario Amore, Parra Mario A, Brazzelli Miriam, Logie Robert H, Sala Sergio Della
Neuropsychology (2022)
Information Need Awareness : an EEG study
Michalkova Dominika, Parra Rodriguez Mario, Moshfeghi Yashar
Special Interest Group on Information Retrieval (SIGIR) 2022 (2022)
A novel deep learning approach using AlexNet for the classification of electroencephalograms in Alzheimer's Disease and Mild Cognitive Impairment
Drage Rachel, Escudero Javier, Parra Rodriguez Mario, Scally Brian, Anghinah Renato, Vitória Lacerda De Araújo Amanda, Basile Luis F, Abasolo Daniel
44th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC'22) (2022)
Disrupted spatiotemporal complexity of resting-state EEG dynamics is associated with adaptive and maladaptive rumination in major depressive disorder
Wang Jing, Liu Qi, Tian Feng, Zhou Shuzhe, Parra Mario Alfredo, Wang Huali, Yu Xin
Frontiers in Neuroscience (2022)
Barriers to effective memory assessments for Alzheimer's disease
Parra Mario A
Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, pp. 1-8 (2022)

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Professional activities

30th International Society for Anthrozoology Conference (Virtual).
Memory Assessment and Dementia Risk - Recent Perspectives
IV Iberoamerican Congress on Neuropsychology
LAC-CD Webinar Meeting, Alzheimer’s Association. Technology and Dementia
Engage with Strathclyde
Robotics & Care Mashup.

More professional activities


Agent-based Memory Prosthesis to Encourage Reminiscing (AMPER)
Parra Rodriguez, Mario (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 28-Jan-2026
Psychometric validation of the DoFEL. Functional assessment of elderly and patients with cognitive impairment.
Campbell, Irina (Principal Investigator) Calia, Clara (Principal Investigator) Parra Rodriguez, Mario (Principal Investigator)
The EuroLaD-EEG Consortium: towards a global EEG platform for dementia (Seed Grant)
Parra Rodriguez, Mario (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 01-Jan-2023
Novel technologies to support older adults with cognitive impairment
Parra Rodriguez, Mario (Academic) Whear, Sarah (Principal Investigator)
Vacation Scholarships Awarded by Carnegie Trust for a 2020 Summer Project (my Lab (12 weeks)
08-Jan-2020 - 24-Jan-2020
Novel electrophysiological markers for the early detection of Alzheimer´s disease
Parra Rodriguez, Mario (Principal Investigator) Clark, Ruaridh (Co-investigator) Escudero, Javier (Co-investigator) Smith, Keith (Co-investigator)
I have set up a new collaboration between the University of Strathclyde, University of Edinburgh and Latin America (Dr Ruaridh Clark, Research Associate from our Electronic and Electrical Engineering department of our Faculty of Engineering, Dr Javier Escudero from the Digital Communications Research Institute at Edinburgh University and Dr Keith Smith from the Usher Institute at Edinburgh University). We will apply novel brain network approaches to data collected in labs from our UK- Latin American Brain Connectivity Research Network (UL-BCRN).
Digital Health and Wellness Group. Computer & Information Sciences. Virtual Reality Assessment and Intervention System for the frail and cognitively impaired older adult (VRAIS)
Campbell, Irina (Principal Investigator) Wilson, Graham (Research Co-investigator) Parra Rodriguez, Mario (Academic)

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