Dr Mario Parra Rodriguez



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.


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)
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)
Alzheimer disease and Parkinson dementia distinguished by cognitive marker
Kozlova Irina, Parra Mario A, Titova Nataliya, Gantman Maria, Della Sala Sergio
Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology (2019)
Globalising strategies to meet global challenges : the case of ageing and dementia
Parra Mario A, Butler Stephen, McGeown William J, Brown Nicholls Louise A, Robertson David J
Journal of Global Health Vol 9 (2019)
The Acreemagnosia Measurement : psychometric evaluation of a new assessment of the loss of financial knowledge
Kozlova Irina, Booth Tom, Parra Rodriguez Mario, Della Sala Sergio
Refining memory assessment of elderly people with cognitive impairment : insights from the short-term memory binding test
Parra Mario A, Calia Clara, Frank García Ana, Olazarán-Rodrígue Javier, Hernandez-Tamames Juan Antonio, Alvarez-Linera Juan, Della Sala Sergio, Fernandez Guinea Sara
Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics Vol 83, pp. 114-120 (2019)

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Professional activities

Technologies for mental health: recent developments at Strathclyde
Detecting Alzheimer's and Enhancing Memory: towards novel assessments and technology-driven interventions
Invited speaker
First HASS Extravaganza showcase
The Benefits and Challenges of Virtual Reality in Health Deployments
Invited speaker
The Age-Friendly Academy at Strathclyde
Invited speaker
Cognition in the continuum of Alzheimer's disease: evidence from a novel memory paradigm
Invited speaker

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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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