Dr Mario Parra Rodriguez

Senior 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.

Prizes and awards

Invited Professor Brain Health CPD courses in Latin America
Recipient
26/1/2022
Neuroscientific Officer for ViewMind
Recipient
2022
Member of the Executive Committee Scottish Dementia Research Consrtium
Recipient
26/2/2021
Invited Professor MSc in Clinical Neuropsychology, University Surcolombiana
Recipient
2021
Honorary Fellowship with the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences, University of Edinburgh
Recipient
9/9/2020
Nuffield Council on Bioethics, New in-depth inquiry: the future of ageing
Recipient
29/7/2020

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Publications

Source space connectomics of neurodegeneration : one-metric approach does not fit all
Prado Pavel, Moguilner Sebastian, Mejía Jhony A, Sainz-Ballesteros Agustín, Otero Mónica, Birba Agustina, Santamaria-Garcia Hernando, Legaz Agustina, Fittipaldi Sol, Cruzat Josephine, Tagliazucchi Enzo, Parra Mario, Herzog Rubén, Ibáñez Agustín
Neurobiology of Disease Vol 179 (2023)
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nbd.2023.106047
Confidence as part of searcher's cognitive context
Michalkova Dominika, Parra Rodriguez Mario, Moshfeghi Yashar
Machine Learning, Optimization, and Data Science - 8th International Conference, LOD 2022, Revised Selected Papers 8th International Conference on Machine Learning, Optimization, and Data Science, LOD 2022, held in conjunction with the 2nd Advanced Course and Symposium on Artificial Intelligence and Neuroscience, ACAIN 2022 Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) Vol 13811 LNCS, pp. 510-524 (2023)
https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-25891-6_39
Limitations and challenges in the assessment of executive dysfunction associated with real-world functioning : the opportunity of serious games
Martínez-Pernía D, Olavarría L, Fernández-Manjón B, Cabello V, Henríquez F, Robert P, Alvarado L, Barria S, Antivilo A, Velasquez J, Cerda M, Farías G, Torralva T, Ibáñez A, Parra M, Gilbert S, Slachevsky A
Applied Neuropsychology: Adult (2023)
https://doi.org/10.1080/23279095.2023.2174438
The eye as a biomarker for Alzheimer's disease : oculomotor behaviours yield a novel digital biomarker for preclinical risk detection
Fernandez Gerardo, Mendez Luis, Lopera Francisco, Parra Rodriguez Mario
Alzheimer's & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association Vol 18 (2022)
https://doi.org/10.1002/alz.066784
The EuroLaD-EEG consortium : towards a global EEG platform for dementia, for seeking to reduce the regional impact of dementia
Parra Rodriguez Mario A, Prado Pavel, Moguilner Sebastian, Herzog Ruben A, Birba Sr. Agustina, Santamaria-Garcia Hernando A, Taglizucchi Enzo, Reyes Pablo A, Cruzat Josefina A, García Adolfo M, Whelan Robert, Lopera Francisco, Ochoa John F, Anghinah Renato, Ibáñez Agustin
Alzheimer's & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association Vol 18 (2022)
https://doi.org/10.1002/alz.059944
Multimodal, scalable and affordable neurocognitive biomarkers
Parra Mario A
Alzheimer's & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association Vol 18 (2022)
https://doi.org/10.1002/alz.059635

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Professional activities

Alignments in functional connectivity networks
Contributor
8/11/2022
Advanced Online & Onsite Course & Symposium on Artificial Intelligence & Neuroscience
Participant
18/9/2022
Virtual Reality in the Assessment and Intervention of Dementia
Speaker
11/8/2022
National and International Congress Neurosciences and Neuropsychology: Rehabilitation + Technology
Organiser
11/8/2022
Alzheimer's Association International Conference
Speaker
3/8/2022
Alzheimer's Association International Conference
Participant
3/8/2022

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Projects

Mental Health Futures Collaborative
Cogan, Nicola (Principal Investigator) Parra Rodriguez, Mario (Principal Investigator) Fleming, Leanne (Principal Investigator) Quinn, Neil (Principal Investigator) Tse, Dwight (Principal Investigator) Knifton, Lee (Principal Investigator) McCann, Lisa (Principal Investigator) Maguire, Roma (Principal Investigator) Smith, Matthew (Principal Investigator) Graham, Christopher Darryl (Principal Investigator) Grealy, Madeleine (Principal Investigator) Stephen, Susan (Principal Investigator) Weir, Natalie Mcfadyen (Principal Investigator) Donnachie, Craig (Principal Investigator) Cameron, Julie (Principal Investigator) Kane, Tony (Co-investigator) Lakey, Trevor (Academic) Donovan, Kevin (Fellow)
This Engage with Strathclyde event is aimed at all those with an interest in mental health including people with lived experience, NHS and social care personnel and staff, occupational health and human resource management staff, student support services, university student and staff, academics, private and public sector and other personnel interested in mental health research and knowledge exchange.


12-Jan-2023 - 12-Jan-2023
Confidentiality Agreement for EuroLAD-EEG: UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE and UNIVERSIDAD CATÓLICA SAN PABLO, AREQUIPA Laboratorio de Neurociencias
Parra Rodriguez, Mario (Principal Investigator)
10-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2023
Confidentiality Agreement for EuroLAD-EEG: UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE and LABORATORY OF NEUROCOGNITION AND PSYCHOPHYSIOLOGY, UNIVERSITY SURCOLOMBIANA
Parra Rodriguez, Mario (Principal Investigator)
29-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2023
Agent-based Memory Prosthesis to Encourage Reminiscing (AMPER)
Parra Rodriguez, Mario (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 28-Jan-2026
Confidentiality Agreement for EuroLAD-EEG: UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE and THE PROVOST, FELLOWS, FOUNDATION SCHOLARS, AND THE OTHER MEMBERS OF BOARD, OF THE COLLEGE, OF THE HOLY AND UNDIVIDED TRINITY OF QUEEN ELIZABETH NEAR DUBLIN
Parra Rodriguez, Mario (Principal Investigator)
23-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2023
Confidentiality Agreement for EuroLAD-EEG: UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE and NEUROSCIENCE GROUP, UNIVERSITY OF ANTIOQUIA
Parra Rodriguez, Mario (Principal Investigator)
22-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2023

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