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  • United Kingdom

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19972019
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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.

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Teaching and Learning, University of Edinburgh

10 Sep 200915 Jul 2013

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Edinburgh

1 Aug 20057 Jul 2009

Master in Science, Superior Institute of Medical Science, Cuban Neuroscience Centre

1 Sep 199320 Oct 1997

Bachelor of Medicine, Superior Institute for Medical Science, Cuba

1 Aug 19887 Jul 1993

Keywords

  • Dementia
  • Ageing
  • Cognition
  • Neuropsychology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • EEG
  • MRI

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Projects 2018 2019

Research Output 1997 2018

5 Citations

A transcultural cognitive marker of Alzheimer's Disease

Della Sala, S., Kozlova, I., Stamate, A. & Parra, M. A., 30 Jun 2018, 33, 6, p. 849-856 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Alzheimer Disease
Color
Romania
Geriatrics
Primary Health Care

Complex tensor factorisation with PARAFAC2 for the estimation of brain connectivity from the EEG

Spyrou, L., Parra, M. & Escudero, J., 30 Sep 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering. 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Electroencephalography
Factorization
Tensors
Brain
Independent component analysis