Mario Parra Rodriguez


  • United Kingdom

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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.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Teaching and Learning, PGCAP, University of Edinburgh

10 Sept 200915 Jul 2013

Award Date: 15 Jul 2013

Doctor of Philosophy, Short-term memory binding in Azlheimer's diease and other disorders, University of Edinburgh

1 Aug 20057 Jul 2009

Award Date: 7 Jul 2009

Master in Science, Especialist in Clinicial Neurophysiology, Superior Institute of Medical Science, Cuban Neuroscience Centre

1 Sept 199320 Oct 1997

Award Date: 1 Oct 1997

Bachelor of Medicine, Doctor in Medicine, Superior Institute for Medical Science

1 Aug 19887 Jul 1993

Award Date: 7 Jul 1993


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


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