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Dr Riccardo Manca

Dr Riccardo Manca
Research Fellow


I obtained by BSc in Psychology from the Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca, Italy, in 2013 and later specialised in neuropsychology with an MSc in Cognitive neuroscience and clinical neuropsychology at the Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy, in 2015. Since my postgraduate studies I developed a main research interest in cognitive decline. During my PhD in Neuroscience at the University of Sheffield, UK, (Translational Neuropsychology Group: 2015-2019) I worked with people with multiple sclerosis and used MRI to investigate the neural correlates of processing speed performance and the effects of a network-based cognitive rehabilitation programme.

Subsequently, I started to work as a Postdoc at the Department of Neuroscience - University of Sheffield on a variety of projects, mainly focussing on the biological correlates of neuropsychiatric symptoms in Alzheimer's disease.

In March 2021 I joined Brunel University London as a Research Fellow. At the moment I am conducting research in different areas: 1) neurocognitive decline in sexual minorities; 2) genetic and neural signatures underlying psychotic symptoms in Alzheimer's disease; 3) coordination of the SOLITUDE study - a longitudinal multi-centre observational study on the impact of social isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic on cognitive performance and mental health of people with dementia and their carers.


PhD in Neuroscience

MSc in Cognitive neuroscience and clinical neuropsychology

BSc in Psychology

BSc in Environmental Architecture


Athena Swan Self-Assessment Team member - Department of Life Sciences

Newest selected publications

Manca, R., De Marco, M., Colston, A., Raymont, V., Amin, J., Davies, R., et al. (2022) 'The impact of social isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic on patients with dementia and caregivers'. Acta Neuropsychiatrica, 0 (in press). pp. 1 - 19. ISSN: 0924-2708 Open Access Link

Journal article

Manca, R., De Marco, M., Blackburn, DJ., Russell, G., Evans, K., Kirkland, S., et al. (2021) 'Study protocol: SOcial LImitations Turn Up DEmentia (SOLITUDE)-Impact of COVID-19 social isolation on patients' cognition and mental health and on carers' wellbeing'. Alzheimer's & dementia : the journal of the Alzheimer's Association, 17 (S7). pp. e053813. ISSN: 1552-5260

Journal article

Manca, R. and Venneri, A. (2021) 'A Comparison of Neurocognitive Decline in Older Adults in Same-Sex and Opposite-Sex Relationships'. Curr Alzheimer Res, 17 (12). pp. 1102 - 1114. ISSN: 1875-5828

Journal article

Manca, R., Khan, K., Mitolo, M., De Marco, M., Grieveson, L., Varley, R., et al. (2021) 'Modulatory effects of cognitive exertion on regional functional connectivity of the salience network in women with ME/CFS: A pilot study'. J Neurol Sci, 422. pp. 117326 - 117326. ISSN: 1878-5883

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