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., (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 Linket al.
Manca, R., De Marco, M., Blackburn, DJ., Russell, G., Evans, K., Kirkland, S., (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: 1552-5260et al.
Manca, R., De Marco, M., Ince, PG. and Venneri, A. (2021) 'Heterogeneity in Regional Damage Detected by Neuroimaging and Neuropathological Studies in Older Adults With COVID-19: A Cognitive-Neuroscience Systematic Review to Inform the Long-Term Impact of the Virus on Neurocognitive Trajectories'. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 13. pp. 1 - 29. ISSN: 1663-4365 Open Access Link
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
Manca, R., Khan, K., Mitolo, M., De Marco, M., Grieveson, L., Varley, R., (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: 1878-5883et al.