Dr Liana Palermo

Marie Curie Research Fellow

School of Life & Health Sciences 
Aston University
B4 7ET

email: l.palermo@aston.ac.uk
telephone: +44 (0) 121 204 402

Liana Palermo

I graduated in 2003 with a BSc in Science and Psychology from Sapienza University of Rome. I was then accepted as a master’s student and I was invited to join the Laboratory of Visuo-spatial and Navigational Disorders directed by Professor Cecilia Guariglia at the IRCCS Santa Lucia Foundation in Rome.  As a pre-requisite, I received extensive training at the Neuropsychology Unit, directed by Professor Luigi Pizzamiglio, where I learned how to interact with brain-damaged patients and how to carry out a standard neuropsychological examination. I then started my research project on mental imagery deficits in patients with right-brain damage. At the end of 2005, I was awarded a Master’s degree in Diagnosis and Rehabilitation of Cognitive Deficits and, the following year, I was accepted for a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience under the supervision of Professor Cecilia Guariglia. During my PhD, I continued to investigate the role of mental imagery in human navigation. In particular, I focused on a specific ability which involves creating and using cognitive maps. After receiving my PhD in 2010, I continued to work at the Laboratory of Visuo-spatial and Navigational disorders (IRCCS Santa Lucia Foundation) and Sapienza University of Rome where I carried out neuropsychological studies involving a variety of clinical populations and assessing a range of cognitive functions. 

I moved to Aston University in 2013 thanks to an Individual Marie Curie Fellowship from the European Community (TREPAPHEN) - Early treated patients with PKU: Exploring the association between measures of metabolic control, cognitive performance and neurological health. FP7-PEOPLE-2012-IEF - Marie Curie Actions- Intra-European Fellowships). This grant allowed me to join the Aston University/University Hospital Birmingham team working on patients with PKU, under the supervision of Dr.Cristina Romani.

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