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Adriana Lucía Ruiz Rizzo

Country of origin: Colombia Currently in: Germany, Munich General field of specialization: Medical and Health Sciences incl Neurosciences
Academic Background


2018 Doctorate Medical and Health Sciences incl Neurosciences
2013 Master Medical and Health Sciences incl Neurosciences
2008 Undergraduate Social and Economic Sciences
Research and Profession

Current Research Activities

Medical and Health Sciences incl Neurosciences

Post-doctoral research fellow interested in the study of brain systems that underpin cognitive and behavioral changes in pre-dementia stages. I currently investigate neurocognitive markers of subjective cognitive decline, based on functional and structural connectivity analyses.

Research Keywords: 
resting-state fMRI
brain connectivity
cognitive neuroscience
cognitive decline

Publications resulting from Research: 

- Ruiz-Rizzo, A.L., Pruitt, P.J., Finke, K., Müller, H.J., Damoiseaux, J.S (In press). Lower-Resolution Retrieval of Scenes in Older Adults With Subjective Cognitive Decline. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology. 2021 Aug 2:acab061. Epub ahead of print.

- Küchenhoff, S., Sorg, C., Schneider, S., Kohl, O., Müller, H. J., Napiórkowski, N., Menegaux, A., Finke, K.*, & Ruiz-Rizzo, A. L.* (2021). Visual processing speed is linked to functional connectivity between right frontoparietal and visual networks. European Journal of Neuroscience; 53: 3362-3377.

- Penning, M. D.*, Ruiz-Rizzo, A. L.*, Redel, P., Müller, H. J., Salminen, T., Strobach, T., ... & Finke, K. (2021). Alertness training increases visual processing speed in healthy older adults. Psychological science, 32(3), 340-353.

- Ruiz-Rizzo, A. L., Beissner, F., Finke, K., Müller, H. J., Zimmer, C., Pasquini, L., & Sorg, C. (2020). Human subsystems of medial temporal lobes extend locally to amygdala nuclei and globally to an allostatic-interoceptive system. NeuroImage, 207, 116404.

- Ruiz-Rizzo, A. L., Sorg, C., Napiorkowski, N., Neitzel, J., Menegaux, A., Müller, H. J., Vangkilde, S & Finke, K. (2019). Decreased cingulo-opercular network functional connectivity mediates the impact of aging on visual processing speed. Neurobiology of Aging, 73, 50-60.

- Ruiz-Rizzo, A. L., Neitzel, J., Müller, H. J., Sorg, C., & Finke, K. (2018). Distinctive correspondence between separable visual attention functions and intrinsic brain networks. Frontiers in human neuroscience, 12, 89.

- Ruiz-Rizzo, A. L., Bublak, P., Redel, P., Grimmer, T., Müller, H. J., Sorg, C., & Finke, K. (2017). Simultaneous object perception deficits are related to reduced visual processing speed in amnestic mild cognitive impairment. Neurobiology of Aging, 55,132-142.

Current profession

Current professional activities type: 
Postdoctoral research fellow

Prizes, Grants and Awards

Other Awards

Sep 2020
Schuhfried Science Award
Can the alertness training ALERT (CogniPlus) improve visual processing speed in healthy older adults? This is the question researched in this study. In addition, it was investigated whether the training gain can be predicted. In summary, the results suggest that alertness training improves visual processing in older adults and that functional connectivity in the cingulo-opercular network is a neural marker for predicting individual training gains. Read more:
May 2019
LMU Research Fellowship
The LMU Research Fellowships are directed at outstanding postdoctoral researchers from all fields of research. Since 2017, the Program has been supported by the European Commission’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND Action. Read more:

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