Professor of cognitive neuroscience
University of Calgary
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Dr. Iaria is an associate professor of cognitive neuroscience in the Department of Psychology at the University of Calgary. He is a member of the Hotchkiss Brain Institute, and Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute for Child and Maternal Health. Dr. Iaria graduated in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in experimental psychology, completed further training in neuropsychology in 1999, and obtained a Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience in 2003. He has conducted behavioural and neuroimaging studies in both healthy individuals and brain-damaged patients and was trained in different academic/research locations such as the University of Rome "La Sapienza" (Rome, Italy), Le College de France (Paris, France), the Montreal Neurological Institute at McGill University (Montreal, Canada), and the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada). Within the space health research domain, Dr. Iaria is leading a cognitive neuroscience project aiming to investigate the effects of microgravity on astronauts’ spatial orientation skills; specifically, his research focuses on identifying the behavioural, cognitive and neurological changes resulting from exposure to microgravity as experienced by astronauts on the International Space Station.
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