About Davide

I was born and grew up on the Italian Riviera (Savona), then moved to the fogs of Parma to study for my BSc in Psychology (University of Parma, 2002). In 2007, I was awarded a PhD from Keele University, UK, with a thesis on context-dependent memory (under the supervision of Dr Andrew Rutherford). After obtaining my PhD, I moved south to work as a post-doc in Dr Phil Higham’s lab at the University of Southampton – and then I was off to the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, to study signal detection theory with Drs Caren Rotello and Neil Macmillan.

Subsequently, I went to work at the Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research (in Dr Nunzio Pomara’s Geriatric Psychiatry Division) and I became Research Assistant Professor at New York University – School of Medicine (Center of Excellence on Brain Aging). There I developed an interest in neuroscience and began researching brain ageing, Alzheimer’s disease, and dementia.

After three and a half years at Liverpool Hope University, I am currently a senior lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University where I study Memory and Neurodegeneration (MeNu). If you are looking for me, you can also find me here, or here, and even here.

 

Recent Publications

2017

Hashimoto, K., Ishima, T., Sato, Y., Bruno, D., Nierenberg, J., Marmar, C. R., Zetterberg, H., Blennow, K., & Pomara, N. (In Press). Increased levels of ascorbic acid in the cerebrospinal fluid of cognitively intact patients with major depression: a preliminary study. Scientific Reports.

Gollan, J. K., Dong, H., Bruno, D., Nierenberg, J., Nobrega, J. N., Grothe, M. J., Pollock, B. G., Marmar, C. R., Teipel, S., Csernansky, J. G., & Pomara, N. (In Press). Basal forebrain mediated increase in brain CRF is associated with increased cholinergic tone and depression. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging.

Bruno, D., Nierenberg, J., Cooper, T. B., Marmar, C. R., Zetterberg, Z., Blennow, K., Hashimoto, K., & Pomara, N. (In Press). The recency ratio is associated with reduced CSF glutamate in late-life depression. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory.

 

2016

Brueggen, K., Kasper, E., Dyrba, M., Bruno, D., Pomara, N., Ewers, M., Buerger, K. & Teipel, S. (2016). The primacy effect in amnestic mild cognitive impairment: Associations with hippocampal functional connectivity. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 8, 244.

Pomara, N., Bruno, D., Osorio, R., Reichert, C., Nierenberg, J., Sarreal, A. S., Hernando, R. T., Marmar, C. R., Wisniewski, T., Zetterberg, H., & Blennow, K. (2016). State-dependent alterations in CSF Abeta42 levels in cognitively intact elderly with late life major depression. Neuroreport, 27, 1068-1071.

Bruno, D., Ciarleglio, A., Grothe, M. J., Nierenberg, J., Bachman, A. H., Teipel, S. J., Petkova, E., Ardekani, B. A., & Pomara, N. (In Press). Hippocampal volume and integrity as predictors of cognitive decline in intact elderly. Neuroreport.

Bruno, D., Reichert, C., & Pomara, N. (In Press). The recency ratio as an index of cognitive performance and decline in elderly individuals. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology.

Pomara, N. & Bruno, D. (In Press). Invited Editorial. Major depression may lead to elevations in potentially neurotoxic amyloid beta species independently of Alzheimer’s disease. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.

Tawfik, H., & Bruno, D. (In Press). Editorial. Special Section on “E-Health Applications for Active Ageing and Dementia”. International Journal of Medical Informatics.

Young, J.J., Silber, T., Bruno, D., Galatzer-Levy, I. R., Pomara, N., & Marmar, C. R. (In Press). Is there Progress? An Overview of Select Biomarker Candidates for Major Depressive Disorder. Frontiers in Psychiatry.

Kasper, E., Brueggen, K., Grothe, M. J., Bruno, D., Pomara, N., Duering, M., Ewers, M., Teipel, S., & Buerger, K. (In Press). Neuronal correlates of serial position performance in amnestic MCI. Neuropsychology.

Hashimoto, K., Bruno, D., Nierenberg, J., Marmar, C., Zetterberg, H., Blennow, K., & Pomara, N. (In Press). Abnormality in glutamine-glutamate cycle in the cerebrospinal fluid of cognitively intact elderly individuals with major depressive disorder: a 3-year follow-up study. Translational Psychiatry.

Bruno, D. (2016). The Preservation of Memory: Theory and Practice for Clinical and Non-Clinical Populations. Oxford, UK: Psychology Press.

Rutherford, A., & Bruno, D. (2016). The effects of normal and pathological aging on memory. In D. Bruno (Ed.), The Preservation of Memory: Theory and Practice for Clinical and Non-Clinical Populations. Oxford, UK: Psychology Press.

Renner, D., Reid, D., Barrett-Baxendale, M., Bruno, D., & Tawfik, H. (2016). Augmenting familiar appliances to assist people living with dementia. In D. Bruno (Ed.), The Preservation of Memory: Theory and Practice for Clinical and Non-Clinical Populations. Oxford, UK: Psychology Press.

Bruno, D., Grothe, M. J., Nierenberg, J., Sidtis, J. J., Teipel, S. J., & Pomara, N. (2016). Output order and variability in free recall are linked to cognitive ability and hippocampal volume in elderly individuals. Neuropsychologia80, 126-132.

 

2015

Clark, D. P., & Bruno, D. (2015). Fit to last: Exploring the longevity of the survival processing effect. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 1-15.

Teipel, S. J., Bruno, D., Grothe, M. J., Nierenberg, J., & Pomara, N. (2015). Hippocampus and basal forebrain volumes modulate effects of anticholinergic treatment on delayed recall in healthy older adults. Alzheimer’s & Dementia: Diagnosis, Assessment and Disease Monitoring, 1, 216-219.

Bruno, D., Grothe, M. J., Nierenberg, J., Zetterberg, H., Blennow, K., Teipel, S. J. & Pomara, N. (2015). A study on the specificity of the association between hippocampal volume and delayed primacy performance in cognitively intact elderly individuals. Neuropsychologia, 69, 1-8.

Bruno, D., Grothe, M. J., Nierenberg, J., Teipel, S. J., Zetterberg, H., Blennow, K., & Pomara, N. (2015). The relationship between CSF tau markers, hippocampal volume and delayed primacy performance in cognitively intact elderly individuals. Alzheimer’s & Dementia: Diagnosis, Assessment and Disease Monitoring, 1, 81-86.

Pomara, N., Lee, S. H., Bruno, D., Silber, T., Greenblatt, D. J., Petkova, E., & Sidtis, J. J. (2015). Adverse performance effects of acute lorazepam administration in elderly long-term users: Pharmacokinetic and clinical predictors. Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry, 56, 129-135.

 

2014

Young, J. J., Bruno, D., & Pomara, N. (2014). A review of the relationship between proinflammatory cytokines and major depressive disorder. Journal of affective disorders169, 15-20.

White, C. N., Kapucu, A., Bruno, D., Rotello, C. M., & Ratcliff, R. (2014). Memory bias for negative emotional words in recognition memory is driven by effects of category membership. Cognition & Emotion28.

Bruno, D., Brown, A.D., Kapucu, A., Marmar, C.R., & Pomara, N. (2014). Cognitive reserve and emotional stimuli in older individuals: Level of education moderates the age-related positivity effect. Experimental Aging Research, 40, 208-223.

 Lyons, M., Lynch, A., Brewer, G., & Bruno, D. (2014). Detection of Sexual Orientation (“Gaydar”) by Homosexual and Heterosexual Women. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 43, 345-352.