Ambar Perez Lao, B.S.

Ambar Perez LaoBiography

Ambar completed her bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the Universidad Catolica Santa Maria la Antigua in Panama. After completing her undergraduate degree, she worked as a project coordinator and research assistant in the Panama Aging Research Initiative (PARI) at the Center for Neuroscience and Clinical Unit of INDICASAT AIP. The main goal of PARI is the identification and characterization of blood-based biomarkers that can detect mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease as well as predict risk for cognitive decline. Ambar assisted PARI projects as well as other projects involving mental health and cognition in elderly adults and a study related to early diagnosis of COVID-19. She also worked with a geropsychologist performing cognitive stimulation therapies to elderly adults with mild cognitive impairment.

Research Focus

Ambar is interested in cognitive aging and cultural neuropsychology.

Publications

Oviedo, D.C., Perez-Lao, A.R., Flores-Cuadra, J.A., Villarreal, A. E., Carreira, M. B., Grajales, S., & Britton, G. B. (In Press). Apolipoprotein ε4 affects multiple domains of neuropsychological functioning in a sample of elderly Hispanics. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Flores Cuadra, J., Mojica, M., Perez, A.R.., Oviedo C, D., & Britton, G. B. (2020). Relación entre las funciones ejecutivas y el rendimiento escolar en alumnos de Educación Primaria. Investigación y Pensamiento Crítico, 8(3), 78–88.

Pérez-Lao, A. R., Oviedo, D. C., & Britton, G. B. (2020). Asociación entre cognición y depresión en adultos mayores panameños con cognición normal y deterioro cognitivo leve. Investigación y Pensamiento Crítico, 8(3), 05–17.

Villarreal A. E., Pérez-Lao A.R., Oviedo D., Grajales S., Carreira M.B., Aguilar A., Castillo V., Cedeño J.A., Ferroc F., Gómez L.A., González P., González V., Lee L., Mendieta M., Molino R., Montalván A., Morales J., Osorio V., Sotillo L., Vásquez V., Zarak R., Wesley L., Isaza B., Novarro N., Fletcher J., Benzadon A., Rodríguez R., Dondis D., López L., Vernaza A., Moscoso J., Ortíz L., Blake E., Gutierrez Y., Carrillo-Pujol G., Torres-Atencio I., O’Bryant S. E., Johnson L. A., Hall J. R., Edwards M. & Britton G. B. (2019). The Panama Aging Research Initiative Longitudinal Study. Medicc Review 21(2-3), 54-58. Available from: http://mediccreview.org/the-panama-aging-research-initiative-longitudinal-study/

Britton G. B., O’Bryant S. E., Johnson L. A., Hall J. R., Villarreal A. E., Oviedo, D. C., Pérez-Lao A. R., Carreira M. B., for the Panama Aging Research Initiative (2019). Inflammatory Biomarkers, Depressive Symptoms and Falls Among the Elderly in Panama. Current Aging Science 11(4), 236-241. doi: 10.2174/1874609812666190215125104

Oviedo D. C., Lezcano H., Pérez A., Villarreal A. E., Carreira M. B., Isaza B., Wesley L., Grajales S. A., Fernandez S., Frank A., & Britton G. B (2018). Vascular biomarkers and ApoE4 expression in mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease. AIMS Neuroscience 5(2), 148-161. doi: 10.3934/Neuroscience.2018.2.148

Pérez A., Oviedo D., & Britton G. B. (2018). Deterioro cognitivo leve y depresión en el adulto mayor. Investigación y Pensamiento Crítico. 6(2), 5-12.

Professional Memberships

Student member of the American Psychological Association
Student member of the International Neuropsychological Society

Honors and Awards

2020 – Dr. Arturo Melo Neuroscience Innovation Award 2020. As part of the Panama Aging Research Initiative (PARI). INDICASAT AIP.
2019 – Doctoral Scholarship  IFARHU-SENACYT. Secretaría Nacional de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación de Panama (SENACYT).
2019 – “Dr. Arturo Melo” Award of Science “Biomarker Research for Brain Disorders Group”. INDICASAT AIP.
2017 – Travel Award, Society for Neuroscience. Universidad Catolica Santa Maria la Antigua de Panamá.
2017 – Undergraduate Thesis Scholarship. Fundacion Benefica Deveaux.

Teaching Experience

Teaching Assistant
2020-Psychological Research II. Universidad Catolica Santa Maria la Antigua de Panama.
2019-Psychological Research I. Universidad Catolica Santa Maria la Antigua de Panama.

Invited Lecturer
2019-Psychophysiology. Lecture: “Memory”. Universidad Catolica Santa Maria la Antigua de Panama