Maura Malpetti

University position

Race Against Dementia & Alzheimer's Research UK Fellow

Maura Malpetti is pleased to consider applications from prospective PhD students.


Department of Clinical Neurosciences


Neurology Unit


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Research Themes

Clinical and Veterinary Neuroscience

Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience


I am a Race Against Dementia & ARUK fellow at the Cambridge Centre for Frontotemporal Dementia and Related disorders. I am interested in the study of neuropathology, biomarkers and clinical features of neurodegenerative diseases, with special interest in frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD) and Alzheimer's disease (AD).

My work focuses on the application of neuroimaging techniques (multi-tracer PET and MRI) to investigate the pathophysiology of neurodegenerative diseases, in order to identify early diagnostic and prognostic markers. As a RAD fellow, I am studying novel clinically viable PET and other biomarkers for inflammation, tau and synaptic loss in FTLD.

To this end, I apply longitudinal statistical models and multimodal imaging analyses, with an interdisciplinary approach that integrates imaging and clinical data with fluid markers and post-mortem pathology.

Research Focus




Neurodegenerative diseases

Longitudinal modeling


Clinical conditions

Alzheimer's disease


Frontotemporal dementia

Progressive Supranuclear Palsy


Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Neuropsychological testing

Positron Emission Tomography (PET)



Rogier Kievit

John O'Brien

Timothy Rittman

James Rowe

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Key publications

Malpetti M, Kievit RA, Passamonti L, Jones PS, Tsvetanov KA, Rittman T, Mak E, Nicastro N, Bevan-Jones WR, Su L, Hong YT, Fryer TD, Aigbirhio FI, O'Brien JT, Rowe JB (2020), “Microglial activation and tau burden predict cognitive decline in Alzheimer's disease” Brain 143(5):1588-1602