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Volunteers required for Vitamin D study

Researchers in the D-Activating Decline project in the Trinity Centre for Health Science, St James' Hospital are inviting volunteers to take part in a research study that aims to understand how low viatmin D levels can be improved for older adults, and how this may benefit our health as we age. We are looking for 80 adults aged over 60, who would be interested in checking their vitamin D levels. Following this, you may be asked to take a vitamin D supplement, which we will supply, for 6 months. We will also ask you to perform some tasks, which will assess your memory and physical function.

If you are interested in finding out more, please email Ms Niamh Aspell, Irish Research Council Postgraduate Candidate at niamha@tcd.ie or call 085 2114649.

Volunteers required for research study at St. James' Hospital

February 2016

Researchers at St. James' Hospital are looking for healthy volunteers aged 50+, to assist them with a study that aims to evaluate interpersonal communication between caregivers of people with Alzheimer's disease and older adults.

Volunteers will be asked to complete a speech task in collaboration with a caregiver, and to complete some other questionnaires and cognitive tasks on their own. They will also have the option of undergoing an MRI scan.

For more information, click here to read the study information leaflet, or contact:

Dr Celine Delooze

Phone: (01) 896 4214

Email: deloozec@tcd.ie

Listen to Sabina Brennan discuss brain health with Marian Finucane

18th January 2016

Sabina Brennan, co-director of the NEIL Programme, was a guest on the Marian Finucane show on RTE Radio 1 last Saturday, to discuss brain health. You can listen back to the interview at this link: http://bit.ly/1WhLS14

Sabina Brennan at the Marian Finucane show

Professor Sabina Brennan recommends a simple new years resolution in today's Irish Times

5th January 2016

An article in today's Irish Times newspaper details simple new years resolutions recommended by experts, including a resolution for brain health from Professor Sabina Brennan, co-director of the NEIL Programme. Professor Brennan's recommendation was to smile at least 5 times a day, which she says is associated with a range of benefits for your brain and your health. You can read the article at this link: http://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/health-family/big-new-year-s-resolutions-try-small-changes-instead-1.2484447

"Say Hello to Brain Health": Free Talk on Thursday 26th November

Learn how lifestyle changes can boost your brain health and reduce your risk of developing dementia.

Hello Brain TalkProf Sabina Brennan will explain how scientific research is showing that modifiable factors can promote brain health and protect against dementia. She will share Top Tips for Brain Health and take questions after the talk.

Date: Thursday 26th November

Time: 7.30pm

Location: Great Hall, Clontarf Castle

Tickets are free but you must register to reserve your place: click here to visit the event website and reserve a place at the talk.

Sign the Glasgow Declaration to help to make dementia a European priority

In October 2014, Alzheimer Europe launched the Glasgow Declaration, which calls for the creation of a European Dementia Strategy along with national dementia strategies in every country in Europe. The declaration also calls upon world leaders to recognise dementia as a public health priority and to support co-ordinated actions to support the rights, dignity and autonomy of people living with dementia.

The organisation launched a global campaign with the aim of collecting 10,000 individual signatures. To date over 5,300 people have signed the declaration.

If you would like to sign the declaration, please click this link to visit the online signing page.

You can also click here to read the declaration in full.

We need your help! Volunteers required to complete short online survey

We are interested in your opinions about FreeDem Films, a series of short films about memory loss and dementia, developed by the NEIL Programme.

FreeDem FilmsIf you would like to take part, please visit the FreeDem Films website (freedemliving.com/research) and take any of the 10 surveys shown. Each survey invites you to answer a few questions about yourself, watch a 2-minute animated film, and answer a few questions about that film. You can complete as many of the 10 surveys as you like.

 

Volunteers aged 65+ required for new research study

Researchers in the Institute of Neuroscience at Trinity College have launched an exciting new study investigating the link between motor coordination learning and cognitive function in older Irish adults. We are looking to recruit 50 healthy adults aged 65+ to take part in this research study, which investigates the potential benefits of motor skills and attention training for brain ehalth and cognitive function.

For more details about the study, click here to read the study information sheet. You can also view the study recruitment poster here.

To find out more about taking part in the study, contact Iseult Cremen by email at cremeni@tcd.ie or by phone on (01) 896 4196.

NEIL joins forces with Mallow Primary Healthcare Centre to open our first satellite Memory Research Unit

NEIL are delighted to announce the opening of our first satellite Memory Research Unit at Mallow Primary Healthcare Centre (MPHC), Co. Cork. The NEIL Memory Research Unit was established in 2011 by Professors Robertson, Lawlor and Brennan with the aim of furthering understanding of memory and related processes, and the factors that influence these processes as we age. The project is coordinated from Trinity College by Caoimhe Hannigan, and to date, over 860 older adults have attended our core Memory Research Unit in Dublin to take part in the study.

In collaboration with MPHC and the HSE, the satellite unit will facilitate participants from Cork and surrounding counties to take part in the study without having to travel to Dublin. We hope that this will provide a greater number of older adults the opportunity to engage with our research.

More information about the study is available on our Memory Research Unit webpages. If you would like to contact the main Memory Research Unit in Trinity college, or to take part in our research at the Dublin centre please contact us at: (01) 8964505 or email neilmru@tcd.ie.

If you are interested in taking part in research at the Mallow Memory Research Unit, please contact Dr Cormac Sheehan / Ms Niamh Warner at:

Phone: 086 4128797

Email: mrumallow@gmail.com

We're hiring!

15th April 2015

We are currently recruiting for a Research Assistant to join our De-Stress study, an investigation of the relationship between cognitive function and stress associated with caring for a spouse with dementia.

For more information, view our job advertisement here.

Please take our 5 minute health survey!

21st October 2014

We are conducting a short online health survey with members of the general public, to inform the development of some new projects. If you would like to take part in this survey, you can click this link to visit the survey page.

Can a healthier lifestyle prevent Alzheimer's disease? NEIL Clinical Director features in Irish Independent

24th July 2014

Professor Brian LawlorWhile there is currently no drug treatments available that can cure, delay or prevent Alzheimer's disease, a recent review of research into risk factors for the disease suggested that one-third of Alzheimer's disease cases are potentially preventable through reduction of modifiable risk factors. These risk factors included low levels of exercise, blood pressure, depression, diabetes, smoking and low levels of education.

In a piece written for the Irish Independent, NEIL Clinical Director Professor Brian Lawlor comments on the current state of knowledge relating to risk factor reduction and Alzheimer's disease prevention; and discusses the potential benefits of a healthier lifestyle for brain health at all ages. You can read the full article here.

NEIL promote Brain Health at the Marigold Festival

24th-25th June 2014

Dr Sabina Brennan, Assistant Director of the NEIL Programme spoke about brain health at two Marigold Festival events, in the Greenhilld Hotel, Limerick and the Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney. The Marigold Festival, organised by Active Retirement Ireland in conjunction with Home Instead Senior Care is a celebration of healthy and active ageing, with attendees of all ages enjoying a fun day out, showcasing the fact that a full, active life is not reserved for the young.

Sabina at Marigold Festival

Sabina with some of the Marigold Festival attendees in Killarney

Dr. Sabina Brennan gives keynote address at the Active Retirement Ireland AGM

9th April 2014

Dr Sabina Brennan, Assistant Director of NEIL, was delighted to be invited to provide the keynote address at this year's Active Retirement Ireland AGM.

Sabina Brennan at ARI AGMThis 28th Annual General Meeting took place on 9th April in the Galway Bay Hotel, and was attended by over 450 members of Active Retirement Associations from around the country.

Dr Brennan's keynote address focused on improving brain health, highlighting how physical, social and learning activities delivered by Active Retirement Associations all around the country can help to preserve cognitive function and improve quality of life.

Free Public Talk: 'Be Brain Aware' - 13th March 2014

7th March 2014

As part of National Brain Awareness Week, leading experts Professor Orla Hardiman and Professor Ian Robertson will give free public talks in the Science Gallery Dublin next Thursday, 13th March.

The event starts at 6.15pm and places are free. Booking is not required but you may want to arrive early!

Prof. Brian Lawlor awarded 500,000 euro for DemPath Project

Professor Brian Lawlor, Clinical Director of the NEIL programme and Connolly Norman Professor of Old Age Psychiatry, has been awarded a 500k grant under the GENIO Dementia Programme. The overarching aim of the DemPath project is to create an effective 'dementia friendly' integrated care pathway for all people with dementia, irrespective of age, who are admitted and discharged from St. James's Hospital. The project will do this by improving the care environment, and increasing awareness of dementia and associated care needs through education and training. Educational materials will include our FreeDem Films.

Please take our 5 minute health survey!

25th February 2014

We are conducting a short online health survey with members of the general public, to inform the development of some new projects. If you would like to take part in this survey, you can click this link to visit the survey page.

Professor Brian Lawlor and Dr Sabina Brennan on the Marian Finucane Show

22nd February 2014

Marian FinucaneProfessor Lawlor and Dr Brennan featured on the Marian Finucane Show on RTE Radio 1 on Saturday 22nd February. Professor Lawlor and Dr Brennan were discussing our new series of 10 animated videos that address common concerns about memory loss and dementia. You can listen back to the show by following this link to the RTE website.

The films were developed by the NEIL Programme with funding from GENIO, can can be viewed for free online at freedemliving.com. The videos are also available on DVD.

For more information you can read our press release, or visit freedemliving.com

Quirky online videos hope to boost Ireland's Brain Health and tackle fears about memory loss

17th February 2014

Still from one of our online films10 quirky animated videos addressing common concerns about memory loss and dementia have been developed by NEIL researchers in a bid to allay fears about memory loss, promote brain health and tackle the stigma associated with dementia.

The FreeDem films project has been developed by the NEIL Programme with funding from GENIO. The videos are available to view for free online at freedemliving.com and are also available on DVD.

For more information, you can read our press release, or visit freedemliving.com

We need you!

22nd January 2014

NEIL Researchers have launched an exciting new study, entitled RelAte, investigating the link between mealtimes and wellbeing in older Irish adults. RelAte is looking to recruit 100 adults aged 60+ who are living alone and would like to get involved in our research study, which looks at the potential benefits of sharing a mealtime on brain health, social functioning, and physical health. We are also looking to recruit 50 individuals aged 55+ who would like to get involved in our training and become a RelAte volunteer, visiting the homes of the RelAte participants and sharing mealtimes with them.

See here for more details on how you can get involved.

Film launch!

9th December 2013
Dr Sabina Brennan, Assistant Director of the NEIL Programme, launched a series of films aimed at reducing the stigma surrounding dementia at the GENIO Dementia Learning Event on the 5th of December. The films address your fears about memory loss and dementia and provide practical advice about brain health. See the freedemliving.com website for more details.

NEIL Assistant Director featured on RTE's Doctors on Call programme

5th December 2013

Dr Sabina Brennan, Assistant Director of the NEIL Programme, is leading an EU wide brain health awareness campaign, funded by the European Commission. The Hello Brain Campaign will launch in early 2014 and aims to help you understand how your brain works. The campaign includes some fun and educational videos that teach you all about how the brain changes with age and gives you tips and tasks that you can do now to help you enjoy good brain health as you get older. You can have a sneak preview of the films at this link: http://www.hellobrain.eu/

Dr. Brennan challenged the ladies in the Mitchelstown Active Retirement Group to improve their brain health over 6 weeks using the tips featured in the Hello Brain campaign. The challenge was featured on RTE's Doctors on Call programme last night (4th December 2013) and you can see how they got on here: http://www.rte.ie/tv/doctorsoncall/communitychallenge.html#Brain%20health%20challenge

We're hiring!!

19th November 2013

We are currently recruiting for two Research Assistant positions, working on an exciting new project investigating the effect of relationship-based nutritional intervention on cognitive, psychological and physiological functioning of older adults who are socially isolated.

For more information, view our job advertisement here.

Major research project on dementia caregiving launched

19th November 2013

NEIL researchers are excited to be working with the Alzheimer Society of Ireland on a study focused on dementia caregivers. The project, called DeStress, will recruit 300 people who are providing care at home for their spouse or partner with dementia, with the aim of understanding the factors that contribute to both positive and negative health outcomes for such caregivers. More information about the study is available on the DeStress study webpage.

NEIL Assistant Director speaks on RTE's Morning Edition

19th November 2013

Dr Sabina Brennan, Assistant Director of the NEIL Programme, spoke on RTE's Morning Edition this morning (19th November 2013). Dr Brennan was speaking about issues faced by caregivers of people with dementia.

Dr Brennan also introduced the De-Stress project, a new study being conducted by NEIL researchers to investigate the health and wellbeing of spousal caregivers of people with dementia in Ireland. We are currently recruiting volunteers to take part in this study. We are looking for people who are aged 50 and over; and who are providing care at home for their spouse or partner with dementia. To find out more about taking part in this study, contact Dr Maria Pertl at maria.pertl@tcd.ie, or on (01) 8968414.

You can watch Dr Brennan's appearance on Morning Edition at this link:  http://www.rte.ie/player/ie/show/10224369/

Dr Sabina Brennan

Upcoming Event! Re-launch of Northside Alzheimer Cafe - 29th October

23rd October 2013

The Northside Alzheimer Cafe will hold a re-launch event on Tuesday 29th October in Clareville Court, Glasnevin, from 7-9pm.

The Northside Alzheimer Cafe is a monthly event, co-ordinated by Dr Michelle Kelly of NEIL, which provides a safe and relaxed place where people with dementia, their families, and health and social care professionals can come together to talk, share and learn.

The guest speaker on the night will be Helen Rochford-Brennan, who recently appeared on RTE's Tonight with Miriam O'Callaghan. Helen will speak about her experience of younger onset dementia. There will also be a raffle with excellent prizes, and free cakes, tea and coffee for all.

Alzheimer Cafe Logo

For more information, see www.alzheimercafenorthside.com

Email: alzheimercafenorthside@gmail.com; Phone: (089) 484 6719

Upcoming Event! Public Seminar: 'What is Dementia?' - Professor Brian Lawlor

6th September 2013

NEIL Clinical Director Professor Brian Lawlor will deliver a talk entitled 'What is Dementia?' at 7pm on Tuesday 24th September at the Alzheimer Cafe, Clarevile Centre, Glasnevin. The Alzheimer Cafe is a monthly event which provides a safe and relaxed place where people with dementia, their families and health and social care professionals can come together to talk, share and learn.

Alzheimer Cafe Logo

For more information see the Alzheimer Cafe website: www.alzheimercafenorthside.com

Upcoming Radio Interview: Professor Ian Robertson on aging and dementia

6th September 2013

NEIL Director Professor Ian Robertson will be speaking about aging and dementia on the Pat Kenny Show on Newstalk on Tuesday 10th September. To listen live, go to the website: www.newstalk.ie/patkennyshow

Pat Kenny

Major research project on dementia caregivers launched

6th September 2013

NEIL researchers are excited to be working with the Alzheimer Society of Ireland on a study focused on dementia caregivers. The project will recruit 300 spousal dementia caregivers with the aim of understanding the factors that contribute to both positive and negative health outcomes for caregivers. More information about the study is available on the study web page and on the Alzheimer Society of Ireland website: http://www.alzheimer.ie/about-us/news-and-media/news/major-research-project-on-family-carers-to-be-unde.aspx

Professor Ian Robertson Appointed a Fellow of US Association for Psychological Science

Congratulations to NEIL Director, Professor Ian Robertson, who has been appointed a Fellow of the American Association for Psychological Science. The fellowship is in recognition of his "sustained and outstanding distinguished contributions to psychological science".

Ian Robertson

You can read more about Professor Robertson's appointment in this Trinity College press release.

Professor Ian Robertson speaks at Alzheimer Society of Ireland Pre-Budget Submission

20th June 2013

Ian Robertson, Helen Rochford Brennan, Gerry Martin NEIL Director Professor Ian Robertson highlighted the importance of dementia prevention at the launch of the Alzheimer Society of Ireland's Pre-Budget Submission for 2014 at the Royal Irish Academy yesterday. Professor Robertson was speaking alongside Gerry Martin, CEO of the Alzheimer Society of Ireland, and former businesswoman Helen Rochford-Brennan, who spoke about her personal experience of being diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease.

From L to R: Gerry Martin, Helen Rochford-Brennan, Ian Robertson

In their Pre-Budget Submission for 2014, the Alzheimer Society are calling on the government to make dementia a political priority, to ensure a National Dementia Strategy is published, with a focus on timely diagnosis and cost effective post-diagnostic interventions, and to commit to enhancing provision of education and support services for carers.

Ian Robertson and Helen Rochford BrennanProfessor Robertson noted that with an ageing population, and the resultant increase in numbers of people with Alzheimer's disease, prevention is key. He highlighted the importance of research investigating the potential for lifestyle changes to both prevent the occurrence of Alzheimer's disease in healthy adults, and also to delay the progression of symptoms in people already diagnosed with the disease.

While further research is needed, there are grounds for optimism. The Irish population has high levels of education, and studies have shown that education reduces the risk of late life Alzheimer's Disease by building brains which are physically better connected and hence robust. Large research studies, such as that being conducted by Professor Robertson and his team at NEIL Memory Research Unit, hope to provide further evidence and a greater understanding of the influence of lifestyle factors on the ageing brain.

More information about the Pre-Budget Submission for 2014 is available on the Alzheimer Society of Ireland's website: http://www.alzheimer.ie/Get-Involved/Campaigning/Pre-Budget-Submissions.aspx

Professor Richard Carson's SMART Arm project featured on Australian television

13th June 2013

A project involving Professor Richard Carson, Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience of Ageing at NEIL, was featured on the 'Catalyst' programme ABC television in Australia. The SMART Arm device, which aims to improve motor function among stroke survivors, is the result of an ongoing collaboration between Professor Carson and researchers in Queensland, Australia.

You can watch a video clip of the piece at this link: http://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/stories/3780732.htm

Memory Research Unit: Volunteering Update

10th June 2013

Thank you to all who have expressed an interest in volunteering at the NEIL Memory Research Unit. We have had an unprecedented response to our request for volunteers, and are endeavouring to process these enquiries as quickly as possible.

We hope to be able to provide everyone who has volunteered with an opportunity to take part in our research, and we will continue to process volunteer requests over the coming weeks and months. Thank you for your patience to date and please bear with us!

Sincere thanks again for your interest in our research - our research volunteers are very important to us, because without them, we cannot further our understanding of memory and ageing.

If you are no longer interested and would prefer not to receive further information about volunteering, please send an email to neil@tcd.ie

Thank You!

9th May 2013

We would like to say a huge thank you to all who attended our public seminar, 'Your brain: the secret to healthy ageing', on Wednesday 8th May.

Audience at public seminar

We had a fantastic turn out on the evening, and were treated to some very interesting presentations from Dr Sabina Brennan, Professor Brian Lawlor, Professor Yaakov Stern and Professor Ian Robertson. We were overwhelmed by the positive response from the audience, and we hope that you all found the event to be enjoyable and engaging.

We would love to receive your feedback on the event - you can share your thoughts with us in our online feedback form.

View Professor Yaakov Stern's presentation from the event.

View Dr Brennan, Professor Lawlor and Professor Robertson's presentations from the event.

The audience on the night were also treated to a sneak preview of our upcoming 'Hello Brain' campaign - for more information see www.hellobrain.eu. We will provide regular updates about the upcoming launch of this exciting new campaign.

Check out our first newsletter!

We have just published our first quarterly newsletter, providing an update on our progress, news, activities and events. Click here to read our newsletter.

If you would like to receive future editions of our newsletter, you can sign up to our mailing list here.

Upcoming Event! Public Seminar: 'Your brain: The secret to healthy ageing?'

As part of the European Month of the Brain, we are hosting a public seminar entitled 'Your brain: The secret to healthy ageing?'. The event will include presentations from Dr Sabina Brennan (NEIL), Professor Brian Lawlor (NEIL, St James Hospital) and Professor Ian Robertson (NEIL) and Professor Yaakov Stern (Columbia University, New York). This will be followed by a question and answers session.

Date: Wednesday 8th May

Time: 6.30pm

Dr Brennan, Professors Stern, Robertson and Lawlor

From L to R: Dr Brennan, Professor Lawlor, Professor Stern, Professor Robertson

This event is open to the general public, free of charge, on a first-come-first-served basis. To register your interest in attending this event, please email neilevents@tcd.ie.

For more information, see the seminar poster.

Click here for directions to the event venue

NEIL Seminar Series: 'Imaging Cognitive Reserve' - Professor Yaakov Stern

Professor Yaakov Stern will deliver a research seminar entitled 'Imaging Cognitive Reserve' at 2pm on Wednesday 8th May, in Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience, Room LB11 (Lloyd Building).

Professor Yaakov Stern

For more information, see the seminar poster.

Upcoming Event! Professor Brian Lawlor and Dr Sabina Brennan to speak at Alchemist Cafe Dublin

Professor Brian Lawlor and Dr Sabina Brennan of NEIL will speak at the Dublin Alchemist Cafe in the Mercantile Hotel, Dame Street, Dublin 2 on Tuesday 7th May at 7.30pm.

The topic for discussion will be: 'Buff your brain: Boosting your cognitive reserve'.

For more information, visit the Alchemist Cafe website.

Professor Brian Lawlor features in the Irish Independent

17th April 2013

Professor Brian Lawlor, Clinical Director of NEIL, featured in today's Irish Independent, discussing lifestyle factors that may be associated with risk of dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Click here to read the full article on the Irish Independent website.

Professor Brian Lawlor competes in International Tennis Competition

25th March 2013

Congratulations to to NEIL Clinical Director, Professor Brian Lawlor, who took part in the International Tennis Federation Seniors World Individual Championships in Antalya, Turkey, last weekend. As Professor Lawlor knows, regular physical activity helps to keep the brain healthy - and we are glad to see him practising what he preaches!!

http://www.itftennis.com/seniors/world-individual-championships/seniors/overview.aspx

Brian Lawlor playing tennis Brian Lawlor playing tennis

Professor Brian Lawlor competing at the ITF Senior World Individual Championships

Have your say!

22nd March 2013

NEIL are making a series of short films, to be hosted on a new, interactive website, which aim to raise awareness about cognitive function, ageing and brain health.

We want as many people as possible to benefit from this project. To do this, we need your help. We are inviting people to complete our online questionnaire, to share their thoughts with us and tell us a little about their likes/dislikes, their lifestyle, and their views on growing older.

This online questionnaire should take no longer than 5-10 minutes to complete, and is available at this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NEILUSERNEEDS

We're Hiring!

We are currently recruiting for:

Post-Doctoral Position at Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience: Impact of relationship-based mealtime intervention on quality of life, cognitive function, social connection, mood, BMI and walking speed.

For more information, see our job advertisement

Call for Research Volunteers on the Marian Finucane Show

13th March 2013

Thank you to everyone who has responded to our recent call for research volunteers during Professor Ian Robertson's interview on RTE Radio (Marian Finucane Show, Saturday 9th March 2013). We have had an unprecedented number of responses to our request for volunteers, which we are endeavouring to process as quickly as possible.

If you have sent us an email indicating that you wish to hear more about taking part in our research, we will be contacting you within the coming weeks with further information. Thank you for your patience.

If you are interested in finding out more about our research, visit our Memory Research Unit web page.

If you would like to listen back to Professor Robertson's radio interview, you can listen to the podcast on the RTE website.

Professor Ian Robertson interviewed on Marian Finucane Show

11th March 2013

Professor Ian Robertson, Director of NEIL was interviewed on the RTE Radio 1 Marian Finucane Show on Saturday last, 9th March. Professor Robertson discussed his 'Seven Secrets of Brain Fitness' - with tips on keeping your brain healthy as you age. You can listen to the interview podcast here.

Professor Ian Robertson Professor Ian Robertson

NEIL Seminar Series: 'Biomarkers in Alzheimer's disease: from research to clinical practice' - Professor Philip Scheltens

21st January 2013

Professor Philip Scheltens will deliver a research seminar at 2pm on Friday 1st February, in Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience, Room LB04 (Lloyd Building).

For more information, see the seminar poster.

We're Hiring!

21st January 2013

We are currently recruiting for:

Post-Doctoral Position at Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience: Cognitive function, caregiver stress and cortisol.

Position funded by the Medical Research Charities Group and the Health Research Board.

For more information, see our job advertisement.

Be Positive About Being 50+! Take part in our research!

We are looking for research volunteers aged 50+ for our Memory Research Unit, based at Trinity College Dublin. We invite interested volunteers to 'Be Positive About Being 50+' - and to make a positive contribution to science by taking part in our research.

For more information about becoming a research volunteer, please visit our Memory Research Unit webpage.

For more information about our 'Be Positive About Being 50+' campaign, see our information leaflet (PDF 162kb).

NEIL and Alzheimer Society of Ireland receive grant to deliver training in Cognitive Stimulation Therapy

14th November 2012

NEIL and the Alzheimer Society fo Ireland received funding of 10,000 euro from the Coca-Cola Thank You Fund, for a project which will deliver training in Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST) to staff in the Alzheimer Society of Ireland, and will support them in the development of thier own CST groups within the greater Dublin area. CST is an evidence based therapy delivered over 14 sessions of themed actitvities for mild to moderate dementia.

Dr. Michelle KellyThe Coca-Cola Thank You Fund was developed and designed to support projects and initiatives that are having a positive impact on the quality of life of communities on the island of Ireland. The fund, established in 2011 to mark Coca-Cola's 125th Anniversary, distributed 11 grants this year, totalling 125,000 euro, to voluntary and community groups that facilitate members of the public in adopting an active lifestyle.

The award was presented to Dr. Michelle Kelly, Early Intervention Coordinator with NEIL and teh Alzheimer Society of Ireland, by Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring at a reception at the Royal College of Physicians on 14th November 2012.

For more information about the Coca-Cola Thank You Fund, visit www.coca-cola.ie/community/thank-you-fund

Dr. Sabina Brennan chairs 'Rising Star' workshop at SFI Summit 2012

12th November 2012

Dr. Sabina Brennan, Scientific Research Development Manager of NEIL, chaired the 'Rising Star' workshop at the SFI Science Summit 2012. The SFI Science Summit, which took place in the Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone, Co. Westmeath on the 12th and 13th November 2012, had a theme of 'Sharing Science', with an agenda based around science communications, the implementation of research prioritisation and SFI's new strategy - Agenda 2020.

Sabina BrennanThe 'Rising Star' workshop focused on putting science in front of the camera - addressing how to approach story telling in relation to scientific research and discovery, the scope and benefits of collaboration with film makers and technologists and the myriad of opportunities to get your stories heard. Dr. Brennan was joined on the panel by Alex Gabbay, an award-winning scientist and film maker, James Richards, a digital stratefist and multi-platform specialist James Richards, and Marthan Henson, Multimedia Producer at Wellcome Trust.

Dr Brennan is currently working as project coordinator for an exciting new science communitcations project, ASAPS (A Sharing Approach to Promoting Science), which was awarded 1 million euro by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework (FP7) Programme. The project aims to raise public awareness about current research into cognitive ageing and dementia through a campaign that will communicate health-related scientific research around ageing using film, social media, multi-platform communication and smartphone apps.

For more information about the SFI Science Summit 2012, visit www.sfisummit.com

For more information about the ASAPS project, visit www.asaps-sharingage.eu

Alzheimer's Society of Ireland hold 30th Anniversary National Conference

The Alzheimer's Society of Ireland's 30th Anniversary National Conference was held in the Stillorgan Park Hotel on 25th October 2012. The event was attended by over 200 delegates from around the country. NEIL was delighted to be invited to host a pop-up stand at the event, to tell people about our research and invite volunteers to become participants at our Memory Research Unit.

Michelle Kelly and Grainne McGettrick

Dr. Michelle Kelly, Early Intervention Co-ordinator and Grainne McGettrick, Alzheimer's Society of Ireland

For more information about the Alzheimer's Society of Ireland, visit their website www.alzheimer.ie.

For more information about becoming a research volunteer, please visit our Memory Research Unit webpage.

Be Positive About Being 50+! Take part in our research!

We are looking for research volunteers aged 50+ for our Memory Research Unit, based at Trinity College Dublin. We invite interested volunteers to 'Be Positive About Being 50+' - and to make a positive contribution to science by taking part in our research.

For more information about becoming a research volunteer, please visit our Memory Research Unit webpage.

For more information about our 'Be Positive About Being 50+' campaign, see our information leaflet (PDF 162kb).

Calling All Scientists!

Have you received funding from the European Commission to conduct research related to cognitive ageing?

Would you like to increase the impact and visibility of your research without incurring any cost?

ASAPS (A Sharing Approach to Promoting Science - www.asaps-sharingage.eu) is a new FP7 project that will deliver a multi-platform communications campaign highlighting EC funded research that seeks innovative solutions to the challenges of cognitive ageing. We are looking for exciting research projects that have real relevance for the cognitive health of older adults to include in the campaign. Research projects can be at any stage (from just funded to long complete), or funded under any programme or scheme. The only requirement is that the research is EC funded and has relevance for cognitive ageing.

If you would like your research project to be considered, please complete our short online questionnaire at your earliest convenience.

A Sharing Approach to Promoting Science: take part in our campaign, have your say in the development of European research!

Although the EU has been funding superb health research, the general public who stand to benefit most are frequently unaware of the research that is being conducted on their behalf. An exciting new European project begins this October, which will aim to use a sharing approach to give people information about active and healthy ageing.

We want as many people as possible to benefit from the outputs of our project. To do this, we need your help. We are inviting people to complete our online questionnaire, to share their thoughts with us and tell us a little about their likes/dislikes, their lifestyle, and their hopes and fears about growing old.

This online questionnaire should take no longer than 5-10 minutes to complete, and is available at this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ASAPS

For more information about the ASAPS project, please visit www.asaps-sharingage.eu.

NEIL Director Professor Ian Robertson speaks at TEDx Dublin

Professor Ian Robertson, Director of NEIL, was one of 15 speakers who took to the stage at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre, to share ideas and explore the unexpected at TEDx Dublin. The event, which took place on 8th September 2012, was hosted by the Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin. To view a video of the talk, click on the image below.

Ian Robertson at TEDx Dublin

Professor Ian Robertson speaking at the TEDx Dublin event at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin.

For more information, visit the TEDx Dublin website.

To view photos from the day, visit the TEDx Dublin online gallery.

Founder of Atlantic Philanthropies jointly honoured by Universities

The nine universities in Ireland, North and South, have conferred an honorary Doctorate of Laws (LLD) on Charles F. "Chuck" Feeney, founder of The Atlantic Philanthropies. NEIL is one of the many Irish research programs funded by The Atlantic Philanthropies, which has donated almost 800 million euro to Irish Universities, North and South, since 1989.

For more information, read the TCD press release.

Group completes 105km cycle in aid of NEIL

Congratulations to the group, led by our Early Intervention Coordinator Michelle Kelly, who completed a 105km cycle to raise funds for NEIL on Saturday 18th August.

A few punctures along the way

A few punctures along the way!

If you are interested in fundraising for dementia research, go to our support us page to see how you can get involved.

Group photo

At the finish line - tired but happy after 7 hours and 105km!

NEIL Clinical Director Professor Brian Lawlor meets EU Commissioner to promote FP7 funded research

Professor Brian Lawlor, Clinical Director of NEIL, met with the EU Commissioner for research, innovation and science, Maire Geoghegan-Quinn at the announcement of the final call for research proposals under the EU Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). Professor Lawlor, who is the Project Coordinator of the EU funded NILVAD project (www.nilvad.eu), met with the Commissioner along with other researchers who have already secured funding through FP7 programmes.

The NILVAD project was granted 6 million euro in FP7 funding, which will enable a team of international experts, led by Professor Lawlor, to carry out clinical trials across Europe to determine the utility of the medication NILVADIPINE as a treatment for Alzheimer's disease.

For more information, read the press release.

Professor Brian Lawlor with EU Commissioner Maire Geoghegan-Quinn

From L to R: Dr. Caitriona Creely, EU Commissioner Maire Geoghegan-Quinn, Professor Brian Lawlor and Kay Duggan-Walls

Leading US expert Dr. Walter Bortz gives lecture on 'The Plasticity of Human Ageing'

18th July 2012

NEIL were delighted to attend a lecture given by Dr. Walter Bortz, Clinical Professor of Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine, entitled 'The Plasticity of Human Ageing'. Dr. Bortz is recognised as one of America's leading scientific experts on ageing and longevity. His research has focused on the importance of physical exercise in the promotion of robust ageing. An avid runner himself, the 82 year old runs an average of 16 miles per week and has run 41 marathons.

Dr. Bortz is currently teaching a new course at Stanford University entitled "The Roadmap to 100: The Science of Living a Long Life".

For more information, read the press release.

Caoimhe Hannigan of NEIL with Dr. Walter Bortz and his wife

Dr. Walter and Mrs. Ruth-Anne Bortz with Caoimhe Hannigan of NEIL

Dr. Sabina Brennan honoured at 'Ireland's Champions of EU Research 2012' Event

Dr. Sabina Brennan, Scientific Research Development Manager of NEIL, was presented with a certificate recognising leadership of a project in the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) for research at 'Ireland's Champions of Research 2012' in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin, on Friday 8th June. The event, which was attended by President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, was hosted by Enterprise Ireland on behalf of Ireland's National Support Network for FP7, in acknowledgement of the immense contribution of research project leaders from Ireland to our national success in the 50 billion euro EU research fund known as the Seventh EU Framework Programme for Research (FP7).

Dr Brennan with Ireland's Champions of Research Certificate

Congratulations to Dr. Brennan, who was presented with a certificate in honour of her leadership of Sharing Age, a project in the Seventh EU Framework Programme for Research.

Professor Brian Lawlor honoured at 'Ireland's Champions of EU Research 2012' Event

Professor Brian Lawlor, Clinical Director of NEIL, was presented with a certificate recognising leadership of a project in the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) for research at 'Ireland's Champions of Research 2012, in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin, on Friday 8th June. Professor Lawlor was honoured at the ceremony in recognition of his leadership role on the FP7 funded NILVAD project.

You can find more information about the NILVAD project on Our Research page, or on the NILVAD website (www.nilvad.eu).

Book Launch: 'The Winner Effect' by Professor Ian Robertson - 12th June

NEIL Director Professor Ian Robertson will launch his new book 'The Winner Effect: How Power Affects Your Brain' on Tuesday 12th June at the Science Gallery.

'The Winner Effect' investigates what makes a winner, why some succeed in life and business, whereas others fail, and why few individuals become supremely powerful, while many remain powerless. Through scientific and psychological analysis, Professor Robertson shows how success affects the inner workings of the brain and explores the implications of this on individuals - in business, on the public stage and in family life.

Professor Robertson will give a talk about the book, and will be available to sign copies afterwards. To book a place at the launch, please visit the Science Gallery event page.

Cover of The Winner Effect by Professor Ian Robertson

NEIL launches 'Be Positive About Being 50+' Recruitment Drive

11th May 2012

NEIL is looking for research volunteers aged 50+ for our new Memory Research Unit, based at Trinity College Dublin. We invite interested volunteers to 'Be Positive About Being 50+' - and to make a positive contribution to science by taking part in our research.

For more information about becoming a research volunteer, please visit our Memory Research Unit webpage.

For more information about our 'Be Positive About Being 50+' campaign, see our information leaflet (PDF 162kb).

NEIL @ the Science Gallery

26th April 2012

Researchers from NEIL are taking part in the 'Happy' exhibition at the Science Gallery, which runs from 27th April to 1st June 2012. Visitors to the NEIL stand will have the opportunity to take part in our 'marble task' - a demonstration of the type of novel tasks that we use to investigate memory and related processes.

marbles

Try our marble task at the Science Gallery

We will also be providing information about our current research into memory and ageing, and inviting those aged 50+ to make a positive contribution to science, by taking part in research at our new Memory Research Unit.

For more information about the exhibition, visit the Science Gallery website.

Alzheimer's Disease Clinical Trial led by TCD Researchers is awarded 6 million euro

29th May 2011

An international research consortium led by Trinity College Dublin researchers, including Professor Brian Lawlor, Clinical Director of NEIL, have been awarded grant funding of 6 million euro by the European Commission Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). For more information, read the press release.

NEIL Seminar Series

Professor Lars Nyberg

Professor Lars Nyberg presented a seminar on September 10th 2010 entitled; Longitudinal Evidence for Frontal Cortex Under-Recruitment in Aging.

For more information, see the Seminar Details (PDF 92kb)

NIEL Research Assoc

Professors. Newel, Robertson, Nyberg, Reilly, Bokde, Barrett, and Kenny

Prof I Robertson and Prof L Nyberg at the first Niel Seminar

Profs. L Nyberg & I Robertson.

Sandra Black, MD, FRCPC

Sandra Black, MD, FRCPC, presented a breakfast seminar on September 17th 2010 entitled; It takes two to tangle: unraveling the interactions of Alzheimer's and Cerebrovascular Disease.

For more information, see the Black Seminar Details (116kb)

Dr Sandra Black
Sandra Black

 


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