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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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