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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).

 


Email: neil@tcd.ie
Last updated 28 February 2014

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