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Professor Richard Carson (Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience of Ageing)

Professor Richard Carson

Professor Richard Carson is Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience of Ageing at Trinity College Dublin. He also holds adjunct appointments at Queen's University Belfast and the University of Queensland.

Professor Carson's research focuses upon the development of novel approaches to the amelioration of age-related cognitive and behavioural dysfunction. In this context, a pivotal role is ascribed to methods and applications that optimise the utilisation of adaptive brain plasticity. His work is intrinsically multi-disciplinary, involving the use of experimental and analytic techniques drawn from neuroscience, the cognitive and computational sciences, psychology, genetics, functional-anatomy and biomechanics.

In research that has a specific emphasis upon the neuro-rehabilitation of stroke survivors, he has been working with colleagues in Australia to exploit technological advances and develop novel therapeutic interventions for use in hospital and non-hospital environments (home and residential settings). The objective is to develop low-cost minimally engineered systems such as the SMART ArmTM to deliver regimes prescribed and supervised by health professionals, without a therapist needing to be present while the systems are being used. Prof. Carson is the sole PI of a project funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (UK) that focuses on the development of interventions that may be used to harness brain plasticity during periods of limb immobilisation, with the aim of maintaining functional capacity in older persons who have sustained injuries as a result of a fall.

Prof. Carson has been awarded research fellowships by the Australian Research Council, the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia, and the Centre Nationale de la Recherche Scientifique (France). He is an Executive Editor of the Journal of Motor Behavior, and has published more than one hundred original journal articles.

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Last updated 14 June 2012

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