Professor Brian Lawlor (Clinical Director)
Professor Brian Lawlor is Conolly Norman Professor of Old Age Psychiatry at Trinity College Dublin and Consultant Psychiatrist at St. James's Hospital. He is also the Director of the Memory Disorders Clinic at Mercer's Institute for Research on Ageing, St. James's Hospital.
Professor Lawlor's research interests are in the early detection, diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer's disease, the neurobiology and treatment of behavioral and psychological symptoms in dementia and mental disorders in the community dwelling elderly. The overarching aims of the research programmes are to develop clinical, neuropsychological and biological markers of Alzheimer's disease at the earliest possible stage and to test promising new interventions in clinical populations.
His research involves collaborative partnership with disciplines from basic science (developing animal models of Alzheimer's disease) through to health service development, clinical trials and implementation. He has conducted longitudinal cohort studies of Alzheimer's disease in clinic settings and cross sectional and longitudinal studies of community dwelling healthy older people and those with mental disorders. He has published over 180 papers and edited 3 text books in the field of geriatric psychiatry.
Professor Lawlor is Lead PI of the Enhancing Care in Alzheimer's Disease (ECAD) study, a long term study exploring the economic, psychological and physical impact of Alzheimer's disease for patients and caregivers. He is also Lead PI for the Social Connection Strand in the Intel/IDA(Industrial Development Agency) inter-institutional research collaboration with colleagues at University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin and Dublin City University. Prof Lawlor will also play a lead role on the mental health section of TILDA. In addition he is PI for Health Research Board translational research programme investigating why older people with mild cognitive impairment conver to dementia and PI for the GlaxoSmithKleine /Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience Collaborative research programme to accelerate treatment developments in Alzheimer's disease.