Dr. Marie Ryan graduated from National University of Ireland, Galway in 2012 with a first class honours in Medicine. She became a member of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland in 2014 and completed her Basic Specialist Training in 2015. In 2016, she commenced her PhD in Gene Pleiotropy and Neuropsychiatric Endophenotypes in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis with Trinity College Dublin.
Dr. Ryan aims to define the frequency and nature of neuropsychiatric and neurobehavioral conditions in the first and second degree relatives of patients with ALS patients versus those of controls using neuropsychiatric, neuropsychological and behavioural assessments. Genetic material (DNA) from these families will be examined to identify previously unknown genes that contribute to the disease. Knowing the function of these genes and their phenotypic representation will help to understand the cause of ALS, and to develop new and more effective treatments.