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HeadSpace Symposium

Friday, 27 April 2018

HeadSpace Symposium

A celebration of Scientific and Creative Investigation into Brain Health and Dementia

 The HeadSpace2018 symposium, a two-day celebration of scientific and creative investigation into brain health and dementia, will take place in Trinity College Dublin from 27th-28th April, 2018. By 2041, 22% of the Irish population will be 65 or older. With this in mind, change in how the nation tackles ageing and wellness is key to ensuring better health for future generations. 

The symposium will centre on topics and conversations around caring communities, research and practical cultural solutions. The aim is to come up with ideas and actionable outcomes that will inform, engage, entertain and inspire attendees and the wider community. A whole host of expert speakers will be in attendance to inform attendees on their own perspectives and suggest how their thinking might serve Ireland’s ageing population. Its creative program features free concerts, choirs, dance and new commissions.

Some experts on the speaker’s list include; Deirdre Figueiredo, Director of Craftspace. Deirdre is a curator, creative producer and researcher devising projects which actively demonstrate the progressive role of makers and craft in civil society. The programme at Craftspace is underpinned by socially engaged, participatory, collaborative and co-created approaches to engaging communities through the arts.

Professor Kate Irving  is a Professor of Clinical Nursing with a joint appointment between Dublin City University and Community Healthcare Organisation.  Kate has had a significant leadership role in the dementia field in research and education. Over the past ten years she has lead five funded research projects in dementia from dementia prevention, timely interventions, psychosocial supports, uses of technology and care pathways.  Kate also led an innovative national education and training programme to upskill communities and workplaces in meaningful supports for dementia, the Dementia Skills Elevator. 

Tim Carpenter, is CEO/Founder of EngAGE and Host/Producer of the EXPERIENCE TALKS radio show.  EngAGE changes lives by transforming affordable senior and multigenerational housing communities into vibrant centres of learning, wellness and creativity. 

Ian Robertson, is Co-Director of the Global Brain Health Institute (GBHI) at Trinity College Dublin and UCSF. A trained clinical psychologist as well as a neuroscientist, he is widely known internationally for his research on attention and the human brain.

Dominic Campbell is co-founder of Creative Aging International and is an Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health at the Global Brain Health Institute (GBHI) at Trinity College Dublin. He is currently producing "Creating A New Old San Francisco” in the Contemporary Jewish Museum and Headspace2018 in Trinity College Dublin, which respond to ageing at scale by connecting the research and innovation of artists, scientists and strategists Alex Coulter, John Conolly and of course, Dominic Campbell.
*Full list of speakers and topics included in notes to editor.  

It is proven that the brain is especially sensitive to external influences when it comes to ageing. Poverty, housing and education have huge effects on the health of the individual. This symposium will address the fact that access to healthcare, levels of potential isolation, social connectedness and personal security all contribute to how ageing can affect an individual.
It is estimated these social determinants account for 50% of disease and mortality. People grow old in different ways. This issue needs to be addressed through a combination of creative thinking and collaboration to come up with viable solutions in solving this imminent Irish problem. It requires many voices and communities contributing to new scientific discoveries and innovations to provoke significant cultural change helping towards the betterment of Ireland’s ageing population.

For more information about the symposium, the speakers and the event’s schedule, please see:

Inspired and supported by
Dementia and Neurodegeneration Network Ireland
HSE Public Health
Global Brain Health Institute at TCD and UCSF
Trinity College Dublin
Science Foundation Ireland, Health Research Board, Welcome Foundation Institutional Strategic Support Fund
Dublin’s Culture Connects
Creative Ireland

Dominic Campbell is an Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health at the Global Brain Health Institute (GBHI) and would like to thank GBHI at Trinity College Dublin and the Alzheimer’s Association for supporting his work.

Campus LocationTrinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Accessibility: Yes
Room: Neill Lecture Theatre
Event Category: Alumni, Arts and Culture, Key dates, Lectures and Seminars, Library, Public, Workshops and Training
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Undergrad, Postgrad, Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Public
Cost: Free (but registration is essential)

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