Congratulations to PhD student, Fiona Martyn, from Dr Dara Cannon’s research team who won the “ECNP’s Got Talent” contest at the 33rd European College of Neuropsychopharmacology conference which was held online from 12-15th September.
You can read Fiona’s full report on the event, and her fantastic win, here.
Fiona began her PhD in NUI Galway’s Clinical Neuroimaging Laboratory in September 2018. Her PhD research uses in vivo neuroimaging techniques to investigate the relationship between alterations in the structure and function of the brain, and moderate and binge alcohol use in bipolar disorder.
Fiona has a BSc Psychology with Neuropsychology from Bangor University, North Wales. She has previously worked as a Youth Outreach Alcohol and Other Drugs counsellor in Melbourne, Australia, and as a Drug Diversion Alcohol and Other Drugs Counsellor in rural Australia.
There was exciting news for the Galway Neuroscience Centre and Neuroscience Ireland this week with the announcement, on Twitter here, that three Irish neuroscientists have been elected to roles within the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS).
Eilís Dowd from the Galway Neuroscience Centre, who is Immediate Past President of Neuroscience Ireland, has been elected to Chair the FENS Communications Committee and she will also join the FENS Executive Committee.
Áine Kelly from Trinity College Dublin, who is the current President of Neuroscience Ireland, was elected to the Higher Education & Training Committee, and Richard Roche from Maynooth University, also a Past President of Neuroscience Ireland, was elected to the Communications Committee.
Congratulations to Eilís, Áine and Richard from all at GNC!
FENS, the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies, have launched a Guide to Twitter for FENS member societies and FENS members. The guide was launched at the FENS2020 Virtual Forum during a Special Event on Twitter hosted by Dervila Glynn from Cambridge Neuroscience who is Chair of the FENS Communications Committee.
The guide, drawn by Debbie Roberts from Engage Visually, can be downloaded in high resolution by clicking on the image above or by clicking here.
The FENS Special Event “Using Twitter to Communicate in your Science Life” had a distinctly Galway Neuroscience flavour – Dervila herself is a graduate of NUI Galway; one of the panellists was John Cryan from University College Cork, also a NUI Galway graduate; and the Twitter guide was developed with help from Eilis Dowd from the Galway Neuroscience Centre, who will be taking over the role of Chair of the FENS Communications Committee after FENS2020.
The short film, “Mood Atlas” has won Best Medical Documentary at the Sci-On Film Festival in Reno, Nevada.
Mood Atlas describes the experiences of Shane Hickey, who is living with Bipolar Disorder, and the research that is underway in the Clinical Neuroimaging Laboratory at NUI Galway to map Shane’s brain and emotions, to improve the diagnosis and treatment of this condition.
Mood Atlas was directed by multiple award-winning director, Mia Mullarkey of Ishka Films, and was funded by the Irish Health Research Board, through a Knowledge Exchange and Dissemination Grant, awarded to the former Director of the Galway Neuroscience Centre, Dr Dara Cannon.
The Sci-On Film Festival is the “Biggest Little Science + Fiction Film Festival in the World.” Their goal is to bring science fiction and science fact short films to audiences around the world – and to recognize, reward and showcase creativity, ingenuity and science-based imagination.
Congratulations to Shane, Dara, Mia and all involved in this wonderful film!
Following very careful consideration, the ICRS Board of Directors has taken a decision to cancel both the main ICRS2020 Symposium and the associated Satellite Symposium on Cannabinoids and Chronic Pain – originally scheduled for July 4 – 9 in Galway, Ireland – due to the COVID-19 crisis.