GNC Outreach at the BT Young Scientist 2023

GNC Outreach at the BT Young Scientist 2023

Some of our GNC members had the opportunity to attend the BT Young Scientist 2023 for a day to chat all things neuroscience with the attendees. They came equipped with an interactive model of the human brain, paper brain hats, a presentation on GNC research, the Benham’s disk, and lots of brain erasers and GNC stickers for people to take home. A great day was had by all, and they were very impressed by the standard of all the student projects they saw.

Our fabulous GNC representitives pictured below at the stand (Left-right; Jonathan Costello, Dr Ciara Egan, Prof John Kelly, Katie Healy)

GNC Research Day 2022

GNC Research Day 2022

Thank you to everyone who attended and presented at the GNC Research Day 2022. It was a very enjoyable day full of interesting research. We had great talks from our invited speakers Dr Róisín McMackin, Dr. Sandrine Géranton, and Dr. Siobhain O’Mahony, and would like to thank them again for these.

Congratulations as well to the winners of the presentation competitions!

Best Short Oral presentation:

1st Prize winner Tommy Patton

2nd prize winner Rebecca Mahoney

Best Poster presenations:
1st Prize winner Saahithh Redddi Patlola:

Joint 2nd prize winners Sorour Nemati and Andrew Douglas:

3rd prize winners Ieva Vainoraite & Aoife Doherty (joint first authors)!

GNC Summer Research Symposium Updates

Picture (left-to-right) of Dr. Michelle Roche, Dr. Ciara Egan, Dr. Emer McGrath, Dr. Ronan Fleming, Dr. Andrea Kwakowsky, Dr. Tom Burke, Dr. Bharat Tripathi, and Dr. Derek Morris

The GNC would like to thank everyone who attended todays Summer Research Symposium. In particular our 6 speakers (Dr. Tom Burke, Dr. Ciara Egan, Dr. Bharat Tripathi, Dr. Andrea Kwakowsky, Dr. Ronan Fleming, and Dr. Emer McGrath) who gave interesting talks across a broad range of topics in Neuroscience, and Dr. Derek Morris and Dr. Michelle Roche for chairing. It was avery enjoyable and informative day!

Picture (left-to-right) of Dr. Michelle Roche, Dr. Ciara Egan, Dr. Emer McGrath, Dr. Ronan Fleming, Dr. Andrea Kwakowsky, Dr. Tom Burke, Dr. Bharat Tripathi, and Dr. Derek Morris
Photo of chairs and speakers of the GNC summer research symposium. Left to right: Dr. Michelle Roche, Dr. Ciara Egan, Dr. Emer McGrath, Dr. Ronan Fleming, Dr. Andrea Kwakowsky, Dr. Tom Burke, Dr. Bharat Tripathi, and Dr. Derek Morris

GNC Summer Research Symposium

GNC Summer Research Symposium Timetable

Several neuroscientists joined the academic staff in NUI Galway at Lecturer/Assistant Professor level and higher just prior to and during the pandemic. Due to restrictions, there has been few opportunities for these new staff to connect with the neuroscience community in person and present their research.

To address this, we are organizing a Galway Neuroscience Centre (GNC) Summer Research Symposium on Friday 1st July (09:20-13:00) in the Human Biology Building.

Please see the attached file for the full schedule including speakers, talk titles and biogs.

GNC Summer Research Symposium 2022

GNC Members Research Updates

Image of Professor Emer McGrath

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Recent work by GNC member Professor Emer McGrath and collaborators on vascular risk factors for dementia, read more here!


See here for an overview of a new collaboration by GNC member Professor Bob Lahue on neurological diseases.

Recording of Naomi Gleeson speaking about her experience of living with LBD

Recording of Naomi Gleeson speaking about her experience of living with LBD

A huge thank you once again to Naomi Gleeson, who joined us at the recent GNC Research Day on December 10th, to speak about her experience of living with Lewy Body Dementia (LBD).

Please watch this very interesting short 10 min recorded conversation between Naomi, Karen Meenan (top right) and Heckle (bottom) from Heckle and Jeckle. Heckle and Jeckle are two Mental Health professionals diagnosed with Early Onset Dementia.

Heckle, Naomi and Karen speak about the importance of social media with LBD – 16 Nov 2021.mp4

They are funny, serious and smart as they explore all facets of daily life living with this baffling and challenging disease. Heckle & Jeckle podcasts have become hits on Spotify: see more here: https://backtracks.fm/discover/s/talking-dementia-with-heckle-jeckle/2128dc7c2cb8c942. Here, the group will discuss the importance of finding people who understand the disease outside of your own family group or caregiving support group.