National premier of “Mood Atlas”

National premier of “Mood Atlas”

The Galway Neuroscience Centre would like to invite all to the national premier of the new Ishka Films production “Mood Atlas” on Saturday 14th December at 3 pm in the O’Donoghue Theater at NUI Galway. All are welcome to this free event.

Mood Atlas is a short film that describes the experience of living with bipolar disorder, and the research that is underway in the Clinical Neuroimaging Laboratory at NUI Galway to understand the neuroscience behind it.

The project has been 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 M Cannon.

If you wish to attend, please register your interest by emailing Fiona Martyn: f.martyn6@nuigalway.ie

GNC Director, Dr Una FitzGerald, earns Ireland’s first “My Green Lab” Certification

GNC Director, Dr Una FitzGerald, earns Ireland’s first “My Green Lab” Certification

Congratulations to Dr Una Fitzgerald, Director of the Galway Neuroscience Center, and Founder of the Galway Green Labs, has been awarded “My Green Lab” certification for her lab – the only such certification in Europe.

Una is pictured to the left at the SFI Science Summit 2019 speaking about the initiative and certification.

My Green Labs introduce sustainability to the community responsible for the world’s life-changing medical and technical innovations. Labs are one of the most resource-intensive spaces in any industry, but they don’t have to be. By simply introducing a new perspective, My Green Lab has helped tens of thousands of people make a positive change to their work and create a culture of sustainability in the lab. Read more about My Green Lab here.

A Tiny Spark featured on RTÉ One Television

A Tiny Spark featured on RTÉ One Television

The Science on Screen film, A Tiny Spark, featuring the research of GNC member Dr Karen Doyle, screened on RTÉ One television on Tuesday 29th October at 11:15 pm to mark World Stroke Day.

The film is now available to view on the RTÉ Player here.

A Tiny Spark is a documentary directed by Niamh Heery, produced by Caroline Kealy with animations by Eric Dolan, about stroke research and survivors. It has just started its international festival run and so far it has had screenings in Ireland, Australia, Oregon and Nevada.

A Tiny Spark won the Best Medical Documentary Award on May 6th 2019 at the Sci On! Festival in Reno. The judging panel had the following to say about the film, which was funded by CÚRAM and Galway Film Centre’s Science on Screen Award:

Absolutely superb and engaging documentary, with an excellent and sensitive blending of interviews with animated scenes.
Such a powerful and perfectly-made film. The subject matter is so vital and relevant. It’s hard to find the words to describe such a meaningful and compassionate treatment of a condition that has impacted so many of us directly or indirectly, personally or through a friend or family member. Thank you for helping raise awareness — and to show that there is hope.

View the “A Tiny Spark” trailer here:

CPR success at the Irish Pain Society Annual Meeting 2019

CPR success at the Irish Pain Society Annual Meeting 2019

Congratulations to all of the members of NUI Galway’s Centre for Pain Research who attended and presented at the Irish Pain Society Annual Meeting on Saturday 19th October at University College Dublin.

CPR members brought home most of the prizes on the day – congratulations to all the winners!

Rachel Humphrey won the IPS Preclinical research medal for best preclinical poster (Dr Michelle Roche group)

Mehnaz Ferdousi won second prize in the preclinical poster category (Prof David Finn group)

Monika Plich won the IPS Clinical research medal for best clinical poster (Prof Brian McGuire and Dr Denis O’Hora groups)

Nessa Sweeney won second prize in the clinical poster category (Prof Brian McGuire group)

Ortlaith Mannion won best presentation at the Irish Pain Research Network (IPRN) data blitz (Prof David Finn group)

Galway student represents Ireland at International Brain Bee in South Korea

Galway student represents Ireland at International Brain Bee in South Korea

This weekend, the Irish flag was flown at the International Brain Bee competition in South Korea for the very first time. Michael Flaherty, a leaving cert student from St. Enda’s College in Galway city, represented the country at the prestigious event after winning the inaugural Brain Bee competition held at NUI Galway during Brain Awareness week earlier this year.

The International Brain Bee was founded over 20 years ago with the mission to inspire young people to study and pursue careers in neuroscience (read more here).

The International Brain Bee promotes student engagement with neuroscience through a three-tiered competition: students start by signing up for a Local Brain Bee, the winners of which compete in their country’s Regional Brain Bee. Every year, Regional Brain Bees send one representative to compete at the International Brain Bee world championship.

There’s more on Michael’s trip to South Korea in the Galway Bay FM news piece here.