Its been a busy few months since our last newsletter. NSI has developed a video highlighting some of the outreach activities for 2019, the NSI social gathering at SfN was a huge success and 4 travel bursaries have been awarded. In addition, many NSI members have given talks, received awards and much, much more.
Ishka Films and National University of Ireland (NUI) Galway present ‘Mood Atlas’ screening Saturday December 14th at 3pm at the O’Donoghue Theatre on NUI Galway campus. This short film describes the experience of living with bipolar disorder and the research underway in the Clinical Neuroimaging Laboratory NUI Galway to understand the neuroscience behind it. All are welcome to this free event. The project has been funded by the Health Research Board, Knowledge Exchange and Dissemination Awarded to Dr Dara M Cannon. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Profs Áine Kelly and Richard Roche in conjunction with Tiger Media, have created this short video highlighting some of the outreach and public engagement activities the Neuroscience Ireland have been involved in in 2019
These activities have included:
A Brain Awareness Week event entitled “Painting Music: sound as vision via synaesthesia”. In this event, the remarkable nature of how sensory information is processed in the brain was conveyed through music and art, through live simultaneous performance of a synaesthete musician, Svetlana Rudenko, and a synaesthete artist, Timothy Layden
One of the highlights of the year was NSI organisation of the public programme of the BNA2019 Festival of Neuroscience. This event comprised 16 events held in 9 venues around Dublin city centre, with a satellite ‘Brain Movie Night’ event in Galway. The programme had events to suit all tastes, from rap to classical music, from art to contemporary dance and drama, along with well-attended educational events focused on brain research and patient experience.
We would like to welcome Dr Cora O’Neil, UCC and Dr Claire McCoy, RCSI onto the Neuroscience Ireland governing council.
Dr. Cora O’Neill is Vice-Head of the School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Director of the Cork Neuroscience Centre and principal investigator of a research team whose major focus is Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia disorders.
Dr Claire McCoy joined RCSI as the Immunology lecturer in August 2016, where she now leads the growing microRNA Inflammation research group. Claire was the recent recipient of an SFI Future Research Leader’s award presented by President Higgins in January 2018
Neuroscience Ireland provides bursaries for young Neuroscience Ireland Members (PhD students or postdoctoral researchers) to attend international conferences each year.
The NSI travel bursary awardees for Autumn 2019 are:
Zuzana Koci, from Prof Fegral O’Brien at RCSI
Rory Boyle, from Prof Robert Whelan’s group at TCD,
Eleanor Carey, from Prof Mary Cannon’ group at RCSI
Fiona Martyn, from Dr Dara Cannon’s group at NUIG
Congratulations and we hope you enjoy your conferences.
The Science on Screen film, A Tiny Spark, featuring the research of Dr Karen Doyle (NUI Galway) was 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.