New President of Neuroscience Ireland 2021-2023

New President of Neuroscience Ireland 2021-2023

Neuroscience Ireland appoint Dr Karen Doyle as President 

Neuroscience Ireland are delighted to announce that Dr Karen Doyle of NUI Galway has been appointed President of the society. Dr Doyle, Senior Lecturer at the University and principal investigator at CÚRAM, the SFI Research Centre for Medical Devices, is a former Vice-President of Neuroscience Ireland (2007–2009). She also led the foundation of Galway Neuroscience Centre in 2004 and was the leader of the centre from 2004–2009.

Dr Doyle said: “I am delighted to accept the role of President of Neuroscience Ireland and look forward to promoting and supporting the important work of the society over the next two years. I want to thank Professor Aine Kelly for her outstanding leadership and contribution to NSI over the last two years.”

Professor Abhay Pandit, Scientific Director at CÚRAM, said: “We congratulate Dr Karen Doyle on this prestigious appointment.  Neuroscience Ireland plays a vital role in the promotion of research and education in the neurosciences. We look forward to seeing the society’s impact grow under her leadership in the coming years.”

Dr Doyle specialises in neurovascular stress and neuroprotection, focused on ischemic stroke which occurs when a blood clot blocks or narrows an artery leading to the brain. Her research is investigating the characteristics of human blood clots that cause occlusive strokes, to inform medical device design and discover new biomarkers to advance stroke diagnosis and treatment.

Click here to check out Dr Doyle’s research


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NSI Meeting 2021

NSI Meeting 2021

The Neuroscience Ireland 2021 meeting will be held virtually on 9th and 10th September 2021.


The programme features 2 poster sessions, 4 themed symposia, 3 Plenary lectures and the Tom Connor Distinguished Investigator Award Prize Lecture.


Click here to download the 2021 NSI Meeting Programme




The Neuroscience Ireland 2021 meeting will be held virtually on 9th and 10th September 2021.


The programme features 2 poster sessions, 4 themed symposia, 3 Plenary lectures and the Tom Connor Distinguished Investigator Award Prize Lecture.


Registration and abstract submission are FREE for Neuroscience Ireland members. If you are not a member, you can join at this link, where you can also find out about the other member benefits, including FENS membership.


The abstract submission deadline for poster presentations is 6th August. Some abstracts will also be selected for a data blitz presentation at the meeting. The registration deadline is 27th August.


Please join us for 2 days of excellent neuroscience – we hope to see you there!


Click here to register or submit an abstract.




Meet the ECRN Committee

Meet the ECRN Committee


Steven Fagan (RCSI)

Steven Fagan is a postdoc in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He investigating the role of non-coding RNA in neuronal and astroglial function with specific attention to tRNA fragments in epilepsy. In his spare time Steven enjoys hiking, cycling and camping, and after that cooking up a feast.







Oisín C. Joyce (TCD)

Oisín C. Joyce is a second-year PhD student in Trinity College Dublin. The current focus of Oisín’s research is to determine how concussion and traumatic brain injury in current and retired sporting athletes can affect brain health using a measure of multisensory integration and whether there is an associative link to cardiovascular health and disease. Outside of the lab, although it defies his research goals, he loves to box. He also likes to read and collect comic books which he feel aids in his passion and creativity for neuroscience and research.




 Erin Harris (UCC)

Erin Harris is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Anatomy & Neuroscience at University College Cork. She studies sex differences in stress-related psychiatric illness using a rat model. Originally from the United States, Erin has been living in Cork for 3 years. Outside of the lab, she enjoys singing, making silly TikToks, and exploring Ireland.






Janosch Heller (DCU)

Janosch Heller is an Assistant Professor in Biomedical Sciences at Dublin City University. Janosch’s lab is interested in how astrocytes change in diseases such as epilepsy and how these cells can be targeted as novel treatment options. In his free time, Janosch likes to explore the Irish countryside, to cook and bake, and to indulge in the Real Housewives franchise.





Aoife Cosgrave (UCD)

Aoife Cosgrave is a 3rd year PhD student from University College Dublin and she is exploring the anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties of lesser-explored phytocannabinoids in models of acute neuroinflammation. To get a break from the lab, Aoife likes to read and paint and recently went back playing Gaelic football (she hadn’t picked up a football since she was a teenager) after playing tag rugby for a few years!







Caoimhe Tyndall (TCD)

Caoimhe Tyndall is a second-year PhD student in Trinity College Dublin, researching mechanisms by which alpha-synuclein induces neuroinflammation and neurodegeneration in Parkinson’s Disease. When Caoimhe is not in the lab, she in the sea – sailing, surfing, and sea swimming are her go to outdoor activities. When on land, musical theatre is her buzz.






NSI Seeking Nominations for President

NSI Seeking Nominations for President

Neuroscience Ireland is seeking nominations for a new president for the society, to be submitted no later than 18th August 2021.
The 2-year term of our current President, Áine Kelly, comes to an end this September and we are now seeking nominations from the membership for her replacement.
The term is for 2 years, from mid-September 2021 to mid-September 2023.
The President is responsible for overseeing all activities of the Society and acting as its main representative. S/he chairs meetings of Council and represents the Society on the FENS Governing Council.
Nominations, including self-nominations, should be sent to on or before Wednesday 18th August; please include ‘NSI Presidential Nomination’ in the title. The NSI Council will vote to elect the next President. Please seek permission in advance from anyone you wish to nominate.  
Please click here for details of previous Presidents and information on the NSI Council. 




FENS Forum 2022: submit your symposium and technical workshop proposals!

FENS Forum 2022: submit your symposium and technical workshop proposals!
The call for symposia and technical workshops for the FENS Forum 2022 is open!
Don’t miss this opportunity to share your research and shape the scientific programme of Europe’s premier neuroscience meeting: with 56 symposia across four days, there is enormous scope to showcase your field!
Full list of themes and submission at:
Discover some of the reasons why you should submit a proposal: