Meet the ECRN Committee

Meet the ECRN Committee


Oisín C. Joyce (TCD)

Oisín C. Joyce is the current NSI-ECRN President and a fourth-year PhD student in Trinity College Dublin. His doctoral research revolves around concussion and brain health using a measure of multisensory integration. He is investigating whether there is an associative link to cardiovascular health and disease among retired sporting athletes. An advocate for green labs and sustainability, he is aiming to establish invested and synergistic links between industry and academia to grow and adopt innovative sustainable practices. He is also looking to bridge the gap between private industry and academia bringing people together to uncover the world of research commercialisation tapping into the innovation and entrepreneurship of ECR’s. 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 feels aids in his passion and creativity for neuroscience and research.


Carmen Elise Pocknell (NUIM)

Carmen Elise Pocknell is the current NSI-ECRN Vice-President and 2nd year PhD student at Maynooth University, Ireland. She grew up in the South of France, and has only recently arrived in Ireland to begin her new research adventure! She is particularly involved in aging, dementia, memory, reminiscence therapy and the effect of physical exercise on cognition and well-being. Currently, she is working on the potential benefits of Tailored Reminiscence Interventions for Ageing and Dementias Community Settings (through the TRIADICS project). She is also strongly interested in Patient and Public Involvement in Research. Next to her studies, she likes spending her time helping people, reading brainy books, or inspiring autobiographies. Besides that, she runs a lot, writes and watches many comedies.


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!





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.




Caoimhe Tyndall (TCD)

Caoimhe Tyndall is a third-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.






Aditi Singh

Aditi is currently pursuing her postdoctoral research in the Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences, University of Edinburgh. She has previously worked as a research fellow in The Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine, Queen’s University Belfast. She studies genetic and epigenetic regulation of neurogenesis and neurodevelopmental disorders using multi-omics approaches. Outside of the lab, she enjoys travel, music, cooking and sweat out in the gym.




Kaushik Narasimhan (NUIG)

Kaushik Narasimhan is a second-year PhD student in the discipline of Pharmacology & Therapeutics at National University of Ireland, Galway. His research focuses on assessing the potential of biomaterials to enhance the outcomes of stem cell-based brain repair in Parkinson’s disease. Outside of college, Kaushik either likes being a couch potato and stream Netflix or travelling to and exploring new places with his friends.





Conor Thornberry (NUIM)

Conor Thornberry is a 3rd year PhD student in the Department of Psychology, Maynooth University. His research investigates age-related neural and behavioral correlates of human spatial navigation, and how this may be linked to cognitive decline. When not messing with virtual water mazes or EEG equipment, Conor enjoys walking, travelling, exercising, and sim racing in his spare time.


Ailís Stevenson

Ailís Stevenson is a third-year PhD student in Personalised Medicine at Ulster University. Her research focuses on alterations in the oral and blood microbiomes and their role in psychiatric disorders including depression and schizophrenia. Outside of the lab she loves reading fiction, baking and finding new places to explore for walks.



Andrew McGovern

Andrew is a PhD student in the University of Limerick.


Past committee Members:

Erin Harris

Erin Harris is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and was previously 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.



Steven Fagan 

Steven Fagan is currently working as a Sr. Manager Global Scientific Communications – Publications in Eli Lilly and Company. He was previously a postdoc in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. His research focused on 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.


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:

Huntington’s Disease Awareness Campaign: UK & Ireland wide

Huntington’s Disease Awareness Campaign: UK & Ireland wide

Some of you will know the reality of living with Huntington’s while others have never encountered the condition which affects thousands of people across the UK & Ireland. 

#FamilyMatters is a small charity and group of advocates for families living with #HuntingtonsDisease. Learn more by exploring their Living History wall, make a contribution, watch and read contributor stories, or find out more about Huntington’s disease at  




PD-MitoQUANT publishes January 2021 newsletter

PD-MitoQUANT publishes January 2021 newsletter

The latest version of the PD-MitoQUANT newsletter was published on January 27, 2021. In it, partners share stories from the Parkinson’s UK Virtual Research Conference. Meet Dr Alexander Kel, Founder and Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) of geneXplain GmbH. And much more! Visit

Learn more about the project on the PD-MitoQUANT website.

This project has received funding from the Innovative Medicines Initiative 2 Joint Undertaking under grant agreement No 821522. This Joint Undertaking receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and EFPIA and Parkinson’s UK.

The material presented and views expressed here reflect the author’s view and neither IMI nor the European Union, EFPIA, or any Associated Partners are responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained herein.