BNA2019 Poster Prize winners

BNA2019 Poster Prize winners

We are delighted to announce that 2 Irish postgraduate students received poster prizes at the BNA2019 Festival of Neuroscience

  • Jonathan Smith from Tobias Engle’s group at RCSI
  • Luke Davison from Kumlesh Dev’s group TCD

Luke received an NSI travel bursary to attend BNA2019. Read more about Lukes experience at the BNA2019 conference here

Travel Bursary Awardees 2019

Congratulations to the NSI 2019 Travel Bursary Awardees:

  • Marc Bennett from Robert Whelan’s group at TCD
  • Natalie DeSanctis from John Kelly’s group at NUIG
  • Rachel Furlong from Cora O’Neill’s group at UCC
  • Kelly McHugh from John Kelly’s group at NUIG
  • Vaibhav Patil from Abhay Pandit’s group at NUIG

Next round of travel awards will open Autumn 2019. For more information click here

NSI Scientific Stream at BNA2019 Festival of Neuroscience

NSI Scientific Stream at BNA2019 Festival of Neuroscience


As Festival Partners for BNA2019, NSI are delighted to have been involved in developing an exciting scientific stream within the BNA2019 Festival of Neuroscience. This stream is composed of an excellent line up of symposium, workshops and plenary lectures chaired and delivered by Irish Neuroscience researchers.  Come see the latest research from early career through to veteran neuroscientists on a wide array of exciting topics.

For a full list of symposium and plenary lectures see below and click here

NSI Opening Plenary and The Brain Prize Plenary Lecture

Sunday 14th April: 18:00 – 19:00, the Auditorium, CCD

Decisions, uncertainty and rewards

Professor Ray Dolan,
Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, UK

Symposium Sessions

Sunday 14th April: 13.00 – 14.40

S3: Precision therapy: Antisense oligonucleotides targeting coding and noncoding RNAs for neurological disorders​
Cristina Reschke, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Ireland (co-chair)
Gerhard Schratt, ETH Zurich, Switzerland.
Sarah Tabrizi, University College London, UK.

​Monday 15th April: 9.30 – 11.10

​S12: Cognitive ageing: Inflammatory mechanisms driving changes in brain plasticity
The ‘Neuronal Signaling’ symposium, supported by Portland Press

Yvonne Nolan, University College Cork, Ireland (co-chair)
Annamaria Cattaneo, IRCCS Fatebenefratelli Brescia, Italy.
Sandrine Thuret, King’s College London, UK.
Aine Kelly, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland (co-chair)

Monday 15th April: 15.30 – 17.10

S17: Cannabinoids: therapeutic potential in CNS disorders
Roger Pertwee, University of Aberdeen, UK.
Eva Marco, Complutense University of Madrid, Spain.
Eric Downer, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland (co-chair)
Michelle Roche, NUI Galway, Ireland (co-chair)

Tuesday 16th April: 15.30 – 17.10

S26: The Microbiome: A Key Regulator of the Impact of Diet on Brain Function
John Cryan, University College Cork, Ireland (co-chair)
Carlos Ribiero, Fundação Champalimaud, Portugal.
Marion Rincel, University Bordeaux, France (co-chair)
Philip Burnet, University of Oxford, UK.

Affiliated symposium

Sunday 14th April: 16.20 – 18.00

S7: The link between neuroinflammation and dysregulated metabolism in the context of age and Alzheimer’s disease
Convened by Dementia and Neurodegeneration Network Ireland

Marina Lynch, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland (co-chair)
Catherine B. Lawrence, University of Manchester, UK (co-chair)
Robert Cumming, University of Western Ontario, Canada.
Michael Heneka, University of Bonn Medical Center, Germany.

Tuesday 16th April: 09.30 – 11.10

S24: Impact Factor: Concussion and Brain Health
John Kealy, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland (co-chair)
Niamh Lynch, Bon Secours Hospital, Cork, Ireland (co-chair)
Ann McKee, Boston University, US
Nicola Marchi, Institut de Génomique Fonctionelle, France

Tuesday 16th April: 15.30 – 17.10

S28: Let’s stick together – neurodegeneration an expanding disease spectrum
Convened by the Association of British Neurologists

Timothy Lynch, University College Dublin, Ireland (co-chair)
Jonathan Schott, University College London, UK (co-chair)
Matthew Jones, University of Manchester, UK.
Paola Piccini, Imperial College London, UK.

Wednesday 17th April: 09.30 – 11.10

S34: Vascular Neurology 
Convened by the Irish Institute of Clinical Neuroscience
Keith Muir, University of Glasgow, UK
Dominick McCabe, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland (co-chair)
Aine Merwick, Beaumont Hospital, Ireland
Alex Leff, UCL, UK (co-chair)

SsC: Early Career Researcher Prizewinners’ session

Kathy Ruddy, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland – NSI Early Career Investigator award winner


SUNDAY 14TH APRIL: 16.20 – 18.00
W1: Big Data: Management, modelling & collaboration 
Madeleine Lowery, University College Dublin, Ireland (chair) – Modelling big data, an inter-disciplinary approach 
Claire Gillan, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland – Big Data: techniques and collaboration for psychiatric health 
John Terry, University of Exeter, UK – Computational Biology
Damien Coyle, Ulster University, UK – Neurotechnology and Brain-Computer Interfaces
Sara Pulit, University Medical Centre Utrecht, Netherlands – Computational biology applications in large-scale omics data: examples from obesity genetics

NSI Distinguished Investigator and Early Career Investigator Awardees

NSI Distinguished Investigator and Early Career Investigator Awardees



The recipient of this years NSI Tom Connor Distinguished Investigator Award is Prof Ray Dolan. Ray is Mary Kinross Professor of Neuropsychiatry and Director of the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, at UCL. His research addresses the neurobiology of emotion and decision making, how emotion impacts on cognition and its aberrant expression in disease.  He will deliver a plenary lecture entitled “Decisions, uncertaininty and rewards” at the BNA2019 Fesitival of Neuroscience on Sunday 14th April 18.20-19.20. Read more information about Ray Dolan’s lecture here

The NSI Early Career Investigator Award will be awarded to Dr Kathy Ruddy. Kathy is a post-doctoral researcher at Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience in Dublin, and the Neural Control of Movement Lab at ETH in Zürich. Her research interests include how brain rhythms are a key factor underpinning higher level human functioning, such as cognition. She will deliver a lecture on her work at the BNA2019 Fesitival of Neuroscience at the Early Career Researcher Prizewinners’ session on Tuesday 16th April from 15.30-17.30


Dr Áine Kelly on the Public Programme for BNA2019

Dr Áine Kelly on the Public Programme for BNA2019

The British Neuroscience Association (BNA) will hold its biennial Festival of Neuroscience outside the UK for the first time in April 2019 when the event will be held in Dublin in collaboration with Neuroscience Ireland. In addition to the excellent scientific programme (which can be viewed here), we have an exciting series of events targeted at the public, patients, patient organisations and anyone with an interest in the brain.

All events are free and open to all so please encourage your family, friends and colleagues to come along!

Primary coordinator of the Public Programme for BNA2019, Dr Áine Kelly from Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience, has this to say about the programme:

“The public outreach programme of the Festival of Neuroscience provides wonderful opportunities for the general public to hear about brain health and brain research directly from world-leading neuroscience researchers. Many events focus on neurological conditions and are designed to encourage interaction between patients, carers, clinicians and researchers. These include events  on Huntington’s disease, delirium, depression, teenage mental health and epilepsy. There is a strong arts focus to the programme, which includes films screenings, music and dance performances, a neuroscience-themed art installation and an interactive event on ageing and the arts. The programme caters for all tastes and interests and most events have a social element, with time dedicated to discussion and interaction. There really is something for everyone, so come along, learn, enjoy!”

So many individuals, organisations and funders have worked together under Áine’s stewardship to make this programme such a success, and we are grateful to each and every one of their for their enthusiastic contribution!

Thank you to everyone!

Click on our word-brain to see the organisations and people who have contributed to making the BNA2019 Public Programme such a great success:

Thanks to these organisations for their organisational and/or funding support:

Neuroscience Ireland
British Neuroscience Association
Science Foundation Ireland
Irish Research Council
Dementia & Neurodegeneration Network Ireland
Huntington’s Disease Association of Ireland
Neurological Alliance of Ireland
Galway Neuroscience Centre
International Neuroethics Society
British Association for Psychopharmacology
The Physiological Society
Trinity College Dublin
Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience
Mercer’s Institute for Succesful Ageing
National College of Art & Design
St James’s Hospital
Creative Life
Global Health Brain Institute
Age & Opportunity
Recall Initiative
Cure Parkinson’s Trust
Parkinson’s Movement
Convention Centre Dublin
Science Gallery

Thanks to these people for their organisation and/or participation:

Áine Kelly
Eilís Dowd
Richard Roche
Mags Rogers
Carol Rogan
Patricia Towey
Lousie Tratt
Anne Cooke
Derek Costello
Michelle Roche
Karen Doyle
John Cryan
Sabina Brennan
Orla Hardiman
George Kernohan
Cora O’Neill
Charlotte Callaghan
Elaine Snell
Tom Scott
Joan Jordan
Joanna Hopkins
Shaun O’Keeffe
Loretta Hughes
Colm Cunningham
Declan McLoughlin
Andrew Harkin
Veronica O’Keane
Brian Lawlor
Francesca Farina
Román Romero Ortuno
Philip Napier
Veronica Lambert
Tara Byrne
Jane Bentley
Whelan Lab
Oonagh Kearney
G. Bernhard Landwehrmeyer
Paramela Santosh
Mitul Mehta
Gabriela Pavarini
Simon Stott
Jon Stamford

Love Your Brain Campaign

Love Your Brain Campaign

National Brain Awareness Week runs from March 11th to 17th. NSI are delighted to be part of the Love Your Brain campaign which aims to promote greater awareness and understanding of the brain and brain conditions as well as the need for investment in services, research and prevention.

Check out the dedicated website which includes videos and information as well as a calendar of events happening around the country. You can also follow the campaign on social media #loveyourbrain2019 #brainawarenessweek2019