SURVEY RE CLINICAL COLLABORATION AND NATIONAL BIOBANK FOR NEUROLOGICAL DISORDERS

Dr. FitzGerald, a recent representative of Irish Neuroscientists on the Board of Directors of the Irish Institute of Clinical Neuroscience (IICN) and a principal investigator based at NUIG, has compiled a survey aimed at exploring the following topics:

 

  • Scope for closer collaboration between Irish neuroscientists and neurologists or other clinicians who work with individuals who suffer       from neurological disorders
  • Possible barriers to working more closely with neuroscientists
  • Potential for banking/sharing of body fluid and tissue samples and clinical data from Irish people suffering from all categories of neurological        disorders
  • Willingness on the part of neuroscientists to participate in applications to Irish/European/global calls for funding to support collaborative             translational research

 

A similar survey was circulated to members of the Irish Institute for Clinical Neuroscience (IICN) in May this year. The president of Neuroscience Ireland has approved circulation of this survey.  Answers to all questions will be considered confidential and information gathered will be reported, in the first instance, to the Council of Neuroscience Ireland.  Survey information may also be passed on to members of the IICN.

There are a total of 19 questions, which are mostly multiple choice type. The survey should take no longer than 15 minutes to complete.  Your views will be extremely important in gathering momentum for this initiative and we would appreciate your cooperation and input.  The questions can be found by clicking on the link below:

Thank you!

Click here to complete survey on clinical collaboration and national biobank for neurological disorders!

ERC Grant Success – Prof. Gary Donohoe, NUI Galway

Neuroscience Ireland would like to congratulate the recent success of Prof. Gary Donohoe (Psychology NUI Galway and NCBES Galway Neuroscience Centre) in securing a European Research Council (ERC) starting grant.

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This project entitled Immune Response & Social Cognition in Schizophrenia (iRELATE) aims to develop and test a novel immune based model of deficits in social cognition in schizophrenia

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Brain Awareness Week Initiatives – A beautiful report from NUI Galway

My Amazing Brain Exhibition

Hosted by NUI Galway Neuroscience Centre as part of Brain Awareness Week 2016

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In order to mark International Brain Awareness Week, staff and students of NUI Galway’s Neuroscience Centre held a public information exhibit entitled “My Amazing Brain” from 15-16th March in the Aula Maxima, NUI Galway.
Members of the public and schools from across the city and county including Colaiste Cholmcille (Inverin), Presentation College (Athenry), Mercy college (Woodford), Dominican College (Galway city), Salerno Secondary School (Galway city) had the opportunity to visit the exhibit to learn more about how the brain and nervous system work. The exhibit consisted of interactive displays such as puzzles and tests of hand-eye coordination, visual perception, left/right handedness and creativity, where visitors learnt more about the nervous system in a hands-on way. In addition, visitors had the chance to learn more about the brain and related disorders through a series of large information posters on various prepared by the staff and postgraduate students of NUI Galway Neuroscience Centre. The exhibit was a resounding success and featured on several local and national media sources including UTV Ireland news (http://utv.ie/playlists/default.aspx?tag=News&bcid=4807377522001)

Brain Awareness Week Initiatives – Beautiful reports from UCC

Brain Awareness Week Initiatives 2016 – Beautiful reports from UCC

Event No. 1: “Tús Maith Leath na hOibre”:

UCC Neuroscientists promote healthy brain aging in local primary schools

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During Brain Awareness Week, a group of UCC neuroscientists engaged children from five local primary schools (Glounthaune, Greenmount, Glasheen Girls, Glasheen Boys and St Finbarres) in fun activities to promote the importance of brain health during childhood. With the cooperation and enthusiasm of teachers in the participating classes, children eagerly joined in the activities which focused on positive lifestyle choices for brain health. They carried out brain safety ‘egg drop’ and ‘jelly brain’ experiments, prepared healthy ‘brain food plates’, played memory games, danced and exercised to ‘activate their neurons’, enjoyed a ‘brain food’ blueberry snack and relaxed by having a ‘brain break’.
Information sessions in each of the schools were also held for parents to emphasise the importance of early intervention in order to prevent cognitive and mental health issues in later years. Lifestyle habits that affect the developing brain including diet, exercise, sleep, mental stimulation, stress resilience, social interaction and safety were discussed. The feedback from teachers and parents was overwhelmingly positive and schools have suggested that it would be extremely beneficial if more children could be targeted.
The team members of UCC’s Healthy Brain Aging initiative for children are Caitriona Long-Smith, Cara Hueston, Shane Hegarty, Aideen Sullivan and Yvonne Nolan from the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience, and Janas Harrington from the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health.
Funding was provided by Federation of European Neuroscience in partnership with the DANA Foundation. Blueberry snacks were sponsored by Supervalu.

Brain Awareness Week is the global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research (http://www.dana.org/BAW/).

For further information please email brainhealth@ucc.ie

Event No.2. Brain Awareness Meeting

Our event involved a one-day seminar that provided an opportunity for members of the general public of Cork city to engage with professionals involved in neuroscience research, mental health services and charities, who together support patients and families affected by mental illness, brain tumours, brain injury and dementia. The meeting provided a platform where attendees learned about a wide range of topics discussed in a friendly atmosphere. Amongst the broad range of brain related themes discussed, were issues such as “De-stigmatising mental illness”, “Cognitive and emotional Consequences of head injury”,  “Biomarkers for stress resilience”, “Support provided by charities”, “Brain health in ageing”, “Dementia care and treatments” and “Supporting brain research in Ireland”.

Dr. Barry Boland

Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Room 2.48, Western Gateway Building, University College Cork, Co. Cork, Ireland

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2016 New or Renewing Memberships

Dear NSI Members,

Our membership system for 2016 is now up and running with our renewal of the collaboration with Keynote Conference Services Ltd.

You can now become a member of Neuroscience Ireland for 2016 or renew your membership. Please see relevant information below or visit our Membership page at: https://neuroscienceireland.com/join/

New or Renewing Members:
You can complete payment for your 2016 membership by clicking
 here

Payment facilities for membership dues are provided externally by Keynote Conference Services Ltd.  For queries relating to payments contact NSI@keynotepco.ie

As a Neuroscience Ireland member, you’ll be able to avail of reduced registration fees for the NSI Conference, be eligible for poster/presentation prizes at the conference, as well as being able to apply for NSI Travel Grants, Publication Prizes and Symposium Grants. Plus you’ll be kept up to date with news via our quarterly newsletter, and via Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Members of the NSI are also automatically members of FENS. This entitles NSI members to the following benefits:
• Access to the official FENS journal, EJN, online free of charge, and a subscription to the print edition at a reduced rate
• Eligibility to apply for one of the free abstract slots for the SfN Meeting, linked to a reduced registration fee
• Subscription at very attractive discount rates to several leading neuroscience journals
• Eligibility to buy books at special FENS member rates
• Receipt of the FENS e-mailings (Job Market, EJN table of contents etc.) regularly

• Only for members joining/renewing in 2016, a reduced registration rate for the FENS Forum (Copenhagen 2016)