Congratulations to all of our BNA2019 Bursary winners!

Congratulations to all of our BNA2019 Bursary winners!

 

Congratulations to all of the winners of the NSI Travel Bursaries for the BNA2019 Festival of Neuroscience. These were generously sponsored by Science Foundation Ireland and the Galway Neuroscience Centre.

  • Veronica Alamilla from Eilis Dowd’s group at NUIG
  • Enrico Bagnoli from Una Fitzgerald’s group at NUIG
  • Sibylle Beche from Kumlesh Dev’s group at TCD
  • Rory Boyle from Robert Whelan’s group at TCD
  • Audrey Bradford from Andrew Irving’s group at UCD
  • Silvia Cabre from Eilis Dowd’s group at NUIG
  • Luke Davidson from Kumlesh Dev’s group at TCD
  • Natalie DeSanctis from John Kelly’s group at NUIG
  • Caitlin Devine from Elaine Murray’s group at UU
  • Francesco Donoso from John Cryan’s group at UCC
  • Nadja Enz from Robert Whelan’s group at TCD
  • Mehnaz Ferdousi from David Finn’s group at NUIG
  • John Mark Fitzpatrick from Eric Downer’s group at TCD
  • Christine Fulling from John Cryan’s group at UCC
  • Rachel Furlong from Cora O’Neill’s group at UCC
  • Elena Garcia from Niamh O’Sullivan’s group at UCD
  • Jessica Gaspar from David Finn’s group at NUIG
  • Beatriz Gil from Caroline Herron’s group at UCD
  • Therese Gilligan from Arun Bokde’s group at TCD
  • Laurena Holleran from Gary Donohoe’s group at NUIG
  • Edel Hughes from Michelle Roche’s group at NUIG
  • Rachel Humphrey from Michelle Roche’s group at NUIG
  • Anirudh Jaisimha from Barry Boland’s group at UCC
  • Rachel Kelly from Eilis Dowd’s group at NUIG
  • Coral Lapsley from Elaine Murray’s group at UU
  • Orla Mannion from David Finn’s group at NUIG
  • Fiona Martyn from Dara Cannon’s group at NUIG
  • Sarah McComish from Maeve Caldwell’s group at TCD
  • Claire McGrory from Declan McLoughlin’s group at TCD
  • Conor McVeigh from Jana Hasse’s group at UCD
  • Megan Ni Bhroin from Arun Bokde’s group at TCD
  • Sarah Nicolas from Yvonne Nolan’s group at UCC
  • Sarah O’Donovan from Cora O’Neill’s group at UCC
  • Adaobi Okolo from Karen Doyle’s group at NUIG
  • Matheus Oliveira from Shane O’Mara’s group at TCD
  • Eoin O’Neill from Andrew Harkin’s group at TCD
  • Emer Power from David Finn’s group at NUIG
  • James Prendergast from Karen Doyle’s group at NUIG
  • Laura Rai from Robert Whelan’s group at TCD
  • Aoife Sweeney from Peter Passmore’s group at QUB
  • Aoife Thornton from Michelle Roche’s group at NUIG

NSI Travel Bursaries for BNA2019

NSI Travel Bursaries for BNA2019

Neuroscience Ireland are delighted to announce that we will be providing a substantial number of Travel Bursaries for the BNA2019 Festival of Neuroscience, generously sponsored by Science Foundation Ireland.

There will be 2 categories of bursary: €200 as a contribution to registration/abstract submission for applicants based in Dublin and Maynooth, and €400 as a contribution to registration/abstract submission/travel/accommodation for applicants coming from elsewhere in Ireland.

We want to encourage as many researchers from Ireland as possible to attend this event, so applicants that have previously received a NSI Travel Bursary can also apply, but priority will be given to applicants who have not previously received such a bursary. As indicated above, there will be a substantial number of bursaries so we encourage all eligible researchers to apply!

Please join us to make BNA2019 a fantastic event and a showcase for the exceptional neuroscience research taking place in Ireland!!

Conference: BNA2019 Festival of Neuroscience
Conference dates: 14th to 17th April 2019
NSI bursary deadline: 7th December 2018 (i.e. 1 week after the BNA2019 abstract deadline) 

NSI bursary value: €200 for applicants based in Dublin and Maynooth, and €400 for applicants coming from elsewhere in Ireland.
NSI bursary eligibility: Applicants must be current (i.e. 2018) PhD student or post-doctoral members of Neuroscience Ireland. To renew your membership for 2018, please go here.
To apply: More details and the application form can be found on our website here.

 

Kathy Ruddy wins NSI Early Career Investigator Award

Kathy Ruddy wins NSI Early Career Investigator Award

Massive congratulations to Dr Kathy Ruddy from TCD on winning the NSI Early Career Investigator Award. Kathy will now deliver a Prize Lecture at the British Neuroscience Association’s “Festival of Neuroscience” (BNA2019) in the Convention Centre Dublin in April 2019, where she will be presented with her award (an engraved medal and a cheque for €500).

Originally from Northern Ireland, Kathy completed a PhD at Queen’s University Belfast under the supervision of Prof. Richard Carson, awarded in 2014. She went on to undertake a post-doctoral research position at ETH in Zürich, Switzerland, for three years under the supervision of Prof. Nicole Wenderoth. To date she has published 8 full peer reviewed original research manuscripts and two invited review articles as lead author (one was named ‘Publication of the year 2017’ by the Swiss Society for Neuroscience), and a further 2 peer reviewed original research manuscripts as co-author, plus one book chapter. In 2017 Kathy was awarded a two-year fellowship from the Irish Research Council to conduct a project at Trinity College Dublin on how Brain-Computer Interface can be used to improve aspects of the brain’s inhibitory control systems, under the supervision of Prof. Robert Whelan.

Congratulations again to all of our shortlisted candidates pictured here at yesterday’s Young NSI Conference (read more about them here).

Death of Dr Will Devane

Death of Dr Will Devane

We are deeply saddened to hear of the death of Dr Will Devane in Galway. Will made an extraordinary contribution to cannabis research – he discovered the CB1 receptor as a PhD student and he discovered and named anandamide as a post-doc. For the past 10 years he has lived in Galway and spent time as a Wellcome Trust Research Fellow in the laboratory of Prof David Finn.

There’s an interview with him in the New York Times here from 1992 shortly after he first isolated anandamide: https://www.nytimes.com/1992/12/22/science/science-watch-brain-and-marijuana.html

And there’s a lovely video of him from when he was a Research Fellow in Galway here:

Nominees for NSI Early Career Investigator Award

Nominees for NSI Early Career Investigator Award

We had a huge response to our call for nominations for the NSI Early Career Investigator Award and were overwhelmed by the number of outstanding candidates identified. So thank you so much to all for submitting your nominations.

And … we can now reveal the shortlist of excellent candidates.

Tom Burke, TCD
Maria Dauvermann, NUIG
Laurena Holleran, NUIG
Jo-Hanna Ivers, TCD
Minal Jaggar, UCC
Joanne Kenny, RCSI
Alvaro Llorente-Berzal, NUIG
Sarah Roche, UCC
Kathy Louise Ruddy, TCD

The NSI Early Career Award will be presented to one of these nine outstanding research scientists. The award recipient will be announced at the Young Neuroscience Ireland Conference in UCD on 25th October. S/he will receive an engraved medal, a cheque for €500 and will be invited to present a Prize Lecture at the British Neuroscience Association’s “Festival of Neuroscience” (BNA2019) in the Convention Centre Dublin in April 2019.

Congratulations to you all and good luck!

Deadline extended for Young NSI Conference

Deadline extended for Young NSI Conference

Early Registration and Abstract Submission for the Young NSI Conference has been extended for a further 2 weeks until 5 pm on Friday 14th September. The details are here: https://neuroscienceireland.com/young-nsi-conference-2018/

NSI is also still seeking nominations (including self-nominations) for the NSI “Early Career Investigator Award”. If you have suggestions for nominations, please send them to neuroscienceireland@gmail.com by 5pm on Friday 14th September.