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 https://www.pdmitoquant.eu/2021/01/read-all-our-latest-news/

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.



NSI Partners with Poetry Ireland: Poemathon 2021

NSI Partners with Poetry Ireland: Poemathon 2021

Poemathon with Older People brings a spotlight to their voices, imagination and creativity

Neuroscience Ireland is delighted to partner with Poetry Ireland and the Global Brain Health Institute (Trinity College Dublin) in inviting older people across the island of Ireland to write a line of poetry for a Poemathon with Older People.

The contributions will be combined to form a longer poem that captures the thoughts and imaginings of older people right now in society. John Sheahan, one of Ireland’s best known musicians and member of The Dubliners, has penned the opening line of the poem: “Intrepid intruder, stalker of unwashed hands”.

He will also be contributing the final line of the poem, which will be curated and edited by poet and editor Seamus Cashman.

John Sheahan said, “The Poemathon with Older People is helping to give a voice to an older generation – a wonderful way to bring us together creatively from all parts of the island of Ireland in a collaborative poem. I look forward to seeing how each contribution steers the poem, meandering like a river, towards its final destination when the finished poem is launched in March.”   

Submissions to the Poemathon can be made through a form on Poetry Ireland’s website from 18 January until 5pm on 12 February – at this link.

Renew your NSI Membership for 2021

Renew your NSI Membership for 2021

Neuroscience Ireland membership for 2021 is now due for renewal – Click here to renew

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 newsletter and via Twitter.

Members of the NI are also automatically members of FENS. This entitles NI 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.
  • Access to the SfN Online Platform, Neuronline.
  • 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.).

Two Neuroscience Researchers receive the SFI Early Career Researcher Award 2020

Two Neuroscience Researchers receive the SFI Early Career Researcher Award 2020

Congratulations to two Irish Neuroscience researchers, Dr Matthew Campbell, Trinity College Dublin, and Dr Lorna Lopez, National University of Ireland Maynooth, on receiving the SFI Early Career Researcher Award 2020.

Dr Campbell graduated from University College Dublin (UCD) in 2006 with a PhD in Biochemistry followed by post-doctoral research in TCD in Human Molecular Genetics (2006-2012).  He established the Neurovascular Genetics unit in the Smurfit Institute of Genetics at TCD in 2013.

Matthew is an international leader in the field of neurovascular barrier biology.  He has published and continues to publish in the world’s leading biomedical journals including Nature Medicine (2012, 2014), Science Translational Medicine (2014) and Nature Neuroscience (2017).  He has made seminal contributions to our understanding of the role of the endothelial tight junction complexes in both health and diseased states and his lab has active projects exploring the role of the inner retinal vasculature in a range of ophthalmological conditions.

Matthew has received numerous awards for his research including the SFI President of Ireland Young Researcher Award (2013), the ARVO/Genentech Award (2014) in recognition of his research in Age related Macular Degeneration (AMD), the Irish Research Council (IRC) laureate award (2018) and more recently the European Research Council (ERC) consolidator award (2020).  He has raised over €5.7million in research funding and his work has led to the development of multiple intellectual property portfolios, some of which have been licensed to TCD based campus companies and multinational companies.

Dr Lopez  is a Lecturer and Assistant Professor in Maynooth University. Lorna graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a BA (Genetics) Natural Sciences in 2002, and The University of Edinburgh with a PhD (Psychiatric Genetics) in 2008. She leads human health research on discovering the genomic basis of neurodevelopmental disorders and her research expertise ranges from genomic to molecular and proteomic approaches in family and population-based studies, and always with a focus on understanding the genetic basis of mental illness and other brain- and medical-related traits. She is also a recent recipient of a prestigious ERC Starting Investigator Award.She uses genome sequencing to identify genetic differences in families related to autism, and other neurodevelopmental disorders.