NSI stream

Neuroscience Ireland (NSI) was established in 2005 as Ireland’s National Neuroscience Society, and is a registered charity in the Republic of Ireland.

The aim of the Society is to advance research and education in the neurosciences in Ireland, and to represent Irish neuroscience researchers both nationally and internationally. NSI has a membership in the region of 200 scientists and clinicians, and represents Ireland on the Governing Council of the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS).

NSI is a Festival Partner for BNA2019 and the NSI Council has also taken on the role of Local Organising Committee for the Festival.  NSI is playing a key part in organising the public programme of activities. 

The NSI scientific stream within the BNA2019 Festival of Neuroscience consists of the following sessions:

NSI Programme Stream:

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.

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

NSI Opening Plenary and The Brain Prize Plenary Lecture: Decisions, uncertainty and rewards

Professor Ray Dolan,
Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, UK

Ray Dolan, one of the winners of The Brain Prize 2018, will be presented with the NSI Distinguished Investigator Award at the start of the lecture.  Read more information about Ray Dolan's lecture here.

​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 symposia: 

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)

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