NeuroSKILL’s First Neuroimaging Study Day

Filed: 29th May 2013

Delegates at NeuroSKILL's Neuroimaging study day, May 2013

NeuroSKILL’s study day, held at UCD’s Health Sciences Centre

NeuroSKILL recently held its first neuroimaging study day on May 11th 2013 at University College Dublin (UCD). This study day was targeted at doctors, radiographers, researchers (PhD students, Post-Doctoral Fellows), other healthcare professionals and students interested in the area of neuroimaging in dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The programme brought together experts in neuroimaging, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease from Ireland and Wales.

The 80 registered attendees came from across Ireland and included GPs, consultant psychiatrists, neurologists and radiologists, radiographers, clinical psychologists, academics, nurses, occupational therapists, researchers and students.

Professor Des O'Neill addressing the delegates at the NeuroSKILL neuroimaging study day, May 2013

Professor Des O’Neill, Director of Aois agus Eolas, the Centre for Ageing, Neuroscience and the Humanities at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and Tallaght Hospital, presenting at the Neuroskill study day

The aim of the day was to provide an educational opportunity focusing on neuroimaging technology, principles, clinical and research applications in dementia and Alzheimer’s disease through a series of presentations by eight speakers, both clinicians and academics from Ireland and Wales. Among the highlights was the opening presentation by Professor Des O’Neill, a consultant physician in geriatric and stroke medicine, Director of Aois agus Eolas, the Centre for Ageing, Neuroscience and the Humanities at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and Tallaght Hospital, who spoke about the latest developments in diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s patients. This presentation nicely set the scene for the rest of the day and was followed by an interactive and dynamic session by Professor James Jones, Professor of anatomy in UCD, on neuroanatomy where attendees used an audience response system to test their knowledge.

Other speakers covered magnetic resonance imaging technology and basic principles (Dr Jonathan McNulty, UCD NeuroSKILL Principal investigator), brain chemistry (Dr Paul Mullins, Bangor University NeuroSKILL Principal investigator), functional brain changes due to Alzheimer’s disease (Professor Arun Bokde, TCD NeuroSKILL Principal investigator), and clinical imaging in dementia and Alzheimer’s disease (Dr Eoin Kavanagh, Consultant Radiologist, UCD and Mater Misericordiae Hospital). Dr Desiree O’Leary (UCD) and Dr Shane Foley (UCD) completed the line-up with respective presentations on positron emission tomography and computed tomography.

The breaks throughout the day also provided a fantastic opportunity for attendees and speakers alike to network and meet. The study day also provided attendees with 5 continuing professional development (CPD) credits awarded by the Faculty of Radiologists, RCSI, and was recognised by the Irish Institute of Radiography and Radiation Therapy (IIRRT) for CPD purposes. Attendees were also presented with a departure gift in the form of a NeuroSKILL branded stress brain.

This was the first in a series of education and training offerings as part of the NeuroSKILL project with a two day MRS, fMRI and DTI acquisition and processing course scheduled for the 5th and 6th of July in Bangor, Wales followed by a one day pre-conference neuroimaging workshop on the 11th of September in Cork prior to the Neuroscience Ireland meeting.

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Biographies of the speakers