Professor Andrew HarkinTrinity College Dublin
Research interests: Drug treatment strategies to decrease the α-synuclein burden, protect neurons and reduce α-synuclein-related neuroinflammation.
Professor Michael RowanTrinity College Dublin
Research interests: The effect of misfolded proteins on synaptic plasticity
Dr. Eilís DowdNational University of Ireland, Galway
Research interests: The development of novel pharmaceuticals, cell, gene and biomaterial therapies for Parkinson’s disease.
Professor Bernadette McGuinessQueens University, Belfast
Research interests: The role of nutrition and inflammation in neurodegeneration, particularly in Alzheimer’s disease and Lewy Body dementia.
Dr. Rebecca CollQueens University, Belfast
Research interests: The role of the NLRP3 inflammasome in neuroinflammation during neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s disease.
Professor Jochen PrehnRoyal College of Surgeons
Research interests: The effects of misfolded α-synuclein on neuronal signalling and cell functioning, particularly mitochondrial activity.
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Professor John O’BrienUniversity of Cambridge
Research interests: MRI, SPECT & PET imaging in depression and dementia, neurobiological changes in late-life disorders and cognitive impairment, improving the diagnosis and treatment of Lewy Body Dementia.
Professor Ian McKeithNewcastle University
Research interests: Diagnostics and novel therapeutics for Lewy Body dementia.
Professor Dag AarslandKings College London
Research interests: Cognitive decline in patients with Parkinson’s disease and Lewy Body dementia.
Professor Peter JennerKings College London
Research interests: Models of Parkinson’s disease and development of novel therapeutics.
Associate Professor Camille CarrollUniversity of Plymouth
Research interests: Neuroprotective therapies and the use of technology for early detection, personalised treatment and monitoring of Parkinson’s disease progression.
Professor Donato Di MonteThe German Centre for Neurodegenerative Diseases
Research interests: The mechanisms in α-synuclein aggregation and new therapeutic approaches.
Professor Gunnar GourasLund University
Research interests: The cellular and molecular mechanisms by which the major genetic risk factor for the most common dementias (Alzheimer’s disease and Lewy Body Dementia) alters early synapse function.
Professor Sara Snogerup-LinseLund University
Research interests: The biology of α-synuclein.
Clinicians Who Specialise in Lewy Body Diseases in Ireland & the UK
Professor Iracema LeroiTrinity College Dublin, Global Brain Health Institute, St. James’s Hospital
Medical Speciality: Geriatric psychiatry
Clinical Work & Research Outputs: Currently works in the Memory Assessment Service at the Mercer’s Institute for Successful Ageing in St. James’s Hospital and has also been involved in clinical trials for dementia.
Professor Seán KennellyTallaght University Hospital, Trinity College Dublin
Medical Speciality: Geriatric and stroke medicine
Clinical Work & Research Outputs: Consultant physician in geriatric and stroke medicine Tallaght University Hospital, co-director of the Institute for Memory and Cognition and director of the Cognitive Clinical Trials Unit in Tallaght University Hospital.
Dr. Seán O’DowdTallaght University Hospital, Trinity College Dublin
Medical Speciality: Neurology
Clinical Work & Research Outputs: Consultant neurologist at Tallaght University Hospital with interests in neurodegenerative disorders (early- and late-onset dementia, Parkinson’s disease and Parkinsonian atypical disorders) and sleep disorders.
Dr. Joseph KaneQueens University, Belfast
Medical Speciality: Psychiatry
Clinical Work & Research Outputs: Specialist trainee in Psychiatry of Old Age and General Adult Psychiatry with a particular interest I the epidemiology of peripheral α-synuclein neuropathology.
Other Key Figures in Lewy Body Disease Network
Karen MeenanLewy Body Ireland
Bio: Karen is the co-founder of Lewy Body Ireland and an award-winning presenter of dementia-inclusive radio programmes at NearFM in Ireland and LLARC in the UK. She has also founded many dementia inclusive groups such as Forget-Me-Nots choir and the Making Hay Reminiscence theatre company. More recently, Karen has turned her hand to research with the Global Brain Health Institute at Trinity College Dublin. With a special interest in Lewy Body Disease, Karen works closely with the Lewy Body Society UK and hosts a monthly ‘Tea-time with Lewy’ support group for patients and their families.
Helen Bundy MedsgerLewy Body Disease Advocate
Bio: For 30 years, Helen acted as a caregiver for close family members suffering from Lewy Body Disease and she is a devoted advocate for patients with dementia and their inclusion in clinical and preclinical research. Based in the US, Helen works with many Lewy Body Disease organisations such as the Lewy Body Dementia Association and the Global Health Brain Institute to support patients and caregivers in their fight of their disease.
Rachel ThompsonConsultant Admiral Nurse for Lewy Body Dementia
Bio: Rachel is the Consultant Admiral Nurse for Lewy Body Dementia. Her work, which involves education, consultancy and clinical support to patients and their families across the UK, is funded by the Lewy Body Society.