Beginning of Academic Year Formal Dinner
Wednesday, 5 April 2017 6:00-9:00 pm
Finding your voice – challenges and opportunities as women in academia
Guest Speaker: Associate Professor Muireann Irish
ARC Future Fellow School of Psychology and Brain & Mind Centre, The University of Sydney
Originally from Ireland, Muireann completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology (1st Class Honours), a Graduate Diploma in Statistics (Distinction), and a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience at Trinity College Dublin. She relocated to Australia and completed a 3-year postdoctoral fellowship in the FRONTIER group at Neuroscience Research Australia (2010-2013). Muireann was awarded a prestigious Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) in 2013 to continue her research into the cognitive neuroscience of memory and imagination.
Muireann has a longstanding interest in how complex cognitive processes such as memory, imagination, and social cognition are disrupted in dementia syndromes. Her current research focuses on the cognitive and neural mechanisms which underpin these impairments, with a view to developing interventions that can ultimately improve quality of life for individuals living with dementia and their families. The quality of Muireann’s research has been recognized in a series of awards including a NSW Young Tall Poppy Science Award (2014), the Laird Cermak Award for Outstanding Research in Memory presented by the International Neuropsychological Society (2013), and a L’Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowship (2015) and was recently awarded a prestigious Start Up ARC Fellowship.
(from NeuRA website)