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Hot Topics In Dementia Research

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A monthly webinar series exploring hot topics in dementia research from basic science, clinical and social research perspectives.

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Dementia Research Network Ireland are hosting free monthly webinars on hot topics in dementia research. These webinars will provide an opportunity to hear from those working in basic science, clinical and social research as well as from people living with dementia and their families. Each one-hour webinar will include a Q&A with the audience.

Target Audience: Researchers, clinicians, health & social care practitioners, the public including people living with dementia/ neurodegeneration and their families.

Webinar 1: Mon 27th September 2021 (11-12pm) - Lewy Body Disorders: The Most Common Disease You’ve Never Heard Of

In this webinar, we will discuss :

  • Challenges in diagnosing Lewy Body Disorders
  • Current research in Lewy Body Disorders
  • What it's like to live with Lewy Body Dementia
  • Treatments and supports available
  • Launch of Lewy Body Ireland


  • Prof. Iracema Leroi, Associate Professor Geriatric Psychiatry, Trinity College Dublin/ St. James's Hospital
  • Kevin Quaid who is living with Lewy Body Dementia and his wife Helena Quaid
  • Karen Meenan, Co-Founder & Director of Lewy Body Ireland, Senior Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health
  • Caoimhe Tyndall, Irish Research Council PhD Scholar
  • Ken Greaney, family member of person living with Lewy Body Dementia

Webinar 2: Alzheimer's Disease (Mon 18th October 11-12pm)

In this webinar, we will discuss :

  • How the NILVAD trial informs clinical and research practice
  • The experience of caring for someone with Young Onset Alzheimer's Disease
  • Potential therapeutics in early Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Support from a Dementia Adviser


  • Prof. Brian Lawlor, Executive Director, Global Brain Health Institute, Trinity College Dublin
  • Seán Dónal O'Shea, former family carer and Dementia Adviser with the Alzheimer Society of Ireland
  • Prof. Michael Rowan, Professor of Neuropharmacology, Dept of Pharmacology & Therapeutics, School of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin

Webinar 3 : Fronto-Temporal Dementia (Mon 29th November 11-12pm)

In this webinar, we will discuss :

  • Movement Disorders in Fronto-Temporal Lobar Degeneration – A Clinical Perspective
  • Personal experience of caring for a person with Young Onset Fronto-Temporal Dementia
  • More topics to be confirmed


  • Dr. Shane Lyons, Neurology Specialist Registrar, Tallaght University Hospital
  • Simon Murphy, carer for his mother
  • More speakers to be confirmed

Webinar 4: Hearing & Vision Impairment in Dementia (January 2022 - date TBC)

Webinar 5: Vascular Dementia (February 2022 - date TBC)

Webinar 6: Parkinson's Disease Dementia (March 2022 - date TBC)

Webinar 7: Female Sex as a Risk Factor for Dementia (April 2022 - date TBC)

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