Oct 25 2021 Posted: 08:00 IST

NUI Galway researcher and academic Dr Karen Doyle has been appointed President of Neuroscience Ireland.

Dr Doyle, Senior Lecturer at the University and principal investigator at CÚRAM, the SFI Research Centre for Medical Devices, is a former Vice-President of Neuroscience Ireland (2007–2009). She also led the foundation of Galway Neuroscience Centre in 2004 and was the leader of the centre from 2004–2009.

Dr Doyle said: “I am delighted to accept the role of President of Neuroscience Ireland and look forward to promoting and supporting the important work of the society over the next two years. I want to thank Professor Aine Kelly for her outstanding leadership and contribution to NSI over the last two years.”

Professor Abhay Pandit, Scientific Director at CÚRAM, said: “We congratulate Dr Karen Doyle on this prestigious appointment. Neuroscience Ireland plays a vital role in the promotion of research and education in the neurosciences. We look forward to seeing the society’s impact grow under her leadership in the coming years.”

Dr Doyle specialises in neurovascular stress and neuroprotection, focused on ischemic stroke which occurs when a blood clot blocks or narrows an artery leading to the brain. Her research is investigating the characteristics of human blood clots that cause occlusive strokes, to inform medical device design and discover new biomarkers to advance stroke diagnosis and treatment.

Neuroscience Ireland has a membership of about 200 scientists and clinicians. It aims to advance research and education in the neurosciences and to represent Irish neuroscience researchers both nationally and internationally.


Media queries to Gwen O'Sullivan, Press and Information Executive, NUI Galway at gwen.osullivan@nuigalway.ie or 087 6601592.

Photo.jpg: Dr Karen Doyle, Senior Lecturer in Physiology and Principal Investigator at CÚRAM, NUI Galway. Photo: Aengus McMahon

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More about Neuroscience Ireland (NSI)

Neuroscience Ireland (NSI) was established in 2005 as Ireland’s National Neuroscience Society, and is a registered charity. A key goal of NSI is the promotion of education in

the neurosciences including outreach to the general public, and this is facilitated by public lectures and symposia. NSI holds a biennial meeting that serves as a multidisciplinary forum for knowledge and expertise sharing, facilitating excellence in neuroscience research in Ireland. Follow NSI and the ECRN @NeuroscienceIRL; @YoungNeuroIrl or visit www.neuroscienceireland.com


CÚRAM, the SFI Research Centre for Medical Devices, is developing the next generation of medical devices and training a highly-skilled workforce. Set up in 2015, CÚRAM is now a world-leading Irish Medical Device R&D Centre based out of NUI Galway. While led by the National University of Ireland Galway, CÚRAM’s partner institutes include University College Dublin, University College Cork, Trinity College Dublin, University of Limerick, Royal College of Surgeons Ireland, Dublin City University, Athlone Institute of Technology and National Institute Bioprocessing Research and Training.

The Centre is focused on the development of biomedical implants, therapeutic and diagnostic devices that address the needs of patients living with chronic illness. They also partner with local small-and-medium enterprises (SMEs), and multinational medical device and pharmaceutical companies to increase employment in Ireland. The Centre has seen numerous scientific breakthroughs, as researchers focus on improving the quality of life for patients living with long-term chronic conditions such as diabetes, back pain, cardiovascular disease and stroke. Our researchers focus on engineering approaches for repair and remodelling, improved drug delivery solutions and superior medical implant designs to treat chronic diseases. CÚRAM was created because of the need for clinicians, industry and researchers to collaborate in developing medical devices which will not only create jobs but also develop a global hub for MedTech. Follow us @ CURAMdevices or visit www.curamdevices.ie


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