Department Events and Conferences

The Hippocampus in health and disease

Click here to link to NEWS & EVENTS for full report on the Hippocampus in Health and Disease Symposium, and for full recording of Nobel Lauerate Professor John O'Keefe's Lecture 'The Hippocampus as a Cognitive Map: An Update'

Click to link to  The Hippocampus in Health and Disease Symposium Website


The Legacy of Andres Vesalius Symposium and Art Exhibition


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The Legacy of Andreas Vesalius Website 


Prof Aideen Sullivan's 'All About The Brain Team'- Relay for Life


‌‌‌Professor Aideen Sullivan's All About The Brain Team' has been invited back to take part in the UCC Cancer Society'sannual event Relay for Life  which begins on this Friday the 26th of February.  'We'd love to have ye on board with us again, your team's enthusiasm and energy blew us away last year!'

The 'All About the Brain team' which comprises of Neuroscience students and staff once again lead by Professor Aideen Sullivan will set up camp at the Mardyke on Friday afternoon ready for a 6.00pm start.

To raise funds for the Cancer society All About the Brain Team will hold a cake sale at their team tent on Saturday, so get baking now, bring all your culinary creations to the BSI first floor on Friday morning.

Online donations are encouraged at Aideen Sullivan's All About The Brain online donation site


The UCC Cancer Society run the Relay for Life event each year to help raise essential funds for the Irish Cancer Society and to also raise awareness about Cancer. Teams of 8-15 people in relays walk laps of the Mardyke track over 24 hours, starting at 6.00 on Friday 26th February and finishing the relay on Saturday 27th at 6.00pm.

The event consists of 3 main parts. CelebrateRemember and Fight Back

  • Celebrate is where the survivors celebrate and walk the opening lap, previous years have had up to 100 survivors walk this first lap.
  • Remember is where those lost to cancer are remembered, all lights around the track are switched off and light from candle bags circling the track illuminate the event.  Messages from loved ones are written on the bags. A ceremony follows and silent laps are walked in rememberance.
  • Fight back, is where the energy gets cranked up and the fun and games begin, including a midnight soccer tournament called the midnight cup.

Come along and support the 'All About The Brain' team as they raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society.

Dr Shane Hegarty's Dublin Marathon for Parkinson's Community

Marathon Update

I was delighted to complete the Dublin Marathon on behalf of Move4Parkinson's last Monday after all the overwhelming support and generous donations from friends, family and public. I struggled over the line after 4 hours and 25 minutes in my first, and definitely last, marathon. I am hugely grateful to everyone who has helped raise over €1,700 to date for a fantastic charity. If anyone would like to join our fundraising effort, I encourage you to donate via the below link. Thanks again for all the wonderful support! I really appreciate it.


Dr Shane Hegarty's Dublin Marathon for Parkinson's Community‌

Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder, with over 8,000 people in Ireland living with Parkinson’s. Parkinson’s is a progressive ‌neurological ‌disorder, which robs people of their ability to control their own movements, but also causes other debilitating physical and psychological complications. At present Parkinson’s is incurable, with symptoms marginally controlled using a combination of drugs, therapies and occasionally surgery.

For People with Parkinson’s (PwP’s), it is crucial they learn how to achieve their best possible quality of life. Through the support of an active Parkinson’s Community in Ireland, we can empower PwP’s and their families. By creating the BRAINTALK project Dr Shane Hegarty, Dr Gerard O’Keeffe and Prof Aideen Sullivan brought the Parkinson’s Community together to exchange and disseminate knowledge, and to improve the management and research outcomes of Parkinson’s disease. We now hope to continue to support the Parkinson’s Community through this fundraising event, in which Dr Shane Hegarty will run his very first marathon in Dublin on Monday 26th of October.

BRAINTALK have been inspired by a number of PwP’s and Parkinson’s charities in Ireland and abroad, but none more so than Move4Parkinson’s whose services are centred on improving PwP’s understanding of their illness and teaching them how active self-management can reduce symptoms and enable them to have a better quality of life. Shane has thus decided to raise funds for ‘Move4Parkinson's Foundation Limited’ (

You can donate by visiting the online fundraising page at

Any donation no matter how small is hugely appreciated.

Many thanks in advance for your support.

Dr Shane Hegarty.

Parkinson's Community Meeting,Exhibiton and Art Workshop


BRAINTALK Parkinson's Community Meeting and Exhibition,

will be held in the Glucksman Gallery, UCC on Monday 7th September 2015.

This meeting will be of interest to People with Parkinson's and their families/carers,

and to scientists and clinicians working on Parkinson's.

All participants are invited to submit an artwork for the exhibition.

The Meeting and Exhibiton are free events but registration is necessary

Registration and provisional programme available at

The Parkinson's Community Meeting and Exhibition Website


People with Parkinson's Disease are invited to the

BRAINTALK outreach 'Exploring Parkinson's with Art' workshop

in the Glucksman Gallery on Tuesday 28th July 2015.

 the Art Workshop is a free event but registration is necessary

Registration and provisional programme available at

The Parkinson's Community Meeting and Exhibition Website

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