News Archive 2020
Congratulations two new Professors Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience
Heartiest congratulaions to Professor Yvonne Nolan and Professor Gerard O'Keeffe who have both been promoted in the latest (Professor Scale 2) promotion round.
Professor Yvonne Nolan is a Funder Investigator in the APC Microbiome Ireland and is a Science Foundation Ireland Investigator. Yvonne leads a research team investigating the impact of inflammation and modifiable lifestyle factors such as exercise, diet, stress and music on brain plasticity, mental health and memory throughout the lifespan. She has secured >€4.8 million in funding as Lead Investigator is consortium lead on a Centres of Excellence in Neurodegeneration (COEN) project. Yvonne enjoys collaborating with colleagues and fostering career development for staff and students, and contributes to community education by advising on brain health throughout the lifespan. She was awarded UCC’s Research Supervisor of the Year in 2016. Yvonne graduated from NUI, Galway with a BSc in Biochemistry and a PhD in Neuropharmacology. She was a visiting fellow at McGill University Montreal, Canada and held postdoctoral positions in Trinity College, Dublin before joining the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience as a lecturer in 2003. She was Director of the BSc in Neuroscience in UCC from 2015-2020. She sits on the Independent Advisory Board for the Wellcome/HRB Irish Clinical Academic Training (ICAT) programme, and the Dementia Research Network Ireland (DRNI) Advisory Group and is a judge for the Irish Laboratory Awards. She is a mother of two boys and sings with the UCC choir.
Professor Gerard O'Keeffe graduated with a BSc degree (1st Hons) in Neuroscience and a PhD in Neuroscience from the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience in UCC. Gerard is a Principal Investigator in the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience at University College Cork, where he is Director of the Brain Development and Repair Group. His lab is affiliated with two SFI research centres, APC Microbiome Ireland and INFANT. He is an elected member of the governing body of the Anatomical Society and currently sits on the council in the Office of Deputy Treasurer. Gerard has also been appointed a Fellow at the Centre for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning at UCC, where he explores authentic learning pedagogies and works as a mentor for staff undertaking Certificate, Diploma and MA qualifications in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, in addition to his own pedagogical research. He is an SFI Principal investigator with a primary research focus on the development of new therapeutics for Parkinson's disease. He was awarded 'UCC Research Supervisor of the Year' in 2019.