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Molecular Neuroscience and Neurodegenerative disease

Cellular and molecular neuroscientists in the School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology are interested in understanding the fundamental processes that play critical roles in basic and complex neural mechanisms. The scientific interest ranges from understanding the molecular and cellular basis of neuroscience and the onset and pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases. A major emphasis is on Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease from the single cell through to whole in vivo systems and work with patient samples.

We use cutting-edge neuroscience methodologies to understand these neurogenerative disorders at molecular, genetic, neural and behavioural levels, and we use this knowledge to develop new approaches to disease management. Together we maximise strategic interactions and innovative collaborations with national and international teams, industrial partners, and patient groups to accelerate progress in the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, prevention and care for these primary, neurological and psychiatric disorders for the benefit of both the individual and society.

Postgraduate studies in Molecular Neuroscience and Neurodegenerative disease

Postgraduate research opportunities are available through:

Principal & Funded Investigators

Name Email Telephone Location
Dr Katja Burk +353 (0)21 490 1321 Biosciences Institute 2.08a
Dr Kellie Dean +353 (0)21 420 5421 Western Gateway Building 3.91
Professor Justin V McCarthy +353 (0)21 420 5993 / 5995 Western Gateway Building 3.41 / 3.96
Dr Tom Moore  +353 (0)21 420 5554  Western Gateway Building 3.90
Professor Cora O'Neill +353 (0)21 490 1380 Biosciences Institute 3.07 / 3.33
Dr Paul Young  +353 (0)21 420 5994 / 5995  Western Gateway Building 3.42 / 3.96


Cork NeuroScience Centre


School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology

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