The brain at the extremes of life: neurodegeneration, neurodevelopment and repair
Maintaining brain health and repair at the extremes of life, in older people and during brain development is a major scientific and societal challenge of the 21st century. Our overarching priority is to maximise understanding of brain function with major application to the leading diseases of the brain including Alzheimer's disease, dementia, Parkinson's disease, multlple sclerosis, stroke, epilepsy, retinal diseases and disorders of the neonatal brain.
Our overall philosophy is to understand and promote brain health across the lifespan from early development to old age. At present there is room for major improvements in treatments, therapeutic interventions and diagnostics for all neurodegenerative disorders. Our ambition is strategically focused to accelerate progress in the understanding, diagnosis, prevention and care for the major neurodegenerative disorders of ageing.
The Cork NeuroScience faculty employ cutting edge clinical and preclinical approaches coupled with integrative multidisciplinary neuroscientific technologies to understand the causes and mechanisms of neurodegeneration and to develop improved treatments, lifestyle interventions and diagnostics. Our research teams are enabling original solutions to translate our understanding of brain disease mechanisms to diagnostic and therapeutic platforms for neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental disorders