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Yvonne Nolan


Yvonne Nolan is a Professor in Anatomy and Neuroscience, Funded Investigator in APC Microbiome Ireland and Vice Dean of Graduate Studies in the College of Medicine and Health at University College Cork. Yvonne graduated from NUI, Galway with a BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry, and a PhD in Neuropharmacology.  She was a visiting scholar at McGill University Montreal, Canada and held postdoctoral positions in Trinity College, Dublin before her appointment to the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience, University College Cork.

Research in Professor Nolan’s team investigates the impact of inflammation and modifiable lifestyle factors such as exercise, stress and diet on memory and mood though the lifespan. The role of the gut microbiome and hippocampal neurogenesis is of particular interest.  To date she has supervised >30 PhD/MSc (research)/postdoctoral researchers as well as numerous visiting and undergraduate students. She was awarded UCC’s Research Supervisor of the Year Award in 2016. She has several international collaborations with academic and industrial partners, is actively involved in mentoring and public engagement activities, and her team have had recognition for research in the form of prizes, and image exhibitions. She has secured ~€6M in funding including 2 x large programme grants from Science Foundation Ireland, and funding from Reta Lila Weston Trust, Marigot Ltd, Irish Research Council and Vasogen Inc., Canada. She was consortium lead on a recent European Centres of Excellence in Neurodegeneration (COEN) project.

Research Interests

Theme: Brain-Gut-Microbiota axis

SDGs: 3 - Good Health and Well-Being; 4 – Quality Education; 5 – Gender Equality; 8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth

Research Key Words: Ageing, Alzheimer’s, inflammation, neurogenesis, hippocampus, memory, mood, exercise, diet, magnesium, metabolites



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