Award for Dr Muireann Irish
Congratulations to Dr Muireann Irish, a cognitive neuroscientist at NeuRA and UNSW, who has been awarded one of four L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Australia & New Zealand Fellowships. In addition to the award, there is a $25,000 prize.
Muireann’s research has discovered which parts of our brain are essential to imagine the future. And she has shown that people with dementia don’t just lose the ability to remember the past, they also lose the ability to envisage the future. She will use her L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowship to better understand how dementia affects this cognitive function. She expects her work will inform the development of activities for patients that will improve their quality of life and reduce the burden faced by caregivers.
Listen to Muireann speaking about her work: http://loreal.scienceinpublic.com.au/memory.