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Dr Muireann Irish wins Early Career Research award

Congratulations to Dr Muireann Irish, who has been awarded the Paul Bourke Award for Early Career Research by the Academy of Social Sciences. The award and medallion will be presented to Muireann at the Academy’s Annual Fellows Dinner on 8 November 2016.

Dr Irish is an exceptional cognitive neuroscientist whose innovative research explores the mechanisms that enable us to remember the past and imagine the future, revealing how these processes are disrupted in dementia.

Muireann’s acceleration from postdoctoral researcher to international leader within her field has been remarkable. Her influential work has resulted in editorial appointments, invited international society memberships, and plenary speaker invitations.

The calibre of her research has further been recognised with several awards, including the 2014 NSW Young Tall Poppy Science Award and 2015 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowship.

Her flair for research, commitment to science communication, and advocacy for women in science ensures Muireann will continue to push the boundaries of her field and expand our understanding of uniquely human cognitive functions.

The Academy honours Australians in the early part of their career who have achieved excellence in scholarship in one or more fields of the social sciences. From a shortlist of four outstanding early career researchers selected by each Panel of the Academy, one exceptional researcher is selected to be the recipient of the Paul Bourke Award for Early Career Research.