NeuRA researcher awarded NSW Premier’s Prize

Dementia researcher Dr Muireann Irish received the prestigious 2016 NSW Early Career Researcher of the Year, which was awarded at the NSW Premier’s Prizes for Science and Engineering this evening.

Dr Irish’s work has transformed how we understand and manage cognitive dysfunction in dementia. Motivated by her grandmother’s suffering with Alzheimer’s disease, Muireann has mapped the neurobiological changes that underlie the devastating loss of memory.

Muireann’s research program aims to understand how these processes break down in dementia in order to improve diagnosis, as well as the quality of life for patients and their families. She also works keenly to promote awareness of dementia through plenary addresses, media appearances and community talks.

“NeuRA has always valued high quality, dynamic research that brings tangible change to the community,” says Prof Peter Schofield. “We’re incredibly pleased that Muireann’s contributions to the field of dementia are being recognised and celebrated.”

NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer, Professor Mary O’Kane, also paid tribute to the winners saying, “I congratulate the category winners as well as all those all those nominated for their contribution to science and engineering in NSW.”

The NSW Premier’s Prizes seek to recognise excellence in science and engineering, and reward leading researchers for cutting-edge work that has generated economic, environmental, health, social or technological benefits for New South Wales.

The Prizes aim to raise community awareness and appreciation of the important contribution scientists and engineers make to our daily lives, and encourage careers in both fields.

The NSW Premier, with His Excellency the NSW Governor, will present the Prizes this evening at Government House.

For more information about the individual category prize winners, go to

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Dr Irish with The Hon. Anthony Roberts, MP

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Dr Irish with The Hon. Mike Baird, MP