Public Engagement is a huge part of our culture in FutureNeuro and all of our researchers and staff contribute to our varied activities.
The vision for our public engagement programme is:
A society that is informed about the impact of neurological disease and supports research to address the challenge.
We work with a range of different groups to help achieve this vision.
We work with patient groups to design and deliver impactful public engagement events and activities specifically for and with people with neurological diseases. Some examples of our public engagment with patient groups are national campaigns such as Love Your Brain with NAI, international collaborations with Epilepsy Sparks, public research lectures with Epilepsy Ireland and the Walking the Walk documentary about Fr. Tony Coote with IMNDA and Research Motor Neurone.
Epilepsy in English
Epilepsy in English is a website, run by FutureNeuro researchers Gareth Morris and Cristina Reschke. Their goal is to take epilepsy research papers and explain them in plain English so that they are accessible to everyone.
Their blogs regularly feature in the Epilepsy Ireland Newsletter and they have readers in over 22 countries world-wide.
We are delighted to be part of the Cell EXPLORERS family, helping to deliver Fantastic DNA workshops to primary school children in Dublin City and surrounds. During this exciting workshop, where we turn classrooms into labs for the day, our young scientists learn how to extract DNA from a banana and how to build a DNA helix.
We are excited to announce Fantastic DNA workshops have moved online and will be delivered to students by the FutureNeuro team in Autumn 2021! Watch this space!
Clinical Professional Development
We provide a number of Continuous Professional Development (CPD) opportunities for clinicians. This ensures that our research here in FutureNeuro is feeding directly into clinical practice. We work with the Irish Institute of Clinical Neuroscience and the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland to align CPD points to the activities we run involving clinicians. We run a research focused clinical conference in September each year. We also host and are involved in a number of Neurology Specialist Registrar Study Days throughout the year.
National Clinical Conference
Every September, we run a national conference to bring researchers and clinicians together to address the most relevant questions in the treatment of neurological disease.
Specialist Registrar Study Days
Each year, our researchers are involved in developing and delivering a number of Specialist Registrar Study Days, where we share how our latest research translates into clinical practice.