Brian Lawlor, MD, FRCPI, FRCPsych

Professor of Old Age Psychiatry
Trinity College Dublin

Director of Memory Clinic & Consultant Psychiatrist
St. James's Hospital

Deputy Director
Global Brain Health Institute
TCD Faculty Profile
Key Areas: Alzheimer’s disease, behavioral and psychological symptoms in dementia, mental health, aging

GBHI Deputy Director Brian Lawlor is a geriatric psychiatrist with more than 30 years of experience in managing Alzheimer's disease and late-life mental disorders. He has established community and hospital-based geriatric psychiatry services in the south inner-Dublin city area, and directs the Memory Clinic at St. James's Hospital, a major teaching hospital of Trinity College Dublin.

Dementia is probably the biggest impediment to independent living for older people.

Lawlor's research interests are in the early detection, diagnosis, and treatment of Alzheimer's disease, the neurobiology and treatment of behavioral and psychological symptoms in dementia, and mental disorders in the elderly. His research programs aim to develop clinical, neuropsychological, and biological markers of Alzheimer's disease at the earliest possible stage and to test promising new interventions in aging populations.

His research involves collaborative partnerships with experts from basic science, social science and psychology, clinical trials, health service development, and implementation science. He has conducted longitudinal cohort studies of Alzheimer's disease in clinical settings and cross-sectional and longitudinal studies of community-dwelling healthy older people, as well as in those with loneliness and depression.

He has also served as the clinical director of the Neuroenhancement for Independent Lives (NEIL), a research program that aims to find scalable methods for delaying dementia, and is principal investigator of NILVAD, a phase III clinical trial in Alzheimer’s disease that is being conducted across nine European countries. Other ongoing studies that he is leading include an exercise intervention trial in mild cognitive impairment (NeuroExercise) and a program to establish and evaluate an integrated care pathway for people with dementia in an acute hospital setting.

Lawlor has been committed to training and education in the area of neurodegeneration, aging, and mental health, and he has a strong record in training national leaders in geriatrics and geriatric psychiatry.

Following on his many years of clinical experience and in conducting research in the field of neurodegeneration, aging, and mental health, as deputy co-director of GBHI, Lawlor will mentor and train a new generation of global leaders in brain health to translate research evidence into policy and practice in their own countries with the ultimate goal of transforming the care of people with dementia worldwide. A number of ongoing research activities he directs will provide varied research and clinical experiences for fellows and scholars at GBHI.

Bio: Brian Lawlor is the Conolly Norman Professor of Old Age Psychiatry at Trinity College Dublin and a consultant psychiatrist at St. James’s Hospital. He is also the director of the Memory Disorders Clinic at Mercer’s Institute for Research on Ageing, St. James’s Hospital. He trained in internal medicine in Ireland and then in psychiatry in the United States at the University of Florida, the National Institute for Mental Health, Bethesda, Maryland, and Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, where he was director of psychogeriatrics.