Eimear McGlinchey works in the area of aging in people with an intellectual disability, with her primary focus on dementia in people with Down syndrome. Eimear is interested in the possibility of delaying the early symptoms of dementia through cognitive training. She has developed an intervention program using online cognitive training with adults with Down syndrome to examine the effects on levels of executive function. Eimear is also interested in identifying early biomarkers of dementia for people with Down syndrome.
Until recently, Eimear argues, people with Down syndrome have been largely excluded from dementia research due to ethical concerns, despite their genetic risk for developing Alzheimer's.
Bio: Eimear McGlinchey completed her PhD in Trinity College Dublin in 2016, having previously completed her primary and Master’s degrees in Psychology. Eimear was lead researcher of the BEADS study: Brain Exercise for Adults with Down Syndrome, which examined the effects of cognitive training on levels of executive function in adults with Down syndrome.