Eimear is an Assistant Professor in intellectual disability focused on identifying early biomarkers of dementia for people with Down syndrome by developing an intervention program using online cognitive training with adults with Down syndrome.
Words of Strength
Collaboration across disciplines, sectors and countries is needed to reduce the impact of dementia; always ensuring the voices of under represented populations are heard.
Eimear's project focuses on early biomarkers of Alzheimer's disease in people with Down syndrome to understand the earliest changes that happen in the disease process. She is also working with the Down syndrome community to develop best practice guidelines for post-diagnostic dementia supports.
Through the Atlantic Fellowship, Eimear became part of a community that is determined to have an impact on the scale of dementia.
We need to ensure that people with Down syndrome, and people with intellectual disability from other etiologies, are included in the conversation on brain health across the lifespan, from prevention to post-diagnostic supports.
Dr. Eimear McGlinchey is an Assistant Professor in Intellectual Disability in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Trinity College Dublin. Eimear's background is in psychology, and her primary interest is in the promotion and maintenance of cognitive health in people with an intellectual disability, with a particular focus on dementia in people with Down syndrome. Eimear is the principal investigator on the project PREVENT dementia - DS, a study examining early neuroimaging, blood-based and cognitive biomarkers of Alzheimer's disease in people with Down syndrome. This project is part of a collaborative international study with the Horizon 21 European Down Syndrome Consortium.