Francesca is a neuroscientist whose research focuses on identifying risk factors and early biomarkers of dementia. She also has a strong interest in developing creative engagement initiatives to promote brain health and life-long well-being.
Words of Strength
To tackle dementia, Francesca believes we need to foster collaborations across disciplines and leverage their diverse perspectives. We also need to amplify the voices of people with dementia and their carers and support communities to become more aware and understanding of dementia.
Francesca uses neuropsychological assessments, cognitive testing, and electrophysiology (EEG) to investigate psychological risk factors and early neurocognitive markers of cognitive decline. She also organizes community outreach projects, such as public events and workshops, to promote a better understanding of dementia.
Francesca is excited to join the global community of Atlantic Fellows and gain a broader perspective of dementia. She also wants to expand her research on risk factors, with a particular focus on mid-life, and learn about effective knowledge translation.
In Ireland, like many countries worldwide, there is a need to promote a better understanding of dementia, including risk and protective factors, and to reduce fear and societal stigma associated with the condition.
Francesca received her undergraduate degree in psychology and PhD in behavioral neuroscience from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. After completing her PhD, she worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the School of Psychology, University College Dublin, before joining the Institute of Neuroscience at Trinity College Dublin in 2017. Francesca also has a strong interest in arts and regularly collaborates with independent artists on creative engagement projects. In 2018, she co-authored a popular science book, Why Science Needs Art (Routledge UK).