Cohort 
2020

Francesca Farina, PhD

Neuroscientist

We need to amplify the voices of people with dementia and their carers and support communities to become more aware and understanding of dementia.

Current Work

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.

Personal Hero

Constance Markievicz

Words of Strength

Making connections

Vision

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.

Strategy

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.

Impact

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.

Motivation

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.

Education & Experience

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).

Global Brain Health Institute (GBHI)
current
Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health
National University of Ireland, Maynooth
Behavioral Neuroscience
PhD
National University of Ireland, Maynooth
Psychology
BA

Awards & Honors

Irish Research Council in collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland
Fear of dementia and its impact on health and well-being
2019
New Foundations Engaging Civic Society Award
Alzheimer's Association International Society
Alzheimer’s Research and Treatment
2019
Steering Committee Member of the Electrophysiology Professional Interest Area Executive Committee
Irish Research Council in collaboration with UK based company Brainwavebank
Low-cost tools to aid dementia detection
2018
Enterprise Postdoctoral Fellowship