UCSF and Trinity College Dublin campus

Site Opportunities


GBHI’s two founding sites, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and Trinity College Dublin (Trinity), have formed a strong partnership based on shared values and vision. This values-based approach is what makes the collaboration successful—guiding each organization and unifying not only our goals but how we achieve them.

We share a common approach and program structure which is enriched by the unique aspects and expertise of each site and their wider ecosystem of collaborators, communities and partners. While much of the core Atlantic Fellows program at GBHI is a shared experience there are specific opportunities at UCSF and Trinity that may be aligned with your specific training and career goals. Read more about these opportunities below.

Certificate Award

Atlantic Fellows are eligible to register for a Certificate award from the host institutions of UCSF and Trinity providing fellows with academic recognition of the work they undertake in the program.


All fellows have opportunity to register for a Trinity College Postgraduate Certificate in Equity in Brain Health as part of their fellowship.


All fellows have opportunity to register for a UCSF Certificate in Equity in Brain Health as part of their fellowship.

Differences in Program Requirements

Applicants should complete the highest degree and associated training they wish to obtain in their particular field. Applicants from all disciplines and professional backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Applicants should have a strong foundation of experience and expertise and be ready to advance meaningful and impactful work.


For Certificate program: minimum of a bachelor’s degree. In certain cases where fellows do not have a prior qualification, they may be able to register based on recognition of prior learning and experience (RPL). (NB registration for Certificate is not a requirement of the fellowship at Trinity)


For Certificate Program: minimum of a bachelor’s degree, 3.0 GPA, official transcripts needed (upon acceptance to the program).

Opportunities for Research

Both UCSF and Trinity emerge from an outstanding foundation of basic and clinical neuroscience, aging, and dementia with a clear emphasis that science must make a difference to society.


Main faculty research themes with some examples of specific projects or areas of focus.

Predictive Modelling, Technology and Data Science

Clinical Trials in Dementia

Lifecourse Brain Health and Risk Factors

  • Loneliness
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum disorder (FASD), alcohol and the brain.

Neuroimaging, Neuromodulation and Monitoring

Health Economics of Brain Health and Dementia



As an academic institution and an NIH-funded Alzheimer’s Disease Center, the UCSF Memory and Aging Center is developing world-class research. Fellows will have the opportunity to research a wide variety of dementia and brain heath related topics, including:

  • Mild cognitive impairment | Alzheimer’s disease | Frontotemporal Spectrum Disorders (FTD, PPA, CBS, PSP) | Huntington’s disease or Spinocerebellar Ataxia | Prion Disease or Other Rapidly Progressive Dementias (RPDs) | Parkinson’s & Lewy Body Disease | Children and Young Adults with Families with Neurodegenerative Disease | Chinese-speaking populations | Spanish-speaking populations

Fellows also have opportunities to engage in research using the following resources:

  • The Neurodegenerative Disease Brain Bank (NDBB) serves as a repository for nervous system tissue donated for research purposes.
  • The Dementia Care Pathway is a suite of tools and educational materials designed to improve the ability of non-specialists to more effectively diagnose and treat dementia.
  • The Care Ecosystem is a model of dementia care designed to provide personalized, cost-efficient care for persons with dementia and their caregivers. 
  • TabCAT and EXAMINER are computer- and tablet-based cognitive tests designed for use in clinical research studies.

Opportunities for Clinical and Lived Experiences

Throughout the year, Atlantic Fellows have opportunities to observe in a range of clinical and community-based settings. These observations help them to develop a better understanding of clinical practice and dementia care and gain an appreciation and understanding of the lived experience of people with dementia and their families.


Core Rotations: Two week-long immersive opportunities to observe services in two public tertiary hospitals serving diverse Communities in Dublin City:

St James University Hospital

Mercers Institute for Successful Aging (MISA)

Core experiences include:

  • MISA, Falls and syncope unit, Movement Disorders Clinic, Geriatric Day Hospital, memory clinic.

Elective/optional experiences include:

  • Dementia Services Information and Development Centre DSiDC, Martha Whiteway Psychiatry of Old Age Day Hospital, Creative Life, MISA Physiotherapy, Home First Team, Biomedical Engineering Laboratory/design lab MISA, and others

Tallaght University Hospital

  • Core experiences include: National Intellectual Disability Memory Service, Assessment and post diagnostic services, Brain Health Clinic, Radiology, Psychiatry of Later life. 
  • Elective/Optional experiences include: Speech and language services, Regional Specialty Memory Service, Occupational Therapy, Motor-cognitive neurological disorders clinic, Attendance at 6-week carer support course

Weekly group Clinical and Lived Experiences (CLE) debriefs and case discussions led by CLE faculty leads.


Clinical and Lived Experiences at the UCSF create opportunities for fellows to experience first-hand how clinicians diagnose various brain-related conditions, how researchers develop tools to investigate questions surrounding brain function and disease, and how community interventions impact patient and family outcomes.

For Core Rotations, fellows complete an extensive program of nine one-month-long assignments that include two to eight hours per week of observational opportunities:

Elective Rotations

Artistic Initiatives

Arts and creativity are key to enhancing brain health throughout our lives, and artists help us to understand and communicate complex and challenging concepts and issues in new ways. GBHI embraces art and creativity to improve our understanding of brain health and dementia, and to lead change in practice, perception, and policy.


  • Fellows can participate in Creative Brain Week. Led by GBHI, this annual exploration of how brain science and creativity collide to seed new ideas in social development, culture, wellbeing, and physical, mental and brain health across the life cycle and within society.
  • Series of arts and creativity-based workshops and experiences delivered with our institutional and community partners


  • Fellows are invited to participate in Creative Minds, a community arts for brain health initiative in San Francisco. Fellows are also eligible to apply for a creative project grants to support an arts-based initiative during their fellowship year.
  • The San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM), GBHI and the UCSF Memory and Aging Center joined forces in 2019 to explore the intersection of music, creativity, and brain science. Through this innovative collaboration, we work together to produce an annual series of public-facing educational programming.
  • For decades, doctors have noticed a rare burst of visual creativity that occurs among a small number of patients with dementia. A collaboration of 27 scientists led by UCSF—including Atlantic Fellows and GBHI faculty—has offered new insights into how this talent develops as key areas of the brain degenerate.
  • Other opportunities include Gallery 190, a rotating art exhibition space within the Memory and Aging Center offices, and the MAC Band, a musical group comprised of UCSF MAC faculty, staff and fellows that regularly rehearses and performs on campus.

Faculty Mentors

With leading expertise and global networks, the GBHI faculty mentors can fully immerse Atlantic Fellows in a dynamic learning environment with unique opportunities for professional collaboration and growth.


  • Alejandro Lopez: digital brain health, neural engineering
  • Brian Lawlor: dementia, diagnosis and care, loneliness, depression in older people
  • Claire Gillan: computational psychiatry, mental health, citizen science
  • Dominic Trepel: health economics of dementia, brain health antenatal health
  • Ian Robertson: attention, locus coeruleus and dementia risk
  • Iracema Leroi: dementia trials, sensory cognitive impairment, Public Patient Involvement (PPI), Lewy Body Dementia
  • Katy Tobin: population health, biostatistics, fetal alcohol syndrome
  • Lorina Naci: neuroimaging, consciousness, mid life risk factors for brain health
  • Robert Whelan: computational neuroscience, EEG, neuroimaging, machine learning
  • Roman Romero-Ortuno: frailty, geriatrics
  • Sven Vanneste: neuromodulation, tinnitus and brain health


Community Outreach

Atlantic Fellows participate in various Community Outreach opportunities dedicated to improving the quality of health care for vulnerable communities around issues related to brain health education, cognitive impairment, assessment and management, as well as the prevention of dementia. 


Brain Health and Housing

One of the main community partnerships at GBHI is with Respond. Respond are a not-for-profit approved housing body, which plays a central role in providing homes and supporting communities around Ireland. Respond also provide a range of services, including family homeless services, day care services for older people, early childhood care and education, family support, and refugee resettlement services .

This partnership aims to examine our understanding of brain health and how it can be applied to housing design and to the provision and the development of sustainable communities. This approach inherently touches on social justice and equity, reflects both Respond and GBHI’s core mission and identity.

Fellows have the opportunity to engage with this project in a number of ways, including the developing Brain Healthy Village project.


Through the UCSF Memory and Aging Center, Atlantic Fellows join multilingual and multicultural teams (English, Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin) for Community Outreach opportunities. All of our services aim to be culturally appropriate. We are supported by a multidisciplinary team with vast experience in neurodegenerative diseases.

Our outreach efforts are centered on three specific goals: 1) To extend neurological clinical services to vulnerable populations through community clinics; 2)

To increase brain health literacy among the San Francisco population, and 3) To promote participation of underrepresented populations in research projects.

Partner organizations include:

  • Chinatown Public Health Center
  • Chinese Hospital
  • Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (Neuro-Geriatrics)
  • Mission Neighorhood Resource Center


GBHI partners and collaborators offer specific resources and opportunities to advance our shared goals to prevent dementia and protect brain health. Though most of our partners work across sites, several have close relations based on their location.



The San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM), GBHI and the UCSF Memory and Aging Center joined forces in 2019 to explore the intersection of music, creativity, and brain science. Through this innovative collaboration, we work together to produce an annual series of public-facing educational programming.

Trinity College Dublin

Founded in 1592, Trinity is Ireland’s oldest university and today has a vibrant community of 17,000 students. It is recognized internationally as Ireland’s premier university. Cutting edge research, technology, and innovation places the university at the forefront of higher education in Ireland and globally. It encompasses all major academic disciplines and is committed to world-class teaching and research across the range of disciplines in the arts, humanities, engineering, science, social, and health sciences. Its historic campus is situated in the center of Dublin, Ireland’s capital city.  

trinity college library

University of California, San Francisco

UCSF is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. It includes top-ranked graduate schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing, and pharmacy, a graduate division with nationally renowned programs in basic, biomedical, translational, and population sciences, as well as a preeminent biomedical research enterprise and two top-ranked hospitals, UCSF Health and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco.

Sandler Neurosciences Center at University of California, San Francisco