Professor Marina Lynch from the Trinity College Institute for Neuroscience (TCIN) was presented with the 2019 ISI Public Lecture Award by ISI President, Prof. Ed Lavelle, in Trinity College Dublin on 1st May 2019.
Prof Lynch Public Lecture: “Does the immune system hold the key to understanding the deterioration in cognition with age and in Alzheimer’s disease?”
Prof. Lynch presented her public lecture entitled: “Does the immune system hold the key to understanding the deterioration in cognition with age and in Alzheimer’s disease?”. This public lecture took place in the Stanley Quek Lecture Theatre, Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute, on May 1st 2019. This lecture marked the ISI’s contribution to the European Day of Immunology 2018.
Prof Marina Lynch
Adjunct Professor in Physiology, Trinity College Dublin
Fellow Emeritus Trinity Inst. of Neurosciences (TCIN)
Prof Lynch obtained her BSc in National University of Ireland, and her PhD in Trinity College Dublin. She then moved to London to work at the Pharmacology Department in King's College, London, the National Institute for Medical Research, Mill Hill, London and the Pharmacology Department, RFH School of Medicine, London where she was an honorary lecturer. In 1992 she joined the Department of Physiology in Trinity College Dublin where she became Associate Professor in 2006 and Director of Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience and Personal Chair in Cellular Neuroscience.
Professor Marina Lynch is one of Ireland's foremost scientists in the area of neuroimmunology. She has played an integral part in the development and promotion of this discipline throughout her career.
Prof Lynch currently heads the Neuroinflammation Research Group, in the Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience, Trinity College Dublin (TCD), and has been Professor of Cellular Neuroscience since 2006. She has been in Trinity since 1993 when she was appointed as a lecturer in the Physiology Department, having returned from a period working in the National Institute for Medical Research, Mill Hill in London. She was elected to Fellowship in 1997. She has been a member of the Board of TCD and was Director of the Institute of Neuroscience from 2006-2009. She was the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland Conway Review Lecturer and Silver medal recipient and she was elected as a member to the Royal Irish Academy in 2009. She has mentored over 40 PhD students and over 60 postdoctoral fellows, several of whom hold academic appointments.
Her research focuses on understanding the impact of the neuroinflammatory changes that occur in the brain with age and this research crosses the disciplines of immunology and neuroscience. She has published over 250 peer-reviewed papers in leading international journals and her current team is investigating the triggers that lead to microglial activation and consequently the neuroinflammatory changes that occur in the brain with age, especially in an animal model of Alzheimer’s disease.