Muireann Irish is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow and Associate Professor of Psychology at the Brain & Mind Centre, University of Sydney. Originally from Ireland, Muireann completed a Bachelor degree and PhD in Psychology at Trinity College Dublin, before relocating to Australia. Muireann’s research focus is the cognitive neuroscience of memory; however, it was her grandmother’s experience of Alzheimer’s disease which prompted her to specialise in dementia. Muireann has produced >75 publications and has received over $2 million in competitive funding.
The quality of Muireann’s work has yielded a number of prestigious prizes including a 2015 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science award and the 2016 NSW Premier’s Prize For Science Early Career Researcher of the Year. Ultimately, Muireann hopes that her research will inform the development of new interventions to improve quality of life and well being in dementia.