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BRAIN DEVELOPMENT & REPAIR GROUP

University College Cork

 

WELCOME

The Brain Development and Repair Group

At the Brain Development and Repair Group we use a multi-disciplinary approach to discover and characterize the factor and molecular mechanisms that influence the development, degeneration and regeneration of neurons in the nervous system. 


We are interested in applying this knowledge to find new ways to protect neurons in the developing brain, and to preserve the viability of damaged neurons in the ageing one. 


We are also actively engaged in training the next generation of scientists at undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral levels. The Brain Development and Repair Group is also affiliated with several research centres in UCC including APC Microbiome Ireland, and Cork Neuroscience Centre and work in our lab is generously supported by Science Foundation Ireland, Irish Research Council, Cork Institute of Technology and the European Commission.

 

RESEARCH

BRAIN DEVELOPMENT

BRAIN REPAIR

We study the mechanisms that regulate healthy brain development and how these mechanisms are affected by common complications of pregnancy, including stress, and hypertension. We use this information to understand how this affects the risk for a range of averse neurodevelopmental outcomes including ASD and ADHD in affected offspring.

We characterise the mechanisms that regulate the survival and growth of dopaminergic neurons which are progressively lost in Parkinson's disease. We then work to translate this information into new neuroprotective therapies that stop the progressive dopaminergic neuron degeneration in Parkinson's disease using viral vector-based and small molecule drug therapies.

 

DR. GERARD O'KEEFFE

Senior Lecturer and Principle investigator

Gerard is a Senior Lecturer and Principal Investigator in the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience at University College Cork, where he is Director of the Brain Development and Repair Group. His lab is affiliated with Irish Centre for Fetal and Neonatal Translational Research (INFANT) and the APC Microbiome Institute. He has been elected to the governing body of the Anatomical Society and currently sits on the council acting as the deputy treasurer. Gerard has also been appointed a Fellow at the Centre for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning at UCC, where he explores authentic learning pedagogies and works as a mentor for staff undertaking Certificate and Diplioma qualifications in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

 

CURRENT GROUP MEMBERS

 

Director and Principal Investigator

DR. GERARD

O'KEEFFE

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Postdoctoral researcher

DR. NOELIA MORALES PRIETO

Supervisors
Dr. Gerard O'Keeffe

PhD student

AMNAH
ALSHANGITI

Supervisors
Dr. Gerard O'Keeffe
Professor Aideen Sullivan
Dr. Shane Hegarty (Harvard)

PhD student

JAYANTH
ANANTHA

Supervisors
Dr. Gerard O'Keeffe
Professor Aideen Sullivan

PhD student

REBECCA
ANDERSON

Supervisors
Prof. Kieran McDermott (Limerick),
Dr. Gerard O'Keeffe

PhD student

AARON 
BARRON

Supervisors
Dr. Gerard O'Keeffe
Dr. Cathal McCarthy (UCC)

MD student

DR. MICK
CARTER

Supervisors
Professor Deirdre Murray (UCC)
Dr. Gerard O'Keeffe
Dr. Jane English (UCC)

PhD student

SOPHIE
CASEY

Supervisors
Professor Deirdre Murray (UCC)
Dr. Gerard O'Keeffe

PhD student

SUSAN
GOULDING

Supervisors
Dr. Louise Collins
Dr. Gerard O'Keeffe
Dr. Caitriona Guinane (CIT)

PhD student

GILLIAN 
MAHER

Supervisors
Dr. Ali Khashan (UCC)
Dr.Gerard O'Keeffe 
Professor Louise Kenny (Liverpool)
Professor Fiona Kearney (UCC)

PhD student

MARTINA
MAZZOCCHI

Supervisors
Professor Aideen Sullivan
Dr. Gerard O'Keeffe
Dr. Louise Collins
Professor Michele Morari (Ferrara, Italy)

PhD student

ERIN
MCCARTHY

Supervisors
Professor Aideen Sullivan
Dr. Gerard O'Keeffe
Dr. Louise Collins

PhD student

ALEX
MORRIS

Dr. Caitriona Guinane (CIT)
Dr. Louise Collins 
Dr. Gerard O'Keeffe

Erasmus student

ALESSANDRA
ROSTELLATO

Dr. Gerard O'Keeffe
Prof. Michele Morari (Ferrara)

JOIN US

Postgraduate students

We welcome enquires from committed and enthusiastic graduate students wishing to join the lab. If you are interesting in discussing opportunities for an MSc or PhD, it is advisable to get in touch well in advance and we can discuss this with you. We also routinely host a number of students from taught MSc programmes in UCC for research placements. In the first instance, please email your CV and the type of work you are interested in to  g.okeeffe@ucc.ie.             

Post-doctoral researchers

We are always keen to hear from post-doctoral researchers who are interested in joining in the lab.  If we do have funded positions available these will be advertised here and on the institutional vacancies page and through the major web lists. If you have ideas for collaborations on existing work or would like to discuss your own interests then there are a range of postdoctoral fellowships and other funding schemes available which we will be happy to discuss this you in the first instance by email to  g.okeeffe@ucc.ie.

  

Erasmus students and summer placements

From time to time we also have space for visiting students. Please contact us directly at g.okeeffe@ucc.ie

Further details on Erasmus placements can be found here.

 

GET IN TOUCH

Address:

Floor 2, Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience, Western Gateway Building, University College Cork, Western Road, Cork T12 XF62, Ireland.

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