Monday
March 4th

Opening Session

Theme of the Day  – Creative Brain Week ’24 – Looking back and reaching forward

Creative Brain Week welcomes audiences new or returning, live and online, to celebrate activity inspired by or developing from last year’s event, and detail the arc of the week ahead in Dublin.  Hosted by Brian Lawlor, Ian Robertson and Dominic Campbell

All our events are FREE, both online and in person.  However, due to limits on capacity you must book to guarantee your spot.

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4.00-6.00pm

Creative Brain Week 2023 Recap and Look Ahead

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Contributors

Professor Brian Lawlor (MD, FRCPI, FRCPsych, FTCD (Hon), DABPN) is Conolly Norman Professor of Old Age Psychiatry, and Site Director of the Global Brain Health Institute at Trinity College. He is a geriatric psychiatrist with an interest in dementia, late-life depression, loneliness and brain health. Brian has worked for over 30 years on developing services and delivering care to people with dementia. His research interests range from early detection and prevention to evaluating new treatments for dementia.

Websites:

www.gbhi.org

https://www.understandtogether.ie

https://www.gbhi.org/profiles/brian-lawlor

Social Media:

X:  @ProfLawlor

Ian Robertson is a Founding Director of the Global Brain Health Institute and Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Trinity College Dublin. He is co-leader of the  BrainHealth Project (Center for BrainHealth UTDallas) and is a Member of Academia Europaea and of the Royal Irish Academy. He is widely known for his research on neuropsychology and his science writing has included books aimed at the general reader: Mind Sculpture (2000), The Mind’s Eye (2003), Stay Sharp (2005), The Winner Effect (2012) and The Stress Test (2016), all of which have been widely translated. His most recent book How Confidence Works was published by Penguin in 2022.

Websites:

https://ianrobertson.org

https://www.gbhi.org/profiles/ian-robertson

Social:

X:  @ihrobertson

LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/ian-robertson-4480502/

 

Dominic Campbell is leading the Creative Brain Week initiative. As Bealtaine Festival Director he steered its celebration of  creativity and aging’s development over eight years. Formerly an Artistic Director of Ireland’s national celebration he transformed St Patrick’s Festival’s three shows into ninety growing production, managerial teams, financial support, engagement and impact.

Dominic went on to design and produce national celebrations marking the expansion of European Union in 2004 and Centenary celebrations for James Joyce. For “The Day Of Welcomes” delivering 12 simultaneous festivals pairing EU expansion countries with Irish towns and cities engaging 2,500 artists from 32 countries.

He mentored “celebration of ageing” festivals in Wales (Gwanwynn), Scotland (Luminate), and developed projects with partners in Australia and The Netherlands. In 2012 he established the first global conference on Creativity In Older Age opened by Irish President Michael D Higgins, replicating it in San Francisco (2018) and Kentucky (2019).

Recognized as a key cultural influencer in Ireland by The Irish Times and by First Avenue as a Key Influencer in Aging in the US, in 2016 he became an inaugural Atlantic Fellow for Equity and Brain Health at the Global Brain Health Institute a project between Trinity College Dublin and University of California San Francisco an ambitious worldwide program seeking social and public health solutions to reduce the scale and adverse impact of dementia. Currently developing an arts programme for the Irish Hospice Foundation as response to the pandemic and the Ageing Voices programme with Sing Ireland.

 

Website:

www.creativeaginginternational.com

www.gbhi.org/profiles/dominic-campbell

www.ArtsAndBrain.com

Social:

X:  @CreativeAgeIntl and @CreativeBrainWk and @IrelandChorus

Creative Brain Week Satellites

Check in with thematically connected, locally informed programs emerging in Australia, Botswana, Egypt and India.

We’ll be joined online by

  • Lingani Mbakile-Mahlanza (Botswana) and
  • Mohamed Salama (Egypt)
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Contributors

Lingani has an appointment at the University of Botswana as a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in the psychology department and as coordinator of the psychology clinic. She has a special interest in neurodegenerative conditions, traumatic brain injury, and training in neuropsychology.

Lingani is also an Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health at the Global Brain Health Institute.

Website:

https://www.gbhi.org/profiles/lingani-mbakile-mahlanza

Social:

LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/lingani-mbakile-mahlanza-5b7770154/

Mohamed is a professor at the Institute of Global Health and Human Ecology at the American University in Cairo (AUC) and an Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health at the Global Brain Health Institute (GBHI). Additionally, he is a member of the steering committee of the International Parkinson’s Disease Genome Consortium (IPDGC)- Africa and the Scientific Committee of the Egyptian National Genome Project

Websites:

https://www.aucegypt.edu/fac/mohamed-salama

https://www.gbhi.org/profiles/mohamed-salama

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Mohamed-Salama-39

Social:

X:  @Mohamed03966736

LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/mohamed-salama-311a4458/

 



Emergent Impact

As Creative Brain Week grows around the world the impact of its contributors deepens. We catch up with just some of those making waves:

  • Anusha Yasoda-Mohan – The Tinnitus Project
  • Rachel Hoare – School of Enforced Displacement
  • Mei Lin Yap and Eimear McGlinchy – support for third level education for people with Down Syndrome
  • Kirti Ranchod – African Brain Health Network
  • Dominic Campbell on capturing knowledge from Creative Brain Weeks
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Contributors

Dominic Campbell is leading the Creative Brain Week initiative. As Bealtaine Festival Director he steered its celebration of  creativity and aging’s development over eight years. Formerly an Artistic Director of Ireland’s national celebration he transformed St Patrick’s Festival’s three shows into ninety growing production, managerial teams, financial support, engagement and impact.

Dominic went on to design and produce national celebrations marking the expansion of European Union in 2004 and Centenary celebrations for James Joyce. For “The Day Of Welcomes” delivering 12 simultaneous festivals pairing EU expansion countries with Irish towns and cities engaging 2,500 artists from 32 countries.

He mentored “celebration of ageing” festivals in Wales (Gwanwynn), Scotland (Luminate), and developed projects with partners in Australia and The Netherlands. In 2012 he established the first global conference on Creativity In Older Age opened by Irish President Michael D Higgins, replicating it in San Francisco (2018) and Kentucky (2019).

Recognized as a key cultural influencer in Ireland by The Irish Times and by First Avenue as a Key Influencer in Aging in the US, in 2016 he became an inaugural Atlantic Fellow for Equity and Brain Health at the Global Brain Health Institute a project between Trinity College Dublin and University of California San Francisco an ambitious worldwide program seeking social and public health solutions to reduce the scale and adverse impact of dementia. Currently developing an arts programme for the Irish Hospice Foundation as response to the pandemic and the Ageing Voices programme with Sing Ireland.

 

Website:

www.creativeaginginternational.com

www.gbhi.org/profiles/dominic-campbell

www.ArtsAndBrain.com

Social:

X:  @CreativeAgeIntl and @CreativeBrainWk and @IrelandChorus

Dr Rachel Hoare is a lecturer in the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies in Trinity College where she is the Director of the Centre for Forced Migration Studies and has been actively involved for a number of years with University of Sanctuary activities, including most recently, volunteer-led English conversation classes for refugees organised by her colleague Dr Bronagh Ćatibušić and herself.  Rachel is also an expressive arts psychotherapist working on a part-time basis with unaccompanied refugee minors on behalf of Tusla, the Irish Child and Family agency.  Rachel’s research focuses on trauma-informed practice, the impact of friendships on the coping and resilience of refugee youth as well as the benefits of expressive arts practice.

Rachel has delivered numerous trainings on how to work in a trauma-informed way with refugees including to the UNHCR in Dublin, the European Migration Network, government agencies, NGO’s, charities, schools, libraries, youth organisations, social workers, foster careers and other support staff. She has also delivered a public lecture on this topic as part of the Long Room Hub `Behind the Headlines’ series. Rachel has also written in the print media about the ways in which expressive arts therapies can help to heal the trauma of refugees and she has delivered keynotes and other conference papers on this and other topics related to her research, advocacy and clinical practice supporting refugee youth.

Website: https://www.tcd.ie/research/profiles/?profile=rmhoare

 

Dr. Eimear McGlinchey is an Assistant Professor in Intellectual Disability in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, and a Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health at the Global Brain Health Institute,  focused on identifying early biomarkers of dementia for people with Down syndrome by developing an intervention program using online cognitive training with adults with Down Syndrome.

Eimear’s background is in Psychology and her primary area of interest is in the promotion and maintenance of brain health in people with an intellectual disability, with particular focus on the area of dementia in people with Down syndrome. Eimear’s work in the area of dementia and Down syndrome includes investigating early biomarkers of Alzheimer’s disease using neuroimaging, blood- based and cognitive biomarkers and is PI of the PREVENT dementia – DS project. This project is part of a collaborative international study with the Horizon 21 European Down syndrome Consortium. Dr McGlinchey is co-PI on a project that includes the voices of people with an intellectual disability in developing guidelines for post-diagnostic dementia support.

Eimear’s work is based in the Trinity Centre for Ageing and Intellectual Disability and is research lead with the National Intellectual Disability Memory Service. Her other areas of interest include equity and inclusion as well as accessibility and innovative dissemination.

Eimear teaches on the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the school and provides supervision to undergraduate, masters and PhD students. She is Program Director for the Ageing Health and Wellbeing in Intellectual Disability MSc, the Dementia MSc, and the Community Health MSc in the School of Nursing and Midwifery. She has a number of publications and has disseminated widely through national and international conferences. 

Websites:

https://www.tcd.ie/tcaid/people/mcgline/

Brain Buzzers Information

https://www.gbhi.org/profiles/eimear-mcglinchey

Social:

X:  @EimMcGlinchey

 

Kirti Ranchod is a neurologist and brain health consultant based in Johannesburg, South Africa with an interest in the field of neuroaesthetics including the impact of art on brain health. She is the founder of Memorability.co offering practical, neuroscience-based mental health solutions that includes art and creativity, the co-founder of the African Brain Health Network, and an Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health. Her appreciation for art started with Friday evening lessons from her very patient father as an eight-year-old. She used drawing and creativity to help with her medical studies and uses art and creativity in her work as a neurologist to support better brain health. Influenced by her culture, the cultures she is surrounded by, and her professional and personal experiences, her work explores the points at which neuroscience, art, yogic science, and other knowledge systems intersect or diverge. Related to this, she hosts a series of talks on Investing in our Cultural Capital for Better Brain Health at the Origins Centre (Wits).

Website:

https://memorability.co

https://www.gbhi.org/profiles/kirti-ranchod

Social Media:

X:  @MemorabilityHQ

Instagram:_@memorability

Facebook:  @MemorabilityHQ

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kirti-ranchod-8806327a

Further information on Mei Lin Yap is available here

Dr. Anusha Yasoda-Mohan is a Global Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health and a Senior Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience and School of Psychology at Trinity College Dublin. She is also a trained classical Bharathanatyam and Bollywood dancer. In addition to studying phantom auditory perception using experimental psychology, neuromodulation and neuroimaging, Anusha is immensely passionate about the performing arts which enables her to resonate and collaborate with both artists and scientists. Her diverse and multicultural experience through her national and international travels as both a performing artiste and researcher shapes her persona and inspires her ongoing work of marrying the two seemingly different worlds. She is Director of the International Tinnitus Research Initiative Foundation’s dissertation and communication wing (TRI Academy), which strives to take tinnitus research and clinical practices to the wider tinnitus research community. She is also the co-developer of BrainFM – an education and awareness tool aimed at making complex concepts about the brain accessible through dance while also building community. Additionally, Anusha leads a community for people living with tinnitus in Ireland called Tinnitus Eire (www.tinnituseire.ie) through which she strives to bring a sense of community and belonging for tinnitus sufferers. These tie together with her vision to leverage the arts as a medium to both comprehend and communicate the working of the brain.

Google Scholar:

https://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?user=GxPjtv4AAAAJ&hl=en

Social:

X: @AnushaMohan19

Instagram: @nushmo90

Facebook:  @Anusha.mohan.39

LinkedIn: @AnushaYasoda-Mohan

Who is in the Room

At Creative Brain Week, intelligence and expertise is all around the room, not just on stage. We take time to ask “Who is in the Room?” with contributions from:

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Contributors

Nisha Sajnani is the founding co-director of the Jameel Arts & Health Lab, a collaboration with Community Jameel, the World Health Organisation (WHO), New York University (NYU) Steinhardt and CULTURUNNERS, where she leads the Lancet global series on the health benefits of the arts. Nisha is an associate professor and director of the NYU program in drama therapy and the chair of the NYU Creative Arts Therapies Consortium. Other faculty appointments include NYU Abu Dhabi where she developed a trans-disciplinary course entitled Can Art Save Lives? uniting current evidence for the health benefits of the arts with practice and policy, the NYU Stern School of Business where she teaches Improvisation and Leadership, and the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma where she lectures on the role of the arts in supporting the wellbeing of people who are forcibly displaced. Nisha received her PhD in interdisciplinary studies, combining drama therapy and community economic development, from the School of Community and Public Affairs at Concordia University in Montreal. An award winning author, educator, and advocate, her body of work explores unique ways in which aesthetic experience can inspire equity, care and collective human flourishing across the lifespan.    

Website:

https://steinhardt.nyu.edu/people/nisha-sajnani

Social Media:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nishasajnani/

X:  https://twitter.com/NishaSajnani

 

Jill Sonke, PhD, is research director in the Center for Arts in Medicine at the University of Florida (UF), director of national research and impact for the One Nation/One Project initiative, and co-director of the EpiArts Lab, a National Endowment for the Arts Research Lab. She is an affiliated faculty member in the UF School of Theatre & Dance, the Norman Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases, the Center for African Studies, the STEM Translational Communication Center, and the One Health Center, and is an editorial board member for Health Promotion Practice journal. With a specialization in the arts and health communication, Jill served in the pandemic as a senior advisor to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Vaccine Confidence and Demand Team on the COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence Task Force. 

With 27+ years of experience and leadership in the field of arts in health and a PhD in arts in public health from Ulster University in Northern Ireland, Jill is active in research and policy advocacy nationally and internationally. She is an artist and a mixed methods researcher with a current focus on population-level health outcomes associated with arts and cultural participation, arts in public health, and the arts in health communication. She is the recipient of a New Forms Florida Fellowship Award, a State of Florida Individual Artist Fellowship Award, a NISOD Excellence in Teaching Award, a UF Internationalizing the Curriculum Award, a UF Most Outstanding Service-learning Faculty Award, a UF Public Health Champions award, a UF Cross-Campus Faculty Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and over 350 grants for her programs and research at the University of Florida.

Websites:

https://www.onenationoneproject.com

https://arts.ufl.edu/directory/profile/1181

Social Media:

X:  @UFCAM

https://www.linkedin.com/in/jill-sonke-72b85690/

 

 

Stephen Stapleton is a British-Norwegian artist-social entrepreneur known for leading organisations and developing platforms for cultural production, education and diplomacy across international borders. Following an artist road trip across the Middle East in 2002-2003, Stephen founded Edge of Arabia and the UK charity, the Crossway Foundation, as platforms for creative collaboration between the Middle East and the West. In 2015, Stephen launched Culturunners at MIT to develop artists-led initiatives which utilize culture to transform communities, societies and systems and inspire greater empathy across ideological and geographical borders. In 2019, Culturunners established The Future is Unwritten as part of the United Nations 75th Anniversary program to facilitate cooperation between the international Arts sector and UN Agencies, and to accelerate implementation of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. In 2020, Stephen established the Healing Arts initiative, in collaboration with Christopher Bailey at the World Health Organization, as a rapid response to COVID-19 and its impact on mental health. In 2023, Stephen became a Co-Founding Director of the Jameel Arts & Health Lab.

Websites:

www.jameelartshealthlab.org

https://www.culturunners.com

http://edgeofarabia.com

 

Social:

Instagram: @stephenstapleton

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephen-stapleton-09716128

X:  @StephenStapletn

The Pratchett Prize - Announcement

Inaugural Awarding of The Pratchett Prize. Inspired by the life and work of author Terry Pratchett, this award acknowledges the contribution of a scientist, artist, activist, or person living with dementia who, collaboratively or individually, works to reduce its impact. In the spirit of Terry Pratchett’s literary and personal work, the “adjudicating wizards” awarding the Prize seek humour and wit in art and science, kindness, creativity and curiosity, playfulness, attention and dedication, in equal measure.

Pratchett Prize

Contributors

James Hadley’s research is representative of his wide-ranging interests, many of which centre on translation in under-researched cultural contexts, particularly in East Asia. James is active in developing theoretical mechanisms for the analysis of indirect translations. He is also active in Literary Machine Translation and Computer Assisted Literary Translation research, and in integrating Digital Humanities methodologies and empirical research into Translation Studies. James also coordinates the Pratchett Project, which brings together research from all fields which is in some way related to the life and/or work of Terry Pratchett.

Website:

https://www.tcd.ie/literary-translation/people/jhadley.php

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/James-Hadley-3

Social Media:

X:  @JamesLHadley

LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/jameslhadley/

6.00pm-7.30pm

Creative Brain Week Exhibition Opening

Join us for a first look at the exhibition accompanying Creative Brain Week. A chance to meet guests and contributors.