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Dr. Aileen Lynch

Assistant Professor (School of Nursing & Midwifery)

Assistant Professor (Trinity Inst. of Neurosciences (TCIN))

Dr. Aileen Lynch graduated with a BSc in Biochemistry (1995) from NUI, Cork. She then pursued a postgraduate degree in Neuroscience and graduated with an MSc in Neuroscience (1996) from King's College, London. She carried out a project which investigated the effect of excitatory amino acids on the phosphorylation state of the microtubule-associated protein tau as part of the MSc course. In 2000, Dr. Lynch graduated with a PhD in Neuroanatomy from Imperial College, London. Her PhD involved the study of dendritic spines and glutamatergic cells in schizophrenic post-mortem tissue. Dr. Lynch began her postdoctoral research in the Department of Physiology and the Institute of Neuroscience, Trinity College in 2000 where she investigated the signalling mechanisms which induce cellular damage in the aged brain. In 2002 she was awarded a HRB Postdoctoral Research Fellowship which investigated the age-related deterioration in synaptic function in rat hippocampus. Continuing with the theme of neuroinflammation, in 2005 Dr. Lynch began a SFI Postdoctoral Research Fellowship which investigated if the aged brain is more vulnerable to additional inflammatory insult. In 2007, Dr. Lynch was appointed a lectureship in the School of Nursing and Midwifery and is continuing to research strategies that modulate the inflammatory processes that occur during the ageing process.
  Ageing, memory and other cognitive processes   Alzheimer's disease   Astrocyte   Autoimmunity   BLOOD-BRAIN BARRIER   Cell and tissue maintenance, repair and ageing   Chronic inflamation   Consequences of ischemia or hypoxia, convulsive disorders   Cytokine   ENDOTHELIAL CELLS   Immune system   Microglia   Multiple Sclerosis   Nervous system, development, plasticiy and ageing   Neurochemistry and neuropharmacology   Neurodegeneration   Neuroendocrine Immunology   Neuropharmacology   Neurophysiology   Schizophrenia   Stress   TIGHT JUNCTION PERMEABILITY   Tight junction proteins
 The impact of age and neuroinflammation on the blood-brain barrier and neurovascular unit
 RD-WIFI Infomation needs for families of children with rare diseases
 Rare Diseases Web-Information For Families in Ireland (RD-WIFI)
 Liam's Lodge: A National Children's Care Centre for Children with Rare, Genetic and Life Limiting Conditions and A Children's Palliative Care Respite Service for Munster and the Mid-West.
 Exploring the challenges experienced by people with muscular dystrophy living independently.

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Physiological Society (Affiliate Member)
American Society for Neuroscience
British Neuroscience Association
Neuroscience Ireland
Fintan Sheerin, Aileen Lynch, Ariane Girault, Carole Rolland, Pierre Gillois, Monique Epstein, Gabrielle McKee, Perspectives on the facilitators, barriers and motivators to physical activity among older adults in Ireland and France: focus group findings from the MOVEAGE-ACT Project, 2nd INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF THE GERMAN SOCIETY OF NURSING SCIENCE , Berlin, MAY 8TH - 9TH, 2020 , 2020, Oral Presentation, ACCEPTED
Gabrielle McKee, Fintan Sheerin, Aileen Lynch, Sean Kilroy, Monique Epstein, Ariane Girault, Pierre Gillois, Carole Rolland, Ciaran McKinney, Mary Harkin , Facilitators and barriers to physical activity maintenance among older adults in Ireland and France: focus group findings from the MOVEAGE-ACT Project, Trinity Health and Education International Research Conference 2020, Dublin, 4th-5th March 2020, 2020, Oral Presentation, ACCEPTED
Sean Kilroy, Aileen Lynch, Gabrielle Mckee, The factors associated with physical activity change in community dwelling older adults: results from the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA, Trinity Health and Education International Research Conference 2019, Dublin, Ireland, Mar 6-7 2019, 2019, Meeting Abstract, PRESENTED
Sheerin, Fintan Lynch, Aileen Kilroy, Sean Epstein, Monique Girault, Ariane Larose, Inès Gillois, Pierre Rolland, Carole McKinney, Ciarán Harkin, Mary McKee, Gabrielle, A Qualitative Study Exploring Facilitators and Barriers to Engagement in Physical Activity Among Older Irish and French Adults, Age and Ageing , Irish Gerontological Society 67th Annual and Scientific meeting , Clayton Hotel Silver Springs, Cork, 26-28 September 2019, 48, (Supplement 3), Oxford Academic, 2019, ppiii17 - -iii6, Notes: [], Poster, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
S Kilroy, G McKee, A Lynch , The impact of physical activity on cardiovascular disease and cardio-metabolic risk factors in community dwelling older adults: results from the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing, European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, Europrevent 2018, Ljubljana , 19th - 21st April, 25, (Supp 1), 2018, pp6 (23) , Meeting Abstract, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Sean Kilroy, Gabrielle McKee, Aileen Lynch, Role of Cardio-metabolic Risk Factors in the Relationship Between Physical Activity and Cardiovascular Disease: the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing TILDA , Age and Aging , the Irish Gerontological Society Transforming Ageing Across Borders , Slieve Russell Hotel, Ballyconnell, Co. Cavan, 27-29 Sept 2018, 5, (Supp 5), Oxford Academic, 2018, pp1-12 , Meeting Abstract, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Sean Kilroy , Gabrielle McKee, Aileen Lynch, The impact of Physical Activity on Cardiovascular Disease and Cardiometabolic Risk Factors in CommunityDwelling Older Adults: Results for The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) , Prevention Matters: Making the Difference. 5th Annual National Prevention Conference, Johnstown Estate hotel , Enfield, Ireland , 23rd Nov, 2018, Poster, PUBLISHED
Nicholl, H., Tracey, C., Begley T., King C., Lynch A.M., Parents of Children with Rare Conditions Internet Use - Findings from a Study on Parents Web Information Needs., Journal of Medical Internet Research, 19, (2), 2017, p51 - 65, Notes: [DOI: 10.2196/jmir.5834], Journal Article, ACCEPTED
Lynch A., Nicholl H., Tracey C. , Sharing experiences of conducting focus groups with populations across the healthcare spectrum. , International Journal of Qualitative Methods , Qualitative Methods Conference, Glasgow, UK, 15, (1), SAGE, 2016, pp1 - 10, Notes: [DOI: 10.1177/1609406916672115], Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Nicholl, H., Eustace-Cook, J., King, C., Murphy, M., Prizeman, G., Tracey, C., Lynch, A.M., Rare Diseases Website: Developing the Parent-to-Parent Content of a Rare Disease Website in Ireland. , Palliative Medicine, European Association of Palliative Care, Dublin, Ireland, 30, (6), SAGE, 2016, pp50 - 50, Notes: [ ], Conference Paper, PUBLISHED

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Dr. Lynch's postdoctoral research focused on age-related vascular changes in the brain (blood-brain barrier) which makes the brain more vulnerable to further insult e.g. head injury, neurodegenerative diseases. More recently her interests have been on strategies to optimise health into older age, such as engagement in physical activity using technology incorporating behavioural change principles, which has been shown to ameliorate cardio-metabolic factors known to increase the risk for chronic diseases.