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Professor Shane O'Mara

Professor of Experimental Brain Research (Psychology)

Director of TCIN (Trinity Inst. of Neurosciences (TCIN))

I am Professor of Experimental Brain Research in Trinity College Dublin, and am a Principal Investigator in, and currently the Director of, the Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience and a member of the academic staff of the School of Psychology. I was an undergraduate and postgraduate at NUI Galway (BA, MA). I undertook my doctoral work (DPhil) at the University of Oxford. I am a Fellow of Trinity College, Dublin (FTCD) and a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science (FAPS). I was also elected a Member of the Royal Irish Academy (MRIA). Research Focus: My research focuses on the relations between cognition, synaptic plasticity and behaviour, in the context of brain aging and depression. Research Interests: Biology of learning and memory; mechanisms of brain repair; drug action in CNS; synaptic plasticity; visualising in vivo neuronal activity; defining distribution of bioactive agents in CNS; imaging human brain during learning and memory; models of neurodegeneration; models of secondary depression and their treatment; organic disorders of memory. I am also interested in public policy applications and counterfactual interpretations of neuroscience. Research Support and Research Funding: My research work has been or currently is supported by the Wellcome Trust; Science Foundation Ireland; the Health Research Board; the European Commission; GlaxoSmithKline; Alkermes. I blog shaneomara.wordpress.com, mostly on neuroscience-, psychology-, science- and public policy-related themes (and maybe the intersection of all of these themes, but sometimes on other things entirely). I tweet at @smomara1.
  ACTIVATED PROTEIN-KINASE   ALZHEIMERS-DISEASE   AMINO-ACID RECEPTORS   AMMONS HORN   ANATOMICAL DATA   ANTERIOR CINGULATE CORTEX   ANTERIOR THALAMIC NUCLEI   ARACHIDONIC-ACID   AREA CA1   BDNF   BDNF PROTECTS   BEHAVIORAL STRESS   Biology of learning, memory and cognition   CA1   CALCIUM   CHRONIC NEUROINFLAMMATION   COGNITIVE MAPS   COMPLEX-SPIKE CELLS   CORTEX   CUE CONTROL   CYTOKINES   DENTATE GYRUS   DEPOTENTIATION   DISORIENTATION   EFFERENT CONNECTIONS   ELECTROPHYSIOLOGICALLY-DEFINED CLASSES   ENTORHINAL CORTEX   ENVIRONMENT   FIRING PATTERNS   FIRING PROPERTIES   FREELY-MOVING   FRONTAL-CORTEX   GYRUS IN-VITRO   HEAD DIRECTION CELLS   HIGH-FREQUENCY STIMULATION   HIPPOCAMPAL   HIPPOCAMPAL AREA CA1   HIPPOCAMPAL FORMATION   HIPPOCAMPAL SLICES   HIPPOCAMPUS   IN-VIVO   LASTING POTENTIATION   LEARNING AND MEMORY   LESIONS   LONG-TERM POTENTIATION   MESSENGER-RNA   METHYL-D-ASPARTATE   NEURONS   PAIRED-PULSE FACILITATION   PARIETAL CORTEX   PATH INTEGRATION   PLACE NAVIGATION   PLASTICITY   POTENTIATION   RAT   RAT HIPPOCAMPUS   RATS   SLICES   SPATIAL MEMORY   SUBICULUM   SYNAPTIC TRANSMISSION   WATER MAZE
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Major Conference Organization: The European Brain and Behaviour Society meeting Sept 2005. I was the Chair and Chief Organiser of this conference; I led the successful bid to bring this conference to Dublin and to have it hosted by the Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience. This was a major international meeting of some 450 delegates. 2005
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Association for Psychological Science; Society for Neuroscience; European Brain and Behaviour Society; Neuroscience Ireland
Tsanov, M. O'Mara, S.M., Decoding signal processing in thalamo-hippocampal circuitry: Implications for theories of memory and spatial processing, Brain Research, 1621, 2015, p368-379 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI  URL
Callaghan C.K, O'Mara S.M, Long-term cognitive dysfunction in the rat following docetaxel treatment is ameliorated by the phosphodiesterase-4 inhibitor, rolipram, Behavioural Brain Research, 290, 2015, p84 - 89, Notes: [Export Date: 28 August 2015], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Dillingham C.M, Erichsen J.T, O'Mara S.M, Aggleton J.P, Vann S.D, Fornical and nonfornical projections from the rat hippocampal formation to the anterior thalamic nuclei, Hippocampus, 25, (9), 2015, p977 - 992, Notes: [Cited By :1 Export Date: 28 August 2015], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Kelly JA, Boyle NT, Cole N, Slator GR, Colivicchi MA, Stefanini C, Gobbo OL, Scalabrino GA, Ryan SM, Elamin M, Walsh C, Vajda A, Goggin MM, Campbell M, Mash DC, O'Mara SM, Brayden DJ, Callanan JJ, Tipton KF, Della Corte L, Hunter J, O'Boyle KM, Williams CH, Hardiman O, First-in-class thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH)-based compound binds to a pharmacologically distinct TRH receptor subtype in human brain and is effective in neurodegenerative models., Neuropharmacology, 89C, 2015, p193-203 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Cooke GE, Mullally S, Correia N, O'Mara SM, Gibney J. , Hippocampal Volume Is Decreased in Adults with Hypothyroidism, Thyroid, 24, (3), 2014, p433-40 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Smith KJ, Mullally S, McLoughlin D, O'Mara S., Validation of the face-name pairs task in major depression: impaired recall but not recognition., Front Psychol., 12, (5), 2014, 92, Notes: [. eCollection 2014.], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Tsanov M, Chah E, Reilly R, O'Mara SM. , Respiratory cycle entrainment of septal neurons mediates the fast coupling of sniffing rate and hippocampal theta rhythm. , Eur J Neurosci., 39, (6), 2014, p957-974 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Tsanov M, Chah E, Reilly R, O'Mara SM, Respiratory cycle entrainment of septal neurons mediates the fast coupling of sniffing rate and hippocampal theta rhythm., The European journal of neuroscience, 39, (6), 2014, p957-74 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Tsanov M, Chah E, Noor MS, Egan C, Reilly RB, Aggleton JP, Erichsen JT, Vann SD, O'Mara SM, The irregular firing properties of thalamic head direction cells mediate turn-specific modulation of the directional tuning curve., Journal of neurophysiology, 112, (9), 2014, p2316-31 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Rahman MM, Kerskens CM, Chattarji S, O'Mara SM, Chronic immobilization stress occludes in vivo cortical activation in an animal model of panic induced by carbon dioxide inhalation., Frontiers in behavioral neuroscience, 8, 2014, p311 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
  

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Mullally, SM, Roche, RAP, Laing, J, Robertson, IH & O'Mara, SM., A virtual lesion of the Human Hippocampus: Anteceding n-Back performance inhibits subsequent hippocampal-dependent memory function, Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting 2005, New York, USA. , 2005, Meeting Abstract, PUBLISHED
Roche, RAP, Mullally, SL, Hayden, J, Brennan, P, Fitzsimons, M, McMackin, D, McNulty, J, Prendergast, J, Sukumaran, S, O'Mara, SM & Robertson, IH, Effects of Prolonged Rote Rehearsal on Learning and Hippocampal Metabolism in the Aged, Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting , San Francisco, USA. , 2004, Meeting Abstract, PUBLISHED
Mullally, SL, Roche, RAP, Laing, J, Robertson, IH, & O'Mara, SM , Does Performance of a Working-Memory N-Back Task Impact on Episodic Verbal Learning, Recall and Recognition? , Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting, San Francisco, USA. , 2004, Meeting Abstract, PUBLISHED
O'Mara, S.M., Mangaoang, M.A., McMackin, D.M., Quigley, J., Relationship Of Language Disorder To Mnemonic Deficits After Unilateral Hippocampectomy In Human Patients, 2003, Meeting Abstract, PUBLISHED
Roche, RAP & O'Mara, SM, Event-related potentials during response inhibition in normal absentmindedness and traumatic brain injury, Acta Neurobiologiae Experimentalis, EBBS 2003, Barcelona, Spain, 63 (Suppl), 2003, pp27-, Meeting Abstract, PUBLISHED
Roche, RAP & O'Mara, SM , Learning, attention and executive control in visuomotor association learning., EURESCO conference on Action and Perception in Three-Dimensional Space, Aquafredda di Maratea, Italy., 2003, Meeting Abstract, PUBLISHED
OMARA, SM, THE EFFECTS OF THE ENDOTOXIN LIPOPOLYSACCHARIDE ON SYNAPTIC TRANSMISSION AND PLASTICITY IN THE CA1-SUBICULUM PATHWAY IN VIVO, unknown, 2000, 12, ISI Web of Science, 2000, pp250 - 250, Meeting Abstract, PUBLISHED
SHAW, K, STRESS: HOW IT AFFECTS SPATIAL LEARNING AND BDNF EXPRESSION, unknown, 2000, 12, ISI Web of Science, 2000, pp330 - 330, Meeting Abstract, PUBLISHED
COMMINS, S, THE EFFECT OF LIPOPOLYSACCHARIDE ON LEARNING AND RETENTION IN THE WATERMAZE AND BDNF EXPRESSION IN THE RAT DENTATE GYRUS, unknown, 2000, 12, ISI Web of Science, 2000, pp83 - 83, Meeting Abstract, PUBLISHED
DELANY, D, A BIOLOGICALLY REALISTIC MODEL OF HIPPOCAMPAL CA1-SUBICULUM INTERACTIONS, unknown, 2000, 12, ISI Web of Science, 2000, pp242 - 242, Meeting Abstract, PUBLISHED

  

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FAPS 2010
MRIA 2011
Biology of learning and memory; mechanisms of brain repair; drug action in CNS; synaptic plasticity; visualising in vivo neuronal activity; defining distribution of bioactive agents in CNS; imaging human brain during learning and memory; models of neurodegeneration; models of secondary depression and their treatment; organic disorders of memory. Key Research Question: How does the brain change as a result of experience? To investigate this general problem, I have adopted multidisciplinary techniques from diverse disciplines (e.g. neurophysiology, neuropharmacology, behavioural analysis, neuroimmunology). Techniques routinely used in my research group include: in vivo neurophysiology in freely-moving/anaesthetised rat (field potentials/action potential recordings of single neurons/neuronal ensembles); neurobehavioural assays (automated water, radial, open field; object exploration, odour discrimination, etc.); brain protein assays (BDNF; prostaglandins); radioimmunoassays; neurohistology.