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Professor Aine Kelly

Professor In (Physiology)

Assoc Dean Undergrad Science Education (Trinity Inst. of Neurosciences (TCIN))

Aine Kelly graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 1995 with a first class honours degree in Science, specialising in Physiology. She was awarded her PhD in Neuroscience in 1998 and was appointed to a lectureship in the Department of Physiology in 2002.
  Ageing, memory and other cognitive processes   Exercise   Neurochemistry and neuropharmacology   Neurodegeneration   neurogenesis   Neurophysiology   Neuroscience   Physiology
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External Examiner B.Sc. in Physiology, NUI Galway 2016
External Examiner in Physiology for NUI Schools of Medicine and RCSI, Dr HH Stewart Medical Scholarship and Prize 2014
External Examiner, Faculty of Dentistry, RCSI 2004
Editorial Board member, Neuropharmacology 2015
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Fellow, Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland 2005 2019
Council Member, Neuroscience Ireland 2013 2019
Member, Physiological Society 2002 2018
Member, European College of Sports Sciences 2017 2019
Cunningham J, O'Dowd A, Broglio S, Newell FN, Kelly A, Joyce O, Januszewski J, Wilson F, Multisensory perception is not influenced by previous concussion history in retired rugby union players, Brain Injury, 2022, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Mota BC, Kelly ÁM., Exercise alters LPS-induced glial activation in the mouse brain., Neuronal Signal, 4, (4), 2020, pNS20200003 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Devenney KE, Guinan EM, Kelly ÁM, Mota BC, Walsh C, Rikkert MO, Scneider S, Lalor B., Acute high-intensity aerobic exercise affects brain-derived neurotrophic factor in mild cognitive impairment: a randomised controlled study, BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine, 5, 2019, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Fortune JM, Kelly ÁM, Robertson IH, Hussey J., An Investigation into the Relationship between Cardiorespiratory Fitness, Cognition and BDNF in Young Healthy Males., Neuroscience letters, 2019, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Joyce O, Hopkins D, McCollum A, Newell F, Wilson F, Kelly A, Sports concussion and brain health. The need for objective tests of pathological brain indices, Journal of Neurotrauma, 37th Annual National Neurotrauma Symposium, Pittsburgh, USA, June 29- July 3rd , 36, (13), Mary Ann Liebert Inc, 2019, ppAO3-08 , Poster, PUBLISHED  DOI
Kelly A, Hale J, Boyle N, Denvir K, Farrell G, Ryan J, O'Connell B, Cunningham J, Wilson F, Utility of blood biomarkers S100B and BDNF as a measure of brain injury in professional rugby players, Journal of Neurotrauma, 37th Annual National Neurotrauma Symposium, Pittsburgh, USA, June 29- July 3rd , 36, (13), Mary Ann Liebert Inc, 2019, ppAO3-09 , Poster, PUBLISHED  DOI
The roles of neurotrophins in novel object recognition in, editor(s)A. Ennaceur & M de Silva Souza , Handbook of Object Novelty Recognition, Elsevier, 2018, [Kelly ÁM], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  DOI
O Connell B, O Shea N, O Dwyer T, Denvir K. Farrell G. Wilson, F. Kelly ÁM , 'Effects of match play and training on circulating S100B concentration in professional rugby players, Brain Injury, 2018, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Birch AM, Kelly ÁM., Lifelong environmental enrichment in the absence of exercise protects the brain from age-related cognitive decline., Neuropharmacology, 2018, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Kelly ÁM, Exercise-induced modulation of neuroinflammation in models of Alzheimer's disease , Brain Plasticity, 2018, Journal Article, IN_PRESS

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Kelly ÁM, Hannan A.J., Therapeutic impacts of environmental enrichment: Neurobiological mechanisms informing molecular targets for enviromimetics, 2019, Notes: [Editorial], Journal Article, PUBLISHED


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Provost's Teaching Award 2011
Fellow, Trinity College Dublin 2009
Visiting Professorship, Université Paris Sud 2009
Trinity Foundation Postgraduate Fellowship 1995
Physiological Society Undergraduate Prize 1995
Trinity College Dublin Gold Medal 1995
Watts Medal, Health Research Board 1994
The roles of the neurotrophin family of proteins in learning and memory, neuronal cell survival and death and exercise-induced cognitive enhancement and neuroprotection