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Our research focuses on mild cognitive impairment and dementia. Specifically we are funded to assess the role of inflammation and also nutrition in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s disease.

We are also leading a large data analytics project of dementia in Northern Ireland and we are assessing the utility of EEG and MEG in diagnosis.

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Dr McGuinness is interested in projects in the fields of;

  • Dementia research including the role of nutrition and inflammation in neurodegeneration

  • The utility of EEG and MEG in assisting diagnostics

  • Large data analytics projects

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  • Network lead ARUK NI

  • Clinical Lead in Northern Ireland Cohort of Longitudinal Ageing



Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences

School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biological Sciences

Centre for Public Health

Research students

PhD Title: The development and pilot testing of tailored Mediterranean lifestyle education to encourage behaviour change in patients with Mild Cognitive Impairment

Name: Andrea McGrattan
Years of Study: 3
Country: Northern Ireland

MD Title: Exploring the use of mobile-EEG and machine learning methods to profile signs of Mild Cognitive Impairment

Name: Alison Toogood
Years of Study: 3
Country: UK

PhD Title: Evaluation of pain in dementia including the evaluation of a new measure: the Pain Assessment in Impaired Cognition (PAIC) meta-tool

Name: Peter Walton
Years of Study: 2
Country: UK

PhD Title: TNF inhibitors for the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease

Name: Bethany McDowell
Years of Study: 1
Country: UK

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Dr Emma Cunningham

PhD Title: 'Predicting the risk of post-operative delirium. Use of neuropsychology, serum and CSF biomarkers and genetics to predict risk of post-operative delirium


Years of Study: 3
Country:  UK
Current position: Academic Clinical Lecturer



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