The Principal Investigator of the NICOLA 65+ Memory and Thinking Project and the NIA (National Institute on Ageing) grant is Dr Bernadette McGuinness, Consultant Geriatrician in the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, Senior Lecturer in Queen’s University Belfast, and Clinical Lead of NICOLA.
The NIA grant has been awarded however to a collaborative team also including:
- Professor Frank Kee, PhD, Co-Investigator (Queen’s University Belfast)
- Professor Peter Passmore, MD, Co-Investigator (Queen’s University Belfast)
- Professor Amy-Jane McKnight, PhD, Co-Investigator (Queen’s University Belfast)
Frank is a professor in epidemiology at Queen’s University Belfast and is also the NICOLA PI. His expertise is in epidemiology and public health, in particular, cognition and cross-cohort comparisons.
Peter is a professor of Geriatric Medicine and a Consultant Geriatrician at Queen’s University Belfast and Belfast Health and Social Care Trust. He is a leading expert on dementia both clinically and academically.
Amy-Jane is a professor in genetics at Queen’s University Belfast. She has worked extensively on the genetic and epigenetic data in NICOLA and has also been involved in cross-national studies.
A parallel study will be carried out in TILDA at the same time. The research team there includes:
- Professor Rose Anne Kenny Consultant Geriatrician and PI of TILDA
- Professor Brian Lawlor Dementia expert and Deputy Director of the Global Brain Health Institute Trinity College Dublin
- Ms Niamh Clarke HCAP-TILDA Project Manager
- Dr Christine McGarrigle Research Fellow TILDA
- Dr Orna Donaghue TILDA Project Manager TILDA
Two leaders of the Health and Retirement Study also act as co-investigators on this project: David Weir who is the director of the Health and Retirement Study has particular interests in health-related quality of life and economic aspects of health, while Kenneth Langa, a professor in the Division of General Medicine at the University of Michigan, the associate director of the Health and Retirement Study is a leading researcher on Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Dr Lindsay Ryan will lead on the cognitive assessments.