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Full NameDr Bernadette McGuinness

Centre for Public Health

Queen's University Belfast

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Research Fields
  • neuroscience and mental health
  • epidemiology/population health research
Postgrad Medical Specialties
  • Medicine
  • General Practice
  • Ophthalmology
  • Public Health
Medical Subspecialties
  • Dementia
  • Geriatric Medicine
  • Neuropsychiatry
My Work

The dementia research group in the Centre for Public Health is involved in numerous projects; these include investigating the role of neuroinflammation in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease, the utility of EEG and magnetoencephalography in predicting cognitive decline, assessment and management of pain in dementia, the role of Mediterranean diet in mild cognitive impairment, metabolomics in dementia and the utility of retinal imaging as a biomarker of early neurodegeneration. We have several PhD students and Post-Docs working in these areas and an academic Clinical Lecturer working on the pathophysiology of post-operative delirium.

The dementia research group collaborate with leading investigators from other research centres in QUB, Ulster University, Ireland, UK and internationally, both in Europe and the USA. Dr McGuinness is also Clinical Lead of the Northern Ireland Cohort of Longitudinal Ageing (NICOLA) study, approximately 8,500 participants have been recruited into the first Wave and health assessments are ongoing. This study will provide invaluable data on cognition, eye health, frailty and emotional wellbeing in participants aged over 50 years of age in Northern Ireland and complements other longitudinal cohort studies in Ireland (TILDA) and England (ELSA).