Event Information:

  • Fri

    Headspace 2018

    9:00 amTrinity College Dublin


    Can we live longer, better?

    HeadSpace2018 is a two-day celebration of scientific and creative investigation into brain health and dementia.

    We invite you to join us in conversations about caring communities, research and cultural solutions, that will inform, engage, entertain and inspire.

    The brain is especially sensitive to external influence and aging. Poverty, housing and education have huge effects on health. As does access to healthcare, isolation, social connectedness and personal security. Its estimated these social determinants account for 50% of disease and mortality. We grow old in different ways. By 2041, 22% of the population with be 65 or older. Addressing this change is key to improving health but healthcare alone can’t solve the issues.  It needs creative thinking and collaborative effort. Champions across society and government. Many voices and communities contributing to new scientific discoveries, innovations and cultural change in this area is important. Join us and bring your lived and learnt experience.

    How do we change?   What can we do, today?

    Where is innovation creating tomorrow’s solutions?

    March 2nd and 3rd 2018, Trinity College Dublin

    This event is FREE but spaces are very limited. You must register to attend. To book:

    Please click here to book your ticket.

    This event is inspired and supported by the Dementia and Neurodegeneration Network Ireland, the HSE, the Global Brain Health Institute, ISSF, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin Culture Connects and Creative Ireland.

    Speakers include:

    Ashton Applewhite – Author and activist

    Ashton Applewhite is the author of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism. An internationally recognized expert on ageism, she speaks widely at venues that have included the TED mainstage and the United Nations, has written for Harper’s, Playboy, and the New York Times, and is the voice of Yo, Is This Ageist?  Ashton is a leading spokesperson for a movement to mobilize against discrimination on the basis of age.



    Twitter: @thischairrocks


    Sarah Bowman -Trinity Centre for Ageing and Intellectual Disability


    Iseult Byrne – Director Dublin's Culture Connects - an initiative of Dublin City Council

    Dublin’s Culture Connects is an initiative of Dublin City Council. We connect people through culture and conversation.

    We run numerous cultural projects, acting as a catalyst to bring people together through making and taking part in culture. We base our projects on people’s stories, wishes and experiences and aim to activate and empower people through participation. We do this by listening, learning, sharing and partnership. We develop skills and activate ways of working to enable everyone to create more cultural opportunities. We are not afraid to try new things.



    Dominic Campbell – Creative Aging International

    Dominic Campbell is co-founder of Creative Aging International currently producing “Creating A New Old San Francisco” in the Contemporary Jewish Museum and Headspace2018 in Trinity College Dublin, which respond to ageing at scale by connecting the research and innovation of artists, scientists and strategists.

    Previously he directed the Bealtaine Festival, the world’s first nationwide arts festival celebrating creativity and ageing, was Artistic Director of Ireland’s St Patrick’s Festival raising its global profile. Currently an inaugural Atlantic Fellow for Equity and Brain Health at the Global Brain Health Institute, he promotes celebration as integral to transformational social strategies.


    Tim Carpenter – CEO/Founder, EngAGE

    Tim Carpenter is CEO/Founder of EngAGE and Host/Producer of the EXPERIENCE TALKS radio show.  EngAGE changes lives by transforming affordable senior and multigenerational housing communities into vibrant centers of learning, wellness and creativity. EngAGE provides life-enhancing arts, wellness, lifelong learning, community building and intergenerational programs and events to thousands of seniors and hundreds of families living in California, Oregon and Minnesota. Tim is an Ashoka Fellow, a James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award recipient, a Stanton Fellow, and was named one of Next Avenue’s 2016 Influencers in Aging.


    John Conolly – Lead Counsellor, Westminster Homeless Health Counselling Service, CLCH NHS Trust. UKCP reg Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, Lacanian Analyst, MA, MA.

    Since studying languages and literature at school I have always been interested in the ‘Human Condition’ and I went on to study psychology, organisational psychology and psychoanalysis. Working at alleviating the pain of homelessness and social exclusion has led to my passionate interest in ‘Attachment Theory’, the art and science of relationships and their primordial influence in fashioning who we are as we emerge from childhood and adolescence, but also who we become throughout our lifecycle.


    Alexandra Coulter – Director of Arts & Health South West and Secretary to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing

    Alexandra Coulter has been Director of Arts & Health South West (AHSW) since 2010 She has been working in arts and health since 1998 and was the Arts Coordinator at Dorset County Hospital for 15 years. AHSW is a regional networking, advocacy and support organisation with over 2000 members. AHSW delivered the Culture, Health and Wellbeing International Conference in June 2017 which was attended by over 400 delegates and speakers from 23 countries. AHSW is the lead organisation for the new Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance, an Arts Council Sector Support Organisation that will launch in April 2018. Alex provides the secretariat for the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing on behalf of the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance and project managed a 2 year Inquiry into Arts, Health and Wellbeing. The Inquiry Report Creative Health was launched in parliament in July 2017.


    Sebastian Crutch - UCL Institute of Neurology

    Sebastian Crutch is a neuropsychologist and Professorial Research Associate at the Dementia Research Centre, UCL Institute of Neurology. His research focuses on rare and young onset dementias, exploring topics such as dementia-related visual impairment, computational approaches to improving cognitive assessment, and reading and balance problems. Currently he directs the Created Out of Mind 2016-20118 dementia and arts residency at The Hub, Wellcome Collection, which aims to shape and enrich public and professional perceptions of the dementias, and explore the opportunities afforded by collaborative, interdisciplinary, publicly-situated research.


    Kate de Medeiros PhD – Associate Professor of Gerontology

    Kate’s work broadly focuses on how experiences in later life are made known through stories, big and small. Her research studies have examined the meaning of place and living alone; friendships among people living with dementia; suffering, flourishing and precarity; and language “play” in the participatory arts.


    Deirdre Figueredo


    Dr Christine Fitzgerald – NUI Galway

    Christine FitzGerald holds a PhD degree and a MA degree in health promotion from the National University of Ireland, Galway. She also holds a BSc degree in nursing from the University of Limerick. With a background in health, Christine FitzGerald’s research interests center on the area of health service delivery, psychosocial post-diagnostic supports, exploring services and supports to support both person-centered and community-based supports.


    Elaine Green – St James Hospital

    Dr. Elaine Greene leads the Psychiatry for the Elderly consultation liaison service in St. James’s Hospital and is a Clinical Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry, (TCD). Elaine completed her psychiatry training in Ireland and Australia. Her research interests are in the areas of depression, anxiety, delirium, cognitive impairment and service delivery.


    Tom Grey Dip.Arch.B.Arch.Sci.MArch, Research Fellow, TrinityHaus Research Centre, TCD

    Tom Grey graduated from DIT Bolton Street in 1998 with a degree in Architecture. He moved to New Zealand in 2003 to complete a two-year Masters (Sustainability of the Built Environment) at the University of Auckland. With over 10 years in architectural practice working on projects in Ireland, the UK, Croatia, the US and NZ, Tom joined TrinityHaus Research Centre as a Research Fellow in 2009. Since then he has undertaken a variety of urban and building design research projects examining how people-friendly design can support human performance, health, well-being and social participation. Much of this research focuses on age friendly and dementia friendly environments, and is underpinned by Universal Design and participatory design processes.


    Niamh Hennelly – NUI Galway


    Kate Irving – DCU


    Brian Lawlor – Conolly Norman Professor of Old Age Psychiatry and Co-Director, Global Brain Health Institute, Trinity College Dublin.

    I am a psychiatrist with over 30 years experience in clinical and research aspects of dementia. I am co-director of the Global Brain Health Institute,  a collaborative leadership  training program between Trinity College Dublin and University of California San Francisco  that aims to tackle the societal impact of dementia on a global scale. I also direct the Memory Clinic at St. James’s Hospital and Chair the Irish National Dementia Awareness Campaign, Understand Together.


    Ruth Little - Dramaturg, writer, curator

    Ruth's research and teaching in ecologies of performance is informed by two decades' experience of commissioning, developing and curating new work in partnership with community groups, academics, and artists across all forms. She has led workshops and art-science expeditions nationally and internationally. She lectured in English literature at the University of Sydney, and was literary manager at Out of Joint, Soho Theatre and the Royal Court, and artistic associate at the Young Vic. Ruth is dramaturg for Akram Khan Company, former associate director of Cape Farewell London and a Visiting Research Fellow at Central School of Speech and Drama, London. Publications include ‘The Slow Art of Contemporary Expedition: Islandings’ (Expedition: University of the Arts, 2012), ‘Art, Place, Climate: Situated Ethics’ (Ethics and the Arts: Springer, 2014), ‘Testimony: Art for the Sake of Place’ (Elemental: Gaia Project Press, 2016), ‘The Meteorological Body’ (Imaginative Bodies: Antennae, 2016). Writer/editor, ‘Institute of Controlled Falling’, Dance Umbrella, 2015-16.


    Dr Clíona Ní Cheallaigh – Senior Lecturer in Medical Gerontology, TCD and Consultant Physician, St James’s Hospital

    Clíona Ní Cheallaigh is an Infectious Diseases and Internal Medicine Physician in St James’s Hospital and Senior Lecturer in Medical Gerontology in Trinity College, Dublin. Her clinical and research interests centre around the health of multiply excluded individuals: homeless people, injecting drug users and other marginalised groups. She has established an Inclusion Medicine service within St James’s Hospital to provide integrated, active case management-based care to these individuals in the hospital and in outreach clinics to addiction services. Her research seeks to look at the effect of the extreme psycho-social stress experienced by multiply excluded individuals on three levels: the cellular/immune activating consequences of this stress; the effect of this stress on health, particularly frailty and brain health; and finally on health services adaptation to meet the needs of this population.


    Senator Marie-Louise O’Donnell


    Veronica O’Keane – TCD


    Cora O’Neill – UCC


    Prof Desmond (Des) O’Neill - Professor of Medical Gerontology, TCD; Co-Chair, Medical and Health Humanities, TCD; Chair, National Centre for Arts and Health, Tallaght Hospital.

    A specialist in geriatric and stroke medicine, Prof O’Neill is also a writer and commentator in national media. Based in Tallaght Hospital and Trinity College Dublin, his practice and research are focussed on ageing and the neurosciences, and how they interact with the humanities. His particular interest in the longevity dividend - the many ways in which we have gained from our increase in life span - has contributed to national and international initiatives in many aspects of ageing. In 2010 he was awarded the All Ireland Inspirational Life Award for his work on behalf of older people.


    Kevin O’ Shanahan - CNS Cork Mental Health Services/MusicAlive

    Kevin O’ Shanahan works as Clinical Nurse Specialist in mental health & the arts and is based in West Cork. Kevin is also a co- founder of MusicAlive (2009) providers of innovative arts and health projects in mental health/older age care contexts. E.gress (2013) an audio-visual artwork, produced in collaboration with artist Marie Brett and the Alzheimer Society of Ireland, is part of the Arts Council’s permanent collection. Kevin’s current work includes managing the development of 49 North Street – a HSE initiative in Skibbereen, promoting creativity, recovery and wellness.


    Professor Eamon O’Shea - Professor of Economics in the School of Business and Economics at the National University of Ireland Galway,  founder Director of the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology (ICSG) and Director of the Centre for Economic & Social Research on Dementia at NUI Galway.

    Professor O'Shea is an economist with over 30 years experience of research in economic and social aspects of ageing and dementia. His research is currently  focused on the economics of ageing, rural gerontology and dementia.  His work has been influential in setting the agenda for reform of services and policies for older people in Ireland, especially in relation to funding, regulation and resource allocation in dementia. Professor O'Shea is a recipient of the prestigious Health Research Board (HRB) Leader Award in Dementia in Ireland.  His most recent policy publication has been an  edited volume titled: Developing and Implementing Dementia Policy in Ireland.


    Professor Ian Robertson – Co-Director, Global Brain Health Institute

    Professor Ian Robertson is Co-Director of the Global Brain Health Institute ( A trained clinical psychologist as well as a neuroscientist, he is widely known internationally for his research on attention and the human brain. His popular writing has included four books aimed at the general reader: Mind Sculpture (2000), The Mind’s Eye  (2003), Stay Sharp (2005), The Winner Effect (2012) and The Stress Test (2016), all of which have been widely translated (


    Dr Mary RoganAssociate Professor

    The PRILA project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 679362.

    School of Law, T RiSS

    Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin


    Martin Rosser


    Roisin Ryder – Community Development Worker, Fatima Groups United FRC

    Fatima Health Project operated and managed by Fatima Groups United FRC, since 2003 is based in Fatima, Rialto.  Health workers communicate with local residents to identify health issues and develop programmes in response to identified needs. This health project is driven, owned and firmly embedded in the community and based on the idea of wellness, not illness, The projectworks from a social determinants model of health (Dahlgren & Whitehead, 1991) promoting health by providing services that local residents may not have access to, due to poverty or social exclusion. Since 2017 it operates the Dublin 8 Social Prescribing Service.


    David Slater – Artistic Director Entelechy Arts

    David Slater is artistic director of Entelechy Arts. He has extensive experience in working with theatre and communities in both rural and urban settings. David is one of the joint architects of the award winning Meet Me at the Albany programme which supports isolated older people to work collaboratively with artists in the making of new work that has relevance and meaning in their lives.


    Dominic Campbell co-founder of Creative Aging International is an Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health at the Global Brain Health Institute (GBHI) supported by GBHI and the Alzheimer’s Association.