The Brains Behind Neuroscience

FENS is the voice of European neuroscience! Professor Richard Roche, Chair of the FENS Communication Committee, will speak with 13 scientists focusing on various areas of brain research. The podcast will also feature relevant neuroscience events and opportunities. Make sure to tune in to the best of European neuroscience!

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Richard Roche – Chair of the Communication Committee 

Dr Richard Roche is a Professor and Deputy Head of Department at the Department of Psychology, Maynooth University, where he has been employed since 2005, following undergraduate, postgraduate and postdoctoral study at Trinity College, Dublin. His areas of interest are cognitive neuroscience/neuropsychology, particularly memory, ageing, dementia, stroke, brain injury and synaesthesia. He has published 37 research articles, over 90 conference posters, several book chapters and three academic books (plus one novel). He has to date accrued over EUR 1.4 million in research funding and has graduated 9 PhD students and 3 MSc students. He has served as President of Neuroscience Ireland and was Founding President of the Irish Brain Council. He is also strongly committed to science outreach and public engagement and has served on the FENS Communications Committee since 2020, of which he became Chair in 2022.

Roser Bastida Barau

Roser Bastida Barau is a pharmacist specialising in science communication. She has worked at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona writing press releases and organising outreach activities focused on neuroscience. She received a grant for The Brain Awareness Week 2023 from FENS and the Dana Foundation for “Connections. Explore yourself from the bottom to the top”.

Adrian Bird

Dr Adrian Bird’s research focuses on the basic biology of DNA methylation and other epigenetic processes. He identified CpG islands as gene markers in the vertebrate genome and discovered proteins that read the DNA methylation signal to influence chromatin structure and gene expression. His laboratory established the first mouse model of this condition and showed that the severe neurological phenotype is reversible, raising the possibility that Rett syndrome can be cured.

Rosa Paolicelli

Dr Rosa Paolicelli is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Physiology, University of Lausanne (CH), where she established her lab on microglia biology, focusing on the molecular mechanisms regulating microglia-synapse interaction in physiological and pathological contexts.

Anne Roumier

Dr Anne Roumier co-leads the “Serotonin, Microglia and Plasticity” team at the Institut du Fer à Moulin (FR). Her research projects focus on the acuteand long-term effects of serotonin on microglia and on understanding how disruption of this regulation impacts neuronal wiring, synaptic plasticity, and behaviour.