History of the IICN

Early History

The Irish Institute of Clinical Neuroscience (IICN), was established in 1984, then being known as the Richmond Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery. The objectives of the Institute were the ‘teaching and education of persons in the knowledge of, promotion and organisation of research into the diagnosis and treatment of Neurological and Neurosurgical disorders in Ireland’. Membership was restricted to those who practice in the Neurosciences disciplines, and were associated with Saint Lawrences Hospital Dublin or Beaumont Hospital (the latter being at the early stages of construction).

Changes and expansion

A number of separate revisions of the Memorandum and Articles of Association of the Institute, were passed by the Membership over the succeedling 32 years. The Institute first became known as the Irish Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery, and in 2003, as the Irish Institute of Clinical Neuroscience. Membership was widened to include neuroscientists working in centres throughout Ireland, North and South, and in other countries, and senior trainees in neuroscience. The name of the Institute now reflects the involvement of the many disciplines in neuroscience, supporting the Institute’s aims of promoting research and education. The decision by the Irish Neurological Association (INA) in 2002 to join with the IICN over a trial period of three years, and the subsequent decision to permanently amalgamate with the IICN, has notably strengthened the Institute in it’s objective of furthering Neuroscience in Ireland.

Research Objective

The IICN offers grants supporting original research in neuroscience in Ireland. Applications for funding are invited as funding becomes available. The quality of applications for Grants has been extremely high as confirmed by expert external peer reviewers, and the successful applicants are conducting important research in diverse areas of neuroscience. The Institute deeply appreciates the support of donors in providing finance for research in neuroscience and especially the support of the Irish Brain Research Foundation which raised funds for neuroscience until its closure in 2004.

Education Objective

The Institute’s other primary objective, Education in Neuroscience, has been advanced by hosting neuroscience meetings.

  • The longest standing of these meetings is the INA Meeting, which will hold its 53rd Annual Meeting in Dublin in 2017 under the presidency of Dr. Janice Redmond. This meeting continues to provide an important opportunity for neuroscientists in training to present their work conducted in the clinical setting, to an audience offering constructive criticism and comment.
  • The Diaspora meeting, which was the brainchild of Dr. Orla Hardiman, provided a forum for Irish neuroscientists working abroad to present their research interests and to establish collaborations with those in posts in Ireland. This meeting ran for a number of years on an occasional basis and was of great importance in highlighting the achievements of Irish neuroscientists in centres of excellence around the world.
  • The Neurology Update Meeting was conceived by Dr. Norman Delanty as an approach to enhancing knowledge of advances and changes in practice for physicians treating neurological conditions who have not specialised in neurology. The 15th Annual Neurology Update Meeting was held in Dublin under the directorship of Dr. Ronan Kilbride in October 2016. It was attended by physicians, neurologists, geriatricians, general practitioners, and trainees.
  • The Registrar's Prize in Clinical  Neuroscience meeting has continued to grow in size and in the quality of presentations at the meeting. Currently the meeting is directed by Dr. John McHugh. Awards are made in two categories at this meeting, in original research and in the case report category. This meeting is held in November each year.

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