Muireann Irish is a cognitive neuroscientist based at Neuroscience Research Australia in Sydney. She completed her PhD in Psychology in 2008 in Ireland, following which she moved to Australia to pursue her interests in memory and dementia. She has a long-standing interest in memory and how disruption to the brain affects the ability to remember the past in dementia.
More recently, Muireann has developed a new line of research investigating how loss of memory in dementia affects the capacity for imagination and thinking about the future. Using a combination of behavioural and neuroimaging techniques, she is particularly interested in the brain regions which underpin these complex endeavours. Muireann was awarded an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career fellowship (DECRA) in 2012 to enable her to continue her research into the inner workings of the mind.