Social determinants of cognitive decline among Irish older adults

CARDI Involvement
CARDI grant programme
  • Centre for Public Health, QUB

Mentors: Professors Frank Kee, Brian Lawlor, Rose Anne Kenny and Ian Robertson


  • Northern Ireland
  • Republic of Ireland

Project Lead

Dr Joanna McHugh

Funding source

CARDI Leadership Programme



Last updated

13th January 2015

The focus of Dr Joanna McHugh's research as part of the CARDI Leadership Programme is the social determinants of cognitive decline among older adults in Ireland, North and South. It will examine the causal links between loneliness, social isolation and cognitive decline, and aims to reveal the mechanisms behind these links studying and comparing longitudinal Irish population studies, TILDA and NICOLA. The project will investigate several factors such as social support, stress, neuro-inflammation and white matter structural integrity to clarify their contributions to the relationship between social isolation and cognitive outcomes in later life.

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