Using aerobic exercise to promote brain plasticity and increase functional capacity in older people

CARDI Involvement
CARDI grant programme

Researchers: 

  • Professor Richard Carson, School of Psychology, Queen's University Belfast - Now TCD
  • Dr David Craig, Medicine, School of Dentistry and Biomedical Science, Queen's University Belfast
  • Professor Giuseppe De Vito, and Dr Brian Caulfield, School of Physiotherapy and Performance Studies, University College Dublin
  • Dr Madeleine Lowery, School of Electrical, Electronic and Mechanical Engineering, University College Dublin
  • Dr Katherine Johnson, School of Neuroscience, Trinity College Dublin
  • Dr Aine Kelly, Department of Physiology, Trinity College Dublin.

Region

  • Northern Ireland
  • Republic of Ireland

Project Lead

Professor Richard Carson, Queen’s University Belfast School of Psychology - Now TCD

Budget

£11,849

Funding source

CARDI

Timeframe

Call 1: three months

Status

Completed

Last updated

26th September 2013
For this project experts from nine different disciplines will pool their expertise to examine how physical exercise can promote brain function and help older people recover from neurological illness.
 

Objective

To establish whether brain plasticity, as induced by standard (non-invasive) transcranial cortical stimulation techniques, is enhanced in older people following aerobic exercise. The project results will directly inform the design and implementation of exercise based programs that promote brain plasticity.

Read the research report here.