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

CARDI Involvement
CARDI grant programme


  • 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.


  • Northern Ireland
  • Republic of Ireland

Project Lead

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



Funding source



Call 1: three months



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.


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.