Research Projects - E

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Encouraging behaviour change in mild cognitive impairment patients: development of educational materials

CARDI Involvement

Project Lead

Dr Jayne Woodside, Senior Lecturer of Nutrition, Centre for Public Health, Queen’s University Belfast


  • Dr Bernadette McGuinness, Senior Clinical Research Fellow, Geriatric Medicine and Dr Michelle McKinley, Lecturer in Nutrition and Professor Peter Passmore, Professor Geriatric Medicine, Queens University Belfast
  • Professor Brian Lawlor, Professor of Psychiatry, and Dr Robert Coen, Lecturer in Clinical Psychology, Trinity College Dublin
  • Mr Matthew Gibb, Senior Social Worker, Dementia Services Information and Development Centre, St James’s Hospital Dublin.
Cognitive decline has a profound impact on the health and quality of life of older people and care-givers.  Randomised controlled trials could identify at which stage interventions are most effective but educational materials on behaviour change are needed first.


To use focus groups of mild cognitive impairment patients and their care-givers and to hold structured interviews with professionals to design and test educational materials that can encourage change in diet and physical activity.
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Examination using functional MRI and diffusion tensor imaging...


  • Full title: Examination using functional MRI and diffusion tensor imaging of alterations in working memory network in Mild Cognitively Impaired subjects
  • Investigation of changes in brain activation due to normal ageing and due to Mild Cognitive Impairment in emotional modulation of long term memory.


Examining inequalities in health and health behaviours

CARDI Involvement

Project Lead

Dr Eibhlin Hudson, Trinity College Dublin


  • Dr Irene Mosca, Economics, Trnity College Dublin
  • Professor David Madden, Economics, University College Dublin
Health behaviours are significant barriers to healthy ageing but little is known about how they differ by socio-economic status.

This study examines inequalities in Ireland, north and south, in health behaviours and outputs, such as smoking, alcohol consumption, body mass index and physical activity. It also looks at changes over time.

Dr Hudson is developing a technique known as a concentration index – a single measure of inequality which can be decomposed to analyse factors underlying inequality.

CARDI grant programme