Current estimates suggest that 10,000 people in Ireland suffer an Acquired Brian Injury (ABI) every year as a result of road traffic accidents, assaults or falls, problems in the supply of blood in the brain such as a bleed or blockage or surgical issues such as might be involved in tumour management. ABI can lead to changes in behaviour and loss of skills which can it difficult to pick up on pre-injury life. In fact, challenges facing adults with ABI on their return to community living include loneliness, relationship difficulties, and occupational problems.

 

Recently on the awarded of a prestigious postdoctoral fellowship by the Irish Research Council, I have been afforded the opportunity to develop a new avenue of memory research. This project is a collaborative endeavour between researchers at the CSI-R and ABI Ireland, a specialist provider of clinical neurorehabilitation services and support services for those affected by brain injury. This new research will examine the social, self and directive functions of autobiographical memory following ABI using a range of methods. We will examine how an individual’s ability to remember, make sense, and communicate personal memories may play an important role in everyday activities such as interacting with friends or family and maintaining a coherent sense of self. We aim to develop a creative and evidence-based rehabilitation programme using new technology, such as wearable cameras, to support memory and promote community integration for individuals with ABI.

 

This research is funded by Acquired Brain Injury Ireland and the Irish Research Council (IRC) through an Enterprise Partnership Scheme Postdoctoral Research Fellowship.