BiographyKieran McDermott is the Professor of Anatomy and Head of Teaching and Research in Anatomy at the School of Medicine, University of Limerick. He received a BSc (Hons) in Zoology from University College Cork, an MSc in Experimental Pathology and Toxicology from the Royal Postgraduate Medical School at Hammersmith Hospital, London and undertook a PhD in Developmental Neurobiology in the Department of Neuropathology in the Institute of Psychiatry, Denmark Hill, London. Postdoctoral work in developmental neurobiology, funded by a Wellcome Trust Travelling Fellowship, was subsequently undertaken at the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Emory University, Atlanta, USA and later in experimental neuropathology at the Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine, Cambridge, UK. He was subsequently appointed Lecturer in the Department of Anatomy at University College, Cork (UCC) and played a key role in setting up the BSc (Hons) in Neuroscience at UCC, the first such degree in Ireland. He was promoted to Senior Lecturer and contributed extensively medical, dental, neuroscience and postgraduate programmes. He served as Head of the Department of Anatomy in UCC on a number of occasions, most recently from February 2010 until July 2011 and in this period played a key leadership role in the design and development of new state-of-the-art anatomy teaching facilities and in the relocation of the Department of Anatomy from its historic home in the Windle Building to the new Western Gateway Building. He has been an External PhD Examiner for the Universities of London, Portsmouth and Cambridge and a Programme External Examiner for the University of Liverpool. He is a reviewer for numerous anatomy, neuroscience and developmental neurobiology journals. He became the first elected President of Neuroscience Ireland, Ireland's new national neuroscience association in 2006, serving a three year term. He was elected to the Council of the Anatomical Society in 2012, awarded the prestigious Fellowship of the Anatomical Society in 2013 and invited to become the Deputy Treasurer of the Society in 2015.
His research interests include the developmental origins and lineage determinants of neural cell types, the vulnerability of nervous system development to intrinsic and extrinsic perturbation and the pathophysiology of neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis. He has received research funding from the European Union (EU), Science Foundation Ireland, Health Research Board of Ireland, Wellcome Trust, Programme for Research in Third level Institutions, Irish Research Council, Anatomical Society and the Multiple Sclerosis Society. He was been a Principal Investigator in the UCC'c Biosciences Institute since its foundation in 2002 and Director of the BioSciences Imaging Centre from 2007-2014. He has served on the Neuroscience and Postdoctoral Fellowship committees of the Health Research Board of Ireland and has undertaken international grant evaluations for the EU, INTAS and AOSpine among others.