Muireann Irish

Muireann Irish is an Associate Professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Sydney, and an Associate Investigator with the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders. Originally from Ireland, Muireann relocated to Australia in 2010 and secured a highly competitive ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award in 2013. She currently holds a prestigious ARC Future Fellowship.

Muireann has a longstanding interest in the brain networks that support uniquely human functions such as remembering the past and imagining the future. Her research programme aims to understand how these processes break down in dementia in order to improve quality of life for individuals living with dementia and their families.

Muireann’s pioneering work has led to over 65 publications and numerous grant successes. The quality of her research has been recognised in a series of awards including a 2014 NSW Young Tall Poppy Science Award, the 2016 NSW Premier’s Prize for Science and Engineering Early Career Researcher of the Year, the 2016 Paul Bourke Award for Early Career Research from the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, and the 2016 Edgeworth David Medal from the Royal Society of NSW.

Muireann is committed to the promotion and retention of women in science and was awarded a 2015 L’Oréal-UNESCO Australia and New Zealand For Women in Science Fellowship. She balances her love of research with caring for her son, Fionn.