Dr. Shane O’Mara
Professor of Experimental Brain Research and Director of Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience, Trinity College
Shane O’Mara is professor of experimental brain research at Trinity College Dublin, principal investigator and director of the Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience and a member of the academic staff of the School of Psychology. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from NUI Galway and his doctor of philosophy from the University of Oxford. O’Mara is a fellow of Trinity College, Dublin (FTCD), is the first Ireland-based elected fellow of the Association for Psychological Science (FAPS) and is an elected member of the Royal Irish Academy (MRIA). He is the first and is, to date, the only recipient in Ireland of a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award, which are provided to “support exceptional, world-class researchers, who already hold a recognized academic position and whose research will address the most important questions about health and disease.” He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers in the areas of his research interests, including brain systems supporting learning, memory, cognition and decision-making; brain systems affected by stress, anxiety, depression and motivation; and the application of brain science to business.