Aideen Sullivan

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Aideen Sullivan – APC faculty

Professor Aideen Sullivan is based in the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience at UCC. Aideen graduated from University College Dublin with a BSc (Honours) in Pharmacology and from the University of Cambridge with PhD in Neuropharmacology. She worked as a post-doctoral fellow in Imperial College London (1995-1998) before being appointed to UCC in 1998. Aideen was actively involved in establishing in UCC the first BSc Neuroscience in Ireland, co-ordinating this programme from 1998-2016.

Aideen’s research addresses challenges in the understanding and treatment of Parkinson’s disease, mainly using preclinical models. Key themes include neuroprotective therapies, biomarkers, molecular and epigenetic mechanisms of neuronal degeneration, impact of diet/sleep/stress/mood on quality-of-life, and preclinical modelling of non-motor symptoms. Her research focus within the APC is the role of the gut microbiome in Parkinson’s pathology, and how this may be manipulated to develop novel therapies and biomarkers.

Aideen is passionate about science outreach – to the public and to patients. She recently organised the highly-successful Parkinson’s Community Meeting (, encouraging interaction between researchers, clinicians and people with Parkinson’s, for knowledge exchange and dissemination.