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Niamh McNamara

Investigating the role of microglia in developmental myelination.

Miss Niamh McNamara

PhD Student - Miron Group

  • Queen's Medical Research Institute
  • Edinburgh
  • EH16 4TJ

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Personal Profile

  • Wellcome Trust Tissue Repair PhD Student, University of Edinburgh, UK (2018-present)
  • R&D Intern, Boston Scientific Corporation, Galway, Ireland (2015-2018)
  • BSc, Biomedical Health & Life Sciences, University College Dublin, Ireland (2014-2018)

Research

My PhD project investigates the role of microglia in developmental myelination, with a view to how they might be harnessed for repair of the white matter in conditions where myelin degenerates or is damaged, such as in multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy. To do so, I use techniques such as immunofluorescence staining, electron microscopy and behavioural testing.

Relevant Publications

McNamara, N.B. and Miron, V.E., 2021. Replenishing our mind orchards: Enhancing myelin renewal to rescue cognition in Alzheimer’s disease. Neuron, 109(14), pp.2204-2206. Invited Preview.

McNamara, N.B. and Miron, V.E., 2020. Microglia in developing white matter and perinatal brain injury. Neuroscience Letters, 714, p.134539. Invited Review.