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Dr. Patrick Crowley, MUH and UCC, Cork

Dementia Trials Ireland are delighted to congratulate Dr. Patrick Crowley on his recent success in being awarded the network’s 2023 Early Career Research Seed Funding award.

Dr. Crowley is a specialist registrar in geriatric medicine. He was a medical graduate of University College Cork in 2017 and became a member of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland in 2020. He is currently undertaking a Medical Doctorate at University College Cork during a Clinical Research Fellowship at the Mercy University Hospital in Cork. His research is primarily focussed on elucidating the relationship between sleep and cognitive impairment and analysing whether reducing sleep disturbance can slow cognitive decline in people with mild cognitive impairment/mild dementia.

The DTI Seed Funding award will support the development of a Core Outcome Set for clinical interventional trials involving the measurement of sleep among people with cognitive impairment. A core outcome set is an agreed standard or minimum set of measurements and results that all studies in a particular field of research are obliged to report. This project will hopefully lead to more coherent research and more meaningful developments for patients.

DTI’s Seed Funding award is made annually and is aimed at early career researchers. The award is intended to support a trial preparation project which will contribute to the pipeline of clinical trials within Dementia Trials Ireland. This award has the potential to be highly impactful and it is intended that it should make a significant contribution towards
leveraging larger scale research funding in the future.

Once again, a huge congratulations to Patrick and we wish him well with his research in the year ahead.