Mapping the Brain

Mapping the Brain, is an exhibition of pictorial stories created by people with an acquired brain injury at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin.

The objective is to create a series of visual stories using pictures to create the narrative. One of the symptoms of acquired brain injury is that it affects the part of the brain that controls language. This can affect anything from speech, to difficulty with reading and interpreting verbal language.

Their finished work is on show in the Mill Theatre, Dundrum, Dublin 14, from Thursday26 May to June 30th.

New drop-in centre for patients with neurological disorders

TV3 presenter Sinead Desmond, pictured at the launch of a patient drop-in centre by the Dublin Neurological Institute this week

TV3 presenter Sinead Desmond spoke this week of her near-fatal brain haemorrhage nearly three years ago. At the launch of Ireland’s first drop-in centre for people with neurological disorders, she spoke of her gratitude at emerging  unscathed with no brain damage from the experience.

“I have been blessed with a 100pc recovery,” she said. “I met people since who had similar brain haemorrhages and suffered from brain injuries. The recovery can be tough.”

The new centre is housed within the Dublin Neurological Institute at the Mater Hospital in Eccles Street. People with neurological conditions, which include epilepsy, stroke, acquired brain injury, multiple sclerosis, dementia and motor neurone disease, can call in without having to be referred by a GP. They will be able to speak to a specialist nurse, and get free medical information and support.

National Brain Awareness Week runs until Sunday.