Professor John Nolan is the Principal Investigator of the Macular Pigment Research Group (MPRG, www.mprg.ie). His research group studies the role of eye nutrition for vision and prevention of blindness, and current studies are investigating the link between nutrition and brain health and function. He has presented at over 100 international scientific conferences and has published over 76 peer-reviewed scientific papers on his area of research (2956 = citations, H index = 34). He is the editor of a CRC Press Taylor & Francis Group book publication entitled “Carotenoids and Retinal Disease.” He also has editorial roles at the European Journal of Ophthalmology and the Journal of Alzheimer’s disease. Professor Nolan is also Chair of the International Brain and Ocular Nutrition Conference, which is held at Downing College, Cambridge University, UK., see www.bonconference.org, and is also Chair of the ARVO Macula and Nutrition Group.
Professor Riona Mulcahy
Professor Ríona Mulcahy was appointed Consultant Physician in General and Geriatric Medicine at University Hospital Waterford in 2000 and Undergraduate Dean, Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland in 2011. Her areas of specialist interest include Dementia, Stroke, Parkinson’s Disease and Poly pharmacy in the Elderly. She has also extensive ongoing research including collaboration with Professor John Nolan in Waterford Institute of Technology looking at the role of nutrition in Dementia and Age related Macular Degeneration.
Rebecca is a research technician with the Macular Pigment Research Group in Waterford Institute of Technology. She is currently working on the European Research Council-funded Central Retinal Enrichment Supplementation Trials (CREST). Rebecca holds a BA (Honours) in Health Promotion. She has also completed an MSc (by Research) in sedentary behaviour which involved examining the habitual physical activity and sedentary patterns of individuals with Peripheral Arterial Disease.