The launch of the newly established Arts in Health Research Cluster will take place on 30 March 2017 at The Health Hub, Rutland Street in Limerick City. Formed by academics, clinicians, patients and artists from the University of Limerick, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick Institute of Technology and the Limerick School of Art and Design, the group is the brainchild of Dr. Hilary Moss of the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at UL. Free talks from group members on a variety of topics will take place throughout the day including the use of visual art to explore the experience of being a person with cancer, the use of puppetry in disability, and the benefits of set dancing for people with Parkinson’s disease. 

The launch will be introduced by the founder of the Art in Health research cluster, Dr. Hilary Moss. Metropolitan Mayor Michael Hourigan will give a brief keynote speech followed by a musical meditation led by Dr. Moss.

Sinead Dinneen “The Artist and the Patient”
10 to 10:45am
Sinead Dinneen is a visual artist and has been influenced recently in the environment of arts and health after being diagnosed with stage 4 Ovarian Cancer. She has made art in response to her health and has exhibited nationally. Sinead is also a co-director of ‘Kicking the Bucket’ a course and exhibition dealing with issues of death, loss, dying and grief in 2016 and 2017.

Deirdre Munro “The Global Village Network Community”
11 to 11:45am
Deirdre is a midwifery researcher with University Limerick & City University London and newly appointed communication & innovation specialist with HSE HR. Deirdre founded the Global Village Network Community and shares her journey.

Lisa C. McLaughlin “The Universe Inside of You”
12 to 12:45pm
Lisa is a contemporary dancer and lecturer in dance at UL. Her presentation is an experiential movement workshop exploring the body and mind. Enhancing our awareness of movement and breath, spending time with the deep intelligence of the body. No prior experience necessary.

Emma Fisher “The Fragmented Puppet Body” 
1 to 1:45pm
Emma is a puppeteer and is currently completing her PhD studies at Mary Immaculate College. She will talk about her practice based research that looks at how puppets can reflect the disabled body

Dr. Joanne Shanahan “The Feasibility and Benefit of Irish Set Dancing for People with Parkinson’s Disease” 
2 to 2:45pm
Joanne is a Chartered Physiotherapist and set dancing teacher. In this talk Joanne will present the findings of her PhD research thesis which focused on the feasibility and benefit of Irish set dancing for people with Parkinson’s disease.

Prof William O’Connor “Movement, Mood, Memory: Creating a Resilient Mind” 
3 to 3:45pm
Billy O’Connor is Foundation Professor of Physiology at the Graduate Entry Medical School. He will explain how physical activity is at the heart of human brain evolution and how it helps to promote quality of life.

Dr. Roisin Cahalan “Prevention of Pain and Injury in Irish Dancers” 
4 to 4:45pm
Roisin Cahalan is a physiotherapy lecturer in UL, an Irish dance teacher and adjudicator and former lead dancer in Riverdance. She will discuss her research around the causes and prevention of pain and injury in elite adolescent and adult Irish dancer.

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