Sabina Brennan is a psychologist, cognitive neuroscientist, filmmaker, writer and award-winning science communicator.
Sabina believes that science is for sharing and has made more that 30 short films that offer practical advice on brain health while also addressing people’s fears about memory loss. She calls what she does empowerment through entertainment and loves that her audiences can laugh and enjoy themselves while learning about the brain and brain health. She received an innovation award from Trinity College Dublin in recognition of the social impact of her work.
Sabina’s films have been translated into multiple languages including; Hindi, Urdu, Somali, Arabic, Polish, French and German. The free online films have been viewed in more than 140 countries and are used by national health and advocacy organisations on 4 continents. Sabina has also developed a number of websites and a free brain health app.
Sabina is much in demand as a speaker and her talks have been described as both passionate and inspirational. Sabina is a regular guest, panelist and expert contributor on radio and television including The Late Late show, The Today Show, Operation Transformation, Ireland AM, TV3 Midday, Vincent Browne, The Week in Politics, Morning Edition, Doctors on call and Six-One News and on radio The Marion Finucane Show, The Pat Kenny Show, The Right Hook, High Noon, The last word with Matt Cooper, Alive and Kicking, The Moncrief Show, Morning Ireland and more.
In November 2016 Science Foundation Ireland presented Sabina with an award for her “Outstanding Contribution to STEM Communication”
Dr Brennan’s research at the Institute of Neuroscience in Trinity College Dublin focused on understanding dementia risk and protective factors to establish how decline in cognitive function might be prevented or delayed. Her research was short-listed for the prestigious 2017 US-Ireland Research Innovation Award.
An advocate for lifelong learning, Sabina attended university herself for the first time at the age of 42.
On leaving school Sabina took up a position in Irish Life Assurance Company. She later qualified as a drama teacher (LGSMD) with the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and after leaving Irish Life she spent the next 10 years working as an actor, film maker and drama teacher. After playing Tess Halpin in 160 episodes of RTE’s flagship soap, Fair City, she left television to attend university as a mature student. She graduated in 2007, first in class with 1st class honours in psychology. The same year she was awarded a government of Ireland PhD scholarship to examine age-related decline in cognitive function at Trinity College Dublin (PhD Thesis – Neurocognitive and Electrophysiological Indices of Cognitive Performance in Ageing)
Sabina serves on the Equality Committee at Trinity College Dublin and Chairs the Age Friendly Trinity Committee. She also serves on the Medical and Scientific Advisory Committee for the Alzheimer Society, The Advocacy Committee for the Alzheimer Society and on the National Advisory Committee for SAGE the advocacy service for older adults.
Sabina was born and has always lived in Dublin, Ireland.
A keen amateur photographer, Sabina lives in Clontarf with her family and four rescue dogs.
www.freedemliving.com films address fears about memory loss and dementia and offer practical advice about brain health
www.hellobrain.eu – for easy to understand information about the brain, brain health and brain research
www.hellobrain.eu/carers – simple tips and advice for people caring for a loved one with dementia
www.brainhealth4ms.com – easy-to-understand information about brain health tailored for people living with multiple sclerocis