Mr. Tom Burke is a member of the Neuropsychology research division at the Academic Unit of Neurology, Trinity College Dublin, in collaboration with the Department of Psychology at Beaumont Hospital, who is researching aspects of thinking and behaviour in MND under the supervision of Professor Niall Pender and Professor Orla Hardiman. Tom recently presented an aspect of his MND research to the Psychological Society of Ireland, which investigated visual and verbal short-term memory processes in MND. In recognition of his work, Tom was presented with the Deirdre McMackin Memorial Medal for Excellence in the Field of Neuropsychological Research, alongside an honorarium.

The McMackin medal is an early career award made to an individual judged by the Division of Neuropsychology to have made a significant contribution to the field of Neuropsychology in Ireland, as evidenced by the submission of new research findings.

This research continues to build on our understanding of MND and how it affects the brain and thinking processes. This research was originally funded (blog post 7-4-14), and Tom has subsequently received individual awards from the British Neuropsychological Society (BNS), Federation of the European Societies of Neuropsychology (F-ESN), and EHDN for his work.