Dr Sabina Brennan, Adjunct Assistant Professor at the ADAPT Centre, has been named on the IMAGE Women of the Year list for her research and contribution to science communication. IMAGE aims to recognise women who push for equality, respect and change.
Sabina wears many hats; she is a psychologist, speaker, writer and filmmaker, as well as an advocate for brain health. This year, Sabina was motivated by her desire to make a difference.
The Dublin native believes science is for sharing, and she has made more than 30 short films offering practical advice on brain health, while also addressing people’s fears about memory loss.
It’s this goal to share practical advice that led Sabina to write her first book, which she says is the achievement she’s most proud of this year. 100 Days to a Younger Brain will be published by Orion Spring in March and is filled with tips to maximise your memory. Sabina’s research found some simple lifestyle changes, when incorporated into our daily routines, can boost our brain health within 100 days and even defy dementia.
When asked what advice she’d share with those looking up to her, Sabina humbly says, “I am uncomfortable with the idea that anyone would look up to me because it implies a hierarchy. I am more comfortable thinking that my work or my words might inspire others. My advice would be to do what you love, work hard, believe in yourself, and be ready to act on opportunity when it comes your way.”
IMAGE recognised over 20 women, from activists to authors, including former President of Ireland Mary Robinson, historian and activist Catherine Corless, and actor Amy Huberman.