The DNI is a registered charity, a business and a Centre of Excellence for the care of patients with neurological disease including Parkinson’s disease, Stroke, Epilepsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Headache, Neuropathy, Myopathy and Muscular dystrophy.
We aim to provide high quality care to our patients provided by consultants, non-consultant hospital doctors, clinical nurse specialists and services allied to medicine. By offering this multidisciplinary team approach, patients travelling distances can be seen not just by a doctor but also by physiotherapist and other services.
Hand-in-hand with good clinical care we are increasing education and research in clinical neuroscience. The marriage of both clinical care and academics leads to better care for patients. For example the DNI runs regular monthly educational talks for patients with different neurological problems given by either a clinical nurse specialist or the consultant. We also have a number of research projects ongoing studying different aspects of gait, reaction times, skin sebum production in Parkinson’s disease in addition to other studies looking at genetics and biomarkers for Parkinsons Disease and drug discovery in neurodegenerative disease including Parkinson’s and frontotemporal dementia.
The DNI can only be a success if we have sustained funding to retain staff and expand our services. I would welcome and urge people to help support some of our fundraising efforts throughout the year and welcome any thoughts and advice you may have with regard to how we can continue to expand, develop and maintain our services now and into the future.
Prof Tim Lynch
Consultant Neurologist & Clinical Director
The Dublin Neurological Institute