Anusha Yasoda-Moha is a neuroscientist, dancer and science communicator. Her research is primarily directed at understanding why people perceive tinnitus in the first place, and how the sound and the associated distress impact networks in the brain. She is also the co-founder of Brain For Movement (BrainFM), an educational workshop that facilitates awareness about the brain and brain health through dance. Anusha is a passionate storyteller and believes in the power of the arts to bring people together.
Sven Vanneste is a Professor for Global Brain Health at Trinity College Dublin. Sven is one of the top three tinnitus researchers in the world. Being trained in a hospital setting, Sven has experience working with people with tinnitus for nearly 15 years. His expertise is in understanding how tinnitus may not just be a ear problem, but also a brain problem. Sven is also working on solutions for tinnitus using neuromodulation techniques like electrical and magnetic stimulation.
Gráinne McGettrick is an experienced Social Scientist and an advocate for people with dementia and acquired brain injury (ABI). Her work involves spear-heading several successful national policy advocacy campaigns to address health inequities, raise awareness, promote human rights of individuals experiencing exclusion due to a brain health condition and bring about policy change at a governmental level. She has an exemplary track record for building coalitions and collaborations with various academic institutions on research and policy initiatives in the brain health area.
Dave Raftis is an expert living with tinnitus. Dave received an early retirement from the HSE after working for Pathology for many years combined with his service for the UN in war crimes investigation. Dave has been a volunteer for communities with hidden disabilities for several years now and served as part of committees influencing policy and decision making at the local, regional and national level. Dave finds that immersing in various activities of voluntary work helps him focus less on his Tinnitus and rise above the constant high pitch sound.
Karen Meenan is a self-employed entrepreneur. She worked as a brand, marketing and sales manager before opening her own retail and training consultancy in 2001. She is the co-founder of the dementia-inclusive Forget-Me-Nots choir and founder of the “Making Hay Theatre” which produces co-creative plays through dementia-inclusive intergenerational workshops. She also serves as presenter and producer of “Reminiscence on the Radio” with Near FM. She is currently working with Limelight Communications specialising in creative solutions for effective communication plans.