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Structural neuroimaging correlates of allelic variation of the BDNF val66met polymorphism. Forde NJ, Ronan L, Suckling J, Scanlon C, Neary S, Holleran L, Leemans A, Tait R, Rua C, Fletcher PC, Jeurissen B, Dodds CM, Miller SR, Bullmore ET, McDonald C, Nathan PJ, Cannon DM. Neuroimage. 2014 Apr 15;90:280-9. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2013.12.050. Epub 2013 Dec 31. PMID: 24384148

Altered interhemispheric and temporal lobe white matter microstructural organization in severe chronic schizophrenia. Holleran L, Ahmed M, Anderson-Schmidt H, McFarland J, Emsell L, Leemans A, Scanlon C, Dockery P, McCarthy P, Barker GJ, McDonald C, Cannon DMNeuropsychopharmacology. 2014 Mar;39(4):944-54. doi: 10.1038/npp.2013.294. Epub 2013 Oct 22. PMID: 24150571

Common genetic polymorphisms are associated with human hippocampal and intracranial volumes. Stein et al., ENIGMA Collaboration. Nature Genetics 2012. Available here: 

Limbic and Callosal White Matter Changes in Euthymic Bipolar I Disorder: An Advanced Diffusion Magnetic Resonance Imaging Tractography Study. Louise Emsell, Alexander Leemans, Camilla Langan, Wim Van Hecke, Gareth J. Barker,
Peter McCarthy, Ben Jeurissen, Jan Sijbers, Stefan Sunaert, Dara M. Cannon, Colm McDonald. Biol Psychiatry. 2013 Jan 15;73(2):194-201.

The association of white matter volume in psychotic disorders with genotypic variation in NRG1, MOG and CNP: a voxel-based analysis in affected individuals and their unaffected relatives. Dara M. Cannon, M Walshe, E Dempster, DA Collier, N Marshall, E Bramon, RM Murray, C McDonald. Transl Psychiatry. 2012 Oct 9;2:e167.

Association of grey matter volume deviation with insight impairment in first-episode affective and non-affective psychosis. John McFarland, Dara M Cannon, Heike Schmidt, Mohamed Ahmed, Sarah Hehir, Louise Emsell, Gareth Barker, Peter McCarthy, Mark A Elliott, Colm McDonald. Eur Arch Psychiatry Clin Neurosci. May 2012 pages 1-9.

Structural magnetic resonance imaging in bipolar disorder: an international collaborative mega-analysis of individual adult patient data. Brian Hallahan, John Newell, Jair C. Soares, Paolo Brambilla, Stephen M. Strakowski, David E. Fleck, Tuula Kieseppä, Lori L. Altshuler, Alex Fornito, Gin S. Malhi, Andrew M. McIntosh, Deborah A. Yurgelun-Todd, Kevin S. Labar, Verinder Sharma, Glenda M. MacQueen, Robin M. Murray, and Colm McDonald. Biol Psychiatry. 2011 Feb 15;69(4):326-35.

  • No gender differences in Activation during N-back in Healthy Volunteers. Heike Schmidt, Jigar Jogia, K Fast,  T Christodoulou, M Haldane, V Kumari,  S Frangou. Human Brain Mapping. Volume 30, Issue 11, pages 3609-3615, November 2009.

  • 'Recovery' - towards integration into an Irish community mental health team. John McFarland, Paula Street, Esther Crown Mullins, Anne Jeffers. Irish Jounal of Psychological Medicine Vol 26, No. 4 Dec 2009


    Recent Advances in Psychoneuroimmunology: Inflammation in Psychiatric Disorders. Monojit Debnath, Karen M. Doyle, Camilla Langan, Colm McDonald, Brian Leonard, Dara M. Cannon. Translational Neuroscience. Volume 2Issue 2pp 121-137 PDF 

    The structural neuroimaging of bipolar disorder. Louise Emsell, Colm McDonald.  2009;21(4):297-313. PDF 

    Neurobiological trait abnormalities in bipolar disorder. Camilla Langan, Colm McDonald. Mol Psychiatry. 2009  Sep;14(9):833-46 PDF 

    Conference Proceedings & Poster Presentations

    Altered Hippocampal Shape in Chronic Schizophrenia. J. Ridge, C. Scanlon, L. Kilmartin, A. Mohammed, J. KenneyS. Ambati, M. MurrayD. M CannonC. McDonald  Conference: Neuroscience Ireland 2012.

    Hippocampal volume estimation of magnetic resonance images using stereological and manual delineation techniques- a comparative study. E. McDermott, D.M. Cannon,  C. Langan, L. Emsell, H. Casey, R. Nannery, W. Van Der Putten, P. McCarthy, P. Dockery,  C. McDonald, C. Scanlon. Conference: neuroscience Ireland 2011.

    The variation of Binding potential amongst DRD2 in participants diagnosed with Bipolar disorder and Major Depressive episodes. R. Magee, C. Hodgkinson, C. Ferrier, P. Shen, D. Goldman, W.C. Drevets, D.M. Cannon. Conference: Neuroscience Ireland 2012.

    Brain-derived neurotrophic factor val66met polymorphism and in vivo white matter microstructural organization. S. Neary, N. Forde, C. Scanlon, C.M. Dodds, B. Lu, J. Suckling, C. McDonald, E.T. Bullmore, P.J. Nathan, D.M. Cannon. Conference: Neuroscience Ireland 2012.

    Abnormalities in hippocampal morphology in patients with euthymic bipolar affective disorder. M. Murray, C. Scanlon, L. Kilmartin, C. Langan, L. Emsell, E. McDermott, J. Ridge, J. Kenney, P. McCarthy, D.M. Cannon, C. McDonald. Conference: Neuroscience Ireland 2012.

    The Hippocampus and Cognitive Function in First Episode Psychosis. J. Kenney, H. Anderson-Schmidt, C. Scanlon, J. McFarland, M. Murray, J. Ridge, S. Ambati, C. McDonald, D.M. Cannon. Conference: Neuroscience Ireland 2012.

    White matter tract deficits in schizophrenia. N. Forde, I. Ellison-Wright, P. J. Nathan, R. Zaman, R. Dudas, M. Agius, E. Fernandez-Egea, A. Leemans, B. Jeurissen, C. Scanlon, C. McDonald, D.M. Cannon. Conference: Neuroscience Ireland 2012.

    The effect of clozapine on white matter in schizophrenia: A diffusion imaging and tractography study. N. Forde, M. Ahmed, L. Holleran, C. Scanlon, C. McDonald, D.M. Cannon. Conference: CINP 2012, Stockholm, Sweden. Int J Neuropsychoph V15, S1. doi:

    Widespread Microstructural White Matter Alterations in Treatment Resistance Schizophrenia: A DTI Study. L. Holleran, A. Mohammed, H. Schmidt, J. McFarland, A. Leemans, P. McCarthy, L. Emsell, G.J. Barker, C. McDonald, D.M. Cannon. Conference: Wiring the Brain 2011. 

    Variation in dopamine type 1 receptor, dopamine transporter and tyrosine hydroxylase genes modulate striatal dopamine type 1 receptor binding: Assessed using PET and [11C] NNC-112. L. Glacken, C. Hodgkinson, C. Ferrier, P.H. Shen, D.Goldman, W. Drevets, D.M. Cannon. Conference: Neuroscience Ireland 2011.

    Variation in grey matter volume with degree of insight in first episode psychosis and chronic schizophrenia. J. McFarland, D.M. Cannon, H. Schmidt, M. Ahmed, S. Hehir, L. Emsell, P. McCarthy, C. McDonald. Schizophrenia Research 117, 2-3, 340. April 2010. 

    Automated versus Manual Segmentation of the Human Caudate and Hippocampus. M. Makelyte, S. Hehir, H. Casey, L. Kilmartin, C. Langan, J. McFarland, A. Mohammed, L. Emsell, H. Schmidt, L. Holleran, P. McCarthy, G. Barker, C. McDonald, D.M. Cannon. Conference: Neuroscience Ireland 2010. 

    DTI:Cingulum in BD. L. Emsell et al., Conferences: ISMRM 2009 and SOBP 2009.

    Textbooks & Chapters

    Neuroimaging and the pathophysiology and treatment of depression: recent advances and future needs. DM Cannon. DOI: 10.1159/000319510. Publishers: S. Karger Book Series: Modern Trends in Pharmacopsychiatry, Vol. 27. Psychopathology and Pharmacotherapy of Depression. Editors: Prof. Brian Leonard and Dr. John Cryan. PDF 

    Clinical Neuroimaging Lab Acknowledged for Contribution to Boderick et al. 2010 

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