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Tune into Brainstorm on RTÉ Radio 1 Sundays at 6pm

Posted: 29 November, 2018

This Sunday, and each Sunday in the run-up to Christmas, Fionnuala Sweeney will present new radio programme Brainstorm on RTÉ Radio 1 at 6pm. The first show on 2 December will feature an interview with Saoirse McCrann, a DIT Optometrist and PhD researcher.

Saoirse McCrann, a DIT Optometrist and PhD researcher, will be one of the first academics to appear on Brainstorm on Sunday, 2 December at 6pm.

Evolving from the already well established RTÉ Brainstorm websitethis unique programme will explore new ideas, insights and thinking about Ireland and the world with a panel of academics, young and old. As well as in-studio discussion, reporters for the programme will also add to the conversation by delving further into the subject matter.

The four-part series will look at topics such as the impact of the internet on aspects of life, politics and society, lifestyle and what the biggest problems in Ireland are at the moment. Joining Fionnuala Sweeney on this Sunday's programme will be Saoirse McCrann, a DIT Optometrist and PhD researcher, who will speak about how the constant use of mobile phones, iPads, tablets and computers is causing short-sightedness and blurred vision, a topic which Saoirse covered in her Brainstorm article earlier this year. Saoirse is also the clinical trial investigator of the MOSAIC clinical trial and, under the supervision of Prof James Loughman and Mr Ian Flitcroft, is currently recruiting 250 children to insert atropine or placebo eyedrops nightly for two years, aiming to slow or stop the progression of myopia in children. 

Speaking of the programme, Fionnuala Sweeney said Brainstorm is unique; it’s the first time academics throughout Ireland have come together to discuss their research into topical and pressing issues impacting the country and the world - from nutrition and our housing needs to technology and social media. Brainstorm is a conversation based on their research and will be of interest to listeners curious about their world as it is now and in the future”.

This programme is part of RTÉ Brainstorm, an initiative between RTÉ and third level institutions in Ireland. RTÉ Brainstorm provides academics and researchers with an important platform to bring new thinking, ideas and perspectives in their areas of expertise into the public domain via RTÉ.ie. See www.rte.ie/brainstorm for details.