Doctors nationwide will have a chance to sit in the famous black chair in a series of question times geared to fund-raise for the Western Alzheimer Foundation.
The search for the top medical brain of 2005 will run in tandem with a campaign, sponsored by Shire Pharmaceuticals, highlighting the connection between memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease.
A series of 10 heats across the country will take place throughout the month of November, operating in exactly the same format as the original mastermind series, famously hosted by Magnus Magnusson for 25 years between 1972 and 1997. Various presenters, from national and local radio, including Phil Cawley, Ryan Tubridy, Jimmy Norman and Neil Prenderville, will host the heats while Magnus will host the final on January 20 at the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin.
Yesterday Magnus spoke of his delight in helping out with the campaign: “When you consider the g rowing numbers of people presenting with symptoms of Alzheimer’s this campaign provides a timely reminder to doctors everywhere about the connection between memory function and Alzheimer’s.”
Doctors wishing to enter can freephone 1800 719 820 to book their place in the famous chair. Apart from the prestigious title and trophy, the overall winner will receive a bursary of 5,000, half of which will go locally towards an Alzheimer-led initiative of their choosing.
The regional heats are as follows: Tallaght Hospital Nov 1 and 9; The Mater Nov 3; Cork University Hospital Nov 10; Midwestern Hospital Nov 11;Louth County Hospital Nov 15; NUI Galway Nov 8; The Hodson Bay Hotel Nov 22; Waterford Institute of Technology Nov 23.