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Physical Activity for Health

Dr. Amanda Clifford
Dr. Amanda Connell
Dr. Susan Coote
Prof. Alan Donnelly
Dr. Norelee Kennedy
Dr. Ciaran MacDonncha
Karen McCreesh
Rhoda Sohun
Brian Carson
 

Movement and Technology

Dr. Alan Bourke
Dr. Richard Conway
Dr. Susan Coote
Prof. Alan Donnelly
Dr. Ian Kenny
Karen McCreesh
Dr. John Nelson
Dr. Leonard O’Sullivan
Dr. Pepijn Van de Ve
 

Movement for Function

Dr. Amanda Clifford
Dr. Amanda Connell
Dr. Richard Conway
Dr. Susan Coote
Dr. Alan Donnelly
Prof. Colum Dunne
Dr. Norelee Kennedy
Dr. Ian Kenny
Karen McCreesh
Dr. Leonard O’Sullivan

External/Associated Faculty

Prof Mike Hurley, Professor of Rehabilitation Sciences, St George’s University of London & Kingston University

Dr. Amanda Clifford
Dr. Amanda Clifford is a Lecturer in the Clinical Therapies department. Research interests include the analysis of postural control and biomechanical analysis of movement and quality of life in people following injury and in older populations who are at risk of falling. Amanda is currently involved in a collaborative project with the Electronic and Computer Engineering Department (UL) in the area of falls prevention. Amanda is a graduate of King’s College, London and her PhD (2008) was in the area of postural control following Anterior Cruciate Ligament injury, a project that included a biomechanical analysis of postural control and lower limb muscle strength following injury. Contact: Amanda.Clifford@ul.ie

Dr. Amanda Connell TEST
Dr. Amanda Connell is Head of Physiotherapy, Clinical Therapies,. She is a Chartered Physiotherapist with a research focus and clinical expertise in child development. Amanda has a specific interest in how motor skill development impacts on other areas of development such as psychological wellbeing, behaviour, educational attainment and social integration. Amanda holds an MSc in Cognitive Neuropsychology and teaches on both the under and post graduate programmes in Clinical Therapies (UL).She has a specific interest in interdisciplinary team working and the interface between research and practice. To date Amanda has secured over €350,000 in research funding including a Clinical Research Fellowship form the Health Research Board. Contact: Amanda.Connell@ul.ie

Dr. Susan Coote
Dr Susan Coote is lecturer in Physiotherapy in the department of Clinical Therapies. Her area of clinical and research interest is Neurological Rehabilitation, focusing on the management of people with neurological conditions living in the community. Her recent research has focused on the use of physiotherapy and exercise interventions to reduce symptom severity and improve quality of life for people with varying levels of disability due to Multiple Sclerosis. A new line of enquiry is examining how energy expenditure and fatigue influence physical activity behaviours and participation in structured exercise programmes in people with MS. Additionally she has an interest in the application of technology in rehabilitation, including rehabilitation robotics, electrical stimulation and whole body vibration. Contact: Susan.Coote@ul.ie

Prof. Alan Donnelly
Prof. Alan Donnelly is an exercise physiologist in the Physical Education and Sport Sciences department, UL. His research interests include the impact of sedentary behaviour on markers of health in adolescents, and the mechanisms of and potential treatments for exercise induced muscle damage. His research publications have been cited over 1000 times in ISI journals. He currently supervises 5 Ph.D. students, working on a range of collaborative projects. Alan is a graduate of Strathclyde and Aberdeen Universities, and he has extensive research experience, having previously worked in the UK, the USA, and Australia. He is a member of the Physiological Society and of the American College of Sports Medicine. Contact: Alan.Donnelly@ul.ie

Dr. Norelee Kennedy

Dr. Norelee Kennedy is a lecturer in Physiotherapy in the department of Clinical Therapies. Norelee is a physiotherapy graduate from Trinity College Dublin and was also awarded her PhD from Trinity. Norelee’s PhD was a clinical and health economic evaluation of an inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation service for people with rheumatoid arthritis Her research is in the area of rheumatology, specifically physical activity measurement and exercise interventions for people with chronic conditions, particularly rheumatoid arthritis and chronic pain. Norelee currently supervises four postgraduate researchers who are undertaking research in the areas of chronic pain and inflammatory arthritis. She is a member of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists and the American College of Rheumatology. Contact: Norelee.Kennedy@ul.ie 

Dr. Ciáran MacDonncha
Dr Ciarán MacDonncha is currently the Programme Director for the Sport and Exercise Sciences programme in the Physical Education and Sport Sciences department. He has held the following posts of responsibility: Programme Director (Physical Education), Head of Department and Assistant Dean of Research of the Faculty of Education and Health Sciences. He has more than 15 years of experience working with different age groups in the context of physical activity and health promotion. Collaborating with others he has been involved in a number of large scale health promotion intervention studies in schools, the workplace and the community. His research interests are: measurement of human factors related to health and physical activity, physical activity policy, levels and promotion in different population; intervention design and analysis. The research seeks to furnish the individual with the ability, knowledge, desire and facilities to optimise physical activity levels and thus maximise quality of life across the lifespan. He has supervised 6 PhD students to completion. Contact: Ciaran.MacDonncha@ul.ie

Karen McCreesh
Karen McCreesh is a lecturer on the BSc. Physiotherapy in the Clinical Therapies department. Karen is a Physiotherapy graduate of University College Dublin, with an MSc in Manipulative Therapy from Coventry University. Her research interests lie in the areas of shoulder dysfunction, ultrasound imaging, outcome measures, and manual therapy. In 2011, she was awarded specialist status in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy by the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists. She is currently a Health Research Board Fellow, undertaking PhD studies in the area of shoulder tendon pathology. Contact: Karen.McCreesh@ul.ie 

Rhoda Sohun
Rhoda Sohun is the Experimental Officer for the Physical Education and Sport Sciences department. Rhoda is a Sport and Exercise Sciences graduate from UL, and her MSc. was in the area of physical activity and physical fitness assessment in children. Rhoda's research interests include the promotion and measurement of physical activity in different settings. She was a Research Officer for 4 years on a physical activity research partnership between the HSE and the PESS department. She was involved in the re-establishment of a Primary Care Exercise Referral Programme Scheme in the Mid-West. Rhoda offers research support in the PESS Department. Contact: Rhoda.Sohun@ul.ie

Brian Carson
Dr. Brian Carson joined the Physical Education and Sport Sciences department as a lecturer in January 2011 and aligned himself with C-PAHR immediately. Brian has a BSc in Sport Science and Health (2005) from DCU where he also completed his PhD (2010) and was a Post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Physiology at the University of Liverpool. Research interests are primarily focussed on metabolic regulation in response to physical activity and exercise. Brian's PhD investigated the regulation of muscle metabolic gene expression by exercise. Brian has also investigated cytokines associated with metabolic disease and their release from both skeletal muscle and adipose. Contact: Brian.Carson@ul.ie

Dr. Alan Bourke
Dr. Alan Bourke is a postdoctoral researcher in the Electronic & Computer Engineering department, working in the area of fall-detection and ambulatory monitoring of the elderly. Alan is currently working on the AAL project, eCAALYX (enhanced complete ambient assisted living experiment) which aims at increasing the older people’s autonomy and self-confidence by developing a wearable light device capable of measuring specific vital signs and remote activity monitoring. Alan received his PhD at the University of Limerick which is titled “Fall detection using kinematic sensors”. Contact: Alan.Bourke@ul.ie

Dr. Richard Conway
Dr. Richard Conway is a lecturer in Computer Engineering at the University of Limerick. He received the BEng, MEng and PhD degrees from the University of Limerick. Richard is the lead UL investigator on the SFI Strategic Research Cluster Efficient Embedded Digital Signal Processing (EEDSP). Research interests are low power DSP architectures, fault tolerant systems and DSP for medical applications and biometrics, with key focus on the research and development of efficient DSP and VLSI algorithms for current and next generation technologies. This research is driven by the requirement for low power battery operated portable systems, increasing data rates with multiple channels and the application of old algorithms to new applications. Relevant platforms include low power processors (TI and EFM devices), FPGA and ASIC technologies. Contact: Richard.Conway@ul.ie

Dr. Ian Kenny
Dr Ian Kenny is Course Director (MSc. Sports Performance) and a Biomechanist in the Physical Education and Sport Sciences department. Ian has a PhD in Biomechanics from the University of Ulster. He teaches biomechanics and functional anatomy and works within the Biomechanics Research Unit in his specialist area of applied sports biomechanics and musculoskeletal modelling. Ian's research interests are in the areas of: Effects of equipment on the golf swing; Musculoskeletal modelling and computer simulation of movement; Injury biomechanics; Sports Engineering. Ian is a member International Sports Engineering Association and International Society for Biomechanics in Sports and scientific reviewer for several ISI ranking biomechanics journals. Contact: Ian.Kenny@ul.ie

Dr. John Nelson
John Nelson lectures and researches at the Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering. John Nelson’s main research work is in the areas of ambient assisted living (AAL), wireless system optimisation and implementation. The focus of the ambient assisted living is on wireless provisioning, fall, mobility and activity detection and the focus of the wireless systems research is on low power networks, diagnostics and cross layer optimisation. Other interests include various wireless and mobile systems architectures and components including Bluetooth, 802.11, 802.15.4 and emerging next generation networks, and the related software development. Previously, he was an Engineering Director in the Wireless Division at Parthus/Ceva Inc where he undertook major system level projects in the areas of Bluetooth, GPS and 802.11. Contact: John.Nelson@ul.ie

Dr. Leonard O’Sullivan
Dr. Leonard O’Sullivan is a lecturer in the Design and Manufacturing Technology Department. His research interests are lie in the areas of ergonomics interventions in the workplace, work related musculoskeletal disorder research ( specifically upper limb, shoulder neck and lower back), ageing and risk assessment for older workers and muscle fatigue research and musculoskeletal disorders. Leonard is Chairman and Fellow of the Irish Ergonomics Society and is a member of the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (UK) and the Institute of Occupational Health and Safety (IOSH) UK. Contact: Leonard.OSullivan@ul.ie

Dr. Pepijn Van de Ven
Pepijn Van de Ven is a Senior Research Fellow in the Wireless Access Research in UL and part time lecturer in the department of Electronic and Computer Engineering. Pepijn’s research interests are wireless sensors for biomedical and ambient assisted living applications with a particular focus on falls and activity monitoring and smart user interfaces for wireless body area sensor networks. Since receiving his PhD from UL on the ‘Identification and Control of Marine Vehicles Using Artificial Intelligence Techniques’ Pepijn has had several postdoctoral positions in the area of wireless technologies and technologies for ambient assisted living. Contact: Pepijn.VandeVen@ul.ie

Prof. Colum Dunne
Prof. Colum Dunne is the Chair and Director of Research for the Graduate Entry Medical School at the University of Limerick. Prof. Colum Dunne earned a BSc (Hons) and PhD at University College Cork, Ireland and a MBA with the Open University. In 1998, Prof Dunne joined Ireland’s National Food Biotechnology Centre as Programme Manager with responsibility for completion of multi-centre clinical trials focused on intestinal health with emphasis on Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. In 2001, Prof. Dunne was appointed to the role of General Manager of what was then Ireland’s only research centre focused solely on cancer prevention and therapy, investigating the therapeutic potential of functional foods in addition to emerging aspects of medical devices and controlled gene therapy. Prof. Dunne joined Glanbia Nutritionals in 2004 and was a Director with responsibility for Research and Development. Glanbia Nutritionals delivers innovative, science-based nutritional solutions to the global nutrition industry. These include bioactive ingredients with proven health or athletic performance-enhancing benefits and novel antimicrobial agents. During that period Prof. Dunne was also a Director of Westgate Biological, a biotechnology company commercialising a novel patented broad spectrum antimicrobial agent (which is especially effective against MRSA). Contact: Colum.Dunne@ul.ie 

External/Associated Faculty

Prof Mike Hurley, Professor of Rehabilitation Sciences, St George’s University of London & Kingston University
Prof Mike Hurley is a Professor of Rehabilitation Sciences in the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences at St George’s University of London & Kingston University. Mike's research interest is the development, evaluation and dissemination of clinically effective complex healthcare interventions designed to improve physical, psychosocial and economic capacity (disability, pain, quality of life, health beliefs, work capacity) of people with chronic joint pain, rheumatic conditions, low back pain, falls in the elderly, dementia, cancer and chronic fatigue syndrome. Mike's work, which has been included in evidence-based clinical guidelines, has enabled him to gain a good understanding of, and experience in, designing, conducting and reporting quantitative research. He has frequently acted as a representative for allied healthcare professionals, particularly in his role as clinical advisor to Arthritis Research UK. Contact: michael.hurley@sgul.kingston.ac.uk

 

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