Prof Liam Glynn

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Professor of General Practice

Prof Liam Glynn has been appointed as the new Professor of General Practice at the Graduate Entry Medical, University of Limerick. He was previously Senior Lecturer in General Practice in the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, National University of Ireland, Galway and also Adjunct Senior Clinical Lecturer, Graduate Medical School, University of Limerick. 

He qualified from Trinity College, Dublin in 1995 and, after completing general practice training in the Scottish highlands and surviving some remote health care postings to Guyana and Ecuador, he returned to work in the West of Ireland.  He was awarded his M.Sc. degree in 2003 and his M.D. in 2007, both from National University of Ireland, Galway. He was appointed a HRB Cochrane fellow in 2007.

His career ambition is to contribute to the development of general practice and primary care in Ireland and the transformation of the Irish healthcare system with high quality teaching and research of international standing while continuing an active clinical role as a rural GP. In 2015, along with other Rural GPs, he co-founded the “No Doctor No Village” advocacy campaign.

Prof Glynn is a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners and the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland. He has over 170 publications and 4 book chapters and over 2,600 citations. He is a referee for several international medical and medical education journals and a member of the Editorial Boards of Forum, the Journal of the Irish College of General Practitioners and the Journal of Comorbidity.

Academic Qualifications: 

FRCGP (Fellowship of the Royal College of General Practitioners)
International Primary Care Research Leadership Programme (University of Oxford)
Cochrane Fellowship (Health Research Board)
MD (National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland)
Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education (University of Cardiff)
Postgraduate Certificate in Humanitarian Assistance (University College Dublin)
MMSc in General Practice (National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland)MICGP (Membership of the Irish College of General Practitioners)
MRCGP (Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners)
FRCSI (Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland)    BA, MB, BCh, BAO (Medical Degree, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland)

Research Interests: 

As PI of several National and EU funded research awards in Connected Health, Prof Glynn has developed and continue to lead a multi-disciplinary collaboration of researchers involving general practitioners, nurses, psychologists and engineers.

He has specific relevant prior experience in applying and researching mHealth interventions in clinical practice. His primary research interests are in preventive medicine with a focus on physical activity and diabetes and on bringing technological solutions to healthcare through connected health. Other research interests include chronic kidney disease, hypertension and adherence to medication. In addition, he has developed an international reputation in the area of cardiovascular multimorbidity and risk research, being one of the first researchers to describe the complex relationship between diabetes, chronic kidney disease and cardiovascular risk in the community.

Prof Glynn is also lead author and co-author of a series of Cochrane protocols and reviews in Hypertension among other topics as well as being lead author of the BMJ Clinical Evidence Reviews on adherence to cardiovascular medication all of which provide clinicians around the world with clarity around the evidence base for management of these conditions. 

As Co-PI within the EU funded NPP project, ITTS, he designed and conducted the first RCT examining the impact of a smartphone application on physical activity in the primary care. The results of this study were initially reviewed by the New England Journal of Medicine and went on to receive a double publication in the British Journal of General Practice. More locally, it led to development of various exercise initiatives for local communities the most successful of which now runs in collaboration with the Clare Sports Partnership, the HSE and the ‘Go For Life’ programme, with over 350 older adults attending exercise classes in 23 community locations throughout the county of Clare every week.
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Publications Summary 
•    Total of 165 publications
•    Eighty five peer-reviewed journal articles
•    Four book chapters (including one in medical education) 
•    Over 2,600 citations, an i-10 index of 44 and a h-index of 25
o    Several highly cited Cochrane publications (highest = 477 citations)
o    Most highly cited article in the Journal “Family Practice” (297 citations)
o    Highly cited medical education publication (158 citations) 
o    Fifteen peer-reviewed publications in journals with an impact factor >4.

Funding Applications and Awards Summary
•    Total of 41 successful funding applications 
•    € 2 million as Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator
•    €7.5 million as Co-applicant/Collaborator

Conference Presentations Summary
•    Total of 105 presentations at National (63) and International (42) conferences 
•    Twenty two Invited talks and Key Note Presentations
•    Two personal awards for conference presentations namely
o    North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) Distinguished Paper Award 
o    James McCormick Research Award (Best Oral Presentation AUDGPI Scientific Meeting) 


Publication Record: 

Recent Publications

Dinsdale, E., A. Hannigan, R. O'Connor, J. O'Doherty, L. Glynn, M. Casey, P. Hayes, D. Kelly, W. Cullen, and A. O'Regan. "Communication between Primary and Secondary Care: Deficits and Danger." Fam Pract  (Aug 2 2019).

Durand, H., M. Casey, L. G. Glynn, P. Hayes, A. W. Murphy, and G. J. Molloy. "A Qualitative Comparison of High and Low Adherers with Apparent Treatment-Resistant Hypertension." Psychol Health Med  (May 21 2019): 1-14.

Groarke, J. M., J. Richmond, M. G. Kelly, J. McSharry, A. Groarke, T. Kerr, N. Singaroyan, O. Harney, C. Haughey, L. Glynn, E. Masterson, O. Donnell A, K. Duffy, and J. Walsh. "Examining the Impact of a Personalized Self-Management Lifestyle Program Using Mobile Technology on the Health and Well-Being of Cancer Survivors: Protocol and Rationale for a Randomized Controlled Trial (the Moving on Study)." JMIR Res Protoc 8, no. 8 (Aug 23 2019): e13214.

Hayes, P., M. Casey, L. G. Glynn, G. J. Molloy, H. Durand, E. O'Brien, E. Dolan, K. Das, J. Newell, D. Finn, B. Harhen, A. Conneely, and A. W. Murphy. "Measuring Adherence to Therapy in Apparent Treatment-Resistant Hypertension: A Feasibility Study in Irish Primary Care." Br J Gen Pract 69, no. 686 (Sep 2019): e621-e28.

Leahy, S., M. Cassarino, O' Connell MD, L. Glynn, and R. Galvin. "Dynapaenic Obesity and Its Association with Health Outcomes in Older Adult Populations: Protocol for a Systematic Review." BMJ Open 9, no. 5 (May 24 2019): e027728.

Leahy, Therese M., Ian C. Kenny, Mark J. Campbell, Giles D. Warrington, Roisin Cahalan, Andrew J. Harrison, Mark Lyons, Liam G. Glynn, and Thomas M. Comyns. "Corrigendum to “Injury Surveillance in Schools Rugby: A Systematic Review of Injury Epidemiology & Surveillance Practices” [Physical Therapy in Sport 38 (2019) 170–178]." Physical Therapy in Sport 39 (2019/09/01/ 2019): 44.

Leahy, T. M., I. C. Kenny, M. J. Campbell, G. D. Warrington, R. Cahalan, A. J. Harrison, M. Lyons, L. G. Glynn, and T. M. Comyns. "Injury Surveillance in School Rugby: A Systematic Review of Injury Epidemiology & Surveillance Practices." Phys Ther Sport 38 (May 25 2019): 170-78.

O'Doherty, J., A. Hannigan, L. Hickey, W. Cullen, C. O'Gorman, R. O'Connor, L. Glynn, E. O'Neill, and A. O'Regan. "An Analysis of Childhood Consultations in General Practice: A Multi-Practice Study." Ir J Med Sci  (Feb 12 2019).

Yeomans, C., T. M. Comyns, R. Cahalan, K. Hayes, V. Costello, G. D. Warrington, A. J. Harrison, M. Lyons, M. J. Campbell, L. G. Glynn, and I. C. Kenny. "The Relationship between Physical and Wellness Measures and Injury in Amateur Rugby Union Players." Phys Ther Sport 40 (Aug 31 2019): 59-65.

Yeomans, C., I. C. Kenny, R. Cahalan, G. D. Warrington, A. J. Harrison, K. Hayes, M. Lyons, M. J. Campbell, L. G. Glynn, and T. M. Comyns. "The Design, Development, Implementation and Evaluation of Irisweb; a Rugby-Specific Web-Based Injury Surveillance System." Article, Physical Therapy in Sport 35 (2019): 79-88.

Quinlan, L., Stara, V., Harte, R., Di Rosa, M., Glynn, L., Casey, M., Hayes, P.S., Rossi, L., Mirelman, A., Baker, P., ÓLaighin, G. (2018)’ Does culture affect usability? A trans-European usability and UX assessment of a falls risk connected health system following a user-centered design methodology carried out in a single European country’. Maturitas. 114, Aug 2018, p 22-26 (Mar 4, 2018). (IF=3.315)

Harte, R., Hall, T., Glynn, L., Rodríguez-Molinero, A., Scharf, T., Quinlan, L.R., Ólaighin, G. (2018) ‘Enhancing Home Health Mobile Phone App Usability Through General Smartphone Training: Usability and Learnability Case Study’.  JMIR Hum Factors. 2018;5(2):e18;

Morrissey, E.C., Casey, M., Glynn, L.G., Walsh, J.C., Molloy, G.J. (2018) ‘Smartphone apps for improving medication adherence in hypertension: patients’ perspectives’. Patient Preference and Adherence. 14 May 2018, 12: 813-822. (IF=1.733)

Glynn L, Mustafa A, Casey M, Krawczyk J, Blom J, Galvin R, Hannigan A, Dunne CP, Murphy AW, Mallen C (2018) ‘Platelet rich plasma (PRP) Therapy for Knee Arthritis: A feasibility study in primary care’. Pilot and Feasibility Studies. 4:93, (IF n/a not ISI)

Hayes P, Kielty K, Casey M, Glynn LG, Molloy GJ, Durand D, Newell J, Murphy AW. (2018) ‘Prognosis of patients with apparent treatment resistant hypertension - A feasibility study’. Pilot and Feasibility Studies, 4:43. . (IF n/a not ISI)

Hayes P, Casey M, Glynn L.G., Molloy G, Durand H, O'Brien E, Dolan E, Newell J, Murphy AW (2018) ‘The prevalence of treatment resistant hypertension with consideration of pseudo-resistance and morbidity’. BJGP Jun;68(671):e394-e400. Epub 2018 May 8.  (IF=3.261)

Glynn LG, McManus RJ (2018) ‘Blood Pressure Control: Missed Opportunity or Potential Holy Grail?’ Ann Intern Med. 168(2):147-148. Epub 26 Dec 2017. (IF=17.5)

Morrissey, E., Glynn, L.G., Casey, M., Walsh, J., Molloy, G. (2018) ‘New self-management technologies for the treatment of hypertension: general practitioners’ perspectives’. Family Practice May 23;35(3):318-322. doi: 10.1093/fampra/cmx100. (IF=1.675)

Glynn, L.G., Casey, M., Gaffney Wilkinson, L.A.E., Hayes, P.S., Heaney, D., Murphy, A.W., Glynn, F. (2017) ‘Implementation of the SMART MOVE intervention in primary care: a qualitative study using normalisation process theory’. BMC Family Practice 19:48. doi: 10.1186/s12875-018-0737-2. (IF=2.109)

Di Rosa, M., Hausdorff, J. M., Stara, V., Rossi, L., Glynn, L. G., Casey, M., Burkard, S., Cherubini, A. (2017) ‘Concurrent validation of an index to estimate fall risk in community dwelling seniors through a wireless sensor insole system: A pilot study’, Gait & Posture, 55, 6-11.

Arndt, H., Burkard, S., Talavera, G., Garcia, J., Castells, D., Codina, M., Hausdorff, J., Mirelman, A., Harte, R., Casey, M., Glynn, L. G., Di Rosa, M., Rossi, L., Stara, V., Rösevall, J., Rusu, C., Carenas, C., Breuil, F., Reixach, E., Carrabina, J. (2017) ‘Real-time constant monitoring of fall risk index by means of fully-wireless insoles’, Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, 237, 193-197.

Harte, R., Glynn L. G., Rodríguez-Molinero, A., Baker, P. M., Scharf, T., Quinlan, L. R., ÓLaighin, G.

(2017) ‘A human-centered design methodology to enhance the usability, human factors, and user experience of connected health systems: A three-phase methodology’, JMIR Human Factors, 4(1):e8.

Noctor E., Crowe, C., Carmody, L. A., Saunders, J. A., Kirwan, B., O’Dea, A., Gillespie, P., Glynn, L. G., McGuire, B. E., O’Neill, C., O’Shea, P. M., Dunne, F. P.  (2016) ‘Abnormal glucose tolerance post-gestational diabetes mellitus as defined by International Association of Diabetes and Pregnancy Study Groups criteria’, European Journal of Endocrinology, 175(4), 287-297.

O’Dea, A., Tierney, M., Danyliv, A., Glynn, L. G., McGuire, B. E., Carmody, L.A., Newell, J., Dunne, F.P., (2016)‘Screening for gestational diabetes mellitus in primary versus secondary care: The clinical outcomes of a randomised controlled trial’, Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, July 117, 55-63.

Tierney, M., O'Dea, A., Danyliv, A., Carmody, L., McGuire, B. E., Glynn, L. G., Dunne, F. (2016) ‘Perspectives on the provision of GDM screening in general practice versus the hospital setting: a qualitative study of providers and patients’, BMJ Open, 6 (2), e007949

Danyliv, A., Gillespie, P., O’Neill, C., Tierney, M., O’Dea, A., McGuire, B., Glynn, L. G., Dunne, F. (2016) ‘The cost-effectiveness of screening for gestational diabetes mellitus in primary and secondary care in the Republic of Ireland’, Diabetologia, Mar 59(3), 436-44.

Glynn, L. G., Fahey, T.(2015)‘Cardiovascular medication: improving adherence using prompting mechanisms’, BMJ Clinical Evidence, Sept 21,pii: 0220.

Glynn, L. G., Casey, M., Walsh, J., Hayes, P.S., Harte, R.P., Heaney, D. (2015) ‘Patients' views and experiences of technology based self-management tools for the treatment of hypertension in the community: A qualitative study’, BMC Family Practice,16, 119.

Tierney, M., O’Dea, A., Danyliv, A., Glynn, L. G., McGuire, B.E., Carmody, L.A., Newell, J. and Dunne, F.P.(2015).‘Feasibility, acceptability and uptake rates of gestational diabetes mellitus screening in primary care vs secondary care: findings from a randomised controlled mixed methods trial’, Diabetologia, 58(11), 2486-2493.

Tierney, M., O'Dea, A., Danyliv, A., Noctor, E., McGuire, B., Glynn, L. G., Al-Imari, H. and Dunne, F., (2015) ‘Factors influencing lifestyle behaviours during and after a gestational diabetes mellitus pregnancy’, Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine, 3(1), 204-216.

Ribeiro, C.D., Resqueti, V.R., Lima,Í., Dias, F. A. L., Glynn, L. G., Fregonezi, G.A.F. (2015)‘Educational interventions for improving control of blood pressure in patients with hypertension: a systematic review protocol’, BMJ Open, 5(3).

Blom, J., El Azzi, M., Wopereis, D., Glynn, L. G., Muth, C., van Driel, M. (2015) ‘Reporting of patient-centred outcomes in heart failure trials: are patient preferences being ignored?’, Heart Failure Reviews, July 20(4), 385-392. (IF = 3.9)

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