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Prof Leonard O’Sullivan

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Professor Leonard O’Sullivan is an Associate Professor in Ergonomics and Human Factors in the Design Factors Research Group which is based in the School of Design in the Faculty of Science and Engineering. His research interests are in medical device innovation and user centered design.

Current research projects:

Solopep – A novel OPEP respiratory medical device to prevent recurrent infections and improve clinical efficacy

STaghGuard – A catheter securement device to prevent cather related complications

Xosoft – A soft lower limb exoskeleton to assist mobility in older age adults

Bioprint – Development of a novel antimicrobial 3D printing material


Hunt, R., Kelleher, K. and O’Sullivan, L.W., 2018, Changes in peristomal skin condition and user experience of a novel ostomy seal addressing chemical dermatitis: A six-week safety and efficacy study, Journal of Wound Ostomy Care Nursing, 45, 444-448. DOI: 10.1097/WON.0000000000000463.

O’Sullivan, K.J., Collins, L., McGrath, D., Linnane, B., O’Sullivan, L.W., Dunne, C.P., 2018, Children with cystic fibrosis may perform Oscillating Positive Expiratory Pressure (OPEP) therapy incorrectly, Chest, 154, 1, 231-232. DOI: 10.1016/j.chest.2018.03.057.

Kermavnar, T., Power, V., de Eyto, A. and O’Sullivan, L.W., 2018, Cuff Pressure Algometry in Patients with Chronic Pain as Guidance for Circumferential Tissue Compression for Wearable Soft Exoskeletons: A Systematic Review, Soft Robotics, 5, 497-510. DOI:10.1089/soro.2017.0088.

White, E., McMahon, M., Walsh, M., Coffey, J.C. and O’Sullivan, L.W., 2018, A study of laparoscopic instrument use during colorectal surgery, Applied Ergonomics, Page numbers pending. DOI: 10.1016/j.apergo.2018.02.010.

Huysamen, K. and O’Sullivan, L.W., Elongation of the surface of the spine during lifting and lowering, and implications for design of an upper body industrial exoskeleton, Applied Ergonomics, 72, 10-18. DOI: 10.1016/j.apergo.2018.04.011.