Prof Liam Glynn

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Professor of General Practice


Prof Liam Glynn is the Professor of General Practice at the University of Limerick School of Medicine. 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, School of Medicine, 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 as a rural GP and academic.  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 196 publications, 4 book chapters and over 4,500 citations. He is a referee for several international medical and medical education journals and a member of the Editorial Boards of Forum and the Journal of the Irish College of General Practitioners. He is also chair of the Research Committee and a Board member of the Irish College of General Practitioners.


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 in 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 600 older adults attending exercise classes in 25 community locations throughout the county of Clare every week.
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Publications Summary
• Total of 196 publications
• One hundred and sixteen peer-reviewed journal articles
• Four book chapters (including one in medical education)
• Over 4,500 citations, an i-10 index of 64 and a h-index of 28
• Several highly cited Cochrane publications (highest = 837 citations)
• Most highly cited article in the Journal “Family Practice” (483 citations)
• Highly cited medical education publication (219 citations)
• Fifteen peer-reviewed publications in journals with an impact factor >4

Funding Applications and Awards Summary
• Total of 62 successful funding applications
• € 2.4 million as Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator
• €12.7 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
• North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) Distinguished Paper Award
• James McCormick Research Award (Best Oral Presentation AUDGPI Scientific Meeting)


Publication Record: 

Recent Publications

Pierse T, Barry L, Glynn L, Murphy AW, Cruise S, O’Neill C. (2020) A comparison, for older people with diabetes, of health and health care utilisation in two different health systems on the island of Ireland. BMC Public Health Sept 2020 doi: 10.21203/

Rooney D, Ledwidge M, Watson C, Gallagher J, Glynn L. (2020) The effects of pneumococcal and haemophilus vaccines in children under 5 years of age on severity of illness and deaths from infections other than those conditions that the vaccine is designed to prevent, and on all-cause mortality and all-cause hospitalisation: a systematic review protocol. Systematic Reviews Aug 2020. doi:10.21203/ (IF=2.479)

O'Callaghan ME, Abedin J, Buckley J, Fitzgerald B, Johnson K, Laffey J, McNicholas B, Nuseibeh B, O'Keeffe D, O'Keeffe I, Rekanar K, Simpkin A, Razzaq A, Richardson I, Storni C, Tsvyatkova D, Walsh J, Welsh T, Glynn L. (2020)  A national survey of attitudes to COVID-19 digital contact tracing in the Republic of Ireland. Irish Journal of Medical Science, August 2020 doi: 10.21203/ (IF=1.082)

Buckley J, Abbas M, Chochlov M, Fitzgerald B, Glynn L, Johnson K, Laffey J, McNicholas B, Nuseibeh B, O’Connell J, O’Keeffe D, O’Keeffe I, O’Callaghan M, Razzaq A, Rekanar K, Richardson I, Simpkin A, Storni C, Tsvyatkova D, Walsh J, Welsh T. (2020) Lero technical report 2020_TR_05_Covigilant: optimized digital contact tracing from end-user/current practice/idealized solution perspectives – A proposal for the SFI Covid-19 Rapid Response Funding Call.  IJMS in press Aug 26, 2020 (IF=1.1)

Kennelly B, O'Callaghan M, Coughlan D, Cullinan J, Doherty E, Glynn L, Moloney E, Queally M. (2020) The COVID-19 pandemic in Ireland: An overview of the health service and economic policy response. Health Policy and Technology 2020 Sep 9 doi: 10.1016/j.hlpt.2020.08.021 (IF=1.225)

Glynn L, Cosgrove R, Halls R, Casey M, Dunne CP. (2020) Attitudes toward hand hygiene among medical students on attachment in primary care. Letter to the editor, Issue: Ir Med J; Vol 113; No. 7; P136 (RG IF=0.09)

Doogue R, McCann D, Fitzgerald N, Murphy A, Glynn L, Hayes P (2020) Blood pressure control in patients with a previous stroke/transient ischaemic attack in primary care in Ireland: a cross sectional study. BMC Family Practice. (IF=2.52)

Glynn L, O'Regan A, Casey M, Hayes P, O'Callaghan M, O'Dwyer P, Culhane A, Cuddihy J, O'Connell B, Stack G, O'Flynn J, O'Donnell P, O'Connor R, McKeague H, McGrath D. (2019) Career destinations of graduates from a medical school with an 18-week longitudinal integrated clerkship in general practice: a survey of alumni 6 to 8 years after graduation. Irish Journal of Medical Science. May 2020 doi: 10.1007/s11845-020-02260-0 (IF=1.082)

Worobetz A, Retief PJ, Loughran S, Walsh J, Casey M, Hayes P, García Bengoechea E, O’Regan A, Woods A, Kelly D, O' Connor R, McGrath D, Glynn LG. (2020) A feasibility study of an exercise intervention to educate and promote health and well-being among medical students: the ‘MED-WELL’ programme. BMC Medical Education (2020) 20:183 (IF=1.61)

O’Callaghan M, Glynn L. (2020) Covid-19 – We cannot rest on our laurels. Forum 2020;37;4:36.

Leahy T, Kenny I, Campbell M, Warrington G, Cahalan R, Harrison D, Lyons M, Glynn L, Purtill H, Comyns T. (2019) Injury Surveillance and Prevention Practices across Rugby Schools in Ireland. Physical Therapy in Sport, 43, May 2020, p 134-142 (IF=2)

O’Regan A, Hayes P, O’Connor R, Casey M, O’Dwyer P, Culhane A, O’Donnell P, Stack G, Cuddihy J, O’Connell B, O’Flynn J, Cullen W, O’Connell M, Glynn L. (2020). ‘The University of Limerick Education and Research Network for General Practice (ULEARN-GP): practice characteristics and general practitioner perspectives’, BMC Family Practice 21, 25 (2020). (IF=1.97)

Leahy T, Kenny IC, Campbell MJ, Warrington G, Calahan R, Harrison A, Lyons M, Glynn L, Comyns TM. (2019) Injury surveillance in school rugby union in Ireland’_ SASMA Conference Paper. Conference: South African Sports Medicine Association (SASMA) Conference, Cape Town, Oct, 2019. Nov 2019

Pierse T, Barry L, Glynn L, Quinlan D, Murphy A, O'Neill C. A pilot study of the duration of GP consultations in Ireland. (2019) Pilot and Feasibility Studies 5, 142, 2019. (IF=1.760)

Leahy S, Cassarino M, O’Connell MDL, Glynn L, Galvin R. (2019) Dynapaenic obesity and its association with health outcomes in older adult populations: Protocol for a systematic review. BMJ Open 2019;9(5):e027728. doi 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-027728. (IF=2.413)

Munoz MA, Vaillant-Roussel H, Glynn L, Assenova R, Torsza P, Gril L, Lingner H, Demurtas J, Thulesius H, Lazic D, Verdu-Rotellar JM. Abellana R. (2019) Precipitant factors of heart failure decompensation in patients attended in primary care, the Hefestos Study. Circulation 140 2019; 140:A10647(Suppl_1), A10647-A10647

Culhane A, O’Dwyer P, O’Regan A, Glynn L. (2019) University of Limerick - Graduate Entry Medical School, General Practice Quality Assurance Initiative. BJGP 2019; 69 (suppl 1): bjgp19X703001. doi: (IF=3.261)

Durand D, Casey M, Glynn LG, Hayes P, Murphy A, Molloy GJ. (2019) A qualitative comparison of high and low adherers with apparent treatment-resistant hypertension. Psychology, Health and Medicine Article ID: CPHM 1619788 May 2019. (IF=1.589)

Yeomans C, Comyns TM, Cahalan R, Hayes K, Costello V, Warrington GD, Harrison AJ, Lyons M, Campbell MJ, Glynn LG, Kenny IC. (2019) The relationship between physical and wellness measures and injury in amateur rugby union players. Physical Therapy in Sport 40, 59-65. doi: 10.1016/j.ptsp.2019.08.012. Epub 2019 Aug 31.

O’Doherty J, Hannigan A, Hickey L, Cullen W, O’Gorman C, O’Connor R, Glynn L, O’Neill E, O’Regan A. (2019) An analysis of childhood consultations in general practice: a multi-practice study. Irish Journal of Medical Science (1971-), 1-6 , 2019.

Hayes P, Casey M, Glynn LG, Molloy GJ, Durand H, O’Brien E, Dolan E, Newell J, Murphy AW. Prevalence of treatment-resistant hypertension after considering pseudo-resistance and morbidity: a cross-sectional study in Irish primary care. BJGP 2018; 68 (671): e394-e400.

Groarke JM, Richmond J, Kelly MG, McSharry J, Groarke AM, Kerr T, Singaroyan N, Harney O, Haughey C, Glynn L, Masterson E, O’Donnell A, Duffy K, Walsh J. (2019) 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 2019;8(8):e13214 Aug. Online Dec 21, 2018. doi:10.2196/13214

O’Regan A, Glynn L, García E, Casey M, Clifford A, Donnelly A, Murphy A, Gallagher S, Gillespie P, Newell J, Harkin M, Macken P, Sweeney J, Foley-Walsh M, Quinn M, Ng K, O’Sullivan N, Balfry G, Woods C. (2019) An evaluation of a peer mentoring intervention to help inactive older adults become more active: a cluster randomised feasibility trial of the Move for Life Programme. Pilot and Feasibility Studies. 2019 5:88 (IF=0.877)

Dinsdale E, Hannigan A, O'Connor Ray, O'Doherty J, Glynn L, Casey M, Hayes P, Kelly D, Cullen W, O'Regan A. (2019) Communication between Primary and Secondary care: deficits and danger. Family Practice. 2019 1-6. (IF= 1.986)

Leahy T, Kenny I, Campbell M, Warrington G., Cahalan R, Harrison D, Lyons M, Glynn L, Comyns T. (2019) Injury surveillance in school Rugby: A systematic review of injury epidemiology & surveillance practices. Physical Therapy in Sport. Vol 38 July 2019 pp170-178. (IF=1.919)

Leahy S, Cassarino M, O’Connell MDL, Glynn L, Galvin R. (2019) The burden of dynapenic obesity and its association with health outcomes in older adult populations: Protocol for a systematic review. BMJ Open. 2019;9:e027728. Doi 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-027728. (IF=2.413)

Hayes P, Casey M, Glynn L, Molloy G, Durand H, O' Brien E, Dolan E, Das K, Newell J, Finn D, Harhen B, Conneely A, Murphy A. (2019) Measuring adherence to therapy in apparent treatment-resistant hypertension: a feasibility study in Irish primary care. BJGP. July 2019 (IF=2.741)

Durand D, Casey M, Glynn LG, Hayes P, Murphy A, Molloy GJ. (2019) A qualitative comparison of high and low adherers with apparent treatment-resistant hypertension. Psychology, Health and Medicine. Article ID: CPHM 1619788 May 2019. (IF=1.589)

Yeomans C, Kenny IC, Cahalan R, Warrington GD, Harrison AJ, Hayes K, Lyons M, Campbell MJ, Glynn LG, Comyns TM. (2018) The design, development, implementation and evaluation of IRISweb; A rugby-specific web-based injury surveillance system. Physical Therapy in Sport. 35 (2019) 79e88. (IF= 1.919)

Clark C, Smith L, Cloutier L, Konya J, Todkar S, Mcdonagh S, Clark O, Glynn L, Taylor R, Campbell J. (2018) Interventions to improve control of hypertension; what works (and what doesn’t)? Journal of Hypertension. Jun 2018; 36, p e136 doi: 10.1097/01.hjh.0000539354.53248.ed (IF=1.617)

Quinlan L, Stara V, Harte R, Di Rosa M, Glynn L, Casey M, Hayes PS, 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 EC, Casey M, Glynn LG, Walsh JC, Molloy GJ. (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,

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.

Hayes P, Casey M, Glynn LG, 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 LG, 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 LG, Casey M, Gaffney Wilkinson LAE, Hayes PS, Heaney D, Murphy AW, 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 LG, 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 LG, 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 LG, Rodríguez-Molinero A, Baker PM, Scharf T, Quinlan LR, 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 LA, Saunders JA, Kirwan B, O’Dea A, Gillespie P, Glynn LG, McGuire BE, O’Neill C, O’Shea PM, Dunne FP.  (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 LG, McGuire BE, Carmody LA, Newell J, Dunne FP, (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 BE, Glynn LG, 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 LG, 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 LG, Fahey T. (2015) Cardiovascular medication: improving adherence using prompting mechanisms. BMJ Clinical Evidence, Sept 21, pii: 0220.

Glynn LG, Casey M, Walsh J, Hayes PS, Harte RP, 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 LG, McGuire BE, Carmody LA, Newell J, Dunne FP. (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 LG, Al-Imari H, 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 CD, Resqueti VR, Lima Í, Dias FAL, Glynn LG, Fregonezi GAF. (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 LG, 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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