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 225 publications, 5 book chapters and over 5,000 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 225 publications
• One hundred and thirty-eight peer-reviewed journal articles
• Five book chapters (including one in medical education)
• Over 5,000 citations, an i-10 index of 69 and a h-index of 33
• Several highly cited Cochrane publications (highest = 896 citations)
• Most highly cited article in the Journal “Family Practice” (552 citations)
• Highly cited medical education publication (242 citations)
• Twenty-seven peer-reviewed publications in journals with an impact factor >4

Funding Applications and Awards Summary
• Total of 65 successful funding applications
• € 2.4 million as Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator
• €14.5 million as Co-applicant/Collaborator

Conference Presentations Summary
• Total of 111 presentations at National (65) and International (46) conferences
• Twenty five 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)


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