Seán McKenna

Seán McKenna

Position: 
Research PhD Student
First Name: 
Seán
Family Name: 
McKenna
Email: 
Sean.G.McKenna@ul.ie
Bio: 

Position: Research PhD Student

 

Email: Sean.G.McKenna@ul.ie

 

Bio: 

Qualifications: MBA, BComm, BSc Physiotherapy

Research Profile: Seán graduated from the University of Limerick, where he was a mature student, in June 2014 with a BSc in Physiotherapy (1st Class Honours). He was awarded the Department of Clinical Therapies PhD Scholarship and in September 2014 he commenced postgraduate research within the Department. He is a post-graduate scholar with the Irish Research Council (IRS). His research is looking at the effects of exercise on sleep and mood in people with rheumatoid arthritis under the guidance of Dr. Norelee Kennedy (Head, Department of Clinical Therapies), Professor Alan Donnelly (Department of Physical Education & Sports Science) and Dr. Alexander Fraser (University of Limerick Medical School and Limerick University Hospitals). Seán also works in private practice in musculoskeletal physiotherapy, in the Munster area.

Professional Memberships: Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP); European League against Rheumatism (EULAR); Irish Rheumatology Health Professionals (IRHPS); American Rheumatology Health Professionals (ARHP)

Publications:

  • McKenna, S., Donnelly, A., Fraser, A., Comber, L. and Kennedy, N. (2017). "Does exercise impact on sleep for people who have rheumatoid arthritis? A systematic review." Rheumatology international 37(6): 963-974.
  • McKenna, S., Donnelly, A., Fraser, A. and Kennedy, N. (2017)."Sleep & Physical Activity: A Survey of People with Inflammatory Arthritis and their engagement by Health Professionals in Rheumatology in Ireland" Disability and Rehabilitation. In Press doi.org/10.1080/09638288.2017.1334095

Conference Papers:

·         McKenna S, Donnelly A, Fraser S, Kennedy N. ‘Sleep and Physical Activity: A Nationwide Survey Among People with Rheumatic Disease in Ireland.’ Arthritis Rheumatol. 2016; 68 (suppl 10).

·         McKenna S, Donnelly A, Fraser S, Kennedy N. ‘Sleep Quality, Disturbances and Physical Activity: A Nationwide Survey Among Health Professionals on Their Engagement with Irish People Who Have Rheumatic Disease.’ Arthritis Rheumatol. 2016; 68 (suppl 10).

·         McKenna, G. S. and Kennedy, N. (2016). ‘Sleep quality, sleep disturbances and physical activity: A national survey of Irish people who Inflammatory Arthritis’. Ann Rheum Dis. DOI 10.1136/annrheumdis-2016-eular.1433

·         McKenna, G. S. and Kennedy, N. (2016). ‘Engagement with people who have Inflammatory Arthritis, on their sleep quality, sleep disturbances and physical activity: A survey of Irish Health Professionals in Rheumatology’.  Ann Rheum Dis. DOI 10.1136/annrheumdis-2016-eular.2680

·         McKenna, G. S., Brodin, N., Nordgren, B., Esbensen, A. B., Swinnen, T., Hammer, M. N., Willemijns, S. and Kennedy, N. ‘Physical Activity and Aerobic Capacity assessment – A survey among Health Professionals in Sweden, Ireland and Denmark’. Ann Rheum Dis. DOI 10.1136/annrheumdis-2016-eular.3535

·         Brodin, N., Kennedy, N., Swinnen, T., Esbensen, A. B., McKenna, S., Willemijns, S. Hammer, M. N. and Nordgren, B. ‘Physical Activity and Aerobic Capacity assessment – A survey among patients with Rheumatic disease in Sweden, Ireland and Denmark’. Ann Rheum Dis. DOI 10.1136/annrheumdis-2016-eular.3491

·         McKenna, S. and Kennedy, N. (2015). ‘The effects of promoting physical activity interventions on body functions & structures, activity and participation outcomes, in people who have rheumatoid arthritis: a systematic review’. Ann Rheum Dis. DOI 10.1136/annrheumdis-2015-eular.1977

·         McKenna, S., Kelly, G., Kennedy, N. (2014). ‘A survey of Irish Physiotherapists current practice in promoting physical activity in rheumatoid arthritis’. Ann Rheum Dis. DOI: 10.1136/annrheumdis-2014-eular.2269

Conference Presentations:

·         McKenna, S, Tierney, T, Fraser, A and Kennedy, N. ‘Sleep and Physical Activity in people who have rheumatoid arthritis: use of SenseWear armband as an objective measure to analyse’. Oral Presentation at the World Confederation of Physical Therapy’s Congress 2nd – 4th July 2017, Cape Town

·         McKenna S, Donnelly A, Fraser S, Kennedy N. ‘Sleep and Physical Activity: A Nationwide Survey Among People with Rheumatic Disease in Ireland.’ Oral Presentation at the America College of Rheumatology (ACR) Annual Congress 11th – 14th November 2016, Washington DC.

·         McKenna S, Donnelly A, Fraser S, Kennedy N. Sleep Quality, Disturbances and Physical Activity: A Nationwide Survey Among Health Professionals on Their Engagement with Irish People Who Have Rheumatic Disease. Group Tour Poster Presentation at the America College of Rheumatology (ACR) Annual Congress 11th – 14th November 2016, Washington DC.

·         McKenna, G. S. and Kennedy, N. ‘Sleep quality, sleep disturbances and physical activity: A national survey of Irish people who Inflammatory Arthritis’. Oral Presentation at the European League against Rheumatism (EULAR) Annual Congress 8th – 11th June 2016, London.

·         McKenna, G. S., Brodin, N., Nordgren, B., Esbensen, A. B., Swinnen, T., Hammer, M. N., Willemijns, S. and Kennedy, N. ‘Physical Activity and Aerobic Capacity assessment – A survey among Health Professionals in Sweden, Ireland and Denmark’. Poster Presentation at the European League against Rheumatism (EULAR) Annual Congress 8th – 11th June 2016, London.

·         Brodin, N., Kennedy, N., Swinnen, T., Esbensen, A. B., McKenna S., Willemijns, S. Hammer, M. N. and Nordgren, B. ‘Physical Activity and Aerobic Capacity assessment Group Tour Poster Presentation at The European League against Rheumatism (EULAR) Annual Congress 8th – 11th June 2016, London.

·         McKenna, S. and Kennedy, N. ‘The effects of promoting physical activity interventions on body functions & structures, activity and participation outcomes, in people who have rheumatoid arthritis: a systematic review’. Group Tour Poster Presentation at The European League against Rheumatism (EULAR) Annual Congress 10th - 13th June 2015, Rome.

·         McKenna, S., Kelly, G., Kennedy, N. ‘A survey of Irish Physiotherapists current practice in promoting physical activity in rheumatoid arthritis’. Poster presentation at The European League against Rheumatism (EULAR) Annual Congress 11th – 14th June 2014, Paris.

·         McKenna, S., Kelly, G., Kennedy, N. ‘Current management of rheumatoid arthritis and the promotion of physical activity: a survey of Irish physiotherapists’. Poster presentation at University Hospitals Limerick (UHL) Research Symposium 24th October 2014, Limerick.

·         McKenna, S., Kelly, G., Kennedy, N. ‘Current management of rheumatoid arthritis and the promotion of physical activity: a survey of Irish physiotherapists’. Facilitated Elevator Pitch at The Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP) Annual Conference 7th – 8th November 2014, Dublin.

 

 

 

Research Area: 
Rheumatology; Phyiscal Activity Exercise; Epigenetics; Sleep; Mood