Principal Investigators

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  • Liam Glynn

    Dr. Liam Glynn



  • Patrick Hayes

    Patrick Hayes

    BEng, MsC


  • Andrew Murphy

    Prof. Andrew Murphy



  • Prof. Terry Smith

    Prof. Terry Smith


  • Dr. Francis Finucane

    Dr. Francis Finucane



  • Dr. Jane Walsh

    Dr. Jane Walsh

    BA, HDipHRMgt, PhD, AFPsSI, Reg Psychol (PsSI)


  • Prof. Martin O’Donnell

    Prof. Martin O’Donnell


  • Mr. Liam Kilmartin

    Liam Kilmartin

    BE, MEngSc, MIEEE


  • Christine Domegan

    Dr. Christine Domegan

    BComm, MBS, PhD


  • Kathleen Murphy

    Prof. Kathleen Murphy

    PhD, MSc, BA, RGN, RNT, Dip Nursing


  • Eamon O'Shea

    Prof. Eamon O'Shea

    MA, MSc, PhD


  • Bernadette McGuinness

    Dr. Bernadette McGuinness

    M.D., M.R.C.P.


  • Monica Casey

    Monica Casey

    BSN, RN, MsC


Empowering People Through Technology

Connected Health is the utilisation of connecting technologies (communication systems-broadband, wireless, mobile phone, fixed phone lines) and medical devices for healthcare applications with the relevant caregiver network. It is the use of messaging and monitoring technologies to promote health and self-management.



Dr Liam Glynn is Senior Lecturer in General Practice in the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, National University of Ireland, Galway and is also Adjunct Senior Clinical Lecturer, Graduate Medical School, University of Limerick. He was awarded his medical degree in 1995 from Trinity College, 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 and is lead author of Cochrane systematic reviews in hypertension as well as adherence to cardiovascular medication for BMJ Clinical Evidence. He has co-authored over 60 publications including 34 peer-reviewed, 3 book chapters and has a H index of 6 with over 40 conference papers presented. He is a GP principle in a rural practice in Ballyvaughan, Co Clare and is founding chairman of the North Clare Primary Care Team.

Dr Glynn’s primary research interests are in multimorbidity with a focus on diabetes and on bringing technological solutions to healthcare through connected health. Other research interests include chronic kidney disease, hypertension and adherence to medication. He believes in primary care as the foundation of every high quality health service and in the delivery of this goal through a strong evidence base emanating from primary care itself. This can only be achieved by building capacity in primary care research and education and hence he is founding clinical director of the Western General Practice Research and Education Network (WestREN), a network of over 150 GPs in the West of Ireland.

He is currently principal investigator or co-investigator on four major research programmes:

  1. Implementing Transnational Telemedicine Solutions (EU NPP Programme Grant €2.3 million 2011-2014)
  2. FATE Project (EU Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme €4.4 million 2012-2015
  3. ATLANTIC DIP 2: Gestational Diabetes Mellitus(GDM): Screening Follow up and Intervention in the community (HRB ICE Award €670,000 2011-2015)
  4. CLARITY Study: Cardiovascular Multimorbidity in Primary Care (HRB Project Grant €330,000 2009-12).

Dr Glynn is a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners and the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland. He remains the only Irish Academic to have been accepted to the Brisbane Initiative, an international primary care research leadership programme at Oxford University. 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.

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Prof. Andrew Murphy MD, FRCGP, MICGP, DCH, DObs, DIMC, HDOH, LFOM, CertPoplnHlth(Aus)

Dr Andrew W Murphy, a 1988 graduate of Trinity College Dublin, was appointed in 1997 as the Foundation Professor of General Practice at the National University of Ireland Galway and is also a general practitioner at a rural practice in Turloughmore County Galway. He has published over 120 papers on his interests of chronic disease management in the community, professional practice and medical education. His 2011 H-index is 13. He has been invited to present his research at over one hundred meetings in Europe, Australia, the Middle East and North America. He was the Inaugural Chair of the University Research Ethics Committee and Secretary and Chairperson of the all-island Association of University Departments of General Practice in Ireland. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners in 2004 and was awarded a Masters in Clinical Epidemiology from the University of Newcastle (Australia) in 2011. He was a Visiting Professor to the University of Adelaide and Flinders University in Australia for the year of 2004.

He has contributed to national policy development as the Chair of the Primary Care Sub-Committee of the Ministerial Advisory Forum of the Cardiovascular Strategy (2000-6) and a member of the Ministerial Expert Group on Resource Allocation and Financing in the Health Sector (2009-10). Currently he is a member of the Hypertension Committee of the Irish Heart Foundation (2008-), the National Atrial Fibrillation Working Group (2010-) and is an Examiner for Membership of the Irish College of General Practice.

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Prof. Terry Smith National Centre for Biomedical Engineering Science

Prof. Terry Smith obtained a BA. Moderatorship Degree in Microbiology from Trinity College Dublin in 1981. He worked as a research scientist in the R&D division of a multinational pharmaceutical company (G.D. Searle, High Wycombe, UK) from 1981 until 1984, where he worked on optimised recombinant protein production systems, before undertaking a Ph.D. at Oxford University, where his studies were focused on investigating the molecular basis of the devastating human genetic disease, Duchenne's Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). Prof. Smith completed his D. Phil. degree at Oxford University in 1988. Having completed a Muscular Dystrophy Society post-doctoral Fellowship at Oxford, Prof. Smith was awarded a European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO) Long-term Post-doctoral Fellowship to the laboratory of Oliver Smithies at University of North Carolina (UNC), at Chapel Hill, USA. He spent two years as an EMBO Fellow at UNC, Chapel Hill, where he worked on the development of a model for human atherosclerosis using mouse embryonic stem cells, in the laboratory of 2007 Nobel Laureate in Medicine, Professor Oliver Smithies.

In 1990, Prof. Smith took up a Senior Research Scientist / Team Leader position at the National Diagnostics Centre (BioResearch Ireland) at NUI Galway. In 1994, Prof. Smith was appointed General Manager of the National Diagnostics Centre, a post he held until 2001. Prof. Smith was a founder member of the National Centre for Biomedical Engineering Science (NCBES) at NUI, Galway and was appointed Professor of Biomedical Engineering Science and Director of the NCBES in January 2002. In that role, he has led the growth and evolution of the Centre's research programmes in Biomedical Science and Engineering. Currently the centre hosts over 80 academic members, over 300 researchers, including 180 post-graduate students, with an annual research spend of over €20 million. His major achievements include playing a leadership role in the successful submission to the SFI CSET programme in 2003, leading to the establishment of the Regenerative Medicine Institute (REMEDI) with funding of €19 million from SFI and industry partners, with Medtronic as the major industry partner.

In 2005, he played a key role in the establishment of the Centre for BioAnalytical Sciences (CBAS), a €9.5 million collaborative bioanalytical sciences research programme in partnership with Bristol Myers Squibb company and Dublin City University. He successful led the negotiation of a four year multi-million Euro research collaboration in molecular diagnostics assay development and commercialisation, with Beckman Coulter, announced in January 2008, and he is the Research Director of this programme. Prof. Smith is the author/co-author of 97 peer-reviewed papers in international journals, 18 book chapters and invited reviews, as well as being co-inventor of two granted patents and 2 patent applications.

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Dr. Francis Finucane MD, MRCPI

Francis Finucane qualified from RCSI in 1998 and completed physician training in Beaumont Hospital, obtaining the MRCPI in 2001. He continued clinical training in endocrinology, diabetes mellitus and general internal medicine in Dublin, including a period of clinical research at the Metabolic Research Unit in St. James' Hospital. There, he conducted detailed metabolic assessments of young people with obesity, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes and was awarded an MD from the University of Dublin (TCD) in 2008 for his work.

He completed specialist training in endocrinology and internal medicine the same year. In order to explore further the mechanistic basis for the association between insulin resistance and adiposity, he undertook a four year period of post-doctoral research at the Institute of Metabolic Science in Cambridge, funded by travel grants from Irish training bodies and a Career Development Fellowship from the Medical Research Council. Building on his work in Dublin, he conducted a formal assessment of the effects of aerobic exercise in older people and different factors modulating the response to exercise.

He published the first study to show that exercise reduces liver fat content in humans. He led the writing group on a major international collaboration describing a novel genetic polymorphism associated with reduced body fat but increased diabetes and cardiovascular risk. Since returning to Ireland in 2010, Dr. Finucane has led the development of clinical services for people with severe obesity and related metabolic disorders from the West of Ireland.

Research Area: Main areas of research interests are Obesity and related Metabolic Disorders, Bariatric Medicine, Type 2 Diabetes, Clinical Trials, and Genetic Aetiology of Diabetes.

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Dr. Jane Walsh BA, HDipHRMgt, PhD, AFPsSI, Reg Psychol (PsSI)

Jane Walsh is a graduate of NUI Galway. Having completed her PhD she worked as a Research Psychologist in the Educational Research Centre, Dublin, and went from there to lecture in Carlow Institute of Technology for a year. She joined the Psychology Department in NUI Galway in 1997 and lectures in the area of Research Methods, Behavioural Medicine and Health Psychology. Jane is the current Director of the Structured PhD in Psychology and Health and a former Director of the MSc in Health Psychology.

She was also the Chair of the Psychological Society of Ireland Division of Health Psychology. Her research has focused on preventive health behaviour and the use of theory-based interventions in health settings. Jane has obtained funding for her research from the HSE Western Region and Mid-Western Region, the Health Research Board and the Millennium Fund. Her research interests are in the areas of health behaviour change and communication in health care settings; screening, childhood immunization, cancer prevention, preparation for patients undergoing stressful medical procedures; pain management interventions.

Research area: Jane Walsh's primary research interests include preventative health behaviour and the use of theory-based interventions in both community and hospital settings.

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Prof. Martin O'Donnell

Martin O’Donnell has been newly appointed as Professor of Translational Medicine at NUI Galway and Associate Director of the CRFG. Graduated from University College Cork, he trained in Geriatric and Stroke medicine in Ireland, McMaster University (Canada) and Stanford University (US). He holds a PhD from the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McMaster University.

He is Director of an upcoming MSc in Clinical Research at NUIG, being run in collaboration with McMaster University (Expected start date: Sept 2010).

Research Area: His main areas of research interests are clinical trials in Vascular medicine and Stroke Epidemiology.

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Mr. Liam Kilmartin BE, MEngSc, MIEEE

Liam Kilmartin is lecturer in the Electrical & Electronic Engineering discipline in the College of Engineering and Informatics at the NUI Galway. He received his B.E. degree in Electrical Engineering in 1990 and his M.Eng.Sc. degree in 1994, both from University College Galway. He has been a lecturer in NUI Galway since 1994.

Liam’s research interests are in the areas of signal processing for biomedical application, complex systems modelling and mobile phone based sensing. He has supervised several PhD students and research masters students to graduation on a variety of topics. He has co-authored 20 peer-reviewed international journal papers and over 60 publications in total.

Liam is a Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (MIEEE) and he is affiliated to the Signal Processing and Communications Societies within the IEEE. He is a referee for several international journals in the fields of communications, signal processing and machine learning.

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Dr. Christine Domegan BComm, MBS, PhD

Dr. Christine Domegan B. Comm, MBS, PhD is a Senior Lecturer in Marketing at the National University of Ireland, Galway. She researches Behavioral Change and Social Innovation through Social Marketing and associated concepts of value co-creation, stakeholder analysis, strategic partnerships, civic engagement and capacity to act at population, community and individual levels through a multi-disciplinary lens with partners in the UK, Europe, USA and Canada.

Her current EU and national research work embraces recycling, health (urinary tract infections in the community; positive aging and health literacy) sea for society and science in society. Christine teaches Social Marketing at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in Ireland and the UK, including extensive PhD supervision. Recent social marketing publications, among others, appear in the Sage Handbook of Social Marketing, the Journal of Nonprofit and Public Sector Marketing, the Journal of Business and Industrial Marketing and the Irish Journal of Management. Christine is also co-author, with Professor Gerard Hastings of Social Marketing - Second edition (2013) and Marketing Research in Ireland; Theory and Practice, an Irish best selling textbook, now in its third edition.

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Prof. Kathleen Murphy PhD, MSc, BA, RGN, RNT, Dip Nursing

Professor Kathleen Murphy PhD, M.Sc Nursing (Dist), BA, SRN, RNT, Dip Nursing, Dip Nurse Education has a clinical background in older people’s services and accident and emergency nursing. She has held posts at clinical nurse manager level in both. She has also held educational posts at Oxford Brookes University UK and National University of Ireland, Galway at Lecturer, Deputy Head and Head of School level. She is currently Professor of Nursing and Head of Nursing and Midwifery, School of Nursing and Midwifery NUI, Galway.

Professor Murphy’s research interests include care of older people and chronic disease management. Her PhD work was focused on quality of care for older people. Research interests have focused on quality of life of older people living in residential care and the community. These research studies included a focus on environmental issues and the needs of older people living in the community. Current studies include a randomised control trial examining the impact of structured education programmes for people with COPD within the community and a randomised control trial examining the impact of a staff structured education programme on the quality of life of older people with dementia.

Research Grants:

2008-present Co-Principal Investigator Exploring the outcomes of specialist and advanced nursing practice. National Council for Professional Development of Nursing and Midwifery

2008-present Co-applicant exploring the impact of a Dementia Education Reminiscence Programme for Staff on the agitated behaviours of residents with dementia, their quality of life and on staff attitude and perceived care burden. HRB project grant

2008-present Principal Investigator for HRB funded study exploring the impact of a pulmonary rehabilitation programme for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in primary care in Ireland HRB Research Priorities

2006-present: Co-Investigator for HRB funded study focused on Implementing and evaluating a structured education programme and a new model of ongoing care for people with Type 1 Diabetes (DAFNE) in Ireland.

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Prof. Eamon O'Shea MA, MSc, PhD

Professor Eamon O’Shea M.A. University College Dublin; M.Sc., University of York; PhD University of Leicester, is a Personal Professor in Economics at the National University of Ireland Galway and Head of the Economics Discipline in the University. He is also a Research Professor at the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology. He has 25 years experience of working nationally and internationally in the related fields of health economics, the economics of the welfare state and the economics of ageing. He has had over 70 papers published in peer-reviewed journals; he has authored/co-authored 15 books and monographs, mainly in the field of ageing and social policy. He has been responsible for numerous reports commissioned by national and international agencies, including: the National Council on Ageing and Older People, The Department of Health and Children, the Health Research Board, the European Commission and the European Council. Professor O’Shea has also contributed 25 chapters to various books, mainly on ageing and inequality issues. His work has been influential in setting the agenda for the ongoing reform of the long-stay sector in Ireland, particularly in relation to funding, priority-setting and dementia. His current research is focused on the economics of dementia, health care evaluation and rural ageing. Professor O’Shea is currently directly involved, as PI or co-PI, in high quality, interdisciplinary, innovative research attracting funding in the past five years as follows:

  • Establishment of the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology 2006-2012 (Atlantic Philanthropies, €1.5M)
  • Ethnographic Research Unit 2007-2010 (Intel Corporation/IDA, €1.2M)
  • HRB Research Project Grant 2008-2011: The impact of a dementia education programme for staff on the quality of life people with dementia (Health Research Board,€309,000)
  • Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions 2008-11 – Irish Social Sciences Platform (€367,000)
  • Establishment of the Rural Ageing Observatory 2010 -13 (AP, €600,000)
  • Creating an Evidence Base to Develop a National Dementia Strategy for Ireland 2010-11 (Atlantic Philanthropies, €50,000 – part of a larger grant with Trinity College Dublin)
  • Social Exclusion and Ageing in Diverse Rural Communities 2010-12 (CARDI, €80,000)

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Patrick Hayes BEng, MsC

Patrick Hayes joined NUI Galway as part the Implementing Transnational Telemedicine Solutions (ITTS) in February 2012. With an interest in connected health and technology assisted healthcare Patrick received a Masters in Health Sciences (Primary Care) from NUI Galway in 2013, holds a honors degree in Mechanical Engineering and is currently studying Software Engineering.

He has worked as a project manager, technical lead/support and has been involved in health research studies in Ireland. Currently Patrick is part of the Wireless Insole for Independent and Safe Elderly Living (WIISEL) team researching a prototype insole for falls research.

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Dr. Bernadette McGuinness M.D., M.R.C.P.

Dr Bernadette McGuinness graduated in medicine from Queen’s University Belfast in 1997. She trained in geriatric medicine and general internal medicine, completing specialty training in 2007. During this time she graduated with MD for work on neuropsychological changes in Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia. Dr McGuinness was awarded the Paul Beeson Career Development Award in 2007, a prestigious award from Atlantic Philanthropies and the American Federation of Aging Research. This afforded three further years of research into mild cognitive impairment. She is lead author of 3 Cochrane reviews and lead/co-author of more than 30 peer-reviewed journal articles.

Dr McGuinness is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians Ireland and an examiner for the Royal College of Medicine in Ireland.

She was appointed Senior Lecturer in Geriatric Medicine in NUIG and Consultant Geriatrician University Hospital Galway in 2010. Her research interests include technology and aging, dementia and falls. She is PI in a FP7 funded project ‘Wireless Insole for Independent Safe Elderly Living’ which commenced in 2011. She is committed to ensuring, through SAAL, the ambient assisted living research capabilities of the West of Ireland are realised.

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Monica Casey BSN, RN, MsC

Monica has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and received her Masters in Health Science (Primary Care) from the National University of Ireland, Galway in 2013. She was the Trials Manager and Researcher on the EU funded Implementing Transnational Telemedicine Solutions (ITTS) and is currently the Trials Manager and Researcher for the EU funded Wireless Insoles for Independent and Safe Elderly Living (WIISEL)

Monica was the Trial Manager on 'SMART MOVE' a randomised controlled trial which utilized a smartphone application for promoting exercise in primary care [‘Effectiveness of a smartphone application to promote physical activity in primary care (SMART MOVE): randomised controlled trial]. Monica is interested in health promotion through the use of technology in particular mHealth for lifestyle behavioural changes.

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