The following Speakers are confirmed to deliver key note or parallel sessions over the two days of the conference – what an exciting line up!

Watch this space – we will upload details as our speakers confirm.

Dr Brona Fullen 

Associate Professor UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science

President Elect European Pain Federation

Professor Roger Kerry @RogerKerry1

Roger Kerry is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at the University of Nottingham, UK. He is a qualified Chartered Physiotherapist, and an honorary Fellow of the UK’s Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists. His main clinical research interests have been in adverse events and physiotherapy interventions of the head and neck, particularly on the causal nature of the interventions. Roger is also undertaking research activity in the Philosophy of Science, investigating the nature of causation in the health sciences, and this was the focus of his PhD. He is well- published in these areas and has been an invited speaker at numerous international conferences. He has received two prestigious Lord Dearing Awards for teaching excellence, and was recognised as Higher Education Social Media Superstar by UK digital education organisation JISC.

Dr Mark Rowe

Practicing Medical Doctor, Author, and Health Activist, Dr Mark Rowe is a thought leader in the emergent area of health, happiness and high performance in life.

Dr Anna Campbell @Canrehab

Exercise Professor in Clinical Exercise Science in Edinburgh Napier University

Director of CanRehab

Advisor to Macmillan Cancer Care

Professor Louise Connell @researchphysio

Louise Connell MCSP, PhD, is Professor of Neuro-Rehabilitation. She works as a clinical- academic in a partnership post between the University of Central Lancashire and East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust. Her interest is in implementation research, and she is undertaking a programme of research into neurological rehabilitation. Her current research focuses specifically on implementation research for increasing intensity after stroke. She is a physiotherapist, and is particularly passionate about improving research capacity and capability of allied health professionals. Her work has been recognised by being awarded a Fellowship of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists In Neurology.

Dr Andrea Polli 

Andrea Polli PT-OMT, MSc (Pain), is a physiotherapist and OMT manual therapist. He obtained his bachelor and master’s degree in rehabilitation of musculoskeletal disorders in Italy, where he worked as a clinician for a few years. He then moved from Italy to the UK, to obtain the MSc in Pain: Science & Society at the prestigious King’s College London. After the MSc, he returned to Italy and worked at the IRCCS San Camillo Hospital, in Venice. Andrea is part of the Pain in Motion group since 2015, and he is currently finishing his joint PhD at the universities VU Brussel and KU Leuven, exploring the link between epigenetic mechanisms and exercise in people with persistent pain and chronic fatigue syndrome.

Trinity Exercise Oncology Research Group 

The Trinity Exercise Oncology Research Group is a multidisciplinary group conducting research into the role of exercise in cancer care. The group, which has been in existence since 2009, has led the design, delivery and evaluation of several clinical trials and exploratory studies across a range of cancer types. In 2018/2019, the Trinity Exercise Oncology Research Group was awarded approximately €1.3 million in funding by the Health Research Board (HRB), Medical Research Charities Group (MRCG), the Irish Cancer Society and the All-Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care to allow expansion of the cancer survivorship programme. The core value of the research programme is to conduct patient-centred, interprofessional, clinically pragmatic research that have the potential to positively benefit patient care.

Professor Hussey 

Professor Hussey has been in Trinity for over 20 years and was head of the discipline of Physiotherapy from 2003-2014. During that time she led on developing programmes in Physiotherapy and allied health sciences which are delivered in Singapore. She was elected to fellowshp in 2011, promoted to associate professor in 2006 and to Professor in 2015. Professor Hussey has a strong publication record which numbers over 70 full paper publications. In addition she has co-edited three books and 12 book chapters. She is currently in her second term in the position of Vice President for Global Relations.

Dr Emer Guinan 

Emer is an Assistant Professor in the School of Medicine with responsibility for the Interprofessional Learning programme for the Faculty of Health Sciences. Her main research interest is in the role of exercise and physical activity in ameliorating treatment side effects and optimising survivorship for patients with cancer. Her work considers both the therapeutic and the physiological impact of exercise programmes. She has a particular interest in the role of exercise for patients with complex cancer presentations including patients with cancer of the gastrointestinal tract and those with advanced disease. She has been awarded >€1.6 million in research funding as either principle investigator or co-applicant from external peer-reviewed grants (Health Research Board, Irish Cancer Society, Medical Charities Research Group), external research bursaries (Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists) and internal competitions from the Faculty of Health Sciences, Trinity College. She has published over 50 peer reviewed publications and 1 book chapter.

Dr Linda O’Neill

Linda is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Discipline of Physiotherapy. She completed her PhD in 2018 which investigated the efficacy of multidisciplinary rehabilitation in oesophago-gastric cancer survivorship. She also holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc.) in Physiotherapy (RCSI), a Masters (MSc.) in Respiratory Physiotherapy (TCD), and a Post-graduate Certificate in Statistics (TCD). She has a keen research interest in exercise oncology, in particular exercise in cancer survivorship. Her work has been widely published and she has presented at conferences both nationally and internationally. She currently works as a Project Manager on the HRB/MRCG funded Preoperative Exercise to Improve Fitness in Patients Undergoing Complex Surgery for Cancer of the Lung or Oesophagus (PRE-HIIT) trial and the HRB funded Rehabilitation Strategies following Oesophago-gastric and Hepatopancreaticobiliary Cancer (ReStORe II) trial.

Dr Gráinne Sheill

Gráinne is a Senior Physiotherapist in St. James’s Hospital and a Post-doctorate Research Fellow in Trinity College Dublin. She graduated as a physiotherapist from Trinity College Dublin in 2011 and went on to obtain a master’s degree in University College Dublin. Dr Sheill worked clinically for a number of years in St. James’s Hospital, Dublin before completing a PhD in exercise oncology in Trinity College Dublin. Her main research interests include cancer rehabilitation and the role of physical activity in cancer survivorship.

Denise Dunne @CroiHeartStroke

Denise Dunne BSc, PgDip, MSc, MISCP, graduated from the University of Limerick in 2006 with a BSc. honours degree in Sports and Exercise Science. She then went onto complete a PgDip in Physiotherapy at the University of Huddersfield in the UK. Having worked for a number of years in the NHS in the UK she moved back to Ireland in 2010 and took up a post at St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin. She is an experienced clinician with a diverse range of clinical skills and experience across a variety of acute, sub-acute and rehabilitative settings. She completed her Masters in Preventive Cardiology in 2015 and her thesis focused on sedentary behaviours and physical activity levels within an Irish Heart Failure population.  She is currently working as Physiotherapy and Physical Activity Manager at the National Institute for Prevention and Cardiovascular Health based in the Croí Heart and Stroke Centre, Galway. Here she is involved with developing and implementing quality service models and driving vital research in cardiovascular disease prevention and rehabilitation. She is part of the teaching faculty within the Institute’s Education and Training Academy for the Diploma and Masters in Preventive Cardiology at the National University of Ireland, Galway. She is also involved in the teaching of the BSc. Physiotherapy Heart Failure module at RCSI and UCD. Denise is currently the chairperson for the Clinical Interest group of Physiotherapists in Cardiac Services (CPCS) and President of the Irish Association of Cardiac Rehabilitation (IACR).

Professor Martijn Spruit @pulmonary_rehab

Martijn A. Spruit (1975) is Scientific Director at CIRO, a specialized pulmonary rehabilitation centre in Horn, The Netherlands. Moreover he is full professor in Rehabilitation Sciences at Maastricht University (The Netherlands) and Hasselt University (Belgium). Prof. Spruit has published >275 peer-reviewed articles on pulmonary rehabilitation, physical inactivity, and extra-pulmonary treatable traits in patients with chronic lung disease. He was the lead author on the 2013 ATS/ERS Statement on Pulmonary Rehabilitation; the European Respiratory Society awarded him the ERS COPD Research Award in 2013; he became a Fellow of the ERS in 2016; and he was the 2019 AACVPR’s Thomas L. Petty Distinguished Pulmonary Scholar Awardee.

Deirdre Lang @deirdrelanglang

Ms Deirdre Lang: RGN, Scottish Quality & Safety Fellow (Cohort 10), FFNMRCSI, MSc Leadership, BNS (Hons), Dip Mgt, HDip Gerontological Nursing, HETAC level 6 Special award in coaching.
Deirdre initially trained in St Vincent’s Hospital, Elm Park, as a Registered General Nurse. During the early part of her career she spent a number of years working in acute services both in Australia and in Ireland. She has had a variety of experiences in healthcare, having worked in mental health nursing and in practice development. Her experience in Older Persons Services includes the role of Clinical Nurse Manger 2, Assistant Director of Nursing and Director of Nursing both in the HSE and private sector. Her role as Director of Nursing Older Persons Services brings together all aspects of her experience to date, together with her passion for the older patient and those who provide their care. Her approach to life is Henry Fords “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t ………you are right”

Dr Cliona Ni Cheallaigh 

Inclusion Health Project

Consultant in general and infectious diseases at St James Hospital

Dr. Julie Broderick

Julie Broderick (Ph.D.) is an Assistant Professor at the Discipline of Physiotherapy in Trinity College Dublin. She is a past Health Research Board Research Fellow (2008-2012) and a Cochrane Fellow (2015-2017). Her previous clinical work as a physiotherapist has guided her research interest at the interface between physical-focussed variables and a breadth of chronic diseases. She has an active research programme focused on optimising exercise prescription to improve outcomes in cancer, respiratory disease and mental health conditions. She has a special interest in the area of Inclusion health and the physical health profile of vulnerable and socially excluded populations. Other work has focussed on evidence synthesis and the application of novel technologies to optimise physical health profiles in chronic disease. She has lectured widely nationally and internationally and a number of publications have emanated from her work. She is a course co-coordinator for the new MSc in Cancer Survivorship in Trinity College Dublin and she coordinates modules across the Dublin and Singapore physiotherapy programmes of Trinity College Dublin.

Jenny Keane

Jenny was appointed as  Chief Allied Health Professions  Officer (CAPHO) in November 2019 and is responsible for advising Northern Ireland government on all matters relating to the Allied Health Professions (AHP) and provides professional advise and support to the N. Ireland assembly, Permanent Secretary, senior policy and professional colleagues on AHP, policy, professional and operational issues and education.  Jenny contributes to the Department of Heaths decision making and strategy and policy development, she works to ensure that the expertise, skill and impact of the AHP workforce is reflected across  N. Ireland policy. Prior to being appointed as CAPHO Jenny worked in the Public Health Agency as the Lead AHP consultant for workforce (2018-2019). In this role Jenny developed systems, processes and approaches to ensure the flexibility and sustainability of AHP services, maximize AHP mix skill and working  towards creating  systems and structures to enable AHPs to work at the  top of their license. As an AHP consultant (2013-2018) Jenny provided professional specialist AHP advise and input to the commissioning of local and regional services, and advised on the use of AHP resources and the development of AHP budgets. Jenny  managed, developed and commissioned AHP needs assessment and research and co-ordinated the development of AHP educational and training programmes and campaigns with the relevant local health and social care board offices amd within the wider public health agency. She has lead on the implementation of AHP Non-Medical Prescribing, the Regional Adult dysphagia project and a supported a number of regional service reviews.