Dr Michael Connolly

Communication between healthcare professionals and patients regarding end of life care

Cochrane Consumers and Communication Group

Michael Connolly was appointed Joint Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing at UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems and Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services.  Michael qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1992 and has worked mainly in acute medicine, older person care and palliative care. He graduated from the Milltown Institute in 1998 with a BA (Hons) degree in Philosophy and from UCD in 2002 with an MSc (Nursing) (Education). He completed his doctoral research with the UCD Equality Studies Centre.

Michael began working in UCD in July 2001 and is currently the Programme Director for the Graduate Diploma/MSc in Palliative Care and is Head of Subject of Adult General Nursing at UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems. Michael has considerable experience in palliative care education and research and was centrally involved in the development of the Palliative Care Competence Framework (2014).

Samantha Dick

Digital interventions in drugs and alcohol prevention and treatment: a systematic review of research and service provision


Samantha holds a BSc in Public Health from University College Cork, and an MSc by research from the Health Information Systems Research Centre at University College Cork. Her thesis examined randomised controlled trials as a method of evaluating mobile health interventions.

Samantha is currently working as part of a multi-disciplinary team on the development of a digital behaviour change intervention for illicit substance use among third level students.




Dr Aoife Egan

Rapid review on the effects of recreational cannabis use in patients with diabetes

Unity Health Toronto

Dr Aoife Egan graduated from the School of Medicine at NUI Galway in 2007. She completed her clinical training in General Medicine and Endocrinology in 2014 and was awarded a PhD from NUI Galway in 2017. The title of her doctoral thesis was “The Importance of a Continuum of Care Before, During and After Pregnancy in Women with Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes along the Irish AtlanticSeaboard”.

Aoife is currently working as a fellow in the Division of Endocrinology at Mayo Clinic Rochester, USA dividing her time between clinical and research activities.

Dr Jenny McSharry

Scoping Review on Knowledge Acquisition Assimilation and Use at the Organizational Level

Unity Health Toronto

Dr Jenny Mc Sharry is a lecturer in the School of Psychology and Assistant Director of the Health Behaviour Change Research Group (HBCRG) at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Jenny is a chartered Health Psychologist and current chair of the Psychological Society of Ireland Division of Health Psychology.

Jenny’s research uses systematic evidence synthesis and intervention development approaches to explore and target behaviour change in healthcare. Jenny has a particular interest in implementation science, and the application of behaviour change to promote the uptake of research into practice. Through an Irish Research Council New Foundations Grant, Jenny led on the development of IMPlementation science Research NeTwork (IMPRNT) to develop implementation science capacity in Ireland.

Jenny has received a number of awards in recognition of her work including the Psychological Society of Ireland Division of Health Psychology Hannah McGee Excellence in Research and Practice Award (2017), the European Health Psychology Society Early Career Award (2015) and the Psychosocial Aspects of Diabetes Early Career Researcher Travel Award (2015).


Dr Hannah Delaney

Mobile-based technologies to support client to healthcare provider communication and management of care

Cochrane Effective Practice and Organisation of Care

Dr Hannah Delaney is an experienced mixed-methods researcher with expertise in both qualitative and quantitative methods. She is a Post-Doctoral researcher with the HRB-Trials Methodology Research Network at NUI Galway and Trinity College Dublin. Prior to this Hannah worked as a Senior Researcher on the health policy team at the Scottish Centre for Social Research in Edinburgh, where she led multiple studies relating to: health behaviour, alcohol and tobacco control, and research with children and young people.

Hannah obtained her PhD from the University of the West of England in 2016, her research in active travel behaviours explored the experiences and sharing practices of cyclists and pedestrians on shared-use paths; through in-depth interviews, video ethnographies and on-site surveys.

Hannah is currently working on a 3-year HRB funded study where she is applying her health research skills and mixed-methods experience to trial methodology, specifically trial recruitment. The TRAIN study (Training tRial recruiters; An educational INtervention) will develop and evaluate an education and training intervention for recruiters to randomised trials.


Ciara Gleeson 

Pulmonary Rehabilitation for adults with asthma

Cochrane Airways Australia

Ciara Gleeson has over 20 years clinical experience as a physiotherapist. She works as a Clinical Specialist in the multidisciplinary Respiratory Assessment Unit in St. James’s Hospital Dublin. The service offers comprehensive chronic respiratory disease care from exacerbation through to stable disease management including the delivery of a hospital-based PR programme.

Ciara has a postgraduate Diploma in Statistics and a MSc Physiotherapy both from Trinity College Dublin (TCD). She has led initiatives such as a joint Hospital/ community based PR programme and lectured at undergraduate and postgraduate level in TCD on chronic respiratory disease management. She has clinical audit and research skills along with experience in the dissemination of research findings at national and international conferences. She looks forward to developing skills in evidence synthesis and the fantastic mentorship opportunity with the high quality review team that this Fellowship offers.

Dr Paul Macdaragh Ryan

Quality improvement strategies for diabetes

Cochrane Effective Practice and Organisation of Care

Dr. Paul M Ryan is a researcher within the Centre for Research in Vascular Biology and a medical trainee (MB BCh BAO) in his final year of study within the School of Medicine in University College Cork. He holds a PhD in Microbiology, examining the interaction between the gut microbiome and host cardiometabolic function, as well as the influence of commonly prescribed hypocholesterolemic and anti-diabetic therapeutics on the gut microbiome.

Dr. Ryan contributes to ongoing research exploring the gut microbiome and bile acid metabolism in the context of heart failure in a porcine model of metabolic syndrome. He currently has 23 peer-reviewed publications with 290 citations, as well as nominations and awards relating to research and its dissemination.


Dr Pauline Meskell

Adult Specialist Services for Victim-Survivors of Sexual Violence and Abuse


Dr Pauline MeskellPauline is a senior lecturer in the Department of Nursing and Midwifery, EHS Faculty at the University of Limerick. Pauline’s research interests lie in the areas of self-management of chronic diseases including renal disease, Ageing, Dementia, outcome measurement, and Evidence Synthesis. She has been involved in both Cochrane and non-Cochrane systematic reviews and qualitative evidence syntheses.

Pauline has expertise in mixed method research having been involved in research studies using mixed methodology. Pauline has a keen interest in gaining experience and developing expertise in mixed method evidence synthesis and is really looking forward to working as a member of the mixed method synthesis team.


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